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May 1, 2011 at 9:39am

5 Things to Do Today: Fan-Go-Round, Joey Jewell & the Swingin' Sixties, James King & the Southenders, "Always...Patsy Cline" ...

Joey Jewell does his Sinatra shtick today at Jazzbones.

SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011 >>>

1. Want to snag an autograph from Gaylord Perry and Don Larsen? If you're a baseball fan, chances are you do; they're in the Baseball Hall of Fame, after all. Lucky for you today is Fan-Go-Round at Cheney Stadium, a chance for said autographs, memorabilia, baseball broadcast banter with Bob Robertson and more. Best part: It's totally free. Info can be found here.

2. Joey Jewell & The Swingin' Sixties Orchestra present: "Sinatra at the Sands" today at Jazzbones. Or, if that doesn't tickle your musical fancy, try the Volcano's extensive live local music calendar here.

3. Sunday means it's time for the blues at The Spar in Old Town Tacoma. Tonight, James King & The Southenders do their thing.

4. Be like Volcano theater reviewer Joann Varnell and catch Always...Patsy Cline at the Tacoma Little Theatre this weekend. Look for Varnell's review in this coming Thursday's Weekly Volcano. Look for the Volcano's extensive list of local arts and events here.

5. Vote for the sexiest South Sounders you know. It's all part of the Volcano's 2011 Sexy Issue, coming in June.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

May 1, 2011 at 9:40am

Where are they now?

MEXICO CITY TACOS: They're the main reason Moctezuma's was victorious in the 2010 Weekly Volcano Tournament of Tacos. PHOTO: Patrick Snapp

STUPID HEADLINES >>>

OK, OK. SO maybe the "Where are they now?" headline is a little bit ridiculous when referencing a past Weekly Volcano Tournament of Tacos Champion. It's only been a little over a year. Everyone knows Moctezuma's Mexican Restaurant hasn't gone anywhere (still in Tacoma and Gig Harbor).

Still, it's good to see the restaurant isn't getting complacent after being crowned king of tacos by our readers. We got this press release late this week:

Moctezuma's Restaurant Helps Tacoma Rescue Mission
At 5pm on Monday May 2nd Moctezuma's Mexican Restaurant will feed 450 low-income and homeless individuals at the Tacoma Rescue Mission.
 
Moctezuma's will be donating 500 ground beef burritos, refried beans, rice, and fresh chips and salsa for the event.  Moctezuma's owner, Arturo Garcia, and his family will be there in person to help serve the burritos along with other Moctezuma's staff members.
 
The goal of the event for Moctezuma's is to make sure that each of the 450 people attending will get to experience and enjoy a taste of Cinco de Mayo, one of the most important and busiest holiday's for the restaurant.
 
Moctezuma's Mexican Restaurant is a family owned, award-winning restaurant with locations in both Tacoma and Gig Harbor.  Moctezuma's has been a big part of the Tacoma-Pierce County community since it was established in 1978.
 
As stated on their website, The Tacoma Rescue Mission provides free, healthy and well-balanced meals 365 days a year. Meals are provided for all low-income and homeless individuals in the community--both residents and non-residents of the Mission.  For more information visit www.rescue-mission.org

May 1, 2011 at 9:42am

AT THE MOVIES: We made Rev. Adam see "Fast Five"

Fact: Vin Diesel doesn't own a shirt with sleeves

LOCAL MAJOR RELEASE MOVIE REVIEWS ONLY IN THE VOLCANO >>>

Walking in basically cold on this fifth installment of the Fast & Furious series is like hanging out with a tight-knit group of friends and struggling to decode their intricate series of in-jokes. Every sigh of recognition the crowd gave upon favorite characters sauntering onscreen made the distance between Fast Five and me grow. Fans of the series will probably enjoy it; I'd rather ponder Fast Five's time travel implications.

To read Rev. Adam McKinney's full review of Fast Five, click here.

Filed under: Screens,

May 2, 2011 at 7:02am

5 Things To Do Today: "Radical Home Ec," free flat fix, "Snotty Saves the Day," Legends Night and more ...

MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011 >>>           

1. Never underestimate the power of guilt and social pressure. Want to get that epic novel written by, oh say, next Thursday? Just tell the loudest, most annoying person you know what you're doing. They'll ask you about it nonstop until you write it just to shut them up. Want to actually spring clean this year (and perhaps rearrange your furniture so you'll be happier)? Take the loudest, most annoying person you can stand to be around for a couple of hours to the University Place Library at 7 p.m. Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen, authors of Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World and The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City, will lead a conversation about getting down to the root of things for a happier, healthier, more homemade life. All of which could be so awesome you may even be able to skip the annoying person and bring someone you like instead.

2. Last night after you heard Osama bin Laden had ben killed, you rode your bike in celebration until the tires went flat. Don't let a flat tire keep you from celebrating! Bring your bike to Tacoma Bike any time during this month and have it fixed for free. Free flat repair includes tubes and labor, but not tires.

3. Snotty, a streetwise adolescent mastermind, is transported to a mystical realm where the fate of the world rests on discovering who he really is. In the fight against evil, Snotty must learn that the toughest warriors come from the most despised group of all: the smallest, the funniest, the snottiest. With footnotes that point towards a deeper truth, Snotty Saves the Day is a fairy tale within a fairy tale for adults of all ages - and author Tod Davies will read the snotty story at 6 p.m. inside Orca Books.

4. It's Legends Night at Cheney Stadium. It's your chance to rub shoulders with baseball greats including Gaylord Perry and Don Larsen. See them throw out the first pitch. Grab their autographs. And watch the Tacoma Rainiers take on the Tucson Padres at 7:05 p.m.

5. Maia Santell & House Blend will fill the Harmon Brewery & Eatery with jazz and blues beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Vote for the sexiest barista in the South Sound

May 2, 2011 at 9:57am

VISUAL EDGE: “Culture / Subculture”

A still from Karissa Carlson’s "A Vampire Among Us." Photo courtesy The Evergreen State College

ALEC CLAYTON REVIEWS SOUTH SOUND VISUAL ARTS >>>

There is a very interesting show at the gallery at the Evergreen State College. It's called Culture / Subculture. The theme is precisely what the title implies - artists' interpretations of the way we are, our many cultures and subcultures as depicted and/or symbolized in photography, prints, drawings and sculpture from some of the better known artists in the Northwest and in the world including Kiki Smith, Diane Arbus, Salvador Dali, Jay Steensma, Mary Randlett, Judy Dater - and even a bunch of photographs by Andy Warhol of Keith Haring and friends.

That's part one of the exhibit. The works in that part are rarely seen art from the college's permanent collection. Part two features videos by Evergreen students, faculty, staff and alumni.

To read Alec Clayton's full Visual Edge column click here.

[The Evergreen State College, Culture / Subculture, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., through May 17, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Library 1st floor, Olympia]

Filed under: Arts, Culture, Olympia,

May 2, 2011 at 1:16pm

CARV’S WEEKLY BLOG: Riot to Follow ventures into the underworld

EURYDICE OPENS THIS WEEK >>>

We've learned our lesson. I was happily disinvited from reviewing Riot to Follow's production of Eurydice (pronounced "you-RID-a-see") two weeks early; since it opens the same weekend as four other shows, I volunteered to watch a rehearsal and write this preview instead. What happens between now and May 5 will make or break a promising effort.

Sarah Ruhl's Eurydice (2006), a distaff take on the Orpheus myth, debuted at Yale Rep, and it has an Ivy League smartsy-fartsiness about it that benefits from a whimsical touch. You may remember that Eurydice, an oak nymph, meets a satyr on her wedding day who causes her to receive a fatal snakebite. Her fiance, Orpheus, is so overcome with grief that his songs wrench tears from the eyes of the gods. He is allowed to descend into Hades to retrieve his beloved, with one caveat: He must lead her out without looking at her. He is promised she will follow. Tragically, however, Orpheus turns back at the lip of the world (his reason why changes depending on the version you're reading) and Eurydice is lost forever.

That's the myth, and we find it in several ancient cultures. A version of it gives the Biblical story of Mr. and Mrs. Lot its Shyamalan ending. In this play, the question is, does Eurydice (Jenna Vershen) want to come back?

Ruhl's play has been described as a throwdown for set designers, but none of RTF's response to that challenge was in place yet. (I gather there's an elevator.) Instead I watched the charismatic leadership of director Miller Pyke, who assistant-directed RTF's unnerving production of Bug last year. Lazlo Steele, that show's twitchy male lead, appears here as a modern-day version of the satyr and as the Lord of the Underworld. This show fits well at RTF, a troupe of dedicated Greeners, but it will push their talents. Often when actors have no formal technique, they try to breathe themselves into a performance. We get huffing and puffing but no tears, choked gasps but no sexual or romantic chemistry. Two weeks out, there was still quite a lot of that. A little Meisner technique would do much here.

Though still in her mid-30s, Ruhl muses, "We live in a culture that's totally afraid of death...But it does seem to be a preoccupation of mine, this tenuous link between living people and dead people. I think most artists worth their salt eventually grapple with questions of mortality. I started writing seriously when my father got sick, and he died fairly young. That was a crucible through which a lot of my impressions were formed. When you have a loss like that, I think you keep re-experiencing it until you finally just don't....I think there's something about the notion of a lifetime of remorse and regret being contained within the smallest thing--that one iconic gesture of looking back."

Meanwhile, scrappy little RTF is already looking forward. A full new season of four shows is in the works, including an Eric Bogosian tirade, an absurdist quasi-comedy, and the midnight darkness of Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman.

So bravo, Riot to Follow, and broken legs.

[The Evergreen State College - Communications Building Recital Hall 107, Eurydice, May 5-7, 7:30 p.m., all ages, free, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia]

Filed under: All ages, Arts, Theater, Olympia,

May 2, 2011 at 4:44pm

COMMENT OF THE DAY: Motherly affection

ONLINE CHATTER >>>

Today's comment comes from Bridget in response to the ongoing voting for the Weekly Volcano's 2011 Sexy Issue, due out June 2. Voting runs until May 12.

Bridget writes,

"I hope I am not weird because I just voted my son for sexiest bartender."

Feel free to discuss whether or not Bridget's vote is "weird" below. We're staying out of this one ...

Filed under: Comment of the Day,

May 3, 2011 at 7:19am

5 Things To Do Today: Lust-Cats Of The Gutters, 6th Ave. Farmers Market, gleaners, Goldfish Races! and more ...

Lust-Cats Of The Gutters

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011 >>>

1. Modern day Riot grrrl thrashers Lust-Cats Of The Gutters bring their danceable beats to Northern at 8 p.m. Morgan & The Organ Donors, Night Of Joy and Sara Century make this all-ages show damn near epic.

2. For those green-thumb-challenged folk who haven't quite got growing seasons down, the 6th Ave Farmers Market opens today at 3:30 p.m. Learn to grow a secret garden of your own and see it blossom. Not a gardener? Well then just visit the world's most productive gardener, the farmer, and pick up a bunch of their "fruits of labor" until 7 p.m. at Sixth and Pine.

3. Gleaning - the individual right to collect what is left on the ground when the harvest is finished - has support in Pierce County. In fact, the Pierce County Gleaning Project gathers at 6 p.m. inside King's Books to bond over books and documentaries while discussing issues around gleaning. No doubt it will be good, glean fun.  

4. The University of Washington-Tacoma hosts a free screening of Walk Right In: The Story of Yale Summer High School at 7 p.m. inside Carwein Auditorium. Through interviews with its participants - 40 years later - the film captures the stories behind the experimental education that brought underprivileged kids from across the nation to the Yale Divinity School during the 1960s.

5. The second biggest story next to Osama bin Laden's death is, of course, the return of Tuesday night Goldfish Races at the Harmon Tap Room. Beginning at 8 p.m., and handled with extreme care, the little buggers will race for the cup while folks pound beers and cheer. Check out photos of past Harmon Tap Room Goldfish Races here.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Happy hours!

May 3, 2011 at 9:17am

Tuesday Feed: Pigs in a Quilt

A pinwheel of awesomeness

BITE THIS >>

The Hotel Murano describes the breakfast it serves at its Bite restaurant as "traditional fare with an elegant twist." In practice, its breakfast - as well as lunch and dinner - finds a happy medium between the two aspirations - its food and décor are interesting and pleasing without being demanding.

The breakfast menu offers twists like a Northwest Benedict (cured salmon with poached eggs and a plugra hollandaise), gingerbread French toast (with crème fraiche), "b&g" (cheddar biscuits, thyme white gravy, softly scrambled eggs and sausage), eggs Benedict Royal (with prosciutto diparma and plugra hollandaise - on the salty side but delicious) and a tofu scramble.

Of special note is the pigs in a quilt - a yeasty, circular, chewy, simultaneously savory and sweet, toasty and tinged the color of a tiger eye infused with smokehouse bacon baked in a Belgian waffle. Almost every bite includes the salty awesomeness of bacon.

[Bite inside Hotel Murano, 6-11 a.m. Monday-Friday, 7-11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, 253.238.8000]

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Filed under: Food & Drink, Tacoma,

May 3, 2011 at 10:05am

NXNW Metal Fest coming to Uncle Sam's this July

Devils of Loudon will be a part of NXNW Metal Fest

SEEMS SO RIGHT >>>

Few things epitomize the Tacoma experience like three days full of open-air metal and beer in Spanaway.

Luckily, the NXNW Metal Fest - organized by "Lonnie Local" and coming to Uncle Sam's Bar & Grill in Spanaway July 22-24 -- knows this all to well.

According to Local, over 40 area metal bands are scheduled to appear at the all-ages NXNW Metal Fest (and, no, he's not too worried about jacking the "NXNW" tag from the deceased Portland festival of years past), though still more are needed.

"In my opinion Tacoma has the strongest metal community in the state," says Local. "I'm expecting over 3,000 heads at the fest."

According to NXNW Metal Fest's Facebook page, the following bands are scheduled to perform. Local is encouraging are metal bands interested in performing to contact him.

Super Happy Story Time Land
Keeping Secrets
Monsters Scare You
We Were Dreamers
From Deeper Seas
They Charge Like Warriors
Athena
Crutches
I Delilah
Ellis Armor
Vessels
Crowd War
Grizzly
Plague ships
It Was Written in the Sky
Dead Pilots (slc)
Dismember the Dream
Spare Me Poseidon
Doom of Babylon
Jean Grey (PDX)
The Fool (PDX)
Helles
SIN
Goratorium
Black Heart Blight
Curse of the North
Devils Of Loudon
Deathbed Confessions
Osama Bin Rockin
Unhailoed
Corpus Mortem
Blood and Thunder
Seize the Sun
The Scarlett Escape
This is Treason
Princess
Shatter The Sky
A Solemn Goodbye
I Defy
A City Screams in Terror
Ground Level Vertigo

Check here for more details.

Filed under: All ages, Music, Tacoma, Spanaway,

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