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July 16, 2013 at 7:27am

5 Things To Do Today: "Melting Away," Banned Book Club, Bon Odori dance lesson, Railflowers and more ...

The Grand Cinema screens "Melting Away" today as part of its Pride Film Festival.

TUESDAY, JULY 16 2013 >>>

1. Tel Aviv may be Israel's gay-friendliest city, but in 2009 two people died during an armed attack on an LGBT youth center that remains unsolved. In response to the attack, which left 15 others injured, director Doran Eran and screenwriter Bill Ben Moshe wrote the emotionally wrenching family drama Melting Away that explores the heartbreak and defiance a gay teen experiences when his parents discover he's gay and kick him out of the house. Catch the film at 2 and 6:45 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

2. Did you find The Kite Runner hard to put down? Did you find this story about the structure of society in Afghanistan as well as redemption and atonement within one family fascinating? Some people find is disturbing and frightening, which is why it's King's Books' July selection for its monthly Banned Book Club. This is a story about how two boys and two fathers define honor. Unfortunately the two main characters get it wrong and while they try their best, they live their lives dishonorably and dishonestly. Join the discussion at 7 p.m. in Doyle's Public House.

3. Remember last year when you joined the dance portion of Tacoma Buddhist Temple's Bon Odori festival? How you skirted around the circle as if your pants were on fire? Yea, disaster. You need to slow it down this year. In fact, you should attend the 7:30 p.m. dance lesson at the Temple. The Aug. 3 festival is fast approaching. This is the year you won't be laughed out of the sake garden.

4. Summer Sounds At Skansie continues with a 6:30 p.m. by the 133rd Army National Guard Band in Skansie Brothers Park in Gig Harbor.

5. The Railflowers - the sister trio of Hannah, Beth and Ellen Knight - are perhaps the sweetest thing to happen to folk-music scene in quite some time. Catch them at 9 p.m. in Le Voyeur.

LINK: Tuesday, July 16 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

July 16, 2013 at 10:22am

Food truck festival Moveable Feast to include "Made in Tacoma" section

A scene from Tacoma's Moveable Feast 2012 / photo by Pappi Swarner

Mark your calendars, the second annual Moveable Feast - Tacoma's largest food truck festival - is coming July 28 from noon to 5 p.m. to Cheney Stadium. With 38 food trucks, seven breweries, live music and kids activities, it is an event not to miss.

"We have great music, great beers, fun things for the kids to do, but the food trucks are definitely the showcase," says Alyson Jones, event organizer. "These trucks take pride in their ingredients and their creations and they are delicious. There is no other event like this in the South Sound."

Locals agree. Jones estimates 6,000 people attended last year, and projects around 8,000 attendees for this year's event.

New this year is a market-style "Made in Tacoma" section, with local companies that include Dry Soda, Lynnae's Pickles, Little Eorthe Farm, Great NW Popcorn Company, One Spot Jam and more. There will also be a kid zone and more access to Cheney Stadium's party decks for more seating and a chance to get into the ballpark.

The Moveable Feast is free, but if you want to be first in line at the trucks, you can get in an hour early and also get free parking and an event T-shirt with the purchase of VIP tickets, available for $10 online.

There are plenty of new trucks this year, including Box Nature Sushi, Caravan Crepes, Gibson's Frozen Yogurt truck, Tokyo Dog, Street Donuts and many more. Big-name favorites that attended last year, such as Where Ya at Matt and Maximus/Minimus will also be returning. Just reading the list of vendors will get you salivating.

THE MOVEABLE FEAST, noon to 5 p.m. July 28, Cheney Stadium, 2502 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, tacomafoodtruck.com

July 17, 2013 at 7:11am

5 Things To Do Today: Sugar Walk, Capital Lakefair, Bog Hoopers, new jazz night and more ...

Do you think this joint will be on today's Sugar Walk?

WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 2013 >>>

1. For those with more savory-driven palates, dessert sometimes arrives as an afterthought - something sweet only enjoyed if there's room. But today, downtown Tacoma's collective sweet tooth pulls culinary confections front and center to indulge in a tour of the utmost decadent treat: the Sugar Walk. See the sweet side of Tacoma by joining Downtown On the Go for a 1.1 mile walk, sponsored by TWOKOI Japanese Cuisine, beginning in Tollefson Plaza at 17th and Pacific, and head to the Dome District, with a ride back on the Link. Participants will learn about Tacoma's rich history in candy making from historian and author Ron Magden. Along the route, participants will also be able to sample some of Tacoma's finest candies and baked goods. The walk event is free and there is no need to pre-register, simply show up at noon. 

2. While it's easy to quantify Oly as just a hippie, college town - that's only partially true. A large portion of the population is proudly blue-collar. The most amazing part of all of this is the two demographics - shoeless hippies and hardworking grunts - come together every year for Lakefair, meshing farmer tans with hacky sacks, and creating a fairly unique event disguised as just another summer festival. Think carnies, cotton candy, live music, volleyball, fireworks and all the usual trappings - Olympia style. It runs from noon to 10 p.m. around Capital Lake and Heritage Park, Fifth and Water Street, in downtown Olympia.

3. When William Friedkin submitted his controversial thriller Cruising to the MPAA in 1980, the board demanded that he cut 40 minutes of footage if he wanted to avoid an X rating. The director reluctantly snipped, the film was released with an R rating, and the rest, as some might say, was history. Enter James Franco and documentarian Travis Matthews, who've decided to recreate what they think said footage might have looked like - and the result, Interior: Leather Bar. Despite its billing, there's only 10 minutes or so of footage that takes place inside the bar, and if you're looking for gay porn, you'll find it here, at 6:45 p.m., in The Grand Cinema.

4. You've heard it many times: Practice makes perfect. Doyle's Public House in Tacoma's Stadium District lives by this adage. Every 17th of the month, the watering hole hosts St. Practice Day, a trail run at its annual, massive St. Patrick's Day party. It's a warm-up, if you will. Naturally, rebellious Celtic band Bog Hoppers will provide the soundtrack. Practice starts at 8 p.m. Don't be late or the coach will yell at you.

5. Saxophonist Kareem Kandi's sound derives from the classic, free, often enthusiastic tradition of Joshua Redman as filtered through Dexter Gordon and Sonny Stitt, all of whose shadows can be traced-Redman in Kandi's funky organicism, Gordon in his dynamic harmonics, Stitt in the intensity that coats his every note with a Gritty City finish. Kandi has been hanging with organist Delvon Lamarr and drummer Adam Kessler, which has added groovy innovation to Kandi's sound. The Kareem Kandi Band heads to Dawson's Bar & Grill's new Wednesday jazz night at 8 p.m. 

LINK: Wednesday, July 17 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

July 17, 2013 at 9:39am

Downtown Olympia music picks during Capital Lakefair

The Hard Way will rock the Capital Lakefair Stage Thursday night.

Capital Lakefair pitches its tent today along Capitol Lake in Olympia, with all its debauchery, carnies, high school folks you'd rather not see, Demo Burgers, janky rides, over-priced games and the saving grace of it all - tons of music!

It was hard to decide what band to highlight this week because so many rad bands will perform. That said, I had to choose The Hard Way. First, they are playing the stage at Lakefair. (Awesome!) Second, The Hard Way are one of those bands that are a staple in Olympia - helping shape the music scene, always rocking no matter the weather, the mood or the crowd. They are true Oly talent - with Scott Taylor's nimble fingers and easy voice and the band's many influences that create a grungy, peaceful, angry, awesome, harmonic and psychedelic sound. See them live. It's like comfort food.

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July 17, 2013 at 1:22pm

Today in tall photo and short Bloody Mary story breaking news

Photo courtesy of Hotel Murano Tacoma.

GOOD NEWS >>>

Starting Sunday, July 21 Hotel Murano in downtown Tacoma will be offering a Bloody Mary Bar in Bite.  The bar will give guests an opportunity to mix their own Bloody Mary and garnish it with their choice of goodies. Offered at $10 plus tax, per person, items on the bar will include fresh lemon and lime juice, house Bloody Mary mix, prawns, pepperoni, pepperoncini, olives stuffed with blue cheese, several different hot sauces, A-1 Steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce and more. A lite breakfast buffet will also be available featuring personal size quiche, pastries, fresh fruit and oatmeal with all the fixin's for $12 per person, plus tax.

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July 18, 2013 at 6:59am

5 Things To Do Today: "Julius Caesar" outdoors, Art Bus, Craig G, Mugen Hoso and more ...

Hail Caesar! / Photo courtesy of Animal Fire Theatre

THURSDAY, JULY 18 2013 >>>

1. March 15, 44 B.C., conspirators murdered Julius Caesar on the steps of the Senate in Rome, and an immortal tale of power and politics was born (and the Roman empire was just fine, thank you very much). At some point in your life, you've probably encountered Shakespeare's version of this story inside a dark theater, but if there's one location that does immortal tales of power struggles (and politics) even better it's when Julius Caesar is performed outside our own state capitol. This is an official reminder to go see the Animal Fire Theatre's version of this timeless piece of politcal tragedy at 6:30 p.m. Standing Rome only, unless you bring a chair.

2. The ever-popular Art Bus pushes off at 6 p.m. from the Tacoma Art Museum. For the uninitiated, the Art Bus is a tour of art exhibitions and galleries around Tacoma. But it's really so much more than that. Every excursion on the Art Bus has a different local celebrity tour guide, free pizza from Puget Sound Pizza, games, prizes and a "bus-load of fun." The tentative schedule for this month's Art Bus is as follows: Freighthouse Square, Clara Spa, Proctor Art Gallery, Tacoma Glass Blowing Studio, 253 Collective, Brick House Gallery, Embellish Multispace Salon, Hilltop Heat Concert Series and Bleach. Tickets are $10, or $20 for VIP (includes VIP bag), and is available at brownpapertickets.com.

3. Capital Lakefair has launched along Capitol Lake in Olympia, with all its debauchery, carnies, high school folks you'd rather not see, Demo Burgers, janky rides, over-priced games and the saving grace of it all - tons of music! The Hard Way plays the stage at Lakefair around 9 p.m. The Hard Way are one of those bands that are a staple in Olympia - helping shape the music scene, always rocking no matter the weather, the mood or the crowd. They are true Oly talent - with Scott Taylor's nimble fingers and easy voice and the band's many influences that create a grungy, peaceful, angry, awesome, harmonic and psychedelic sound. See them live. It's like comfort food.

4. He is more than a "rapper." He's not your average MC either. He's a legendary writer, freestyle MC and a member of another legend's crew - Marley Marl's famed Juice Crew. He is called by the name Craig G and he will headline Word 3rd Thursday at 9 p.m. in The New Frontier Lounge. Craig G will be hosted by Tacoma's own Josh Rizeberg and Shigg Tha Rhythmspeaker with DJ Seabefore (206 Zulu) and DJ Cues (206 Zulu) as they celebrate the album release of L.O.E.E.'s, The Marauders.

5. Mugen Hoso are a two-piece rock band from Japan. They sound like the perfect mix of the Clash and the Ramones. They do not sing in English, and their harmonies are outlandishly good. Needless to say, they are fucking awesome. Seen in concert, Mugen Hoso are whirling dervishes of energy. All of the feeling confined to the minimalist arrangement of one drum set and one guitar is expelled in torrents of sweat and gigantic sound.Catch them at 10 p.m. with Red Red Red and the Mona Reels in Le Voyeur.

LINK: Thursday, July 18 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

July 19, 2013 at 7:02am

5 Things To Do Today: Tripod Slideshow, garden party, "Ragtime," Death By Stars and more ...

Doug Mackey hosts Friday's Tripod Slideshow - Quirky Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Facebook

FRIDAY, JULY 19 2013 >>>

1. If you know Lynn Di Nino, you know she's a quirky Tacoma artist who always makes a big splash in whatever she does - from the 100th Monkey parties, to rolling heads downhill on First Night, to her Suitcase Sightings. One of Di Nino's ongoing projects is the monthly Tripod Slideshow. The July 19 edition is titled "Quirky Tacoma," and features images submitted by both amateurs and professionals of quirky, iconic or offbeat images of Tacoma. Laugh-master Doug Mackey emcees the show, which is divided in three sections. About 200 pictures will be shown on a digital projector, and NOT an actual slide projector, because that would be almost as antiquated as, say, sending something by snail mail. Catch it at 7 p.m. in Madera Furniture Company's showroom.

2. Now in its fifth year, the annual Summer Garden Party at the W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park has proven to be a delightful evening showcasing a Tacoma gem. It's a fun social time for people to come and enjoy the conservatory and mingle. Scheduled for Friday, music by classical and rock violinist Grace Youn will be performed outside in the gazebo adjacent to a roped-off wine garden in view of lush perennials. Expect raffle prizes during its 5:30-7 p.m. run.

3. Bring your picnic supper and the whole family and participate in games, music and dancing of the mid-1800s during 19th Century Family Night from 6-9 p.m. at Fort Nisqually in Point Defiance Park. Kids of all ages will enjoy the special firings of the candy cannon throughout the evening. Lemonade and ice cream will be available while supplies last.

4. Tacoma Musical Playhouse's second production of Ragtime (the first was seven years ago) is as trenchantly absorbing as Downton Abbey. Ragtime is a show about how America gets made, one sweeping change at a time, one small life at a time, one gut decision at a time. It was a work in progress a century ago and still is. You'll find yourself humming its main theme days later, hoping its idealistic characters built a nation they could love. Read Christian Carvajal's full review of Ragtime in Northwest Military's Music & Culture section.

5. Death By Stars' post-punk-rock-psychedelia makes you DANCE. at 9 p.m., come experience Death By Stars live at the Harmon Tap Room with guests Battersea (SEA) and Souvenir Driver (PDX). "This night is all about the local love," says Death By Stars guitarist Patrick Galactic, "and there's gonna be a LOT of it!"

LINK: Friday, July 19 arts and entertainment events in the greater TAcoma and Olympia area


July 20, 2013 at 8:06am

5 Things To Do Today: Smoke Off, Lakefair, Jesus on the Moon, Stay Grounded and more ...

The first ever Doyle's Smoke Off goes down this afternoon.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 2013 >>>

1. Doyle's Public House is hosting its first annual "Smoke Off" from 4-7 p.m. It has nothing officially to do with Initiative 502. Rather, it's a smoked meat competition with 100 percent of the proceeds benefitting F.I.S.H. Food Banks of Pierce County. Anyone can enter, and everyone who attends is a judge. For $20 you may sample every cook of ribs and other meaty categories and help pick the winner. So shove your pockets full of moist towletts and help support an organization that fed 140,000 families in Pierce County last year.

2. Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival throws local art, music, food and more onto the streets of downtown Gig Harbor from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

3. Oh, Lakefair. You seductive  tramp. Every year you roll through Oly, wafting your carnival of appeals, your treasures of artistic desire, your car shows, your cotton candy, your Queens, your nights of beer. And every time you draw us into the revelry. You're the party that completes us, Lakefair. We just can't deny you. You're the one for us. Except for that one time we made out with that Funtastic chick after shots at the Clipper. What the hell was that all about? Anyway, click here for today's recommended Lakefair music, including C-Average's last show ever.

4. Having relocated to the South Sound, Jake Frye, an English teacher, found a bassist in one of his former students, Derek Reed. Suddenly, the prospect of sharing Jesus on the Moon became a reality. The two of them, along with a drum machine, began showing Jesus on the Moon to audiences. Jesus on the Moon tends toward a sort of jumpy, Devo-ish vibe. Simple drum machine patterns run under fairly unadorned electric guitars, creating a gently driving momentum, on some songs. Other songs up the spaced-out moodiness, like "Divide" and "In a Spell." Still, songs like "Proletariat Rock" could pass for Dave Edmunds outtakes. Check them out with Tortilla Flat at 9 p.m. in The New Frontier Lounge. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Jesus on the Moon in Northwest Military's Music & Culture section.

5. Members of the Pacific Northwest reggae community have come together to form Stay Grounded -  a band rich in experience and new in concept. Join their good vibe with Ethan Tucker  and I Rain at 8 p.m. in Jazzbones.

LINK: Saturday, July 20 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

July 20, 2013 at 1:38pm

Do you want JBLM to host "Operation Rising Star"?

Army Entertainment is getting set to launch the ninth season of Operation Rising Star, a military singing contest based on the American Idol format. Photo Credit: Tim Hipps

Striving to differentiate itself from American Idol, The Voice and karaoke night in the mental ward, here comes another season of Operation Rising Star, the singing contest for soldiers and military family members based on the American Idol format.

Yo, Joint Base Lewis McChord! Do you want to host the rapid fire of hopes and dreams realized and shattered and realized and shattered, like an endless loop of Aerosmith songs - at times, entertaining; at others, it dragged on?

Installations and garrisons interested in hosting 2013 Operation Rising Star events must apply by July 29. Local competitions will be contested in September and/or October. Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, Calif., was first to apply this year.

Here is the sales pitch from a news release:

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July 21, 2013 at 9:45am

5 Things To Do Today: "Sundaze," Little Bill Trio, comedy contest, Dog Jaw and more ...

The Social Bar and Grill hosts Sundaze patio parties every Sunday afternoon. Photo courtesy of Facebook

SUNDAY, JULY 21 2013 >>>

1. People like eating outside, and they'll stop at almost nothing to do it. They will choke down steaming food as mysterious water droplets rain down from air conditioners above. Crowd a party of eight into one pitiful corner of shade. Inhale exhaust fumes along with aromas of fine wine. At The Social Bar and Grill next to the Museum of Glass, the only negative aspect of dining on its patio is trying to find a table. It's patio is a lovely spot to while away a weekend afternoon, sipping sangria (pitchers $10) on the spacious patio and watch condo residents walk their dogs while kids twirl in front of the Martin Blank's "Fluent Steps" glass and water installation and boats putter by. Come Sunday afternoon, tables mean nothing as resident DJ Mr. Melanin and rotating guests spin an eclectic and extremely tasteful selection of lounge, bossa nova and electro soul music 2-6 p.m. This quadruple threat of delicious shareable nibbles, booze, sun and hip tunes is known as Tacoma's only daytime summer party, "Sundaze."

2. Tacoma Musical Playhouse's second production of Ragtime (the first was seven years ago) is as trenchantly absorbing as Downton Abbey. Ragtime is a show about how America gets made, one sweeping change at a time, one small life at a time, one gut decision at a time. It was a work in progress a century ago and still is. You'll find yourself humming its main theme days later, hoping its idealistic characters built a nation they could love. It hits the Curtis High School stage at 2 p.m. Read Christian Carvajal's full review of Ragtime in Northwest Military's Music & Culture section.

3. The Blues Vespers inside the Immanuel Presbyterian Church in North Tacoma will feature lthe Little Bill Trio with Rod Cook and Tom Morgan beginning at 5 p.m.

4. Ten comedians battle for $2,500 first prize at 8 p.m. in the Tacoma Comedy Club

5. In case you were wondering whether Dog Jaw were as aggressive as their name might suggest, the answer is a resounding yes. The opening track on the Olympia punk outfit's album, Slow to Build, begins with what sounds like dogs howling and whimpering, before guitars slowly begin to emerge, and a full-on sonic assault is enacted. Much like the album's title hints, most of Dog jaw's songs begin as stony headbangers before morphing into thrashing screeds.Catch the band at 10 p.m. with Hot Fruit and Arrington De Dionyso's Malaikat Dan Singa in Le Voyeur.

LINK: Sunday, July 21 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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