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by Ruby Love When it’s done well, photography, like all art, is never not powerful. However, in my experience, it is a rare thing for a collection of images (particularly in a gallery setting) to push beyond the boundaries of art, grabbing the attention of random passersby with indescribable urgency. Our campus experienced this phenomenon earlier this year, with Prison Obscura at Evergreen Gallery, and Jim Lommasson’s Exit Wounds has brought it to us again, this time at Galerie Fotoland. Exit Wounds is a massive collection of portraits, anonymously donated photographs, and interview excerpts made, collected, and arranged by Portland-based photographer Jim Lommasson. The show, whose full title is Exit Wounds: Soldiers’ Stories – Life After Iraq and Afghanistan, focuses on veterans’ experiences with reintegration after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Lommasson interviewed and made portraits of veterans for the project, delving into ...

 
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By Danny Loose I’ve been organizing parties in Olympia for well over a year now and throughout my time something has always felt missing from nightlife here. While Friction, B12, Outer Bass, Invokation, and Gay Rodeo are fun events conducive to getting wasted, nightlife in Olympia is suffocatingly white in terms of booking and patronage. Inclusion and diversity are rarely centered in booking nightlife, especially in Olympia, and this really needs to change. Speaking from a position as someone who has participated in organizing nightlife in Olympia, diversity and inclusion are rarely centered within booking nightlife and this needs to be addressed. Luckily, a collective of people of color concerned with creating intentional spaces in nightlife have  introduced a new monthly party at Obsidian by and for people of color called “Free Breakfast Club”, a reference to the the Black Panther’s famous community outreach program “Free Breakfas...

 
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By Sarah Bradley Olympia has a lot to offer for aspiring comedians. There are multiple open mics that consistently draw a crown and provide a platform for new and seasoned performers alike. I talked with people with who bring passion, talent, and enthusiasm, making the Olympia comedy scene what it is. The Olympia comedy scene is comprised of a network of performers who aren’t interested in recycling tired, cliche material, they are trying new things and providing platforms for performers who are underrepresented in mainstream comedy. There is a lot of funny stuff happening in this town rooted in collaboration and experimentation. Every week, there are open mics at downtown venues such as Le Voyeur, Ben Moore’s, and Pig Bar. Here on campus, Generation Friends puts on improv, sketch, and standup comedy throughout the year and has regular meetings that offer support and community for people interested in comedy. The Bad-Bish-Witch col...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester Evergreen students Soph Elden, Nate Kindler-Balmy, and Haley Varney have been working on a web series about different kinds of intentional living communities and people who live sustainably for the entire school year. To celebrate and showcase their work, they are holding two free screenings of the complete web series on campus during Week 10. The project began in a program at Evergreen and blossomed into an adventure through the Northwest. They all went on a month long road trip to sustainable communities in the region and filmed everything along the way. They had two cameras to work with and only one person with any film experience. Soph and Nate have done over 700 hours of editing to get two terabytes of data down to seven 15 minute episodes that will be available for free on Youtube on June 1. I sat down with them to try to figure out why three people would voluntarily spend a month in car with each o...

 
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Spring ArtsWalk

 
May 4, 2016



By Chloe Marina Manchester I am not from Olympia, I got here in last fall to start my Sophomore year at Evergreen. The first Arts Walk I went to was the fall one and it was, for me, kind of an exciting bust. I didn’t know downtown. I didn’t know what I was doing. So I just ended up wandering and drinking way too much coffee for lack of anything else to do. For Spring Arts Walk I was determined to actually enjoy it and know what I was doing, or at least put up a pretty convincing act that I knew what I was doing. I went on Friday night with a who is actually friend from here. Home grown Oly trash. I was doing a pretty good impression of being Oly trash myself, or at the very least, pretty identifiably Evergreen, for good or ill. I have green hair and was dressed entirely in black and grey, complete with a pleather jacket, some beat up Doc Martins, and a beanie. We got downtown and went in search of coffee, once that was acquired we,...

 
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By Ruby Love, Sarah Bradley, & Jasmine Kozak Gilroy WEDNESDAY 4/20 MEXICO: Government Repression Grows Against Indigenous Self-Defense Forces Evergreen Library. 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, a panel of speakers will meet in the Library to “explore the politicized incarceration of Nestora Salgado, neoliberalism, and the Drug War in Mexico as well as touch on indigenous, feminist, and ecological justice movements in Mexico.” The event features five different speakers, each planning to focus on a specific topic related to the event’s overall theme. According to the event’s Facebook page, the speakers include: Nestora Salgado, “Indigenous leader, a naturalized U.S. citizen, and ex-political prisoner in Mexico.” She was detained by Mexican federal soldiers in 2013 as a result of her activism. She was held in a maximum security prison and denied contact with her attorney and her family. Dr. Filiberto Barajas-Lopez, U.W. College of Educ...

 
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I photograph things that don’t appear to have much beauty on the surface; their essence may be dark and ugly. The purpose is to create a more dynamic, universal aesthetic, to evoke unfamiliar feelings. I was drawn to this project by unanswered questions and mystery. It’s likely this series wouldn’t have occurred without the guidance of a documentary photography program taught by Steve Davis at the Evergreen State College. Our final project required us to work with real people, events, and places. This work comes from an investigation into the final days of a local abandoned structure. The building’s history includes multiple oil spills and owners. Every attempt to contact any entity or person affiliated with the building remained unreturned. The unexpected demolition in March of 2016 marked the end of my work. [gallery type="slideshow" ids="5600,5602,5603"]

 
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New work by Evergreen seniors Monica Jane Frisell and Jacob Hurner plays with the relationship between individual and environment as subjects are positioned in colorful sets created to mirror their personality and aesthetic leanings. A new little show has popped up in the library basement (okay, it’s technically the first floor, but it feels pretty basement-y to me) on the hallway wall between Photoland and Electronic Media. Woody’s Wall, as it’s called for some mysterious reason, is a somewhat informal exhibit space for work created by Evergreen students and, though it’s a little hard to find, it’s worth it (ask someone in Photoland if you get lost!) Woody’s Wall is currently home to a lovely series of portraits – the product of a quarter-long artistic collaboration between Evergreen seniors Monica Jane Frisell and Jacob Hurner. Frisell is an Instructional Photo intern who makes amazing work, and I’m not sure what Hurner does other...

 
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By Felix Chrome & Jasmine Kozak Gilroy Spring is here! Which means it’s time for another Arts Walk, and Procession of the Species. This years events will be taking place on Friday, April 22 from 5 to 10 p.m. and Saturday, April 23 from Noon to 8 p.m. If you haven’t been to one, Arts Walk is an event that takes over downtown twice a year, closing the streets to cars so people can wander seeing art and performances by local artists on the sidewalks of Olympia and in various downtown businesses. This year’s Arts Walk boasts over 100 businesses, hosting work by local artists including Evergreen students and alum, and over 75 live performances in the downtown core. Spring Arts Walk is extra special because it also includes Procession of the Species and Luminary Procession in its festivities. Luminary Procession will take place 9:30 p.m. Friday night, and Procession of the Species will be at 4:30 p.m. the next day. Luminary Processio...

 
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By Sarah Bradley The sun was out last week, marking the start of Spring quarter at Evergreen. The warm temperature brought a bevy of students, staff, and circus performers out to red square. If you were part of the crowd soaking up the sun on Wednesday of week one, you may noticed a new addition from the typical sound of construction work and drum circles. Greener Days, a new concert series, is bringing live music to Evergreen. Greener Days is presented by the Geoduck Student Union and KAOS. It is an initiative to bring the community together to enjoy a free, all ages concert, as well as a platform to highlight local voices and artists. The concerts will happen on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm on red square, or in the library in case of rain. On May 30, local musician Anna Gordon performed, as well as Gabriel Mintz from Seattle. This was the second concert of the series, but the first one held outdoors. Gordon, who opened up the con...