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November 17, 2012 at 7:49am

5 Things To Do Today: Crafts Fair, Taste of Cuba, Mos Generator and more ...

MOS GENERATOR: The band's rockin' Rocket Records this afternoon. Photo courtesy of Facebook

SATURDAY, NOV. 17 2012 >>>

1. Tacoma is FOR a lot of people - doughnut bakers, clothing sellers, street designers and, of course, artists and lovers - well not much Andy Warhol. Yes, Tacoma is FOR lovers, artists and, hopefully, lovers of artists. Today and tomorrow, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. inside King's Books, "Tacoma is for Lovers" - the official pro-Tacoma outfit, which is also a community based organization that hypes local arts and Tacoma in general - hosts the "Tacoma is for Lovers Artist Craft Fair," which is an opportunity to revel in local art, and maybe, just maybe, buy some. Also going down today in the same vacinity is the Tacoma Cash Mob.

2. Rocket Records + Mos Generator = One bitchin' way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Commit your favorite vice, call your classic rock loving stoner friends and get your butt down to Rocket Records and enjoy the heavy, melodic sound of Mos Generator.

3. Tacoma's Sisters Cities Program presents Taste of Cuba 5-9 p.m. at the Asia Pacific Cultural Center. This event features a full Cuban dinner, live salsa music and a silent auction - all for $45 or $80 for a pair. You can snag tickets at the Pacific Northwest Shop in the Proctor District or call 253.272.6622.

4. Adam Martin grabs four of his projects over the last three years and converges them at the Coyne & Door at 711 Opera Alley in downtown Tacoma. "The projects to be presented this night represent my concerted effort to build value throughout our local landscape, to divert traffic to our local roots and to celebrate the independently creating culture that is our own. There is much more to life than the dollar, and the possibilities available to us as a community are constrained only by ourselves - we can share anything, and so we can do anything," states Martin. Expect music, art and ice cream from 5:30-8 p.m.

5. Encore Boutique Nightclub in downtown Tacoma celebrates its second anniversary tonight at 10 p.m., bringing in DJ Scene from Las Vegas.

LINK: Saturday, Nov. 17 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 17, 2012 at 8:17am

Epic Donuts coming to South Hill Puyallup

I, Cream Puff, am often misunderstood. Doughnuts can get in the way. They're insincere. They aren't authentic. But they're pastries, too. I know that. I know, in some ways, they're pastries as much as I am. Just flour, yeast and sugar. Lord, how many times I've heard that snickered at me. Being a Cream Puff is the loneliest, strangest thing. Oh, I apologize. I'm all worked up. Another doughnut joint is opening up in the area. Apparently Epic Donuts is opening on Puyallup's South Hill early next month. The owners are Tom and Erin Dobrinski, South Hill residents, who plan to sell "The Tastiest Treats in the Galaxy" including donuts, coffee, hot chocolate, and a variety of sodas and juices.


Filed under: Business, Food & Drink, Puyallup,

November 17, 2012 at 8:46am

Tweets of the Week: Nov. 11-17


Whether you've been on Twitter since its beginnings in 2006 or you're a Twitter neophyte, you know keeping up on important tweets can be overwhelming. If you follow everything and everyone that you find interesting, you can end up with hundreds and hundreds of Tweets showing up in your feed on a daily basis.

Don't despair. Every Saturday the Weekly Volcano shares important and pointless Tweets from South Sound Twitter accounts so you may catch up on Twinkie news and the latest action on the streets.

Filed under: Tweets Of The Week, Tacoma,

November 17, 2012 at 12:41pm

Tonight in hip-hop

SHAO SOSA: Worth the drive.


Tonight, ya might want to take a little road trip down to Centralia where a good chunk of Tacoma hip-hop talent will be descending upon the Junction Sports Bar and Grill for a huge cancer benefit show. This is one of the most stacked line-ups I have seen this fall, as there is Serious Mak, Ghost Kapone, Cam The Viking, Krisis, Beanz and Rize, Shao Sosa, Lost Soul, Awall and more all on the bill. It is only $5, which is a steal, and the money goes to a real good cause.

Or if ya really want to take a road-trip, Saturday night head down to Vancouver, Wash. where there is a hip-hop battle of the bands. You can catch Thurston County's Doktor Roks doing his thing. It is a $5 cover, show starts at 9 p.m. and it's at Malibu's. The audience has a say who wins so go give yo opinion. Have fun this weekend and be safe Family!

LINK: Josh Rizeberg's What's the Word? column

Filed under: Music,

November 17, 2012 at 1:39pm

NIGHT MOVES: Hell's Belles, Riffbrokers, The Bog Hoppers, De La Warr, Jeremiah Akin and others ...



C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Northend. KC Brakes presents pop folk rock night. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. St. Practice Day, with The Bog Hoppers. 9 pm.

Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. De La Warr, Cadillac Radio. 9 pm.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Hell's Belles (AC/DC tribute). 5 pm (all ages) and 9 pm (21+). $10-$15.

JR's Hideaway Belfair. Junkyard Jane. 9 pm.

Karma Indian Cuisine Puyallup - South Hill. Kim Archer. 7 pm.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. The John Sutherland Band, Old Junior, The New Old Growth. 9 pm.

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. Love & A .38, Above Ground, Mechanism, Riot In Rhythm. All Ages. 8 pm.

Main Garden Chinese Restaurant Puyallup. Fall Fest. 8:30 pm.

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. The Riffbrokers, Eric Olson, Kevin Brown and the Beloved Country. 8 pm.

  • For about 13 years now, the Riffbrokers have quietly been making some of the most sophisticated Southern-rock-tinged power pop around. Led by Nick Millward's distinctive vocals - reminiscent of storytellers like Elvis Costello and Craig Finn - and lyrics that manage to balance hook-y immediacy and blue-collar poetry, the Riffbrokers are virtually unmatched in these parts for humble, dignified substance and timeless riffs. In concert, the Riffbrokers perform with the kind of unshakeable confidence that comes not only from a prolific recording career, but a birth and development in the punk and country scenes of Boise and Seattle. These are workman musicians who never find time to rest on their laurels. That the band's song, such as "Please Forgive the Worst in Me," is a musical and lyrical match against a song such as "Bland, Predictable" - recorded a decade earlier - speaks to the continuing strength of the so-called "unsmashable" Riffbrokers. — Rev. Adam McKinney

The Olympia Ballroom Olympia - Downtown. Yogoman Burning Band with DJ Funk Fuzz and art projection by Orange Peel. All Ages. 9 pm. $8-$10.

Rock The Dock Pub & Grill Tacoma - Downtown. The Kari Ehli Band. 9 pm.

Six Olives Lounge and Restaurant Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Jazz Generators. 8 pm.

The Social Bar and Grill Tacoma - Downtown. Kitt Bender. All Ages. 6 pm.

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Chasing Mona. 8 pm.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Ghost 211. 9 pm.

Tahoma Tea and Co. Tacoma - Downtown. Jeremiah Akin. All Ages. 7 pm.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Michael Tomlinson. All Ages. 8 pm. $10-$12.

Uncle Sam's American Bar & Grill Spanaway. Cancer Benefit For Don, with MPB Band, Lee Franklin Express. 9 pm.

PLUS: Live hip-hop tonight

LINK: Saturday, Nov. 17 live music and DJs in the South Sound

November 18, 2012 at 9:18am

5 Things To Do Today: Fantasy Lights, rummage sale, Olympia Film Festival and more ...

FANTASY LIGHTS: Walk through the holiday lights display tonight.

SUNDAY, NOV. 18, 2012 >>>

1. It gets cold out there, but it sure is fun and the crisp air sparks the holiday spirit in even the most curmudgeon among the walkers. A family tradition in the South Sound is walking through the Fantasy Lights displays at Spanaway Park. The 2.5 mile route is open to walkers for a preview from 5-7 p.m. Beginning Nov. 22 you can drive the loop to see some 300 light displays that range from a skiing snowman to a tank firing snowballs to a pirate ship and jumping rain deer. Fantasy Lights, now in its 18th year, is the Northwest's largest drive-through holiday lights display.

2. This and That Rummage Sale will be loaded with clothes for our entire family, household items, books, record albums, tchotchkes, kitchen stuff, toys and more for chump change from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Studio 6 on Sixth Avenue.

3. Coming direct from an award winning world premiere in Washington, D.C., Welcome, O Life will be screening at noon inside the Washington Center for the Performing Arts this Sunday afternoon as a part of the 29th Olympia Film Festival. The first feature film of Evergreen graduate Nicholas Redding, Welcome, O Life film is about the search for the sacred within a broken world of industrial ruins. For a schedule of today's screenings - the last - day - at the Oly Film Festival, click here.

4. Reenactors as Col Silas Casey, Lt. August V. Kautz, Lt. E. Porter Alexander, and Maj. Alvord retired army officers will tell of their experiences at Fort Steilacoom and as generals during the Civil War as part of "You are There" series at 2 p.m. on the grounds of Historic Fort Steilacoom, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. in Lakewood.

5. Off With Their Heads, Phasers On Kill, Neutral Boy and The French Exit play a 5 p.m. show inside Jazzbones.

LINKS: Sunday, Nov. 18 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 19, 2012 at 7:44am

5 Things To Do Today: Author Jamie Ford, "Modern Relics," Minilla Smiles, DJ Wiggle Sass vs DJ Meow Mixx and more ...

DJ MELODICA: Many say he owns Monday night. Photo credit: Steve Dunkelberger

MONDAY, NOV. 19, 2012 >>>

1. Author Jamie Ford will drop by the Tacoma Public Library's Olympic Room at 7 p.m. to explain why he didn't follow his great grandfather into the Nevada mining business but rather decided to write awesome books about commitment and enduring hope, such as his debut book, The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

2. In September, roughians busted into Olympia's all-ages music venue Northern and stole a mess load of equipment. QB, also known as the awesome Quality Burrito, will donate a portion of its food sales today to Northern. Go eat in the name of music.

3. Artist Victoria Bjorklund has her Modern Relics vintage photograph show hanging at The Swiss in Tacoma. It's bitchin' cool.

4. Minilla Smiles - which is saxophonist John Croakin, drummer Jeff Busch, guitarist Phil Lawson and bassist Steven Luceno - will perform the music of Hermeto Pascoal, Jobim, Guinga, Edu Lobo and other Brazilian musicians at 8 p.m. inside Olympia's Royal Lounge.

5. For those who haven't attended DJ Melodica's Monday Showcase at Magoo's, it's basically a way to ease into the week, nibble on $2 hot dogs and sip $3 pints, and enjoy the best in classic punk and garage rock, as well as the latest indie tunes, spun by Melodica and his guest DJs. Tonight at 9 p.m. the guest DJs come in the form of DJ Wiggle Sass and DJ Meow Mixx.

LINK: Monday, Nov. 19 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

November 19, 2012 at 8:47am

TOP 10: What I learned in Olympia this weekend

MOSQUITO HAWK: The band isn't afraid of Le Tigre's "Phanta." Photo credit: Nikki McCoy


I bounced around Olympia this weekend. I witnessed many awesome things. Here's a list of what I learned during my adventures:

1. Beer drinkers are loving the new Boneyard RPM IPA on tap at The Brotherhood Lounge and McCoy's Cavern.

2. Clinton Fearon jamming with the Boogie Brown Band to a room full of groovy dancers can simultaneously exist with a drag karaoke show under the same roof.

3. The Reef's tater tots taste amazing dipped in brown gravy.

4. The members of touring band All Hail The Yeti, despite all its yelling - which sounds great on stage with its hammering instruments - are total sweethearts.

5. Matt Sader from Argonaut owns an excellent velvet Elvis T-shirt.

6. The Cryptatropa Bar, or "dark bar," has re-arranged its furniture. I discovered the embalming table is still in place, but the crouching demon has moved from the corner to a tabletop.

7. Also new to Cryptatropa, two resident DJs will be holding down the fort, one of them being DJ and artist Ira Coyne.

8. Olympia band Mosquito Hawk not only covers The Beatles and Venom, but it also performs a doomy version of Le Tigre's Phanta.

9. Even though I-502 passed, people still try to sell bags on the corner, and duck into allies to smoke.

10. The Painted Plate now stays open late on weekends and has applied for its liquor license so we all can get artsy and tipsy.

Filed under: Club Hopping, Music, Arts, Olympia,

November 19, 2012 at 9:58am

The Social pairs its drinks with the weather

THE SOCIAL'S BUTTERNUT CREAM COCKTAIL: Whipped cream will remain on your nose after the first three sips. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner


I love the change of seasons from summer dresses and sunglasses to stylish coats and comfy scarves.

With the change in weather comes a change in my libation choices. Blustery, grey skies beg of me to sip on flavorful, warmed cocktails. "Come in from the cold," they sing, "and wrap those frozen digits around my glass and partake."

And so I do. Bartenders change drink menus to match the changes in the kitchen.

The Social Bar and Grill is no exception, releasing a new seasonal craft cocktail menu last Thursday. A visit was absolutely necessary - cause it was cold.

Unlike many establishments it's not the brilliant mind of one drink slinger but many as they enlist their crew to come up with some of their own recipes. For this round they did with great zest and excitement, perhaps only matched by my taste buds.

Having fond memories of The Socials Hot Buttered Rum ($8) last winter, I had to see if the house made recipe, courtesy of co-owner/operator Jason Bailey stood the test of time.

It did.

Bits of clove, cinnamon and brown sugar swirled around in my steaming cup and warmed me up to a smile. It was just as I remembered; it's like sipping on the holiday season in a cup.

My second choice was the Cranberry Shrub ($8) because to be quite frank, I didn't have the foggiest idea what "shrub syrup" meant. Co-owner Philip Panagos told me that "in the 20s it was added to gin to make it palatable." The Social's house made version includes cranberries, red wine vinegar and sugar - among other top-secret additions. Made with chilled Hendricks Gin, Cointreau and a house made shrub syrup; this martini is almost too refreshing to be included on the winter menu. Not to say it wasn't delightful, it was much lighter than I anticipated, with just a slight tartness from the cranberry. I thought about carrying it outside to The Social's fire tables overlooking the water.

My editor Pappi Swarner rod eshotgun during the bar menu sampling.

"A glass of The Social's Butternut Cream ($8) can be a downright delightful nightcap after an evening of downtown Tacoma winter festivities. To make this hug in a glass, the Social bartenders combine house made butternut puree with Mount Gay Rum and Amaretto. The result is a rich, meaty drink that at first burst with sugar as you make your way through the mountain of whipped cream, but then dives deep into your veins filling them with warmth and courage," wrote Swarner via email. He adored the cocktail to the point I thought I'd have to find him an afghan.

More visits are necessary as we barely made a dent in the new drink choices that include a Hot Apple Toddy ($8) - which puts a spin on a traditional bourbon drink by using Fireball, apple liquor, apple cider and egg white - and unique and flavorful sounding Amber Angel ($10) loaded with Angel Envy Bourbon, Wild Turkey, Merlet Creme de Cassis, St. Germaine and sweet vermouth.


Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

November 19, 2012 at 12:51pm

Plan Ahead: Tacoma Tree Lighting Saturday

TACOMA TREE LIGHTING: we're getting some mileage out of this photo from 2010. Photo credit: Chip Van Gilder


Saturday you can be a part of an age-old Tacoma holiday tradition - one of the few that has survived Tacoma through the ages: the Great Depression, World War II, the 1980s. Tacoma's tree lighting ceremony is a tradition that dates back almost 100 years, but since 1945, the giant tree has stood proud at Ninth and Broadway.

"This month's Holiday Tree Lighting represents 67 years since the Tacoma's Theater District and Fort Lewis have collaborated to kick off the holiday season," says Broadway Center Executive Director David Fischer. "At the end of World War II, the soldiers at Fort Lewis wanted to thank the citizens of Tacoma for their support during the war by contributing a giant tree for all to enjoy at the holiday time. That generous string of trees has gone unbroken in the same manner that the relationship between the soldiers and Tacomans has remained strong."

For many moons, the tree lighting has been paired with an afternoon show. This year the Broadway Center brings back the popular Sound of Music Sing Along at 2 p.m. inside the Pantages Theater. Dress up as Maria or your favorite von Trapp for a chance at a best costume prize. Otherwise, get ready to follow the bouncing ball to pure Sound of Music bliss. Tickets to the show are $24.

The tree lighting ceremony kicks off at 5:30 p.m. Huddle under an awning or sip hot cocoa and cider in the Pantages Lobby. Santa will be there, working the crowd, taking photos and will help flip the switch on the tree. This part of the evening is free and open to all.


LINK: Deep background on the Tacoma Tree Lighting ceremony

Filed under: Community, Events, Holidays, Screens, Tacoma,

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