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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 2:01 pm Arts & Entertainment: Rainier League of Arts exhibits members' work in Puyallup http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Not all art has to be earth shattering. Most of the artwork made in this world is done by ordinary folks who manage to produce pretty pictures and personal scenes and decorative stuff that suit their own tastes. A select few have the talent and the gumption to earn a living at art, but most dabblers in paint and pigments and drawing media - those patrons of crafts and art supplies stores - are people from all walks of life that are just seeking to express their own ideas.
The Rainier League of Arts is a group of professional and semiprofessional artists that came together in 1968 and have been operating ever since. Among the founding members was Fred Oldfield, the painter of Western scenes that are so popular at the Washington State Fair each year. This group of artists puts on exhibits and participates in festivals all over the area. Their juried members' art show, called "For the Love of Art," is currently on display in the halls of the Puyallup Activity Center (201 W. Pioneer near the post office).
Rebecca Solverson of the Tacoma Arts Commission juried the exhibit. There are paintings in oil, acrylic and watercolor as well as pictures done in color pencil. Using coffee on paper, artist Sandie Hawkins did a wonderful painting of a horse. Use of coffee in the same manner as watercolor is gaining popularity these days. One can get some subtle sepia tones by this method.
Aletha Deuel's seascape "The Sound of Thunder" won first place in the show. This is a small, understated, impressionistic scene of waves crashing on the rocks. Deuel is a deft painter able to capture an ephemeral moment with the brush and oil paint.
The show features wilderness and rural landscapes, wildlife, people and flowers (lots of flowers). Some have a homespun charm, like Irene Neal's "The Migration," a scene of mallard ducks coming in for a landing in a wintery marsh. At the other end of the spectrum, Paul Langston's "Trio of Lilies" is crisp and sharp with almost pop-art flair. The three lilies are growing next to a rotting fence. Langston has carefully pictured all the features of the rotten wood.
In tone, the show is reminiscent of the big art exhibit at the Washington State Fair each year. Most of the art does not require much from its audience. But there are quiet messages such as Langston's juxtaposition of new life against age and decay. This is a show that has something to charm the eye of the average person.
An artists reception will take place March 5 from 6-7:30 p.m. The show runs through March 31. The Puyallup Activity Center is open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.Read more...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 1:24 pm Mayor's 'State of the City' outlines plan to help street repairs http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ -
Voice your thoughts at #SOTC253
Street repair package slated for November ballot
Council accepts annexation petition, Ruston likely to challenge bid
The end of potholes isn't on the horizon anytime soon, but Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland has forwarded a plan to raise more dollars for street repairs so at least the problem would improve.
Strickland highlighted her plan for a voter-approved street fund package at her "2015 State of the City Address" on Wednesday before a crowd of $50-a-plate lunch hour pep-talk seekers in the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center's ballroom
The pothole plan, however, gained the most attention. The city's growing collection of potholes, after all, has gained regional notoriety after decades of underfunding neighborhood road repairs that will now cost upward of $500 million just to fix since many roads must be rebuilt rather than simply patched.
Strickland's plan for the November ballot follows a package two years ago that would have increased utility taxes by 2 percent to fund about $10 million in road repairs. It failed by a wide margin.
The current street repair proposal would cost households about $15 a month and raise $50 million a year for the next 10 years if approved. The plan fully covers the estimated backlog of street work in Tacoma's neighborhoods. Details about the plan will be announced in the coming months.
The second annual event's theme of "Tacoma Rising," also spotlighted the accomplishments of 2014 that included economic growth, increased graduation rates, frank discussions about race relations in America and the city's 2025 visioning process that prompted thousands of citizen comments. Strickland also mentioned upcoming forums about what citizens want to do with the municipally owned Click Network now that it is 15 years old, a new veteran-focused internship program for people looking to stay in the area after ending their military service and President Barak Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" effort of volunteerism in cradle-to-career educational programs.
The meeting was not broadcast live, but people can voice their thoughts as well as read the highlights and opinions about the plan and the state of the city using the Twitter hashtag #SOTC253. Address recaps will be broadcast on TV Tacoma.
In other city news:
The battle over the future of Point Ruston took a step forward earlier this week when the Tacoma City Council approved to accept a petition by the developers of the $1.2 billion project to annex into Tacoma City limits.
The more than 82-acre residential and commercial development straddles the city limits between Tacoma and Ruston, a city of 749 people. The developers have long complained about Ruston officials hampering construction by holding up permits. City officials there have countered that aspects of the planned development have changed since the concept was approved, and therefore, should undergo the city's public review process.
Point Ruston developers challenge Read more...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 9:54 am WEDDING OF THE DECADES http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - It seems that some of the most defining moments of our lives are dictated by tradition. Important events, like marriage, are often conducted through an endless list of customs people feel compelled to do, regardless if they know why. However, Fife History Museum's newest exhibit, "Wedding of the Decades," allows visitors to find the source of these traditions, and how they have evolved today. In conjunction to this exhibit is a mini exhibit called "Love and War," which addresses couples being separated during WWII and not being able to tell their loved ones where they were or what they were doing due to censorship procedures they had to follow.
Opened on Feb. 2, this large exhibit is located in the former home of Louis Dacca, a member of the original Fife City Council. This farmland is now the site of Dacca Park, and the home has been renovated to serve as the history museum, where the exhibits change on a regular basis.
Every exhibit features legitimate wedding dresses dating from the years 1890 to 2000. In addition to the dresses, each exhibit is partnered with the various pieces of that time period to paint a picture of the time period.
The idea for the exhibit was sparked by a few wedding dresses that were from a previous collection at the exhibit. "I thought it would be an excellent idea to show the decades, show the evolving tradition of not only the wedding dresses over the decades but also the characteristics of the time periods they were in. It was something different," said Jocelyn Goldschmidt, managing director of the museum. "It was fun researching and now being able to display the origins of traditions we are now kind of blasé about nowadays."
Currently in the exhibit, which will be up for an estimated time of about a year, there are 21 donated dresses. Paired with pictures of the original owner, rare artifacts from the era and an informative exhibit panel, the observer will have a vivid experience. From the difference in materials, the necklines, and even the color of the dresses, the values and traditions of the time period can be ascertained. The dresses range from a handmade garment made from a parachute during WWII to a traditional Japanese kimono.
Each dress has its own amazing story. Some dresses were made custom for the occasion, like a handmade veil made purely from beeswax, while other dresses reflect the struggles and circumstances of the era in which they were made.
In addition to the exhibits, which will be up for approximately a year, Fife History Museum will sponsor an opportunity to experience the wedding dresses on a whole different level. The Goodwill Golden Oldies Vintage Wedding Dress Fashion Show, an opportunity to touch and see more unique and rare wedding dresses from throughout the ages in a fun setting, will be on April 25 at 1 pm. Details will be forthcoming.
To take an interesting glimpse into a past of traditions and culture, stop by the Fife History Museum, located at 2820 54th Ave. E., Fife, Read more...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 9:50 am Wilson wins district title as Tacoma teams advance http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - It was an all-Tacoma final in the boys' 3A West Central District tournament and the Lincoln Abes were looking to make it three in a row. The co-champs of the 3A Narrows league trailed by as many as 13 points in the third quarter but were unable to overcome a determined Wilson Rams squad led by junior superstar guard David Jenkins. Jenkins hit two free throws with 4.8 seconds remaining in the game to lift Wilson to a 77-74 victory over their cross-town rival on Saturday, Feb. 21 at Puyallup High School.
Following the game, it was the first time Wilson has cut down the nets at districts in the modern era.
Jenkins was an absolute beast for the Rams. The junior lit up the score board with a game-high 35 points and seemed to have a bucket or a steal to answer anything Lincoln did throughout the game. Jenkins' co-MVP of the 3A Narrows league, senior Josiah Barsh, put up 22 points for the Abes, while junior guard, and first-team selection, Trevion Brown led Lincoln with 23 points.
Early in the fourth quarter, Lincoln briefly took a 64-62 lead before Wilson regained the advantage for good. Barsh hit two free throws with 17.3 seconds remaining in the game to pull the Abes within one point at 75-74. Lincoln then got the ball back and with 12.5 seconds left, freshman Trevante Anderson hoisted a three-pointer that missed the mark and was brought down by Jenkins. After a Lincoln foul and the two free throws by Jenkins, Lincoln had one last chance but Trevion Brown's 28-footer from the wing rattled in and out of the basket and the Rams were champions.
Now it's on to the round of 16 for both teams. Before the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently reduced the state tournament to eight teams due to cost-cutting, this round of play was known as the state tournament. Three Tacoma schools should be playing in the Tacoma Dome at state tournament, but instead they will have to slog it out for one more game at the "regional" level. The winners advance to the Hardwood Classic at the Dome and the losers go home.
Tacoma owned the 3A district tournament, finishing with the top three seeds moving on to the regional round. Wilson, Lincoln and Foss spent the regular season beating up on each other and trading spots at the top of the league standings. After having lost its two games against Foss in the regular season, the Rams crashed the boards and out-muscled the Falcons for their exciting 89-83 semifinal win. Foss rebounded by handling Columbia River 60-49 in the third-place game.
Even though the seventh-ranked Falcons took the third out of five seeds from the West Central District, Foss (20-6) was given a rather nasty draw into the regionals and will have to travel north to face a second-ranked Bellevue squad that went into their own district tournament ranked number one in the state. Bellevue (22-3) lost 70-56 to Rainier Beach in the finals and took their districts second seed. Foss plays Bellevue on Saturday, Feb. 28 at Bellevue College. TipofRead more...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 9:48 am Local Restaurants http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Since the 1980s, many bars have tried to emulate the vibe of famous sitcom "Cheers," but very few pull it off. One that does is classic Tacoma establishment, the Beach Tavern, located at 8612 6th Ave.
Though the waterfront view is a plus, the real surprise at the tavern is what happens inside, as a group of friendly regulars take their seats in a scene that's fairly recognizable to any "Cheers" fans.
"We have more Norms and Cliff than you can shake a stick at," owner Dan Lean said.
A lot of Beach Tavern's reputation comes from its long history in Tacoma. Established in 1934, the Beach has had quite a few long-standing staff members come through its doors. The latest includes Lean, who has owned the establishment since 1981, with other staff members having served over 25 years.
Though there have been some significant changes through the Tavern's 80-year history, the most notable is a new focus on the food the restaurant provides. Everything the restaurant serves has heart and soul put into it, from its famous fish and chips to its sloppy hamburgers.
"I don't think there's anything on our menu that's just there because it has to be," Lean said.
The famous house beer-battered fish and chips are served with a side salad for $14. Meanwhile, the aforementioned sloppy burger can be served as a 1/3 lb. burger, a ˝ lb. burger dip, a chiliburger or a patty melt.
For something a little unique, try Beach Tavern's homemade meatloaf made from scratch and served with mashed potatoes, salad and a roll for $11.
The Beach Tavern has not strayed too far from their roots, however, with nine different beers on tap including Miller Genuine Draft, Miller Light, Bud Light, Coors Light, Blue Moon IPA, Alaskan Amber, Pale Ale, and Mac and Jacks African Amber.
The Beach Tavern is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday all day. For more information, visit http://www.thebeachtavern.com or call (253) 564-3429 to phone in your order for a quick pick-up.Read more...
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 -- 9:44 am Sandoval's Star Keeps Rising http://www.tacomaweekly.com/ - Los Angeles is notorious for chewing young artists up and spitting them out, a reality that local R&B singer Rock Sandoval is all too familiar with.
"It's a really harsh industry down there," the Spanaway native said, recalling his hard knocks in the City of Angels. "I was told that I would never be a singer. I was told I didn't have the voice for it. But, deep down inside, I was a performer at heart. I knew how to perform, and I knew how to utilize what I had."
Sandoval will be the main attraction at Tacoma's Swiss Tavern on Saturday night, and recently he recalled lessons he learned after he headed to L.A. with his girlfriend in 2003. There he attended the Musicians Institute, hitting various auditions and open mics in his spare time. "I was really insecure," he said. "I wasn't comfortable in my skin in L.A. So I had to learn really quick how to develop thick skin. I've been told no many, many times."
His persistence did lead to a brief appearances on reality TV, though, on MTV's "Score" with Ryan Cabrera, on P. Diddy's "Making the Band" and as a top 50 finalist on Fox-TV's "American Idol." "Nobody voted for me except for Paula," he said, recalling the latter. "Randy and Simon said ... I had a good voice, but I had no image."
In the end, though, dwindling finances took their toll. "I was broke. I was sleeping on couches. I had all my (things) in my car. That was not a low point because it really changed my mentality. I figured I just needed to lick my wounds and come home. I needed a support system, and my family is in Washington, so I just needed to reboot. I'm gonna go back to L.A., eventually. But right now I'm still just kind of building."
Sandoval's regional profile has steadily risen in recent years. Since 2010, he's played a number of high-profile gigs, including opening slots at KUBE-FM's (93.3) Summer Jam and on Ladies Night Out, an old-school R&B and package tour that has showcased the likes of Ginuwine, Donell Jones and Bell Biv Devoe. Locally, the shows have been held at Kent's Showare Center.
Last summer, the singer released "Throwback," his full-length debut CD, which has been featured on Sunday Night Sound Sessions, KUBE's Sunday Night Sound Sessions. Fans can download the disc on iTunes.
On Saturday, though, he and his backing band, NSB, will come equipped with even newer tunes. Sandoval released his newest EP - the raunchy "50 Shades of Red" - in a limited 100-print run that sold out right before Valentine's Day. He and Seattle producer Lawrence "Illoquint" Wilder have already started working on the follow-up, a disc that promises to forge a new direction in his wound.
"I've been working with him for four years," he said. "I feel like we're a Timberlake and Timbaland collabo, man. We've got that kind of relationship.
"I'm trying to get away from R&B. I'm really trying to do a little bit more of a universal sound, kind of like Pharrell is getting away from hip-hop and R&B," he said. "You were kind ofRead more...
Sunday, February 15, 2015 -- 10:01 pm Mildred Lindberg Minot Daily News - ... Dwyght (Sandra) Lindberg, Kalispell, Mont., Marilyn (John) Albertson, Powers Lake, and Marlene (Dallas) Johnson, Edgewood, Wash. and Mesa, Ariz.; 12 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild. Mildred was preceded in death by ...Read more...
Thursday, February 12, 2015 -- 4:39 pm Dorothy I. Miller Pocono Record - ... of the Belvidere Women's Club. Surviving are her husband, Bernard J. Miller; four children: Katherine Lorimer of Edgewood, Wash.; Dennis Miller of Effort; Christopher Miller of Belvidere, N.J.; and Theresa Talbot of Seattle, Wash.; five ...Read more...