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2016-2017 The Evergreen Art Lecture

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 11:11pm

The Evergreen Art Lecture Series presents a broad range of interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art issues by artists, writers, activists and scholars.  The emphasis is to introduce the way in which a variety of practices undertake fields of inquiry in the arts. The series provides a lively forum for the exchange of ideas between the speakers, students, faculty and the public. The series will take place in Lecture Hall 1 (after week 4) at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. Most of the talks take place on every other Wednesday during the quarter from 11:30-1:00 pm and are free and open to the public.

Fall Quarter 2016

Week 2, 10/ 5: Emily Adams, visual artist; Evergreen faculty and printmaking technician (location TBA)

Week 4, 10/19:  Geraldine Ondrizek, visual artist; her exhibition, Tracing Genetic Inheritance, is currently at the Evergreen Gallery (location TBA)

Week 6, 11/2: Charles Mudede, cultural critic, film maker and Associate Editor for The Stranger; LH1

Week 7, 11/9: Anna Moschovakis, poet, translator and editor (location TBA)

Week 8, 11/16: Molly Dilworth, visual artist, public art and creative research; LH1

Week 10, 12/7: Dakota Gearhart, visual artist; an artist-in-residence at Recology in Seattle; LH1

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Nettles, Bacon, Beets, and Barley – Sourcing Local as a Crafter Brewer and Distiller in Thurston County

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 6:00am


On a recent Thursday night, Cascadia Homebrew hosted local musicians Oly Mountain Boys, for a BrewGrass night. The smell of wheat and hops, the snap-along sounds of feel-good bluegrass, and the murmur of conversations, punctuated by laughs, filled the room. This down-to-earth vibe not only exists in the tap room/U-brew/nanobrewery’s atmosphere (kids and dogs welcome), […]

Kickoff Football Season at Awesome RV

Thurston Talk - Tue, 09/20/2016 - 6:00am


Over 69,000 fans packed CenturyLink Field for the Seattle Seahawk’s first game of the season. After a thrilling last minute win, despite Russell Wilson’s ankle injury, the rest of the season promises to be exciting, loud, and 12th Man proud. But don’t let football signal the end of summer fun; come celebrate with Awesome RV […]

It Can't Happen Here: An Evening of Theater

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 1:22pm
Event:  Mon, 10/10/2016 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm

Join the Olympia Theater Club as it performs selections from the play “It Can't Happen Here", Sinclair Lewis and John C. Moffett’s 1936 adaptation of the famous novel. Mirroring the rise of fascism in Europe, this cautionary tale follows the election of a populist demagogue who pledges to return the country to prosperity and greatness. Despite the extremity of his actions, many make excuses and reassure themselves that fascism “can’t happen here”--only to find that they are wrong.

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Tales from the Parks

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 1:19pm
Event:  Thu, 10/06/2016 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Celebrate the National Parks Centennial Year at the Tumwater Timberland Libary. Hear tales from retired National Park Ranger, Russell Cahill. Reading selections from his new book, "Tales from the Parks," he’ll share some of his exciting adventures in the National Parks during the 1960s and 1970s and discuss how the National and State Parks have evolved over the last century and a half.


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Olympia’s Out of the Darkness Walk Aims to Raise Funds, Awareness for Suicide Prevention

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 12:48pm


Submitted by Out of the Darkness Walk – Olympia Every Fall, communities across the country host the Out of the Darkness Walk, the largest fundraising and awareness event for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Olympia has hosted this walk in the past and will host an Out of the Darkness Walk again this […]

Shuruq III - Olympia Arab Festival - October 7-8

OlyBlog Home Page - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 8:14am
Event:  Fri, 10/07/2016 - 5:00pm - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 5:00pm

Shuruq III - Olympia’s third Arab Festival - comes to The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW, in downtown Olympia, Saturday, October 8th, 11AM-5PM, during Olympia's Fall Arts Walk.  Sponsored by the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice, this fun-packed celebration of Arab culture features music, dance, art, a parade of Arab fashions, traditional Arab food, educational panels and speakers, vendor and country tables, children’s activities, and displays from all 22 Arab countries!  Critically acclaimed music and dance ensembles including the House of Tarab and Jafra Dabke troupe from Seattle and al-Andalus from Portland will perform on the main stage.  New performers include Argan Band (a Moroccan fusion band from Seattle) and Khaldoun Ramzi (Iraqi singer from Kent, Washington).   

Friday evening, October 7, from 5-10 p.m., an Arab Festival Café at the nearby Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural (corner of State and Capitol Way N), will feature Arabic coffee and sweets and a photo exhibit by Irum Sheikh titled Palestinians Envision Life Without Occupation.  

Make Shuruq III one of your Fall Arts Walk stops!  We will focus on the diversity and complexity of the Arab peoples by challenging stereotypes, showcasing Arab arts and performance, and celebrating diversity within our own community.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Other cosponsors include Olympia Fellowship of Reconciliation, Jewish Voice for Peace-Tacoma, Veterans for Peace-Rachel Corrie Chapter #1, G.I. Voice, The Mousetrap Fine Cheeses and Delectables, and generous individuals.

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Tune Up at Adamson Chiropractic

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 6:00am


Few professions are as simultaneously misunderstood and appreciated as chiropractic. Supporters adamantly proclaim the benefits. The skeptics continue to doubt. Yet the fact remains that there has been steady growth of chiropractors in the United States as more people consult chiropractors as an alternative to surgery or medicine. The American Chiropractic Association estimates that chiropractic […]

Scott Gunther – Grades + Right Moves on the Football Field for Olympia High School

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 6:00am


Maybe even more impressive than Scott Gunther’s thrilling, tackle-breaking touchdown romps and his knack for busting loose for long runs on the football field is his report card. This is one first-team, all-league running back who has not let sports eclipse the classroom. It doesn’t matter if he’s taking a handoff on the football field […]

Melanie McGuire – Local Singer Wins Opportunity to Compete Internationally

Thurston Talk - Mon, 09/19/2016 - 6:00am


Melanie McGuire’s speaking voice is one that compels you to listen. Low and resonate, she can draw you in with just a word or two. It’s no surprise, then, that her singing voice is equally as commanding. It’s a voice she’s been using since she was a young child, singing songs and improvising harmonies in […]

SCJ Alliance Welcomes Transportation Planner Elisabeth Wooton

Thurston Talk - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 1:20pm


 Submitted by SCJ Alliance  SCJ Alliance is pleased to announce the addition of Elisabeth Wooton to our Lacey office as a transportation planner. Elisabeth brings seven years of transportation planning experience with an emphasis on complete street designs. Prior to joining SCJ, she was working as a pedestrian and bicycle planner for New York City’s Department […]

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

Thurston Talk - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 12:21pm


Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Sugar is a sweet and shy older lady (10+ years) looking for a home with someone who wants a loving girl who will cuddle on the sofa. Sugar is very happy on your lap, going for short walks, and on car rides. We have many great dogs and always need […]

It matters that Gary Edwards cost Thurston County $500,000 in lawsuits

Olympia Time - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 9:36am

After his last run for sheriff 14 years ago, Gary Edwards faced a couple of lawsuits from his former opponents. Both now former sheriff deputies, they claimed that Edwards used the power of his office to discredit them during the campaign.

Edwards ended up beating both of them, in the primary and then eventually in the general election. But one of those lawsuits was settled for half a million dollars, and in the other, a jury sided against Edwards.

The lawsuits include an assortment of allegations, including harassment and retaliation against Ed Thompson and Glen Quantz. In the case filed by Quantz (in which the jury decided against Edwards), the former deputy claimed that Edwards delayed an internal investigation to make sure it was still open until after the election. The internal investigation ended up clearing Quantz.

I pulled together most of the news coverage of Edwards' time as sheriff in this file.

A judge eventually threw out the jury decision against Edwards in the Quantz case. He didn't decide the allegations weren't true, he only said that as a sheriff, Edwards had the "qualified immunity" to do as he wished.

These incidents and costly lawsuits are only the most interesting aspects of Edwards' service as sheriff. Another is a episode where he joined a fast speed pursuit into Pierce County on Interstate 5. Without telling anyone else involved in the pursuit, Edwards performed a "rolling slow down" during which the suspect (who escaped) his his unmarked car.

What gives me the creeps is that the lawsuits, the questionable tactics, all happened relatively recently. Up until now, I don't think anyone has brought up these issues.  Edwards has brought up issues of county commission actions that predate the current commission and obviously don't involve his opponent or anyone else running for county commission. But, his time as sheriff shows at the very least a management style and decision making that everyone should be able to question.

Celebrate 15 Years of Business with Grace Kendall’s FASTSIGNS

Thurston Talk - Sun, 09/18/2016 - 6:00am


This time of year is thrilling for super fans and armchair quarterbacks alike. But no matter your team of choice, tailgating makes any event into something to remember. On Tuesday, September 20, Lacey’s FASTSIGNS invites customers, chamber members, and fellow Rotarians for a 5:01 Surge anniversary tailgate extravaganza. The event celebrates owner Grace Kendall’s 15 […]

Olympia Community School Welcomes New Teacher, Changes Location

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 5:44pm


Submitted by Olympia Community School Thurston County’s oldest alternative secular elementary school will be all about “the new” this September – gleaming new child-friendly facilities, a newly added fifth grade, and now a new, highly skilled teacher. Joanna Gibson will join the Olympia Community School (OCS) to teach the school’s small fourth/fifth grade class. Gibson joins […]

Bookmobile Drives Imagination at Olympia Timberland Library

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am


Beep! Beep! Make way for Olympia’s newest interactive art installation. The Olympia Timberland Library, in partnership with local artists, recently revealed the bookmobile – a place for kids to drive their imaginations further. Built by local woodworker Jay T. Scott, the bookmobile has two steering wheels, windows, and seating for both kids and adults to […]

Dan Pierson Builds Cheerful Dahlia Bouquets at the Olympia Farmers Market

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am


At the Olympia Farmers Market, bright colors are not limited to the summer months. Dan Pierson, owner of Dan’s Dahlias, has been keeping his Olympia Farmers Market booth bright and cheery for the past 33 years. Located in the middle of the market, Dan’s Dahlias is a beacon of light and exotic color to market shoppers. […]

Beer Beginnings in Olympia

Thurston Talk - Sat, 09/17/2016 - 6:00am


I remember Olympia beer from holiday picnics in the 1970s. My parents sat in aluminum lawn chairs sipping beer from stubby brown bottles while they watched their children play with metal lawn darts. It was a halcyon time for that generation. Olympia beer was ours—our hops, our water, our employer, and our legacy. The roots […]

Moby Dick

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 7:23am
The Tale Retold by Assemblage TheatrePublished in the Weekly Volcano, Sept. 15, 2016
Dennis Rolly (left) as Captain Ahab and Mark Peterson as Starbuck, photo courtesy Assemblage TheatreIt is hard to imagine a more difficult play to produce on stage than Moby Dick. To my way of thinking it would have to be done either on a huge stage with a multi-million-dollar budget or in an intimate playhouse with nothing but a handful of props. The former would perforce be an extravaganza in which all of the insights of Melville’s story would be lost to special effects; the latter would be the sensible way to do it, but would have its own daunting challenges.Director David Domkoski of Assemblage Theatre had the good sense to know that a small version would make more sense — besides which, he didn’t have the bucks or the space to do it up big —  which is why he produced it in the small black box at Tacoma Youth Theatre with only a scattering of chairs, ladders and buckets on stage to be used as settings ranging from a New Bedford tavern to a whaling ship.He also did it without regard to gender, with Heather Christopher, Jillian Mae Lee and Kaylie Rainer playing men’s roles.In an interesting twist such as I have never before seen, the play begins with a prelude in which the entire cast came out one-by-one and recited facts about sperm whales and about Melville’s writing of the classic novel, which sold no more than a few hundred copies in his lifetime. The cast is superb. Casting Dennis Rolly as Captain Ahab was a stroke of genius. His intensity, his craggy appearance with balding hair long on back and an old Quaker-style beard, and the mad look in his eyes —this is how I shall forever picture Ahab.Casting Christopher as the cannibal harpoonist Quequeg was another stroke of genius. Nobody could look less like the huge man with the tattooed face than this attractive woman, but with a top hat and strips of colorful ribbon in her hair (and without the tattoos) it is her big, hypnotic eyes and her strong acting that make her into this frightening yet lovable character.Tim Hoban is outstanding as the narrator, Ishmael. He delivers his lines with restrained passion and makes of Ishmael a sympathetic character. Other actors of note are Mark Peterson as Starbuck, Rainer as Elijah and Flask (although her lack of clear enunciation in spots made her hard to understand), and Chad Russell as Stubb and Captain Gardner; he was especially good as Gardner), and Tyler Dobies as an unnamed sailor and Captain Boomer. Two things bothered me about this production, even though I feel that both were somewhat necessary. I felt that there was far too much narration and wished they had followed the adage “show don’t tell,” but in this case, without the narration it would have been nothing more than an action-adventure and much of Melville’s insight into the human psyche would have been lost. Similary, I was bothered by the amount of bombast. It was loud and in places chaotic. There was some overacting. But that was the way it had to be. These were rough, loud and lusty men in situations where there would, of course, be a lot of shouting. But in a small, enclosed space the noise was almost painful. In the most chaotic scenes I could not hear what anyone was saying as they shouted over each other.If your taste runs to intense drama, this is the play to see.Moby Dick, 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, through Sept. 24, Tacoma Youth Theater, 924 Broadway, Tacoma, tickets $10-$15, available at the door or Brown Paper Tickets @

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Woolworth Windows fall 2016

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/16/2016 - 7:20am

The latest installations by Spaceworks TacomaPublished in the Weekly Volcano, Sept. 15, 2016painting by Lauren Boilini, courtesy Spaceworks TacomaSpaceworks Tacoma’s latest installations in the Woolworth windows are big, bold and impressive.In the northernmost windows on Broadway are wire animal sculptures by Eva Funderburgh, who says she uses her “simple, emotive animal forms to examine human motives and emotions.” Her animals are hybrid forms, somewhere between realistic and ritualistic, see-through skeletal like tumbleweed or tangles of wire turned into animal forms, in this case a deer-like creature and something between a howling dog and a hyena. They bring to mind sculptures by Deborah Butterfield, but with more expressive movement and less of an attempt to be naturalistic.The next window down is filled with bold prints by various artists or groups of artists created during the 2016 Tacoma Wayzgoose Festival where artists make prints using a steamroller press on huge sheets of paper. The images are strong and often confrontational, some looking like scratchboard and woodblock prints, and many like revolutionary posters from the 1930s.Lauren Boilini’s wall-size painting executed directly on the wall in the corner space at 11th & Broadway is an open, brushy and drippy abstract-expressionist work. Since the painting rounds the corner, it cannot be taken in all in a single glance. On the wall are abstract shapes in blue on a white wall barely recognizable as a street scene with flying giant birds. The paint drips onto the floor to form islands and puddles of green and red. The artist says, “Recently I have been drawn to images of battles and duels, where opposing forces fight for the same space. I am interested in what drives us to violence and destruction of life.”The most awesome (in the sense of fearful) installation is Nola Avienne’s “Ashflow” in the Commerce Street window. It depicts a pyroclastic eruption made of rocks, iron filings, wool, spray foam, fabric and sand. It depicts a still moment with lava flow and ash as in a stop-motion photograph. It is dark, gritty, heart-stopping. And beyond my descriptive abilities. You must see it for yourself. Take your time, let it sink in. And perhaps keep in mind that within sight of where you are standing is an active volcano.Woolworth Windows, 11thand Broadway and 11th and Commerce, seven days, 24 hours, through November 17.

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