Come sing a song along with local musicians and your own Olympia Timberland Library youth librarians at Northern: The Olympia All Ages project. Eleanor Murray, Jenny Jenkins, and Kimya Dawson will perform songs the whole family can enjoy. Free tickets will be available at the Olympia Timberland Library youth services desk beginning March 1. Tickets are required for entry. Preference given to children and families.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Olympia Library. This event is part of the Family Read & Sing Aloud, a Timberland Regional Library districtwide program.
Sister Spit was established in San Francisco in the early 1990’s as a weekly all-female open mic series, co-founded by Michelle Tea and Sini Anderson. The duo launched the first Sister Spit national tour in 1997: 2 vans chock-full with cutting-edge dyke female writers and performers. Since its inception, Sister Spit has crossed the country many times and re-merged in 2007 as Sister Spit- Next Generation featuring established writers with young, emerging queer and queer-influenced artists of all genders.
This year’s tour features…
Chinaka Hodge is a poet, educator playwright and screenwriter. Originally from Oakland, California, she graduated from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study in May of 2006, and was honored to be the student speaker at the 174th Commencement exercise. In 2010, Chinaka received USC’s prestigious Annenberg Fellowship to continue her studies at its School of Cinematic Arts. She received her MFA in screenwriting, in 2012. In the Fall of that year, she received the San Francisco Foundation’s Phelan Literary Award for emerging Bay Area talent. Chinaka was a 2012 Artist in Residence at The Headlands Center for the Arts in Marin, CA. In early 2013, Hodge was a Sundance Feature Film lab Fellow for her script, 700th&Int’l. Since its early days, Chinaka has served in various capacities at Youth Speaks/The Living Word Project, the nation’s leading literary arts non-profit. During her tenure there, Hodge served as Program Director, Associate Artistic Director, and worked directly with Youth Speaks’ core population — as a teaching artist and poet mentor. When not educating or writing for page, Chinaka rocks mics as a founding member of a collaborative Hip Hop ensemble, The Getback. Her poems, editorials, interviews and prose have been featured in Newsweek, San Francisco Magazine, Believer Magazine, PBS, NPR, CNN, C-Span, and in two seasons of HBO’s Def Poetry.
Rhiannon Argo is a writer and schooled librarian. She is the author of two works of literary fiction: the Lambda award–winning novel, The Creamsickle, and the YA-ish novel, Girls I’ve Run Away With. Her stories and novels have inspired both short films and German translations. Argo has performed her work in gazillions of bars, colleges, feminist squats, bookstores, and libraries. She has criss-crossed North America and Europe with Sister Spit enough times to have once acquired a mild case of scurvy. She also tours with her own band of literary renegades, the Moon Babes. Argo has been both a Lambda Literary and Radar Lab Fellow. She is the founder Moonshine Press, and co-founder of the Que(e)rySF, a collective that throws parties to raise funds for hidden queer library collections. She enjoys discussing the art of DIY publishing, sex workers rights, and animal spirit guides.
Virgie Tovar, MA is an author, fat activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on fat discrimination and body image. She is the editor of Hot & Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion (Seal Press, November 2012). She holds a Master’s degree in Human Sexuality with a focus on the intersections of body size, race and gender. After teaching “Female Sexuality” at the University of California at Berkeley, where she completed a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science in 2005, she went onto host “The Virgie Show” (CBS Radio) in San Francisco. She is certified as a sex educator and was voted Best Sex Writer by the Bay Area Guardian in 2008 for her first book. Virgie has been featured by MTV, the San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Huffington Post, Bust Magazine, Jezebel, 7×7 Magazine, XOJane, and SF Weekly as well as on Women’s Entertainment Television and The Ricki Lake Show. She lives in San Francisco. Find her online at www.virgietovar.com.
Dia Felix is a writer and filmmaker. She has written for blogs including City Lights and the Museum of Arts and Design and performed her work at many venues including Segue Series and Dixon Place. She is founder and editor of “Personality Press.” Her novel “Nochita” will be published through City Lights/Sister Spit in early 2014. She is an award-winning digital media producer for museums (Exploratorium, Museum of Arts and Design) and teaches and mentors teens in experimental documentary filmmaking. Born and raised in California, she lives in New York.
Award-winning poet, playwright and musician Lenelle Moïse creates jazz-infused, hip-hop bred, politicized performances about Haitian-American identity, creative resistance and the intersection of race, class, gender, sexuality, memory and spirit. Moïse is a current Huntington Theatre Company Playwriting Fellow. Her two-act comedy Merit won the 2012 Southern Rep Ruby Prize. She also wrote, composed, and co-starred in the critically acclaimed drama Expatriate, which launched Off Broadway at the Culture Project in 2008. Lenelle was the fifth Poet Laureate of Northampton, MA. Her debut manuscript of poems, Haiti Glass, is forthcoming from City Lights/ Sister Spit. http://www.lenellemoise.com
A longtime fixture in the Bay Area arts scene, Beth Lisick has been a nightlife columnist, independent film actor, performance poet, band leader, and arts organizer. She is the author of five books, including the NY Times bestseller Everybody Into the Pool, and the co-founder of San Francisco’s Porchlight Storytelling Series. In 2012 she received a grant from the Creative Work Fund for her work with Creativity Explored, an arts center for adults with developmental disabilities. Her most recent book, Yokohama Threeway and Other Small Shames was published by City Lights/Sister Spit. She is currently at work on her comedy web series with Tara Jepsen, Rods and Cones. www.bethlisick.com
Jerry Lee Abram has spent the last 15yrs doing just about anything for queer artists. He has Tech Directed an extensive amount of projects including The Sex Workers Art Show, Homo A Gogo, Fabulous Artistic Guys Get Overtly Traumatized Sometimes: The Musical and Sister Spit, additionally his lighting in film can be seen in music videos by Hunx and His Punx, The Younger Lovers, Harlem and Brontez Purnell Dance Company’s film FREE JAZZ. He is honored to be a part of Valencia and will be screening his chapter on Sister Spit 2014.
This stop on the tour also features local readers Virgin Domain and Alexis Howell.
This event is at the Eagles Hall, 805 4th Avenue E, and is a benefit for Sister Spit. Members and Guests are welcome.
Come one, come all, come volunteer for your only local, volunteer run, all ages music and art venue!
Arrington de Dionyso = contrabass reeds and more
Daniel Buscher= flute
China Star= glass, percussion, bells and more
WHITE GOURD is the solo work of Suzanne Stone. In addition to being a visual artist, herbalist, master gardener, and bee keeper, she is well known for involvement as vocalist / saxophonist in “dyngia jazz” ensemble Million Brazilians. For the last few years she has been exploring the depths of the tarot as metaphorical exploration for advances of inner work affecting exterior conditions in the form of solo performances using a variety of found objects, gongs, 78 player, piano and audio cassette loops. Accompanied with a full visual installation, and often ritual costume, the presence of each performance has a completely different affect with the chosen card for the evening or tour.
UNPROTECTED SAX RITUAL!!!
(event description by Arrington de Dionyso)
Northern Flickers presents live and in-person for one night only
plus three by Mel
a showing of short experimental films
Thursday, March 13th @ 7pm
The program includes:
“In the Conservatory” (2010, 16mm film, 5 minutes)
Starring euphorbia splendens (“crown of thorns”), variegated ivy, zygocactus (“Christmas cactus”), coleus, clerodendrum (“glory bower”), orchid, euphorbia fulgens, adiantum raddianum (“maidenhair fern”), and acalypha wilkesiana (“copper leaf”) collected and reanimated from a gray winter day in Seattle’s Volunteer Park Conservatory.
“Botanicollage” (2011, .mov, 3 minutes)
Workshop film made by Evergreen students.
Students in the “Botany: Plants and People” class at The Evergreen State College produced handmade frames on 16mm film that were combined, digitized, extended and edited by their workshop teacher, filmmaker Caryn Cline. Caryn also created the soundtrack, working with a jazz song by Chuck Metcalf combined with the sounds of people at play, recorded in Riverside Park, New York City.
“Equinox,” (2011, .mov, 5 minutes)
A botanicollage film in which 16mm, hole-punched black frames, their inner circles filled with plants gleaned in Seattle, animated and optically printed by filmmaker Caryn Cline, interact with the complex rhythms of Barcelona-born, New York-trained composer and jazz bassist Alexis Cuadrado’s group, Noneto Ibérico.
“Left Side, Riverside” (2011, .mov, 8 minutes)
An experimental document of the filmmaker’s experience of Riverside Park, on the left side of Manhattan. The film combines “live action” footage and in-camera double exposures. This footage is then further layered by superimposing and bi-packing the camera footage with handmade and hand-painted film frames created by the filmmaker from plants and flowers she gleaned in Riverside Park. The ambient sounds come from both Riverside Park and the filmmaker’s childhood home in northeastern Missouri.
“Compost Confidential” (2012, .mov, 4 minutes)
A recycled film that addresses our culture of waste. According to a Cornell University research report, eleven thousand tons of trash a day are discarded in New York City, and 15 to 40% is food scraps that could and should be composted. In “Compost Confidential,” handmade botanicollage film frames, saved from unrealized projects, were put in a compost bin, left for several weeks, then retrieved and optically-printed. In the printing process, the sprocket holes themselves, usually outside of the frame, were intentionally revealed as an element inside the frame. The soundtrack, recycled from an audio project, features interviews with urban composters at the Union Square Greenmarket in New York City.
“Perchance” (2008, .mov, 3.5 minutes)
A young boy in an regimented world dreams of a different, freer self. Using found footage from two educational films, the filmmaker chose, combined, optically-printed and edited scenes to create a new story. Original score by Melissa Grey.
Plus some serendipitous CC surprises . . .
Plus three 16mm films by Melissa Friedling (NYC) –
Garden Roll Bounce Parking Lot 4.5 min 2010
Pop culture and land-use practices converge in Brooklyn, NY where a Bangladeshi family recalls the found film that formed the overhead lattice support for their urban garden – before it was leveled to make a parking space for the father’s livery car.
Urine My Bed 3.5 min 2003
When you are done with your mattress and put it out on the street for trash, the residual evidence of your very private history is on view for public appraisal. Composed of optically printed and hand-colored super 8mm footage of discarded mattresses collected over the years.
The Slouch 3 min 1994
A film about a girl who walks around with her eyes towards the ground. One day, not looking where she’s going, she gets hit by a car and lands flat on her back. For the first time she sees the sky and wishes she looked up long ago.
Two free screenings, one at 6pm and one at 8pm, to be followed by a Q & A with Olympia’s own sign painter and artist Ira Coyne. Seating is first come, first served.
“There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade.”
BROKEN WATER (oly)
THE SPACE LADY (NM, formerly SF)
Olympia’s own daytripping dream divers
come early!! you really don’t wanna miss a thing.
“For over 35 years, The Space Lady has inspired and confounded music and humanity lovers. Mysterious yet overwhelmingly human, dressed in the paraphernalia of outer space travel yet seemingly well-versed in the vagaries of exploring the Inner Space. The Space Lady began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since.
The legend of The Space Lady has continued to grow in the 21st century. Originally featured on the landmark ‘outsider’ compilation “Songs In The Key Of Z,” then on mixes by Erol Alkan and John Maus, this music has transcended genre, style and fashion, opening up hearts and minds along the way. In the late 90s The Space Lady packed away her Casio and silenced her distinctive voice, retiring from the streets of San Francisco.”
“The work of Tara Jane O’Neil has always innately crossed genres and boundaries – like several genies emerging from a single lamp. She creates melodic and experimental music under her own name and in collaboration with her brilliant friends. Her recordings and live performances range from solo songing to noise improvisations. TJO has composed and performed music and sound for films, theater and dance performances, and written large and small ensemble experimental architectures.
As a solo artist, TJO has released 7 albums internationally. She was a founding member of Rodan and a million other bands, she has collaborated on recordings and stages with musical artists including Ida, Mirah, Jackie O MF, Mount Eerie, Papa M, Come, the vocalist Nikaido Kazumi, and many more. In addition to rock clubs, galleries and DIY spaces all around north America, Europe, and Japan, she has performed at All Tomorrow’s Parties, the Centre de Pompidou, the Whitney Museum of American Art, TBA festival (portland), High Desert Test Sites and many many others. She has shown her visual art in galleries all over the northern hemisphere and made a couple of books.
TJO is a shapeshifter that released her latest masterpiece, WHERE SHINE NEW LIGHTS, on Kranky in January.”
This is a rare and special treat! EAT IT UP (event description by Rachel Carns)
By Tom Rohrer
Leading Saint Martin’s by 15 at halftime Friday night, the Western Washington University women’s basketball team appeared ready to advance easily into Saturday’s GNAC Conference Tournament Championship.
However, Saint Martin’s made the Vikings passage towards a second consecutive tournament championship very difficult.
Down 44-29 at halftime, the #6 seeded Saints went on a 17-4 run to start the second half, cutting the Vikings lead to 48-46 with 14:30 left to play.
“We’ve had two games with them where we got up and they came out in the second and made things difficult for us,” said Western Washington University head coach Carmen Dolfo. “They keep fighting and they certainly did tonight.”
Western would weather the furious Saints run and eventually pulled away in the final eight minutes to an 81-71 victory inside a passionate Marcus Pavilion in Lacey. Led by Katie Colard’s 23 points, the Vikings shot close to fifty percent in the contest and held Saint Martin’s to 38.3 percent shooting. The victory for the #2 seed Vikings sets up a NWAC tournament championship affair with Simon Fraser tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Marcus Pavilion.
The loss ends Saint Martin’s (18-11) season and the career of senior standout Chelsea Haskey. The forward had 17 points on 8 of 12 shooting in her final collegiate game.
“She’s done so much for this program and she played tough tonight,” said Saint’s head coach Tim Healy. “She gave everything and doesn’t have to hold her head.”
SMU sophomore forward Megan Wiedeman added 17 points of her own and continued her tournament dominance on the glass. Wiedeman followed up her conference tournament record 17 rebounds in a win over Alaska-Anchorage Wednesday night with 15 boards more against the Vikings, seven of which came on the offensive glass.
“Her development is impressive and she has so much room to grow as a player,” said Healy of Wiedeman. “The future for her is very bright.”
Despite the efforts of Wiedeman and Haskey, Saint Martin’s was unable to slow down a potent Viking offensive attack when it mattered most.
Along with Colard’s scoring output, the Vikings received 15 points on 5 of 8 shooting from Jenni White and 17 on 7 of 9 shooting from Sydney Donaldson.
“We’ve been able to shoot the ball well all season and that’s won us a lot of games,” said Dolfo. “That’s what we needed tonight and our girls got their legs under them and followed through.”
Defensively, the Vikings held the Saints to eight points in the final four minutes and put Saint Martin’s in unfavorable positions on the court.
“Every day in practice we do a five minute overtime period where we have to lock-in for that stretch,” said Donaldson, who added eight rebounds in the win. “It wasn’t anything new for us. We just kept our intensity up and communicated like always.”
A Division II national semi-finalist a season ago, Western got off to a slow start to the 2013-14 season, and at one point their conference tournament hopes were in doubt.
“We just wanted to get here at the beginning of the season” said Dolfo of her team, who started the season 3-5. “Now we’re starting to play some of our best basketball, and it’s at the right time.”
The resurgence from Western during the season and the fight displayed by Saint Martin’s in defeat speaks volumes of the level of competition in the league.
“It’s unbelievable,” said Healy of the quality of the league. “There isn’t a better group of ten teams out there.”
“It’s a test every night, and Saint Martin’s, they aren’t a six seed in this tournament, they’re just a really good, tough team in this tournament,” said Dolfo. “You have to work hard for every victory.”
After a season that saw the programs first ever GNAC Conference Tournament victory, Tim Healy is optimistic regarding the present and future of SMU basketball.
“We have a lot of girls coming back and I hope they remember the feeling of what it’s like playing in this environment,” Healy said. “We just need to keep improving.”
Self publishing is not only easier than ever before, it is becoming one of the best ways for authors to get their books into their readers’ hands. Self-published books rank at the top of best-sellers lists and are sometimes republished by larger, traditional publishers.
Sponsored by Orca Books, Pam McKinnie, CEO of Concepts Unlimited, will talk about book publishing options and help you learn how to publish your book. She has helped more than 40 authors successfully design and promote their books. Whether you are a published author or are just considering writing your first book, join us at this free, informal workshop to discover the “ins and outs” of self publishing. Find out about book design, lay out, publishing options, and promotion. Discover the differences between traditional printing, print on demand, eBooks, and publishing for Kindle. Learn what resources you need and find a publishing solution that fits your budget.
This is a FREE event at Orca Books, 509 4th Ave E. in downtown Olympia.Google Plus One Facebook Like
By Carolyn White
As two-thirds of all Airstreams manufactured since 1936 are still on the road, many opportunities exist for modern owners to adopt and adapt a vintage Airstream trailer. To be considered “vintage,” the trailer must be over 25 years old.
Since it’s people that keep legends alive, what motivates these owners to spend time and money to preserve this American icon? To find out, I visited with vintage Airstream owners in the Washington Land Yacht Harbor (WLYH).
Airstream trailers and classic motorhomes are fabricated in a manner similar to airplanes. They survived over the years due to their mostly aluminum construction. Unlike their early counterparts that sported wood framing, the Airstream’s inner aluminum ribs resist the deleterious effects of water and time.
Even though an Airstream starts its life with a design and construction advantage, it is still subject to the same wear and tear as all other travel trailers and motorhomes. The road throws its share of hazards in addition to environmental challenges — rain, UV, extreme hot and cold temperatures. As well, many of the Airstream’s components and systems deteriorate over the years. Restorations of these vintage units range from preserving the original functionality to expressing personal creativity.
To keep a vintage Airstream on the road takes a lot of dedication and TLC. Often, original parts from the pre-1990 models are unavailable as they were either custom made in the factory or the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) is no long in business. Vintage ownership involves creativity and ingenuity combined with imagination and problem-solving skills. Ultimately, it’s a labor of love.
Airstream often customized their products for a specific use, such as the Airstream Astro Van, a 1983 Excella motorhome famous for shuttling the astronauts to the launch pad. In 1960, the Republican National committee commissioned the 22’ Airstream Space Liner as a mobile press box for then Vice President Nixon’s unsuccessful bid for the presidency. This 1961 model-year trailer still had “Republican National Committee” (RNC) emblazoned on its side when Paul and Charlinda (Charli) Westerfield purchased it in 1972.
Long after the RNC decal faded, the Westerfield’s Airstream is still making the scene at local rallies. Although they also own a 1995 31’ Airstream trailer, Paul favors the ’61 for fishing trips. Charli relates that there have been a few scratches and repairs along the way. A close encounter with an unmovable object necessitated a door replacement and repair of two outside panels. Once repaired, their trailer was back on the road again, ready for more adventures.
Unlike many vintage Airstream owners, Paul decided to forgo polishing their trailer. He’d rather spend his time traveling and not worry about the upkeep that a mirror-like finish requires. They adapted the interior to serve their needs. Over the years, the Westerfields have upgraded appliances and systems for safety and functionality. Even with these changes, the heart and soul of their 1961 remains original.
Vintage owners, like the Westerfields, often own another Airstream. In 1996, Joel Ware, the current president of the Washington Unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club (WBCCI), purchased his first Airstream, a 19’ motor home, called a B van. Now, he is the proud owner of two vintage Airstream trailers and a rare—only 17 survive out of 20 produced —1994 36’ classic diesel pusher motor home.
Joel’s 1982 31’ classic Airstream trailer boasts innovative features like a built-in Nutone food processing center and microwave oven. This specific trailer also serves as his ticket to membership in the Classic Airstream Club, an intra-club of the WBCCI.
Both Joel and his 1965 Globe Trotter are Vietnam era veterans. He loves the built-tough quality of this 19’ Airstream. Back in the 50’s and 60’s, these trailers travelled on back roads throughout the world. Caravans visited exotic places and blazed roads where there were only trails. During that era, the Interstate Highway system was in its infancy. These Airstream trailers had to be designed to withstand the rigors of back roads. Joel plans to polish the exterior until it gleams as well as update the interior.
From 1973 to 1979, Airstream produced the Argosy brand, which was a painted version of their classic product. The Argosy was a structurally identical, no-frills model line that served as a test bed for innovations and provided a more affordable option to consumers who wanted the Airstream experience on a limited budget.
In the shadow of the first gas shortage, Airstream developed the first motor home under their Argosy brand. Ranging from 20’ to 28’ long, the Argosy motor home repeated the iconic design of the Airstream and Argosy trailers. These trend-setting motor homes, fully self-contained with luxuries —like a 120V electrical generator to operate the air conditioner in the middle of nowhere— evolved into a full-fledged shiny Airstream motor home like the one Joel Ware owns.
Vintage motor homes come with their own set of complexities. Besides the “trailer” restoration aspects, there’s the engine and transmission. Think of it as a combination of trailer and truck. When Richard Stolarik purchased his 1978, 24’ Argosy motor home last year, he was fully aware of the challenges he faced. Richard owned and upgraded a 1976 31’ Airstream trailer. After several years of attending local rallies, he decided to experience the motor home advantage in a vintage way.
Richard invited me to come back this summer to take some “after” pictures, as the current interior is a work-in-progress. In the meantime, he’s having fun with planning, renovating, and creating unique hood ornaments.
Occasionally, a vintage Airstream remains with the original purchaser. In the case of the Lisius’ family, Don and Mary handed down their 1969 18’ Caravel to daughter, Jennifer and her sons. Keeping it in the family is a challenge. Jennifer relates that her son, when pulling their trailer on the highway, often gets flagged down by passing motorists who want to buy their trailer. Other than flooring and upholstery, this Caravel is as original as the day it left the factory.
Yvonne DeRoule purchased her 31’ Sovereign double with rear bath from the California Airstream factory in 1975. Many miles later, Yvonne still owns her trailer. Like other vintage units, this trailer has experienced several upgrades —carpeting, upholstery, water heater —and regular maintenance to keep it roadworthy.
As full-time RVers, Yvonne and her late husband, Hank, travelled across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They attended many WBCCI rallies and were frequent visitors to the WLYH.
Over the years, Yvonne realized that hitching and unhitching her trailer became more of a challenge. To solve this issue, she and her family engineered and manufacture an easy to hook up trailer hitch, appropriately name the “E-Z Hooker.” This invention allowed her to keep on traveling and enjoying her trailer.
The longevity of these recreational vehicles is a testament to the American-built quality that Airstream put into their manufacturing. That these units are still on the road is a tribute to the dedication of their owners. They have preserved a piece of American history while living it.
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