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February 22, 2014 at 8:39am

5 Things To Do Today: Dockyard Derby Dames, "Mid-Winter Soiree," Vagabond Opera, Ben Union and more ...

Head to Pierce College tonight to see seriously bad mamma jammas who aren’t afraid to get down and dirty in roller skates.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22 2014 >>>

1. We couldn't think of a better way to spend a Saturday night than on a hot date with ourselves listening to loud rock and roll and watching tough-as-nails roller derby chicks knocking each other on their asses. Yes, our Saturday night will be spent with Dockyard Derby Dames characters such as Anita Hit Sum Won, Booty Trapp, Sass E Smaxx, LocoComotion, Hit O' Honey and Brat Capone crammed at the front of the flat track jumping around, screaming my lungs out, picking fights and hocking loogies. Being up close and personal blows away watching the action on television. Hell, with a beer garden, girls in fishnets, funny announcer guys, mascots in full-body spandex  - this is entertainment at it's fullest. The whistle blows at 6 p.m. in the Pierce College Health Education Building. After the bout everyone will head to the Fan Club Sports Bar in Lakewood.


February 21, 2014 at 8:08am

5 Things To Do Today: "What About Grandma?" viticulturist, "12 Angry Men," Thomas Mudrick, ...

"What About Grandma?" shows the lengths one feisty grandmother will go to ensure the happiness and safety of those near and dear to her. Courtesy photo

FRIDAY, FEB. 21 2014 >>>

1. Do you love animals? How 'bout dark comedy? Do Sarah McLachlan ads for the ASPCA make you projectile weep? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then do we have the show for you. Elliot Weiner (pronounced "winer") is a playwright, actor, and director most recently seen in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at Lakewood Playhouse. Sadly for Tacoma, he's moving eastward next month. His going-away present to the South Sound is a one-act play called What About Grandma? that purports to reveal how far a grandmother might go (sink?) to protect the people she loves at 7:30 p.m. in Tacoma Little Theatre. The only admission cost is a donation to the Tacoma Humane Society's Cinderella Program for Spay and Neuter or the Northwest Spay and Neuter Center. Bob Barker will love you for it.


February 16, 2014 at 11:35am

Live-Blogging: The Salute to Military Kids

Military kids from the South Sound are enjoying a free day of fun at Pierce College in Lakewood.

Military children make up a very special part of our region's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of the South Sound, The Ranger and Northwest Airlifter, with support from child car seat manufacturer Diono, have planned a free day of fun for the military kids at Pierce College. Old McDebbie's Petting Zoo, The Reptile Man, a gym full of inflatable toys, Starbucks treats, A Princess Party with hair designs, a Home Depot building craft center, games, prizes, a kids' game show, the Pierce College's Planetarium and much more will be available to the military dependents.

There are a lot of things more important than following live-blogging of our Salute To Military Kids event today at Pierce College - but none of them are things you have to do today. That's right, we're doing us some live-blogging.

11 a.m.: Doors are open at the Pierce College Health Education Building. The whole building and nearby parking lots are loaded with stuff to do. A bit disappointed the weight room is closed. Today was chest and triceps day.

11:05 a.m.: The kids have found the At A Simple Wish princesses.


February 13, 2014 at 11:23am

"12 Angry Men" and a poster

Artwork by James Stowe

The Lakewood Playhouse's 75th Anniversary Season party continues with a stage production of 12 Angry Men. In the stage adaptation, and subsequent Sidney Lumet film, a dozen men debate whether a teenage boy with a rap sheet is guilty of murdering his father at knifepoint. The defendant's race is never specified, but he's "one of these people," so pick your minority. Likewise, we never get names from the jurors, just numbers - although we do know the names starring in the local production, according to a Lakewood Playhouse news release:

The show consists of a true "ensemble" of thirteen Local Actors who are "split right down the middle" with both new, and old faces to the Lakewood Playhouse stage including these actors returning from previous productions: JAMES WREDE (Foreman), JACOB TICE (Juror #2), JOSEPH GRANT (Juror #4), JED SLAUGHTER (Juror #6), BRUCE STORY (Juror #8), MICHAEL DRESDNER (Juror #11) and CONNOR TIBKE (The Guard).

We are proud to introduce the following actors to the Lakewood Playhouse Stage: CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL (Juror #3), JAMES CLARK (Juror #5), BOB REED (Juror #7), CURT BEECH (Juror #9), RONNIE HILL (Juror #10) and DENNIS WORRELL (Juror #12).

Yup, that's Weekly Volcano theater critic Christian Carvajal.

Also, how about the artwork above by artist James Stowe? That's awesome.

To purchase your tickets, click here.

February 13, 2014 at 8:20am

5 Things To Do Today: Mad Love Fest, Holes, House at Pooh Corner, The Sheik and more ...

The art party is back at Mad Hat Tea Company tonight.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13 2014 >>>

1. Forget Venus, Venice, Paris or any other word ending in -is that conjures up love-ish ideas: there's no better way to woo a would-be - or current - Valentine than with an evening of arts-related culture. And Mad Hat Tea Company has fired up its popular Valentine's Day arts show where poets, musicians, craftspeople and artists take tea drinkers to the furthest point from the half-off Valentine's bin at Rite Aid. Buy one of the local artists' pieces such as Fred Novak's collage works from 7-10 p.m., gift it to your date - along with a cup of Maureen's Mad Aphrodesiac tea - and you might just net a very warm and snuggly Valentine's night, indeed!

2. Local artist and Pierce College art professor Danella Sydow has eight pieces on display - including graphite on paper and reliefs - in the Fine Arts Gallery. Sydow is the recipient of the Mayor's Award from the Olympia Arts Commission. Check out her work from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3. In case you've been rightly avoiding entertainment news over the past month, LaBeouf has been embroiled in a controversy that began with him completely plagiarizing a Daniel Clowes comic called Justin M. Damiano for a short film he directed. Predictably, LaBeouf was immediately found out once he put the film online, and what has followed has been an exercise in lame, art-school-failure performance art, and acts of privilege and delusion so mind-boggling they'd make Justin Beiber wince. Interested in seeing a young, preciously untainted Shia LaBeouf? His adaptation of the beloved Louis Sachar novel, Holes, will be screened at the Moore Library at 3 p.m. If you hiss every time his dumb face shows up on screen, though, you'll never make it through the movie.

4. There's not much better than sharing something you love from your childhood with the next generation of kids. There's not much worse than beloved literature being remade into something unrecognizable in the name of "modernization." The House at Pooh Corner currently at Olympia Family Theater allows you to revel in your nostalgia - provided your childhood bears were more "fluff and stuff" than gruesome killing machines. There are a couple elements that are new, a pseudo "who's on first" type of schtick with the characters Early and Late and a Christopher Robin who is more petulant than the sweet boy from Milne's and Disney's classic stories. Additions aside, OFT's production is charming, funny and quite adorable. Read Joann Varnell's review of the show, then catch it at 7 p.m.

5. Rudolph Valentino found his definitive screen image in the 1921 rape romance The Sheik, as a dashing desert vagabond who captures a tempestuous English girl. The film was so popular that a brand of prophylactics was named after it, a rare distinction indeed. Did Rudolph Valentino's silent film The Sheik help shape U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East? You decide as you watch the silent flick backed by vocalists Connie Corrick and Hugh Hastings at 7 p.m. in the Washington Center.

LINK: Thursday, Feb. 13 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

February 12, 2014 at 11:28am

Winds knock over barn at Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood

E-I-E-I-oh no!

This just in from the city of Lakewood's newsroom

Overnight winds knocked down an aging barn at Fort Steilacoom Park, one that has likely stood for more than a century.

The barn - located east of Waughop Lake - was the most fragile of the park's historic barns and wasn't being used for storage or any other purpose, according to Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Mary Dodsworth.

It is also located outside of the park's historic barn area and will not impact any current use or operation at the state-owned park, she said.

No one was hurt when the barn collapsed overnight. The City of Lakewood - which this month assumed control of the lease of the 340-acre Fort Steilacoom Park from the State of Washington - erected temporary fencing around the fallen barn and is planning to remove the barn material from the park.

The City will work with Department of Social and Health Services to determine if any of the material should be retained for historical significance.

Dodsworrth said the barn was built on a cement slab, which will be retained for future use.

Filed under: Lakewood, News To Us,

February 10, 2014 at 7:39am

5 Things To Do Today: Michael Schenker, Afro-Latin music chat, Peach Serene Jazz Trio and more ...

Michael Schenker may not be a household name, his indelible influence on four generations of rock and metal guitarists cannot be understated.

MONDAY, FEB. 10 2014 >>>

1. Sometimes you just need to bang your head. At least we do, and tonight's head-banging options will satiate any and all neck-injuring, hair-thrashing needs you may have. Check out cock-rock dinosaur Michael Schenker - the German guitarist, famous for his half-black, half-white Gibson Flying V guitar - at 9 p.m. in the Rock N Roll Lodge. Schenker - unknown to most, but legend to his fans - started down Debauchery Road at a young age, having played lead guitar for the revered Eurometal bands UFO and Scorpions by the time he was 18 years of age. He went on to the Michael Schenker Group in the '80s, which was one long guitar solo.

2. Myriam J.A. Chancy - a Haitian-Canadian writer and professor of English who wrote The Loneliness of Angels, which explores a spiritual world ranging from mysticism to Judaism - will speak on "The Memory Table" at 5:30 p.m. in the Tahoma Room at Commencement Hall on the University of Puget Sound campus.

3. Musician and educator Antonio Davidson-Gomez will discuss Afro-Latin music legacies through a hands-on presentation combining instruments and rhythms with history, language and more at 7 p.m. in the Lakewood Pierce County Library.

4. The New Frontier Lounge isn't The Five Spot on Cooper Square. Then again, it doesn't sit in the East Village of the 1950s either. But, grab the corner bar stool Monday nights at The New Frontier, nurse a double bourbon, close your eyes and let pianist Nate Dybevik, bassist Arneson Cameron and drummer Peter Tietjen take you to the famous New York City jazz club over the din of the drinking Tacoma crowd. It as it should be: hearing cool jazz in a comfortable, no-pressure environment. The Peach Serene Jazz Trio kicks it at 9 p.m.

5. Every Monday Jazzbones is packed to the brim with college kids. Party types. The type that wear tight shirts and trucker hats. Throngs of Chad Fratguys and Sarah Sororitysisters swarm the bar, line up for the bathroom and dance to the Rockaraoke - live band karaoke. The Rockaraoke band is skilled, too. Expect $2 PBR drafts, $3 Sinfire shots, $4 Smirnoff flavor vodka bombs.

LINK: Monday, Feb. 10 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

January 25, 2014 at 6:19am

5 Things To Do Today: DJ Donald Glaude, Proctor Art Gallery, Hip-Hop 4 The Homeless, early music ...

Make some noise!

SATURDAY, JAN. 25 2014 >>>

1. In the early ‘80s, Donald Glaude filled Lakes High School house parties with Funkadelic, Commodores and underground hip-hop. While the dudes played REAL quarters the women flocked around Glaude. His musical knowledge, good looks and outgoing personality made him king of Lakes High School. From there, he emerged himself in the Seattle house and rave music scene before becoming one of the most traveled international DJs of our time. Always a smile, and women on both side of his decks, Glaude still commands the worldwide house music scene, in front of the turntables and behind the studio mixing board. Glaude returns home for a night at Jazzbones, with Skeemer and Mr. Clean opening, and the Northwest DJ roster before him. Respect.

2. The Proctor Art Gallery celebrates its fifth anniversary from 1-5 p.m. Drop by and chat with the artists, take advantage of sales, enjoy refreshments, entertainment and door prizes. 

3. In its 12th year and for the seventh straight year in Olympia, the community is invited to take part in an active weekend of highlighting the plagues of poverty, discrimination, inhumanity and homelessness while simultaneously celebrating the spirit of togetherness during the annual Hip-Hop 4 The Homeless benefit. For the cost of donated items such as food, clean clothing, hygiene items and cash, the 5 p.m. family friendly concert in The Olympia Ballroom features Afrok & The Movement, Speaker Minds (Portland), AKA & The Heart Hurt Goods, The Sharp Five and Real Life Click, plus the annual 25360 Awards celebration.

4. A few decades ago, the term "early music" (generally speaking, any music written before J.S. Bach) had the same cachet as brown rice or granola: esoteric stuff that was vaguely good for you, but none too tasty or easy to digest. And as for performing early music, only specialists need apply. Nowadays, performances of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque music on period instruments - not to mention instrumentalists and vocalists versed in early performance styles as a matter of course in their studies - are the very enjoyable norm, and a lot of great, previously unknown music has become popular and beloved by audiences. At 7 p.m. in Tacoma's Trinity Lutheran Church, the Salish Sea Early Music Festival will focus on the musical styles during the reign of Louis XV, who became king in 1715 at the age of five upon the death of his grandfather Louis XIV.

Producing Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is like saddling a dragon. We caught struggles for lines, most adroitly concealed. The blocking isn't great for performance in the round. There are patrons who won't know what to make of all its profanity, carnality and perma-drunk savagery. What unnerves most, though, is the fact that this drama has no hero or heroine for us to cheer. There's no tragic downfall, as its characters bring misery on themselves. Yet the acting in this Lakewood Playhouse production, on all four counts but especially from Deane and Garman, is extraordinary, some of the best we'll see all year. Read Christian Carvajal's full review of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in the Music & Culture section, then catch the 8 p.m. show.

LINK: Saturday, Jan. 25 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

January 21, 2014 at 10:20am

JBLM spouse Jamie Johnson wins Physical Fitness Award at 2014 Mrs. Washington America Pageant

Jamie Johnson was escorted by her husband, 1st Lt. James Johnson, at the 2014 Mrs. Washington America Pageant Jan. 18 in Bellevue. Courtesy photo

Lakewood resident, military spouse and mother of three Jamie Johnson represented Joint Base Lewis-McChord at the 2014 Mrs. Washington America Pageant Jan. 18 in Bellevue.

Johnson's chosen platform was veteran Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) awareness and support. She also wanted to show her pride in being a military spouse and was thrilled to represent the military community in the event.


January 15, 2014 at 9:23am

Babblin' Babs Bistro to reopen in Lakewood

Chef William Mueller takes his craft seriously.

After 10 years, Babblin' Babs Bistro is moving from its 900-square-foot location in Tacoma's Proctor District to a 3,500-square-foot location on Gravelly Lake Drive in Lakewood.

"We're going for a full new look," said chef and co-owner William Mueller. "We'll have state-of-the-art equipment, and we'll be changing up some of the menu."

Some of the bigger changes include a grab-and-go area with lattes, soups, salads and sandwiches, such as the hot ham and brie or West Indie chicken curry sandwich. Mueller said the bistro will also bring in lunchtime entrees with big twists, such as spinach and jicama salad tossed in warm papaya vinaigrette and topped with grilled shrimp, pineapple and pancetta.

"Our concept has always been we don't make anything you would make at home. If you want pancakes, you can just stay home in your fuzzy slippers," said Mueller with a smile in his voice. "We are going to continue to be that place for unique urban eating."

Why the move?

While plans for 28 Proctor Holdings LLC's five story mixed use development was headed for the spot Babblin' Babs once created Bodacious Biscuits, Mueller admits that Babblin' Babs Bistro had outgrown the space, and that he and his wife, Shannon, who runs the business with him, are looking forward to the move.  

"I think being in Lakewood is going to be better for several reasons," Mueller said. "The traffic is heavy; we'll have more visibility and way more fun as a restaurant because we'll actually have staff. We're just excited to be in a city that wants us."

Mueller said the bistro will still serve the best of breakfast and lunch. It will likely stay open later and offer dinner service Friday to Sunday.

Opening date for the new location is still six months out, so Mueller suggests following Babblin' Babs Bistro on Twitter and Facebook for updates and photos.

BABBLIN' BABS BISTRO, 11126 Gravelly Lake Dr, Lakewood, 253.761.9099

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