Arts & Entertainment

Localoops Phantasmagoria

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Thu, 04/24/2014 - 5:00pm

Northern Flickers presents
in association with Crackpot Crafters Internationale
LocaLoops Phantasmagoria
$5 suggested donation to benefit Northern / Olympia All Ages

Immerse yourself in a multiple projector extravaganza of 16mm film loops. Featuring all local artists! Films and projection performances by Bridgid Cummins, Carl Smool, Devon Damonte, Eric Sarai, Jackie Argueta, Jim Hill, Meesh Rheault Miller, and Ruth Hayes; Soundscape by Jen Grady and Peter Randlette. One show only! Never to be repeated! Witness the Spectacle!


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Volunteer Meeting!

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 5:00pm


Did you know that Northern is entirely run and staffed by volunteers? We are always looking for new people. Lucy says come check us out!

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TisDass (from Niger feat Angelo Spencer and Brainstorm) – Flesh Collage (Oly) + special guest

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 5:00pm

Kildjate Moussa Albadé from Niger will be in Olympia for the first time presenting his project TisDass!


TisDass will play raw grooves from the Nigerian desert accompanied by Angelo Spencer and Brainstorm as his backing band!

This is probably your one and only chance to see this wild music played live in a human size venue! Don’t miss it!

Moussa played with Bombino for many years and played countless Tamasheq weddings! He’s an amazing singer and an amazing guitar player!

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Jocelyn’s Memorial Garden Looks Lovely in the Spring

Sherwood Press - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:19pm

Ten years ago this spring, I asked Jocelyn’s friends to consider contributing plants from their own yards for a memorial garden I was planting. Many people came by with something dug up from their own gardens. These plants were by and large native species, but a few non-natives were brought along, too. I spent days pulling up ivy, brought in garden fill and chips, and hired some helpers to build a rock wall and spread out the soil. I took an old cedar shingle from our previous roof and carved Jocelyn’s name and life dates into it and hung it on a tree. Her funerary urn was also soon planted at the foot of the garden under an enormous fir tree — a garland of dog tags from all the dogs that she and Margery had over the years adorning and guarding the spot. A few years ago, Jocelyn’s partner Margery’s ashes were also interred there. What a fortuitous place to rest! I wonder if I will join them both one day, overlooking the lake in the cool shade.

I love this tiny garden and spring is it’s best time… the Sweet Woodruff in bloom, the Trillium going purple, the Solomon’s Seal flowers in their full fragrance and Maple blossoms forming a delicate carpet.
Jocelyn's Memorial Garden

Jocelyn’s Memorial Garden

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Donald Beaman, Jenny Jenkins and the Mona Reels

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 5:00pm

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to Olympia! His songs will melt you. In fact, I’m already melting…

And Jenny Jenkins !! Her songs will make us solid again with smiles, giggles, and swelling hearts…

And the Mona Reels!! Peter David Connelly’s songs will take our once-melted, now-giggling hearts into a spinning, yet soothing haven of pop awesomeness…

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Donald Beaman with card catalogs

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The Meaning of Wood at SPSCC

South Sound Arts - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 8:40am

The Weekly Volcano, April 17, 2014

"Cedar Iv" painting by Kathy Gore Fuss
Mark Scherer’s “Back Saw”,” Broken Saw”, “Painted Saw”, and “Sharp Saw”The Meaning of Wood at the gallery at South Puget Sound Community College is one of the best theme shows I have seen in a long time. This spacious gallery in the Kenneth J Minnaert Center features sculptures, paintings and drawings from many artists in a wide range of styles, all commenting on trees, wood products and the ecology of our forest lands, and nearly all of excellent artistic quality. The curators of this show chose wisely.
Well known Olympia artists in the show include Kathy Gore Fuss, Susan Aurand and Jeffree Stewart, plus there are many excellent artists from other areas, most of whom I am not familiar with but hope to see more of. There are many large and impressive works such as Seattle artist Julia Haack’s “Escher’s Rabbit,” brightly colored patterns on oddly shaped wooden panels. Haack’s flat but eccentrically shaped paintings remind me of early work by Frank Stella but her patterns are more decorative, and she uses old wood and matt paint that lend to her work the look of signs painted on the sides of barns and weathered by years of wind and rain. It’s great to see her work in this show.
Gore Fuss’s large painting of a tree seen from a close-up vantage point in a tangle of vines and leaves is a slice of Pacific Northwest forest personified with wonderfully expressive brushstrokes and impasto.
I was particularly impressed with Cheri Kopp’s “Forest of Yesterday,” a sculpture made up of five pyramids of stacked toilet paper tubes on corner pedestals, a paper clip attached to every tube with each set of tubes with its own color scheme — little specks of blue here and yellow there and so forth. Described verbally it may not sound so great, but to see it is a joy.
Karen Hackenberg’s “Deep Dish Ecology” is a circle like a surrealistic merry-go-round of match sticks with burnt tips and little cone-shaped evergreens made of match sticks with green tips and a pile of fallen trees in the middle made of more match sticks. Sadly, however, she slightly dilutes what would otherwise be a powerful image and a powerful message by adding a bunch of tiny toy people and equipment, making a great ecological statement cute.
Suzanne DeCuir’s “Skagit Boneyard” may be the best landscape painting in this show of many landscapes. It is a sparse bit of land with a winding river and scattered logs with thinly brushed-on oil paint applied with what looks like a dry brush and lots of bare canvas showing through.
Stephen Kafer’s “Horizontals 36, 37, 38” comprises three elegant stick-like sculptures that reach ceiling to floor and are simple, streamlined shapes with nuanced variations in textures and changes in shape with salvaged cedar, redwood and lacewood.
Cami Weingrod’s “Multigrain Sampler 1, 2, 3” comprises three stacked prints with what appears to be differently colored circles printed to show tree rings on squares and all three stacked so that the white of the paper between the shapes makes negative forms into positives. The patterning and color choices have a lot in common with Haack’s painting.
Also outstanding is Aurand’s “Home Fires” a house on fire constructed with cut and painted wood panels and other materials. Her soft blending of brilliantly fiery colors and both architectural and curvilinear forms is exciting.
This is a wonderful show well worth a trip to SPSCC from anywhere in the South Sound.
 [South Puget Sound Community College, Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts Gallery, Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. and by appointment, through May 2, 2011 Mottman Rd. SW. Olympia, 360.596.5527.]
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LAKE Tulip!

K Records - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:48am
 LAKE: (Mark Morrison, Andrew Dorsett, Ashley Eriksson, Eli Moore) visiting the tulip fields in Skagit Valley, Washington. The latest LAKE album The World Is Real [KLP246] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.  
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Calvin Johnson in Portugal/Spain

K Records - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 1:02am
Calvin Johnson‘s tour through Portugal and Spain. The new Hive Dweller‘s album Moanin’ [KLP249] is available now from the K Mail Order Dept.      
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Alain LeTourneau: Wednesday, April 23

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 4:10pm

Alain LeTourneau: Wednesday, April 23 11:00-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

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Alain LeTourneau is a Portland, Oregon based artist. He utilizes 16mm film, video and still photography to explore the social and personal histories embedded in landscapes, and to consider how the accumulated actions of individuals and organizations define the function, shape and character of the built environment.

Alain is the co-founder of, a 16mm conservation initiative that maintains the international exhibitors list and houses a collection of 16mm film prints. From 1999-2009, Alain presented important and challenging films in the 16mm format at a micro-cinema operated by 40 Frames in Portland’s Central Eastside Industrial District.

His work has been exhibited internationally, including Anthology Film Archives, Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Film Studies Center at University of Chicago, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, International House Philadelphia, Images Festival (Toronto), Los Angeles Filmforum, Portland Art Museum, San Francisco Cinematheque, Unknown Pleasures (Berlin) and Vancouver International Film Centre.

Alain’s latest projects include the photographic series Swan Island Industrial Park, and Open Road, a 16mm film about the landscape of private, automotive transportation.


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Calvin in Toulouse!

K Records - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:01am
Folks outside Theatre Garonne, awaiting the Calvin Johnson show in Toulouse, France. Marie Mathématique started things off with a flourish and some ver snappy tambourine playing. What a treat.
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Hot Hoodoo, The Falsies, and Red Red Red

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 5:00pm

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Red Red Red

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Dub Narcotic’s Remix Contest!

K Records - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 2:24pm
                                    My fellow chaps and chapettes: Salutations, Greetings, and Happy Spring. A short while ago Dub Narcotic Studio held a video contest to give away a free day of recording in our new studio space, and by golly […]
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Calvin In Bordeaux!

K Records - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 4:01am
Above photog is Francis of Allez les Filles with his mobile DJ unit, which he employs every Thursday evening on the tram in Bordeaux, he gets the riders dancing. Since Bordeaux is the hometown of Melanie (Tender Forever), you know it has to be hott and ready to move its feet. Last time I was in […]
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Calvin is on tour in Europe!

K Records - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 3:17pm
It is hard to believe but Calvin is on tour for SIX WEEKS!  Seems like forever, here are his dates.  You should go to one of his shows and tell him how much we miss him already (but that we’re working hard while he is gone, promise!). Furtehrmore the new Hive Dwellers album Moanin’ [KLP249] […]
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Process: Eleanor Murray on Making “Bury Me Into the Mtn”

K Records - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:00pm
  Last summer, Eleanor Murray released the fourth album under her own name, the stunning Bury Me Into the Mtn. The album is strikingly spare, with nary a note misplaced, I think Eleanor’s most intentional work to date. I sat down with Eleanor to discuss her creative process for this record. Presented here is a transcript […]
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Brothers of the Sonic Cloth, Old Iron, Big Red Sun, Mercenaries

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sun, 04/13/2014 - 4:00pm

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OLD IRON — Seattle melodic sludge

THE BIG RED SUN – Olympia thunder rock (members of Lady Ablaze)

MERCENARIES — Olympia thrash-core (members of Bone Sickness)

Brothers of the Sonic Cloth with TAD DOYLE!!!

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Shipwreck Motel, Fruit Juice, and Peppermint Night Light

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 5:00pm

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Fruit Juice

Peppermint Night Light


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Music and Storytelling for Kids with Elizabeth Lord and Lois!

Northern - Olympia All Ages Project - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 1:30pm

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two of Olympia’s finest entertainers: Lois Maffeo and Elizabeth Lord!

Lois Maffeo, photo by Tae Won Yu

Elizabeth Lord

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