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December 1, 2011 at 7:03am

MORNING SPEW: Pot at Walgreens?, Battle of the City Manager Stars, Grammy nominees list ...

Warning: Krallice is not a New Age band. It's a metal band and it made a kick-ass metal album according to NPR.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Gov. Chris Gregoire: She wants marijuana at Walgreens. (News Tribune)

Battle Of The City Manager Stars: Tacoma City Council will run them through a series of skill tests. No confirmation on the jousting test. (News Tribune)

Pres. Obama: Inside his re-election math. (CNN)

Burma: Not that bad after all. (BBC)

Game Of Thrones: It's awesome. (MTV)

Grammy Nominees List: C'mon Foo Fighters! (USA Today)

Today In WTF?: Hanson to launch "Mmmhop" beer brand. (NME)

Best Metal albums Of 2011: Surprisingly, no bands listed with "butterfly" in their name. (NPR)

December 1, 2011 at 10:05am

5 Things To Do Today: "White Christmas," Blackberry Bushes Stringband, World AIDS Day, Civil War discussion and more ...

Keeping Secrets (in water)

THURSDAY, DEC. 1, 2011 >>>

1. Tacoma's Blue Mouse Theatre kicks the holiday season off in style today with a classic, 1954's White Christmas - which will play at 7 p.m.. Director Michael Curtiz shrugs off the cynicism in his Casablanca and plunges into this unabashedly sentimental musical starring Bing Crosby. The teary finale makes the singing and dancing near worth it.

2. In Olympia, the Blackbery Bushes Stringband will play at McMenamins Spar Café & Bar at 7 p.m. All ages can get in on this bluegrass and Americana-tinged good times, and there's no cover.

3. William Breitenbach, a professor of history at the University of Puget Sound, will lead a public conversation on the Civil War today at the University Place  Pierce County Library. The event, which is the first installment of a series of book readings and discussions led by Breitenbach called "Let's Talk About It: Making Sense of the American Civil War" happening on the first Thursday of the month, will run from 7-9 p.m. Tonight's event is especially important, as a short orientation meeting and distribution of the free books to be read will kick things off. Register at the library or by contacting Adult Services Librarian Jason Anderson at janderson@piercebountylibrary.org.

4. Today is World AIDS Day. In that spirit, the Tacoma Art Museum invites the public to join them and Visual AIDS, "to honor 30 years of AIDS by viewing the film Untitled by Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques de Cruz and Encke King," according to the press release. The film is described as, "a moving, nonlinear montage of archival and pop footage recalling the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis." Find more info here.

5. The band Keeping Secrets will play Hell's Kitchen tonight - a dynamically rocking reason to start your weekend just a wee-bit early. Plus, the dudes of Keeping Secrets are all about standing around in large bodies of water (see above). So there's that.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music tonight

LINK: This week's freebies

December 1, 2011 at 10:47am

VOLCANO MUSIC: The Foghorns, Bruce Leroy, Devil on a Leash, Ravenna Woods and more ...

The Weekly Volcano never sleeps. It's true ... or very close to true. We average only a few hours of shut-eye a night, be it because we're compulsive insomniacs who wake up several times a night just to check their fantasy football lineups (Matt Driscoll), or simply because there's just so much to do.

Included in all this doing? As always, another shining installment of the Weekly Volcano music section.

We wouldn't lie. You better believe we managed to pump out another stellar Weekly Volcano music section - your every Thursday chance at the best in local music coverage.

Here's a look at the sonic goodness coming at you in print and online in this week's Volcano ...

THE FOGHORNS


The Foghorns sound exhausted. Like, physically exhausted. Delirious. They sound like they've been up for two days and the only way they've found to keep their eyes open is to have a series of sing-alongs that sound, at various times, punchy, wistful, embarrassingly forthright, spiteful, defiant, sorrowful and oddly exuberant. In their manner of languidly drifting folk songs delivered by questionable narrators, the Foghorns often resemble Lambchop, minus the lush orchestration. And plus buckets.

Hailing from Seattle, by way of Brooklyn, by way of Reykjavik, by way of Wisconsin, the Foghorns have clearly picked up some odd influences from desolate places. Using country and folk as a bed, the band adorns its songs with borrowed sounds from punk, new wave, zydeco and Hawaiian music, all tinged with a lo-fi style that can bring to mind Old World field recordings or outsider artists like Daniel Johnston. ... -- Rev. Adam McKinney

HIP-HOP: BRUCE LEROY & FARID XAN

Next up we have Bruce Leroy. This local artist just dropped two EPs almost back-to-back. Of course, the two albums are five and six songs each, so it probably could've been one album, but they're free so who are we to complain? On Halloween Bruce released To the Death, and on Black Friday Leroy released Black Everyday.

Leroy is a dope MC with a crisp, clear, flow and shades of darkness and grime in his voice. He's a talented MC who is a lot of fun to listen to. There's just enough humor and angst in his flows to keep your attention while ya sit on the edge of your-seat waiting for the next slightly violent rhyme to drip from his chops. Leroy has the certain vibe that the blogs are digging. ... -- Josh Rizeberg

TIKI LOGIC: DEVIL ON A LEASH

Have you ever seen the look on someone's face the first time he rides a roller coaster? It's a mixture of abject fear, exhilaration and satisfaction. This same convoluted look might grace your mug standing in front of Devil On a Leash Friday night at Hell's Kitchen.

Bobble Tiki urges you to blow off some serious steam with twice as many drinks as you all can handle with Devil On a Leash. This band rocks, and rocks it in a roller coaster way. It's an up-and-down ride in terms of their sound. The band changes its style of rock within a set more than the City of Tacoma changes its mind on policy. That said, its heavy guitars remain a constant base. ... -- Bobble Tiki

WE RECOMMEND: RAVENNA WOODS

Celebrated in indie circles for a percussion driven approach to the hipster folky shit that's considerably more gray and foreboding than the overpopulated genre usually allows, Ravenna Woods - while orbiting many contemporary indie clichés - offers the kind of creativity and originality that keeps live music interesting. Saturday's show at the Space is the first in a string of fundraising events for the non-profit all-ages venue, according proprietor Athena Hitson. ... -- Matt Driscoll

BETTER LIVING THROUGH MUSIC: JET CITY FIX, MIKAL CRONIN, THE MOTHERSHIP

PLUS: Concert Alert

PLUS: Live Local Music Listings

PLUS: Crazy Stuff Like This

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

December 1, 2011 at 11:59am

VOLCANO ARTS: "Remix +," "Stardust Serenade," "Oliver!" and more ...

ARTS COVERAGE TO END ALL ARTS COVERAGE >>>

At this point it goes without saying. If you're looking for coverage of local arts in Tacoma, Olympia, and all points in between, the Weekly Volcano is THE place to find it. Our goal is to consistently provide the best local arts coverage possible to our fantastic readers -- always be on the lookout for ways to shine a light on all the awesome creativity we see around us.

Here's a look at the Volcano arts coverage waiting for you this week in print and online.

VISUAL EDGE: FLOW GALLERY PRESENTS REMIX +

Bill Colby's "Autumn Sun" is a warm and mystical abstract landscape in a style reminiscent of Adolph Gottlieb, but softer and more delicate. The sun, concentric circles of yellow and reddish orange shrouded in a gray sky and streaked with silvery icicles, hovers over a floating oval within which is a tangle of tree limbs seen at sunset. This little print brings warmth to dreary days. ... -- Alec Clayton

THEATER: STARDUST SERENADE

Stardust Serenade is the 17th in Harlequin's series of annual World War II-era musical revues, and by all accounts, it's intended to be the last. This reprise of the 2002 version uses the departure of a flyboy (Ryan Holmberg, charming as ever) as an excuse to perform 22 numbers from the period. The going-away party inspires a numbing parade of impersonations, so we're treated to Alicia Mendez warbling "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" in blue-checked gingham and Alison Monda in paleface purring "Stormy Weather" as Lena Horne. ... -- Christian Carvajal

THEATER: OLIVER!

Oliver! is a big show. It doesn't require epic production values or huge dance numbers - just bigness. Big cast, big sound. Take, for example, the iconic opening number, "Food, Glorious Food."  No matter how professional your production, or skilled your talent, it's difficult to find two-dozen children who can tromp around grumpily and sing beautiful harmonies at the same time. So instead, the song's design lends itself to a controlled cacophony. These are semi-starved, unhappy orphans, grumpy over gruel, making a great, enthusiastic noise. ... -- Joe Izenman

MOVIE BIZ BUZZ: THE SHOOTOUT

These days, I can't help but enjoy a good Western movie that idealizes a period in American history while showing off this country's natural beauty.

When it comes to gorgeous vistas, the Pacific Northwest has plenty, just not the arid, evergreen-starved variety we've seen in countless films from this genre. Or does it?

Tonya Yorke of Tacoma seems to think so. Yorke is currently producing a short Western called The Shootout, shot entirely here in Washington state. Craig Muller's script takes a page from history and looks back at legendary outlaw Jesse James. Though rooted in the past, The Shootout transmits themes relevant to today.

"It's a story about faith and choices, and the paths that those choices lead us down," says Yorke. ... -- Christopher Wood

PLUS: Comprehensive Arts & Entertainment Calendar

PLUS: Repeal Day Celebration in Olympia

PLUS: Go Polar (on ice skates) in Tacoma

Filed under: Arts, Weekly Volcano, Olympia, Tacoma,

December 1, 2011 at 3:30pm

WEEKEND HUSTLE: TUSH! Holiday Soiree, Ravenna Woods, Friends of the Holidays and more ...

THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Clear and cold, hi 45, lo 30

Saturday: Mostly sunny, hi 43, lo 34

Sunday: Partly cloudy, hi 43, lo 32

>>> FRIDAY, DEC. 2: TUSH! Burlesque Holiday Soiree & Calendar Release Party

The performers of the Olympia-based TUSH! burlesque troupe are simply dazzling. And they also know how to put on one hell of an event. For these reasons and plenty of others Friday's TUSH! Burlesque Holiday Soiree and Calendar Release Party will almost certainly be nothing short of spectacular. Pre-event hype promises, "[a] glitzy, glittering, glamorous evening of delight awaits you; let TUSH! enchant you as only they can!" It's also your first chance to buy the 2012 TUSH! calendar, an opportunity to dine on the provided appetizers and sweets and an opening for you to get your dance on with DJ Ira Coyne. Hell yes.

  • The Washington Center-Black Box Theatre, 8 p.m., 18+, cash bar with ID, $10 plus $3 service fee, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, 360.753.8585

>>> SATURDAY, DEC. 3: RAVENNA WOODS

According to the hype, on Saturday night "The Space is going to be filled with so much fun and excitement you will be unable to contain it. You might even dance!" How's that for a promise? And there's good reason to believe it, with a bill that includes local favorites Not From Brooklyn, Moonjuice and headliner Ravenna Woods. Celebrated in indie circles for a percussion driven approach to the hipster folky shit that's considerably more gray and foreboding than the overpopulated genre usually allows, Ravenna Woods - while orbiting many contemporary indie clichés - offers the kind of creativity and originality that keeps live music interesting. Saturday's show at the Space is the first in a string of fundraising events for the non-profit all-ages venue, according proprietor Athena Hitson. Don't miss this show. 

  • The Space, with Not From Brooklyn, Moonjuice, 8:30 p.m., all ages, $8, 729 Court C, Tacoma, thespace729@gmail.com

>>> SUNDAY, DEC.4: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON

Fight as you may, it's officially "the season." Kids are already sitting on various Santa laps at malls across the country, and A Christmas Story is probably already re-running on TBS. The Tacoma Symphony Orchestra will spend Sunday at the Pantages Theater with the Tacoma Youth Chorus, jaw-dropping vocalist Stephanie Porter and singer and trumpeter Jake Bergevin and doling out beloved seasonal music, probably a few familiar classics and a maxed-out credit card full of sing-along enjoyment for the whole family.

  • Pantages Theater, 2:30 p.m., $24-$77, 901 Broadway, Tacoma, 253.591.5894

>>> SUNDAY, DEC. 4: FRIENDS OF THE HOLIDAYS

They're still going strong, and still swarming The Swiss to do good, get loaded, auction and raffle stuff off, and enjoy the spirit of the season in Tacoma. The Friends of the Holidays benefit is Sunday at The Swiss, and the T-Town institution shouldn't disappoint: Linda Meyers Band, Kathi McDonald, Fingertips, Mojo Overload, Junkyard Jane and James King & the Southsiders will all be doing their part to help provide meal support for low-income families during the December holiday season.

  • The Swiss, 3-10:30 p.m., $10 donation, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2821

>>> SUNDAY, DEC. 4: A FIRE FOR WINTER'S EVE - LIVE PAINTING WORKSHOP FOR FAMILIES

Despite what you've been told by Joe Capitalism, the holidays are really about spending time with your family and loved ones. We promise. Start Sunday, with the little ones, as the Tacoma Main Library hosts "A Fire for Winter's Eve" - described as a live painting workshop for families. Designed for children 3-8 years old and their families, Sunday's event will be heavy on the storytelling and the art, promising a chance for kids and their families to, "circle around our fire as snowflakes fall and stories are shared of adventures taking place deep in the winter's snow." The hype also says, "[c]hildren will create an art project based on our wintry theme that are perfect to give as a gift to someone they love. Children will also be invited to create cards that will be given to residents in an adult living facility." This is what it's all about.

  • Tacoma Main Library - Olympic Room, 2 p.m., free, 1102 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, 253.591.5666

>>> WHAT SOME OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS ARE UP TO 

ALEC CLAYTON Visual Arts Critic
Saturday I'm going to meet the wonderful and sexy Josh Anderson and the sexy and wonderful Christina Collins and pick their brains about Saul Tannenbaum's "Claus for Celebration," and Sunday I'm going to the SAGE Olympia monthly brunch.

NIKKI TALOTTA Features Writer
This is going to be the best weekend ever! My biggest little one is turning six, it's the Brotherhood Christmas party - which means a private restaurant, lots of vino and hilarious Secret Santa exchanges. And in the midst of all these festivities, I'm buffing up my word play skills in preparation for my final audition for the Wheel of Fortune on Wednesday! Yay!

JOANN VARNELL: Theater Critic
After a loooong week at work I plan on resting and hanging with my husband and little son. We may go pick out our Christmas tree from 25Trees, but taking the tree on the light rail and then dragging it up Mckinley hill (on a sled) has been vetoed by my husband (who I may or may not have called a Scrooge for nixing my awesome plan).

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Meat Market Photographer
Well, my birthday party benefit concert at Jazzbones on Friday will take up much of my weekend energy, but I will likely be working in the yard at St. Mary's Church and School Saturday morning and then go to A Christmas Carol at Tacoma Little Theatre that night. Sunday will bring church and the Tacoma Youth Chorus concert with the Tacoma Symphony Orchestra at the Pantages.

JENNIFER JOHNSON Food & Lifestyle Writer
Friday evening at Jazzbones for birthday bash of Steve Dunkelberger, Tacoma’s very own Ladies’ Wing Man. Saturday morning hot yoga, homework, holiday choral concert in Olympia. Sunday church service, potluck dinner, Festival of the Nativity.

CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL Theater Critic
I have the honor of playing The Old Man in Olympia Family Theater's production of A Christmas Story, opening Friday night with matinees Saturday and Sunday. Nottafinga!

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: The weekend's freebies

Filed under: All ages, Arts, Events, Music, Tacoma, Olympia,

December 2, 2011 at 6:55am

True Tacoman: Score free food by knowing your Tolmie and Huggins history

DO YOU KNOW YOUR TACOMA HISTORY ... AND LOVE FOOD? >>

Foodcaching is a new smart phone app alerting customers of awesome food deals at 16 restaurants in the greater Tacoma area. You may download the app for free on your iPhone and Android here.

The Weekly Volcano has teamed up with Foodcaching for the True Tacoman game. Every Tuesday and Friday right here on Spew, we post a Tacoma history trivia provided by the Washington State History Museum. If you know the answer, run to one of the 16 participating restaurants, come clean with answer and you'll receive points on your Foodcaching app, which you downloaded free here. We'll be running the True Tacoman trivia game through the end of the year.

The person will the most points on Dec. 31 will be crowned the True Tacoman and be flooded with various food prizes.

Tuesday's True Tacoman trivia answer

Tuesday, we posted the question: John G. Proctor, the man for whom Proctor Street is named after was a banker, arhcitect or farmer? You spent the last three days telling the restaurants listed below that the answer was "arhcitect" and, thereby, scoring points on the Foodcaching app. It was an easy task – a lot easier than designing a freakin' house or something.

Today is Friday, which means we post another trivia question as part of the True Tacoman contest.

Today's True Tacoman trivia question

William F. Tolmie and Edward Huggins were Hudson's Bay Company officials during the early days of American settlement on Puget Sound. The two men:

  • A) were brothers-in-law having married sisters;
  • B) had anti-American attitudes forcing them to flee during the Indian War;
  • C) supplied liquor to the Native Americans and retired to Canada.

Answer the question correctly at one of the 16 participating restaurants below and score points - besides scoring awesome food deals from the restaurants. The correct answer will be revealed Tuesday, Dec. 6 on Spew. Also keep an eye on this blog for bonus game points and a special invite to the True Tacoman Game Party in early 2012.

Oh, you can download the free app here.

Participating restaurants

  • 1022 South, 1022 South J St., Tacoma, 253.627.8588, Facebook
  • Capers Cafe & Take Home, 2602 N. Proctor St., Tacoma, 253.761.4444, Facebook
  • Dirty Oscar's Annex, 2309 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.0588, Facebook
  • Dorky's Arcade, 754 Pacfic Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.4156, Facebook
  • Harmon Brewery & Eatery, 1938 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.383.2739, Facebook
  • Harmon Tap Room, 204 Saint Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.212.2725, Facebook
  • The Hub, 203 Tacoma Ave. S., Tacoma, 253.683.4606, Facebook
  • Jake's Bar & Bistro, 215 Wilkes St., Steilacoom, 253.581.3300, Website
  • Massimo Italian Bar & Grill, 4020 Bridgeport Way W., University Place, 253.503.1902, Facebook
  • Marrow Kitchen & Bar, 2717 Sixth Ave., Tacoma, 253.267.5299, Facebook
  • Over The Moon Cafe, 709 Court C/Opera Alley, Tacoma, 253.284.3722, Facebook
  • Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.627.3535, Facebook
  • The Social Bar & Grill, 1715 Dock St., Tacoma, 253.301.3835, Facebook
  • STINK Cheese & Meat, 628 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.426.1347, Facebook
  • Top of Tacoma Bar & Cafe, 3529 McKinley Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.1502, Facebook
  • TWOKOI Japanese Restaurant, 1552 Commerce St., Tacoma, 253.274.8999, Facebook

December 2, 2011 at 7:43am

MORNING SPEW: Photo toll is here, Forza and Cracker Jack, Daniel Day Lincoln ...

That's the way the cookie crushes.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Better Remove Your "WSDOT Sucks" Bumpersticker: The Washington State Department of Transportation announced it will begin photo tolling on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge Saturday. (News Tribune)

Happy Friday News: Nearly a third of all Tacoma-area homeowners with a mortgage owe more than their property is worth. (News Tribune)

Unemployment Rate: It fell to 8.6 percent after employers added 120,000 jobs in November, the Labor Department reports. The jobless rate in October had been 9 percent. (CNN)

Lacey City Council: Not huge with pot smokers. (News Tribune)

For Those Who Don't Drink Beer: Forza now the official coffee of the Tacoma Rainiers. (News Tribune)

Not So Christmasy: Don't wear a Frosty mask. (WCTI12)

Freaky: Daniel Day Lewis IS Abraham Lincoln. (The Superficial)

Just In Time For Christmas: There's an Angry Bids cookbook. (walyou)

Cookie Cottages Have Come A Long Way: Lights, camera, gingerbread (Flavorwire)

December 2, 2011 at 9:34am

5 Things To Do Today: Tacoma Metal Arts Two-Year Anniversary Party, Jet City Fix, Dunkelberger Bash, TUSH! and more ...

Jet City's rockin' tonight at Hell's Kitchen.

FRIDAY, DEC. 2, 2011 >>>

1. Nothing gets the weekend going like a good party! And today, Tacoma Metal Arts will throw just such a party with its two-year anniversary bash planned for 5 - 9 p.m. Expect jewelry demonstrations, good and drinks, and even a chance to do a bit of hyper-local holiday showing with handcrafted jewelry by Tacoma Metal Arts students and teachers on hand and on sale.

2. It's the hottest party of the year, bitches! The one and only Steve Dunkelberger - photographer, journalist, Tacoma icon, geocaching nut - only has one birthday a year, and tonight at Jazzbones he'll be celebrating 2011's rendition. Expect music from Deborah Page, the Dignitaries, Voxxy Vallejo and China Davis - with proceeds generated from the $7 cover benefiting AAUW, Emergency Food Lifeline, Tacoma Art Place and YWCA. Why? Because that's the kind of solid dude Steve Dunkelberger is.

3. The Jet City Fix hops in the way back machine tonight and plugs in at Hell's Kitchen. Get some.

4. The performers of the Olympia-based TUSH! burlesque troupe are simply dazzling. And they also know how to put on one hell of an event. For these reasons and plenty of others tonight's TUSH! Burlesque Holiday Soiree and Calendar Release Party at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts Black Box Theatre will almost certainly be nothing short of spectacular. Pre-event hype promises, "[a] glitzy, glittering, glamorous evening of delight awaits you; let TUSH! enchant you as only they can!" It's also your first chance to buy the 2012 TUSH! calendar, an opportunity to dine on the provided appetizers and sweets and an opening for you to get your dance on with DJ Ira Coyne. Hell yes. The actions starts at 8 p.m.

5. It's another big night for comedy in Tacoma, as Tim Harmston plays the Tacoma Comedy Club, Comedy Underground presents Sam Demaris at Big Whisky Saloon and Kyle Kinane steps to the stage at the Grit City Comedy Club.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music tonight

LINK: This week's freebies

December 2, 2011 at 9:42am

Archives Are Fun: Tacoma City Council Christmas 2000

DECK THE HALLS WITH DOUG MILLER AND BRIAN EBERSOLE >>>

Digging out the Weekly Volcano World Headquarters Christmas decorations from the basement of Building Three, we happened upon a year 2000 story that ran in our defunct Tacoma City Paper. During December 2000 Alec Clayton asked members of the Tacoma City Council about their holiday plans and what they thought the future held. Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole and Councilmember Doug Miller had the most interesting responses.

Spark up the fireplace, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the past:

Divvying the cooking


Newly elected council member Doug Miller enters the new millennium by finishing up a six-year term on the board of the Parks Commission and stepping in as a City Council member representing Position No. 1, a sprawling region that basically starts at the University Place city limit and heads west, following the water around Point Defiance and Ruston Way. Miller says he is staying at home for the holidays and looks forward to celebrating Christmas with his wife and child and extended family. "I'm fortunate to have my immediate family here in Tacoma," Miller says.

The Miller family celebration will be pretty traditional, with everybody divvying up the cooking duties. "We'll probably have turkey or ham, and maybe somebody will throw in a surprise dish," he says.

"Gatherings at Grandma's house have always been among my favorite Christmas memories," he says, "opening presents and enjoying the humor that always bounces around the house. The house was filled with laughter and good food and anticipation for the kids."

He recalls a favorite gift he received as a child. It came during the heyday of the early James Bond craze when Sean Connery was Agent 007. Miller received a secret agent kit. It came in a brief case and had things like hidden cameras and scopes to peek over fences. "My best friend got one too, and we went around the neighborhood playing secret agent and had a ball."

For the coming millennium, Miller predicts "a bright future" for Tacoma. "The rebirth or revitalization of Tacoma will continue, and there will be even more striking changes than have ever been seen before."

He says downtown will see a "remarkable transformation" and that the new art museum and glass museum, coupled with beautification along the waterfront, will be beautiful and exciting. And he predicts: "The perceived Y2K crises will turn out to be nothing."

Mayoral Christmas


Christmas this year may not be the happiest of times for Tacoma Mayor Brian Ebersole. He will be going back home to Pennsylvania to visit his ailing parents. Ebersole's father has had Parkinson's disease for the past 17 years, and his mother has Alzheimer's. "But it will be happier if I'm there," the mayor says.

He also hopes to get a short visit with his brother, who will be coming up from Georgia. "I'll probably travel back on Christmas Day," he says. It's a good day to travel, because it is the day most people will be at home. But he may come back early. "If I get back a day early, I'll probably have a quiet Christmas at home with my wife."

Traditionally Ebersole and his wife go back east to visit family for the holidays. But over the past few years they have taken trips out of the country visiting Mexico, Spain and Israel. He says his favorite Christmas memory goes back to when he was about 7 years old. "I got a football uniform. My brother and I both got uniforms with helmets and shoulder pads. We wore the full uniforms for about two weeks."

When asked for a political prediction for the coming year, Ebersole said: "I think Al Gore will get the Democratic nomination, and Bush will be the Republican. Bush will falter by not being able to name the political leaders of England, France and Canada, and the voters will say we don't expect you to know much, but we expect you to know at least as much as we do."

December 3, 2011 at 8:51am

5 Things To Do Today: Ravenna Woods, Drag N Dance, Grown Folks Saturday, Micho De Noche and more ...

Ravenna Woods plays at The Space tonight.

SATURDAY, DEC. 3, 2011 >>>

1. According to the hype, tonight "The Space is going to be filled with so much fun and excitement you will be unable to contain it. You might even dance!" How's that for a promise? And there's good reason to believe it, with a bill that includes local favorites Not From Brooklyn, Moonjuice and headliner Ravenna Woods. Celebrated in indie circles for a percussion driven approach to the hipster folky shit that's considerably more gray and foreboding than the overpopulated genre usually allows, Ravenna Woods - while orbiting many contemporary indie clichés - offers the kind of creativity and originality that keeps live music interesting. Saturday's show at the Space is the first in a string of fundraising events for the non-profit all-ages venue, according proprietor Athena Hitson. Don't miss this show.

2. It's time again for Drag n' Dance Saturdays with host Aphelia Bottom at MetroGruv in Tacoma. You know ... the place with the forboding looking rainbow unicorn mural on the side. Should be awesome. Starts at 9 p.m. and there's a $3 cover.

3. Catch up with Grown Folk Saturdays with DJ C-Luv at Last Call Bar in Lakewood, promising old-school dance hits from the ‘70s, ‘80s and 90s.

4. If you're looking for the perfect spot to get your rock on tonight, consider dropping by The New Frontier Lounge in Tacoma's Dome District, where Mico De Noche, He Whose Ox Is Gored, The Electric Falcons and Green River Thrillers will deliver it in spades. The good times commence at 9:30 p.m.

5. If you're up for a ferry jaunt, or perhaps you already live on Vashon Island, consider getting festive with the Vashon Christmas Carolers, led by Joe Farmer tonight at Café Luna. It's an all-ages event, and there is no cover.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music tonight

LINK: This week's freebies

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