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February 1, 2013 at 12:28am

Keeping Up With The Coffeehouses: Cavanaugh's

KELLI HASKINS: She'll carry on Cavanaugh's Coffee House's friendly vibe. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

HERE COMES AN OWNER CHANGE >>>

Fans of the quiet coffeehouse will appreciate the offbeat serenity of Cavanaugh's Coffee House - provided, of course, that they manage to find the joint. Set back off the low-traffic end of North Stevens, the cafe sits behind Sherman Elementary on the corner of North 41st and North Cheyenne. Yes, it's the definition of "neighborhood coffee house." It has a corner store feel, as if Opie would burst in and show everyone his tadpole. Built in the 1920's, the building has housed a salon, hardware store, daycare and real estate office.

In 2006, Linda and Mike Soden moved their coffee cart business at Sixth and Orchard into the building, furnished it with re-used furniture for folks to sit and eat salads, bagels, sandwiches and drink espresso variations.

Cavanaugh's ain't fancy, but its comfortably lazy feel encourages strident leisure. On any fair day, the quiet patio is a great place to take in the fresh air while listening to the occasional child's laugh or dog bark.

The Soden have become family to many in the neighborhood. Ask anyone, and they'd tell you the Sodens care deeply about the community and employees - especially barista Kelli Haskins, who will be taking over the business this month. Rest assured, Haskins comes equipped with Soden hospitality. The 20-somehting is eager to please, and can jump into any conversation with ease.

The Weekly Volcano caught up with Haskins as she eagerly eases into coffee house ownership.

WEEKLY VOLCANO: How did you get your start in the coffee field?

KELLI HASKINS: At age 16 I worked at Char Burger in Cascade Locks, Oregon - in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, where I grew up.  I served espresso along with homemade fudge and desserts. From there I moved into Portland at age 18 to pursue a different line of work in the coffee industry - working as a delivery driver for local roaster K&F Select fine coffees. Being a small business means sometimes things happen where you can't pay for all of the employees, and since I was the last one hired I got the boot after we had introduced a new product that didn't take off the way we had hoped. After that I touched basis with one of my customers and began to work for his small coffee company in downtown Portland before venturing up to Tacoma to work for the big dogs, Tully's coffee. Working for the corporation made me really miss the local vibe.

VOLCANO: What do you miss most about Tully's?

HASKINS: Truly, the thing that I will miss about Tully's is the friends I've made, and the people I encountered that have made me love Tacoma. So many different people make their way downtown for many different reasons, but they all love coffee. Hearing their stories, dreams, hardships, and really getting to know the people of Tacoma bring another level of respect that I really want to give back to the community.

VOLCANO: When will you take over Cavanaugh's?

HASKINS: I'm hoping to take over Cavanaugh's in February. I would love to do a grand reopening to reintroduce the community to local artists and musicians. My friend guitarist Justin MacDonald will be the first performer. Artist Alexis St. John will hang her art March 1. She has also put out her very first children's book on Amazon. I'm thinking Cavanaugh's would be the perfect place to have a book signing.

VOLCANO: What kind of changes will you make?

HASKINS: I'm hoping to get people who don't live around here to support the coffee house just as much as the neighbors.
New furniture is a major thing seeing as this is a small space and the large tables and chairs that are here really take up a lot of much needed space. The beer and wine selection is small as of right now, but I plan on improving it to showcase local brewers and winemakers as well as across state of Washington. Introducing Mad Hat Tea is something that I will transition into not long after taking over the shop. Cavanaugh's serves doughnuts and scones rom Pao's Donuts, which I will continue to use because they have a great reputation and are located right on 6th Ave.

VOLCANO: Sounds as if you champion local goods.

HASKINS: The important thing about all of these changes is that the people of this city support not only Cavanaugh's Coffee House, but other local Tacoma businesses as well. Tacoma has a lot to offer its people, and the more community support changes such as mine, the more our community can grow and really have a chance to make our economy ours. Timing has a way of working with you sometimes, and in this case it did. Cavanaugh's Coffee House has now become my own, and I look forward to always supporting Tacoma businesses through the products that I serve no matter where the coffee shop life takes me.   

Cavanaugh's Coffee House, 3928 N. Cheyenne St., Tacoma, 253.756.8875

February 1, 2013 at 6:44am

5 Things To Do Today: Motorcycle lecture, Tacomapocalypse III, Circus Oz, Future Bass and more ...

LET'S TALK: Washington State History Museum curator Remond Barrett will discuss the "Let's Ride" exhibit this afternoon. Photo credit: Washington State Historical Society

FRIDAY, JAN. 31 2013 >>>

1. Since its introduction in 1894, the motorcycle has spawned a variety of cultures and uses. As basic transportation, as leisure activity or as a die-hard lifestyle, millions of people have a love affair with Choppers, Crotch Rockets, Thumpers and all things two-wheeled. The action-packed exhibit "Let's Ride! Motocycling The Northwest at the Washington State History Museum is a celebration of the region's never-waning motorcycle culture - will include interactive exhibits, videos and impressive displays of machines from 1906 to the 21st century. At 3 p.m. WSHM curator Remond Barrett will host a walk and talk of the exhibit.

2. "Tacomapocalypse" is now in its third year, morphing just a tad with each incarnation. The first "Tacomapocalypse" focused on zombies and destruction. The second took a tongue-in-cheek look at the end of the world. "Tacomapocalypse III" in turn is centered on what has lived through the end of days and what that recovery might look like. So if you need a little boost getting over your end-of-the-world fretting from last year, think of "Tacomapocalypse" as a little bit of unconventional therapy. The show opens at Amocat Café today with a reception from 5-9 p.m. and will remain up through the month.

3. Stonegate Pizza hosts Art On A Mission, a benefit for The Rescue Mission featuring professional art, silent auction, raffle and live music by John Leonard from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

4. Australian Circus Oz is kicking off its new North American tour at 7:30 p.m. inside the Pantages Theater. Formed in 1978, Oz is a rock and roll, animal free circus of musicians, acrobats, contortionists and artsy clowns. However, because Oz doesn't have the financial backing of Cirque du Soleil, it only has a dozen or so performers doing all the acts. Whether you've been awaiting its show or have never heard of them before, read five reasons you should be Circus Oz's new biggest fan here.

5. DJs Broam, Bobby Galaxy and Mr. Melanin have created something that should be reviewed in a gourmet magazine: We swear to you, their Future Bass is so good you might want to eat it. The bass throbs. The sounds ebb. The crowd is hyped. The roof is definitely being raised. All under the hypnotic influence of the trio's tight grooves. Future Bass is back at The New Frontier Lounge at 10 p.m. with its night of electroclash, EDM, hip-hop, disco, exclusive remixes and throwbacks - as well as guest DJs Delicious Brown and Ninjamonik. It's smart. It's waaaay groovy. It's obviously the product of much thought and dedication – just where the future of bass should be headed. Tasty.

LINK: Friday, Jan. 31 arts and entertainment events in the greater TAcoma and Olympia area

February 1, 2013 at 8:29am

WEEKEND HUSTLE: Dance Party, Art of Chocolate Walk, "Neon Man," Sacred Harp Singing, Illuminated Ball and more ...

HENRIK BOTHE: He's going to get all neon Saturday night at The Royal Lounge.

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

WEATHER REPORT

Friday: Partly sunny, some fog, hi 50, lo 36

Saturday: Partly sunny, some fog, hi 50, lo 38

Sunday: Partly sunny, some fog, hi 49, lo 39

>>> FRIDAY, FEB. 1: TACOMAPOCALYPSE III

We'll be frank. Apocalypse-like events usually only happen once. If an apocalypse-like event ever returns, it's either really bad news, or a sign that things weren't that apocalyptic in the first place. The good news about the Treefish Studio-produced "Tacomapocalypse III," set to inhabit Amocat Café during the month of February starting Friday, is neither statement is true. A collection of two and three-dimensional art that's heavy on the zombie, and designed to offer a gruesome alternative to the usual Valentines-style lovey-dovey crap that's everywhere else this time of year, Tacomapocalypse III is the sequel to last year's successful Zombie "Tacomapocalypse II." The electronic musical stylings of local musician Gibson Starkweather will rock the walls of Amocat. Technophobic Android will also make a special appearance.

  • Amocat Café, Tacomapocalypse III opening party, 5-9  p.m., free, 625 St. Helens Ave., Tacoma, 253.242.3370

>>> SATURDAY, FEB. 2: ART OF CHOCOLATE WALK

Those who have already caved and thrown out their New Year's resolution to abstain from sweets, prepare to get giddy. Gig Harbor, the quaint gateway city of the Olympic Peninsula, hosts the fourth annual Art of Chocolate Walk Saturday. Held in conjunction with the Gig Harbor First Saturday Art Walk, The Art of Chocolate is designed to be a walking tour of art and sweets. The idea is to get your passport stamped by as many participating locations as possible, for a chance at a number of prizes - perhaps more important, however, The Art of Chocolate promises an opportunity to sample chocolates and confections, check out cookbooks on chocolate and chat with sweet-makers. — Weekly Volcano

>>> SATURDAY, FEB. 2: SACRED HARP SINGING

Shape note singing dates back centuries to early singing schools, with each solfoge note of the scale being given a different shape to ease sight-reading. When groups gather, they form a "hollow square" with the four voice parts of a typical choir facing one another. No pitch pipes or other instruments tune the group - that's done by the song leader. Who is that? Whoever's turn it is. They stand facing the tenors, who always have the melody. Want to see all of this in action? The Scared Harp Singing sing-along goes down Saturday at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. - WV

  • Fort Nisqually Living Hisotry Museum, 2-4 p.m., Point defiance PArk, 5400 N. pearl St., Tacoma, 253.591.5339

>>> SATURDAY, FEB. 2: ILLUMINATED BALL

Last year's Illuminated Ball - the Procession of the Species main annual fundraiser - turned the Eagles Hall in Olympia into an enchanted forest. An intricate tree canopy decorated the walls and ceiling, and all around, tables, chairs and especially people, were glowing, glittering and celebrating illumination. How will it look this year? Live music by The Brown Edition, an illuminated pageant, no host bar and appetizers, plus all things glowing, lovely and artistic will make for a splendid evening. - NM

  • Eagle's Hall, 8 p.m., $65/adv. $75/door, 805 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia, 360. 929.9907

>>> SATURDAY, FEB. 2: "NEON MAN" AND BRAD UPTON

Watching Henrik Bothe's "neon man" routine, where he lines his body with glowing tubes, shuts off the lights and creates an onstage animation is worth the admission alone. Bothe also escapes a straight jacket while riding a unicycle, and juggles with four legs. Paired with national touring comedian Brad Uptown and his side-busting jokes, the duo go together like hippies and Haight Street. And just as if you were on the infamous street in San Fransisco, expect tracers (from the neon man) and uncontrollable bouts of laughter. — Nikki McCoy

  • The Royal Lounge, 8:30 p.m., $12, 311 Capitol Way N., Olympia, 360. 705.0760

>>> SATURDAY, FEB. 2: DANCE PARTY

Thank heaven, the days are getting longer, new green buds are sprouting and seasonal light disorder is hopefully wearing off. One good way to shake off that winter funk is to get out and dance your fucking ass off. Seriously, close your eyes and shake that thing. Weekly Volcano you catch the Polyrhythmics and AKA and the Heart Hurt Goods at the Olympia Ballroom. With at least eight instruments aboard, Polyrhythmics busts out the funk like no other, and always bring a packed house. - NM

  • Olympia Ballroom, 9 p.m., $10, 116 Legion Way SE, Olympia, 360.943.9242

WHAT SOME OF OUR STAFF MEMBERS ARE UP TO

CHRISTIAN CARVAJAL Theater Critic
After seeing Cirque du Soleil's "Amaluna" Thursday night, we're catching "Next to Normal" at Capital Playhouse and Olympia Family Theater's all-youth production of "James and the Giant Peach." Oh, and apparently there's some sort of ballgame on Sunday?

REV. ADAM MCKINNEY Music Writer
This weekend's a tough call. There's a perfectly good show at the New Frontier, featuring Wes Sp8 and members of Solvents (whom I really enjoy). OR, there's a Santee show up in Seattle at the awesome all-ages mecca, the Vera Project, which I haven't visited since I was underage. Might be fun to go back.

ALEC CLAYTON Arts Critic
Gabi and I are going to the opening of "Out of the Silence," a very special art exhibition to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying and in support of Pizza Klatch, a group that provides support (and pizza) to students at six high schools in Thurston County. The opening is Friday night starting at 5 p.m. at the Urban Onion in Oly.

NIKKI MCCOY Feature Writer
Friday, I'm going to party it up with my cousin Tess, who is really like my best friend and sister, too. (Hey girl! Wassup? Shout out to you on your birthday! Coco!! XOXO!) I'm pretty sure there will be dancing and enchiladas involved. Saturday, I will clamber onto my roof with a big janitor's broom and a bottle of vinegar and scrub out the moss that's growing through shingles like all that alien vegetation in Stephen King's "Creepshow." Sunday is R & R and football.

TIMOTHY GRISHAM Music Writer

This is the first weekend of February; the month where winter can either hit hardest or ease toward spring. In that end I look forward to that spring optimism by planning a beach hike. It is going to be 55 on the coast Saturday! Sorry bands, films, art shows. You'll have to wait. Then on Sunday I'm going to the Motorcycle exhibit at the Washington State History Museum.

STEVE DUNKELBERGER Nightlife Correspondent
Well, Nugget got a new puppy, Luke Skywalker Dunkelberger, so I imagine I'll be covered in puppy spit and fur by the end of the weekend. Other than that, I'll be watching "Grease" with the girl child and going to the Free Radical Media Exchange to drop off and pick up some more hard-bound lovin'.

LINK: Even more local events that we recommend

LINK: Comprehensive South Sound Arts & Entertainment Calendar

February 1, 2013 at 10:02am

Tacoma City Ballet Scavenger Hunt Clue No. 2

GOLDEN KRAKATUK NUTS: The Tacoma City Ballet has hid them around Tacoma. Go nuts and find them for prizes.

CONTEST BASED ON HIDDEN NUTS >>>

Tacoma City Ballet is in the midst of a yearlong scavenger hunt for Golden Krakatuk Nuts. You heard right. Nuts. The nuts tie into the company's highly anticipated Dec. 7, 2013 performance, Prequel to The Nutcracker.

The contest in a nutshell: TCB hides hand-painted Golden Krakatuk Nuts inside jewel boxes around Tacoma; inside the boxes is a scroll with prize details, such as gift certificates, merchandise or tickets to Tacoma City Ballet's World Premier of said Nutcracker in December. Each month through the year, Golden Krakatuk Nuts will be hidden at businesses throughout Tacoma. To find the nuts, decipher the poetic clues, which will be posted at Tacoma City Ballet's website, Facebook page, as well as this blog. You find the Golden Krakatuk Nuts and great riches will be heaped upon you! For complete on the contest and Nutcracker performance, click here.

Somehow, through all this nutty scavenher hunting, Tacoma City Ballet will host another free preview performance - this time for its upcoming event Mid-Winter Masquerade Ball Soirée - tonight at 7:30 p.m. inside the Tacoma City Ballet studio at the Merlino Building at Sixth and Fawcett.

The second Golden Krakatuk Nut clue dropped this morning. This clue will guide you to a restaurant, shop or other business at which the nuts may be in plain sight or may be behind the counter.

Here you go you nuts:

Searching for the Krakatuk Nut, you are?

Then like Drosselmeyer you must travel far.

Look for beautiful boxes containing the Golden Nut

and other delightful prizes - Who can imagine what?

Only one box is hidden this month in our fair city

And to figure out February's clue, you must be quite witty.

February's Krakatuk Clue

For some royal reading with two cats both friendly and furry

Come shop downtown where you won't have to hurry.

Do you know what that means? Are you off to find the golden nut? A limited number of prizes will be available at each location, so speed counts.

Filed under: Arts, Contest, Tacoma, Community,

February 1, 2013 at 12:48pm

Murray Morgan Bridge opens in Tacoma

MURRAY MORGAN BRIDGE REOPENING: The first vehicle is a motorcycle! Photo credit: Kate Swarner

WHEN WATCHING CARS IS COOL >>>

After six long years of closure due to safety issues, the Murray Morgan Bridge saw the dawn of a new era today at noon. The bridge reopened not only to car traffic, but new pedestrian walkways now allow walkabouts over the Thea Foss Waterway too.

Below are a few shots we snapped during the reopening.

LINK: Murray Morgan Bridge history

Filed under: Tacoma, Community, Transportation,

February 1, 2013 at 2:59pm

Weekend Hip-Hop: Juice Radio, Lil Ripp and underground hip-hop

LIL RIPP: Wish him a happy birthday Saturday at Vinum in downtown Tacoma.

There are plenty of things to do this weekend involving hip-hop in our area. Three events in particular focus on Tacoma artists.

Juice Radio, Q-Dot's successful online radio empire, is celebrating its seven-year anniversary. Man, that makes me feel old! I remember when Juice Radio started, and I was all like, "Wow, Q-Dot's starting a radio station. That's big!" Nowadays the cat is out the bag and a lot more local people are taking it to the Internet radio realm. Well, anyone can do it, but few have done it as successfully as Juice. They have grown into a local media powerhouse, throwing shows and sponsoring events, as well as being one of the main outlets local artists have to showcase their music.

Juice Radio is hosting two shows to celebrate its momentous occasion. Saturday is the first of the shows. It is at Barboza in Seattle and features one of the best local hip-hop lineups I have seen in a long time. Starting at 7 p.m., catch Q-Dot, Bruce Leroy, Mega Evers, Da Association and D.J. Swervewon. Bruce Leroy and Mega Evers are killing it right now. Bruce is a dope artist from Tac' who does not get out and do too many shows - do not miss an opportunity to see him. He is one of the best our city has to offer. Congratulations to Juice Radio for its success and the positive impact they have had on our scene.

Who is the biggest rapper out of Tacoma right now? I won't even go there, but one thing is for sure, it could be Lil Ripp in the future. My young dude is having a birthday party at Vinum in downtown Tacoma Saturday. Even though Ripp is a youngster, he commands the stage and the mic like a grown man. If ya'll were at January's Word 3rd Thursday, then ya know what I mean. Ripp's had a big year and he has shown growth in all areas of his art. I am glad to say, he keeps getting better and better. The festivities start at 9 p.m.

Do ya need something more underground? No problem, hit the Vermillion Art Gallery in Seattle Saturday. There ya will find Influential Minds, Controversy, Tim-Me, Taknology Ent with D.J. Skrewball.  Show is only $5 and it starts at 9:30 p.m. Have fun ya'll!

LINK: Q-Dot is also teaching hip-hop at StoryLab

Filed under: Music, Tacoma,

February 1, 2013 at 3:57pm

NIGHT MOVES: Technophobic Android, Travis Barker, T-Town Aces, Sam Russell, C.F.A., Kareem Kandi Band, Simon The Leper and others ...

CURSE OF THE NORTH

LIVE MUSIC TONIGHT IN THE SOUTH SOUND >>>

Amocat Cafe Tacoma - Triangle District. Tacomapocalypse 3: Staying Alive. Live electronic music by Gibson Starkweather and Technophobic Android. All Ages. 5 pm.

C.I. Shenanigans Tacoma - Northend. KC Brakes presents pop folk rock night. All Ages. 7-10 pm. NC.

Doyle's Public House Tacoma - Stadium District. Travis Barker, Stripe Valley Sway. 9 pm.

Harmon Tap Room Tacoma - Stadium District. In Cahoots, Two Cities. 9 pm.

Jazzbones Tacoma - Sixth Avenue. T-Town Aces. 8 pm.

Le Voyeur Café and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Sam Russell. 9 pm.

  • It might be hard for me to judge Sam Russell objectively (like I do with all other music, clearly) because he just hits such a sweet spot for me. His laconic baritone immediately brings to mind the National's Matt Berninger, but the swooning country that surrounds his voice suddenly calls to mind Lambchop, those Nashville kings of delirious, delicate alt-country that evaporates like so many dew drops crawling down the face of a mason jar of lemonade. Lord. I can't manage to take in Sam Russell's music without collapsing in repose, a drunken smile spreading over my beet-red face, as visions of whiskey and hazy delusions flash behind my eyelids. That could be just me (it might literally be just me), but I'm not objecting. - Rev. Adam McKinney

Louie G's Pizzeria Fife. Ranchero, Ancient Warlocks, CFA, Curse of the North. All Ages. 8 pm. $5.

Lucky Eagle Casino Rochester. Randy Linder. 9 pm. NC.

Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge Tacoma - Downtown. Lance Buller Combo. 7 pm.

The Royal Lounge Olympia - Downtown. The Kareem Kandi Band. 9 pm. $5.

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

Stonegate Pizza Tacoma - South. John Leonard. 6:30 pm.

Uncle Thurm's Finger Licken Ribs & Chicken Tacoma - Lincoln District. G Street Jazz Series, featuring Urban Rhapsody. All Ages. 7 pm.

Urban Onion Restaurant and Lounge Olympia - Downtown. Listener, Simon The Leper, Poor Folks Live Well. All Ages. 8 pm. $10.

  • Listener has a raw honesty that's as sweet and salty as the South Sound, spewed in the form of grisly rhymes and resonating, dreamy instrumentals, spiked by outbursts of blissful confusion and clarity. Simon the Leper compliments Listener, bringing its own honest outbursts, but much louder and much fuzzier, with a nod to northwest garage, edged by an unusual energy that can be distracting at points, but welcoming in a side show attraction kind of way. - Nikki McCoy


LINK: More live music tonight in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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

February 1, 2013 at 5:58pm

SOUTH SOUND SIDEKICK: Creating movie gore using common household items

FILMMAKER MATT JAISSLE: Nothing goes to waste in his refrigerator.

South Sound Sidekick series offers advice from experts living in the, well, South Sound. It posts every Friday. Today, local filmmaker Matt Jaissle has advice on how to make awesome film special effects on a low budget. Jaissle knows. He is the director of Back from Hell, The Necro Files, Legion of the Night (aka Dead City), 300 Killers and the upcoming Revolution 666.

Matt Jaissle writes,

Here are a few tips aimed at aspiring film/video makers. You know who you are. Just about anyone who's bought a video camera at Best Buy in the last five years has probably tossed around the idea of shooting a zombie movie with their buddies. Why not? Everyone is doing it. Horror seems like the obvious choice, too. It can be done cheap.  Well, I've done it cheaper than most. Even though I had to shoot my first couple of pictures on 16mm; they were still dirt-cheap.

One of the production areas I've had the privilege to explore with great detail is special makeup effects.  Part of the youthful appeal of low-budget horror is all that splashy blood and gore. Makeup is one of the few departments where quantity is just as good as quality. If you can't afford Tom Savini, you can still channel his essence.

Rule No. 1: Blood, blood and more blood! Fake blood is la filmmaker's whiteout. You can cover up your mistakes with it. Does that rubber arm look like crap?  Pour a pint of fake blood over it. Is that facial prosthetic the wrong flesh tone? Pour a gallon of fake blood over it. You get the picture.

Plus, fake blood looks cool, and easy to make. My recipe is one ounce of red food color to one-quart karo syrup. If you want to get fancy, you can add a few drops of blue and a couple teaspoons of instant coffee grinds to make it darker (dissolve the coffee grinds in a small amount of hot water first).

Underneath the river of blood you can use all kinds of things in your refrigerator to simulate guts and brains. For my film 300 Killers, I had a scene where a guy gets shot point blank in the face. I originally had no effect for the scene. Then, one night I was cutting open a frozen burrito that I'd microwaved way too long. I looked disgusting. See an opportunity, I quickly drew a pupil and retina on a ping-pong ball, stuck it in the middle, covered the whole thing with barbecue sauce (fake blood wasn't even in the budget that night), filmed a close-up of the whole mess and the shot's in the movie.

For my first film, Back from Hell, I had an effects guy who created somewhat elaborate latex wounds for our zombie actors. We even real pig guts, which can be purchase from any local slaughterhouse. They sell them in five gallon buckets.  The drawbacks are the guts are expensive, they stink to high heaven and the stomach acids will burn the hell out of your hands. I shit you not.

For my new picture, Revolution 666, I have no budget at all.  Instead of using latex appliances, I decided to make a zombie mask out of paper maché. I simply applied the dipped newspaper strips to a head-sized balloon, popped the balloon after the mask dried, then spray-painted the whole thing. For guts, I went to my local grocery store and asked the butcher if I could buy trim from his bone barrel. I eventually got what I needed for free, took it home and mixed it up with fake blood (natch). I also threw in some leftovers my mom gave me and BAM! Tom Savini would be proud.

There you go. You're ready to make picture. Head to Best Buy for equipment and get to it. Good lighting, camerawork and editing don't cost anything if you learn how to do it yourself. Your picture can even look like an effects showcase! Only you, me, and your grocer will know.

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February 2, 2013 at 8:42am

5 Things To Do Today: Ocean Grooves, Circus Oz, "Coffee with Orange Sherbert," Oaklawn and more ...

DJ DAB: He's spinning with Ocean Grooves tonight at Jazzbones.

SATURDAY, FEB. 2 2013 >>>

1. Inspired by the lack of variety in dance music in Tacoma, Calvin Murphy and Omar Stokes founded Ocean Grooves Entertainment in January 1999. They started off strong that February with Monday night shows at the 6th & Proctor Bar & Grill (later became Hell's Kitchen) and dedicated Mondays to underground dance music showcasing various DJs from Seattle, plus Tacoma favorites such as Donald Glaude and DJ dAb. Fourteen years later, Murphy and Omarvelous are still throwing DJ parties, including their own 14th anniversary bash tonight at 10 p.m. inside Jazzbones. DJs Cyphers, Omarvelous, dAb, Mr. Clean and Jason Diamond will spin house and its variations.

2. Local author S.E. Shell will launch and sign a new children’s book Coffee with Orange Sherbert at 2 p.m. inside Mostly Books in Gig Harbor. Fully illustrated by local artist Mary Elizabeth Smith, the book has a maritime theme and has a cover illustration by teen artist Tova Beck. Gig Harbor’s Art of Chocolate Walk also happens from noon to 6 p.m.

3. Australian Circus Oz is back for two more performances - 2 and 7:30 p.m. - inside the Pantages Theater. Formed in 1978, Oz is a rock and roll, animal free circus of musicians, acrobats, contortionists and artsy clowns. However, because Oz doesn't have the financial backing of Cirque du Soleil, it only has a dozen or so performers doing all the acts. Whether you've been awaiting its show or have never heard of them before, read five reasons you should be Circus Oz's new biggest fan here.

4. There's plenty of smooching and sex talk in Harlequin Production's Or, as its primary characters are what the English of their time label "libertines." We'd more likely call them swingers or (in a praiseworthy turn of phrase popularized by Easton and Hardy in 1997) "ethical sluts." The show becomes a highbrow reflection of that inexplicably cherished 1970s sitcom, Three's Company, in which pansexual hijinks were always on the other side of any closed door. Read Weekly Volcano theater critic Christian Carvajal's review of Harlequin Production's OR, in the Weekly Volcano's Arts section.

5. Oaklawn, Fall City, Just Cuz and Audentia perform at 8 p.m. inside the all-ages venue Live Room in Sumner. Weekly Volcano all-ages music columnist Rockford Rowley has the scoop on Oaklawn.

PLUS: Art of Chocolate Walk, Scared Harp Singing, Illuminated Ball and the Neon Man in our Weekend Hustle

LINK: Saturday, Feb. 2 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

Filed under: 5 Things To Do,

February 2, 2013 at 11:09am

Tweets of the Week: Jan. 27-Feb. 2

HOW TWEET IT IS >>>

Whether you've been on Twitter since its beginnings in 2006 or you're a Twitter neophyte, you know keeping up on important tweets can be overwhelming. If you follow everything and everyone that you find interesting, you can end up with hundreds and hundreds of Tweets showing up in your feed on a daily basis.

Don't despair. Every Saturday the Weekly Volcano shares important and pointless Tweets from South Sound Twitter accounts, and sometimes beyond, so you may stay on top of groundhog and bridge news - as well as the latest action on the streets.

Follow the Weekly Volcano on Twitter. Because otherwise we're coming to your house, and while we will bring wine, we will not, under any circumstances, take off our shoes.

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Andrew Gordon said:

Thanks for the article, Carv! The article mentions Pellegrino's Italian Kitchen - just to...

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Marcy LaViollette said:

Arresting Power is at 6:30 (even though it's a good idea to get there early).

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