THIS WEEK'S FREEBIES OCT. 31-NOV.6 >>>
Bobble Tiki loves lists. Before Bobble Tiki passes out, he makes a list of what he'd like to accomplish the next day. Sure, list keeping helps Bobble Tiki stay organized and on task (like those things even matter), but there are even greater benefits: First, Bobble Tiki feels infinitely superior to everyone who hasn't caught on to this list thing. Second, he gets to align himself with a great dead figure like Bobby Kennedy, who was a notorious keeper of lists. And third, he has a printed record of what he has been up to should Eric H. Holder, Jr. ever want to know. Bobble Tiki is, in fact, so manic about his list-keeping that if he does something that isn't on the list he'll write it down just so he can cross it off. He earned it; he went out of his way. He went "off list." Do you have any idea how fricking hard that is? Do you?
For this week's Freeloaders list of free things to do this coming week, Bobble Tiki will focus on transformation, just like you'll make to be more organized ... by keeping lists.
MONDAY, OCT. 31: The Tacoma Cult Movie Club will gather at The Acme Grub Cage for a special session of cult films in keeping with the situation - Halloween. Rev. Colin will screen classic horror films, the kind where normal Joe's transform into monsters beneath a full moon. With an earlier 5 p.m. start time comes a potluck. Don't just bring candy. As always there's no admission fee, and there'll be plenty of raffles prizes and booze, which could induce a number of transformations within the crowd.
TUESDAY, NOV. 1: Ezra F. Vogel, Harvard professor emeritus, has published dozens of articles, reviews, and conference papers, major books on China, Japan, and American-East Asian relations, and organized scholarly and policy conferences on many topics. Vogel will give a free lecture on his book, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, at 4 p.m. inside the Trimble Hall Forum on the University of Puget Sound campus.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 2: Marijuana has transformed California. No longer relegated to the underground, pot in California these days props up local economies, mints millionaires and feeds a thriving industry of startups designed to grow, market and distribute the drug. If passed, Washington state's I-502 will legalize, regulate and tax marijuana with revenue earmarked for substance-abuse prevention education and healthcare. New Approach Washington will rally in favor of I-502 at 6 p.m. inside the Mandolin Café in Tacoma.
THURSDAY, NOV. 3: Back in the spring of 2007, Broadway Center Executive Director David Fischer announced a 14-page strategic plan broken into five main categories to transform the Tacoma arts organization into a viable business, as well as a medium to unite the community. Hello success. Fischer will be awarded the Arts Leadership Award during the Tacoma Art at Work Month opening party from 6-8:30 p.m. inside the Museum of Glass. At the free party, the Tacoma Arts Commission will also honor the other 2011 AMOCAT Award recipients: The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, D.A.S.H. Center for the Arts, and Stella Haioulani, as well as recognize the 2011 Tacoma Arts Commission funding recipients. That's all good, but Bobble Tiki is more stoked about the free desserts.
FRIDAY, NOV. 4: For the first time in 500 years, the Salvadoran government is serving the poor, excluded majority. Come hear an FMLN youth leader of El Salvador's left party discuss: how youth are stepping up to win justice and dignity for all Salvadorans; what's at stake in the 1st elections since the 2009 victory; how you can be a part of El Salvador's transformation! Cristina Cornejo, the FMLN Political Commission & Substitute Legislative Assemble deputy, will give a free talk from 7-9 p.m. inside Last Word Books in Olympia.
SATURDAY, NOV. 5: Bobble Tiki thinks it would be cool to hang with a young writer before he or she transforms into someone famous. Then Bobble Tiki could say he saw them when, and annoy absolutely every one he knows in the process. That's why Bobble Tiki will check out Stages on Pages at 4 p.m. Stages on Pages is a touring group of young adult writers who write about the arts. Stasia Kehoe, Tara Kelly, Jessica Martinez and Louise Spiegler will be reading and discussing their novels, as well as talking about the connections between dance, drama, music and literature. The free event will be held at Orca Books in Olympia. Bobble Tiki will grab all four autographs because you never know. Wait. Are they already famous?! Crap.
SUNDAY, NOV. 6: The Tacoma Buddhist Temple hosts a free Fall Food & Crafts Bazaar from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (food costs vary). Bobble Tiki loves the sound of that and was all set to go, until he discovered that Buddhism helps you wake up and find your true self. Bobble Tiki has made a career of being both unconscious and shallow, so maybe this event isn't for him.