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March 21, 2015 at 7:33am

5 Things To Do Today: Rhythm and Rye Party, Flea Market, Taste of Gig Harbor, Amy Schumer ...

The Oly Mountain Boys will help Rhythm and Rye celebrate their first anniversary tonight.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21 2015 >>>

1. We knew the traditional fifth anniversary gift was the astoundingly lame "wood," and, of course, the 25th anniversary is the silver and 50th golden. We're pretty sure the 75th is either oxygen tanks or pre-chewed food. Apparently, the first anniversary is the kickass music anniversary, because downtown Olympia music and whiskey venue Rhythm and Rye is celebrating its first year in operation with bands Hillstomp (punk blues) and The Oly Mountain Boys (bluegrass), the two bands that officially opened the venue last March 21. The show begins at 9 p.m.

2. You spend hours wandering around consignment stores, yard sales, and nothing. Break the cycle. Rethink your thought process. Antiques - The older they are the better. And, unlike the average retail giant's merchandise, you can sometimes get a deal. So come check out the Women's League Annual Flea Market and peruse more than 60 vendor booths of previously owned antiques and collectibles, sporting goods, home furnishings, clothes, books and more from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the University of Puget Sound. It's the University of Puget Sound Women's League's 47th flea market to fund student scholarships. A silent auction runs throughout the day. Not so silent? You when you happen across mannequin legs! 

3. The Gig Harbor Rotary presents Taste of Gig Harbor from 5:30-10 p.m. at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Weekly Volcano foodie Jackie Fender has the scoop here.

4. If we need to tell you who Amy Schumer is, you must not own a TV. Her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer was nominated for an Emmy. Both Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone praised it as one of last year's best series, especially a firecracker of a sketch about a Call of Duty-type video game. Schumer wields one of the 21st century's most distinctive, vital, quotable comic voices, and it's won her gigs from Cosmo to Fox News to a slot in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot. That's right, Amy Schumer will soon be given her very own proton pack. For a comedian in her 30s, that's like being named one of the apostles. Catch her at 8:30 p.m. in the Emerald Queen Casino.

5. The Fucking Eagles reminds one of a '50s sock hop mixed with a backwoods roadhouse show of the same era. It's fun as hell. Catch the band with The Wimps and Vibrating Antennas at 9 p.m. in The New Frontier Lounge, as part of the Bleak Outlook Vol. 3 festival.

March 20, 2015 at 6:34am

5 Things To Do Today: Jonny Lang, Scott Cossu, The Rusty Cleavers, Ex-Gods ...

Jonny Lang will rock the Emerald Queen Casino tonight.

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 2015 >>>

1. Fargo, North Dakota native Jonny Lang has had five albums in the Billboard top 50. He recorded his first blues guitar album, Smokin', at the tender age of 14. Two years later came Lie to Me, an album that went multi-platinum and earned raves from major critics. After a Grammy nomination for Wander the World in 1998, he won the award for Turn Around. He's toured with Aerosmith, Blues Traveler, B.B. King, the Stones, and other iconic artists. Lang's most honest testimonial came from fellow singer and guitarist Jimmy Thackery, who admitted, "He plays so good I want to break his fingers." Yowza. Catch his show at 8:30 p.m. in the Emerald Queen Casino.

2. In college, Scott Cossu immersed himself in the music of Ecuador, living in the Andes Mountains and Chota Valley while furthering his ethnomusicology studies.  He then alchemized his amassed knowledge into records with shamelessly cheesy titles like Emerald Pathways, Stained Glass Memories and, simply, Mountain. Cossu's a laudable pianist, and his compositions have a playful precision to them. While his lite jazz isn't for everyone, in some circles such as the South Puget Sound Community College, Cossu's type of music is seeming less and less like a guilty pleasure, and more like an unexpected muse. Cossu performs at the college's "An Evening of Fine Jazz and Northwest Cuisine," featuring chefs Treacy Kreger and Christine Ciancetta, at 6:30 p.m. Stottle Winery will provide the wine for the evening. It's going to rock. Softly.

3. Olympia Family Theater presents Our Only May Amelia, adapted from the Newberry Award winning novel by Jennifer L. Holm, at 7 p.m. It is the coming of age story of a 13-year-old who is being raised on an isolated farm as the only girl in a family of seven brothers. In 1899, life on the Naselle River in Southwest Washington was hard for anyone, but especially for 13-year-old May Amelia Jackson, the only girl in all of the Naselle settlement. There is not another girl in her neck of the woods with whom to play or commiserate.

4. Wingman Brewers will introduce the Old Plank Pils to the world at 8 p.m., a beer head brewer Ken Thoburn and crew brewed especially for Tacoma punkgrass band, The Rusty Cleavers, who will perform at 8 p.m. during the beer release party. For full details, check out our New Beer Column.

5. Mahnhammer was a stalwart in the Tacoma metal/rock scene, but in 2014, they switched things up by swapping out their drummer and changing their name to something equally thunderous: Ex-Gods. Catch the band with Griever and Strange Wilds at 9 p.m. in The New Frontier Lounge as part of the Bleak Outlook Vol. 3 festival.

March 19, 2015 at 6:14am

5 Things To Do Today: Tacoma Art Bus, "Talk Radio," Diynosaur, Ben Union ...

Angela Jossy leads her Tacoma Art Bus on its five-year-anniversary tour tonight. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 2015 >>>

1. The iconic Tacoma Art Bus tour, hosted by Duchess of Downtown Tours, is a guided tour that runs on the third Thursday of the month. The evening tour visits various art exhibits throughout Tacoma, and celebrity tour guides, games, prizes, swag and good eats are signatures of the trip. Launching from 734 Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma at 6 p.m., the Art Bus will celebrate its five-year-anniversary with a tour of Spaceworks Tacoma, Why Adam Studio, Happy Belly Restaurant + Juice Bar, Washington State History Museum, The Blue Octopus, The Modern Cottage Company, The Forum and the Museum of Glass. Read up on the Tacoma Art Bus here, then grab details of tonight's tour here.

2. Washington State Parks turns 102 years old today, and visitors are invited to help celebrate by getting out to enjoy a state park for free.

3. Before there was Howard Stern, before there was Rush Limbaugh, before there was Tom Leykis, before there was Mike Malloy, there was ... Barry Champlain, the fictional protagonist of Eric Bogosian's 1987 play Talk Radio, the story of Cleveland's controversial late-night radio host infamous for slinging insults at callers. Now Tacoma Little Theatre revives the work via its "Off-The-Shelf Reading" series where local directors and actors bring scripts to life. Tonight's 7:30 p.m. play reading will be directed by Jen Ankrum.

4. Made up of three people apparently named Funkasaurus Rex, Swagadactyl and Velocityraptor, Diynosaur aspire to electronic mavericks from multiple generations like Jean Michael Jarre, the Books, and Fatboy Slim. Catch the band with Infantry feat. Lil PDF, Kybele and Piff at 8 p.m. in Deadbeat Olympia record store.

5. He's not the new king of pop yet, but Ben Union makes a pretty good Adam Levine. Union frames his prodigious and rock solid talent - soulful vocals, a danceable funk groove, irresistible pop hooks - with passion and showmanship. Imagine the music of Maroon 5 and Train being forced occasionally through the Red Hot Chili Peppers backbeat, grabbing Fred Hammond's soul and then pumped out Levine's larynx, and you have a pretty good idea of the kind of sound Ben Union and his band can produce. While most of Union's songs don't stray too far from the characteristic blend of funk and soulful rock, some of his best moments are the more mellow tunes, such as "Angeles" - which will most likely be front and center at 9 p.m. when Union will perform at The Swiss.

March 18, 2015 at 6:29am

5 Things To Do Today: Something Wicked Has A Slumber Party, Chihuly Drawings, Ecliptic Brewing's John Harris, Little Bill ...

Pillow fight tonight!

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18 2015 >>>

1. We miss slumber parties. We should start a sleepover revival, complete with pajamas, gossip, manicures and pedicures, Truth or Dare, and, of course, liquor-cabinet raids. Sleeping would be completely off-limits, at least until sunrise. Harlequin Productions' acclaimed improv comedy troupe is on it. Something Wicked takes the stage in Something Wicked Has A Slumber Party, where the slumber party is chalk full of wild improvised stories. The improv troupe takes to the Historic State Theater stag eat 8 p.m. So who's bringing the horror flicks?

2. Weekly Volcano visual arts critic Alec Clayton has always thought Dale Chihuly's drawings were more impressive than his glass creations, but he has never seen enough of his drawings to say so until now. "Chihuly Drawings" at the Museum of Glass makes the case quite emphatically. One hundred and eighty-six drawings fill the main gallery at MOG, and the impact is overwhelming. Read Alec Clayton's full review of "Chihuly Drawings" in the Music & Culture section, then check out the exhibit from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

3. If you cross over to Oregon, you must first drive past a statue of John Harris on the Interstate 5 Bridge. Wait, what? How could the man who perfected the recipes for some of Oregon's most iconic brews - including Deschutes' Black Butte Porter, Mirror Pond Pale Ale, Jubelale and Obsidian Stout as well as McMenamins' Hammerhead - not have a statue? Harris spent three decades working under others, most recently at Full Sail. Now, he's his own boss, running Ecliptic Brewing in a colossal former auto-body shop in Portland. Drop by Pint Defiance from 5:30-7:30 p.m., discuss the statue thing, maybe also his love for astronomy, or even his awesome beers, with the man himself.

4. Little Bill Engelhart a legendary Northwest blues musician and perhaps the Godfather of rock 'n' roll in Tacoma. He formed a band with some of his teenage friends and had a national hit when he was just 19 titled "I'm in Love with an Angel." The Washington Blues Society has awarded him numerous awards, including best band; best bass player, best blues writer and lifetime achievement award. See him at 8 p.m. in The Swiss.

5. The 21st installment of the Vomity Open Mic Comedy night at Le Voyeur features Sarah Adam, who hails from Olympia, who blends self deprecation and too-much-information into hilarious stories. As always, a bunch of other comedians will fight for time slots at the very popular comedy open mic, which begins at 9 p.m.

March 17, 2015 at 7:20am

5 Things To Do Today: St Patrick's Day parties, "Human Capital," Irish open mic ...

The Rusty Cleavers will perform inside the giant tent at Doyle's Public House in Tacoma today. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 2015 >>>

1. After nearly a week of celebration at Doyle's Public House, your liver is more than ready for St. Patrick's Day. After hosting the Nolan Garret Band, Fields Under Clover, Ethan Tucker, Staxx Brothers and Positive Rising all day Saturday in the ginormous outdoor tent, today's official 3 p.m. to close St. Paddy's throwdown with Dixie Highway, Ockham's Razor and The Rusty Cleavers at Doyle's should cap off your week of greenness with an authentic Irish bang - which (spoiler alert!) usually includes a blackout.

2. For a few edible St. Patrick's Day recommendations in Pierce County while getting good and snockered, click here.

3. We're hardworking, tax-paying citizens (most of us any way), and we deserve the right to wear our finest green attire and down a pint every bit as much as anyone who's authentically Irish. Click here for a few spots to grab a beer on St. Patrick's Day.

4. Classes crash in Paolo Virzi's lashing satiric drama Human Capital, along with bikes and SUVs and the fortunes and dreams of the haves and the wanna-have-mores. Virzi's stylish, sometimes funny tale screens at 1:40 and 6:30 p.m. in The Grand Cinema.

5. The famous Irish Drinking Day falls on Tuesday this year so Rock The Dock Pub & Grill's official Irishman Dustin Lafferty will be doing a jig and drinking green beer while he hosts his weekly open mic. Tonight's 7 p.m. Irish version will include tons of drink specials. Lafferty will write you a doctor's note for tomorrow.

March 16, 2015 at 7:08am

5 Things To Do Today: Science on Screen, Keith Henson Octet, Rockaraoke, Trizz ...

The Kon-Tiki, and no sign of land

MONDAY, MARCH 16 2015 >>>

1. The Grand Cinema's Science on Screen series pairs screenings of classic, cult, and documentary films with lively lessons by notable figures from the world of science, technology and medicine. Each film is used as a jumping off point for the speaker to reveal current scientific research or technological advances, providing the perfect combination of entertainment and enlightenment - even for the most science-phobic culture vulture. At 6:45 p.m., Dr. Steven Fradkin, coastal ecologist at the Olympic National Park, will discuss the science behind our state's coast, followed by a screening of the adventure drama, Kon Tiki, the retelling of one man's journey to traverse the Pacific Ocean on a balsa wood raft in 1947.  We fully expect Fradkin to warn against floating across the Pacific on a balsa wood raft.

2. Get out your dancing shoes and join in the whimsy of a country western shuffle dance, hosted by the Evergreen Country Dancers, at 6:30 p.m. in the Olympia Elks Lodge. What is a shuffle, you say? It's the country western version of polka - the primary difference being that the style of shuffle is less hoppy than the polka. The basic step consists of a triple to the left followed by a triple to the right.  The shuffle is sometimes called double two-step or traveling swing, for it also uses components of two-step and the popular East Coast swing. This makes shuffle a very versatile dance, allowing a mix and match of patterns, which can result in some exciting variations - and there's nothing wrong with that.

3. The Keith Henson Octet will play an extensive repertoire of jazz and American songbook standards with five-horn arrangements at 8 p.m. in Rhythm & Rye. Led by Henson and composed of jazz folks from around the South Sound, the group includes arrangements by Marty Paich, Shorty Rogers, Vaughn Wiester, Bill Holman, Sammy Nestico from composers including Shorty Rogers, Harry Warren, Mingus, Coltrane and many others.

4. Rockaraoke at Jazzbones will either be your novel opportunity to act as frontman, or be completely intimidating. Perpetually packed with people, Rockaraoke boasts a unique twist for karaoke in Tacoma: instead of a backing track, you get a three-piece band playing behind you. Check it out at 9 p.m.

5. Trizz, born Arthur "Tre" Lea III, is a self- released rapper from the Inland Empire, a region of Southern California, east of Los Angeles. He, along with Suspect, Curci, Mer5e and Mad Max are part of the Reefers And Liters Tour, which hits Tacoma's El Potrero at 9 p.m.

March 14, 2015 at 7:11am

5 Things To Do Today: Southern Troubadours, St. Patrick's Day Party, "Havana Heat & Harlem Beats," Dark Palms ...

Joe Ely performs at the Pantages Theater tonight. publicity photo

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 2015 >>>

1. In the late '60s and into the '70s, there was a sea change in the world of country music. Rather than drawing from the glut of radio-ready folk and country that dominated the airwaves, a new class of country singers came up through the ranks, bringing with them a more progressive world-view and a more idiosyncratic sound. People like Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson would become the face of progressive country, lending a more personal sound to a genre that had grown complacent with cookie-cutter artists that were as interchangeable as they were popular. Eventually, this scene would spawn even more disparate artists and influences, creating the slippery genre known as alt-country. At the forefront of this developing genre was Joe Ely, whose immersion into the scene was through the most circuitous of routes. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's interview with Joe Ely in the Music & Culture section., then catch Ely with Ruthie Foster and Paul Thorn in the Southern Troubadours in the Round show at 7:30 p.m. in the Pantages Theater.

2. Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel is dealing themselves in the beer festival game hosting their first annual Beer and Wine Festival from 1-5 p.m. For $25 at the door, you will receive a commemorative pint or wine glass, eight drink tickets and a straight line to Dick's Brewing Co., Hi-Fi Brewery, Mt. St. Helens Cellars and others.

3. Some people really can't wait until St. Patrick's Day to don oppressive shades of green and drown themselves in Guinness. Celebrate four days early at Doyle's Public House Pre-St. Patrick's Day Bash. The outside tent is up and beginning at 3 p.m. Nolan Garrett, Fields Under Clover, Ethan Tucker and The Staxx Brothers will fill it up.

4. Northwest Sinfonietta will present a reunion between Cuban jazz pianist Aldo López-Gavilán and his brother, Ilmar Gavilán, along with The Harlem Quartet - for the first public performance of the brothers in the U.S. - at 7:30 p.m. in the Rialto Theater. The Gavilán brothers grew up in Cuba as prodigies of a robustly musical family. Ilmar won several prestigious violin competitions before becoming a founding member of the trail-blazing Harlem Quartet, while Aldo pursued a phenomenal solo career as a Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and composer.

5. Dark Palms music is a barbaric, pulsing, yet nuanced and nimble band based out of Olympia. The type of band that proves that modern post-punk sounds can still hold pop sensibilities - that musically you can still see what's in your rear view while looking forward. The band performs with Radio On, Josh Duhamel the Band and Dirty Malkovich at 9 p.m. in Bob's Java Jive.

March 13, 2015 at 7:23am

5 Things To Do Today: Jake Shimabukuro, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, New Kingston, Freeway Park ...

Whether he's covering Pink Floyd and the Beatles, playing a Hawaiian traditional, or writing one of his own elaborate pieces, Jake Shimabukuro has gained the respect of musicians and fans around the globe. Press photo

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 2015 >>>

1. We encountered Jake Shimabukuro through his much-admired rendition of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," a piece that went viral in YouTube's infancy. Since then he's toured with Jimmy Buffett and played the West Hollywood House of Blues, B.B. King's Nightclub in New York, Bumbershoot and popular TV and radio talk shows. He's a household name in Japan, where he's the ambassador for Hawai'ian tourism. His instrument has only four strings with little sustain and can cover a mere two octaves from middle C up, but that's close to the range of the average human voice. Thus, Shimabukuro has all of the popular music at his disposal. Read Christian Carvajal's full feature on Jake Shimabukuro in the Music & Culture section, then catch the ukulele virtuoso at 7:30 p.m. in the Pantages Theater.

2. Andrew Gordon, the actor-playwright who co-authors and produces mystery nights for his company, Open Road Productions, at Pellegrino's Italian Kitchen in Tumwater. His latest is an all-new musical, Murder Beyond the Stars, at 7:30 p.m. Andy, you have the floor: "It's set at the 26th annual Journeycon, a celebration of the TV show Journey Beyond the Stars back in the '90s. The convention takes place 26 years after the show ended disastrously. The two leads weren't speaking to each other. Something terrible happened, and that's to be revealed. The producer has decided to bring back the show as a movie, but instead of hiring the old cast, he's going the Chris Pine route. He went with a new, young, idiot actor, whom the script describes as all teeth and no brains. I don't think I'm giving away secrets when I tell you someone dies. Of course, everybody looks at least a little like a suspect."

3. From the manic mind of comic Steve Martin comes the offbeat comedy Picasso at the Lapin Agile. Set in Paris at a bar known as The Lapin Agile (The Agile Rabbit), Martin imagines a meeting between a young Pablo Picasso and a young Albert Einstein, two men who will transform the 20th century. Pablo, Al and their friends meet at The Lapin Agile to eat, drink and change art and science forever. Tacoma Little Theatre draws open the curtain at 7:30 p.m.

4. The father-and-sons quartet New Kingston are of rasta heritage, but the Pantons are second-generation Americans who drop laid-back jams like "Today" and "La La La" in a Brooklyn accent. They're a bashment, in reggae slang, meaning a party in progress. Their lyrics are socially conscious, but don't worry too much about that right now. Instead, close your eyes and sip cocktails on a beach in your mind at 8 p.m. in Jazzbones. In fact, I hear Jazzbones makes a ranking rum punch. New Kingston will urge you to "puff it and pass it" - but even in Washington, you have to wait till you get home for that. One love!

5. Seattle quartet Freeway Park offers up angular noise-pop accompanied by the manic preaching of frontman Graham Isaac. When you eliminate singing from your band, the onus then becomes dangerously focused on the strength of the words and the music. Isaac's deadpan reading of his wryly funny lyrics serves as a handy counterpoint to the jittery guitars. Catch the band with Coast Culture, 100 Ounces and Godfish at 8 p.m. in Deadbeat Olympia record store.

March 12, 2015 at 6:53am

5 Things To Do Today: Puget Sound Boat Show, Warren G, Ancient Victorys, Dead Larry ...

Find a boat that matches your personality at the Puget Sound Boat Show opening today at the Tacoma Dome. Photo courtesy of Facebook

THURSDAY, MARCH 11 2015 >>>

1. Giving boaters and anglers an opportunity to see and touch, compare prices and features, and talk with experts about the newest technological advancements in boats and motors and fishing gear holds great appeal and utility in the Puget Sound area. Just before boat season begins, the Puget Sound Boat Show will showcase 2015 models and closeout models offered by more than 20 area dealers, boating accessories and fishing gear and more than two dozen hours of how-to seminars through Sunday, opening at 11 a.m. in the Tacoma Dome. Shop and compare a selection of boats - ranging from kayaks and inflatables, aluminum models popular with fishermen, fiberglass sport boats and offshore models offering luxury and durability.

2. The quarterly Ancient Victorys Open Mike brings back some of the 3,000 acoustic music performers from open mikes run by Chris Lunn in this state and California from the 1965 through 1990 to the Antique Sandwich Co. at 7 p.m.

3. Based on one audience suggestion, The Improvised Shakespeare Co. will create a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece at 7:30 p.m. in the Washington Center. Each of the players has brushed up on his "thee's" and "thou's" to bring you an evening of off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you're wondering where the story is going ... so are the actors.

4. Having worked with everyone from 2Pac to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre (his half-brother), Warren G is a vital voice of not only reality rap and party music, but he has always been a conscientious and active voice in community driven issues. Long Beach is in the house for a 8 p.m. show with Grynch, Wanz at Crytical in Jazzbones. Sing Nate Dogg's (RIP) hooks, y'all! 

5. More so than many of the other bands striving to capture the feeling of music in the '90s, pop weirdos Dead Larry feel like they emerged straight from the time capsule. It's remarkable how uncanny their resemblance is to the pop eccentrics like They Might Be Giants, Ben Folds Five, the Lemonheads and Crash Test Dummies. Dead Larry is unabashedly upbeat music that finds their footing in piano pop, with diversions into white-boy-funk, and stoned psychedelic explorations. Catch the band with Birger Wink, Larry Wish and American Forrest at 8 p.m. in Deadbeat Olympia record store.

March 11, 2015 at 7:03am

5 Things To Do Today: Kareem Kandi jazz open mic, UPS art show, Dub Narcotic Studio live, karaoke ...

Saxophonist Kareem Kandi hosts a jazz open mic at The Swiss tonight. Photo credit: Jason Ganwich

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 2015 >>>

1. Saxophonist Kareem Kandi has hosted an open jazz session for years, a backyard patio for his music school friends, fellow musicians and newbies to jam out standards - fresh, fiery and exciting. The jam now resides every second Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in The Swiss.

2. Kittredge Gallery is showing the work of three recent University of Puget Sound graduates - Haley Andres, Abbie Baldwin, and Kristan Shuford - created during a post-graduate residency at Halle 14 in Leipzig, Germany. At 4 p.m., Baldwin and Shuford, along with exhibition curator and UPS art history alum Luc Sokolsky, will offer a gallery talk about the work and discussion of their experiences. The talk will be followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibition from 5-7 p.m. Both talk and reception will take place at Kittredge Gallery and are free and open to the public.

3. A penny saved is worth two in the bush. And your burning bridges have been gathering moss lately, anyway. The time has come to rework your literary life (or maybe, to create a literary life). Too long have you lingered in the annals of John Grisham; the Classic Book Club may be just what you need. You will save your pennies (because the book club's novels are long; therefore you will take longer to read them, and therefore, go book shopping less - such logic, eh?) and keep moss from burning, ahem, your brain. And you'll become hopelessly intellectual and never make lame, extended jokes involving metaphors, ever. This month the group is ripping apart Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio, at 7 p.m. in King's Books.

4. Dub Narcotic Studio in downtown Olympia will host a live, in-studio performance and recording with San Francisco trio Bad Jazz, Olympia experimentalist Arrington de Dionyso and Olympia treasure Knotpinebox. The mics flip on at 7 p.m.

5. Every Wednesday night at Puget Sound Pizza, the Volcano's music critic Rev. Adam McKinney hosts a karaoke session showcasing a Tarantino-like mix of downtown denizens seriously singing Bill Withers and glasses-wearing gals squawking out punk rawk, plus appearances by local rock stars. McKinney, always looking dapper in his sportcoat, has a mellifluous singing voice, perfect for "Disco 2000" by Pulp, "Poisoning Pigeons in the Park" by Tom Lehrer, "Little Green Bag" by the George Baker Selection, "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)" by Squeeze and his standard closing song, "Bottle of Wine" by the Fireballs.

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