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Olympia Comics Festival Friday June 2-Saturday June 3 Timberland Library - 313 8th Ave SE // Olympia Center - 222 Columbia St NW // Capitol Theater - 206 Fifth Ave // Danger Room - 201 Fourth Ave. W. All events free except for the stage show ($6) The Northwest’s longest-running alternative comics event converges this weekend in Olympia where direct connection between comic creators and readers is cultivated through cartoonists’ expo, panel discussions, author and illustrator signings, and a stage show featuring comedy skits, interview, music, and slideshows. This year’s guests of honor include Emil Ferris, Simon Hanselmann and Peter Kuper. Emil Ferris is new to the comic scene with her first graphic novel at age 55, My Favorite Thing is Monsters, being hailed as a stylistic tour de force. Its protagonist is a 10 year old girl of Mexican, Irish, and Cherokee ancestry who obsesses over monsters to the extent of constantly pict...

 
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By Ruby Love Sarah Gluck and Rae Lesinski created the series “Luxury” as a photographic collaboration for their program “Narrative Tableau: Conceptual Strategies in Studio Photography. “Shot on medium format film in Evergreen’s photo studios, the series is an homage to classical still life paintings. The series came about as part of an assignment for Narrative Tableau, where the class was tasked with creating a series of still life images. Inspired by both “original still life paintings” and “reflecting on our culture now,” the two came up with “Luxury”. Speaking of their seires they explain, “The fast food series came about when studying and learning about Still Life paintings, specifically ones that included the circle of life with food. Capturing something that that could be dead soon, but lives in a image forever. A lot of our inspiration was drawn from our surroundings including the very so popular and over consumed, Ronald Mc...

 
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By Ruby Love Kabby Mitchell, III, celebrated performer, choreographer, mentor, and Evergreen faculty member passed away last week, Thursday, May 4, at the age of sixty. A member of the faculty since 1998, Mitchell taught interdisciplinary programs in Performing Arts and African American Studies. An acclaimed ballet performer and choreographer, Mitchell taught across many genres, from ballet to Afro-Haitian dance. His career as a teacher spanned more than thirty five years, as he taught in schools and dance academies in Washington, Iowa, and Mexico. According to Evergreen’s memorial page, Mitchell “also taught at a number of other Seattle-area institutions throughout his career, including Cornish College of the Arts, University of Washington, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, Spectrum and Ewajo Dance Workshop.” The first African American male soloist to join Seattle’s Pacific Northwest Ballet, Mitchell saw the importance of wor...

 
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By  Sylvie Chace & Felix Chrome Wednesday 5/17 Blessed is the flame: Concentration Camp Resistance & (A)Nihilism Sem II D1105. 6 p.m. Free. Author of the recent book “Blessed Is The Flame” is coming to Evergreen to facilitate a workshop and discussion about the relation between nihilism and resistance. The event will look at examples of the often forgotten, and largely unsuccessful, instances of resistance and struggle within Nazi concentration camps to ask the question, “What does it take to resist in absolutely futile and overwhelming situations?” Blessed is the Flame author argues that, “Within each of these mostly overlooked stories we can find a simmering spirit of anarcho-nihilism, a tendency that challenges us to translate our feelings of hopelessness into wild and joyous forms of attack.” This not to find an optimistic spin for terrible situations but to ground our continued struggles in something stronger than o...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester & Jasmine Kozak Gilroy The Brotherhood takes flight Wednesday 5/3. The Brotherhood. 8pm. 21+. From the Event: “Marlo’s back in town!!!! Come see what one of Airbound Underground’s beloved traveling artists has been up to! Join us at the Brotherhood for all the aerial awesomeness you can handle, and stay afterwards to dance with DJ Fir$t Lady!!! Don’t forget tips for your bartenders and performers!” Last Word Books Turns 15 Saturday 5/6. Last Word Books. 4pm. Last Word Books is turning fifteen years old! Go celebrate it with them! Potluck banquet extravaganza! Keg of beer by donation, music, poetry, circus, fine literature and good times. $5 at the door, or a book donation for entrance. Performers include Sam Miller, Circus!, Temple Heathens, and a lot more! Go support your bookstore! Girlfriends Spring Market Friday 5/12. 141 Nisqually Cutoff Rd SE Olympia. 10-4pm. $5 Be prepared to hav...

 
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By Ruby Love Photographs by Tari Gunstone Spring Arts Walk kicked off this past weekend, flooding downtown Olympia with crowds of people. A long-overdue break in the rain on Friday likely contributed to the crowds, as the city seemed to wake from its long hibernation. We started off our art-seeing, music-listening marathon on Friday evening at Salon Refu, where Washington artists Peter Scherrer and Jean Nagai were celebrating the opening of their joint show. Nagai is an Evergreen grad and a former Cooper Point Journal cover artist, so we were especially excited to see his new work! While they work in similar mediums, Scherrer and Nagai work in vastly different styles, even down to their color choices; but their pieces played off of each other nicely. As usual, it was about a hundred degrees in Salon Refu, and packed with people, so we headed on to other things. We caught a parking-space-size band in front of Archibald Sisters...

 
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Tari Gunstone works professionally as a portrait and event photographer while studying Environmental Photojournalism and Botany at Evergreen. She also writes and photographs for the Cooper Point Journal. You can find her work at www.tarigunstone.com The poet Mary Oliver wrote that, “to pay attention is our endless work.” That has become my personal mantra for both my photography work and my general lifestyle. This collection of photographs, Field Guide, reflects my interest in applying that observation to the forests of the Pacific Northwest. In 2014, I had the opportunity to spend a year living on a Monastic farm in the San Juan Islands. In between farm duties, I explored the vast landscape of wilderness that the remote seven-mile long island I was on offered. With the help of the quaint, volunteer-run library, I equipped myself with enough books to become a fledgling naturalist. I photographed and wrote of my observations of the n...

 
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By Jeremy Bertsche “It’s dumb,” sings Mount Eerie’s Phil Elverum on the first track of his devastating, heartfelt new record, “A Crow Looked At Me”, “and I don’t want to learn anything from this.” Yet just as quickly as the most thematically naked track, “Real Death,” eschews the saccharine and redemptive shortcuts we commonly use to render a loved one’s death palatable, the song clings to one reassuring bit of candor (cliche perhaps, but for good reason): “I love you.”  Elverum speaks the words as the song comes to a sudden, unforeseen halt. Elverum, who has released music under the moniker Mount Eerie for more than a decade, first became known for his work as The Microphones, whose gem “The Glow Pt. 2” put Olympia and K Records in the national spotlight back in 2001. Sixteen years later, with “A Crow Looked at Me”, Elverum’s Mount Eerie has crafted an album that is as sparse and direct as The Glow Pt. 2 was sonically textured and...

 
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By Sylvie Chace CASV Presents: Self-Defense and Physical Self-Confidence Thursday 4/20. Campus Recreation Center room 116. 4pm. Free. Evergreen’s Coalition Against Sexual Violence presents this event as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The group’s facebook page for the event states: “As part of our programming for Sexual Assault Awareness Month CASV is bringing in our friend Wombat to facilitate this self defense workshop. While violence is never the fault of the survivor and no one should have to prepare to defend our bodies, these exercises of building physical confidence in supportive and intentional spaces can be incredibly empowering! Come join us!” A trained advocate will be present at this event and all identities and bodies are welcome to join. The self-defense techniques learned will involve elements of tumbling, MMA, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Ora Cogan, Johanna Warren, Generifus, Anna Gordon Sunday 4/23. Obsidi...

 
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   Interview by Jasmine Kozak-Gilroy Megan Bailey is an Evergreen State College student who utilizes house paint in their eerie still lifes that play with perspective. We sat down with them to talk about what they’re currently working on. You can see some of their work in person at Allsorts Gallery during Spring Arts Walk. MB: Since Spring Break, so for the past three weeks I have been painting every day and I have painted about 13 new pieces and a couple works in progress and I’ve been painting between two and eight hours a day, it’s Arts Walk and then a private house show. I’ve made a website, a business facebook page and instagram page, I’ve also sent out business cards to get made and done a lot of the business side of things. Designing flyers and then handing them out to galleries downtown and around campus. & these paintings are pretty big, they’re all lifesize. I’ve also been doing some really tiny paintings of strawber...