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Thee XNTRX “Welcome to Forever”

K Records - 9 hours 59 min ago
We live in a giant disc of wha? In the middle of nowhere? Fug yeah. Simple and Smoke (in above photog) welcome us to forever.   K Song of the Day: “Welcome to Forever” from the NW hip hop compilation album All Your Friend’s Friends[KLP255], produced by thee XNTRX. The NW hip hop compilation album […]
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Shivas, Better off Dead Session!

K Records - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 1:14pm
Last month the Shivas made the trip to Dub Narcotic Studio to record their new K album, Better off Dead [KLP258] with Calvin Johnson. It is mixed and on the release schedule for next autumn. Excitement. Within days of finishing Better off Dead the Shivas left on a U.S. tour with La Luz. For a […]
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Pine Hill Haints “Total Zero”

K Records - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 12:33am
“It’s the end of the world and i can’t let you go” – a sentiment to which we can all relate. K Song of the Day: Pine Hill Haints “Total Zero” from their The Magik Sounds of Pine Hill Haints [KLP254] album. The Pine Hill Haints album The Magik Sounds of Pine Hill Haints [KLP254] […]
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Seven Ways to Get There

South Sound Arts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:11am

from left: Kirsten Potter, Bob Williams, Bradford Farwell, Jim Lapan, James DeVita, Ty Boice, Charles Leggett and Darragh Kennan. Photo by Truman Buffett.
from left: James DeVita, Kirsten Potter, Ty Boice and Bob Williams. Photo by Truman Buffett.
lifting Peter (Charles Leggett) in trust fall. Photo by Truman Buffett.

Playwright Bryan Willis has outdone himself with his new play Seven Ways to Get There now playing at ACT’s Allen Theatre in Seattle. Co-written by Dwayne J. Clark, the play is based on Clark’s experience some 16 years ago when he took part in men’s therapy group. Seven men come together under the guidance of therapist Michelle (Kirsten Potter) for raucous group therapy sessions—the “seven ways” of the title referring to the paths each take to reach their goals. The sessions change them all, but not necessarily all for the better.Vince (Ty Boice) is a tall, handsome and, at first, silent man whose problem seems to be that women want to make love to him. He says he’s had sex with a thousand women, perhaps as many as two thousand. And apparently he gets little pleasure out of it.Nick (James DeVita) is filthy rich, arrogant, and in counseling only because his wife has threatened to divorce him if he doesn’t get help.Also having wife problems is Mark (Bradford Farwell), a less-than-successful artist who believes his wife is having an affair with her rock climbing instructor.Anthony (Darragh Kennan) has a severe enough anger management problem that he has been court ordered to therapy.Richard (Jim Lapan) is a happy-go-lucky fellow who is addicted to porn. He doesn’t want to cure his addiction, he wants to form a porn co-op with the guys in the group.Peter (Charles Leggett) prays a lot.Mel (Bob Williams) says he hasn’t decided yet why he is in therapy and he can’t decide anything.And the therapist, Michelle, has a hard time keeping the group from getting totally out of control. Seven Ways to Get Theredeals with some tough stuff and is also outrageously funny. The clashes between these seven men and their therapist are brilliantly written. Scenes such as when the men suddenly break out in dance and when Richard points out that it is International Talk Like a Pirate Day are genius.Director John Langs does a masterful job with pacing and blocking. The pace is often furious, but interjected with moments of quiet and often uncomfortable hesitations that make it all feel natural.The in-the-round configuration of the Allen Theatre is like the Roman Coliseum with the audience looking down into the pit of a gladiator battle, which in many ways is what’s happening on stage as these seven gladiators battle their demons and each other. It is an adult-only comic tragedy, not recommended for children younger than 14. Seven Ways to Get There runs through March 15 at ACT's Allen Theatre with shows at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.http://acttheatre.org/Tickets/OnStage/SevenWaystoGetThere
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Review: The Miracle Worker at Lakewood Playhouse

South Sound Arts - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 6:18am


Published in The News Tribune, Feb. 27, 2015 (L to R) JAMES A. GILLETTI (Mr. Keller), GRETCHEN BOYT (Mrs. Keller), LIBERTY EVANS-AGNEW (Helen Keller) and DEYA OZBURN (Anne Sullivan). Photo by KATE PATERNO-LICKI attended the preview performance of “The Miracle Worker” at Lakewood Playhouse. The preview is the final technical dress rehearsal and the cast’s first opportunity to try it out in front of a live audience. As Managing Artistic Director John Munn explained in his curtain speech, things are expected to go wrong during a preview performance. In this case, nothing of significance went wrong. It was practically flawless.
“The Miracle Worker” is the story of the developing relationship between young Helen Keller (Liberty Evans-Agnew) and her teacher, Annie Sullivan (Deya Ozburn). The title comes from Mark Twain, who called Annie a miracle worker. It was also alluded to in the beginning of the play when Annie’s teacher, Anagnos (Dennis Worrell) sends Annie off to Alabama to work as Helen Keller’s governess. Anagnos says, “No one expects you to work miracles, even for twenty-five dollars a month.”
Unable to see, hear or speak, Helen expresses her frustration by violently acting out, and thereby throws the Keller household into a constant state of turmoil. When Annie arrives at the Keller home and meets Helen and the family, she quickly realizes that she has to somehow teach her how to understand and sign words, and perhaps more urgently, she must figure out some way to discipline her. Helen is essentially feral.
(L to R) LIBERTY EVANS-AGNEW (Helen Keller) and DEYA OZBURN (Anne Sullivan).
Photo by KATE PATERNO-LICKJames Venturini’s set design is attractive and functional, with separate rooms in the Keller house in the back corners of the in-the-round stage area and a large central area that doubles as dining room, yard, and Annie’s school for the blind. And there is a large window high up that Annie has to climb out of when Helen locks her in her room. The only drawback to the set is that audience members on two sides have to turn heads in order to see certain scenes.
Rachel Wilkie’s period costumes are outstanding, Daniel Cole’s lighting design works beautifully, Pug Bujeaud’s direction is superb, and the acting is of the highest caliber imaginable. Gretchen Boyt as Helen’s mother and James A. Gilletti as her father are totally believable. Boyt’s acting is relatively subdued for such a highly emotional character. The audience can see and feel her sometimes tortured changes of thought and feeling conveyed through posture and facial expression as she struggles against her natural inclination to indulge Helen’s every whim. This is tellingly displayed particularly in her background acting when others are speaking.
Gilletti also convincingly portrays inner struggles as his autocratic nature butts heads with his softness of heart. His Southern accent is spot-on in conveying both place and class.Ozburn’s Annie and Evans-Agnew’s Helen are mesmerizing. Ozburn is a seasoned pro whose performances I have been praising for years (most recently in “The Children’s Hour” at Lakewood Playhouse) and she nails it as Annie. Evans-Agnew is a newcomer to the stage. She is 13 years old, and her only other stage appearance was as Scout in “To Kill a Mockingbird” at Tacoma Little Theatre. If they handed out Tony Awards for community theater it would be hard to decide which of these two deserved it most. The intensity and the reality of their physically demanding performances are mind-boggling. I can’t imaging watching their performances without aching for them and celebrating their final triumph.


WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, through March 15WHERE: Lakewood Playhouse, 5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd., LakewoodTICKETS: $25.00, $22.00 military, $21.00 seniors and $19.00 students/educators, pay what you can INFORMATION: 253-588-0042, www.lakewoodplayhouse.org

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Mirah “No Direction Home”

K Records - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 12:43am
Drama. Birds. Giving it all up slow. So intimate.  K Song of the Day: Mirah, “No Direction Home” from her Changing Light [KLP253] album.   The Mirah album Changing Light [KLP253] is available now from the K mail Order Dept.  
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The Hive Dwellers “Love Will Come Back Again”

K Records - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 12:22am
It’s a parade of the possible, the love and the lonesome.   K Song of the Day: The Hive Dwellers “Love Will Come Back Again” from their  Moanin’ [KLP249] album. The Hive Dwellers album Moanin’ [KLP249] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
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Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika

South Sound Arts - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 9:16am



This weekend is your last opportunity to see Olympia Little Theatre’s staged reading of Angels in America Part 2: Perestroika. I attended the opening night performance. That night there were almost as many actors on stage as there were audience members in seats. Come on, folks. We can fill seats for light musical comedy and other forms of theatrical pabulum but we can’t fill seats for Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama? Tony Kushner’s Angels in America will go down in history as one of America’s great theatrical experiences. This will be a brief review as I already said most of what needs to be said in my review of Angels in America Part 1: Millennium Approaches at Olympia Little Theatre. Suffice it to say that everything that made that performance outstanding—a marvelous cast comprised of Christian Carvajal, Anthony Neff, Bonnie Vandver, Phil Folan, Austin C. Lang, Terrence Lockwood, Sarah May, and Andrea Weston-Smart; and a unique set and outstanding direction by Niclas R. Olson—is here in abundance. If anything, Part 2 is more intense, more outlandish and funnier. Everything is kicked up a notch. Vandver shone in multiple roles in Part 1 and shines even brighter in this one as Hannah Pitt and as the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg. Lockwood and Weston-Smart have bigger parts and connect more intensely with the audience. Roy Cohn, a despicable human being played convincingly by Carvajal, is even more loathsome in Part 2. The humor . . . well, it’s hard to say how such deathly serious themes can be handled with such outlandish humor while still driving home serious commentary. The sex scene between Prior Walter (Folan) and the angel (Weston-Smart) might be the funniest and most graphic sex scene ever performed with clothes on.Angels in America is subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes.” It offers a harsh and unflinching look at the worst years of the AIDS crisis with ghosts, an angel, and adult language. It is an adult-only production. I salute Olympia Little Theatre for doing it.
WHEN: 7:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday, through March. 1WHERE: Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave., NE, OlympiaTICKETS: $8INFORMATION: (360) 786-9484, http://olympialittletheater.org/Tip jar - With the exception of reviews reprinted from my monthly theater column in The News Tribune and my weekly art criticism column in the Weekly Volcano, I do not get paid for reviews. There’s a tip jar in the sidebar to the right. Tips help cover my expenses and every little bit helps. Thank you.
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Ruby Fray “Grackle”

K Records - Sat, 02/28/2015 - 12:58am
Whirling, swirling, taking us down and lifting us up: “Grackle”, K Song of the Day from Ruby Fray‘s Grackle [KLP251] album. Recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington, Grackle is Ruby Fray‘s second album following their debut outing Pith [KLP239]. The Ruby Fray album Grackle [KLP251] is available now from the K mail Order Dept.
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Pine Hill Haints “Shattered Waltz”

K Records - Fri, 02/27/2015 - 12:28am
“It’s you I’m waiting for.” Real heart on a barbed wire feeling. Pine Hill Haints pining, never resigning. K Song of the Day: Pine Hill Haints “Shattered Waltz” from their The Magik Sounds of Pine Hill Haints [KLP254] album.   The Pine Hill Haints album The Magik Sounds of Pine Hill Haints [KLP254] is available […]
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Georgia O’Keefe and Still Life Art in New Mexico

South Sound Arts - Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:35pm



Published in the Weekly Volcano, Feb. 26, 2015
Georgia O'Keeffe (1887−1986), Mule's Skull with Pink Poinsettia, 1936. Oil on canvas, 40⅛ × 30 inches. Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Gift of The Burnett Foundation. 1997.06.014. (O'Keeffe 876) © 2015 Georgia O’Keeffe Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy International Arts ®I can hardly wait to see “Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico” at Tacoma Art Museum. As a matter of fact, I won’t wait; I’ll preview it now instead of writing my regular review column, and then I will review it for the March 12 Weekly Volcano. 
Twenty-two Georgia O’Keeffe paintings will be shown alongside 42 additional works by her New Mexico contemporaries. That alone should be enough to make you mark this show in your calendar.  O’Keeffe escaped New York to live and work in the desert near Taos, and many of her fellow artists followed suit.  From the 1920s to the 1950s New Mexico was to New York artists what Tahiti had been to Gauguin—a place of refuge, retreat and inspiration. Many of these artists are in this show, artists such as Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley, and artists from each of the major art centers in New Mexico, including Gustave Baumann, Catherine Critcher, Eliseo Rodriguez and more.

Alexandre Hogue (1898−1994), Studio Corner-Taos, 1927. Oil on canvas, mounted on wood, 36 × 34 inches. Philbrook Museum of Art, Inc., Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gift of Mrs. Joan Calder-Malouf in memory of Leroy "Skip" Malouf. 2001.10.  © Olivia Hogue Mariño & Amalia Mariño. Courtesy International Arts ® "Eloquent Objects takes a different look at the American Southwest through still-life paintings. If asked to describe an image that symbolized New Mexico, most people would likely talk about a landscape or the vibrant cultures of the area,” says Margaret Bullock, TAM’s Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions. “The paintings in this exhibition instead focus on objects. They ask us to pause and think about how the things that interest us or surround us in our daily lives reveal something about us and the place and time we live in. These are deeply personal images.”
I have not yet seen this show, but TAM included a few images with their press release, among which are the oil paintings “Yellow Cactus” and “Mule's Skull with Pink Poinsettia” by O’Keeffe. Both are large paintings in a typical O’Keeffe style. She is famous for pictures of a single giant flower that takes up the entire canvas and emphasizes the similarities between flowers and female sex organs. “Yellow Cactus” pictures two such flowers in yellow on a soft blue background. It is sensual and lyrical and practically invites the viewer to sniff it up close. “Mule's Skull with Pink Poinsettia” features another still life item that O’Keeffe painted frequently, an animal skull, and two delicate flowers floating in air above sand dunes that emulate the sensual curves of a human body, as do the white clouds in the blue sky. 
Also pictured is Alexandre Hogue’s oil painting “Studio Corner-Taos.” This painting from 1927 looks like it could have been painted today. In fact, it looks like one of Phillip Pearlstein’s paintings of figures in interiors with intricately patterned rugs and other objects, only minus the figure. It is an Indian blanket draped over a blue chair with a rattle and dolls on the floor. This painting is colorful and beautifully designed. 
Dorothy Morang’s “Garden of Eden” from 1937 is a striking abstract painting in gorgeous tones or orange and blue, and Maurice Sterne’s painting of peppers on a chair looks like a Cezanne painting.
The painters of this era in America were deeply influenced by Cezanne, Picasso, and the French modernists who came along in an earlier time but many of whom were still working. Americans like O’Keefe and the others who went to New Mexico took these influences and Americanized them. This show should provide an exciting and in-depth look at a lot of major art from the first half of the 20th century. It is a national touring show and TAM is its only West Coast stop.
Eloquent Objects: Georgia O’Keeffe and Still-Life Art in New Mexico, Tue.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Third Thursday 10 a.m. to –8 p.m., $12-$14, Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave. Tacoma, http://www.tacomaartmuseum.org/
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Pine Hill Haints, The NuttHouse Live Concert

K Records - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:25pm
From the NuttHouse Recording Studio in Sheffield, AL. (across the street from Muscle Shoals and Tuscumbia, down the road from Florence) it’s the NuttHouse Live Concert series. This particular episode features everyone’s favorite Florence, AL hott rockin’ combo, Pine Hill Haints, doing what they do best, bringing the house down. Yeah! The Pine Hill Haints […]
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Old Time Relijun, Renew!

K Records - Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:13am
Old Time Relijun are playing their first shows in the current decade this spring. Renewal time. This is their twentieth anniversary (they first gathered together January 1, 1995) and have made the collective decision to celebrate by getting back in the saddle May Day, 2015. The line-up remains as before: Arrington de Dionyso, vocal & […]
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Jessica Bonin “Unlucky Son”

K Records - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:52pm
“Unlucky Son” was created in conjunction with the show Happily Never After which opens March 5 from 5-8 at PUNCH Gallery in Seattle.  It was shot and edited during the confines of one day.  The lead character, a handmade marionette, is a biographical conglomeration of lost, lonely, and wandering young souls.   In the video, he […]
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Angels in America at Olympia Little Theatre

South Sound Arts - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:17am


Under the direction of Niclas R. Olson and with super performances by a cast including Christian Carvajal, Anthony Neff, Bonnie Vandver, Austin C. Lang, Terrence Lockwood, Sara May, and Andrea Weston-Smart, Olympia Little Theatre’s staged reading of Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches is a new high for local theater.It is a huge show in more ways than one. It is huge in concept and in length (it is a two-part, seven-act behemoth; part one is three acts, approximately three hours in length including two 10-minute intermissions), and it is monumental in the manner in which the controversial-for-its-time subject matter is handled. It is the story of the early years of the AIDS epidemic when President Ronald Reagan refused to even acknowledge the existence of what was then often referred to as the gay cancer. Written by activist playwright Tony Kushner, Angels in America (the two parts combined) captured two Tony Awards, two Drama Desk Awards and a Pulitzer Prize.  Olympia Little Theatre is doing it as a staged reading. Unfortunately, the run of the play is so short that I can’t post this review of part one before its final production. I can only hope that my review of part one will encourage theater goers to see part two, which runs Feb. 26 to March 1.Being a staged reading, the actors are “on book.” But most of them have their lines down so well that the scripts they hold in hand are almost props. They rarely glance at the words, and in almost every other way it is a fully produced show.The set design by Olson is ingenious. In his director’s notes he quotes Kushner: “It’s OK that the wires show, and maybe it’s good that they do, but the magic should at the same time be thoroughly amazing.” Olson’s set design enhances this concept. It looks like a warehouse of sorts, with stacks of trunks, suitcases, tables and chairs, a fold-up bed, and cardboard boxes representing various offices and apartments in New York. The back wall is unfinished, with exposed studs, and a huge stack of boxes fills in one large gap in the wall. This set makes no sense in terms of accurately depicting the various settings, but it marvelously creates the mood of the play and allows characters to interact without having to change sets. Joe Pitt (Neff) is an up-and-coming political operative who is married to Harper Pitt (May) and who quits his clerking job in New York to go to work for Roy Cohn(Carvajal). Cohn was a ruthless political operative and one of the few actual historic characters in the play. He helped Sen. Joseph McCarthy during the Communist witch hunts and helped prosecute Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Cohn was also a semi-closeted gay man—in the play he says he’s not gay but he fucks men. He says it repeatedly and defiantly. Joe Pitt is also gay, but has not yet come to terms with his sexual orientation.In contrast to Cohn and Pitt, Louis Ironson (Lang) and Prior Walter (Phil Folan) are an openly gay couple who desperately love one another. Prior is dying of AIDS, and the role of caretaker is more than Ironson can handle.I will not get in the plot any further except to say that there are heavy religious themes (Cohn and Prior are both Jewish, and Pitt is Mormon), and many of the characters interact with ghosts and angels. Carjaval, Lang and Folan turn in excellent performances. In supporting roles, Bonnie Vandver does a yoman’s job of playing numerous characters, including a rabbi, the ghost of Ethel Rosenberg, and Joe Pitt’s mother, and May nicely handles the challenging assignment of portraying Pitt’s somewhat mentally ill wife, Harper. Weston-Smart is believable in a variety of roles, including the angel of the title. Lockwood manages to be campy without going overboard as a former drag performer. This is a powerful, disturbing and intellectually challenging play about gay and religious themes and liberally sprinkled with adult language. Part II: “Perestroika” opens Feb. 26.WHEN: 7:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 1:55 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 - March. 1WHERE: Olympia Little Theatre, 1925 Miller Ave., NE, OlympiaTICKETS: $8INFORMATION: (360) 786-9484, http://olympialittletheater.org/Tip jar - With the exception of reviews reprinted from my monthly theater column in The News Tribune and my weekly art criticism column in the Weekly Volcano, I do not get paid for reviews. There’s a tip jar in the sidebar to the right. Tips help cover my expenses and every little bit helps. Thank you.
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Johanna Gosse: Wednesday, March 4th, 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:17pm
Bruce Conner, BOMBHEAD, 1989, Courtesy The Conner Family Trust, San Francisco

Bruce Conner, BOMBHEAD, 1989, Courtesy of The Conner Family Trust, San Francisco

“Bruce Conner’s Atomic Sublime Cinema”

San Francisco-based artist Bruce Conner made his first experimental film, A MOVIE, in 1958, at the height of national anxiety about the atomic threat. Over the following decades, his films continued to address the cultural and political fallout of the Cold War. This talk examines Conner’s filmic output over two and a half decades, from his pioneering works of “found footage” montage, to his participation in psychedelic expanded cinema performance, to his more intimate portraits of female friends and later interest in music video. It argues that these works are expressions of the “atomic sublime,” an aesthetic that captures the paradoxical experience of “terrible beauty” that is generated by witnessing an atomic explosion. By attending closely to the historical and cultural context of Conner’s apocalyptic cinema, this talk proposes a reconsideration of postwar American art’s engagement with the aesthetics of “the sublime.”

Johanna Gosse is an art historian specializing in the postwar American avant-garde, with an emphasis on experimental film and media practices. She earned her PhD in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College in 2014 with a dissertation on the experimental films of San Francisco-based artist Bruce Conner. Her writing has appeared in journals such as Camera Obscura, MIRAJ: Moving Image Review & Art JournalRadical History ReviewThe Journal of Black Mountain College Studies, various exhibition catalogues, and Abstract Video: The Moving Image in Contemporary Art, an edited collection forthcoming from the University of California Press in 2015. You can read more about past work and current projects at: www.johannagosse.com.

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Ruby Fray “Photograph”

K Records - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 12:56am
This song burrows under the skin in the sweetest way. K Song of the Day: Ruby Fray “Photograph” form the Grackle [KLP251] album. Recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio in Olympia, Washington, Grackle is Ruby Fray‘s second album following their debut outing Pith [KLP239]. The Ruby Fray album Grackle [KLP251] is available now from the K […]
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Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen

South Sound Arts - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 3:56pm


Entry to collection, prints by Rick Bartow. Photo courtesy The Evergreen State College
Building the Future: Collections at Evergreen" highlights not only works of art from the art gallery collection at The Evergreen State College but also collections from the Malcolm Stilson Archives and Special Collections, the Chicano/Latino Archive, the James F. Holly Rare Books Collection, the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center and Evergreen Pictures.

In the space allowed for this column I cannot begin to describe all that is in this exhibition. There are books authored by Evergreen faculty and students/alumni; and prints and photographs from famous artists such as Andy Warhol and Diane Arbus. There are crafts from Northwest Native Americans.

As you enter the gallery you see woodcarvings and masks by Native artists and two wonderful lithographs by Rick Bartow, a Native artist well known in the area whose art skillfully combines contemporary and traditional forms of expression. Along the right wall are photographs depicting the history of the college from the Evans Library collection, and facing back toward the entrance is the "Chained Library," a display of books connected by chains and written by TESC alumni. There are two short films on a continuous loop: "House of Welcome" produced and directed by Sandy Osawa and Yasu Osawa, and "Mary Hillaire: A Lasting Vision" by Barbara Smith and the late Marge Brown, former faculty member. Hillaire founded the Native American Studies Program at Evergreen.

Polaroid photot of Keith Haring and Juan Dubois, 1983. Gift from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
Andy Warhol: Keith Haring and Juan Dubose 1983.Along the back wall is a richly colored and glowing line of fabric wall tiles from Liz Whitney Quisgard's "Wall Hanging Series." It is a series of 10 squares lined up to fill an entire wall with overlapping geometric patterns in burning tones of red, orange, purple and yellow. It is quite beautiful and deceptively simple; i.e., much more complex than it looks at first.

Another wall is filled with photographs, mostly black and white, and prints by a variety of artists. Among these is a strong portrait of Helmi Juvonen by the great local photographer Mary Randlett. There is a lovely photo by Judy Dater of a woman, "Twinka," in a see-through dress in a wooded setting with deep, dark eyes and a fierce expression. There are two famous photos by Edward Weston, "Nude" and "Bell Pepper." Both the food and the woman become strong abstract sculptures due to Weston's lighting and camera angle. Surely everyone will recognize Andy Warhol's color portrait of Keith Haring, but how many will recognize his lover, Juan Dubose? They are pictured along with Miquel Bose, the jokey Willie Shoemaker, and Bracka Weintraub. These four Polaroid portraits by Warhol are mounted in a single frame. On a stand nearby is a book of 50 photos by Warhol donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts including portraits of many of his friends - some celebrities and some unknown.

Also showing is Diane Arbus's famous and haunting image of a boy with a toy hand grenade in Central Park, and finally an iconographic lithograph by the great Jacob Lawrence, "Builders: Man on a Scaffold."
This is a show worth seeing. The only thing missing is work by past and present faculty members and students such as Marilyn Frasca, Joe Fedderson, Matt Groening and Lynda Barry, just to name a few. Maybe those can comprise a follow-up show.

"BUILDING THE FUTURE: COLLECTIONS AT EVERGREEN,"10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, 12:30-5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, through March 4, The Evergreen State College Gallery, 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Library 1st floor, Olympia, 360.867.5125

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The Pop Group “Colour Blind”

K Records - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:02pm
Excerpted from the We Are Time compilation of demonstration and live recordings. The Pop Group originally released We Are Time on their own Y label (distributed through Rough Trade) in 1980 with a plain black dye-cut sleeve. It was reissued in 2014. Excitement. The Pop Group have a new album, Citizen Zombie, their first since […]
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Boy Meets Girls – new world premiere play by Bryan Willis

South Sound Arts - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 10:05am

Jessa Dian (L)
Brynn Ogilvie (R)
photo courtesy Bryan  Willis
A new play by local and nationally acclaimed playwright Bryan Willis will premiere in a one-night-only performance at Oly Underground in Olympia with two shows on Monday March 2. Boy Meets Girls is billed as “a play about love, human trafficking and growing up at the speed of sex.” The play is based on 10 different stories—all true, according to the playwright. A dancer in a local strip club considers giving a bikini barista some survival tips before she signs a contract. Willis says, “Boy Meets Girls provides a realistic glimpse of a world that may be closer than you think.”
It is a one-act running 25minutes. There will be two performances, each with a different cast:  Cast #1performing at 7 p.m.:  Jessa Dian, Brian Hatcher, Brynn OgilvieCast #2 performing at 8 p.m:  Brian Wayne Jansen, Cheyenne Lorraine, Mariah MooreKnown locally for his many plays produced by Harlequin Productions and other performance groups such as Theater Artists Olympia, Willis is now playwright-in-residence at Northwest Playwrights Alliance at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. His plays have been included in the past two evenings of one-acts at the Midnight Sun.He quit his day job in ’92 and has been a working playwright ever since. His plays have been workshopped and produced off-Broadway, on the London fringe, throughout the U.K., Israel, and in theaters across the U.S. and Canada, including ACT, New York Theater Workshop, Seattle Rep, Milwaukee Rep, Unseam’d Shakespeare Co. and Riverside Studios in London. His work has also been featured on NPR and BBC Radio (commission for Sophie). Willis is the recipient of a theater fellowship from Artist Trust and has also received the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion for his work with the American College Theater Festival. He has worked in the literary departments of many theaters, including Playwrights Horizons and Lincoln Center (NYU’s Playwright-in-Residence) and Tacoma Actors Guild.He lives in Olympia with his son Zach in their new home:  Willoughby, Significantly Close to the Sea. 
Boy Meets GirlsOly Underground, 109 SW Legion Way, Olympia, WA  (360/352-7343)Tickets:  $5 suggested donation at the door, or reserve seating by writing willis@olynet.com Age Restriction:  21+ only  (Oly Underground serves alcohol)Co-produced by Washington Engage
 & the Northwest Playwrights Alliance
Plus - A comedy by Bryan Willis, Seven Ways to Get There, opens Feb. 24  and runs through March 15 ACT's Allen Theatre in Seattle.

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