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August 29, 2011 at 9:33am

5 THINGS TO DO TODAY: Art Appreciation Night at Cheney Stadium, Momenti Rubati, "Parenthetically Speaking," and more ...

Momenti Rubati performs tonight at the Royal Lounge in Olympia.

MONDAY, AUG. 29, 2011 >>>

1. Not only is catching a Rainiers game the quintessential American minor league baseball experience, but the newly-renovated Cheney Stadium is just plain awesome. One of the highlights of the new Cheney is the public art, which will be dedicated tonight as part of Art Appreciation Night. A tour of the artwork will start at 5:30 p.m., with dance performances featuring Fab 5 and Rhubarb to follow. The special $9.95 ticket price (which includes hot dog, a drink and chips) will only be offered in advance. Call 253.752.7707 ext. 184.

2. Get down with Momenti Rubati tonight at the Royal Lounge in Olympia. Or, peruse the Volcano's extensive live local music listings here.

3. DJ Melodica is kind of a genius. This is just one of the reasons locals rave about the Micro Mondays he leads at Magoo's Annex in North Tacoma. Expect punk, post punk, New Wave, early electronica, garage and more.

4. In last Thursday's issue, Volcano art critic Alec Clayton weighed in on the new Mildred Howard exhibit at Tacoma's Museum of Glass, Parenthetically Speaking: It's Only a Figure of Speech. Today, judge the art for yourself.

5. Some of the best sand sculpting artists in the entire world have been putting their sand-molding skills on display in Federal Way since Aug. 18. Think we're pulling your leg? Fat chance. Drop in on the World Class Sand Sculpting Tournament of Champions today at Hillside Plaza. Find details more here.

LINK: Arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music tonight in the South Sound

August 25, 2011 at 12:14pm

THE WEEKEND HUSTLE: Rock at the Dock III, 34th Annual LeMay Car Show, Maritime Fest, L.I.F.E. celebration plus the boring lives of our writers ...

THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Sunny, hi 83, lo 56

Saturday: Sunny, hi 76, lo 53

Sunday: Iphone says still sunny, hi 79, lo 55

>>> FRIDAY, AUG. 26: TACOMA FOOD CO-OP OPENS

Tacoma will get a little food-friendlier on Friday. Since 2006, a group of dedicated locals has worked to establish a place where fresh, local, non-chemically raped food can be found. Better yet, they've been working to establish a place for the community to come together, connect and grow. It's called a food co-op, and the years of active recruitment and planning will pay off when the Tacoma Food Co-op opens its doors this week. A grand opening celebration is also planned for Sept. 10.

>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 27: ROCK AT THE DOCK III

Few places are better for the rock than a dock. Just trust us. Of course, this is just one of the many reasons why Saturday's Rock at the Dock III Hot Rod Car Show & All City Dance at Johnny's Dock Restaurant in Tacoma will kick major ass. There'll be more classic cars than you'll know what to do with, not to mention plenty of other free, live entertainment ... and a beer garden! The event's evening musical treat promises Dan Whyms and Rock Island Line.

  • Johnny's Dock Restaurant, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., 1900 East D St., Tacoma, rockatthedock.net

>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 27: 34th ANNUAL LeMAY CAR SHOW

Lasting over three decades is an accomplishment for anything and anyone. Ask Volcano editor Matt Driscoll, who made it to 30 by sheer luck. The annual LeMay Car Show hasn't just lasted three decades, it's working toward a fourth. Saturday, the 34th Annual LeMay Car Show will offer its usual "amazing assortment" of vintage vehicles, matched with additional collections of all sorts of other fun collectible memorabilia. Money raised goes to benefit the LeMay Family Collection Foundation.

  • Marymount Event Center, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., $5-$10, free for members, active military and kids under 5, 325 152nd St. E, Tacoma, 253.272.2336

>>> SATURDAY & SUNDAY, AUG. 27-28: MARITIME FESTIVAL

The Volcano gears up for the annual Maritime Festival like the Super Bowl. We just can't get enough of celebrating Commencement Bay, and the "Working Waterfront" as it's known. This year marks the 19th annual Maritime Fest - and it might be the best ever.  Expect harbor tours and train rides, paddle board racing, music, boat building, clowns and a beer garden. The action runs Saturday and Sunday. That's why they call it a "Working Waterfront" - weekends off are for pussies.

  • Thea's Park/Foss Waterway Seaport, Aug. 27-28, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free, Dock Street, Tacoma, maritimefest.org

>>> SUNDAY, AUG. 28: CELEBRATE L.I.F.E.

We've raved about the Fab-5 and the L.I.F.E. Program plenty. For those not in the know, Fab-5 created the L.I.F.E. Program (Living In Free Expression) in 2005 as a means of providing "relevant creative outlets" for our area's young people. The L.I.F.E. Program is described as, "an intensive series of urban arts workshops designed to allow youth to develop and explore their unique voices through a variety of different mediums," like DJ-ing, breakdancing, visual arts and creative writing. Fab-5, in conjunction with Spaceworks Tacoma, also recently birthed Fabitat, a physical location for Fab-5 headquarters where weekly classes, gallery exhibitions, live events and studio space flourish. On Sunday, join L.I.F.E. and Fab-5 at Fabitat (1316 Martin Luther King Way, Tacoma) to celebrate the culmination of this year's L.I.F.E. Program, an event featuring a preview of the breakdancing routine Fab-5 will deliver during next week's Art Appreciation Night at Cheney Stadium, plus much more.

>>> WHERE OUR STAFF IS GOING

NIKKI TALOTTA Features Writer
It's wedding season, and Saturday will be filled with hugs and champagne toasts. Sunday calls for a BBQ and apple picking, followed by an attempt to not butcher Grandma Talotta's pie crust recipe. Hopefully sweet apple pies ensue. Ah, I'm loving August!

REV. ADAM MCKINNEY Music and Film Writer
The tentative plan is to head up to Seattle with some friends to see the Night Beats at the Crocodile. That is all!

BRETT CHIHON Meat Market Correspondent/Features Writer
I'm going to a wedding reception. Free booze!

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CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL: Theater Critic
My wife and I raved so much about Seabrook that now her whole family wants to go. Ergo, about two dozen of our clan will converge on one poor beach house this weekend. Text me. I could use the distraction, as I'm almost out of Angry Bird levels.

JOE IZENMAN: Theater Critic
Grit City Music Fest. Parkway Tavern IPA Fest. Playing Dungeons & Dragons In A Basement Fest. (Hint: one of these three items is not a real Fest. But that sure won't stop me.) The real trick will be how to drink little enough at IPA Fest (starting at 2 p.m.) that my fingers still function to play keyboards at Grit City Fest by 8:15 p.m.

JENNIFER JOHNSON Food and Lifestyles Writer
Dancing, riding bikes, yoga, beach, hiking and church.

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JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
Bah! It's my last weekend before school starts so I'll be spending as much time with my little son in the hopes that I won't have a complete melt down on the 30th.

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Photographer
All things Grit City Fest and Maritime Fest.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 20, 2011 at 6:58am

MORNING SPEW: Tacoma School District's weekend, billboard update, Iran imprisons hikers, Lady Gaga surfing in a bikini and more ...

With "Fright Night" coming out this week, Salon thought it was time to go over the "dos and don'ts" of horror movie remakes.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

While You're Eating Pancakes This Weekend: Tacoma School District and its teachers union are huddled around a table. (News Tribune)

Billboard Battle: The City of Tacoma asks a judge to sign off the Clear Channel agreement. (News Tribune)

Why Trail Passes Are So Important: The two U.S. hikers detained in Iran on espionage charges have been sentenced to eight years in prison, state-run TV reported Saturday. (CNN)

Teeth Chat: Kirsten Dunst adores her "snaggle fangs." (The Superficial)

Ignoring The Fact That You're Making a Horror Remake: Four things horror movie remakes get wrong (Salon)

Your Prayers Have Been Answered: How to make fire from ice. (The Daily What)

And Last: Lady Gaga surfing in a bikini. (TMZ)

August 19, 2011 at 7:51am

MORNING SPEW: Winthrop woes, Fey Way, free booze, Bill Murray's vs Betty White, Carrot Darth Vader and more ...

The King has left the building.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Winthrop Woes: Want to buy a hotel? (News Tribune)

Fey Way: Tacoma City Councilman Jake Fey will be running for the Legislature again. (News Tribune)

Drinking Booze In Stores: State liquor stores to offer free samples, including the South Sound (Seattle PI)

Weird: In Japan people have turned in $78 million found in the post-earthquake wreckage. (Gawker)

Dethroned: Burger King has dropped its creepy king mascot. (USA Today)

Conan Update: Our beloved ginger beanpole isn't doing so hot. (A.V. Club)

Today In Creepy: Bill Murray's head attached to Betty White's body. (Jezebel)

In The Kitchen: Carrot Darth Vader (Sushi Chef Japan)

LINK: Movies open today!

August 18, 2011 at 12:37pm

SHOWDOWN: Third Thursday Artwalk tonight

This morning we snapped this photo of the entrance to the Chihuly exhibit at Tacoma Art Museum. The TAM staff is probably dying a thousand deaths over the quality of the shot.

BE SURE TO STAY HYDRATED >>>

It's the middle of August, which also means the end of summer is on the horizon, or something. In just a few short months we'll all be hunkering inside complaining about how cold it is, completely forgetting that just a few months prior we were doing the same thing, complaining about how hot it was. Might as well enjoy it while it lasts and stroll through galleries, museums and business tonight during Third Thursday Artwalk. From a councilman hosted bus ride to a party in a hair salon, plus a few glasses of cheap wine, and November seems a faraway land.

Officially running from 5-8 p.m. throughout downtown Tacoma, and these days beyond, Artwalk provides a few thrills, and a few chills, and without price of admission.

Oh, if you'd rather not walk, and have a guided tour, the Art Bus launches from the Tacoma Art Museum's sidewalk at 6 p.m. traveling to Viceroy Gallery, B2 Fine Art Gallery, Embellish Multispace Salon, Brick House Gallery, MLK Spaceworks, Jazzbones, Throwing Mud Gallery, 253 Collective and ending at The Swiss. Tacoma City Councilman David Boe will ride shotgun, pointing out architectural wonders, dropping history bombs and previewing each stop. Get in on the party here.

Here are a few spaces participating in tonight's art walk:

TACOMA ART MUSEUM: In conjunction with Dale Chihuly's Northwest TAM will host the free workshop "Caring for Collection" from 5-8 p.m. TAM will tell you if you're destroying your own art work (stop smoking next to your artwork!). You'll also learn the best ways to display your collections. At 6 p.m., Stoneweaver artist and native Linda Levier will discuss the significance of the Edward S. Curtis's North American Indian portfolio to local Native American groups. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.4258

BKB & CO.: Deborah Bushinski from Minnetonka, Minn., has her tessoro jewelry on display. 1734 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.6884 

SPACEWORKS TACOMA: Spaceworks Tacoma gobbled up empty storefronts in downtown Tacoma spitting them back out full of dreams - art studios, film production houses, pop-up stores and theater spaces - in three to six month stints. It's brilliant, really. Spaceworks blows out one candle tonight with a bash featuring performances from the talented D.A.S.H. Center students, live music by Fritha Strand Davern, Nat Dybevik, Your are Plural and others, scenes and laughs from Toy Boat Theatre and hella cool break dancing and live painting from the Fab-5 team. 5-8 p.m., 1300 Block of MLK Way, Hilltop Tacoma

253 COLLECTIVE: Member photographer Kate Lynch shows off her images of eagles, hummingbirds, shorebirds, and songbirds juxtaposed with photographs and photo illustrations of trees under the title "For the Birds & the Trees." 6-8 p.m., 19th and South Jefferson, Tacoma

MOUSAI STUDIOS: Ballroom Instructors opened this dance studio in Tacoma's Triangle District. Tonight, there's a reception for local artist and 253 Collective member Megan Kilen as people dance about smartly. 5-8 p.m., 759 St Helens Ave., Tacoma

EMBELLISH MULTISPACE SALON: Mad Hat Tea Co. co-owner and artist Maureen McHugh will exhibit her Acrylic and the fabulous flow and words and splotches of India ink inside the downtown Tacoma hair salon. Bonus: Najamoniq Todd and Del Brown will DJing the party, which also happens to be a birthday celebration for Embellish owner Patricia Lecy-Davis. 6-9 p.m., 1121 Court D, Tacoma

BRICK HOUSE GALLERY: Photographs of Winston Swift Boyer and Ralff Somoff will hang in this small, but awesome space. The Brick House always has the best free food. 5-8 p.m., 1123 S. Fawcett, Tacoma

MAVI CONTEMPORARY ART: This fancy space next to The Grand Cinema celebrates its one-year anniversary tonight featuring the works of William Quinn and Michael Loos, with a solo installation by Elizabeth Ashe in the front vault. 5-8:30 p.m., 502 Sixth Ave., Tacoma

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 18, 2011 at 12:09pm

THE WEEKEND HUSTLE: "Mauritius," Helsing Junction Sleepover, Downtown Block Party, TUSH! and the boring lives of our writers ...

THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Sunny, hi 78, lo 53

Saturday: Sunny, hi 83, lo 58

Sunday: Iphone says still sunny, hi 80, lo 60

>>> AUG. 18 - SEPT. 10: MAURITIUS

Opening Thursday, Harlequin Productions' latest work features both stamp collecting and danger. No, really. Described aptly as a "comic-thriller,' Mauritius is the story of, "a valuable stamp collection discovered in the refuse of a family estate begins a desperate battle between ethics and desire." If that doesn't sound awesome to you you're dead inside.

  • Harlequin Productions - State Theater, Aug. 18 - Sept. 10, 8 p.m. Thursday - Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 202 Fourth Ave. E, Olympia, harlequinproductions.org

>>> AUG. 19-21: HELSING JUNCTION SLEEPOVER

This weekend marks the yearly Helsing Junction Sleepover, a three-day, K Records-powered, jaw-dropping musical happening that's as original as it is awesome. Utilizing the 30-acre Helsing Junction organic farm in Rochester, the Helsing Junction Sleepover makes smiles and memories by combining the type of boundary-busting tunes K Records is known for with wholesome fun like picnics and swimming. This year's lineup is too long to list, but includes The Hive Dwellers, Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa, Joey Casio and others.

  • Helsing Junction organic farm, $30 adv pass, $8-$12 by day, event, $2 camping, 12013 Independence Rd. Rochester, krecs.com 

>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 20: DOWNTOWN BLOCK PARTY

One of the biggest positives Tacoma has going for it is the feeling of connectivity and community that's blossoming here. Tacoma isn't big, and with a positive (albeit uniquely T-Town) mindset it's easy to get channeled into all sorts of brilliant creativity and progressive momentum. Saturday, organized by Downtown Tacoma Neighbors and the non-profit Local Life, the Downtown Block Party will engulf Opera Alley from 5 - 10 p.m. Expect a boatload of arts activities, lots of goodness for the kids, music pouring out of every corner, awesome demonstrations and even a beer garden. It'll be the place to be - guaranteed.

>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 20: IT CAME FROM THE PLANET TUSH!

"Stage-ready makeup for burlesque is called ‘full drag,' " explains Frida Fondle of Olympia's Tush Burlesque. "It's a great homage to the drag queens, who really do exemplify the ultimate of feminine glamour. When we are putting on our makeup for the stage, we aspire to look as glamorous as drag queens." Saturday, Olympia's Tush troupe will lead what's sure to be an enraptured audience through a burlesque tribute to sci-fi and fantasy. According to hype, "The TUSH troupe along with members of the aerialist group Tall House Consortium and special guest Mercury Troy from A Wink & a Smile will send you to another planet this night!" Awesome.

  •   Capitol Theater, 9 p.m., $12-$15, 206 Fifth Ave., 18+, Olympia, 360.754.6670

>>> SUNDAY, AUG. 21: RED ELVISES

Red Elvises is a perpetually-touring party band that does a damn admirable job of embodying the essence of absurdity. Mixing elements of art deco, bossa nova, punk, rockabilly, surf, lounge, Middle Eastern and Eastern European music, Red Elvises is a particularly difficult band to summarize. Led by a fearless leader known as Igor Yuzov, Red Elvises is a trashy, kitchy, lurid ball of energy that tears through towns and venues with reckless abandon, and no small amount of winking ridiculousness. Seeing the band live, expect garish animal-prints and elements of similar oddball groups like Reverend Horton Heat, the Billy Nayer Show and Gogol Bordello. Above all, remember to dance your ass off.

  •   Jazzbones, 9 p.m., $15, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.396.9169

>>> WHERE OUR STAFF IS GOING

NIKKI TALOTTA Features Writer
Aside from rocking out at the Electric Falcon's show Saturday at McCoys, I plan to take it super easy this weekend - enjoy what's left of "summer." Maybe a backyard picnic with the kiddies, and perhaps a Sunday evening at The Brotherhood, for free movie night, where Eddie Murphy: Raw is playing. I might even get a little reading in. Life is good.

REV. ADAM MCKINNEY Music and Film Writer
The other night, at the bar, I was talking to someone about the strategy that goes into playing Rock-Paper-Scissors. He said that you can win every time if you know how to play the game, and that he'd mastered it. We played one round and he won. The next round, I won. This weekend, I will be standing naked in front of a mirror, playing countless games of Rock-Paper-Scissors with myself, so that I can figure out what my tells are. Is it advisable to ingest mescaline when doing this? Or, would I then be playing against a mysterious, naked Native American? Or Jim Morrison? Eh, I guess we'll see...

BRETT CHIHON Meat Market Correspondent/Features Writer
I'm going camping (read:drinking). And since the Rainiers are getting into the race, I'll be following baseball, too.

CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL: Theater Critic
My father-in-law is playing guitar at a church picnic, and I'm scheduled to review Mauritius from Harlequin. But other than that and a thermonuclear-grade tweak binge, my weekend is clear.

ALEC CLAYTON: Visual Arts Critic
Geez, is it that time again already? I haven't yet recovered from this past weekend. OK. I'm going to see the comic thriller Mauritius at Harlequin Productions, and I'll probably take in some art exhibit to review for this fine publication.

JENNIFER JOHNSON Food and Lifestyles Writer
Volunteering for Paint Tacoma Beautiful Saturday morning, followed by attending the Downtown Block Party in Opera Alley. Church Sunday.

JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
My in-laws are arriving on Friday to see my little one year old son. We will visit with them all weekend and then on Sunday will have the little son dedicated at church followed by lunch with the in-laws, godparents an a few friends.

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Photographer
Captain America with the Marvel Comic lover in the house and then the Downtown Block Party on Saturday to see what folks have to offer.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

August 17, 2011 at 9:11am

5 THINGS TO DO TODAY: Phasers on Kill, Shotgun Red and The Moonshiners, Tacoma Wheelman Bicycle Club "Fairly Fast 40" and more ...

Phasers on Kill play Jazzbones tonight

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 17, 2011 >>>

1. Jazzbones welcomes Phasers on Kill tonight, straight off a show last Friday night at Hell's Kitchen, and almost surely packing as much pop-punk punch as ever. It probably wasn't hard for Jazzbones' GM Dan Rankin to seal the deal on this show ... as he plays bass in the band. It can also be assumed that anyone who went to high school in the early-to-mid '90s and still holds an affinity for the cavity causing punk rock of the period will find something to enjoy in Phasers on Kill. Tonight's gig at Jazzbones is free.

2. Judging purely by name only, tonight's Shotgun Red and The Moonshiners show at Buffino's Golden West Restaurant and Lounge in South Tacoma has to kick ass, right?

3. Today would be a sweet day to see a movie. Perhaps Tabloid, or The Help, or Another Earth, or even Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Probably not 30 Seconds or Less though...

4. Can you hang with members of the Tacoma Wheelman Bicycle Club? Find out this morning during the weekly "Fairly Fast 40," described as, "A fast paced (over 16 mph), hilly, 40 mile training ride, led by members of the Tacoma Wheelmen Bicycle Club." The ride takes off from the Proctor Starbucks at 9:30 a.m. Get in on the action.

5. The Steilacoom Summer Concert Series welcomes Caribbean Vision Steel Drum Band to Pioneer Park tonight at 6:30 p.m. Like any good public park music series, it's free and all ages.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

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August 15, 2011 at 9:05am

MORNING SPEW: Tacoma waterfront issues, Gaytron survives, Depp not Tonto, new Austin Powers flick and more ...

Congratulations Gaytron!

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Tacoma Industry: Don't tread on me. (News Tribune)

Awful: A double bombing kills 75 people and leaves 250 wounded today in Iraq.(CNN)

Small-Town Populairty Contest: Michele Bachmann wins (Washington Post)

Daredevil Stunt: Gaytron the Imploder survives! (Spew)

Final Frontier: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson call the United States a black hole. (Disinformation)

Oh No Silver Screen: Disney has shut down production on Gore Verbinski's reboot of The Lone Ranger, which was set to star Johnny Depp as Tonto. (Deadline)

Probably A Bad Idea, Baby: Hyper-horny snaggletoothed secret agent Austin Powers is coming back. (Hit Fix)

Hoping For "Paranoid Android": Radiohead to open Saturday Night Live season (Inside TV)

August 11, 2011 at 2:11pm

THE WEEKEND HUSTLE: Pierce County Fair, Motley Crue, B-Boy Jam & Cypher plus the boring lives of our writers ...

THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Mostly sunny, hi 77, lo 55

Saturday: Partly sunny, hi 72, lo 54

Sunday: Iphone says still partly sunny, hi 70, lo 55

>>> AUG. 11-14: Pierce County Fair

The promotional tagline for the 64th annual Pierce County Fair is blatant: "You Gotta Go To Graham!" And it's true. If you want to experience this yearly Pierce County tradition of celebrating, "celebration of rural life, agriculture and good old family values," you do, indeed, need to head to Graham. Where else would you go, really, to do all that? The action goes down all weekend at Frontier Park.

  • Frontier Park, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thurs-Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun, $5, 21800 Meridian South, Graham, piercecountyfair.com

>>> FRIDAY, AUG. 12: Motley Crue, et al.

We probably don't need to tell you that Motley Crue, Poison and New York Dolls will be at the Tacoma Dome Friday. You probably already have tickets. You've probably been waiting for this for months. You've probably already read our prediction of the concert, and it's probably already pissed you off. Feel free to burn out in front of our house in your Camaro. We deserve it. Rock on.

  • Tacoma Dome, 7 p.m. $25-$95, 2727 E. D St., Tacoma, 253.272.3663 

>>> AUG. 12- 13: Dakota's Belly, Wyoming

Fledgling Toy Boat Theatre's mission statement promises "good acting in a humble house," and thanks to director Marilyn Bennett and the cast of Dakota's Belly, Wyoming, it delivers. As for the humility of the house (provided by Spaceworks Tacoma), it was uncomfortably warm opening night but fits beautifully otherwise into Hilltop's revitalized atmosphere. This play's pretty steamy, to be sure, so the sweat on actors' faces felt apropos. Read our full review online here.

  • Toy Boat Theatre, $12, 8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 1314 Martin Luther King Way, Tacoma, 253.879.3330

>>> SATURDAY, AUG. 13: B-Boy Jam/Cypher at Koncrete Studios

This week marked the first week of collaboration between LION - an experimental arts journalism project run by youth from all around Pierce County in partnership with FAB-5 - and the Weekly Volcano. Really, LION is doing all the work, and we're just blessed to provide a platform for them. This week the LION's Kimberly Lanh introduced Koncrete Studios, a "studio is meant to embody hip-hop, expressing and supporting all of the foundational elements of the culture." Saturday, Koncrete hosts a B-Boy Jam and Cypher that's sure to be dope.

  • Koncrete Studios, 7-11 p.m., 1828 112th St. E., Tacoma, 360.350.2965

>>> WHERE OUR STAFF IS GOING

NIKKI TALOTTA Features Writer
This Saturday is our official house warming party! Lots of friends and family, kids running wild in the yard, BBQ smoking with the smell of ribs, cold beers, and good spirits (both kinds!) Later in the evening the little kids are going to the grandparents, so the big kids can stay up and play - which also means we get to sleep in Sunday morning. Love it!

BRETT CHIHON Meat Market Correspondent/Features Writer
After last weekend, I really need some time to dry out. I'm headed to Applini's Two Clean and Sober Club in Puyallup.

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CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL: Theater Critic
My lovely wife Amanda and I will attend Oly the Lonely: Songs About Fucking at the Urban Onion. And no, we aren't lonely; and yes, we like songs about things. I have no further comment.

ALEC CLAYTON: Visual Arts Critic
My son's wedding in Seattle.

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JENNIFER JOHNSON Food and Lifestyles Writer
Annual Girls Weekend at the Coast. Running the "Run to the Light' 5K in Westport Saturday.

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JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
Doe Bay! Hurray! Thursday we are taking our very full car across the ferry to Orcas Island for the Doe Bay Music Fest for a weekend full of music, camping and friends with our nearly walking one year old!

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Photographer
Getting me some Vince " mo fo" Neil sugar at Backstage Friday after hitting the Crown Bar and Surreal Lounge lovin.... Yeah, that is a lot of Diet Coke drinking. Doing a wedding at Dorky's Saturday and then Tacoma Cult Film Club Sunday at the Acme.

STEPH DEROSA Features Writer
Once again time for our annual Girl's Weekend in Westport!  The house will be filled with the aroma of rich, wholesome foods while crazy drinks are concocted by our very own Bandito Betty.  Kate Swarner, Kris Blondin, Jennifer Johnson, Liesl Diesel and Melanie Manista-Rushforth and myself will also be in attendance.  The Weekly Volcano World headquarters has already set up an office pool as to who passes out first, gets swept away by a tidal wave, and who has the worst gas.

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August 11, 2011 at 11:34am

Today in OMG!

Adorable!

YES, OMG >>>

The star of the Disney Channel's original series Shake It Up is coming to South Hill Mall in Puyallup. Bella Thorne will hang in the Center Court from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. And the great news is autographs and photos are absolutely free.

In other unconfirmed news, later the same day the stars of Disney's The Suite Life on Deck will dance and sing at the Sperry Ocean Dock along Schuster Parkway in Tacoma ... until the neighborhood along the bluff above pummels them with tomatoes.

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