Arts & Entertainment

Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 11:00am

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

Evergreen Noise, FLY, Bones Cvlt, OPP and OCS presents..

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!

BANDS:
Motion (Tour Homecoming!)
Vessels (Tour Homecoming!)
Believer
Bréag Naofa
A God or an Other
Toarn
Countless The Dead
For the Likes of You
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Mi Amore Cadenza
The Lion in Winter
Thistopia
Redeem the Exile
The Further
A Friend
Brightside
Sorrow’s Edge
Heathen Washington
Gunslinger

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Buy tickets at:
http://olyfreakdown14.brownpapertickets.com/
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

When:
October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 2PM!

We are accepting band submissions for consideration. Please contact Joey Cristina joey@ourcityshows.com

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:00am

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

Evergreen Noise, FLY, Bones Cvlt, OPP and OCS presents..

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!

BANDS:
Motion (Tour Homecoming!)
Vessels (Tour Homecoming!)
Believer
Bréag Naofa
A God or an Other
Toarn
Countless The Dead
For the Likes of You
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Mi Amore Cadenza
The Lion in Winter
Thistopia
Redeem the Exile
The Further
A Friend
Brightside
Sorrow’s Edge
Heathen Washington
Gunslinger

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

Buy tickets at:
http://olyfreakdown14.brownpapertickets.com/
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

When:
October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 2PM!

We are accepting band submissions for consideration. Please contact Joey Cristina joey@ourcityshows.com

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Volunteer Meeting!

Hey high school and college kids! Why not give yourself a break from studying for your many classes by volunteering at Northern? All work and no play, etc.
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Welcome to the The Evergreen State College Art Lecture Series, 2014-2015

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Sun, 09/14/2014 - 10:20pm

The series takes place in Lecture Hall 1 at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, on 4-5 Wednesdays per quarter, from 11:30-1:00 pm. Free to the public, Evergreen’s visual arts programs offer an opportunity to hear local, national and international interdisciplinary artists, writers and art workers speak about their work.

The Art Lecture Series is facilitated by Shaw Osha,  oshas@evergreen.edu

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Chung Antique // Golden Drugs (Oakland) // Clayface // Derek M Johnson

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 5:00pm

Saturday, September 13th, doors at 8pm

Chung Antique
www.chungantique.bandcamp.com

Golden Drugs (Oakland//members of Twin Steps)
www.goldendrugs.bandcamo.com

Clayface
www.clayface1.bandcamp.com

Derek M Johnson
www.soundcloud.com/derekmjohnson

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Studio Tech’s Corner: Paintjob Part 1

K Records - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 11:10am
After 3 years of labor, things are pretty much working in the studio, so I’m starting to have time to build new equipment. Surprisingly what’s hard about building gear has nothing to do with electronics, and everything to do with stuffing all that shit in a box. Getting the knobs facing the right way. Fucking […]
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Marita Dingus at UPS

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 8:33am





Marita Dingus is one of Seattle's most unique and well-known artists, renowned for works made from scrap materials such as bent wire and often depicting and commenting on the African American experience. For years she made art about the institution of slavery including a monumental, room-size figure of a slave and a wall hanging of the galley of a slave ship. Local art lovers should recall her work at Museum of Glass and Francine Seders Gallery in Seattle, and a previous show at Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound.

The show is called "They Still Hold Us," which refers to "the persistence of invisible forces that contain and restrict" people of color from prospering. Dingus says the fences and shackles in this exhibition refer to such things as prisons and biased law enforcement, which disproportionately affect people of color.

It is a dark, ominous, and yet wondrous exhibition.

Along the front wall is a group of wall hangings with titles such as "Fence" and "Fence With Flowers," made of wire and cloth and a variety of discarded materials in repetitive forms with "fences" made of black cloth and things stuck to the fences, such as flowers and leaves in greens and earth tones and in some cases dark red leaves. You might think of leaves and flowers as light and joyful, but these are dark and heavy, wind-blown and jammed uncomfortably into the fences. The metaphor is not obvious, but once realized causes the heart to skip a beat.

On the end wall next to these is a group of three heavy black draped cloths with red teardrops or drops of blood called "As If It Had Rained Blood." And in front of this piece is an installation of groups of chain links or cufflinks of connected cloth and wire that hang from the ceiling, extending the imprisonment metaphor. It is called "Shackles." Aesthetically these two groups work together as a single installation.
On the back wall are more fence pieces and a group of skeletons. Instead of leaves and flowers, black hands are stuck to these fences. One of the skeletons is made of delicately twisted-together white wire that is barely visible against the white wall. One of the more emphatic pieces is a black rag doll with an exterior skeleton of white wire.

Also included are two almost traditional quilts made of old cloth with pieces in an open weave pattern. There is an ancient look to these as if rotted away over time - perhaps remnants of quilts found in a slave shack from the mid-19th century. The open weave also resonates with the fences.

The Marita Dingus show is being held in conjunction with the 2014 Race & Pedagogy National Conference to be held Sept. 25-27. In the back gallery there is an exhibition of blown and engraved glass by Sarah Gilbert.
Skeleton Fence by Marita Dingus
"THEY STILL HOLD US," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., through Sept. 27, Kittredge Gallery, University of Puget Sound, 1500 N. Warner St., Tacoma, 253.879.3701

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Murray Morgan Bridge Mural Dedication

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:18am
What: “The Hands that Built Tacoma” Mural Dedication
Where: below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock St. and S. 11th Street
When: Saturday, September 20, 3 – 3:30 pm
Cost: Free!In celebration of Tacoma’s working waterfront, Nick Goettling’s “The Hands that Built Tacoma” will be dedicated during a public Maritime Fest event on Sept. 20, from 3 – 3:30 p.m., below the Murray Morgan Bridge at the corner of Dock and 11th streets.
“We are pleased to add this powerful mural that pays tribute to Tacoma’s rich history to the City’s art collection,” said Tacoma Arts Administrator Amy McBride.  “It’s bold and bright, tells a great story, and gives visual interest to both motorists and pedestrians.”
The mural was commissioned by the City of Tacoma as part of the Murray Morgan Bridge rehabilitation.  Built in 1913, the Murray Morgan Bridge was closed in 2007 due to safety concerns, and restored and reopened 100 years later, in 2013. This $12,000 mural commission is part of an interpretive information plan to tell the story of the bridge and celebrate its connection to the Foss Waterway.Goettling is a Gig Harbor artist who received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on narrative painting and drawing.  His work has been exhibited nationally, and more information on him is available at nickalas.com.
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Oh, Rose++Camp Wisdom++Sister Palace++Golden Hour

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 5:00pm

Thursday, September 11, doors at 8pm

OH, ROSE … Olympia acoustic indie
*http://ohrose.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/ohrosemusic

CAMP WISDOM … Olympia power folk’n'roll
*https://campwisdom.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/campwisdomband

SISTER PALACE … Portland garage rock
*http://sistersatthepalace.tumblr.com/
*https://sisterpalace.bandcamp.com/

GOLDEN HOUR … Portland devotional pop
*https://goldenhourband.bandcamp.com/

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K Pocket Tee!

K Records - Thu, 09/11/2014 - 12:24pm
Someone recently wrote us an email requesting our logo on a shirt, and added that a pocket tee might be a nice touch — Calvin agreed! So here it is, to feed your fashion fancy: the K Pocket Tee! Chic, fashion-forward, and practical, the K Pocket Tee is available in a while array of sizes […]
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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 013

K Records - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 3:05pm
We’ve been acquiring new artifacts to store in the K place of choice, the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard. Phonograph records are stored elsewhere (the DJ Booth) – releases of today and newly uncovered documents of our collective recorded history. On this episode of the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard hosts Calvin Johnson (Selector Dub Narcotic) and Ian Vanek […]
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Skrill Meadow Private Memories Infomercial

K Records - Wed, 09/10/2014 - 1:31am
The Skrill Meadow album Private Memories explained in full by this “infomercial”. Skrill Meadow is the brainchild of Mark Morrison (seen in the above “infomercial”), also an integral member of LAKE whose album The World Is Real [KLP246] was recently released by K. Skrill Meadow‘s Private Memories album is available from the K Mail Order […]
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Blithe Spirit at Olympia Little Theatre

South Sound Arts - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 10:15am
Meghan Goodman, Roddy Matthew Lee, Sophie Parody
Roddy Matthew Lee, Lark Church, Meghan GoodmanI have to say this is going to be a difficult review to write. I guess I might as well plunge right in and start by saying I did not enjoy this play. The play is Blithe Spirit at Olympia Little Theatre, written by Noel Coward. The OLT performance is directed by Kendra Malm. I know it has been popular since its premiere in London’s West End early in 1941, and I know that Coward was a much-respected playwright, so I’m thinking that maybe I should have enjoyed it more than I did. The fault seems to be Coward’s script more than with Malm and company’s production, although I saw some minor problems opening night.I reviewed this show when it played Tacoma Little Theatre six years ago, and I searched my blog for that review — hoping, perhaps, that the earlier review would give me some clue as to why I could not get into this one; not that I like comparing different theater’s takes on the same play, somehow that does not seem fair (even though I’m not sure why). That was a convoluted sentence, but I’m leaving it as is.I gave the TLT show a rather kind but not enthusiastic review. Could it be that I was being more kind than honest? Of course the actors and director were different, but in both productions they were/are mostly experienced and good at what they do. The difference in a proscenium stage and a thrust stage with seating on three sides can be significant, but this OLT set by Matthew Moeller is excellent — quite beautiful, in fact — and Malm’s blocking provides comfortable movement and viewing throughout, so the stage layout shouldn’t make a difference. Also of note are the outstanding period costumes by Diana Purvine.One big difference, and I wouldn’t have known this if I had not re-read my earlier review, is that director Steve Tarry cut 35 minutes from the TLT version, and considering Coward’s dry British humor, that probably resulted in a huge improvement. At OLT the play started at 8 p.m., and we didn’t get out of the theater until 11:15. There were three acts with two ten-minute intermissions. That’s a long time for modern American audiences accustomed to two-act, two-hour plays with more action.Did I mention the droll humor? There were a lot of laughs, but not of the knee-slapping, tears-down-the-cheek variety.Novelist and socialite Charles Condomine (Roddy Matthew Lee) has in mind a novel involving the supernatural, so he invites a spiritualist, Madame Arcati (Lark Church) to perform a séance. Charles, of course, doesn’t believe in séances; he’s doing it for research for his book, and just a little bit so he and his wife, Ruth (Meaghan Goodman) can make fun of Madame Arcati behind her back. Also there for the evening are their friends Dr. Bradman (John Pratt) and Mrs. Bradman (Toni Murray), and their maid, Edith (Sarah May). At one point during the séance the table starts shaking wildly, Madame Arcati passes out, and Charles’s ex-wife, Elvira (Sophie Parody) appears from “the other side.” Elvira, dead now some seven years, has come to stay, and Charles cannot convince her to go back to wherever it is she came from. Nobody else can see or hear her. Ruth refuses to believe she’s there and thinks Charles must have been drunk when he thought he saw her, until Elvira moves a vase, which to Ruth of course appears to have been lifted by an invisible hand. Up until the séance starts, a too-long buildup to the main action, there is a lot of busy stuff with props. There is way too much pouring of drinks and setting them down and refilling them before they're emptied. It got confusing to me. It seemed that drinks were set down and forgotten and then picked up by the wrong person, and I couldn’t tell if that was intentional and done for comic effect or not, or even if it actually happened. It was more distracting than funny. It did, however, make more sense when Ruth later accused Charles of drinking too much.I will not divulge what happens after Elvira is summoned by the medium.The acting throughout is competent but not exciting. The best acting by far is turned in by Goodman and Church. Goodman is enjoyably expressive as the skeptical, sometimes haughty and often angry wife. Church plays the broadest comedic parts with great style. I loved the way she faints. Parody is suitably ghostly and nicely portrays biting disdain of her ex-husband’s current wife. Plus she moves nicely, and again ghostly, while dancing to a recording of the popular song “Always.”I did not enjoy Lee’s portrayal of Charles. I thought his range of expression was lacking, and I thought both Pratt and Murray were able but not compelling in the almost throwaway parts of the Bradman’s. The maid, Edith, is also a throwaway part. May does as good a job as possible in a part that gives her little to work with.There were some bothersome glitches opening night that were as unintentionally funny as any of the punchlines, most noticeably when some special effects happened before they were supposed to. It also bothered me that someone put on a recording of “That Old Black Magic” by Louis Prima and Keely Smith which I think was not recorded until after the play was set. I researched this and found that it was recorded in the same year the play premiered. (The time period is listed as the 1940s, so it may be possible that the Condomines had that record in their collection, but it’s highly unlikely.) Yes, I know I’m being picky. WHEN: 7:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday through Sept. 28WHERE: Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave., NE, OlympiaTICKETS: $10-$14 ($2 student discount), available at Yenney Music Company on Harrison Avenue (360-943-7500) or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/23136 INFORMATION: 360-786-9484, http://olympialittletheater.org/
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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 012

K Records - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 11:03am
The Pink Elephant’s Graveyard cannot be denied. Located in the far reaches of that nebulous body known as the interweb, K has been stashing valuable artifacts there for your retrieval. What is K? A fair question to which we can only point upward, to the upper  echelons of the etherworld where relevant K artifacts are […]
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Casey Neill and the Norway Rats + Trees and Timber + June Madrona

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 5:00pm

Friday, September 5th, doors at 8pm

CASEY NEILL AND THE NORWAY RATS: Portland jangle rock
*http://www.caseyneill.org/
*https://www.facebook.com/caseyneillandthenorwayrats

JUNE MADRONA: Olympia dark folk (Bicycle Records)
*http://junemadrona.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/junemadrona

TREES AND TIMBER: Tacoma garage pop (Swoon Records)
*http://treesandtimber.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/TreesAndTimber

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Casey Neill and the Norway Rats

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Group show at Art House Designs

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/05/2014 - 11:33am


Published in the Weekly Volcano, Sept. 4,2014
“Mouth of the Skokomish River” mixed media by
Susie EngelstadIt’s been a long time since I’ve visited Art House Designs in Olympia. Since I was last there they have remodeled with larger display spaces, and the place is jam-packed with art. Susie Engelstad, Mia Shulte, Simon Kogan, Tom Anderson and Rose Nichols are just a handful of the many artists represented.
Much of the art is of a type I tend to dismiss as too common or trite or decorative or sweet, but if I take off my snob hat for a moment I have to admit that most of it is well done — more than merely competent.
There are tons of pictures by Engelstad, nearly all brightly colored landscapes. Two in particular caught my eye: “Mouth of the Skokomish River” and “Lake Cushman.” 
“I did those on my I-Pad,” Engelstad said. Or maybe she said I-Pod. I was looking at the art and not playing close attention to what she said. Both landscapes are small, approximately 8-by-10 inches and look like colorized digital prints taken from photographs of the lake and river, into which she has sewn fine lines in silver thread and tiny glass beads. Her colors are rich and velvety, and I particularly like the aerial view of the Skokomish River. Aerial views of landscapes tend by their very nature to verge on the abstract and often have the look of quilts. The addition of the sewing plus meandering red, blue and green lines enhances this look in a nice way and add a feeling of shallow depth.
Shulte is showing a group of three ink and pastel abstract paintings that are lyrical and restful despite the energetic sweep of her forms. There is one mostly blue painting that looks like a burst of light in a dark room. I didn’t see this at first, but after studying a photo of it on the gallery’s Facebook page I noticed that the explosion of light looks like a walking man.
Kogan is showing three small oil-on-board landscapes, among other paintings, that are nicely composed with a mysterious look — one gets the impression these are scenes far, far away from any urban center. His colors, predominantly dark blues and greens, are rich and dark, and where there is light it shines. There is something timeless about them. They could easily be seen as farmland in Western Washington of the countryside in Russia in the 19th century.
Nichols is showing three small oil on board landscapes with trees and hills reflected in water, and one reclining nude. They all look so soft that I thought they were pastels or perhaps watercolors. Reflecting back on my opening statement, these are images of a type I usually find to be trite and clichéd, but as done by Nichols’ they are quite attractive. The nude in particular is interesting because of the color changes and the way it works into the background. The woman’s legs are bright orange fading into light skin tones in the body and into a dark, purple-gray face that blends into the background. In the breast area and nowhere else there is some impasto paint that lends solidity to an otherwise amorphous figure.Anderson’s abstract paintings are solid and iconic like carvings on the façade of buildings.
Art House Design, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tue.-Fri, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sat., no closing date set, 420 Franklin St SE, Olympia, Washington
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The Hinges Super Mini Tour with Liv Carrow and Woolen Warrior (Sam Gray)

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 5:00pm

Thursday September 4th, doors at 8pm

Liv Carrow
http://livcarrowmusic.bandcamp.com/
an amazing writer and singer from New York who can spin a story into colors and put the moonlight in your eyes

with
the Hinges
https://www.facebook.com/pages/THE-HINGES/123009821137527
http://thehinges1.bandcamp.com/

and
Woolen Warrior (Sam Gray)
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Woolen-Warrior/520791634650897
http://woolenwarrior.bandcamp.com/

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