April 13, 2012 at 11:54am
THE LOWDOWN ON WHAT'S UP THIS WEEKEND >>>
Friday: Sunshine, hi 58, lo 39
Saturday: Partial sunshine, hi 58, lo 41
Sunday: Partial sunshine, hi 59, lo 45
Watching a good independent film at a festival is a bit like meeting The One, then losing his/her number - you may never run into each other again. But The Grand Cinema, our local cinematic Cupid, believes in second chances, and second screenings. So in case you missed Losing Control at the Tacoma Film Festival last October, or just want to rekindle your pleasure for writer-director Valerie Weiss's romantic comedy, her movie hits the theater again beginning this Friday the 13th for a limited rerun. Read Christopher Wood's full feature on Losing Control in the events section at weeklyvolcano.com.
In the late 1800s, Berlin was a bustling liberal city. It boasted numerous gay clubs and drag bars. The German city had the world's largest gay-rights movement. But by 1933, the heyday was over. The Nazi Party moved to rid its country of gay men and, to a lesser degree, lesbians, whom they believed to carry "degeneracy genes." In conjunction with its HIDE/SEEK exhibit, the Tacoma Art Museum will host art historian Kolya Rice, who will lecture on "The Rhetoric of Degeneracy: Three Moments in 20th Century Art." Rice examines and connects three such historical moments: the New York Armory Show (1913), Hitler's Entartete Kunst (Degenerate Art) exhibition (1937), and the so-called "Culture Wars" in late 20th century America.
No just universe would reserve the pleasures of candy for children, but if your taste buds have grown up, you may no longer want to scarf waxen candy corn. The civilized adult can get sugar and chocolate fixes at blind chocolate tasting and talk Saturday at the Olympia Timberline Library (of course!). Felipe Grefa, a teacher, cacao farmer, and delegate from the Kallari cacao cooperative in the Ecuadorian Amazon, will discuss regional flavors of cocoa beans, the stages in cocoa production and bean preparation, and the process involved in chocolate making.
Last year, the Seattle hip-hop duo DJ/producer Sabzi and MC Geologic - better known as Blue Scholars - embarked on their first nationwide headlining tour, a monstrous 33-city excursion spanning two months in support of their "visual soundtrack," Cinémetropolis. This past winter, the Blue Scholars gave a shout out asking filmmakers from around the universe to submit a 5-minute video or film of tracks off Cinémetropolis, awarding the top three submissions a special screening at a live Blue Scholars show. That live show goes down Saturday at the Capitol Theater in Olympia.
Each April brings a shower of poetry to the South Puget Sound. Inaugurated as National Poetry Month by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, the entire month is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating poets, poetry, libraries, bookstores, and the literary arts community across the nation. Tacoma is truly no exception to participating in the poesy festivities. The South Sound has its own praiseworthy poets with words to spit about our own place in the American poetry scene. A few big name poets will read their works Sunday at the Museum of Glass. Tacoma's Poet Laureate Josie Emmons Turner, Washington State Poet Laureate Kathleen Flenniken, and poets Rick Barot and Michael Schmeltzer will be rhymin' and readin' their swirl of stanzas.
CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL Theater Critic
I'm seeing two shows, Fiction at Capital Playhouse and Distracted at Olympia Little Theatre. We're also traveling to Seattle for the Polynesian Gauguin exhibit at the Art Museum. Then, if any time is left, I'd love to catch Riot to Follow's production of The Pillowman.
REV. ADAM MCKINNEY Music writer
Mostly, this weekend, I'll continue to be recuperating from Squeak and Squawk. I'm still sore from the Back Pockets, which is not to mention the eight shows that came after that. Consider me dead until next week.
ALEC CLAYTON Arts Critic
I'm going to see Fiction at Capital Playhouse Saturday night. And maybe, if I have the energy for it, I will attend the Democratic caucus Sunday.
NIKKI TALOTTA Music Writer
This weekend is going to be awesome. It started last night with a date night with the hubby in Seattle. We did a sunset kayaking tour around Lake Union. We stayed the night in a fancy hotel and then hit the EMP in the morning for the Nirvana display. On the way back to Oly, I'm getting dropped off at Matt Driscoll's going-away soiree at 4 p.m. inside Puget Sound Pizza. Then I'm hitching a ride back to O-town for drinks with some lady friends. Saturday and Sunday are reserved for sun, sleep and writing. Love it!
JOANN VARNELL Theater Critic
My goal this weekend is to spend as much time outside as possible.
(I'm hoping the weather will help facilitate that.) The only set plans
are church on Sunday morning followed by Captains Courageous at Tacoma
STEPH DEROSA Columnist
This weekend I have huge plans. HUGE, I tell ya. Today, my monthly delivery of bottled water will arrive, so that's exciting. And then on Saturday and Sunday mornings I'll be arriving at work just before the Sixth Avenue meth addicts pass out at around 6:30 am. Where's work, you ask? Well, I'm testing the waters at Dirty Oscar Annex while serving breakfast on the weekends. We'll see if it works out. So far my favorite part is all the cool peeps that come in for breakfast (nudge, nudge, wink, wink). Time permitting, I'll escape to the KPN and drink wine with Kris Blondin for her birthday.
JOSH RIZEBERG Music Columnist
Friday I'm performing with Mr. Von at Louie G's in Fife. The Breaklites are also on the bill. It's all-ages with a 8 p.m. start. Saturday, I'm performing at Tahoma Tea Company. This show is also all-ages. It's the album-release show for the Puget-Sound Mixtape Volume 3. Too many artists to name. I think this is going to be one of the best all-ages shows this year. Sunday, I have some work with the D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts I need to do, but mostly it'll be a family day.
JOE IZENMAN Theater critic, music writer
Man, what am I NOT doing? Terminus at The Space? Check. Poker night? Check. Light hanging at TLT? Birthday party in Parkland? Mariners game? Check, check and check.
STEVE DUNKELBERGER Photographer
saturday, it's all about the Daffodil Parade and Gray Sky Blues Music Festival with the chiilons, then Captains Courageous at Tacoma Musical Playhouse. Oh, and as many episodes of Doctor Who as we can watch.
Off duty rules.
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