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April 1, 2012 at 7:46am

5 Things To Do Today: Letterpress Film Festival, dog egg hunt, book sale, Dave Graham benefit and more ...

LETTERPRESS: Tacoma loves it.

SUNDAY, APRIL 1, 2012 >>>

1. You can't help be jealous of letterpress artists. They both intelligence and creativity, and when they collaborate, you get a massive-shot of talent. A massive shot is exactly what will go down from 6-8 p.m. when King's Books hosts Wayz and Means: Letterpress Film Festival screening short films celebrating letterpress and book arts. Tickets are $20 and include popcorn, liquid refreshments, and - of course - cake. The event will raise funds for the Stadium District bookstore's annual Wayzgoose: Letterpress and Book Arts Festival. Apparently, filmgoers will also have the opportunity to purchase early Wayzgoose raffle tickets.

2. This morning we woke up in this house where we're dog-sitting, and the thought crossed our minds that if I were an O'Malley or an O'Reilly, we'd be an Irish sitter.  Other random ideas raced around our brains like a dog chasing its tail before we could unleash ourselves from the warm covers of this foreign bed. You see, Ted must be walked by 10 a.m. (Hey, it's Sunday!) Anyway, we're going to kill two birds with one stone. Pet Connection Magazine's 5th Annual Dog-Gone Easter Egg Hunt runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Rainier Vista Park in Lacey. For $3, we can run the dog silly, and collect some food for an afternoon omelet. As a bonus, there's some sort of dog fashion show benefiting Old Dog Haven & Feline Friends.

3. Books are your friends. They are like theatric performances in your head. And the Bonney Lake branch of the Pierce County Library system is making it easier to see more mental plays, by holding book sale from 1-5 p.m. Expect crazy discounts on a great variety of materials for all ages and interests, including hardback and paperback fiction and nonfiction, children's books, cookbooks, reference books, audiobooks, music and movies.

4. Local fixture Dave Graham is at the center of a benefit show to aid in the cost of his cancer treatment beginning at 3 p.m. at The Swiss. Rev. Adam McKinney has the details here.

5. Some would argue that a dive bar like the China Clipper Club and Café is no place to party. But let us tell you something, friend: There's a little thing called class. Class is something you can't buy. Class is something inherited. Class is years and years of spilled drinks, double shots and drunken hookups. Class never goes away, no matter how dirty the carpet is or how dilapidated the karaoke stage becomes. Class makes drinking fun. And let us tell you, friends: the China Clipper oozes class. By the way, karaoke is nightly at 9 p.m.

PLUS: More awesome event suggestions in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: South Sound happy hours

April 1, 2012 at 11:57am

NIGHT MOVES: Little Tybee, Jim King & The Southsiders, Dave Graham benefit show, Peter Mayer and others ...

Mr. Blackwatch

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

Dawson's Bar and Grill Tacoma - South. Blues Jam, hosted by Tim Hall. 8 pm.

Mandolin Cafe Tacoma - Central. Little Tybee, Gina Belliveau, James Coates, River Whyless. All Ages. 6 pm.

  • Shiny, happy people, unite. Atlanta-based orchestral-pop heroes Little Tybee brings its national tour to Tacoma's Mandolin Café on April Fools Day. It would probably be best to classify them somewhere between light-hearted orchestral pop and Tropicalia orchestral pop. Yes, it's a tiny space between the two genres, but this tight-knit bunch of friends enjoys existing in the little space - thus its name. April Fools! Yes, the six musicians ARE close friends, but they explore all 37 orchestral pop sub-genres. According to press release hype, "Little Tybee isn't afraid to experiment freely, even dangerously at times, to follow a musical idea to its ultimate end. This mentality has led the group to explore music that transcends genre and packs a much bigger punch than their modest title implies." If you have a cinder block dropped on your XBOX, or some horrible prank, find happiness at the Mandolin Sunday night. - Weekly Volcano

The Spar Tacoma - Old Town. Jim King & The Southsiders. 7 pm. NC.

Steilacoom Pub and Grill Steilacoom. Sunday open mic with Jeanlizabeth. 8 pm. NC.

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. Chicago Blues Jam. 8:30 pm. NC.

The Swiss Tacoma - Downtown. Dave Graham Benefit Show, with James Hilborne & The Painkillers, Snak Pak, Bandolier, Mr. Blackwatch, China Davis, DJ Melodica, Darren Selector. All Ages. 3 pm. $5 suggested donation.

  • Recently, and very suddenly, Dave Graham was diagnosed with Stage 4 Melanoma, and has since undergone painful and costly treatment to battle this vicious cancer. Sunday's benefit show will hopefully provide a little financial relief for Graham. But the biggest aspect of the event is to show Graham how much he is appreciated in this town in which he has become a fixture. The band lineup is an eclectic collection of Tacoma mainstays, including the ghostly country of James Hilborne and the Painkillers, the grimy punk of Snak Pak, the retro AM pop of Bandolier, the space-alien-informed rock of Mr. Blackwatch and an acoustic set from China Davis. Interspersed amongst the days activities will be raffles of prizes from a huge assortment of Tacoma donors. Read Rev. Adam McKinney's full feature on Dave Graham's benefit show in the Music section at weeklyvolcano.com.

Tacoma Comedy Club Tacoma - Downtown. In The Pocket Blues/Soul/Jazz Night. Led by Pete Kirkland and Virginia. 7-11 pm. NC.

Traditions Cafe and World Folk Art Olympia - Downtown. Peter Mayer. All Ages. 7 pm. $10-$15.

LINK: More live music tonight in the South Sound

Filed under: Night Moves, Music, Tacoma, Olympia,

April 1, 2012 at 2:01pm

Tacoma Cash Mob: It's attacking right now!

TACOMA CASH MOB: Reaching Toys and Books is under attack! Photo credit: Kate Swarner

MOB RULES >>>

Teaching Toys and Books is about to get getting mobbed.

The Tacoma Cash Mob announced on social media that it would gather at 2 p.m. today outside Mason Methodist Church on the corner of North 27th and Madison, then announced what store it would attack, en masse.

The mob chose Teaching Toys and Books in Tacoma's Proctor District.

Melissa Tennille, co-owner of the victimized store, couldn't be happier.

"I think that the social aspect of the fun camaraderie and sense of adventure will bring folks together way that transcends a regular shopping excursion at our store," says Tennille.

Since originating in Cleveland last November, cash mobs have popped up all over the place. More than 100 networks have been set up in U.S. cities - the Teaching Toys version will be Tacoma's first - and others have shown up in areas as far-flung as Scandinavia and South Korea.

The idea is simple enough - a twist on the concept of "flash mob" with one important distinction: This mob intention isn't disruption, destruction and leaving the participants soulless, clutching sad clown masks behind the rhododendron bush. Instead, organizers select a local, small business and urge people via Twitter or Facebook to spend $20 there at a certain time.  In the end, the community-conscious shopping generates more business for the local economy and in the case of Teaching Toys and Books, provides an opportunity to sell a bunch of Wheely Bugs.

Bart and Veronica made the first Tacoma Cash Mob purchase at Teaching Toys and Books, spending $65.54.

Tennille and crew were ready to reward their new social angels.       

"Over the last week, I have gone around to each business in the Proctor District and asked them to help us fill goodie bags for the cash mob participants.  Our store is giving a $10 gift certificate to anyone who spends $10 or more.  We have also put little toys in the bags.  Other merchants have filled the bags with coupons, gift certificates, key chains, cupcakes, jewelry, candy, free karate classes and more," she says.

Look what Christy Reedy scored!

King sweet pea!

Teaching Toys is also raffling off free math classes, dinner at neighboring La Fondita Mexican restaurant and a life-sized stuffed bear. 

Patricia Lecy-Davis and grandson, Skylar, joined the Tacoma Cash Mob.

"Hopefully the fun owl hats that we will pass out at the event that say, 'Look whooooo's great!' will be as big a hit as I imagine," she adds. 

There are no specific rules in founding a mob, Fleming points out. Though the national cashmobs.wordpress.com site offers suggested rules and advice, organizers don't go through any headquarters, or certifying organization. The process is almost as simple as the concept itself.

Teaching Toys and Books owners Melissa Tennille, left, and Valla Wagner.

LINK: Tacoma Cash Mob Facebook

LINK: Tacoma Cash Mob Twitter

Filed under: Business, Community, Tacoma, Facebook,

April 2, 2012 at 6:42am

5 Things To Do Today: Kamikaze Queens, Psychic Buffet, Lincoln Avenue corridor hug, Striped Water Poets and more ...

KAMIKAZE QUEENS: A spiked heel to your chest isn't out of the question. Photo courtesy of Facebook

MONDAY, APRIL 2, 2012 >>>

1. Willkommen. Welcome to the Kamikaze Queens. The Berlin punk cabaret exploring the bacchanalian club atmosphere of '20s Germany is coming to Tacoma tonight. "Musically their style ranges from early punk rock and soulful garage to dirty jazz and punkabilly, smothered in reverb, topped off with Spooky Waltzes, and served up with burlesque and cabaret," according to hype. "Fronted by two dazzling American female singers, Trinity Sarratt and Mad Kate take turns at being sweet & sour, dancing, kicking, and playing percussion. We love the local ladies of punk rock, with their vicious glares and sexy snarls. Best of all is when the fists are pumping and the vocal chords are shredding, front and center stage. Of course, we love the boys who back the ladies of punk, too. What better way to start your week than with a good, old-fashioned punk-rock cabaret party tonight with The Hot Roddin' Romeo's, Blacktop Deceiver, Darkhorse High at the Backstage Bar and Grill beginning at 8 p.m.

2. Join the Port of Tacoma and City of Tacoma to celebrate the opening of the Lincoln Avenue corridor from 2-2:30 p.m. at the Gog-le-hi-te Wetland, near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Stewart Street. For those not familiar with this vital link between downtown Tacoma and the Port, it allows traffic flow on Lincoln Avenue over the Tacoma Rail tracks serving the Port of Tacoma's congested North and South Intermodal Yards. It's a bid deal. Check out the speakers list: Port of Tacoma Commissioner Dick Marzano; City of Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland; Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Executive Director Board Karen Schmidt; Washington State Department of Transportation Secretary of Transportation Paula Hammond; and United States Senator Honorable Patty Murray (tentative).

3. Wouldn't you love to know if your spouse was cheating? Or find out what Fido has been doing in Heaven all these years? Thank Goddess for psychics, and thank your lucky stars for the Psychic Buffet, from 5-9 p.m. every first Monday at the Urban Onion Restaurant in downtown Olympia. See your future a little more clearly thanks to area clairvoyants and mediums, Tarot card readers and energy healers. Plug into the area's collective unconscious.

4. Every April, the Academy of American Poets commands us to pay attention to poetry, with National Poetry Month. Which is troublesome, because most poets spend their lifetimes trying just to figure out what poetry is. How is the layperson supposed to do it in a month? Appropriately, the Striped Water Poets kicks off a new poetry series tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Station Bistro in the Auburn transit center. Before MC Christopher J. Jarmick announces the poetry open mic session, two poets will take the stage: Woodinville's Peggy Barnett and Tacoma-based writer and actress Emilie Rommel Shimkus.

5. Let's tally up the score for Jazzbones's 9 p.m. Monday night Rockaraoke, shall we? A chance to sing onstage with a live band? Yes. Cheap Miller High Life? Yes. A valid excuse to drink on a Monday (repeat, Monday) night? Yes, yes and, oh God, yes.

LINK: More arts and entertainment events in the South Sound

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: South Sound happy hours

Filed under: 5 Things To Do,

April 2, 2012 at 7:29am

Tournament of Breakfast: Final vote, and tonight's party

MONDAY, APRIL 2: THIS IS FOR ALL THE SAUSAGES >>>

The titanic breakfast throwdown finale in on! Voting for the 2012 Weekly Volcano Tournament of Breakfast Readers' Poll Championship game is live right now.

After three weeks of voting, you have picked the most popular breakfast joints in the South Sound area. What began as 64 omelet-slinging joints has been narrowed down to two: Moon Rise Cafe and Dirty Oscar's Annex.

Who do you think has the best breakfast?

>>> The daily breakfast battles here on Spew are sponsored by Shakabrah Java on Tacoma's Sixth Avenue.

Today's Championship Competition

Welcome to the big dance. Online voting will end at 5 p.m. Voting will resume at 6 p.m. live at the Tournament of Breakfast Party at Meconi's Tacoma Pub and Grill in downtown Tacoma.



At 6 p.m. we'll hand out breakfast voting ballots at our Tournament of Breakfast Party at Meconi's Tacoma Pub and Grill at Seventh and Pacific Avenue in downtown Tacoma. Meconi's will be broadcasting the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship game on all its screens. Throughout the first half of the game we'll be handing our breakfast voting ballots for a final push of voting, as we toss back $5 martinis and $3 house wines. Meconi's will also have $5.99 flat iron steak & fries and $5.99 spaghetti and meatballs dinner specials. At half time of the hoop game, we'll announce the winner of the 2012 Tournament of Breakfast, as well as hand out free raffle prizes. Then there will be much rejoicing.

Thanks again for voting.

April 2, 2012 at 8:48am

MORNING SPEW: Tacoma Cash Mob, you'll Like Olympia, photos of touring vans ...

"MARS ATTACKS!": It's soon to be behind a curtain.

WHAT WE HAVE FOUND TODAY >>>

Let's Start Off With The Weather: High winds tonight! (Seattle Times)

Tacoma Cash Mob: The first one invaded Teaching Toys and Books yesterday. (Weekly Volcano)

City Of Olympia: You'll be able to Like It. (News Tribune)

Carrie Brownstein: She's going to write a book about her life in music, which centers around Olympia, Wash. (Rolling Stone)

Let's Hate Hackers: A data breach at a payments processing firm has potentially compromised up to 1.5 million credit and debit card numbers from all of the major card brands. (CNN)

Fatal Encounter Between Trayvon Martin And George Zimmerman: It has polarized the nation, shining an unforgiving light on issues such as race relations and gun control. (The New York Times)

Bin Ladens Bunch: Osama Bin Laden's three widows and two eldest daughters are charged and sentenced for living illegally in Pakistan, their lawyer confirms. (BBC)

Touring Bands' Vans: Let's take a look at them. (Paste Magazine)

Adam Sandler: He swept the Razzies. (Yahoo)

Dude Should Just Shut Up: Keith Olbermann to blabber on David Letterman's show. (The Hollywood Reporter)

We Didn't See This Coming: Tim Burton's Mars Attacks! is coming to Broadway. (Flavorwire)

April 2, 2012 at 10:22am

Proctor Farmers Market Opening Day: Vendors new and old

PROCTOR FARMERS MARKET OPENING DAY: Wet but wonderful / Photo credit: Adrienne Kuehl

WE SCENE IT >>>

Opening day for the Proctor Farmers Market was Saturday, March 31. Despite the stormy weather, brave market-goers and vendors came out to kick off the first market of the 2012 season.

Veteran market vendors such as Pampeana Empanadas, Blue Rose Dairy, Stone Ground Bakery, Heavenly Honey and Rosecrest Farm were all back to tempt the crowd with their delicious wares.

It's always nice to see familiar faces, but there were notable newbies to the Proctor Farmers Market. OlyKraut, Mountain Muesli, Purdy Pickle Company and Wilridge Winery were just some of the new vendors to peruse and get excited about.

I've had OlyKraut on my radar for a while, and have been looking forward to trying their line of sauerkraut made in Olympia. I happily tried their samples, and went home with a jar of their Eastern European flavor of sauerkraut.

I was thrilled to see the Mountain Muesli booth, filled with their various flavors of their Tacoma-made muesli and cereal bars. If you're wondering "muesli-what?", it's a Swiss breakfast cereal made with oats and dried fruits. It's quite wonderful any time of the day, drenched in cold milk or as a snack on its own.

The Purdy Pickle Company was holding down the pickle front with samples of their sweet and sour bread and butter pickles, as well as pickled carrots and beets.

Bonus: the Proctor Farmers Market is involved in a pilot program allowing beer and wine samples at farmers markets. Wilridge Winery was there on opening day with samples of their wines for the "it's five o'clock somewhere" crowd.

The Proctor Farmers Market is every Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other South Sound Farmers Market opening dates:

Tacoma Farmers Markets

  • 6th Avenue: May 1, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Broadway: May 3, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • South Tacoma: May 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Olympia Farmers Market, April 5, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Gig Harbor Farmers Market, April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Vashon Farmers Market, April 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Puyallup Farmers Market, April 14, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Federal Way Farmers Market, May 12, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Steilacoom Farmers Market, June 13, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Filed under: Food & Drink, Community, Tacoma,

April 2, 2012 at 11:28am

NERD ALERT!: The week in geek chic diversions (April 2-8)

"AVENGERS VS. X-MEN": OMG yes!

Welcome to the first in a semi-recurring series of Spew blog entries devoted to all things nerdly. I myself am a Star Wars fan, mathlete, and spelling bee champion of long standing, so trust me: I grok whereof I speak.

Monday, April 2

Westeros hangover. Take it easy and drink plenty of fluids.

Tuesday, April 3

Technically issue #1 of Avengers Vs. X-Men doesn't street until Wednesday, but Nick Fury expects you to be better prepared. The Avengers movie is only a month away, so stifle your raging nerd boner by burying your nose in the glorious work of industry legends Brian Bendis and John Romita, Jr. Gabi's giving away free swag to early purchasers, so stick it to the Phoenix Force (and that smirking douche Cyclops) once and for all ... at least till issue #2.

I've never met a geek yet who didn't love a few hours of drunken trivia. Tuesday night is Quiz Night at The Swiss, and yes, that means cash prizes. The game room boasts foosball, an antique shuffleboard table, and an HD console hunting game called Big Buck Safari. Let's face it, fellow geeks: that's the closest we'll ever get to real danger. I still have PTSD from Atari Jungle Hunt.

  • The Swiss, Quiz Night, free, 7 p.m., 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma, 253.572.2821

Friday, April 6

Look, you can celebrate the vernal fertility rite however you want, but for my money, the Anglo-Saxon dawn goddess Eostre all but demands you join Lacey Parks & Rec at the Third Annual Adult Flashlight Egg Scramble. (My wife received the gift of an adult flashlight at her bachelorette party, and let me tell you, it enlivens any occasion.) The event boasts an over-40 field, a ladies-only field, and if things get crazy at the punch bowl, a clothing-optional field. Good Friday indeed!

  • Regional Athletic Complex, Adult Flashlight Easter Scramble, $5, 9 p.m., 8345 Steilacoom Rd. SE, Olympia, 360.491.0857

On the other hand, I've seen Hell's Belles, the all-female AC/DC tribute band; and their guitarist, Adrian Conner, will blow your face bones clean out the back of your skull. This represents a Class Five "missing this event is not an option" type situation, so ... sorry, Jesus and Eostre. We'll catch back up with you on Sunday.

  • Capitol Theater, Hell's Belles, $10-$15, 8:30 p.m., 206 Fifth Ave. SE, Olympia, 360.754.6670

Spoiler alert for next week: Radiohead plays Seattle next Monday. Why, yes, I can sing OK Computer from beginning to end from memory! ... which makes me even sadder than Thom Yorke.

Filed under: Nerd Alert!, Olympia, Tacoma, Books, Music, Games,

April 2, 2012 at 12:52pm

JUDGING BY THE TRAILER: 'Titanic 3D'

"TITANIC 3D": Rose kills Jack once again. Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

ROSE KILLED JACK >>>

Something happened, recently, that never needed to happen. I re-watched Titanic at three in the morning, on HBO. Another thing that never needed to happen? Titanic getting re-released in gloriously miserable 3D. I hope all of you are looking forward to seeing that CGI iceberg (which, by the way, DOES NOT hold up) coming right at your face.

Here are some stray observations I made while watching the interminably long and tonally confusing Titanic: first off, Rose is totally, unequivocally responsible for Jack's death. I know that everyone remembers her lying on that floating door, Jack realizing that there's not enough room for both of them, and Rose eventually letting go of Jack's frozen hand. Fine. But, what people may not remember is that Rose has the opportunity to get into a life boat, and then stupidly jumps back on the ship to be with Jack. Guess who would've gotten that floating door if she had stayed on that boat? Probably fucking Jack.

Also, there are several hilarious moments of foreshadowing about the fate of the ship. Example: "Captain, if we shut off the lights, we won't be able to see any objects that may be approaching. Plus, going at this speed, we'll never be able to avoid them," says the first mate. After a pause, the Captain responds, "Well, I'm off to bed."

Hahaha, fuck you.

As for the trailer, well, all your friends are back again. The unsinkable Molly Brown, the cartoonishly villainous Billy Zane (where did he disappear to?), and the unthinkably old Gloria Stuart (as the unthinkably old Kate Winslet). You'll laugh, you'll thrill, you'll cry, you'll get tears all over your dumb 3D glasses, you'll try and clean them off, but that'll just make them dirtier, and then you'll leave with numb ass. Then you'll wait a couple years for James Cameron to continue his gradual poisoning of the art of film. Ship of dreams, indeed.

LINK: Now playing in the South Sound

April 2, 2012 at 1:12pm

LeMay - America's Car Museum to be more awesome this summer

THIS JUST IN >>>

Second only to the news that Seattle rock band Black Diamond welcomed rhythm guitarist Shane Cassidy to its roster, the big news of today is the announcement that Ace Café London is down with the "Summer Shakedown" vintage motorcycle festival Aug. 24-26 at the new fantastico LeMay - America's Car Museum, which we all know will open June 2.

Here are some words that arrived via email:

The show, co-promoted by the museum and Ace Cafe London, will be one of the signature events to debut at the four-level, 165,000 square-foot Tacoma museum following its June 2 grand opening and will feature an array of vintage bikes including Triumph, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson, BSA, Indian and Royal Enfield.

"This show will exemplify America's love affair with the motorcycle the same way ACM puts a spotlight on America's love affair with the automobile," said David Madeira, ACM president and CEO. "I've been a vintage motorcycle aficionado since the ‘70s, so my focus is to create an unrivaled vintage bike show in the Pacific Northwest."

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Filed under: Arts, Tacoma, Events,

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