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December 1, 2009 at 12:12am

5 Things To Do: Tuesday

MICHAEL SWAN: TUESDAY, DEC. 1, 2009 >>>

12-1-5-Things 1. Hazel and Vine, the Sacramento indie pop band touring behind their new self-titled release, will stop by the Warehouse in downtown Tacoma for a 8 p.m. show.

2. Joe Feddersen: Pattern Recognition shows from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Evergreen Gallery inside Daniel J Evans Library Building on the campus of The Evergreen State College.

3. American Me, Chelsea Grin, Within The Ruins, Monsters, Those Who Lie Beneath, Open Fire, Alive Through Love play an all-ages show inside the Black Lake Grange beginning at 5 p.m.

4. Station 56 now hosts Two-Step Tuesday Country Music & Dancing Night featuring Jonathan Harris tonight at 7 p.m.

5. Saxophonist Kareem Kandi hosts an open jazz jam at 9 p.m. inside Sax on 6th.


LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

December 1, 2009 at 4:34am

PHOTOS: KUPS 90.1 FM

MICHAEL SWAN: THE COLLEGE RADIO STATION IS NOW ON FLICKR >>>

Kups The hip kids that write CD reviews on our Web site have launched a Flickr site. The DJs and crew of KUPS 90.1 FM “The Sound” loaded photographs surrounding their mtvU Woodie award announcement and New York City trip to grab the award. Click here to see it.

LINK: Our little Flickr site

LINK: Our little Flickr group

Filed under: Photo Hot Spot, Radio, Tacoma,

December 1, 2009 at 10:23am

Empanada Wednesdays

JAKE DE PAUL: ANOTHER COOL THING COMES TO SIXTH AVENUE >>>

Empanadas You no longer have to wait to enjoy empanadas from Pampeana, which currently are available through an online ordering process here. Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 9, Nancy and Alexis Oltman’s impossibly puffy and lighter than air pockets of goodness will be available every Wednesday at Kitchen2Kitchen on Sixth Avenue.

Empanadas available at Kitchen2Kitchen: beef, chicken, spinach and cheese, corn, caprese, apple and dulce de leche, and guava and ricotta cheese. More details can be found here.

[Kitchen2Kitchen, Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sixth and Stevens, Tacoma, 253.752.2586]


LINK: The Pampeana story

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

December 1, 2009 at 11:53am

PHOTOS: Drive-by Holiday

WEEKLY VOLCANO: BECAUSE "SERIES" IS OUR MIDDLE NAME >>>

The holiday season has hit the South Puget Sound. Stores are stocked, the tree in front of the Pantages is lit, and you're getting your über-wholesome, sweater-clad Johnny Mathis on - right? And while you're making your wish list, we will visit South Sound stores for a reason other than shopping - the windows.

We'll post a window daily through Christmas to give you a quick jolt of holiday spirit. Ho, ho, ho!

Driveby1 On the first day of Christmas we drove by: Posh Home

Filed under: Holidays, Photo Hot Spot, Tacoma,

December 1, 2009 at 1:22pm

Dance Oly Dance

MICHAEL SWAN: HAVE YOU DANCED YET? >>>

Danceodance It's Dance Oly Dance time this Friday. The OlyBlog has details.

Filed under: DJ/Electronica, Olympia, Screens,

December 1, 2009 at 1:35pm

ARTS BEAT: Iggy Scrooge, Santa Baby, Winter Gayla

WEEKLY VOLCANO: THE INTERNETS CURATOR >>>

Santababy Spew scans the local online art world so you don’t have to.

There are some holiday traditions you just don’t mess with. Then there are those you mess with, screw with, change, alter, add stuff, cut stuff. The News Tribune art critic Rosemary Ponnekanti previews the Theatre Northwest’s take on A Christmas Carol â€" a punk-rock-Cajun-reggae musical take with a chick in the lead.

Hotel Murano’s Looking Glass Blog fills out its wish list for what it wants to see when the Seattle Men’s Chorus drops by the Pantages this Thursday. “This year’s show, Santa Baby, will give us their take on TV Christmas specials. Not quite sure what to expect: I’m hoping for the classic Charlie Brown Christmas Time Is Here. Oh, and a rendition of Snow Miser/Heat Miser would make my night.”

The OlyBlog has details on Saturday’s Stonewall Youth's 6th annual Winter Gayla inside the Eagle’s Hall Ballroom.

LINK: Weekly Volcano’s Arts & Entertainment Calendar

December 2, 2009 at 12:12am

5 Things To Do: Wednesday

MICHAEL SWAN: WEDNESDAY, DEC. 2, 2007 >>>

12-2-5-things 1. Robert Horner, David Curry, Antonio Edwards, Lawrence Houston, Thorax Toole, Elliot Trotter, Madera Architectural Elements, Kate Burnham and Albert Desantis will each show 20 slides (20 seconds each) on the theme "Working" during Tacoma's Pechu Kucha Vol. 003 at 5:30 p.m. inside The Hub's Gallery.

2. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in partnership with Tacoma Art Museum present the South Sound Gingerbread Village Dec. 2-13 created by local designers, students, and artists from Affairs Chocolate & Desserts, BCRA, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Jonz Catering, Korsmo Construction, Paprika Catering, and local tile artist Claudia Reidener.

3. Sandpiper Gallery opens Unusual Adorments, unusual jewelry by Candyce Anderson, Kevan Atteberry, Lynn Di Nino, Di Morgan-Graves and Elayne Vogel, today with an artist reception from 5-7 p.m.

4. The Washington Center's 21st Century Masters Series features violinist Bella Hristova at 7:30 p.m.

5. Boris Budd & The Waterboarders will be inside Jazzbones at 8:30 p.m.


LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

December 2, 2009 at 4:32am

McManus, Workz, food flick and restaurant secrets

RON SWARNER: FOOD MATTERS >>>

Food Trends: Charlie McManus, co-owner of Primo Grill and the Crown Bar, will lecture on the changing culture of food Wednesday, Dec. 2 in the University of Puget Sound Wheelock Rotunda. The City Club of Tacoma event begins with a 6 p.m. wine social followed by the dinner program. The cost is $23 for members, $30 for everyone else. Reserve your spot at 253.272.9561.

Break From Art: The Workz Café inside the Tacoma Art Museum is open today from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They have gingerbread lattés!

Food Flick: The Tacoma Food Co-op will screen The Future Of Food, a documentary about the controversy over genetically modified foods, tonight at 5 p.m. in Rausch Auditorium on the UPS campus. Bring donations for the Co-op.

Plan Ahead: Affairs Café & Bakery in University Place hosts a Holiday Chef’s Dinner Friday, Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $75. Call 253.565.8604 for details.

Food For Thought: Waiters reveal 30 things you probably don't want to know about eating out. Anything surprising?

LINK: Weekly Volcano’s Eat & Drink section

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

LINK: South Sound Happy Hours

LINK: Wine and beer tastings

LINK: South Sound coupons

December 2, 2009 at 10:00am

Meet the Pharmacy

MATT DRISCOLL: YOUR PRESCRIPTION IS FILLED >>>

The Pharmacy Like indie rock migrants, unshaven and unforgiving, the Pharmacy bumble about this country of ours prescribing messy amounts of psych-pop-punk like doctors slinging elixirs out of the back of a horse drawn cart to wide eye and hopeful pioneers. Having originated in the Northwest - Seattle, at least according to the records - and having moved to New Orleans via seemingly every stop in between, the Pharmacy is more like a travelling church of distortion and disobedience than your prototypical American Apparel indie band.

It suits the Pharmacy well. A three-piece, Stefan Rubicz, Scott Yoder and Brendhan Bowers - in a cloud of hair and no-alarm-clock-rock - where their inspirations well and deserve each other.

The Weekly Volcano caught up with the Pharmacy singer Scott Yodder this week prior to the band's two upcoming shows in the area, tonight at Northern in Olympia, and Thursday at the Den in Tacoma.

Here's how it went

WEEKLY VOLCANO: I guess a natural, if not obvious, place to start would be the band's move from Seattle to New Orleans. Fill our readers in on the details, why you decided to make the move, and how it's panned out.

SCOTT YODDER: It was great! We spent a lot of time just writing and recording everything on an old 4 track in our house by Bayou St. John. We had never really done that before, but we'd write some ideas, play it together in the livingroom once or twice and then tape it. All in all ended up with about 40 demos that way and whittled it down to this new album.

WV: What are some of the biggest differences you've noticed between New Orleans and Seattle - musically and otherwise?

YODDER: New Orleans is so much more of a small town really. Though, it's a bit hard to compare the two as we only lived there for about 8 months. Lots of super positive/friendly people making music though. Also, really hard to stay sober.

WV:  Then again, you guys tour like crazy. Seriously - the schedule looks nuts, and it seems like you guys are always down to play. As a band, you must have the whole tour van life thing mastered. I take it you enjoy life on the road? What are some of the little things people might not realize that make it enjoyable for you?

YODDER: Yeah, well that's the thing. We're on tour too much to really justify having some house with, like dishes and furniture to deal with. So we're up in Seattle for a couple months before five months of touring next year with SXSW, Europe, etc...

WV: Talk records. Our fine readership is probably listening to a few of the tunes you sent us at this very moment. What's the story with album they came off of, and what can people expect in the future?

YODDER: Probably a lot more 4-track recording, I'm sure.  We've got a barn on Vashon Island to record in this winter. Kind of the complete opposite of our humid / stuffy house in nola...

WV: The band is playing Tacoma and Olympia. What are you expecting out of our little neck of the woods? Do you have prior Tacoma or Oly experiences from your time in Seattle? Where will you be sleeping after these shows, and should we ask the people reading this if you guys can crash on their couches?

YODDER: Uh, we've definitely spent plenty of time in Olympia. Brendhan went to Evergreen... we were maybe thinking of squatting Old School Pizza? If only All Freakin' Night was happening...

PICTURE CREDIT: MYSPACE/KYLE JOHNSON

Filed under: Music, Olympia, Tacoma, Weekly Volcano,

December 2, 2009 at 10:00am

Drive-by Holiday

WEEKLY VOLCANO: BECAUSE “SERIES” IS OUR MIDDLE NAME >>>

We're posting a South Sound store window daily through Christmas to give you a quick jolt of holiday spirit. Ho, ho, ho!

Driveby2 On the second day of Christmas we drove by: Vanity Fashion Boutique.

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