Just because Washington lacks New Orleansâ€™ typically balmy February weather, doesnâ€™t mean this state lacks the know-how for a rollicking Mardi Gras party. The Sons And Sisters of the Hermannâ€™s Lodge step up to the plate to host Fasching, Bavariaâ€™s answer to Mardi Gras. In Germany donâ€™t just throw a weekend Mardi Gras gig. They declare an annual season of partying starting the 11th hour on the 11th day in the 11th month and lasting until mid-February. For a couple months the Germans whoop it up at feasts and masquerade balls, choose local princes and princesses, and finish off with huge parades particularly notorious in Cologne, Dusseldorf and Munich.
The Sins And Sisters have better things to do than party for months on end. Their Faschingsball will be held Saturday night only, but will be loaded with food, a costume contest and the band Happy Hans. â€" Suzy Stump
[South End Neighborhood Center, 6-11 p.m., $20, 7802 S. L St., Tacoma, 253.531.1757]
Something Weird Saturdays
Thereâ€™s no joy quite as satisfying as the joy derived from a really good bitch session. And in times like these â€" winter, of course, what did you think we meant? Everything else is perfect, silly â€" complaining nonstop is really the only way to go. Especially if youâ€™re not a skier. But should you grow weary of kvetching (and there are reports of this happening, though they are about as common as the word kvetch), there is a cheaper, adrenaline-filled (read: dangerous) alternative. Something Weird Saturdays. Stop laughing. What could be better than watching a double feature of B movies? Not much.
The brain trust behind of Something Weird Saturdays will screen â€œTwo Thousand Maniacsâ€ and Wizard of Goreâ€ this Saturday at the Capitol Theater.
It will be kvetastic! â€" SS
[Capitol Theater, 9 p.m., $5-$7.50, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia, 360.754.5378]
MORE FILM: On local screens today.
The Fat Tones
The trio of Bobby Patterson (guitar and vocals), Bob Ehrgott (bass and vocals), Mike Hays (drums and vocals), are not straight blues by any stretch of the imagination. Incorporating funk, Southern fried R&B, and straight ahead rock, the Spokane unit has an arsenal of musical weapons to choose from. â€" Tony Engelhart
[Jazzbones, with James Howlett Band, 8:45 p.m., $10, 2803 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.369.9169]
Voxxy Vallejo are few in numbers, but formidable in power. On stage itâ€™s just the two of them â€" the blues heavy licks of Gene Vallejo spliced with the awe factor of Voxxyâ€™s vocals â€" but thatâ€™s more than enough. Voxxy Vallejo have the ability to make you forget itâ€™s just the two of them, especially on record where the multi-instrumentalism of Vallejo makes their sound complete. Not that it will be incomplete at Bobâ€™s Java Jive. Thereâ€™ll be more than enough Voxxy Vallejo to go around.
Deborah Page will open the show tonight at Bobâ€™s Java Jive, and after Voxxy Vallejo plays a set and shoots their video, Kurt Lindsay will finish things off. â€" Matt Driscoll
[Bobâ€™s Java Jive, 8 p.m., $3, 2102 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 253.475.9843]
LINK: Photos from the Voxxy Vallejo show.
MORE MUSIC: In the local clubs tonight.