Sunday, August 17th, 8pm opening.
With a conceptual DJ set by Alex Coxen.
Saturday, August 9th & Sunday, August 10th- varied locations. Save the dates- more info coming soon.
Tercer Mundo (Monterrey, MX) Best 7″ of 2013
Ooze (Chicago/NW Indiana) American Hardcore
Nudes (Seattle, WA) Filthy Hardcore Punk, US Tour Return Show
Gag (Olympia, WA) Kings of Rock
Bad Blood (Olympia/Chicago) Members of GAG, Raw Nerve, Strangers
Vexx (Olympia, WA) Too Talented For This Fest
Snob (Vancouver, BC) Better Than You
G Spot (Fountain Valley, CA) Snotty and Fast, Think Gang Green
Big Zit (NW Indiana) Best Band In America
Dirty Work (Kansas City, MO) Punk Done Proper
Beta Boys (Kansas City, MO) More Kansas City Insanity
Bricklayer (Seattle/Olympia, WA) New Grimace
Provos (San Francisco, CA) Franciscan Soldiers
Convict (Olympia, WA) Raw, 80s, Pissed Off, Ol’ School, Crucial Response
A Priori (Oakland, CA) Kiss Your Posteriori Goodbye
Burial Suit (Olympia, WA) Birthday Suit Rockers
PMS 84 (Portland, OR) Lace Up Your Boots
Turtle Neck (Olympia, WA) High Voltage Rock N Roll
Mercenaries (Olympia, WA) Oly’s Answer to early 80s Ohio
Nerv (Iowa City) On Tour and Ready to Rock
US Disorder (Olympia, WA) New Hardcore Punk
Facebook invite and more info:
Friday, August 8th, 8pm. More info soon!
Thursday, August 7th, 8pm. More info soon!
Tuesday, August 5th, 8pm. More info soon!
Saturday, August 2nd, 8pm
CONVICT – loud fast bitchin’
Heatwarmer – sonic wizards from Seattle playing shred heavy synth rock dance jams and electric clarinet
GURAM GURAM – Duran Duran covers played backwards and half speed on the harp
And local support from our friendsWHELP
Friday, August 1st, 8pm
YONATAN GAT (ex-Monotonix)
w/ local support from CALVIN JOHNSON
and ARRINGTON DE DIONYSO
A masterful guitarist, Gat recently won Village Voice’s “Best Guitarist of 2013″. His power trio is experienced on the floor inside the audience, tearing through “a wholly fresh fusion of psychedelic sounds and rhythms from around the globe, with nods to free jazz and served with an unabashed punk spirit”. Gat’s genre-bending and border shattering (quite literally) guitar assumes simultaneous lead and rhythm duties blending punk rock with Middle Eastern styles, backed by Gal Lazer’s hard-hitting African-influenced grooves and Sergio Sayeg’s (of Brazilian psychedelic rockers Garotas Suecas) melodic anchor.
“Monotonix guitar virtuoso Yonatan Gat has reinvented himself as a world-music riff maven” – Time Out New York
“Tropical psych-pop shredding” – Orlando Weekly
“Kaleidoscopic” – SPIN
“Gat’s Jimi-Hendrix-meets-Godzilla guitar tone is the instrument by which the band brings the arena-rock experience within your immediate reach and, because of the energy level relative to the scale, makes it more explosive and cathartic than anything you could ever see on a bigger stage” – NY Press
“While Monotonix exploits every cubic inch of a venue with vigor, Gat seems to want to scour every corner of the world, with equal intensity” – Chattanooga Pulse
Thursday, July 31, 8pm
Richie Dagger’s Crime
WHALES WHAILING … PDX devotional psych-folk GROUP
Last Friday, Olympia Dumpster Divers attended the Percival Landing sculpture exhibit kick off party here in Olympia, WA. It was a lovely little reception at the Harbor House, where chips and dips and non-alcoholic beverages were served and ballots passed out for the People’s Choice 2014 Percival Plinth Project.
Several of the thirteen pieces on display are made from recycled materials: Bil Fleming‘s “Basin of Quenched Fire” is a reclaimed sea buoy mounted on a tractor cog; in one of its previous reincarnations, it also served as a backyard fire pan. Don Freas made “OPENING (Ring Dance #9)” out of a scrap length of heavy channel iron, some three inch and six inch pipe, a salvaged sprinkler pipe, and a cast-iron table base. John Vanek used repurposed metal for “Dignity in Labor.”
But our vote for best sculpture (made out of recycled materials, of course) is Steve Jensen‘s “Viking Bot.” We admire the elegant simplicity of repurposing railroad spikes (found by our mutual friend/fellow upcycle artist Russ Morgan while walking the tracks) into a vessel full of symbolism. Steve, a Seattle native, comes from a long line of Norwegian fishermen and boat builders. The image of the boat is meant to symbolize a voyage to the other side, or the journey into the unknown:
My best friend Sylvain did a drawing of a boat. When he gave it to me, he asked if I would make a carved boat for his ashes when he passed. He died a month later and I carved a boat as close to Sylvain’s drawing as possible. My mother came to Sylvain’s funeral and was so moved by the boat I had made for Sylvain that she wanted my father’s remains placed in a similar vessel when he passed. Since he was a Norwegian fisherman and boat builder, we buried the boat at sea, like a Viking funeral. Two years later when she passed, I created a boat for her and buried it at sea with my father. The day before John, my partner of twenty years, passed, he asked me to make a boat for his ashes. His wish was to be buried at sea with my parents. In the course of eight years I had tragically lost and buried everyone close to me.
Since that time I have created funeral boats for friends, family and pets. Art school never prepared me to work with human or animal ashes, but I feel honored to be asked and to have this opportunity. When I work with them, I feel transformed to another time or another place, an artist who has been asked to be both craftsman and mortician.
I began the Voyager Series to help me deal with my own grief and loss, and with hope to provide relief for others dealing with their own sorrow. I made this work as personal as possible because death is such a sensitive subject for many people. I felt that by exposing myself and my family, the viewers of this work might feel more at ease. Hopefully, for those who may be dealing with their own personal grief and loss, perhaps solace and insight can be found in this series.
I created the boats in this series approximately the same size as the actual boats used for burial. Carved in wood, painted, or sculpted, this work is a direct result of these experiences. Death is the one final thing we all have in common. The universal image of a boat in many cultures and civilizations symbolizes a voyage, perhaps the voyage to the “other side”, or the journey into the unknown.
- Sven (Steve) JensenYou have until August 31 to vote for your favorite 2014 Peoples’ Choice Award Percival Landing Sculpture. Read more in the 0lympian HERE
Mere Mention Comedy show- Sunday, July 27, 7:30pm
GUYS, It’s back! Mere Mention, Northern’s beloved but little seen comedy show, the Buzzcocks of comedy shows, is back! And this month is going to be stellar!
We are proud to be welcoming Ryan Kruse, Nathaniel Wolf, Taylor Rae Sikorski, and Sam Miller to our stage. Each have been killing it at the local comedy rooms and I am excited to see their feature sets. I will be hosting and I’m going to work really hard to be funny, but also charming, but also grateful to have you there.
We are also happy to have, as sort of the 5th act of the night, SUMMER ITSELF. Shining in through the windows, making our comedy show seem like some Emersonian speech on the grass.
So bring some sod to sit on and a jar of sun tea to drink, and enjoy some of the finest comedy Olympia has to offer!
By Kate Scriven
The Olympia Brew Fest returns to the shores of Budd Inlet on August 2 for what promises to be another terrific party. For the past two years, the fledgling festival has grown in size and popularity with over 2,500 people attending last year. This year promises to be bigger and better, both in size of venue and variety of offerings for those attending.
The brain child of local businessman Mike Mahron, the Olympia Brew Fest began in 2012 as a way to celebrate Olympia’s brewing heritage, showcase the best regional craft brewers, and have fun at one of the most beautiful outdoor venues around – the Olympia Port Plaza. “I’ve been to a lot of brew fests,” share Mahron, “and I haven’t seen a better location than this one.”
This year, festival-goers can look forward to the beautiful Budd Inlet view being even more appealing now that the Port of Olympia cranes have come down and the event will expand towards the dock area. “Last year it got a little crowded at the peak of the event,” explains Mahron. “We want people to have plenty of room, so we are expanding the footprint of the event space along with putting a cap on number of tickets sold.” And with a sell-out crowd predicted, now is the time to purchase tickets online.
Along with the increased venue size, the festival has streamlined entry with bar-coded tickets, allowing for quick admittance. Once inside, you’ll enjoy the same great quality beer, food and live music as in the past along with a few new faces.
In response to requests for gluten-free options, the Brew Fest has invited three area cider makers including local favorite Whitewood Cider. The number of breweries is up as well with 30+ options to choose from.
“This year I attended the BC Beer Awards and The Great Canadian Beer Festival,” says Mahron. “I had hoped to include more Canadian brewers in our event this year, but crossing the border with beer is apparently a little tricky.” He did however secure Central City Brewers from Surrey, B.C. as an international guest along with several new Oregon and breweries and even one from California.
Mahron is dedicated to including and supporting the local craft brewers here in Olympia and the event boasts four local breweries and one cidery including Top Rung Brewing, Whitewood Cider Company, Kastellan Brauerei, Fish Brewing and downtown new-comer Three Magnets Brewing Co. While still keeping the local brewer focus, Mahron sees the event growing in the coming years to include the entire region. “It would be ideal to have brewers representing Washington, Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia and maybe even California. It would be a true Pacific Northwest Brew Fest,” he shares.
Casey Sobol, Operations Manager at Top Rung Brewing shares, “This is a great local event that certainly celebrates the wonderful brewing history of the community. The Olympia Brew Fest in a great location and in a region that embraces local and craft beer. This festival celebrates that. The craft brewing scene is picking up in the Thurston County area and we are proud to be a part of it.”
What should you expect if you attend? First and foremost expect a great party. The event is purely about fun and enjoyment of great food, drink, and company. However, all that fun is also for a great cause. The event is in support of the Thurston County Chamber Small Business Development (Incubator) program, helping small businesses get off the ground, adding value to the economy and community right here where we all live, work and play.
You can also look forward to high quality beers at each and every booth. “I personally sample and approve each entry into the Brew Fest,” laughs Mahron, a true lover of a well-crafted beer. Options will be plentiful and suit every palate with favorites like 7 Seas Brewing’s Life Jacket Session IPA , at 4.4% ABV and Top Rung Brewing’s Hose Chaser Blonde, at 5.0% ABV and more unique offerings like Brickyard Brewing’s SW Green Chili Blond Ale, at 5.0% ABV and Narrow’s Brewing’s Cardamom Coffee Stout at 8.0% ABV.
Along with the brews you’ll be entertained by three different live bands throughout the event along with delicious food from Marv’s Marvlus Pit BBQ, O’Blarney’s Irish Pub, The Blend Café and Hawks Prairie Restaurant. As in years past, the Lucky Eagle Casino will join together with the Chehalis Tribe to prepare traditionally cooked salmon for festival-goers.
The Olympia Brew Fest starts at 1:00 p.m. on August 2 ending at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, although a sell-out crowd is anticipated so purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. (Ticket information can be found here.) Your ticket buys you a commemorative mug and six, 5.5 ounce tastes. A $5 military discount is available at the door. Drink cards for six additional tastes can be purchased inside for $8. All designated drivers pay only $5 to enjoy the event. Ages 21 and over only and no pets allowed.
Come thirsty, come hungry, and come ready to have fun. The Olympia Brew Fest is quickly becoming one of the premier events on the Olympia summer calendar and one you don’t want to miss.
All photos courtesy of the Olympia Brew Fest.
Submitted by Harbor Days
For four decades, Olympia has celebrated its long maritime heritage — and the big-shouldered working boats that made it happen — with the Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tug Boat Races. The 41st annual festival fills the last weekend of August with a fascinating mix of seafaring, food and fun you won’t want to miss. Brought to you by the Olympia Kiwanis www.olympiakiwanis.org
As many as 15 vintage and modern tugs are expected to participate, and most will be open for tours at Percival Landing all day Saturday, August 30th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Be on hand Sunday at noon to watch the procession, as the tugs get underway for the big race up Budd Inlet.
All weekend long, enjoy live entertainment and over 250 arts and crafts, commercial, and nonprofits booths. See the “Tiny Cabin” craze at Lopka Logs. Taste cuisine in the food court from around the world and our own back yard. Exclusively, the Chehalis Tribe’s Lucky Eagle Casino will be preparing Pacific salmon in the traditional tribal way, using alder wood and hot rocks.
Lenny Lekanoff, the tough deckhand from the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch” will be a special guest aboard the tug Galene, where you can also meet the oldest crew member aboard — well into his 90s and going strong.
Cummins NW, one of the leaders in marine engines will be on hand.
This year, Harbor Days also celebrates Tacoma Rail’s long history with the Port of Olympia and combined working relations with tugs. It’s Tacoma Rail’s Centennial Celebration at Port Plaza. Come see a live engine and caboose at Port Plaza by Anthony’s restaurant. Tour a real working train.
Kitsap Live Steamers will be joining us as well, with over 100 feet of track and a small train you can ride. There will be lots of other activities for the kids, too: A giant slide, trampolines, trains, model tugs (viewing only), and much, much, more.
Each year Harbor Days honors one tugboat, and its silhouette becomes the centerpiece of the festival’s logo. This year’s logo tug is the Reliable, a former Army tug built in 1945 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin as ST-908. It’s been through several names and several owners, and its still hard at work. It’s been a harbor tug for the Army, an oceanographic research vessel, a gill-netter, and now a tug again. Skipper Cliff Center gave Reliable a major overhaul in 2006, including sandblasting, new fantail steel, bow thruster, new accommodations, head, shower and galley. She has worked for the navy at Bangor, Bremerton, Everett and Indian Island towing port security barriers between bases and to Port Gamble for haul out and maintenance. A few weeks each year, she gets a vacation hauling Cliff and his wife, Wanda, to the San Juan Islands and Canada.
The Reliable is one of the many tugs that will be open for tours all day Saturday.
We extend a special thank you to Olympia Federal Savings for their financial and staff support. There is great synergy and appreciation supporting our community www.olyfed.com
For more festival information log onto www.harbordays.com
We look forward to seeing you Labor Day Weekend!
What: Harbor Days Maritime Festival and Tugboat Races
When: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, August 29; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 30 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, August 31
Where: Percival Landing 405 Columbia St NW, Olympia, WA 98501. From the Oyster House to Port Plaza
By Gale Hemmann
She’s been on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She’s spoken to the United Nations General Assembly. Her work has been featured on CNN World News and international media. She has worked with hundreds of thousands of human trafficking survivors. Rani Hong’s work with the Tronie Foundation might have a global sweep, but she is based right here in Olympia.
Rani Hong’s life story is amazing. Born in rural India, she was sold into human slavery at age seven. She managed to survive, and has since dedicated her life to helping other survivors and changing the global consciousness about human trafficking.
Rani and her husband Trong Hong, also a trafficking survivor, live here in Olympia with their four children. They co-founded the Tronie Foundation in 2006. What Rani has been able to do since then is truly astounding.
She reaches out to survivors around the world, empowering them to become leaders. She also works with policymakers to raise awareness of and enact new laws about human trafficking. Whenever funds allow, she travels globally to do her work. (She has already visited 20 countries and reached many more through broadcast media.) She spends the rest of her time working from her office in Olympia to raise awareness of the issue. Hong also serves as special advisor to the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) initiative.
I was honored to speak with Hong. She told me about her current projects, and the past accomplishments and future goals of the Tronie Foundation. At the end of July, she’ll be traveling to Colombia, for the first-ever international conference on human trafficking. She also traveled to the United Nations in New York City this summer to celebrate the first ever world day against trafficking in persons which she helped to establish. It marks the success of progress on human trafficking issues and a direct result of Rani’s outreach efforts
In Olympia, Rani is involved in the local community through her children’s schools. She attends sports and other activities at Centennial Elementary. She is also involved in her church.
Hong also partnered with Centennial Elementary last year to create an initiative to educate kids in the United States about slavery. They held a fundraiser and raised over $4,500 to help educate former child slaves and at-risk young people in India. She has also given presentations to several civic organizations, such as Rotary clubs, Zonta groups, and Soroptimist International, about human trafficking issues. Hong shares that her major funder is a local Olympia business, Diamond Technologies, Inc.
Clearly, Hong’s work is an example of the resiliency of the human spirit, and an example of how the local is linked to the global.
I asked Hong what she would most like to share with readers about her work. First, she said, is that human trafficking happens and can take many forms (sexual, forced labor, slavery in private households). It is shocking to learn that 2.5 million people around the world are currently enslaved. The second is that, even if we feel far removed from human trafficking in our everyday lives, it’s possible for us to be complicit in it as consumers through the supply chain of items we purchase and the policies and organizations we support.
Aside from living in Olympia, the city has also been an important starting place for Hong’s work. In 2002, Hong testified about her experience as a survivor of human trafficking in front of the Washington State Legislature at the Capitol Building. She asked them to be key partners in addressing the issue.
Washington then passed the first state-level law regarding human trafficking. (We currently have twelve laws in place, as a result of Hong’s initial efforts.) Now, a little over a decade later, all 50 states have laws on the books. You can read more about Washington State’s action on this issue here. Hong notes that she is deeply grateful to the State of Washington and local support for her work in getting the ball rolling.
Making an Impact, Changing Lives
The reach of Hong’s work so far has been truly global. She has traveled the world giving talks, speaking before prominent figures. She has spoken to the President of the United Nations, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Bollywood actors. She has also talked with American celebrities including Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, and Mira Sorvino. But perhaps most importantly, she has met with thousands of human trafficking survivors around the world, in shelters and schools.
She also notes an important part of making the Tronie Foundation so successful is that she incorporates survivors’ voices as leaders in the project. It is this dual ability – to network with policymakers and survivors alike – that makes Hong so effective. It is also sheer drive and determination. Hong runs the organization herself, and notes that she relies on donations and support from individuals and the community to keep it going.
How You Can Help
You might be thinking, “I’m only one person.” Yes, you are one person, but it is amazing what you can do to help make a difference. In speaking with Hong, she had many ideas for ways individuals, schools and businesses can help. While it is a very serious issue, the good news is that you can do something positive about it. Here are some of the ways, according to Hong:
Get social: Join the I Give Hope campaign. Hong was positive about the power of social media as a way for people to connect globally and be a voice for change. Whether Twitter, Facebook, or another social media venue is your preferred platform, join conversations, re-post, and make social justice part of your online presence. Share your voice with #IGiveHope. Follow the Tronie Foundation on Facebook or on Twitter at @TroniFoundation and @RanisVoice.
As I ended my interview with Hong, I reflected on our conversation. I am most inspired by her ability to put her life experience to such a positive purpose in her work with the Tronie Foundation. I was honored to speak with a global leader right here in our community.
As Rani notes in her speech to the United Nations, she invites you to join her in promoting “the universal freedom of all people, the value of equality, and the opportunity for every human to pursue his or her full potential.”