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February 1, 2010 at 7:10am

5 Things To Do: "Way We Eat," Psychic Buffet, EGYHOP benefit ...

MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2010 >>>

1. Tacoma Community College hosts "You'll Never Look at Dinner the Same Way: A Symposium on the Way We Eat," which includes a screening of the documentary film Food, Inc., and will also consider Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside its Student Center.

2. Satellite Coffee and Smooth and Juicy Grand Opening Party featuring free snacks, free French press and Mayor Marilyn Strickland cutting the ribbon happens at 5 p.m. at their combined location of 1122 Market St. in downtown Tacoma.

3. The Psychic Buffet Intuitive, Healing & Handmade Crafts Fair with intuitive readings, astrology, energy healing, and crafts begins at 5 p.m. inside the Urban Onion Restaurant and Lounge in Olympia.

4. City of Tacoma and the University of Washington-Tacoma offers the free, local government education session "Strengthening and Expanding the Local Labor Market" at 5:30 p.m. inside the Keystone Building Auditorium at the University of Washington-Tacoma.

5. EGYHOP all-ages benefit show featuring Mutoid Men, Cacuey, Mother Superior and the Maxines goes down at 9 p.m. inside Northern in Olympia.

February 1, 2010 at 7:22am

Tapping party, Haiti benefit dinner, eat your trash

NOSH PIT >>>

Tapping Party: The Red Hot hosts a New Belgium's Ranger IPA Tapping Party tonight at 5 p.m. Get there early and snag a Ranger pint glass and globe glasses.

Haiti Relief Benefit Dinner: Dockside Bistro & Wine Bar in Olympia will host a Haiti Relief Benefit Dinner for Doctors Without Borders tonight at 6:30 p.m. The five-course wine dinner and silent auction costs $150 per person. For more information, call 360.956.1928.

The Way We Eat: Tacoma Community College hosts "You'll Never Look at Dinner the Same Way: A Symposium on the Way We Eat" Monday, Feb. 1 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes a screening of the documentary film Food, Inc., and will also consider Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma. It will be held in Building 11 Student Center at 6501 S. 19th St. For more details, call 253.566.5000.

Plan Ahead: The Varsity Grill will host a Super Bowl Party Sunday beginning at noon with giveaways and $3 drink specials all day.

Food For Thought: 35 ways to turn kitchen scraps into tomorrow's soups, stocks, and desserts.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Nosh Pit, Olympia, Tacoma,

February 1, 2010 at 9:26am

Tacoma v. Seattle

NEW EPISODE >>>

The Tacoma Diaries folks have posted a new video about weight loss and anger aimed at Seattle.

Filed under: Screens, Tacoma,

February 1, 2010 at 2:22pm

Blues coming to another local venue

Randy Oxford Band

OH HAPPY DAYS >>>

The South Sound Blues Association has secured Thursday night at the Happy Days Casino in Lakewood. Every Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m., local blues musicians will do their best to drag folks away form the card tables to dance. They will perform every Thursday until 10:30 p.m.

The shows are for all ages, and are free.

Here are the first three shows:

  • The Randy Oxford Band, Feb. 11
  • Junkyard Jane, Feb. 18
  • Chester Dennis Jones Band, Feb. 25

This Thursday, Feb. 4, the South Sound Blues Association will be at the Happy Days Casino hosting a Memphis Homecoming Party featuring live blues from Blues Redemption and JD Hobson, beginning at 7 p.m.

[Happy Days Casino, 11521 Bridgeport Way S.W., Lakewood, 253.722.2022]

February 1, 2010 at 3:02pm

South Sound culinary tours

GOING MOBILE >>>

South Sound's food scene may not be as big as San Francisco's or New York's, but it isn't bad. In fact, it's the perfect match between intimacy and variety. And its size provides plenty of opportunities to get close not just to our restaurants, but to the specialty food shops. 

NW Epicurean is a new company set up to help you do just that. Established last year by Marieke Gerritsen in Olympia, NW Epicurean offers four- to six-hour guided tours highlighting artisan, agricultural and culinary culture in the South Sound area. The company focuses on local and sustainable food systems, giving an up close and personal look at micro-organic farms, urban agriculture, goat and cow creameries, local breweries and boutique wineries.

Here is their February docket:

  • Aphrodisiac Tour, Feb. 13: Sample fresh Puget Sound oysters and tour Taylor Shellfish Farms, then enjoy a seafood buffet paired with award-winning wines at Xinh's famous seafood restaurant in Shelton. Next go wine tasting and sample Blissful Wunders' artisan chocolate at Walter Dacon Winery.
  • Tacoma Brewery Tour, Feb. 20: Visit three micro-breweries - Seven Seas in Gig Harbor, Harmon Brewery and Engine House #9 Brewery. Sample 25 microbrews and talk with local brew masters on this educational tour. Specialty appetizers selected by brew masters are paired to each tasting.
  • Beer and Oysters In the South Sound, Feb. 27: Learn about crafting of local beer and sample 12 different beers on tap, plus three hard ciders at Fish Brewing in Olympia. Then visit Grove Street Brewhouse in Shelton to sample seven varieties of fresh artisan beer paired with fresh raw oysters raised by Shelton's Taylor Shellfish Farms. Enjoy house-made clam chowder in a warm bread bowl.

The tours include bus transportation and tastings/meals; they are limited to 22 adults. For details and prices, visit http://nwepicurean.com

Filed under: Tacoma, Food & Drink, Olympia,

February 1, 2010 at 4:12pm

What's on tap

Electric Minge

MUSICALLY SPEAKING >>>

It's a new week - and a new month, even - and it's a Monday. Some things never change. Cyclical monotony. Here we go again. ...

Say, did you hear Rick Talbert is running for a seat on the Pierce County Council?

Here's a look at what's coming up, musically speaking, in this week's Volcano.

RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW

I promised you last week that I was trying to track down Lino Fernandez of Bandolier to get the scoop on why the band announced prior to last Saturday's show at The New Frontier that it'd be their last in Tacoma, "maybe ever."

Well, Fernandez got back to me, and here's what's up:

"Ann is moving away and Paul (our drummer) is stepping down at the end of March. I'm not totally sure what's gonna happen," wrote Fernandez in a Facebook message. "It may take a long time to solidify another line-up. We're playing a couple more shows in Seattle and after that, who knows."

METAL SANAZ

Later this afternoon I'm expecting a call from Metal Sanaz, who will be hosting a balls-to-the-wall metal show this Friday at Hell's Kitchen with Church of Hate, De-Krep-It, Helles, Under the Red Door, Devils of Loudon and Hellfyre Empyre. Sanaz, of course, has interviewed just about every goatee in the metal business, and holds her own with any head-banger out there - so this could be interesting. Sanaz is likely to leave me in a puddle of man tears, emasculating me beyond recognition, tail between my legs and huddled in a corner.

Or it could go just swimmingly.

Either way we'll be posting the interview here on Spew later this week.

THE COLOFFS

Purveyors of Tacoma garage, the Coloffs are a mystery to many. We'll expose this band - that everyone should know - in Thursday's paper.

ELECTRIC MINGE

At first I thought this was an STD you could pick up in the South Pacific. Later, Rev. Adam McKinney set me straight. Turns out it's a Tacoma college band worth keeping an eye out. McKinney will give readers of Thursday's paper the whole scoop, but here's a taste of what Electric Minge has to offer according to McKinney:

"Electric Minge is a band that revels in the spirit of classic rock, placing an emphasis on solid songwriting over the more common college band tendency for self-conscious and distracting style. It's substantial, is what I mean to say. Good old-fashioned rock ‘n' roll delivered with youthful exuberance. They even sound relaxed, like they've got this shit down."

HONORABLE MENTION

Pioneers West, Loaded for Bear, The Dirty Birds, and Stop the Madness at Hell's Kitchen will all make cameos in this week's Volcano.

February 1, 2010 at 6:13pm

Music Issue: Be like Vile Red Falcons

Vile Red Falcons

MAKE A BAND PROFILE, BE BIGGER THAN BONO >>>

By now you've probably clued into the fact that the Weekly Volcano's fancy new Web site - weeklyvolcano.com - has a "Band Profile" feature.

Now we're sweetening the deal:

1. Create a "Band Profile."

2. Become famous online at weeklyvolcano.com.

3. See your band in print, for no additional work, in the Volcano's Second Annual Music Issue's band directory section.

Ever weekday until March 11 the Weekly Volcano will be featuring one Band Profile on Spew to help folks get a feel for it. Consider this just one more reason to sign up.

Today's band

Vile Red Falcons

Please get acquainted below ...

John - Guitar, Vox
Nate - Guitar
James - Bass
Kevin - Drums

Genre: Pop/Rock

Biography: This Tacoma based group was formed in the Fall of 2007. All the members met via craigslist (god bless it) and have been playing music for 10 years or more in various bands. The group brings elements of garage, punk, lo-fi and grunge to form a no-nonsense approach with a twin guitar attack and biting lyrics. They pride themselves on a solid rhythm section which provides a strong backbone for the band. They began playing shows in the Fall of 2008 and debuted at the historic Bob's Java Jive in Tacoma on Halloween. From there, they have earned a monthly gig at the Java Jive, due to their strong live shows and ability to pack that giant coffee pot! In addition, they have begun playing monthly shows in Seattle at such notable clubs as the Showbox Sodo, High Dive, Skylark Cafe, and the classic Seattle dive, the Blue Moon and have repeatedly rocked the iconic New Frontier Lounge in Tacoma.

Discover when they perform next, listen to their music, and become their fan on their Band Profile page here.

LINK: Weekly Volcano's Band Profile section

LINK: Sign up for a Band Profile

Filed under: Music, Tacoma, Web/Tech,

February 2, 2010 at 6:43am

5 Things To Do: "A Single Man," Tightwad music, winter hikes ...

FunkyJahPunkys

TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010 >>>

1. Hell's Kitchen adds the bands FunkyJahPunkys, Urban Evergreen, No Ground, and Dreams Jaded at 9 p.m. to its regular Tightwad Tuesday Night - $2 beers, $2 wells, $2 tacos - with no cover charge.

2. More than 24 artists show their works at the Social Injustice show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in The Gallery at Tacoma Community College.

3. Colin Firth plays a homosexual Brit teaching college in Los Angeles in 1962 and privately mourning his lover, who has been dead for eight months in A Single Man screening at 2:25, 4:50, 7:15 and 9:20 p.m. inside The Grand Cinema.

4. The Hub in Tacoma hosts a trivia night at 6 p.m. with cash prizes.

5. REI in Tacoma hosts a Winter Hikes in Western Washington class at 7 p.m.

LINK: Today's movie times

February 2, 2010 at 10:34am

Smooth and Juicey and Satellite and me

GRAND OPENING PARTY >>>

Last night after a short speech Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland performed the time honored act of ribbon cutting at the downtown Tacoma Smooth and Juicey/Satellite Coffee Grand Opening celebration. Large picture windows lined with counters, swivel stools and a stand-up bar occupy the street-facing building front.

Attendees enjoyed French press Satellite coffee; tasty treats Masa style, and antioxidant rich Smooth and Juicey juice blends and über delicious smoothies. I found the naturally sweet Coco Loco smoothie made of banana, coconut, chocolate syrup, ice cream, dates and cold espresso the closest thing to guiltless dessert.

Across the aisle, Satellite Coffee - its third location in Tacoma - kicked up a symphony of its own-espresso machine awhirl with the fresh grinding of Stumptown beans into silky dark grounds while frothing milk gurgles. Teas from Remedy (Seattle) were in the mix, as well as tasty pastries.

I noticed a few changes since Smooth and Juicey opened Jan. 3 of this year. Wheat grass shots, Myoplex drinks, beef and ostrich sticks, protein bars, and canned energy drinks are now available. For the fitness freaks, Smooth and Juicy co-creator Patricia Lecy-Davis told me posted nutritional information will be added soon.

Thane Davis (Smooth and Juicey visionary) promised outdoor tables and benches corralled by patio fencing salvaged from the old Jillian's will be installed shortly for those interested in lingering.

Smooth and Juicey - yes, that's how they're spelling it - has a new Web site: www.smoothandjuicey.com.

[Smooth and Juicey/Satellite Coffee, 1122 Market St., Tacoma, 253.365.6706]

Filed under: Business, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

February 2, 2010 at 11:36am

They heart Haiti

SHARE YOUR LOVE WITH HAITI >>>

South Sound restaurants have been showing support for Haiti in a big way: Dockside Bistro's benefit dinner this past Monday, Primo Grill and the Crown Bar donating wine sale monies, and dozens of other fundraising events.

The latest effort will come in the form of two benefits held on Valentine's Day at Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub and Masa.

Paddy Coyne's will be accepting donations for the American Red Cross Sunday, Feb. 14 from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m. With each donation the donor will receive a $7 promotional card to use for their next visit to Paddy Coyne's, plus a raffle ticket for prize drawings. The downtown Tacoma restaurant suggests you pony up $20.

Masa also will be donating to the Red Cross - 10 percent of all sales on Valentine's Day. DJ Midnight Mike will spin beginning at 6 p.m. The band Ben Union and hip-hop artist Darius will join forces for a "ridiculously awesome" performance according to event organizer Nick Casanova.

Masa will also sell "Send You Love To Haiti" T-shirts to raise funds.

[Paddy Coyne's Irish Pub, Sunday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 815 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.6963]

[Masa, Sunday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. to 1:15 a.m., 2811 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.254.0560]

Filed under: Benefits, Food & Drink, Tacoma,

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