Arts & Entertainment

GURAM GURAM + HEATWARMER + CONVICT

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 5:00pm

Saturday, August 2nd, 8pm

CONVICT – loud fast bitchin’

Heatwarmer – sonic wizards from Seattle playing shred heavy synth rock dance jams and electric clarinet
http://heatwarmer.bandcamp.com/

GURAM GURAM – Duran Duran covers played backwards and half speed on the harp
http://lenbennard.bandcamp.com/album/guram-guram-and-the-mysteries-of-the-cosmic-chipseal

guramguram

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Yonatan Gat (ex-MONOTONIX) + Calvin Johnson + Arrington de Dionyso

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 5:00pm

Friday, August 1st, 8pm

YONATAN GAT (ex-Monotonix)
w/ local support from CALVIN JOHNSON
and ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO

http://www.yonatangat.com/
http://yonatangat.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/yonatangat2

A masterful guitarist, Gat recently won Village Voice’s “Best Guitarist of 2013″. His power trio is experienced on the floor inside the audience, tearing through “a wholly fresh fusion of psychedelic sounds and rhythms from around the globe, with nods to free jazz and served with an unabashed punk spirit”. Gat’s genre-bending and border shattering (quite literally) guitar assumes simultaneous lead and rhythm duties blending punk rock with Middle Eastern styles, backed by Gal Lazer’s hard-hitting African-influenced grooves and Sergio Sayeg’s (of Brazilian psychedelic rockers Garotas Suecas) melodic anchor.

“Monotonix guitar virtuoso Yonatan Gat has reinvented himself as a world-music riff maven” – Time Out New York

“Tropical psych-pop shredding” – Orlando Weekly

“Kaleidoscopic” – SPIN

“Gat’s Jimi-Hendrix-meets-Godzilla guitar tone is the instrument by which the band brings the arena-rock experience within your immediate reach and, because of the energy level relative to the scale, makes it more explosive and cathartic than anything you could ever see on a bigger stage” – NY Press

“While Monotonix exploits every cubic inch of a venue with vigor, Gat seems to want to scour every corner of the world, with equal intensity” – Chattanooga Pulse

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YonatanGat

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Wauby + Fruit Juice + Calliope

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 5:00pm

Wednesday, July 23 at 8:00pm

WAUBY … Oly indie pop
*http://wauby.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/Wauby

FRUIT JUICE … Oly psych glam
*http://store.swoonrecords.com/album/terra-fi
*https://www.facebook.com/fruitjuiceband

CALLIOPE … Oly experimental electronic indie
*https://www.facebook.com/calliopeband

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wauby

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LA Takedown, Nicholas Krgovich and Peter David Connelly

Tuesday, July 2 at 8:00pm

L.A Takedown (http://latakedown.bandcamp.com/) featuring esteemed former Olympian Jessica Espeleta on tour with Nicholas Krgovich (No Kids, Mount Eerie, Nite Jewel) and Peter David Connelly will be joining us to balance out the deep, tinted L.A. summer heat vibrations with the perfect rope swing jump into that perfect PNW lake on your perfect summer day. Take off your shades and GET WET!

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july 22nd show

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Volunteer Meeting!

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 5:00pm

Volunteer meetings are always the third Monday of every month- come check us out! As always, ALL are welcome, that includes ALL AGES!

Jefferson_Airplane-Volunteers_(album_cover)

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Dame Darcy Art Auction!

K Records - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 2:21pm
The inimitable Dame Darcy is auctioning off precious artwork from the deeply satisfying comic book Meat Cake #7. This is a once in a life time opportunity to own a piece of the Cake! Go HERE to view the auction items and bid on a Dame Darcy original. Go HERE to view Dame Darcy‘s latest […]
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South Sound Arts - Sun, 07/20/2014 - 2:31pm
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LAKE, House Show, Olympia!

K Records - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 1:01am
There are so many house shows going down in Olympia these days that it is hard to keep track of what when where. LAKE have played several this spring into summer. When I called Mark Morrison (in above photog with fellow LAKE members Ashley Eriksson and Andrew Dorsett) about this particular event I witnessed in […]
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Young Frankenstein at Tacoma Musical Playhouse

South Sound Arts - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 4:09pm
From left: Igor, Frau Blüche, Dr. Frankenstein and Inga. Photos by Kat Dollarhide

Monster and blind manDr. Frankenstein, Inga and Igor
Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein” is one of the funniest musicals ever written. The stage musical, which came after the popular movie by Brooks and Gene Wilder, premiered at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre in 2007 before going to Broadway. I reviewed it then for The News Tribune and said it was outstanding, but other reviewers did not rave, and it had a less than stellar run on Broadway.

The local production at Tacoma Musical Playhouse drags a bit in the first act, but the second act more than makes up for any shortcomings in the first.

Both the 1974 movie and the play are spoofs of genre horror films with upbeat song-and-dance numbers and Borscht Belt humor. The scenario is that Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (Stephen Bucheit), grandson of the notorious Dr. Victor Von Frankenstein, creator of the monster, is a well-respected Dean of Anatomy at the Johns, Miriam and Anthony Hopkins School of Medicine in New York. Upon the death of his ancestor, he visits the family castle in Transylvania and is seduced by the lovely Inga (Allyson Jacobs-Lake) into taking up his mad grandfather’s work. With help from his grandfather’s house keeper, Frau Blücher (Shelleigh-Mairi Ferguson) and humpbacked servant, Igor (Jeffrey Bassett), he creates a new monster (played by James Walters, who also doubles as the ghost of the original Dr. Frankenstein).

The early scenes are contrived and seem to be straining for comic effect – particularly the going away scene with Frankenstein and Elizabeth (Dana Johnson). Elizabeth’s song, “Please Don’t Touch Me” is a great comic idea that doesn’t quite work. But things get livelier when Dr. Frankenstein goes to Transylvania and meets with Igor and Inga. Igor is one of the best comic characters of all time, and Bassett plays him beautifully, rivaling the great Marty Feldman, who played Igor in the movie; and Inga’s hayride song, “Roll in the Hay” is the first spark to enliven a play that until that moment had been plodding like the neighing horses that pull their wagon (and who neigh hilariously and oddly every time Frau Blücher’s name is spoken). Inga’s yodeling in this song and later in the love scene, cracks the audience up.

Things get much livelier once the monster comes alive and insanely brilliant when the monster and the ensemble sing and dance Irving Berlin’s “Putting on the Ritz.” This number is proof positive that Brooks is a comic genius, and the cast and crew (and let’s not forget Jeff Stvrtecky’s orchestra) do it to perfection.

The blind hermit vignette with John Miller (who doubles as Inspector Hans Kemp) belting out a great and passionate rendition of the poignant “Please Send Me Someone,” is like something out of Monty Python but with a huge hearts – moving enough to forgive his ludicrous wig and beard. After an unexpected plot twist in a cave in the deep forest, Johnson sings the love song “Deep Love” with conviction, dropping the nasal lisp she adopted in earlier scenes, and later still, Walters, an accomplished operatic tenor, belts out the reprise of “Deep Love” with even more passion.

The first act is a moderately funny extended set-up for the explosive and joyous second act, which is so great I would sit through a reading of the phone book to get to it.

Kudos also to Bruce Haasl for a great set and as always to Stvrtecky for his fabulous music.

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 3
WHERE: Tacoma Musical Playhouse at The Narrows Theatre, 7116 Sixth Ave., Tacoma
TICKETS: $20-$29
INFORMATION: 253-565-6867, http://www.tmp.org

Coming up: a review of Animal Fire Theatre’s outdoor performance of “Two Gentlemen of Verona” and Harlequin Productions’ “Middletown.”


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DEAD TO A DYING WORLD (TX) // UZALA // SHADOWS // BURIAL SUIT

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 5:00pm

Thursday, July 17, 8pm

Dead To A Dying World —> on tour from Dallas, TX!
deadtoadyingworld.bandcamp.com

UZALA —> ripping stoner doom from Boise/Portland!

Shadows —> yr fave local psych doom band!
http://shadows1.bandcamp.com/

Burial Suit—> awesome local metallic hardcore!
http://burialsuit.bandcamp.com/

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shadows

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Vacation

K Records - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 2:49pm
Last week I took a much needed vacation. Polly and I biked out to Grayland State Park on the Washington Coast and laid around on the beach. Got sunburned. Whenever I travel I like to do field recordings.  Most field recordists are looking to isolate and capture specific sounds, but I’ve always been much more […]
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P.W. Elverum Posting for the Unknown!

K Records - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:42am
Here’s Phil Elverum of P.W. Elverum & Sun stepping out of his auto in Olympia while making the rounds of prime posting locations. Ms. Mariella Luz greets him with her usual aplomb: Mr. Elverum carefully places a poster for the Anacortes Unknown Music Series on the door of the Dub Narcotic Studio: The Anacortes Unknown […]
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Flowers by Susan Christian

South Sound Arts - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:17am



The Weekly Volcano, July 17, 2014




Artist and gallery owner Susan Christian worried that it might not be kosher to exhibit her own paintings at her own gallery, Salon Refu, but many friends coaxed her into it so she set up a show of her own paintings — not her most recent work but some odd little flower paintings she did about 20 years ago. As with many of Christian’s paintings, these take some getting used to.
In order to explain why her work takes some getting used to I have to look back to about 1989 or 1990. She was doing paintings that I thought were too sparse and inelegant. Minimalist painting is hard enough to like because there’s not much there; so what is there has to be outstanding, striking in form and color. But her paintings were not so striking. What stands out most in my memory was a series of mountains — nothing so grand or exciting as, say, Cezanne’s faceted views of Mount St. Victoire, but rather just a lump of  a mountain with ground and sky, all painted with very little variation in form and rather dull in color. But the more I looked at them the more I began to realize that there was something strong, unpretentious, yet audacious about those paintings.
These flower paintings have much the same quality about them. They grew out of a series of batiks she attempted after a trip to Thailand in about 1994. They are paintings in acrylic on plain brown wrapping paper. Most of the pictures are of no more than two little clumps of flowers with one or two blooms on sinewy tendrils that either snake out from the edges of paintings or float on a flat, monotone background. There is no way to describe them without them sounding clunky and unappealing; yet I like them very much, and the longer I look at them the more I like them.
They also have cool titles like “Chastity,” “Remember My Name,” “Warning the Tourist” and “White Music.”
There are a couple with small clumps of flowers floating on acid yellow backgrounds that are particularly pleasing, and a group of four small paintings on the south wall on black backgrounds that seem to defy logic. Flowers at night visible without light or displayed on black velvet like specimens? These are some of my favorites.
“Warning the Tourist,” an acrylic painting with collage is the largest work in the show and the one that is totally different from all the rest. There are mountains and sea and smack-dab in the center a collaged image of flowers that look like they came out of a catalog. Something about this one reminds me of paintings by Fay Jones, although it’s not nearly as strange. I’m not crazy about this one, and it does not fit with the rest of the show.
Another one that I like a lot is called “Snake.” I like it because of the intense pink on the edge of a white flower and because of the strangeness of the circular form on the bottom left edge of the painting. I guess it is an unopened flower bud.
It may seem ironic, but one of the reasons these paintings are good is that the flowers are not particularly lovely. This is an admittedly personal bias: I have an aversion to paintings of beautiful subject matter like flowers and sunsets and pretty but coyly posed nudes. The ART should be beautiful, not the subject matter. If you just want pictures of pretty subjects, photographs are just fine. Christian’s flowers are not beautifully arranged and are on the verge of being wilted, so what you see is not the beauty of the flowers but the aesthetic quality of the colors, shapes and placement on the paper, and the visual interaction between the subject and the background. The placement and stark simplicity of the flowers — the slap-dash quality of the painting — makes the nuanced backgrounds come alive. Furthermore, these paintings do not look contrived; they looked like they just happened. I strongly suspect that Christian did not give much thought to what she was doing but approached the pictures in the manner of an athlete or a dancer, without much conscious thought but trusting that years of practice and study are ingrained in their bodies, eyes and hands, which react almost independent of thought.
This is a good show to see and maybe go back and see again.
Salon Refu, Thursday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m. through July 27, 114 N. Capitol Way, Olympia.
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CANCELLED- Mark Nelsen (of Electric Shepherd) and guests

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 5:00pm

Wednesday, July 16th, 8pm

Cancelled, bummer! Maybe next time…

marknelsen
http://www.silbermedia.com/qrd/archives/57MNelsen.html

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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 002

K Records - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 11:03am
On this edition of the Pink Elephant’s Gravecast Calvin Johnson explores the new Mirah album Changing Light [KLP253], the Barcelona record label Chin Chin, with a listen to their artists Los Urogallos and Las Chinchetas. There is a brief discussion of Gutterfest, a small press fair, which dovetails well into the Pine Hill Haints and their […]
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The Lemons at Dub Narocitc Studio!

K Records - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 1:52am
Last week the Lemons were touring through the Northwest with the Memories. They stopped by the Dub Narcotic Studio to say hello and hunt around for photogs of the Vaselines (we did find one, from a picnic at Loch Lomond in 1988 with Beat Happening and the Pastels). Below the Lemons are being shown around […]
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Brightside (CD release show!), The Dirty Nil, Noise Brigade

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 5:00pm

Tuesday, July 15th, 8pm

Brightside - Olympia Indie/Alternative Rock
CD release show for their new EP, ‘Common Decency’
http://brightsideoly.bandcamp.com/releases

The Dirty Nil – Punk rock from Ontario, Canada
In support of their new 7″ on Fat Wreck Chords!
http://thedirtynil.bandcamp.com/album/smite

Noise Brigade – Anchorage, AK Pop-punk
http://noisebrigade.bandcamp.com/album/the-pros-and-cons-of-moving-on

brightside

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