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August 1, 2009 at 3:30am

Iron vs. Art today

SUZY STUMP: URBAN ART FESTIVAL â€" NOW WITH MORE RUBBER >>>

UrbanArt2009 You’ve probably seen the posters with the classic car below the paintbrushes (look right). If you haven’t seen them, you’re probably living in the wrong century, or at least the wrong part of the South Sound. The poster sets the stage for this year’s version of the Urban Art Festival, titled Iron Vs. Art â€" which will add classic cars to what’s typically a classic mix of art, music, barefootedness and dreadlocks.

With Hotrod-a-Rama on hiatus this year, organizer Johanna Gardner has teamed up with the Lifters Car Club and The Swiss Pub for her downtown Tacoma festival Saturday. Expect art exhibits, music (live and DJ), a beer garden, live painting, food, dancing, performance art, healing arts practices, demonstrations, and now â€" badass cars.

Live music from:
    Hard Money Saints
    The Georgetown Orbits
    Vicci Martinez
    Life Cycle

Glass Blowing Demonstrations

DJ stage featuring local DJs

Pre-1973 car show hosted by the Lifters

Performance Art featuring:
    Tribal bellydance
    Josh Rizeberg
    Barefoot Studios

Beergarden

Local Vendors & Food

[The Swiss, Saturday, Aug. 1, noon to 9 p.m., free, 19th and Jefferson, Tacoma]

August 1, 2009 at 8:35am

5 Things To Do: Saturday

MICHAEL SWAN: SATURDAY, AUG. 1, 2009 >>>

8-1-5-Things 1. Guitarist Vince Brown will be joined by swing violinist Eliza Welch for Swing Café & Wine Bar's "Jazz in the Cellar" from 9-11 p.m.

2. The Tacoma Community College Summer Orchestra will perform Dvorak’s 9th Symphony (the “New World Symphony”) and other pieces for free at 11 a.m. inside TCC's Building 3 Auditorium.

3. It will be downright Mayberry during the Proctor Arts Fest when live music, craft booths, loads of kids’ activities and the usual treat and vegetable selection at the market hit the Proctor Business District from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

4. Pierce County middle and high school students will have the chance to discover how they can attain a “natural high” at the “What’s Your Natural High?” event from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stewart Heights Park and Pool.

5. Greta Matassa, her quartet, and her special guest, local legend saxophonist Gary Scott (Frank Sinatra's longtime touring partner) will fill the Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar with jazz from 7-10 p.m.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

August 1, 2009 at 8:46am

For those about to rock twice ...

PAUL SCHRAG: HELL’S BELLES PLAYS TWO SHOWS TONIGHT >>>

Hell's-Belles There are few things in the world as electric as the music of Aussie rock legends AC/DC. Except perhaps the songs that made them legends being murdered (hip-hop vernacular, kids. It means performed really, really well) by Hell’s Belles. The Belles play all AC/DC all over the globe, from “High Voltage” to “Back in Black.” Even Angus Young gives the female AC/DC tribute band props. Mandy Reed, Adrian Conner, Lisa Brisbois, Melodie Zapata, and singer Jamie Nova will be at Hell’s Kitchen tonight for an all ages and 21 and older show.

[Hell’s Kitchen, with Black Houses, The Pete Moss Band, Saturday, Aug. 1, 5 p.m., all ages, $10; with Black Houses, The Enemies Of, 9 p.m., 21+, $12, 3829 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.759.6003]

Filed under: Music, Paul Schrag, Tacoma,

August 1, 2009 at 9:16am

Morning Spew

August 1, 2009 at 2:28pm

Flickr Post of the Day


MOG Morning, originally uploaded by duaflex.

August 2, 2009 at 12:12am

5 Thing To Do: Sunday

MICHAEL SWAN: SUNDAY, AUG. 2, 2009 >>>

Angry 1. Angry Housewives ends its rebel yell at the Lakewood Playhouse today at 2 and 8 p.m.

2. Museum of Glass' "Conversation with the Artist" will feature visiting artist Richard Whiteley discussing his career and inspirations at 2 p.m.

3. The Grand Impromptu Gallery collective’s final show, Rear View Forward, features a sort of retrospective display of several Grand Impromptu members from 2-6 p.m.

4. Hell's Kitchen's all-ages Summer Slam features Eterna Nocturna, Idols, Culling The Weak, Corporal Mortification, Annulus, Consumed, Abandoned Fetus, Creature Of The Deep, As For The Dead and Falling Of Ages beginning at 5 p.m.

5. Wunderbugg CD Release Party with Desillusion, The Second Scene, Mextacy and DJ Hanover Fist begins at 9 p.m. at Station 56.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

August 2, 2009 at 9:54am

“Hello my name is …”

ALICE V. NELSON: NETWORK YOUR WAY TO SUCCESS >>>

In the electronic age of popular job search sites, posting resumes is deemed nearly hopeless in this time of layoffs. Face-to-face meetings are what give job seekers a better opportunity for a career change or advancement. Networking appears to be the name of the game.

“Networking is the single most powerful marketing tactic to accelerate and sustain success for any individual or organization,” according to a quote posted on Strategic Business Network’s Web site. But for the newly unemployed, finding a group with which to exchange business cards and ideas can prove daunting.

Dawn Justin, agency owner of Farmer’s Insurance located on Bridgeport Way in Lakewood, has come up with a solution.

“I was actually looking for something like this for myself,” Justin explains. “I wanted a no-cost way for people to measurably grow profits by coming together, making lasting connections, and learn about promoting local businesses.”

Justin posted her newly formed Purpose Driven Networking (aka PDN) events on Facebook. It took immediate hold. In July more than 50 people showed up to make new connections and promote their businesses.

“I like the idea of putting money in everyone’s pocket,” Justin says. “I also want to know about area businesses in more detail. That allows me, a business owner, to refer my top-of-the-line customers who grow local companies.”

Whether people are employed or not, all are welcome to attend PDN’s twice monthly informal gatherings, which run approximately two hours and are scheduled midweek, after work.

“A variety of business professionals attend PDN events,” Justin notes. “We have dentists, chiropractors, acupuncturists, landscapers, builders, political candidates seeking office, skin-care personnel, people in the beauty industry, IT professionals, and many more. It turns out, in this working world it truly is about whom you know. Joining a networking group is invaluable.”

More information about PDN and the following events is available at PDN's Facebook site.

Upcoming PDN Events

  • Wednesday, Aug. 12, 5:30-7:30 p.m., People’s Furniture, 6818 Tacoma Mall Blvd., Tacoma
  • Tuesday, Aug. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Meconi’s Pub & Eatery, 709 Pacific Ave., Tacoma
  • Wednesday, Sept. 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Campbell-Cox Floor Covering, Inc., 1002 S. 30th, Tacoma
  • Thursday, Sept. 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Bertolino’s Tacoma, 2421 S. Union Ave., Tacoma
Filed under: Business, Community, Tacoma, Web/Tech,

August 2, 2009 at 11:12am

Hey bartender! Have you heard? ...

MICHAEL SWAN: TODAY'S HAPPY HOUR DISCUSSION TOPIC >>>


LINK: South Sound happy hours, many are all-day Sunday

Filed under: Food & Drink, Screens,

August 2, 2009 at 11:14am

Flickr Post of the Day


, originally uploaded by Morgain.
Filed under: Flickr Post of the Day,

August 3, 2009 at 12:12am

5 Things To Do: Monday

MICHAEL SWAN: MONDAY, AUG. 3, 2009 >>>

5-things-8-3 1. The Tacoma Rainiers play a home game against Fresno Grizzlies beginning at 7 p.m.

2. The Gallery at Pierce College in Lakewood is nothing more than a wide place in the hall. But that wide space is filled with a dozen or so very nice paintings by CJ Swanson. Check them out from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

3. DJ Jason Diamond spins roots reggae during The New Frontier Lounge's Rebel Monday at 9 p.m.

4. DJ Doll Hands spins vintage lady country music at The Brotherhood Lounge around 9 p.m.

5. Cold Shot, a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, plays The Swiss at 8 p.m.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide


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