GRIT CITY THINK & DRINK: Stop Calling Them Deficient: The Literacies of First Year College Students (FREE)

As teachers seek to develop curriculum for a diverse student bodies, there is a need to develop curricula that draw on what students bring with them to the classroom. This talk presents findings from a longitudinal research study that investigated the strengths that students bring with them to the university classroom. Specifically, the study looked at students’ incoming literacies, or the kinds of reading, writing, translating, and communicating practices students use in their everyday lives using videos they took of their literacy practices across the contexts of school, work, home, and community. Alison Cardinal is a lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma and a Ph.D. candidate in Language and Rhetoric at the University of Washington. She has been teaching writing for over a decade in Washington and Oregon. Her expertise include composition studies, sociolinguistics, critical theory and qualitative research methods. Grit City Think & Drink brings scholars and experts from various disciplines face-to-face with the general public. The evening begins with a presentation or lecture which leads to a moderated discussion with the audience. Sponsored by UW Tacoma’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, Grit City Think & Drink is free to the public and open to all ages.



The 11th Annual Gray Sky Blues Music Festival 2018 date is set, Saturday, April 7th at The Swiss Restaurant and Pub.

Live music kicks off right after The Tacoma Daffodil Parade on Pacific Ave in downtown Tacoma and ends around 11:30 PM.

So far, this year’s lineup will include Little Bill and the Blue Notes, Jim King and the Southsiders, Tim Hall Band, Maia Santell and House Blend with Jay Mabin, Howlin’ Dogna (Eugene, OR), Miranda Kitchpanich, Tom Boyle, Billy Barner, Scott Simmons and Sheryl Clark.


Join us in supporting our local youth; STADIUM JAZZ BAND will put on a show for us between 5-7pm. $5 admission goes to support the STADIUM JAZZ program. All ages welcome, family friendly event! Join us for Happy  Hour and entertainment!


“Jazz is the only purely American music and the one genre that has embraced elements of all musical forms. This is why it is always exciting to find young artists who push the boundaries to create their own unique style, and Kareem Kandi is one musician who does just that.“

The Weekly Volcano

Live Jazz
all ages welcome
no cover charge

Kareem Kandi – saxophone