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

Facebook Invite

olyfreakdownfest

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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

Facebook Invite

olyfreakdownfest

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Juried Local Art Exhibition at TCC

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 9:01am


Published in the Weekly Volcano, Sept. 25, 2014"Patty Cake" stoneware sculpture by Joe BattOlympia painter Barlow Palminteri tops the list of Juror’s Choice Award winners in the 12th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition at Tacoma Community College with his painting “Trailblazer Landscape.” Palminteri has made a big splash in the area art scene with his realistic interior scenes (part Phillip Pearlstein and part French impressionism), and now he branches into new territory with colorful landscapes. This is a joyful painting. It is a garden scene with an odd perspective seen from above but too close-up to be a bird’s eye view, painted with large strokes of vibrant color laid down in an almost pointillist manner.
The gallery is loaded with outstanding paintings, sculptures and photographs from what constitutes a who’s who of regional artists — many familiar names here.
Among the photographs is a nice picture of a fallen tree by Sharon Styler called “Reclining Tree II.” The viewpoint makes the dead tree look like a massive sculpture of a reclining figure. Thus the title, if I’m reading it right.
“The Poet’s Instrument” painting by Nathan BarnesNathan Barnes’ “The Poet’s Instrument” is without a doubt the most startling image in the show. It is an image of overlapping faces with other body parts and with a line of poetry printed on a ribbon of paper that winds in and out of the face: “so the water took the pure in hand and laid them gently on the land.” It is painted on what appears to be layers of canvas board cut to shape and a few inches in depth. This one should have been a juror’s choice winner.
Also startling are two mixed media sculptures by David Murdock, both elaborate steam punk configurations of imaginative objects. One is a fantasy chandelier mounted above what looks like a basket made of cane. The other is a sleek and shiny futuristic wheeled machine with a rocket ship like one of those seen in 1950s sci-fi movies.
Joe Batt’s “Patty Cake” is a stoneware sculpture of two babies with big heads looking like little old man. It’s a funny depiction of kids playing patty cake with something in their hands. (I’m not going to divulge what they’re holding. OK, the photo gives it away.)
Jeffree Stewart’s “Northwest Landscape” is a small painting with loose, expressive brush strokes not so much looking like trees and rocks as moving energy that creates the feel of walking among trees and rocks. There’s something of Jackson Pollock’s “Blue Poles” in this, as well as a bit of Mark Toby.
There are two semi-abstract paintings by William Turner that are colorful with a rough, expressionistic application of paint in flat areas of color. Barely recognizable among the abstract shapes are figures and still life objects.
Local favorites Ric Hall and Ron Schmitts are represented by three of their modernist, post-German-expressionist-surrealistic pastels created in collaboration. They are darkly humorous and take a penetrating look at contemporary social and political issues such as gay marriage, the kinds of meaningless debates that clog the airwaves, and more personal issues the likes of empty nest syndrome.
All-in-all, this is an outstanding show with quite a variety of local talent on display.
"12th Annual Juried Local Art Exhibition," noon to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, through Oct. 24, Building 5A, entrance off South 12th Street between Pearl and Mildred, Tacoma, visitor parking in Lot G.
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Maher Shalal Hash Baz at Chin’s Push

K Records - Fri, 09/26/2014 - 1:17am
An excerpt of a performance by Tori Kudo and Maher Shalal Hash Baz at the Los Angeles, CA art gallery Chin’s Push. Guest performers with Maher Shalal Hash Baz are Chris Cohen on guitar, Carolyn Riggs (Bouquet) on percussion and Che Chen (75 Dollar Bill) on guitar. Also performing that afternoon were Japanese artists Che-Shizu and à […]
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Eric Ayotte and the Gadabout Film Festival

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 5:00pm

Thursday, September 25th, 8pm

Eric Ayotte and The Gadabout Film Festival will be touring together this fall for 3 months going to over 75 cities in the US before continuing to Europe for shows in 15 other countries. Presenting a special evening of music and film in each town for one night only.

The Gadabout Film Festival has had a long standing tradition of DIY ethics matched with really cool filmmaking. Since 2002, the Gadabout has been touring with a new batch of films each year, brining film to non-film settings, screening an extremely inspiring and talented program of short films. Growing out of a DIY music scene, the Gadabout seeks to prove that “Do It Yourself” doesn’t have to mean any lack of quality. With equipment and technology more accessible, filmmaking is a more attainable medium, and yet we typically consume it through very tiny screens with poor audio. So, not only is there a curated element, but there is also respect given to these fantastic short films as they are presented on a big screen with good sound!

Eric Ayotte has been touring and releasing music for over a decade. His sincere songs bring a political message as well as an emotional truth. Thistour will be supporting his 4th full length record “Transparency”, a full band album that explores the concept of honesty, and wanting more open communication from his community, government, friends, religions, and himself.

www.gadaboutfilmfest.com

www.iamericayotte.com

ericayotte.bandcamp.com

gadaboutfilmfest@gmail.com

Gadabout 2014 poster

Eric and Charlie promo 2

Luminaris STILL

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CD Safari: Fall’n'Love!

K Records - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 5:56pm
What two things go together better than “Fall” and “Love”? Your autumn’s done come and as the leaves fall, so will your heart. If you’re back to school, don that sweater and start roving. If you’ve been involved in a May to September romance, your due for some serious rebound action. We here at the […]
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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 015

K Records - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 4:26pm
This week the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard explores essential K both new and from the revered past. We listen to and discuss the Treepeople album Guilt Regret and Embarrassment [KLP069], Mecca Normal Jarred Up [KLKP018], Wandering Lucy Leap Year [KLP053]; new releases by Ruby Fray (Grackle [KLP251]) and Pine Hill Haints (The Magik Sound of the […]
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Pine Hill Haints on The Bluegrass Situation!

K Records - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 9:24am
Songs from the new Pine Hill Haints album The Magik Sounds of the Pine Hill Haints [KLP254] are streaming on The Bluegrass Situation website, including “Ms. Pacman”, Galaxy Buffalo” and “Rattle Them Bones”. You can check into it HERE. The Bluegrass Situation, which bills itself as “The home of everything bluegrass, folk, and Americana” is […]
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Calvin and Linton!

K Records - Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:22pm
Seen above is Calvin Johnson (The Hive Dwellers) and Linton (of the the newly-reformed Aisler Set) in Los Angeles, CA. Linton wandered over to a performance by The Hive Dwellers, Bouquet and Dream Boys in Los Angeles at Ooga Booga 2. Linton is the down-the-street neighbor of Wayne from Dream Boys. We’re not talking Los […]
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LAKE’s World Is Real!

K Records - Mon, 09/22/2014 - 12:40pm
Eli Moore and Ashley Eriksson of LAKE return to the scene of the crime: Azumino, Japan. The trees in the background graced the cover of the LAKE album The World Is Real [KLP246]. After LAKE toured through Japan earlier this month Eli and Ashley remained to travel about and see more of the countryside.  
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National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Film Tour

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:00pm

Sunday, September 20th, Doors open at 6:15, show starts at 6:45

For one night only, the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) invites you to celebrate the wonder of the outdoors through film.

The first annual NOLS Exploration Film Tour features two and half hours of exciting short films based on themes of wonder, discovery, curiosity, and the timelessness of the wilderness experience. Share this community experience with fellow and aspiring outdoors people and walk away with sweet door prizes–including a chance to win a free NOLS course!*

Space is limited—reserve your FREE ticket now HERE:
http://explorationfilmtour.ticketleap.com/olympia/details

*Ticket and attendance at the event are required for eligibility to win the free NOLS course. A post-event survey form will be emailed to all ticketed attendees after the event. The completed survey finalizes entry to win the free NOLS course. One winner will be selected from total attendants of all NOLS Exploration Film Tour events. The winner will be notified via email and phone by November 30, 2014 and announced on the NOLS Facebook page.
*NOLS course will be 30 days or shorter. Course is not cash redeemable. Winner is responsible for $65 application fee and associated course equipment deposit. Winner is subject to NOLS admission policies and screening guidelines. Course may be transferred by notifying NOLS.

NOLS

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Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ at Lakewood Playhouse

South Sound Arts - Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:32pm



 Published in The News Tribune, Sept. 19, 2014
  CURTIS BEECH (Mr. Rogers) and JANE McKITTRICK (Mrs. Rogers) from Lakewood Playhouse's production of "Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE"Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None” at Lakewood Playhouse is a classic whodunit adapted by Christie from her novel of the same name. A mysterious and never seen man, U.N. Owen invites nine guests to his island home. None of them know each other, and none know Mr. Owen, but they each have something in common that is soon revealed. Each one of them has killed someone or has been responsible for someone’s death through negligence, and they are told that they have been brought to the island in order to force atonement for their guilt.
In classic murder-mystery fashion, each of them is killed off, one-by-one, and it is evident that one of them is the killer. Suspicions grow and the guests begin to fear and to accuse one another as their back stories are revealed; and as their numbers dwindle due to deaths in ways that are reflected by the framed poem “Ten Little Soldiers” that hangs on the wall.
MATT GARRY (Lombard) and JULIE SEIBOLD (Vera) from Lakewood Playhouse's production of "Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE"For example, the first stanza of the poem is Ten little soldiers went out to dine; one choked his little self and then there were nine,” and the first murder victim dies by choking.
Despite all the murder, it is not a dark or disturbing story. There is ample humor and a fascinating variety of characters, each with his or her unique personality quirks as nicely portrayed by the large ensemble cast. The fun in the show is getting to know these characters and trying to figure out who is going to be killed next and who the killer is.
MATT GARRY (Lombard), THOMAS COOPER PHIEL (Marston) and ERNEST HELLER (MacKenzie) from Lakewood Playhouse's production of "Agatha Christie's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE"But how can there be none left at the end as the poem says? Wouldn’t the killer have to survive? That is the clever twist at the end that I can’t give away. Interestingly, Christie devised two very different twist endings, one for the novel and a very different one for the stage show. Both are complex and inventive.
The set by scenic designer Art Fick is the simple but elegant front room of a country estate with four doors leading to the outside and to bedrooms and kitchens (many of the murders take place off stage; they are not gruesome). One drawback to the set is the plain curtain hanging behind the double doors. There should have been rocks or trees or some such indication on the out-of-doors island setting.The lighting by Kristen Zetterstrom nicely depicts the natural lighting of sun, darkness of night, interior lighting and candle light, and enhances the dramatic impact of the acting.
First time Lakewood Playhouse director Rick Hornor does a great job of placing and moving about 11 actors in difficult situations such as when a character is murdered in sight of the audience in such a way that no one sees the actual murder.
Best of all, the cast members do a great job of portraying each of these often eccentric characters in such a way that they do not appear to be acting, the one exception being Xander Layden as Sir Lawrence Wargrave. In Layden’s defense, Sir Lawrence is, in fact, playing a role.
Among the standout performers are, first and foremost, Michael Dresdner as William Blore, a police inspector who at first pretends to be a wealthy South African. Dresdner’s acting is the most natural and unaffected, and more than anyone else on stage he manages to enunciate clearly in a British accent.
Dresdner’s wife, Jane McKittrick, is also outstanding as the alcohol-loving maid, Mrs. Rogers. She is the funniest character in the play, and McKittrick portrays her in a most delightful way. To her great credit, this is only her fourth time on stage.
Another husband-and-wife acting team that stands out is the team of Christian Carvajal and Amanda Stevens as the nervous and guilt-ridden Dr. Armstrong and the uptight and puritanical Emily Brent. Her costume and hair style, by-the-way, add immensely to the enjoyment of her character – kudos to costume designer Alex Lewington.
For those who truly appreciate good acting, I encourage paying attention to what these actors do when they are in the background and others are speaking, most notably Carvajal and Ernest Heller as General Mackenzie.
The set-up in act one is necessarily slow to develop, but once they get going it is a roller coaster ride of one surprise after another.
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through Oct. 12WHERE: Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., LakewoodTICKETS: $25.00, $22.00 military, $21.00 seniors and $19.00 students/educators INFORMATION: 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org
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Upcycle Style: Fashionable Fife

Olympia Dumpster Divers - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 5:54pm

The Diva of the Olympia Dumpster Divers, Ruby Re-Usable, and Darcy Anderson (Team Tinkertopia in Tacoma) presented a trash fashion show on 9/13/14, as part of the Valley Ballyhoo Performing Arts Show in Fife, WA.  This was a first time collaboration between Ms Re-Usable and Ms Darcy, but as Ruby (and Jacqueline Susann) likes to say, “Once Is Not Enough,” so we look forward to more of these events in the South Puget Sound region (and beyond) in the future!

Ruby wearing a bag from Mason County recycling that reads "Once Is Not Enough"

Ruby Re-Usable is wearing a bag from Shelton/Mason County Recycling that once held recyclables

Ruby was introduced to Trash Fashion through Robin Worley/Rayona Visqueen of Haute Trash; she has since participated as a designer in trash fashion shows such as Trash Fashion Futures, Icicle Arts Trash to Fash Runway & Awards Show, Trashion at the Indiana Welcome Center, and the Seattle RE Store’s 10th Trash Fashion Show, among others.  She really wanted to work with Ms Darcy after seeing her as a “Daffodil Princess” in the window of Tinkertopia (where she is co-proprietress), so when the Fife Arts Commission asked Ruby to participate in the Valley Ballyhoo, she invited Darcy to join her, and a Trashionista was born!  Darcy got her talented Tacoma friends to work with her on Team Tinkertopia, thus inspiring even more creative folks to discover their inner trashion designer.

Ms Darcy as a Daffodil Princess in the window of Tinkertopia

Ms Darcy as a Daffodil Princess in the window of Tinkertopia, wearing brown paper packaging trimmed with yellow plastic lids and yellow duct tape

Trash Fashion is meant to be an “edutainment” event, combining information about recycling and other environmental issues with art and humor to create a show that is both entertaining and educational.  We also aim to be inclusive and body-positive, utilizing our friends and local volunteers as models.  The Upcycle Style show in Fife was no exception: our models ranged in age from elementary school to fifty-something, and we wowed the crowd with some of our classic trash fashions, along with some exciting new creations.  This show was also a learning experience for Ruby … like, how the show must go on, even if the microphone and pedestal disappear right before you go on stage (yes, this happened), along with other stuff (don’t ask).  We regret that we did not have any professional photographers to document this show, but we do have some pics on Flickr HERE and a cell phone vid posted on YouTube HERE

Upcycle Style trashionistas backstage

some of the Upcycle Style trashionistas backstage

 

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Lisa Sweet’s Painted Images and Objects at Salon Refu

South Sound Arts - Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:34am



Published in the Weekly Volcano, Sept. 18, 2014
Madonna of the Austerities, oil on boardI have long been fascinated by Lisa Sweet’s paintings. They are bizarre, pop-surrealist images of torture, death and martyrdom painted with skill and quirky humor. Lately she has added painted wood sculptures to her repertoire and along with that an amazing amount of playful depth, both literal and illusory.
Sweet teaches art at The Evergreen State College. Among the classes she teaches is art appreciation with an emphasis on medieval art; her love of medieval art is clearly evident in her paintings. These paintings combine traditions and styles from today and from the 13th and 14th centuries, including diptychs, triptychs and cross-shaped paintings. Her figures, mostly women in combinations of contemporary and medieval styles of dress, are comedic-surrealistic and painted with precision and smooth blending of colors. They are thought-provoking and constantly surprising.
Grateful Limb, oil on boardOne of the most astounding paintings, due to a new twist I’ve never before seen in her work, is “Doubt,” a painting of a woman in a blue dress reaching out to touch a man with long hair and a robe of the type depicted in biblical illustrations. The man appears to be Jesus, and her gesture is that of Doubting Thomas touching Jesus’ wound of after the crucifixion. The new twist is that Jesus has no face. The face is cut out to reveal a flat board an eighth of an inch below the surface. The cut-out face provides an interesting spatial play with surface and is a metaphorical puzzle.
Pincushion (detail)“Spilled Milk (Catherine of Alexandria)” is a standing polychrome and wood female figure. Her head is detached and hangs from her neck by a thread. The Roman Emperor Maxentius had Catherine tortured and ordered her to be put to death on the spiked “breaking wheel.” After the wheel mysteriously fell apart, failing to kill her, Maxentius had her beheaded. In Sweet’s Catherine the spiked wheel is painted on her robe.
There is a cross-shaped painting of the crucifixion with, instead of nails driven into the body there are Post-it Notes attached with push pins.
Another favorite is “Before and After,” oil and gold leaf and sgrafitto on paired wood panels. Sgrafitto is a technique used in murals in which contrasting colors are layered in coats of plaster. This diptych shows two versions of the same woman holding an oil can. In one the can is red and realistically painted, and in the other the can is flat gold leaf, as is the background. Spatially it is interesting because the gold leaf advances visually bringing the background up to the edges of the figure. It is also interesting that the painted red can is almost as bright and shiny as the gold leaf.
Another of her painted wood sculptures, “Ambulation,” is a woman in a green robe holding her upside-down head in her hands.
This is an intriguing show. I recommend seeing it on Sept. 19 when the artist will give a talk at 7 p.m.
Ex Voto: painted images and objects, Thursday-Sunday, 2-6 p.m. through July 27, Salon Refu 114 N Capitol Way, Olympia, info@salonrefu.com.




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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 014

K Records - Wed, 09/17/2014 - 8:46pm
Last Month the Maxines made one of their rare public appearances at the K-sponsored Helsing Junction Sleep Over, providing the Pink Elephant’s Graveyard with a golden opportunity to corral members Matt Murillo and Kelly Norman for an informal chat with host Calvin Johnson (see above photog). The Maxines discuss their erratic existence, records, Brenda Lee […]
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