Arts & Entertainment

Northern Closure

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 12/15/2014 - 7:59pm

Northern will be closing its doors at the current Legion Way location and reopening in late January or February as part of the Midnight Sun. Stay tuned for more news! And remember, Northern loves you.


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Northern Craft and Rummage Sale!

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 12/06/2014 - 12:00pm

Once again, Northern is providing you, the consumer, with a premiere hyperlocal shopping opportunity that will empower you to find all of your perfect holiday gifts in one convenient location. Vendor’s table fees support Northern/the Olympia All Ages Project as we prepare for our next new adventure hosting shows at The Midnight Sun?. There will be beverages, snacks, and good cheer abounding for this evening shopping experience.


Antiquated Future
Antiquated Future is a store for independently-created artifacts of the heart. Zine distro, tape label, and pop-up shop out of Portland, Or. and Olympia, Wa.

Blissful Wunders
Hand rolled chocolate truffles, dairy, vegan, diabetic friendly, gluten free/wheat free.

Catacomb Collectibles
Vintage and oddities for the masses.

Chelsea the Baker
Chelsea the Baker sells comics for all ages and one-of-a-kind illustrations drawn right before your very eyes. She takes requests, too!

Community Print
Letterpress and other fine printing from the Community Print collective, an Olympia arts institution for over 20 years. Help us to raise money for our upcoming move! Ask us about our proficiency classes!

Cuddle Manor (aka Mike and Sunday)
Olympia’s most unremarkable couple bring you the Bad Neighbors card game (incredibly easy to learn and playable in 15 minutes or less!) and Sunday’s first novel in print, the acclaimed* E Galactic Mu (*almost a dozen reviews!). One look and your friends and family will know you “bought local” this year!

Duck Duck Bags and Accessories
Handmade goods by Kailey Dawn, thoughtfully designed and crafted for the Northwest with cotton duck canvas, recycled sail cloth and waterproof vinyl.

Little General Food Shop
Food gift baskets in a variety of sizes for your grandma, your sweetheart, or your colleague.

May Day Press- Catherine Alice Michaelis
May Day Press is a print shop creating artist books & prints using a variety of techniques since 1992.

Mercy Me Designs
Handmade clothing and accessories using organic and natural fibers.

Oddfellows is a mother daughter run business. We specialize in handmade canvas bags and cold pressed soaps. We make the soaps and the bags in our homes. We also curate small gift bags that include lip balm, spoon butter (for oiling wood), hand towels, kitchen towels and aprons. We make all our products from hand using fine and exquisite materials. Our bags are made from quality, durable canvas and our soap making process is palm oil free.

Polly’s notecards and calendars are handprinted using linoleum blocks, on 100% recycled paper with high-quality inks using handcarved linoleum blocks. The designs are inspired by nature and what Polly finds around her West Olympia home throughout the year.

Pope Press
Pope Press Olympia is a Letterpress and Book Arts teaching studio in Olympia, Washington. Pope Press offers classes and workshops with local artists, press rentals and open studio hours. Come and learn how to print with us!

Roni Moran
Roni makes paintings, coffee tables & a lamp or two. Once in awhile she has an Etsy listing- but usually her mom buys it.

Roseroot Herbes: Community Supported Apothecary
Offering a variety of botanical products made exclusively with plants grown on our farm in NE Olympia or ethically wildcrafted from local forests. These include tinctures, tea blends, salves and balms, infused vinegars and honeys, bulk herbs, spice blends, elixers and syrups, and flower essences.

Space Diamond Jewelry
Space Diamond jewelry designs are made with a vision of simplicity; combining antique and new pieces alike to compliment one another; joining both time and space to jewelry pieces. The result is in each piece, simple yet bold designs which are each unique. Most all pieces used are antique and not one piece is exactly the same.

Tea Time, Inc.
Tea Time, Inc makes clothing inspired by anything Victorian, Edwardian, Steampunk, Lolita, Sci-fi, Gothic, or related to maps at all.

Tea Toast Threads
Caps for sale! Wool caps and other apparel to keep you and your friends toastea.

The Twisted Twigster
A variety of beautiful handcrafted wooden housewares. Natural or live edged, made from locally sourced wood. Ramon makes most of his own finishes, all natural with no petroleum products.

Vinny and Vernelle
All available pieces from The Black Market Collection of one of a kind reworked vintage jewelry will be up for grabs as well as my new fine silver work

Warm Shape
Solid color knitwear from Lindsay Schief.

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All Your Friend’s Friends: Luvva J Kitchen Freestyle

K Records - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 6:02pm
Luvva J making an appearance at the K office in Olympia, Washington, Oct. 2014.  An Olympia hip hop icon, Luvva J is an artist, activist and has a radio show on community station KAOS-FM, Live from I-5. More information about Luvva J can be gleaned from the ver informative Oly Icons: Luvva J. Luvva J […]
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Stardust: 21 Years of Musical Christmas Cards by Harlequin Productions

South Sound Arts - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 7:39am
Published in Thurston Talk Nov. 26, 2014

Emile Rommel Shimkus, Bruce Haasl, Jerod Nace, Amy Shepard and Robert Hume will get your groove on during Harlequin’s The Stardust Christmas Blizzard. Photo credit: Harlequin ProductionsFew theater companies in the world have ever produced a long-running series of plays such as Harlequin Production’s Stardust series. Stardust is a series of stage musicals set during Christmas, mostly in the same New York nightclub, with loosely connected stories covering a decade in the lives of many of the same characters. Each “episode” has been written by Harlowe Reed and features a galaxy of the best and most popular of local actors across generations, beginning in 1993.

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Wildcard “The Odyssey”

K Records - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:43am
Life story time with Wildcard, “The Odyssey”. Speed and agility. Wildcard, who resides in Spokane, Washington, appeared at the All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] album release parties in Seattle and Olympia. All Your Friend’s Friends is a NW hip hop compilation produced by thee XNTRX. Wildcard appears on “Find Your Shine” (based on a Jeremy […]
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Sub Pop U.S.A. – Saturday Night in Seattle!

K Records - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 1:56am
There’s gonna be a party, and you are all invited! In a couple months Subterranean Pop turns 35 years old, and we’re celebrating this Saturday night, November 29, at the Fantagraphics Bookstore, 1201 S. Vale St., Seattle. In 1980 Bruce Pavitt began printing up a fanzine in Olympia, Washington called Subterranean Pop that explored the […]
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All Your Friend’s Friends Trailer #2

K Records - Mon, 11/24/2014 - 12:10am
The second trailer for the documentary film produced about the making of the All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] NW hip hop compilation, directed by Red Williamson of Newspin films. All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.
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Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 4:00pm

Shredders from the fine city of Austin, TX

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Olympia’s psychedelic hard rockers – blazing guitars, searing synths, razor-sharp vox and pounding rhythms, straight to youze brains!

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Free Whiskey “White Girls”

K Records - Sun, 11/23/2014 - 12:31am
The infamous Olympia hip hop crew Free Whiskey and official video for “White Girls”, with guest appearance by Xperience. Both Free Whiskey and Xperience performed at All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] album release party. Free Whiskey‘s contribution to this NW hip hop compilation is “Pizza Chef”: All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] is available now from the […]
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Benefit for the Budd Bay Rugby Club Girl’s and Women’s Teams

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 4:00pm

Sam Densmore @ 8:30
Stiff Other Lip @ 9:30
Gunslinger @ 10:30

This is a benefit for the Budd Bay Rugby Football Club Girls and Women’s Teams.

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Haub Family Collection of Western American Art

South Sound Arts - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:59pm

Published in the Weekly Volcano, Nov. 21, 2014

Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887 ‑ 1986) “Piñons with Cedar,” 1956, oil on canvas, 30 × 26 inches, Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection, Gift of Erivan and Helga Haub, 2014.6.91, © 2014 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Everybody knows not to look a gift horse in the mouth. Tacoma Art Museum certainly does. In this case, the gift horse is a bucking bronco, or lots of them — the 295 works of Western Art from the Haub Family Collection donated to TAM, plus more than $15 to build a new wing to house them. The new wing designed by Olson Kundig Architects and built by Sellen Construction is fabulous, the art collection not so much so. It is valuable and pertinent to the history of the region (probably more so to the Southwest and the Western plains than to the Pacific Northwest, but let’s not look that bucking bronco in the mouth), and there are some famous works of art by famous artists. But it is mostly stereotypical and offers a romanticized look at cowboys and Indians glorifying America’s imperialistic western expansion.Typical of the sculpture that greets visitors as they enter the new Haub Family Wing is Charles M. Russell’s “A Bronc Twister,” a bronze statue of a cowboy riding a bucking bronc — the most iconic of all Western images.Albert Bierstadt’s “Departure of an Indian War Party” is a somber, dark and dignified look at a small group of Indians on horseback depicting “noble savages” in a romanticized and atmospheric landscape.George M. Russell (American, 1864-1926) “A Bronc Twister,” modeled 1911, cast circa 1929-1933, bronze, 18 x 14½ x 9½ inches, Tacoma Art Museum, Haub Family Collection, gift of Drivan and Helga Haub, 2014.6.109.Many of the artists never even traveled to the West. Rosa Bonheur’s Western scenes were based on a Buffalo Bill’s Wild West show seen in Paris and Henry Merwin Shrady’s bronze buffalo comes from studies made at the Bronx Zoo.But let it be known that there are also works by Native American artists and by great modern artists such as Georgia O’Keeffe. One of the nicest paintings in the show is O’Keeffe’s “Piñons With Cedar,” a lovely landscape of a ghost-like dead tree with a young green tree behind it framed by a mountain in the distance.There are also pop art paintings by Bill Schenck, who worked with Andy Warhol and later turned to Western art. His “Snakes in the Grass” lampoons stereotypical Western art. Done in a paint-by-numbers style, it depicts two cowboys on bucking broncos on either side of large cacti.The new wing and the outdoors sculptures by Julie Speidel by the entrance from the parking lot and Marie Watt on the Pacific Avenue side of the building provide for a much more welcoming entrance to the lobby area. But the new construction emphasizes the new wing and relegates the original galleries to a far-away area down a long hallway that felt pretty empty on the day I went there for the opening press tour. I trust that more art will be placed in that hallway or that something — anything — will be done to draw people to the older north galleries, because it is the art in those galleries that always has been and I hope will continue to be what makes Tacoma Art Museum a regional treasure.Art of the American West: The Haub Family Collection, Wednesdays–Sundays 10 am–5 pm, Third Thursdays 10 am–8 pm, adults $10, student/military/senior (65+) $8, family $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18). children 5 and under free, Third Thursdays free from 5-8 pm. Members always free, 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma, 253.272.4258.
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Xperience “60/40″

K Records - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:55am
The official video for “60/40″ by Xperience. His performance of this song was one of the highlights of the All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] album release party; 60/40 pumping hard. Xperience appears often on the  All Your Friend’s Friends NW hip hop  compilation: “Evolve Away”, “My Shady Gangster Uncle Kaiser”, “Ashen Embers” and “Jumkick the […]
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Eprhyme “Punklezmerap”

K Records - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 6:42pm
The melding of minds and cultures, “Punklezmerap” is an explosive concoction of classic Klezmer clarinet, an energetic and up tempo club beat, and a hypnotic, wordless chorus sung by artist, activist and author Nomy Lamm. “Punklezmerap” is a musical Mazel tov cocktail. Rapid-fire lyrics carry listeners through Eprhyme‘s early life experience, evolving sense of identity […]
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Today’s Featured Artist

South Sound Arts - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:42pm

Ricker Winsor
This is a new feature that I intend to post on a periodic basis as time allows . . . no schedule. I will start with my old friend Ricker Winsor.
Star Spangled Buildings, oil on canvasRicker has been called a force of nature, which is an apt description. A Renaissance man is another apt description, because there is little that Ricker hasn’t done and he continues to do it all well. He’s been a vagabond, a beatnik, a world traveler. He’s been a hunter and a fly fisherman extraordinaire.  He’s a writer with two published books, Pakuwon City and The Painting of My Life, and he’s a blues musician who plays in coffee shops and other venues. But most of all, he’s a painter.
When I first met Ricker he was head of the art department at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma, and he was living a kind of back-to-nature existence on Vashon Island. Today he teaches school in Bali. There’s no telling what he might do next.
Ricker’s art has grown out of the abstract expressionist tradition. In his youth he lived in New York and was friends with many of the first generation abstract expressionist painters. The artwork he was doing when I first met him consisted of highly energetic and colorful landscapes and similarly expressive pen and ink drawings of the island landscape, self-portraits and interior scenes of his studio. His mark-making was volatile, his colors — especially the yellows and greens of flora and sunshine — were intense. Both his drawings and paintings reminded me a lot of Vincent van Gogh.
More recently he turned to abstract painting with paintings reminiscent of Hans Hoffman. And more recently still he has continued in the Hoffman-like vein with highly abstracted urban scenes — rectangular forms in heavy impasto that vacillate between pure abstraction and clusters of buildings. These are dense, rich paintings with lushly applied paint. I suspect that as he continues to develop his art he will continue to go back and forth between abstract paintings and impressionist/expressionist landscapes, figures and interior scenes.
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Art Trip Seattle

South Sound Arts - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:43am

Seattle Art Museum has always been worth the trip.“Marilyn,” 1967, Andy Warhol, silkscreen on paper, 36 x 36, Seattle Art Museum bequest of Kathryn L. Skinner, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Paul Macapia.We drove up to see “Pop Departures” at SAM. What a wonderful show!I must admit, however, that my enjoyment of this exhibition was based to some small measure on nostalgia. I was in my sophomore or junior year as an art student when pop burst on the scene back in the early sixties, and it was an eye-popping, mind-bending, psychedelic trip. The very idea that serious artists could paint pictures of soup cans and comic book images and make giant soft sculptures of drum sets or a giant cherry perched in a giant spoon was the most radical thing ever. It bothered me a little that the pop artists were said to be in revolt against abstract expressionism, which I loved, but pop still floated my boat.Hard on pop’s heel came what was called hard edge painting: Ellsworth Kelly and Al Held and — oh my god — Frank Stella. That era in American art history had to have been the most exciting time ever. And yesterday I saw it all, all over again. “Vocho (Yellow),” 2004, Margarita Cabrera, vinyl, batting, thread ad car parts, 60 x 72 x 156, Anne and William J. Hokin Collection. ©Magarita Cabrera, photo courtesy the artist.“Pop Departures” is a look back at work by the leading pop artists of the 1960s and a jump forward to more contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons, Margarita Cabrera and Mickalene Thomas who continue to follow in the footsteps of those ’60s bad boys. There are whole galleries devoted to Lichtenstein and Warhol, unquestionably the brightest lights of the movement. Other artists represented in the show include Oldenberg, Mel Ramos, Edward Ruscha, Robert Indiana and James Rosenquist (inadequately represented by a single modest-sized painting).“Untitled (Self in Progress),” 2001, Alwar Balasubramaniam, Indian, b. 1971, gesso, wood, fiberglass, 72 x 47 x 35 in., Collection of Sanjay Parthasarathy and Malini Balakrishnan. © Alwar Balasubramaniam, Photo courtesy Talwar Gallery, New York/New Delhi.Lichtenstein dominates the first gallery with some of his most iconic images such as “Kiss V,” one of his many paintings of romance comic images; “Varoom,” a comic-style explosion in and garish red, yellow and orange with lettering; and “Red Painting (Brush Stroke),” one of his famous paintings of an abstract-expressionist brush stroke. (See, they weren’t rebelling against AE, they revered it.) Lichtenstein’s brushstroke paintings were done to honor the abstract expressionists whom he venerated while at the same time giving them little digs — see, we can paint big, sloppy brushstrokes too, never mind that they were done with mechanical precision. Lichtenstein’s early paintings have lost none of their power over the years and have gained stature as pure design. In another gallery are two of his paintings of famous modernist paintings, the best of these being “Reflections on Painter and Model,” his copy in stripes and Ben-Day dots of a Picasso painting. This is a marvelously composed picture that is, like his brushstrokes, a lampoon of and homage to a hero.The many Warhols in this show evidence just how expressive Warhol could be, despite his use of mechanical means and his claim to want to be a machine. How well I remember folks in the sixties saying Warhol was putting us on, that he wasn’t a serious artist, that his fame would quickly fade. Fifty years later it is kind of hard to support such claims. I suspect that many of the people who denigrated Warhol’s art had never seen it other than in reproduction. When you look at them closely it becomes obvious that his off-register silk screens were just as expressive as many of the action paintings of the previous generation. And what he did with color was simply astounding. Look at the milky green blending to blue and the lemon yellow lips on the face of Richard Nixon in his painting “McGovern.” These are indescribable colors that only Warhol could come up with (and yes, it is a portrait of Nixon with the name McGovern written across the bottom).Installation shot of Juan Alonso Studio, courtesy the artist.The one painting by Wayne Thiebaud was a terrific example of his lush paint application. I wish there were more of his paintings. He was always seen as on the periphery of pop, more of a classical painter, but his subject matter fit right in, and man could he ever paint. And since this show “departs” from the first wave of pop to feature later developments, it would have been nice if one of his much later San Francisco cityscapes had been included.My least favorite among the first generation pop artists in this show is Ramos. Clever titles like “Val Veeta” (a naked pin-up girl on top of a box of Velveeta cheese, note the spelling) do not erase the fact that his pin-up girls are just as sexist as the commercialization of sex he supposedly lampooned. There are a number of his paintings in this show, and they are not impressive.Among the best of the most contemporary works is Cabrera’s “Vocho (Yellow),” an actual-size, beat-up yellow Volkswagen Beetle made of vinyl, batting, thread and car parts including real bumper and tail lights. The loosely hanging threads in the car lend a house-of-horrors aspect to the car. It reminds me of some of Edward Kienholz’s installations. Obviously influenced by Oldenberg, this is a more powerful piece than any of the Oldenberg’s in the show (his sculptures look best in situ and these look weak in a gallery setting). Another of the more outstanding recent works is Barbara Kruger’s portrait of Andy Warhol, “untitled (Not cruel enough).” This wall size portrait, 109” x 109”, would be indistinguishable from a self-portrait by Andy if it were not for the insulting descriptors printed all around and across the face — unflattering things others have called Warhol.“Pop Departures” is but one of many shows at SAM. I wandered into the galleries featuring modern and contemporary works from the permanent collection and enjoyed once again seeing paintings by Arshile Gorky and Jackson Pollock and a couple of great Hans Hoffmans. I was blown away by two large Frank Stella paintings and opposite them a wall-size painting by Al Held. One gallery had a wall full of small paintings by Held, each about a foot square. We always think of his paintings as being slick, flat and precise, but the paint application on these looked like plaster spread with a trowel.“American Art Masterworks” includes a selection of works by early American masters including John Singer Sargent, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer and many more — dark and somber works to counteract the glitz of the pop art.“City Dwellers: Contemporary Art from India” offered interesting views on mostly sculpture and photography by contemporary Indian artists. "Include Me Out," an amazingly dense photo-montage by Vivek Vilasinia and "India Shining V (Gandhi with iPod) by Debnjan Roy, a striking bright red fiberglass sculpture of Gandhi walking with an iPod in hand stand out, as does "Untiled (Self in Progress)" by Alwar Balasubramaniam, a haunting image in white of a seated figure with face and legs buried into a wall and projecting out the other side.After leaving SAM drove to Pioneer Square to visit the Juan Alonso Studio on Washington Street. Juan Alonso-Rodriguez was represented by the Francine Seders Gallery until it closed. He has now joined the ranks of DIY artists who are marketing their own work and opening their studios to the public. His latest work is a series of abstract paintings with horizontal bands or stripes, many in brilliant colors and often with abstract expressionist drips and slashes confined within forms that are essentially minimalist and hard-edge, thus striking an exciting balance between the two strongest movements in abstraction during the second half of the 20th century. These are some of the more vibrant paintings I have seen in a long time.I thoroughly enjoyed my day at SAM and Alonso-Rodriquez’s studio and highly recommend you visit both when you can.Juan Alonso Studio, 306 S. Washington St. #104, open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturdays. Pop Departures , Thursday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m. through Jan. 11, 2015, Seattle Art Museum1300 First Ave., Seattle,

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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 025

K Records - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:06am
The All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] compilation continues to captivate the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard inhabitants with its sprightly mix of NW hip hop, good cheer and judicious use of the ‘f’ word (eep!). Host Calvin Johnson speaks with Eprhyme, founder of thee XNTRX and executive producer of All Your Friend’s Friends about the album release […]
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K CD Grab Bag!

K Records - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:20pm
The K CD Grab Bag contains 25 different compact discs released by K between 1988 and 2012. It’s a mystery wrapped in a cardboard enigma! You don’t know what you’re getting. Neither do we. But we guarantee an album by these artists are included in every box: Calvin Johnson, All Girl Summer Fun Band, Jeremy Jay, […]
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