Arts & Entertainment

Hallowzine: a Fundraiser for the Olympia Zine Fest

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

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

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

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Ruby Fray on WVAU!

K Records - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 6:41pm
This month Ruby Fray are touring across the United States of A. in celebration of their new K album Grackle [KLP251]. Last week they stopped off at the studios of WVAU to be interviewed and play a few songs live on the air. Their host, Chloe, took the following photog and posted it at the […]
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Gretchen Bennett: Wednesday, November 5th, 11:30-1:00 pm in Lecture Hall 1

Evergreen Artists Lecture Series - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 3:59pm

Gretchen Frances Bennett was selected to receive a Special Recognition Award for Betty Bowen. 2014. Also in 2014, she completed postgraduate studies with the Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, Vermont. In 2012, her work was included in exhibitions at Ditch Projects, Springfield, Oregon and The Hedreen Gallery, Seattle University. In 2011, she developed a temporary work for the Seattle Art Museum Olympic Sculpture Park, presented a solo show at Vignettes, Seattle, and her work was featured in the exhibition Heel Gezellig, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam. She was awarded a residency with The Corporation of Yaddo in 2011. In 2010, she won a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council residency on Governors Island, New York, and a studio residency with The Association of Icelandic Visual Artists, Reykjavik, Iceland. Her work was included in the 2010 Seattle Art Museum exhibition, Kurt. She helped found the arts collective, Seattle Catalog LLC (Sea-Cat). She teaches at Seattle University.

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All Your Friend’s Friends “Jump Kick the Legs”

K Records - Tue, 10/28/2014 - 2:51pm
The first video from the NW hip hop compilation All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] produced by SMOKE M2D6. “Jump Kick The Legs” features the lyrical stylings of (in order of appearance) Xperience, Zikki, Jesus Chris, Candidt, Nicatine, Hashtronaut, Swamptiger, Miz, Ang P, Heretic The Heathen, Shellz Sck and Luvva J! All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255] […]
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Gearlust: TS-1 MK2 [x2]

K Records - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:09pm
For a while we’ve been wanting a new pair of small diaphragm condenser mics. Our vintage Altecs and Neumanns aren’t exactly closely matched pairs. The AKG 414s are solid, but just not super exciting to use (also some flailing drummers smacked them and I need to swap the guts into new chassis). We had a […]
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Oly Freakdown Fest

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

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

Evergreen Noise, FLY, Bones Cvlt, OPP and OCS presents..

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!

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

Buy tickets at:
http://olyfreakdown14.brownpapertickets.com/
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

When:
October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 3PM!

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Divers New Album Excitement!

K Records - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 6:18pm
There is a new rock’n'roll sound from Philadelphia that is raking America over the coals. Divers are stompin’ at the Go-Go and everyone is rump shakin’ in time to their primitive beat. Divers are fronted by Ms. Emily Ana Zeitlyn, who participated in the Black Mountain Music Project, toured with the Microphones, Mirah, Calvin Johnson […]
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Oly Freakdown Fest

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

Friday and Saturday, October 24th & 25th

Evergreen Noise, FLY, Bones Cvlt, OPP and OCS presents..

OLY FREAKDOWN FEST 2014
Olympia’s own loud rock costume party!
*Costume Contest on this day*

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

Buy tickets at:
http://olyfreakdown14.brownpapertickets.com/
PRESALE ONLY: $12 Two Day Pass
DAY OF EVENT: $8 Per Day

When:
October 24th and 25th, 2014
Shows start each day at 3PM!

www.olyfreakdown.com

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Volunteer Meeting

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

Come one, come all, come volunteer for your local all ages venue. NOTE: this is a Thursday, not our usual Monday!
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So Giffy

Jusby the Clown - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:26pm
Pieing Charles Shelan at CYS in 2008 on April Fool’s.  Read the original blog entry here> http://jusbytheclown.com/2008/04/01/first-and-second-pie/Filed under: :pie:, Olympia, Services
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The Black Aesthetic at B2

South Sound Arts - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:33am


Published in the Weekly Volcano, Oct. 23, 2014
untitled painting by Humbert HowardIn many ways Gary and Deborah Boone operate B2 Fine Arts Gallery more like a museum than a commercial gallery — much to Tacoma’s great good fortune. They have held survey shows of the best of children’s art from around the world, not once, not twice, but three times with their “Beyond Crayons and Finger Painting” series. They have brought us art by nationally prominent African-American artists celebrating Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in the show “Sweet Freedom’s Jubilee.” They treated Tacomans with a look at the Northwest School and the Hood Canal Colony with works by Guy Anderson, Elton Bennett, Kenneth Callahan, Morris Graves, Mark Tobey and other Northwest Mystics. And now they offer “The Black Aesthetic,” with more works by notable African-American artists including Milt Simons, Thelma J. Streat, Paul Dusenbury, Richard Mayhew, Humbert Howard, Norman Lewis and the great Romare Bearden.
Rising Sun L’ Embouchure​ by Romare BeardenBearden is the most famous of the artists — famous for his collages and paintings about the black experience in America — but none of these signature pieces are included in this show. Instead, he is represented by two watercolor landscapes and an oil-on-paper landscape, all of which are simple, sketchy, atmospheric, and abstracted to such a degree that the landscape is barely recognizable. These works are simultaneously restful and explosive yet appear almost bland in comparison to works by Simons, Streat and Howard.
Simons’ paintings dominate this exhibition. His “Introspection” at six-by-eight feet is a dramatic, dark show-stopper reminiscent of El Greco with its elongated and convoluted male figure floating in a dark and stormy sky. The energy and mystery of this painting is captivating. The figure, by-the-way, is playing a flute, and next to this painting is a smaller painting in oil of raised board and strips and globs of ripped canvas called “Flutist.” Both of these are powerful and bombastic.
Breaking from the abstract theme of this show, there are three Simons figure paintings in a back room, each in a different style and each from a different period in his career. There is a realistic figure in a classical pose from 1948 painted with thin washes, a self-portrait with his wife from 1955 in which the figures are submerged in heavy globs of paint, and a very expressive but classical nude from 1962.
Simons is also represented by stormy landscapes (also reminiscent of El Greco) and equally stormy abstract paintings. That’s quite a range of styles and interests, and it’s all good.
Howard’s two little paintings were a surprise to me. I am not familiar with his work, but these two semi-abstract figure paintings with bright colors and heavy impasto paint application are lovely.
Streat’s iconic and diagrammatic pictures of animals and masked figures evoke both Africa and Native American culture.Also showing as part of Metal Urge is a group of outstanding wall-sculptures by Earnest Thomas.
B2 Fine Art Gallery, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, till 9 p.m. Third Thursdays, through Nov. 29, 711 St. Helens Avenue, Tacoma, 253.238.5065]
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Pink Elephant’s Gravecast 020

K Records - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 5:29pm
  The Pink Elephant’s Gravecast is also available from Stitcher and iTunes. The Pink Elephant’s Graveyard takes a moment to speak with Screaming Females, a band from New Brunswick, New Jersey (featuring Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals, Jarrett Dougherty on drums, and King Mike on electric bass guitar) who were in Olympia, Washington to play a house […]
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All Your Friend’s Friends: AKA Kitchen Freestyle

K Records - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 2:59pm
Freestylin’ in the kitchen beneath the Dub Narcotic Studio at the K office in Olympia, Washington, AKA representing the new NW hip hop compilation All Your Friend’s Friends [KLP255]. Attend one of the All Your Friend’s Friends album release parties in November: Nov. 8   Portland, OR   Dante’s Nov. 13   Seattle, WA   Rendezvous Nov. 15   Olympia, […]
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The Shivas New Album Streams at KEXP!

K Records - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 5:44pm
The latest album by the Shivas is You Know What to Do [KLP252], on the streets October 28. You can hear it now in its entirety streaming at the KEXP website. You Know What to Do [KLP252] was recorded at Dub Narcotic Studio with Calvin Johnson. It is available now from the K Mail Order […]
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Chasms, All Your Sisters, TransFX and Jesus on the Moon

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

Sunday, October 19th, doors at 8pm

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

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

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

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

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Buzz One Four!

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

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

Friday, October 17th, doors at 8pm

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

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

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

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

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Van Allen Belt, photo by Heather Mull

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

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



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

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



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




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