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March 1, 2012 at 7:53am

5 Things To Do Today: Talk like an Egyptian, Tacomic Art Show 2.0, Guitar Republic ...

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012 >>>

1. Nicola Denzey Lewis, a prominent Brown University scholar, has a new interpretation of the story behind 12 ancient Egyptian books that changed our understanding of early Christianity, after they were dramatically discovered in 1945. Tonight, she will share her ideas about just how and why these ancient books were buried in the desert, and reveal a tale of Christian mummies, magical books, and a tomb robbing that changed the world at 7 p.m. inside Room 109, Wyatt Hall, on the University of Puget Sound campus.

2. Susan Owen, professor of Communication Studies, Zaixin Hong, professor of Art, and Jeff Solomon, visiting assistant professor of English, will discuss "censorship in relation to the upcoming Tacoma Art Museum exhibition HIDE/SEEK: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture" at 5 p.m. inside the Trimble Forum on the University of Puget Sound campus.

3. R.R. Anderson's biting weekly sketches have become ingrained in Tacoma, part of our fabric, like stop lights that never change and functional alcoholism. Through the month of March, Amocat Café will exhibit 40 of Anderson's Tacomic drawings, which will be celebrated tonight at 6 p.m. in the form of an artist reception. Folksingers in Hell will be on hand to dole out some tunes. Local labor activists will turn selected drawings into performance art.

4. At 7:30 p.m. inside the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia, Italy's Guitar Republic - more specifically Pino Forastiere, Stefano Barone, and Sergio Altamura - will blow you away with acoustic guitar awesomeness.

5. The Ram Restaurant and Brewery on Ruston Way hosts the Geeks Who Drink pub quiz, which consists of eight rounds of eight questions and is played in teams of up to six people. Questions are read aloud by the quizmaster; teams write their answers on provided sheets and turn them in at the end of each round. The team with the most points after eight rounds is the winner. Oh, and there's drinking involved, too. The fun begins at 8:30 p.m.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music tonight in the South Sound

LINK: South Sound Happy Hours

March 1, 2012 at 8:23am

MORNING SPEW: Non-Lutheran head Lutheran, dead tweets, "Star Wars" yoga ...

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Pacific Lutheran University: The institution hires its 13th president, who's not Lutheran. (News Tribune)

Point Ruston: The $150 million mixed-use retail and office complex will offer 3-D glasses and popcorn at its center. (News Tribune)

2012: Severe storms leave a trail of death and destruction through the Midwest. (CNN)

Gas At $5 A Gallon?: Major disruption in oil supplies could make it happen. (The New York Times)

Syria: Rebel fighters say they are tactically withdrawing from the besieged Baba Amr quarter of Homs after nearly a month of government shelling. (BBC)

140-Character Limbo: Where to tweets go when they die? (Mother Board)

Spread The Love: 13 Dr. Seuss pickup lines for your potential Sneech Muffin. (How About We)

Das Ist Sehr Gut: Star Wars yoga. (Thaeger)

March 1, 2012 at 10:57am

VOLCANO MUSIC: Crypts, Harmon Tap Room Underground Grand Opening, The League of Extraordinary Emcees, Missionary Position, Resident Kings and much more

Seattle's Crypts will play the New Frontier on Friday.

THIS WEEK'S VOLCANO MUSIC COVERAGE >>>

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 busy putting together another jaw-dropping issue of the Weekly Volcano, or simply because we're strung out on Xbox.

It's true. And you better believe we managed to pump out another stellar Weekly Volcano music section, just like we do every Thursday.

The Weekly Volcano music section is your weekly chance at the best in South Sound music coverage. This week's Volcano music section includes Crypts, the Harmon Tap Room Underground's Grand Opening, The League of Extraordinary Emcees, Missionary Position, Resident Kings and much more

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

FEATURE: CRYPTS

Upon first being confronted with Crypts, the most immediate impression is a blast of non-directional aggression. Crypts is a band that seems intent on creating a vibe of barely contained chaos and vicious noise. Crypts want the audience to be conflicted, to be challenged. ... -- Rev. Adam McKinney

FEATURE: HARMON TAP ROOM UNDERGROUND GRAND OPENING

Opened two years ago this June, the Tap Room, with its backroom brewery, was initially an answer to the overwhelming demand for Harmon beer, but struggled with its identity as a business. For one thing, the location proved to be a challenge. With the Tap Room located directly under The Hub, the Harmon siblings found themselves competing with one another. 

It soon became clear that the Tap Room needed to offer something that neither of the other Harmon locations could: it was soon decided that music of all genres in a 21-and-over setting, until 2 a.m. was the answer.  The concept of the Tap Room Underground was born.

This weekend's official "Grand Opening" at the Harmon Tap Room Underground promises local favorites like the Kim Archer Band and Steve Stefanowicz, and scheduled in the great company of the band Ben Union along with Travis Barker, Pete Johnson and Seattle-based artists Kate Lynn Logan and Gina Belliveau. The Tap Room Underground's Grand Opening will be free, with music starting at 6 p.m., and punctuated by two happy hours, 3-6 p.m. and 9-11 p.m. ... -- Jenni Prange Boran

HIP-HOP: THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY EMCEES

The League of Extraordinary Emcees is a crew consisting of Kept See, Prickly Pear, D.J. Iceman, Un Therhymehustla, Court Royal and Josh (Conflict of Interest) Rizeberg. It's an international crew, stretching from the United States all the way to Germany via Prickly Pear. The crew is a fully functioning MC outfit with in-house production and a record label. The League of Extraordinary Emcees also holds nonprofit status and works closely with the Universal Zulu Nation and the Seattle Zulu Nation Chapter. Many artists in the League teach hip-hop to children in schools and at after-school centers all across King and Pierce Counties. - Josh Rizeberg

WE RECOMMEND: MISSIONARY POSITION

As far as Jeff Angell goes in this world, Tacoma will always claim the born-to-be frontman as its own. And with good reason. Junior cut his teeth in T-Town, and the grit shows in his music to this day - even on his band's, the Missionary Position's, most recent effort - Consequences, which will no doubt be delved into heavily Saturday at Jazzbones in Tacoma. ... -- Matt Driscoll

WE RECOMMEND: RESIDENT KINGS

Resident Kings (an Oly band featuring members of Dirty Birds and Fitz of Depression), Last Watch (featuring John Johnson of Hillstomp), and Hong Kong Banana were all set to play the Eastside Club in Olympia this week. But, last minute changes have put Oly's most reliable weekend venue on hiatus until further notice. Lucky for Olympia, we have each other's back - and McCoy's will host Friday night's hoorah. - Nikki Talotta

PLUS: BETTER LIVING THROUGH MUSIC: Christian Mistress, Guttermouth, The Dead Giveaways, Coasting, Shotgun Kitchen and Big Eyes

PLUS: CONCERT ALERT

PLUS: LIVE LOCAL MUSIC LISTINGS

PLUS: COMPLETE INSANITY

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

March 1, 2012 at 11:49am

VOLCANO ARTS: "Gathering Together" at TESC, "Much Ado About Nothing," 100 Voices 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. We're always on the lookout for ways to shine a light on all the awesome creativity we see around us.

This week's Volcano arts section includes "Gathering Together" at TESC, "Much Ado About Nothing," at Olympia Little Theatre, 100 Voices at SPSCC and more.

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

VISUAL EDGE: GATHERING TOGETHER AT TESC

The art of Danielle Bodine, Adriene Cruz and Alonzo Davis at The Evergreen State College - exhibited under the name Gathering Together - is a montage of many different styles and materials that contrast and complement one another.

I could almost hear rattles and drums and the chirping of birds upon stepping into the gallery, and I immediately gravitated toward a powerful little sculpture called "Hybred Podacus" that I wish I could have in my home. More on that later.

All three artists enjoy national prominence, but I was unaware of them until TESC brought them to Olympia.

Bodine is a fiber artist originally from Seattle and now living on Whidbey Island. Cruz is a native of Harlem in New York City, now living in Portland. Davis, is a Southern Californian who attributes his art to influences from world travel. "The magic of the Southwest United States, Brazil, Haiti and West Africa has penetrated my work. ... and the colors and rhythms of the Pacific Rim continue to infiltrate."

The three artists combine varied materials and techniques including weaving, stitching, tying, painting, collaging, sculpting and more, with natural and manufactured materials to create artworks both traditional and innovative with a strong sense of connection to the earth and to peoples of many cultures. ... -- Alec Clayton

THEATER: MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING

The bitch of directing Shakespeare is the number of plates that must be kept spinning: a text packed with outdated language, a chorus of actors running on and off stage for dozens of scenes, and probably a concept Shakespeare never intended. If this daunting effort fails, the director gets most of the blame; we surely can't fault the author. If it works, each cast and crew member deserves credit. Material that seems as dense as theatrical calculus in Act I must feel breezy and offhand by Act V. And when the timeless magic of Shakespeare truly sings, we get the sense of all gears meshing in a glorious machine.

Much Ado About Nothing at Olympia Little Theatre is just such a production, and while its roster is impressively deep, it earns praise for its director, Terence Artz, most of all. ... -- Christian Carvajal

LOCAL FILM: KARI BAUMANN'S DECORATE YOUR FACE

Tacoma's freelance makeup artist Kari Baumann has her own business, and she calls it Decorate Your Face. I hear that name and immediately a mental movie begins playing of Baumann gleefully chucking handfuls of foundation and glitter (glitter?) at her clients' cheeks, with all the expressionistic exuberance of Jackson Pollock. Don't ask me why.

But Baumann's real-life work, though more subtle than this fantasy, functions equally effective. Since establishing her trade in 2005, local movie productions have mainly called upon Baumann's talents in decorating actors' faces in more naturalistic ways. Yet sometimes the end product can still shock, as it does in director Ron Lagman's short Tapat Sa Pangako (Committed) (which premiered in Tacoma last month and played this past weekend at Seattle's Post Alley Film Festival). Viewers won't easily shake off one of the movie's most striking images: the near-black bruises running across an abused woman's back, which Baumann created. ... -- Christopher Wood

WE RECOMMEND: 100 VOICES

How many voices does one concert need? One? Several? Maybe 50? Saturday in Olympia the sixth annual 100 Voices Concert will offer more amazing voices in one place than you could ever desire, combining the talents of the Saint Martin's University Chorale, the Opera Pacifica Chorus, the South Puget Sound Community College Choirs and the Olympia Chamber Orchestra for an evening sure to be highlighted by the planned in-English performance of A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. ... - Weekly Volcano

PLUS: COMPREHENSIVE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT LISTINGS

PLUS: EVEN MORE LOCAL THEATER COVERAGE

PLUS: REMARKABLE WHACKINESS

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

March 1, 2012 at 12:40pm

WEEKEND HUSTLE: Oly Startup Weekend, South Sound Sustainability Expo, Snake Lake Science Fair, Young Ladies and Gentlemen, 100 Voices, "Carnival," and more ...

There's got to be at least 100 voices in this photo ...

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

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Rain showers, hi 45, lo 43

Saturday: More rain, hi 50, lo 43

Sunday: Chance of sun, hi 55, lo 43

>>> MARCH 2-4: OLY STARTUP WEEKEND

Perhaps you have the next big idea floating around in your head, but you've so far been unable to see it to fruition because you're just one little person. The coming Olympia Startup Weekend, Friday through Sunday at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, could be the answer to your dilemma. Billed as an "intense 54 hour event," Olympia Startup Weekend aims to combine great ideas with talented people and watch the creativity and innovation ensue. According to hype, "The weekend brings together people with different skill sets - primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people - to build applications and develop a commercial case around them." Registration and an entry fee are required for the three-day event - go to olympia.startupweekend.org for more information.

  • Saint Martin's University - Harned Hall, times and ticket info at olympia.startupweekend.org, 5000 Abbey Way SE, Lacey, 360.491.4700

>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 3: SOUTH SOUND SUSTAINABILITY EXPO

Fun fact: Before there were expos, people had no idea how to disseminate information about sustainability. It was a bleak time. Luckily, events like Saturday's South Sound Sustainability Expo at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center have solved this problem, bringing "green" to the masses. According to hype, the South Sound Sustainability Expo is "intended to provide residents and business owners in the greater Tacoma metropolitan area a place to discover services, products, companies, and agencies in our region that address sustainability needs in our community." As part of that goal, instruction and information on everything from urban chicken cooping to waste minimization and recycling will be discussed. Transportation alternatives will also be covered, making the event's parking lot the likely target of the Tacoma Weekly editorial team. Be advised.

>>> THROUGH MARCH 3: METAMORPHOSES

Your transition from indie-scenester to minivan-dad has been nothing short of a metamorphoses. So there's a good chance you'll enjoy the University of Puget Sound's take on Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses, which according to pre-production hype is "based on a series of tragic and joyous ancient Roman myths," in which characters "fall in love, lust for riches, and reach for power. Zimmerman's piece weaves a series of stories based on the classical poem Metamorphoses, written by the Roman poet Ovid (43 B.C.-A.D. 18). Directed by John Rindo, Metamorphoses runs at UPS through two weekends. Bring your minivan.

  • University of Puget Sound - Norton Clapp Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, matinees at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 1 and 2 p.m., Saturday, March 3, $11 for general public, $7 for seniors (55+), students, military, and UPS students, faculty and staff, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, 253.879.3419

>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 3: SNAKE LAKE SCIENCE FAIR

Kids these days are no damn good. You hear about it all the time. But Saturday at the Tacoma Nature Center anyone interested can get a look at some of the positive things kids are capable of - like baking soda volcanoes and paper towel strength test. It's called the Snake Lake Science Fair, and kids from throughout Tacoma - many of them homeschooled - will participate with gusto this weekend, making for an event that's sure to be both enjoyable and enlightening. And it's also free to drop in on. The kids have been working for a long time on these projects (deadline for application was in late February, and there was a $10 application fee), so we expect a topnotch science fair.

  • Tacoma Nature Center, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. public viewing, free admission, 1919 S. Tyler, Tacoma, 253.591.6439

>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 3: YOUNG LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

It often seems like good manners went out of style a long time ago (especially when hanging in Weekly Volcano World Headquarters). But the truth couldn't be more different. Making a good impression is as important today as it ever was - and the bottom line is today's kids just probably aren't as coached-up on it as they used to be. Enter Pierce County Parks and Recreation, and Final Touch Finishing School, which together on Saturday will offer a day-full of manners instructions for kids. The morning class, "Young Ladies & Gentleman 1," intended for ages 6 -11, will teach the basics, like table manners and introductions that don't involve fart jokes. The afternoon session, "Young Ladies & Gentleman 2,"  intended for ages 11-16, will delve a little deeper, breaking down the do's and don'ts of being a host and guest. If a need for bribery arises when signing up little Suzy and Johnny, apparently cake will be served during the afternoon class, and the morning class includes a goodie bag.

>>> SATURDAY, MARCH 3: 100 VOICES

How many voices does one concert need? One? Several? Maybe 50? Saturday in Olympia the sixth annual 100 Voices Concert will offer more amazing voices in one place than you could ever desire, combining the talents of the Saint Martin's University Chorale, the Opera Pacifica Chorus, the South Puget Sound Community College Choirs and the Olympia Chamber Orchestra for an evening sure to be highlighted by the planned in-English performance of A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. That's so hot. The yearly and much-loved event will be held in conjunction with Olympia Chamber Orchestra's Concert Series. Weekly Volcano theater critic Christian Carvajal will be voice number 53. Read about his adventures in the 100 Voices Concert production on our blog, Spew.

  • Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at SPSCC, 7:30 p.m., $2-$17, 2011 Mottman Road SW, Olympia, 360.753.8585, olytix.org

>>> SUNDAY, MARCH 4: CARNIVAL

The Tacoma Youth Symphony Association brings its 2011-2012 season to the Rialto Theater Sunday for a performance by the much-loved Tacoma Youth Symphony Orchestra. Titled Carnival, and thematically including Antonín Dvorák's "Carnival Overture," Robert Huchinson's violin-piece "Maria Sampen," and Witold Lutoslawski's "Concerto for Orchestra," Sunday's afternoon concert should deliver in all facets of awesomeness. Coolest of all: 100 free main-floor tickets for students of high school age or younger will be available at the door on the day of the performance.

  • Rialto Theater, 3 p.m., $6-$7, 100 free main-floor tickets for students high school age and younger will be available at the door, 310 S. Ninth, Tacoma, 253.591.5890

>>> SUNDAY, MARCH 4: OLYMPIA DANCE FESTIVAL

Jazz hands, everyone! Sunday brings the third-annual Olympia Dance Festival to the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Combing the dance talents of several regional dance troupes - listed on the press release as Ballet Northwest, Debbi's Dance, Etc., Johansen Olympia Dance Center, Mas Uda Middle Eastern Dancers, Random Acts of Dance Collective (RADCO), Slieveloughane Irish Dancers, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble and Studio West Dance Academy - this yearly event typically inspires smiles and rounds of applause. Southwest Washington is full of dance talent, and the Olympia Dance Festival routinely puts that fact on full display.

  • Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 2 p.m., $10, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia, 360.753.8585

WHAT SOME OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS ARE UP TO

CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL Theater Critic
My wife and I are singing Brahms's Requiem at South Puget Sound Community College (along with 150 other voices). Also, we really need to get caught up on Justified.

JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
This weekend I will be celebrating my 37th birthday. Saturday morning the little son and I will hit Corrina Bakery to pick up my lavender honey cake and vegan/gluten free cupcakes. We will possibly go to the zoo or something else fun. That evening my husband will make tamales and unveil his "low-key" surprise (not ponies or massages from my friends). Sunday we will go to church and rejoice that we are FINALLY getting over being sick.

JOSH RIZEBERG Tacoma Hip-Hop Writer
Friday I'm bringing in the multi-talented James Ray to guest lecture at my spoken-word/poetry class at the D.A.S.H. Center For the Arts at 6 p.m. drop-ins are encouraged! James Ray is an amazing poet, singer, and M.C. Saturday I'll be at the Red Room at The Breaklites SXSW send-off show with Chief Noo nd JaiXJerm. Sunday I'll be making a cameo in Awall A.K.A. 2-Piece's new video with Duranged Pitt and Duce 1 of Bo$$ Fam' new single, "Flawless." I'll be slapping bones, playing spades and having a good-time!

NIC LEONARD Olympia Hip-Hop Writer
I don't have anything big going on this weekend.  I plan on laying low, watching tv and writing music at my house.  I will only leave my home to re-stock on ciggerettes and food.

JENNIFER JOHNSON Food & Lifestyles Writer
Going to Vagabond Opera’s CD release party at the Triple Door in Seattle on Friday. Volunteering to cleanup park trails Saturday followed by attending the first annual “Shake, Rattle & Roll” Slider Cook-Off at the Museum of Glass. Sunday is a full day of church and much needed relaxation.

ALEC CLAYTON Arts Critic
We are going to the Seattle Rep to see two plays, "I Am My Own Wife" and "Red."

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MOLLY GILMORE Arts Writer
Friday, I'll be in downtown Olympia for First Friday; a friend has an art show opening at Capitol Florist. Saturday, I'm rehearsing for a puppetry and dance performance that will be happening at the Ocean Shores Razor Clam Festival March 24. And Sunday afternoon, I'll be listening to Seattle a cappella ensemble The Esoterics in concert at St. John's Episcopal Church in Olympia.

JOSHUA SWAINSTON Long Feature Writer
A four year old has held me and my wife captive. We are only to be released after chaperoning said four year old to the movie The Lorax.

NIKKI TALOTTA Music Writer
This girl is not doing much. Maybe some gardening and a trip to the redbox. Haven't seen Moneyball yet, should go good with some popcorn and PBRs. Exciting stuff.

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Photographer
It's movie time with the chillens this weekend and maybe a trip to Northwest Trek or Gibson's for some frozen yogurt, because that's how I roll.

LINK: Even more local events that we recommend

LINK: Comprehensive South Sound Arts & Entertainment Calendar

March 2, 2012 at 7:09am

5 Things To Do Today: Burlesque pole-dancing show, "The Farnsworth Invention," Resident Kings and more ...

Poledello Owner Noelle Wood: She can do this. Photo courtesy of poledello.com

FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 2012 >>>
 
1. Those who attended the Valentine’s Day burlesque show at the Pantages Theater know Poledello owner Noelle Wood can bring it. The Tacoma pole-dancing studio owner received a standing ovation for her performance that night. Tonight at 8 p.m. at her Seventh and Commerce Street studio Wood and her students present a Burlesque Open House, a free event for those 18 and older. Word on the street is the final two act include professional pole dancers – an acrobatic pole/silk duet with costumes and props and “Snow White and the Huntsman” featuring dudes.  If you are dead to seduction, you might enjoy the raffle prizes.

2. Perhaps you have the next big idea floating around in your head, but you've so far been unable to see it to fruition because you're just one little person. The coming Olympia Startup Weekend, today through Sunday at Saint Martin's University in Lacey, could be the answer to your dilemma. Billed as an "intense 54 hour event," Olympia Startup Weekend aims to combine great ideas with talented people and watch the creativity and innovation ensue. Registration and an entry fee are required for the three-day event - go to olympia.startupweekend.org for more information.

3. The bitch of directing Shakespeare is the number of plates that must be kept spinning: a text packed with outdated language, a chorus of actors running on and off stage for dozens of scenes, and probably a concept Shakespeare never intended. If this daunting effort fails, the director gets most of the blame; we surely can't fault the author. If it works, each cast and crewmember deserves credit. Material that seems as dense as theatrical calculus in Act I must feel breezy and offhand by Act V. And when the timeless magic of Shakespeare truly sings, we get the sense of all gears meshing in a glorious machine. Much Ado About Nothing at 7:55 p.m. at Olympia Little Theatre is just such a production, and while its roster is impressively deep, it earns praise for its director, Terence Artz, most of all. Read Christian Carvajal's full review of Much Ado About Nothing in the Arts section at weeklyvolcano.com.

4. The Lakewood Playhouse presents the Northwest premiere of Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention at 8 p.m. It's the story of the invention, and theft, of television in 1929 - presented "in the round." Bonus: New Managing Artistic Director John Munn will arrive at the theater around 6 p.m. to answer questions about the future of the Lakewood Playhouse. Parental Advisory: This production contains adult language, including "F" bombs.

5. Resident Kings (an Oly band featuring members of Dirty Birds and Fitz of Depression), Last Watch (featuring John Johnson of Hillstomp), and Hong Kong Banana will perform at 8 p.m. inside McCoy's Tavern. Expect a variety of sounds from these three bands, from the heavy melodic rock of Resident Kings, to the punk rock and roots of Last Watch, to the garage and soul of Portland's Hong Kong Banana.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music tonight in the South Sound

LINK: South Sound Happy Hours

March 2, 2012 at 8:02am

MORNING SPEW: School district drama, Twister Waves, cupcake ATM ...

Navajo Hipster Panty: Some refuse to wear it.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Leadership Change: Stewart Middle School Principal Jon Ketler - founder of Tacoma School of the Arts and the Science and Math Institute - forced out due to complaints. (News Tribune)

Camp Murray Gate: The proposed move might cause unsafe conditions for Tillicum residents. (News Tribune)

Narrows Bridge Toll: It's going to cost Tacomans more to go chill on the deck at Tides Tavern. (News Tribune)

Oh Crap: A line of storms stretching from Illinois to Louisiana may cause tornadoes and severe weather in the battered Midwest. (CNN)

Yelp Help: The online hub for local business reviews priced its initial public offering at $15 a share. (The New York Times)

Twister Waves: Researchers describe a completely new way to pack information into radio, TV, and wi-fi signals. (BBC)

Davy Jones: Peter Tork shares memories of his former Monkees bandmate. (USA Today)

The Shins: Grab updates and listen to the band's songs. (Paste Magazine)

Awesome: A 24-hour ATM machine dispenses cupcakes. (Dvice) 

Awesome II: Vintage cats and dogs dressed as people. (BuzzFeed)

Awesome III: Art made from Oero cookies. (1 Design Per Day)

Mad Urbanism: Architect looking for investors and/or victims for his giant see-through maze. (Io9)

Panty Fight: Navajo Nation files a lawsuit against Urban Outfitters over the Navajo Hipster Panty. (Jezebel)

March 2, 2012 at 11:31am

NIGHT MOVES: Steve Stefanowicz, Guttermouth, Christian Mistress, Psycho 78, The Green, Crypts, Oly Mountain Boys and others ...

Boldtype

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

Ale House Sports Pub & Grille University Place. Steve Stefanowicz. 8 pm. NC.

Backstage Bar & Grill Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. Guttermouth, Boldtype, Neutralboy, The Unevil, South 11th. 8 pm. $12-$15.

  • This blurb officially marks the 87th time I've written about Guttermouth coming to Tacoma. Something tells me that while I may be running out of things to say about the iconic Huntington Beach punk rockers, Tacoma's many fans of the band aren't getting tired seeing them. This Friday, Guttermouth again returns to T-Town, this time hitting up the Backstage Bar & Grill. The band has typically played Hell's Kitchen in the past, but this time around it appears former Hell's Kitchen booker Flash Connel - now a show-making free agent of sorts - has lured the band to the ass-end of Sixth Avenue and the Backstage. I expect the results of the show to be similar: loud, fast and balls-to-the-proverbial-wall. - Matt Driscoll

Hell's Kitchen Tacoma - Downtown. Psycho 78, Artimus Maximus, Triple Sixes, Dead Giveaways. 9 pm. $5.

Jazzbones Tacoma. The Green reggae show. All Ages. 4 pm doors. $10. With Mighty High. 21+. 7 pm. $15.

Lucky Eagle Casino Rochester. George Jones. 8 pm. $45-$65.

Little Creek Casino Shelton. Glen Campbell. 8 pm. $30-$50.

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. High Noon Horizon, River Of Disdain, Jobe Himself. All Ages. 8 pm.

Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Ches Ferguson, Julie Campbell. All Ages. 6 pm. Ravin' Wolf. All Ages. 8 pm.

Maxwell's Speakeasy Tacoma - Downtown. Lance Buller Trio. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

McCoy's Tavern Olympia - Downtown. Resident Kings, Last Watch, Hong Kong Banana. 9 pm. $5.

  • Resident Kings (an Oly band featuring members of Dirty Birds and Fitz of Depression), Last Watch (featuring John Johnson of Hillstomp), and Hong Kong Banana were all set to play the Eastside Club in Olympia this week. But, last minute changes have put Oly's most reliable weekend venue on hiatus until further notice. Lucky for Olympia, we have each other's back - and McCoy's will host Friday night's hoorah. Expect a variety of sounds from these three bands, from the heavy melodic rock of Resident Kings, to the punk rock and roots of Last Watch, to the garage and soul of Portland's Hong Kong Banana. Eat it up, South Sound. It's good for the soul. - Nikki Talotta

The New Frontier Lounge Tacoma - Dome District. Crypts, DBC, Bronze, DJ sets by Delicious Brown, Ninja Monique. 9 pm.

  • Upon first being confronted with Crypts, the most immediate impression is a blast of non-directional aggression. Crypts is a band that seems intent on creating a vibe of barely contained chaos and vicious noise. Crypts want the audience to be conflicted, to be challenged. If you make it past those first intense minutes, however, Crypts has a way of revealing surprisingly beautiful compositions - bathed, as it always is, in scuzzy shock and awe. Read my full feature on the Crypts in the Music section at weeklyvolcano.com. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Olyphant Art Supply and Gallery Olympia - Downtown. Christian Mistress. 8 p.m., $5.

  • For Oly home-towners, there's a lot of pride when people you see in your daily life - people who've made you a killer pizza pie, who you've listened to at house parties, or who've rocked your head in the middle of Fourth Ave - are on the cusp of greatness. Such is the case with Olympia's Christian Mistress, preparing to celebrate the release of their debut effort on Relapse Records, Possession, with a show Friday at Olyphant Art Supply and Gallery in Olympia. The music of Christian Mistress speaks straight to the heart. It's nostalgic, yet eye-opening. It's metal, yet soul. It's a twisted, yet straightforward way of playing good fucking rock music. See all of this firsthand Friday in a show that will also serve as a release party for the latest installment of Nuts Magazine. - Weekly Volcano

Southbay Dickerson's BBQ Olympia - Downtown. Oly Mountain Boys CD release Party. 8 pm. NC.

Spar Cafe Olympia. Vince Brown. 8 pm. NC.

Tempest Lounge Tacoma - Hilltop. Raeanne Phillips. 7:30 pm. NC.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Holly Gwinn Graham, Joe Baque. All Ages. 8 pm. $8-$12.

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March 2, 2012 at 2:16pm

Plan Ahead: St. Patrick's Day dinner in Tacoma

BENEFIT FOR A GYMNASTICS SUPERSTAR >>>

I'm going to start St. Patrick's Day off right this year. Before heading out to drink gawd-awful green beer, I'm going to load up on delicious Irish-ish food at Babblin' Babs Bistro. As you know, the break and lunch spot in Tacoma's Proctor District periodically hosts a chef's dinner or themed dinner. Owners Chef William and Shannon Mueller open the door between their Secret café and the main dining room for guests to enjoy a prix-fixe dinner of gourmet dishes. it's a treat, to say th eleast.

The Weekly Volcano just received word that the Mueller's will serve an early St. Patrick's Day dinner. The dinner is a reservation only affair. All proceeds form the dinner will go toward sending their daughter, Savannah, to Ireland and Scotland for a major gymnastics competition.

Let's look at the menu:

Guinness Onion Soup - Slowly cooked sweet onions until dark carmel color, then deglazed with Guinness stout beer with sherry wine, thyme, and reduced to a rich thick stock. Topped with a crouton and torched Irish cheddar cheese.

Bacon Salad with Farmhouse Cheese - Thick stripes of pancetta crisped up with Northwest pears and cooked golden, then tossed in organic assorted greens with herbs. Then drizzled with a creamy cider and Cooleeney cheese dressing

Entrée Choice One: Duo of Lamb - Natural baby lamb chop crusted in a light bread and herb crumb of rosemary, garlic, mustard and parsley. Oven roasted to perfection, then served on a mound of harvest lamb stew with potatoes, carrots, celery, turnips, braised in red wine and herbs. Brittany style vegetables with a dill butter. 

Entrée Choice Two: Dublin Shrimp Dingle Pie - Large succulent shrimpmarried with carrots, celery, mushrooms, and spices. Pulled all together in a white wine sauce and all put into a buttery crust baked to a bubbly golden brown. 

Granny Smith Apple and NW Berries - Northwest blueberries, blackberries and raspberries tossed with Granny Smith apples. Topped with a crumble top of oatmeal, butter, brown sugar, baked and served piping hot!

[Babblin' Babs Bistro, Saturday, March 17, 4-7 p.m., $65 per person, 2724 N. Proctor, Tacoma, reservations at 253.761.9099]

March 3, 2012 at 8:39am

5 Things To Do Today: "Zigzags," Snake Lake Science Fair, Slider Cook-Off, Sustainability Expo and more ...

Julie Alpert: Her "Telephone blueprint 3," 2012, collage, 5.5" x 8.5" hangs at the Telephone Room Gallery in Tacoma. Photo courtesy of Julie Alpert

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 2012 >>>

1. The tiny Telephone Room Gallery will host 6-9 p.m. opening reception for Julie Alpert's Zigzags, Stripes, and Shadows, an art exhibit showing, according to Alpert, "Stream of consciousness drawings become blueprints for how I respond to the Telephone Room's cramped, charming, and curious architecture. Utilizing the shelves, telephone alcove, cabinet doors, and window, painted lines follow and cascade off the various surfaces transforming the once useful room into a mysterious three-dimensional painting."

2. Fun fact: Before there were expos, people had no idea how to disseminate information about sustainability. It was a bleak time. Luckily, events like today's South Sound Sustainability Expo at the Tacoma Convention and Trade Center have solved this problem, bringing "green" to the masses. According to hype, the South Sound Sustainability Expo is "intended to provide residents and business owners in the greater Tacoma metropolitan area a place to discover services, products, companies, and agencies in our region that address sustainability needs in our community." As part of that goal, instruction and information on everything from urban chicken cooping to waste minimization and recycling will be discussed from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

3. Kids these days are no damn good. You hear about it all the time. But at 1:30 p.m. at the Tacoma Nature Center anyone interested can get a look at some of the positive things kids are capable of - like baking-soda volcanoes and paper towel strength test. It's called the Snake Lake Science Fair, and kids from throughout Tacoma - many of them homeschooled - will participate with gusto this weekend, making for an event that's sure to be both enjoyable and enlightening. And it's also free to drop in on.

4. Artist John Miller's five-foot tall Venetian glass sculpture "Cheeseburger Goblet" and smaller "Slider Goblets," currently on display at the Museum of Glass as part of the Gathering: John Miller and Friends exhibition, have inspired Slider Cook-Off "Shake, Rattle & Grill" - an evening of 1950s kitschy fun at the museum, centered around a culinary battle pitting area chefs and their sliders competing for bragging rights, awards and art trophies beginning at 6:30 p.m. "We've given the chefs free rein to bring any recipe they'd like. They definitely all won't be beef cheeseburgers," says event organizer and Museum of Glass Corporate and Donor Relations Manager Mandy Lane of the sliders expected to compete. Read Jennifer Johnson's full feature on the Slider Cook-Off, including recipes and events, in the Restaurant section at weeklyvolcano.com.

5. The Missionary Position, SweetKiss Momma, Hot Bodies In Motion and Ape Machine will perform beginning at 7 p.m. inside Jazzbones.

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