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October 1, 2006 at 5:19am

News York Dolls play Seattle

The New York Dolls. Such lovely boys. So butch, so camp, so degenerate, so coming to Seattle Nov. 11 as part of Little Steven's Underground Garage tour. The Dolls headline the next leg of the tour with The Supersuckers, The Chesterfield Kings and more bands that have not yet been announced.

Gone are the 6-inch heels and most of the original members, but singer David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain will grab reunion mania by the skirt Nov. 11 at El Corazon and show Seattle why they the godlike prototype punks, a glamorous collision between the Stooges and the Stones.

Bobble Tiki remembers the Dolls lighting up the early '70s like "Jackass 2" at the box office then faded into oblivion, victims of naughty drugs, naughty management and bad prog-rock flavor of the day.

Ticket prices and sale date for the Seattle show have not been announce. The tour hits Berbati's Pan the night before in Portland, which is on sale for $20 at Ticketweb. â€" Bobble Tiki

Filed under: Concert Alert,

October 2, 2006 at 1:41pm

Manhatten Transfer review

The Manhattan Transfer parked at Seattle's Jazz Alley for a long weekend of two set nights.  Although showing their age, the quartet of vocal magicians sounded excellent plowing through a 60 minute set of new and golden oldies.  The group that has performed for 30+ years delivered sensational renditions of "Birdland," "The Boy From New York City," and "Soul Food To Go."
Those not familiar with this power group, they have walked away with countless Grammys over the last three decades.  Look for a new holiday CD this winter, plus a CD they recorded with the Czech Symphony. â€" Ken Swarner

October 3, 2006 at 9:22am

Syren Night Football

Syren Lounge and Nightclub (1117 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma) is opening its doors Monday nights for "Monday Night Football" on the big screen.  The deck is back open too.  All is well again in our world. â€" Michael Swan

Filed under: Club News, Sports, Tacoma,

October 3, 2006 at 9:35am

Sneak peek inside Pantages Theater

Less than two weeks before the Pantages Theater's grand re-opening, officials at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts offered a sneak peak at renovations, which are currently wrapping up.

Six new, windowed double doors open to a spacious entryway, complete with ornate, stained-glass sky lights, a new, permanent concession stand and a relocated, grand, wrought iron staircase. A new box office with three windows will help diminish lines, and walls are adorned with durable white trim, replacing rose-colored velour covering that children were apparently fond of writing their names in. Lady patrons will be pleased to hear that women's restrooms will feature a bank of stalls suitable for a large theater, while both ladies and mens rooms have been expanded and renovated, complete with slated mahogany stall doors and nearby gold-plated drinking fountains.

Ten performing arts organizations and more than 400 artists will perform to celebrate the renovation of the historic Pantages Theater in a special, one-night-only performance presented by Broadway Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (253) 591-5894 or by visiting their Web site. â€" Paul Schrag

Pantageslights New skylights won't work very well at night, but they're pretty.
Pantagesdrinking Gold plated drinking fountains. For real.
Pantagesladies Ladies rooms will have more stalls, more sinks, more mirrors and shorter lines.
Pantageschris Contracter Chris Rosser polishes the rail, which he contends will remain polished for all of two seconds once people start using the stairs.

Filed under: Tacoma,

October 3, 2006 at 4:30pm

Chill at the Pacific Grill

The official Thursday night Chill at downtown Tacoma's Pacific Grill will start cooling you down on Oct. 5 with vibe music, tasty late night bites and handcrafted martinis. This weekly occurance will include a stellar happy hour menu with $5 appetizers like fritto misto, mussels and fries, meat candy, and Jack and Coke ribs, $3 draft beers and $5 martinis from 9 p.m. to close. A DJ will be spinning electronica fusion music, and the PG is making a definite guarantee: Dancing will happen. I might even break out the sprinkler. â€" Natasha

Filed under: Food & Drink, Natasha, Tacoma,

October 4, 2006 at 7:46am

UWT Gallery hosts Duisburg

Uwtgallery You walk into the gallery â€" a room just past a hot dog stand, behind a running store â€" and the colors overtake you.  The warmest warm tones, then the chilliest of cools, invite your curiosity in.  Upon further inspection, the soothing-though-disturbingly-reminiscent-of- something-you-can’t-quite-pit-your-finger-on patterns and tactile quality of the abstract pieces hanging on the wall engage you in ways you wouldn’t have expected “dead” materials to. 

But Andre Schweers’ "bibliotecha conservata" exhibition, showing now at the University of Washington â€" Tacoma Gallery (UWTG), isn’t just papier, paraffin, and pigment.  Schweers’ background education in Art History, Sculpture, and Geography, as well as his participation in archaeological excavations in Italy, Greece, Turkey, and France, peeks through his works. His 14 years’ work as conservator and archivist for the Stiftung Wilhelm Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg, Germany, where he acquires the bulk of his artistic media, adds a vaguely “DaVinci Code”-like mystery to the exhibition. 

At first glance, the pieces appear to be colorfully sculptural works.  As a whole, the collection pleases the eye through bright colors and repeating patterns.  Upon closer inspection, the textural elements like the papier clawing through the paraffin come through at you like a bad guy in a horror film.  They invite, and inhibit, touch.  They evoke curiosity behind intent, process, and the materials.

Schweer’s work is site-specific in his intent, and seems at home here, during curator Lani Ladbon’s last exhibition with the UWTG, with Ladbon having graduated. She fulfilled what she set out to do over a year ago when University of Washington faculty member Beverly Naidus planted the seed to Ladbon to utilize the existing space that the UWT had set aside as a gallery.

”My mission,” declares Ladbon, “was to curate one year worth of consecutive monthly exhibits.”

In October of 2005, Ladbon painted the gallery walls, curated and hung her first show, and now, 12 months later, prepares to leave her legacy in other hands.

But for now, the space formerly used as a warehouse, then forgotten, then reformed as potential commercial space owned by the UWT, houses works that speak to what Ladbon calls, “a memory transformed and transcended.”

And it’s up to the viewer to decode what that memory is, what secrets lie in the archival papier, paraffin, and pigment.

Andre’ Schweers’ “bibliotecha conservata” shows at the UWTG at 1742 Pacific Avenue, right behind Hot Rod Dogs and South Sound Running. A reception will be held on Oct.19, between 5 and 9 p.m. Contact uwtgallery@gmail.com for hours of operation. â€" Jessica Corey-Butler

Filed under: Arts, Tacoma,

October 5, 2006 at 7:00pm

Two nights of arts awards

The Weekly Volcano loves Pierce County.  The following people also love Pierce County.  Therefore, the Weekly Volcano loves them by some grade school math property we long have stored away.

Congratulations to the following folks:

AMOCATS
The AMOCATS will be awarded during the fifth anniversary celebration of Art at Work month Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Tacoma Art Museum. The evening’s programming will feature live music by the Kareem Kandi Band, hors d’oeuvres, and an opportunity to view the museum’s galleries. This event is free and open to the public. 

Margaret K. Williams Arts Awards
The 19th annual presentation of the Margaret K. Williams Arts Awards, sponsored by the Pierce County Arts Commission and the Pierce County Arts & Cultural Services Division, will take place Thursday, Nov. 2, at the Tacoma Art Museum. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m. 

  • This year's recipients are Joelle K. Hanton for Arts Education, Jim and Diana Craig for Arts Education, and Barefoot Studios for Excellence in the Arts.  The Jim Smith Award is being presented to UP for Art.

Hey, maybe something wonderful takes place at Barefoot Studios.  Duh. â€" Suzy Stump

Filed under: Tacoma,

October 6, 2006 at 8:19am

Tacoma Greek Festival

Bobble Tiki loves the Tacoma Greek Festival opening its doors this today. He loves the group dancing, the fine food, hell, he even loves yelling "Opa!" for no apparent reason. But let's be real. If you're anything like Bobble Tiki, the entire festival is just a complicated set dressing for a baklava-delivery system. Oh, he'll hang out and listen to them ramble on about Socrates, the Olympics and "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," but Bobble Tiki will be picking the flaky crumbs from his Hawaiian shirt and stuffing them into his hungry taste-hole as the Greek folk dancing perform. Bobble Tiki will dance and eat the food, not just because he likes it, but in an attempt to bring the honey content in his blood down low enough so he can scarf down another slab of triangular goodness. It'll be stickier than Brad Allen at The Loft.  The Tacoma Greek Festival runs Oct. 6-8 at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on South Yakima in Tacoma. â€" Bobble Tiki

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

October 6, 2006 at 9:43am

Tacoma Chamber can party

Chamberpartyice Chamberpartybill The Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce pre-functioned last night in anticipation of Business Expo 2006 at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center next Tuesday and Wednesday.  Expo is an opportunity to connect with local businesses.  The party was a chance for participants to let their hair down and get ready for the big show.  Held at the Tacoma Club, the food and drinks were divine. â€" Michael Swan

Filed under: Business, Tacoma,

October 6, 2006 at 5:04pm

Welkommen Freight-Haus German Corner

Freight Haus German Corner recently opened in the Freighthouse Square.  Early report from a Volcano staffer?  Delicious.  Owned by the people who used to operate the Blue Danube in Lakewood, we wouldn't expect anything less.  440 E. 25th St., Tacoma, next to the Tacoma Dome, (253) 572-2287. â€" Jason de Paul

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

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