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The bartender said, “I can’t find the pumpkin butter!” So Nantz couldn’t get their pumpkin spiced booze at Obsidian and had to settle for some other hot spice-drink. Well you know what they say: you can’t choke a fly.  I always drink a vodka with grapefruit. Speaking with Nantz, it’s almost like they only speak in aphoristic phrases. Nantz taught me some things during our conversation. It turns out wolf packs are a family unit. The alpha/beta distinction is bullshit! And aquatic mammals have huge nose cavities that help diffuse the cold air across a larger surface. And how observation is the foundation of change. I’ve been mulling over this last point and wondering about how I look at the world and all that I don’t see through the blinders of privilege, location, time, etc. Why is Nantz our feature in this issue? They’re an artist who’s been making science illustrations and animations since they could hold a crayon. Well, the animat...

 
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Interview by Sally Linn Ordering a licorice and salted caramel ice cream cup for an 11am treat, Devon Damonte maintained his personal unpredictability and whimsy when I met to interview him for this issue. Teacher, community member, and artist, Devon has no singular medium for his work. His focus is in cameraless film making but spans the gamut of printmaking, rubbings, fiber arts, paper craft, sculpture, photography, writing, poetry, painting and all things textural. Himself an Evergreen grad, once he finished school, he began volunteering with the Olympia FIlm Society in downtown Olympia, though only for his “devious means” of trying to get his films shown on the big screen. He inevitably succeeded and was started on his path to becoming a core member of the Olympian arts community and beyond. After working for a number of nonprofits and other scenes like museums and film festivals, he eventually landed in Boston. Due to fortuito...

 
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By Morrissey Morrissey and Chloe Marina Manchester Friday 10/6 Dance Oly Dance Thurston Community Radio. 8 p.m. Free. Another dance party on this dance October night, this time TELEVISED! Dance Oly Dance is a public access T.V. show that has a monthly DJ and green-screen-powered dance party every first Friday, live on TV and open to the public! Wear your funnest and spookiest costumes and your comfiest monster shoes and boogie the night away. Libra Dance Party Le Vouyer. 10 p.m. Free. 21+. Vouyer is at it again, and the stars are aligned in the shape of a scale, and zodiac dance party IS BACK! Dance, dance, dance into the morning until you’re all balanced and sorted out at this Libra Season dance party. No cover fee and DJ’d by Rondo Maas and DJ Split. Saturday 10/14 Olympia Zine Fest: Tabling Expo The Olympia Center. 11 a.m. Free. It’s back! Every Olympian’s favorite fest is here at last! Olympia Zine Fest returns fo...

 
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Jessica Maia Rasmussen, a senior at Evergreen, left the ART/ WORK program in the Spring to work as a exhibition intern at documenta14 in Kassel, Germany. Documenta is an arts exhibition started as a post-war revitalization project in 1955, that has historically focused on conceptual art. For documenta14, the exhibition takes the form of a “bi-locational” event that took place in Kassel, Germany and Athens, Greece, in hopes that it will draw the attention of the art world towards the refugee crisis and the questions that emerge from it. Jessica Maia Rasmussen is now working on finishing her academic statement to formally graduate before pursuing more training in classical painting in Chicago. I applied to the exhibition documenta14 because I was interested in studying an exhibition that was politically engaged. In my senior program Art/Work I was studying art theory, philosophy, and studio arts which supported my interest and purs...

 
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Arts Walk

 
October 9, 2017



By Mason Soto This weekend Olympia’s downtown streets will come alive with culture and creativity at the Arts Walk festival. A staple of downtown community life, Arts Walk offers a quick snippet of the vast array Olympia’s artists, condensed into two nights. Since 2000, this twice annual event has brought hundreds of artists across the area together in booths and performances that span from Fourth Avenue and Capitol Way outwards to Sylvester Park and even City Hall. Individual artists are sponsored by downtown businesses to host and sell their work outside the storefronts, and the businesses and eateries themselves often have extended hours to accommodate shoppers during the festival. Some art is produced by the employees of a business, like at Obsidian and Primeval Ink Tattoo, giving Olympians a chance to see their servers as something more, while other booths might hold folks from far and wide who you would not see here any other ...

 
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By Sally Linn Have you ever wondered about the mysteries* behind the Eastside/Westside feud between Big Tom’s of the Eastside and Eagan’s (Pepsi Fry) on the Westside? So did we and decided to put each drive-in to the test, burger on burger, shake on shake, so you know where to get the best drive-thru Goopy burger in Olympia. We broke it up into seven categories and came up with one definitive and quickly obvious answer. From each stop we ordered a Big Tom burger—yes, Eagan’s also features a Big Tom burger, though their staff could not tell us why—a small fry, and a vanilla malt. Here’s what we found. Ambience Big Toms is something you can’t miss while driving by. Its dinosaur statues will grab your attention first. They have a wall of Big Tom themed pop culture characters such as Big Wonder Woman and Clone Tommer from the #GOOPWARS saga. It’s a charming and kitschy place to sit in your car and let the sauce slither down your forea...

 
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Ruby Love

Cover Artist

 
September 26, 2017



After two years, our beloved Arts  & Culture editor Ruby Love will be leaving us. We are excited to be able to publish her work before she heads off to greener pastures. “These photographs were made as part of an ongoing series which looks at three generations of women in my family my great great grandmother Celeste, my great grandmother Pat and my grandmother Jody. For this series of photographs, I wanted to illustrate the family stories that were told and re-told (with embellishments) throughout my childhood.  They show our family’s deep roots in Spanish Colonial New Mexico, and my grandmothers’ connections to and varying interpretations of the Catholic faith.”

 
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Priest Point Park Just east of Downtown lies 314 acres of lush winding woods along Budd Bay. Follow steep trails of Douglas fir, bigleaf maple, and red alder through ravines hugging teal water inlets, or take a leisurely walk on the saltwater shorelines. Watch out­—Priest Point Park is known for its muddy shores, don’t wear your back-to-school sneakers. Pack your rain boots instead. Watch heron and eagles hunting for food against a backdrop view of the capitol building and downtown Olympia. Priest Point Park is perfect for getting your nature solace fix without running into (too many) other students. Check the City of Olympia Parks & Trails wesbsite for information about facilities and trail maps. Priest Point Park is on 2600 East Bay Drive NE. El Guanaco I first ventured into El Guanaco for their  annual celebration of El Salvador’s National Pupusa Day. Pupusas, tradition Salvadoran corn cakes stuffed are fillings, are a s...

 
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By Sally Linn Photoland here at Evergreen is a haven for all things photography and it’s available to use for free for enrolled students. While it is one of Evergreen’s many amazing resources, its commitment to providing a dedicated environment for darkroom photography makes it stand out on a very short list of other colleges around the country still willing to support it. Photoland provides everything needed from start to finish for both film and digital photography. This introduction will get you started with what you need to know about using Photoland so you can get your dirty hands dirtier with acetate, developers, and grimy but amazing rental cameras. Regardless if you are a photography student, like taking nude self-portraits or are simply curious about the medium in general, the staff there will be happy to help you out. If you aren’t interested in learning how to develop and print your own photos, they’ll even do it for you...

 
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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...