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Hallowzine: a Fundraiser for the Olympia Zine Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 11/01/2014 - 4:00pm

Come help us raise money to reserve a space for the Olympia Zine Fest in 2015! This bash will feature:
* Spooky mixes by DJ Wildman James
* Tarot readings by Sage Adderley
* Dancing (if you’re into it)
* A costume contest with awesome prizes
* A raffle of great items including a collectible one of a kind zine created in realtime and a free table at the zinefest!
* Kombucha mocktails and bake sale delicacies to slake your thirst and curb your hunger

$5 entry includes one raffle ticket, you can buy more for just a buck each.

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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:00pm

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
Vessels
Lo’ There Do I See My Brother
Redeem The Exile
Harvest States
Believer
MC Swamptiger
Sorrow’s Edge
A Friend
Esoteria

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 3PM!

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Oly Freakdown Fest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 12:00pm

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!
*Costume Contest on this day*

BANDS:
Like Vultures
For The Likes Of You
Dissimulator
Countless The Dead
The Lion In Winter
From The Future
Brightside
Thistopia
Ocean Breathes Salty
Twisted Heroes

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 3PM!

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Volunteer Meeting

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 5:00pm

Come one, come all, come volunteer for your local all ages venue. NOTE: this is a Thursday, not our usual Monday!
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Chasms, All Your Sisters, TransFX and Jesus on the Moon

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sun, 10/19/2014 - 5:00pm

Sunday, October 19th, doors at 8pm

Chasms (SF)
Dream / Sleep Genius
http://chasmssf.bandcamp.com/
Chasms craft percussive dirges with pummeling drum programming, hypnotizing guitar work and haunting vocals that resonate as if from another realm. Drawing upon the dreamy goth and post-punk of 1980s-era 4AD Records, the duo combines familiar shoegaze affectations with the heaviness of doom metal, drone and industrial genres.

ALL YOUR SISTERS (SF)
Beläten | Post Avantgarde Pop / Weyrd Son Records / Young Cub Records
http://belaten.bandcamp.com/album/modern-failures
All Your Sisters take on the post-punk paradigm is decidedly non-retro. The basic building blocks are there; heavy drum machine rhythms, pumping melodic bass lines, swaths of atmospheric guitars and cold synth melodies, but where many bands are content to wallow in the shadows of their influences, All Your Sisters sounds like the future.

TRANSFX (Olympia)
http://transfix.bandcamp.com/

Jesus on the Moon (Puyallup)
https://www.facebook.com/JesusOnTheMoon

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Buzz One Four!

K Records - Sat, 10/18/2014 - 8:10pm
Our pal Matt McCormick is a film maker and tireless booster for underground film in Portland, Oregon. Through his Rodeo Film Company he has created such endearing documentaries as The Great Northwest, The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal and American Nutria (with narration by our own Calvin Johnson). His latest project is Buzz One Four, […]
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Anna Gordon & The Van Allen Belt & Swoon & Beatrix Sky

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 5:00pm

Friday, October 17th, doors at 8pm

ANNA GORDON … Olympia via Seattle acoustic folk
*http://annagordon.bandcamp.com/
*http://www.soundcloud.com/anna-gordon
*https://www.facebook.com/annagordonmusic

THE VAN ALLEN BELT … Pittsburgh pop
*http://www.thevanallenbelt.com/
*http://thevanallenbelt.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/thevanallenbelt

SWOON … Oly alt rock
*http://swoonolympia.bandcamp.com/
*https://www.facebook.com/SwoonOlympia

BEATRIX SKY … Oly synthwave
*https://beatrixsky.bandcamp.com/
*https://soundcloud.com/beatrixsky
*https://www.facebook.com/DaisyDeloresandTheDeadOrchids

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Van Allen Belt, photo by Heather Mull

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Tacoma Little Theatre’S ‘OFF THE SHELF’ presents MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE

South Sound Arts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:30am



Tacoma Little Theatre presents the emotional piece My Name is Rachel Corrie, directed by Niclas R. Olson and featuring Lauren Nance as Rachel. The production will be performed one night only, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
Rachel Corrie. Picture taken from the Rachel Corrie Memorial website
On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old from Olympia, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. My Name is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play composed from Rachel's own journals, letters and emails-creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali-loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, to work as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In the three sold-out London runs since its Royal Court premiere, the piece has been surrounded by both controversy and impassioned proponents, and has raised an unprecedented call to support political work and the difficult discourse it creates.
Tickets for the November 6, 2014 performance at 7:30pm are $10.00 for non TLT Members, and FREE for those who are members. Tickets may be purchased online at www.tacomalittletheatre.com, or by calling our Box Office at (253) 272-2281.
TLT's Off the Shelf is a new series of play readings. “We know that there is a tremendous amount of wonderful theatre that deserves to be heard but sometimes just doesn’t get an opportunity. With Off the Shelf, local directors and actors will be bringing some scripts to life that we hope you will find entertaining, challenging and educational to our stage. We hope that you’ll sit back and enjoy an evening of theatre. You never know, you might see one of these shows on our mainstage in the future,” says TLT artistic director Chris Serface.
Disclaimer: This is not my writing but is a press release from TLT printed with very few changes. I did see My Name is Rachel Corrie when it played at the Seattle Repertory Theatre a few years back, and I was tremendously moved by it. I highly recommend that South Sound theater-goers take advantage of this one-night-only opportunity to experience this intelligent and heartfelt performance.
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Marginals & Mystics: Collage Mixed Media by Evan Clayton Horback at Salon Refu

South Sound Arts - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 8:12am



Published in the Weekly Volcano, Oct. 16, 2014
Heading to Jersey, collageIt has been 100 years since Picasso and Braque invented the technique of collage. In more contemporary times the technique has degenerated to either warmed-up Kurt Schwitters or to bizarre and often comical combinations of surrealistic imagery which tend to be more gimmicky than artistic. Notable exceptions have been the works of Robert Rauschenberg and Romare Bearden.
Evan Clayton Horback, a relative newcomer to Olympia, has made the technique special again — art with integrity and class, art that is more Rauschenbergian and Schwitters, yet uniquely Horback. That’s what good artists do.
Horback is an East Coast transplant who should be showing his work in major galleries in Seattle and Portland and will be soon if there’s if there’s any justice in this world. Meanwhile, Susan Christian has thankfully recognized his talent and has given him an excellent showcase in her gallery, Salon Refu.
untitled collageThe show is a mixture of paintings and collages, and the paintings are truly collages in concept if not in technique. He sees collage not just as a technique for creating imagery but as a compositional tool, a means of arranging images, shapes, colors and textures in sometimes startling and always pleasing ways.
I didn’t count, but by rough estimate there are about 40 pieces in the show. All but one set of nine collages on book covers are rough in texture, most done on burlap pasted on board with the edges left in a rough state. I love the scruffy surfaces.
In close to half of the paintings and collages there are line drawings of faces or figures superimposed over collage elements. These line drawings are purposefully crude yet elegant and remind me a lot of drawings by Seattle artist Fay Jones as well as Andy Warhol’s early, pre-pop paintings and drawings. There are also a lot with fields of dots over collage elements. I would have a hard time explaining why, but these really work nicely.
“Oblations (X3)” is a set of three line drawings of young boys cropped at the top and repeated at the bottom to create the illusion of the kind of infuriating rolling television images that used to be common. The word “Triples” is written in script in blue on a diagonal band of black offering sharp contrasts which nevertheless fits with the repetitive figures.
The largest and one of the strongest paintings is “Subhadra,” a close-up image of a woman’s face cropped so all we see is chin and lips combined with a band of rectangular shapes in red, blue and yellow. The texture in this one is like an old billboard that has been ripped almost to shreds and the face looks like an enlarged halftone that has been driven over by a tractor.
This little gallery continues to offer shows by the very best artists in the area. Horback’s work is intelligent, honest and beautiful. You really should see this one.
Evan Clayton Horback: Marginals & Mystics, Thursday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m. through Oct. 26, Salon Refu 114 N Capitol Way, Olympia, info@salonrefu.com.




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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 019

K Records - Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:19pm
The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is also available from Stitcher and iTunes. This episode of the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard is an exploration of music discovered on a recent West Coast tour by the Hive Dwellers  (of which Calvin Johnson is a member, along with Ben Kapp and Gabriel Will). We follow the Hive Dwellers from Washington […]
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Brightside, Rookie Town, Trust Club, Wolf King, A Friend and Sullivan Street

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:00pm

Wednesday, October 15th, doors at 7pm

OCS Presents

Brightside – https://brightsideoly.bandcamp.com/
Rookie Town – https://rookietown.bandcamp.com/
Trust Club – San Francisco Post-Hardcore
Wolf King – Bay Area Blackened Hardcore – http://wolfking.bandcamp.com/
A Friend – http://afriends.bandcamp.com/

Sullivan Street – https://sullivanstreet.bandcamp.com/

All Ages | 7PM | $5

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Dan Attoe: Wednesday, October 22nd, 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:00pm

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Dan Attoe was born in 1975 in Bremerton, Washington.  He grew up in parts of Washingon, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin, and now lives in Washougal, Washington.  He received his BFA from the University of Wisconsin in ’98 and his MFA from the University of Iowa in ’04. Dan is represented by Peres Projects Berlin, Western Exhibitions in Chicago and Fourteen30 Contemporary in Portland, Oregon.  He has had several solo shows in Los Angeles, Chicago and Berlin, as well as several throughout Europe.

His most recent gallery solo shows were Landscapes with Water, at Peres Projects in Berlin in March 2014, and Dan Attoe at 1430 Contemporary in Portland in May 2014.  Dan has been in numerous group shows in galleries all over the world and several museums – including the Portland Art Museum.  He worked with and was part of the inspiration for a line of clothing by fashion designer Adam Kimmel in 2011.  Dan is also one of the founders of the art collaborative Paintallica whose most recent installation was at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. He enjoys the beauty and the culture in the Northwest and Portland where he sometimes teaches courses at Portland State University.

 

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Mecca Normal on Democracy Now!

K Records - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 1:54am
Recently the public radio series Democracy Now! ran an episode on Malachi Ritscher and his act of self-immolation, an anti-war statement of protest which inspired the Mecca Normal song “Malachi”. Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman conducted an in depth interview with Mecca Normal‘s Jean Smith and David Lester about Malachi Ritscher and about their work as […]
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Hey Lover, Needles and Pizza, Mythological Horses and Werecat

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 5:00pm

Monday, October 13th, doors at 8pm

*It’s Hey Lover’s Underground Tour!

HEY LOVER (Portland)
*http://www.heylovermusic.com/

NEEDLES AND PIZZA (Portland)
*http://needlesandpizza.com/

MYTHOLOGICAL HORSES (Alaska & Washington)
*http://mythologicalhorses.bandcamp.com/

WERECAT (Olympia)
*http://werecat.bandcamp.com/releases

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Ruby Fray U.S. Tour: Now!

K Records - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:35pm
Tonight is the beginning of the Ruby Fray U.S. Tour in celebration of their new Grackle [KLP251] album, which K unleashed upon the world two weeks back. The tour starts in New Orleans, LA at Dragon’s Den and on through the south: Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina. Ruby Fray continue up the East Coast and then […]
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Kinky Boots Comes to the 5th Ave.

South Sound Arts - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 9:19am



The cast of the First National Tour of Kinky Boots, coming to The 5th Avenue Theatre.
​Photo by Matthew Murphy
Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre’s latest show—or should I say extravaganza— is the smash Broadway musical Kinky Boots, which has just begun its national tour.
Despite the raucous music, wildly decadent costumes and flashy lighting effects, Kinky Boots is at heart a touching little story with a simple message about acceptance, courage and perseverance. Based on the hit movie of the same name, it tells the story of Charlie Price (Steven Booth), a young man struggling to figure out what he wants to do with his life who is tasked with saving the dying shoe factory in Northampton, England he has inherited from his father. On a trip to London with his fiancée, Nicola (Grace Stockdale), he meets a drag queen named Lola (Kyle Taylor Parker) and they talk about the flamboyant boots with high heels that drag queens wear and how they can’t hold up to the weight of men. Charlie flashes on building sturdy “kinky boots” as a means of saving the factory.
 Kyle Taylor Parker stars as Lola in the First National Tour of Kinky Boots, coming to The 5th Avenue Theatre. Photo by Matthew MurphyIt’s the story of how Charlie brings in Lola to help create a line of boots and how the middle class workers in the factory react to welcoming a drag queen into their world, and ultimately about the touching and very real relationship between Charlie and Lola. And of course every musical must have a love triangle. This one involves Charlie and his selfish and manipulative fiancée and Lauren (Lindsay Nicole Chambers), the sweet factory worker with the secret crush on him.
Kinky Boots the musical is based on the hit movie of the same title, which was in turn based on a true story. The book for the musical was written by the great Harvey Fierstein with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and direction and choreography by Jerry Mitchell.
Mitchell said he wanted the realism of the working-class British world suffused with the fabulousness of the theater. “I come from Paw-Paw, Michigan. It’s complete working class and there’s lot of my roots in those people,” Mitchell said. “I went to Northampton myself and hung out. And I toured the shoe factories . . . I knew the fabulous part of it; I knew I could do that part. I wanted to know what the real part was.”Parker, who was one of “Lola’s Angels” in the original Broadway production and played the part of Lola many times as an understudy, certainly has the fabulous part down pat, and he is believable and real and down to earth. There have been many, many portrayals of drag queens with stereotypical swishiness, but there is none of that in Parker’s portrayal. And he’s a hell of a dancer.
Booth, who is endearing as Charlie, has performed in Glory Days and Avenue Q on Broadway. He has a terrific voice and good moves—especially when he puts on the boots for the big finale (with credit to Mitchell and Booth for not overdoing it). The duet between Lola and Charlie, “Not My Father’s Son,” is one of the most moving moments in the play and one of the few quiet songs in a play replete with rocking show tunes. The other quiet and moving ballad is Lola’s solo on “Hold Me in Your Heart.”The first couple of songs, “Price & Son Theme” and “The Most Beautiful Thing in the World,” both performed by the full company, could have used a little more pizazz. But then it kicks into high gear when we visit the club where Lola and the Angels perform (“Land of Lola”).
Act one ends with a full-company rendition of the upbeat song, “Everybody Say Yeah”—an exultant celebration with dancing on a moving conveyor belt. Act two also ends with a celebratory anthem, “Raise You Up/Just Be,” again with the whole company and this time with a knockout light show (lighting designer Kenneth Posner, whose most impressive lighting in this show was the multitude of soft spots on Lola’s solo on “Hold Me in Your Heart”).
Striking performances were turned in by Stockdale as Nicole and Chambers as Lauren, and by Joe Coots as Don, a tough-guy factory worker.
David Rockwell’s scenic design, the Price & Son shoe factor interior and exterior, is gritty and impressive.One of the very few sore spots for me was an unnecessary maudlin moment when they went overboard trying to milk sympathy at the end of the beautiful “Hold Me in Your Heart” by bringing Lola’s father into the scene.
Interesting behind-the-scenes stories were provided by Mitchell in a print interview provided to the press. One of those was that they had to build the conveyor belts and try them out, and “I got on it and I wiped out, probably four or five times . . .” so they added bars for safety which became part of the choreography as dancers used the bars for swinging and jumping. The other interesting back story was that like the original factory they had to go through many trials in order to make boots what would stand up to large men dancing in them during eight two-and-a-half-hour shows a week.
Kinky Boots won six Tony awards, including Best Musical, Best Score (Cyndi Lauper) and Best Choreography (Jerry Mitchell).
Tues-Wed. 7:30 p.m., Thurs-Fri. 8 p.m., Sat- 2 and 8 p.m., Sun. 1:30 and 7 p.m.5th Ave. Theatre, 1308 5th Ave., Seattle,Tickets start at $45.25, (206) 625-1900 or (888) 5TH-4TIX.

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Quintron: Weather for the Blind!

K Records - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 1:15am
Everyone talks about the weather, but no one ever does anything about it – until now! Our favorite Drum-Buddy Maestro, Swamp-Tech enthusiast, mutated party activist, Ninth Ward drum corps. troop leader and New Orleans Katrina Relief volunteer Quintron has established a new service that offers a unique audio experience based on the ever-changing weather, Weather […]
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Hysterics Final Show in Olympia! With Bricklayer and VEXX

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 5:00pm

Friday, October 10th, doors at 8pm. Advance tickets may be purchased here:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/860542

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