THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>
Friday: Cloudy, hi 53, lo 45
Saturday: Showers, hi 48, lo 42
Sunday: More mutha fuckin' rain, hi 49, lo 46
>>> FRIDAY, FEB. 11: THE EROICA TRIO
Every once in a while the It List likes to extract its good suit from a plastic dry cleaning bag and take in some high culture. In a one-two punch of elegant hoity-toitiness, the Pantages presents the Tacoma Philharmonic, together with the Grammy-nominated The Eroica Trio, in a program fittingly entitled American Romantic. The lineup includes "Gershwin, Bernstein, and the Man in Black," and as if that weren't enough, every member of the trio is a fabulous babe.
- Pantages Theater, American Romantic, $19-$52, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.272.0809
>>> SATURDAY, FEB. 12: MISSIONARY POSITION
Mixing a dirty, Motown-esque vibe with an eight-ball of sex and the classic gritty songwriting of Jeff Angell, The Missionary Position is not to fuck with. The song "Let's Start a Fire" alone proves it. While The Missionary Position's brand of guilty guitar grooves aren't balls to the wall, all the time like Angell's locally more well known band - the sporadic and infamous Post Stardom Depression - there's still something very gripping about the way Angell writhes, as always. The true definition of a workingman's rocker, Angell and The Missionary Position are a nice fit for Doyle's. - Bobble Tiki
- Hell's Kitchen, with High Noon Horizon, Jobe Himself, The Material, Solar, $9, $5, 928 Pacific Ave., Tacoma 253.759.6003
>>> SATURDAY, FEB. 12: MUD BAY JUGGLERS
It's three, three, three times the fun: The Mud Bay Jugglers, the Tune Stranglers and the Juggling Jollies will all defy gravity to rock the Washington Center, a benefit for Encore Arts. Encore Arts is a nonprofit organization that provides South Sound kids with arts opportunities, which explains why there are discount postcards distributed throughout Olympia that allow kids in at a rate of two-for-one. This show celebrates the Mud Bay Jugglers' 30th anniversary.
- Washington Center for the Performing Arts 7 p.m., $10-$25,512 Washington St., Olympia, 360.753.8585
>>> WHERE OUR STAFF IS GOING
MATT DRISCOLL Editor and Self-made Hundredaire
It's Best of Oly vs. New Baby Driscoll -- who will be done first? If this kid knows what's good for him he'll stay safe and warm inside mom until next week's epic Best of Oly issue is officiall put to bed.
NIKKI TALOTTA Features Writer
All work and no play for this scribe. Lots of bartending and lots of house cleaning, especially laundry...mismatched socks and skidded little boy undies are no fun. But, come Valentine's Day, the lobster my honey plans to cook me will taste that much sweeter.
Brett Cihon Meat Market Correspondent/Features Writer
I have some friends in Seattle throwing a Valentine's party on Friday night. I'll probably head north for some good Valentimes. By Saturday I'll cruise back to town and check out a prospective meat market. Gotta love the meat.
CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL: Theater Critic
I'm seeing Parallel Lives in the Midnight Sun and catching up on some spring cleaning. Also, I may be interviewing a certain well-known public figure this afternoon. I'll give you a hint: It's either Keith Olbermann, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, or Jack in the Box.
ALEC CLAYTON: Visual Arts Critic
Going to see "Parallel Lives" at the Midnight Sun in Oly Friday night and a PFLAG-Olympia meeting Sunday afternoon.
JENNIFER JOHNSON Food and Lifestyles Writer
Chocolate tasting at BBC Thursday. Girls night Friday- "We gonna chill the heck out". Saturday early morning workout, volunteer at the Empowerment Center, celebrate the end of a 30-Day Clean Eating Challenge through CrossFit Tacoma with a potluck dinner. Woo Hoo! Sunday- get some serious rest after church and family dinner.
STEVE DUNKELBERGER Nightlife Correspondent
Friday, I am taking my out-of-town brother to the Gruv Lounge for bacon goodness, hit the Tacoma Comedy Club and end the night at Puget Sound Pizza for karaoke. Saturday, after my Tacoma Art Place board meeting, it's dodgeball at Franklin Park. Sunday is open at this point, but that will change by Friday.
STEPH DEROSA Features Writer
After recouping from a mild overdose of chocolate, thanks to the Weekly Volcano's Nosh League, I will be holing up with two of my besties - Jenny Fab and The KAke on Friday night for a little pillow fight/gossip session. After I knock the living shit out of them with my extra firm pillow, we'll most likely spoon in front of the fire while watching whatever atrocious movie we regretfully rent on pay-per-view. Saturday is all about kiddos and birthday parties while Sunday we go to pick up our GIRL SCOUT COOKIES (call me if you get the munchies, I have a ton of Thin Mints and Samoas). Sunday evening the DeRosa clan will gather 'round a makeshift stage at Imperial Dragon while we watch my kick-ass nephew's band play ... only to want more live music an hour later.
JOE IZENMAN Theater and Music Writer
Things that seem likely: band practice Thursday, a Dorky's Sandwich and The Cave Singers @ New Frontier on Friday, Proctor Farmer's Market and poker night on Saturday, remembering there's no football to watch and registering for wedding presents on Sunday. Interwoven songwriting, recording, watching West Wing, and other nonsense.
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