WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1, 2011 >>>
1. Although we are not huge fans of mass-market American "beer" - there are times when drinking anything else would be wrong. And camping accounts for five of the top 10 times when it's absolutely correct to drink this swill. We doubt that will be a part of REI's 7 p.m. "Camping Basics" class, but you never know. What we do know is the class will cover camping gear, how to stay warm and comfortable, ideas for fun activities, and local areas for car camping. There were four spots open the last time we checked. RSVP here.
2. Glass breaks if it can't flow. Get it melting, you can conjure all manner of shapes and color-infused wonderments that will remain when cooled. Work it cold, there are sheets and shards, baubles and balls, for manipulating into leaded frames or arranging intricately sculpturewise. Glass kicks ass, especially this week in Tacoma as the 2011 Glass Art Society (GAS) Annual Conference is in town. In celebration, the Museum of Glass (natch!) hosts a Day of Glass from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for the schedule of events.
3. Olympia owns the Mahari style of Orissi dance, a legacy of the legendary temple dancers and Guru Pankaj Charan Das, thanks to Evergreen professor Ratna Roy and her many years promoting the dance. Roy is at it again, presenting Earth My Body: Invoking the Goddess - an evening of Orissi dance, music, poetry, film, and theater performances to invoke the feminine spirit - at 7 p.m. in the Recital Hall inside the Communications Lab Building at The Evergreen State College.
4. Last year, readers of this fine rag voted the Top of Tacoma Bar and Cafe the best bar in Tacoma. This was due in no small part to their well drink Wednesdays. Check it: $1.50 well drinks after 7 p.m. Are you kidding? That's, like, riding the train to funkytown for only eight bucks. Yes, please.
5. Tacoma guitarist Jerry Miller, he of Moby Grape fame, hosts a jam session at 9 p.m. inside the Gruv Lounge and Nightclub. Groovy, man.
LINK: Happy hours!