THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>
Friday: Sun, partial cloud cover, hi 58, lo 41
Saturday: Cloudy, hi 52, lo 45
Sunday: Rain, hi 50, lo 40
>>> APRIL 8: 2112 - A Tribute to Rush
I'm no die-hard fanatic as some Rush fans are, but I can definitely hang with most when it comes to respecting their brilliant lyrics and indisputably ironic musical timing. That's just my opinion. I love Rush. Hell, I'm even playing air guitar to "Freewill" as I write this. Take a listen to 2112 yourself, tonight at the R&R Live in Graham, as David Jaedyn Conley (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Gary Guzman (drums, percussion) and Robert Gardunia ( bass, keyboards) strike the fire under your ass with a both musically and visually stunning live performance. - Steph DeRosa
- R & R Live, 9:30 p.m., $5, 9807 224th St. E - #120, Graham, 253.375.7155
>>> SATURDAY, APRIL 9: SATURDAY EVENING SOCK HOP
In conjunction with the current Rockwell exhibition, and a slew of other Rockwell-related events throughout the duration of its stay, Saturday the Tacoma Art Museum will host the appropriately titled "Saturday Evening Sock Hop" - billed as a chance to "rock around the clock." Of course, the fine print indicates it's more like 5:30-8:30 p.m., but the Rockwell-inspired snacks, refreshments and cocktails available for purchase should totally make up for it.
- Tacoma Art Museum, 5:30-8:30 p.m.,$10 members, $20 non-members, $30 couples, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.4258
>>> SUNDAY, APRIL 10: Tacoma Cult Movie Club Turns Two
Honestly, this one's really tripping us out. We swear (like TOTALLY swear!) we were just working on a one-year retrospective of the Tacoma Cult Movie Club. Now ... BOOM! The club is two. Kids these days; they grow up so fast. Originally created by the Tacoma-legendary Reverend Colin and Tobin Ropes, and now with the venerable poster design skill of Holland Hume on board (yes, he of the creepy Billy Maze Volcano cover of 2009, and the vomiting Lee Harvey Oswald Volcano cover of 2009), there's no stopping this beast. Just like the poster reads, "They said it could be stopped. They were wrong." Sunday, celebrate in style starting at 4 p.m. with a kickass raffle and a potluck at the Acme Grub Cage ... not to mention the all time best TCMC flicks, as voted on by you!
- Acme Grub Cage, 4 p.m., no cover, 1310 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, 253.272.1892
>>> WHERE OUR STAFF IS GOING
NIKKI TALOTTA Features Writer
I'll be tearing my hair out waiting to see if the undertaker, I mean underwriter, approves our home loan. While my head may be wrapped in worry, when it comes to bartending, I will try to remain cool and composed. Just cut me a little slack if I accidently pour you a whiskey seven instead of a whiskey sour.
Joe Izenman Theater and Music Writer
Every week Driscoll asks "Got any awesome plans for the weekend?" And this time I can finally confidently and authoritatively say... no. That's right, kids, it's time for apartment cleaning and laundry. Woooooo!
BRETT CHIHON Meat Market Correspondent/Features Writer
Going to the Great American Casino to check out Broadway Joe's Nightclub. Every time I head to a casino meat market I lose $50. I'm hoping the Volcano starts covering my losses....
CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL: Theater Critic
Having sent out a stack of wedding invitations, I wait with bated breath to find out whether I added sufficient postage. Also, I'm seeing Theater Artists Olympia's revival of Cannibal! the Musical, at which the punctuation of which our copy editor will balk. Grammar sucks.
ALEC CLAYTON: Visual Arts Critic
Sunday we'll be at the PFLAG meeting in Olympia to hear Rosalinda Noreiga's presentation on "The Roots of Violence."
STEVE DUNKELBERGER Meat Market Photographer
Taking the kiddos Geocaching around Fort Steilacoom on Saturday, then maybe a night going stag around T-town Saturday night. Church in the morning so it won't be too late.
JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
The husband and I will be watching Lost, Season 1, and wondering why we didn't jump on that bandwagon sooner. We'll also be thanking Netflix for being able to watch episode after episode with no waiting or commercials.
JENNIFER JOHNSON Food and Lifestyles Writer
Going to hit Smooth & Juicey for an afternoon pick-me-up followed by Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser in Lakewood and then game night at a friend's house. After being sick for a month, I am finally getting back to the gym Saturday morning. I feel both dread and elation. Spending the Saturday evening playing Scrabble with friends. Sunday I'll enjoy church and then relax.
MATT DRISCOLL Editor
I'm embarrassed to admit it, but my wife and I are all strung out on House on DVD. I think we're somewhere late in season five. It never really gets any less ridiculous. I honestly don't know why we're still watching it. But, all of that said, we'll probably totally watch some House this weekend while hoping to hear good news about the actual, physical house we're lusting after. It's all very exciting.
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