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)