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By Danny Loose On Tuesday, February 2, host and comedienne Taylor Rae Sikorski ushered in the first Women’s Comedy Open Mic at Ben Moore’s pub to great reception.  The open mic prioritizes acts by women, transgender & gender nonconforming comedians. I touched base with Taylor after the show about the event and the significance of creating a women/trans/gender-nonconforming centered comedy night. “I started this comedy night because I wanted more people to feel comfortable doing comedy. We’re lucky that in Olympia we have some diversity within the arts scene, I feel like it’s really important to create intentional spaces just so like, if you don’t wanna go hear the same shitty misogynist, racist, homophobic jokes then you can instead listen to interesting people that have really interesting perspectives,“ said Sikorski. The opening night delivered on its promise to prioritize marginalized voices, and it was refreshing to attend...

 
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By Sarah Bradley & Sara Fabian FRIDAY 2/12 Adult Swim: Love & Magnets Hands on Children Museum. 7pm. $20 The Hands On Children’s Museum is opening up its doors to adults for a night of fun. According to their facebook page this 21+ event will “explore unseen forces of attraction with matchmaking experts and biologists while you sample aphrodisiacs and cocktails. Get stuck to a velcro wall, experiment with gravitational pull and play with static electricity. Other Activities include meeting the team behind Siren, Seattle’s newest dating app and a fun experiment on why love stinks, literally, and how pheromones give us clues to genetic compatibility. This is a must do event because when else are you going to get the chance to explore a museum (with a playground inside I might add), engage in artistic and scientific activities and interact with the Olympia community. In addition, there will be Live jams by local funk rock ba...

 
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Blackfish Shows at OFS

 
February 1, 2016



By Sara Fabian Let me preface this article to you by saying that I had never before seen Blackfish, in neither theaters nor on Netflix, where it was recently released for streaming view. However, I have heard many one word reviews from friends and family that seem as though they would appear in bold font on the back of the DVD case. “Intense!” one friend said. “Good, but really terrifying” said another. My dad, who’s an avid animal lover and factoid on everything national geographic, commented that it was “profoundly emotional” and “some deep dark shit.” I began to wonder if I was seeing a documentary or a psychological thriller. The blackfish movie screening was a free event, hosted by The Olympia Film Society (The OFS) which meant that I would only have to pay for popcorn, and to me that seemed truly reason enough to check it out. I arrived 30 minutes before show, grabbed my popcorn, chatted with some cool Olympia folk, and anxio...

 
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How can an image suggest and subvert order? How can abstraction spur an experience of free association? What are the physical and psychological effects of curated space and knowledge? Does a body have a psychological depository that safeguards imagination? How do we recuperate this depository? These screen prints started as an experiment based on architectural fragments: two walls and a pillar. The urge to recreate a room developed into an attempt to create an imaginary transportation system. Screen printing with stencils lent itself to the repetition of fragments, which encouraged subtle variation of ideas until the initial image became obscured. Subtle transitions in color and composition test free association. What signifies a room and what signifies movement? How much can an image change before it becomes something else? With these prints, I wanted to create a visual structure that holds a viewer’s imagination with the suggested...

 
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Stuff To Do

 
January 27, 2016



By Sarah Bradley & Sara Fabian SATURDAY 1/30 Oh, Rose, DUZZ, Jo Passed, Thunderwerld 523 Stoll Rd SE. 8pm. Donation. This sweet house show is happening inside a barn on the far east side of Olympia. Full disclosure: one of our employees lives there but wasn’t part of organizing this show. It’s gonna be a real party and will warm you up out of your winter blues. Local favorites Oh, Rose are playing, and if you haven’t checked them out yet you should. They’re known for their dreamy and unexpected sets that get the whole crowd dancing. Hyper-local band DUZZ, (the drummer lives here) plays technically complicated shit in whacky time signatures, and does it real loud and hard. Jo Passed is on tour from Vancouver, BC. Their music is described on the facebook event as “swooning grooving dreamy melodies with guitar lines that melt faces, and vocal lines that melt hearts”. Wow! Rounding out the set is Thunderwerld. Another local favor...

 
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By Jules Prosser & Ruby Love Prison Obscura is not for the faint of heart, nor for those who choose and cherish gentle ignorance. The experience of Prison Obscura can be compared to the nature of the moon. People like us exist on a planet on which we only see it’s white glow, illuminating the motions of our lives. However, the moon has a dark side; a lost, undiscovered place. We all know it’s there, but we don’t see it or think about much it at all. It means absolutely nothing to us, except for the single fact that it is there, taking up space.  The thing about that, however, is that the moon can’t exist without its dark side. Nor can humanity. The delights of our planet do not exist in a vacuum. The history behind us is steeped in terror, the future ahead hangs heavy and hazy. The encircling present gives us daily discomforts and annoyances. But the true dark side of our country is the prison system. Like the pretty light of t...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester The Hollywood Blacklist began in the 1940s when the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) began to question certain American directors, screenwriters, musicians, and actors on the suspicion that their work was communist inspired. Those entertainment professionals were denied employment on those grounds. Though this blacklisting was rarely made explicit or verifiable, media coverage of the blacklist referred to those first blacklisted entertainment professionals as The Hollywood Ten. They were directors and screenwriters cited for contempt of Congress for refusing to testify to the HUAC. The day after those ten were cited, November 25, 1947, was the day the first systematic Hollywood Blacklist began. One of those blacklisted and then jailed was a screen writer named Dalton Trumbo, now the subject of a Hollywood movie. The blacklist eventually grew to 150 names and stayed in effect until the 1960s....

 
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Hello, my name is Jules, I write for this newspaper, and now my artwork is in it (wowie!). I like to draw portraits and figures mostly, but I also draw still lifes and cityscapes. I am an extremely casual artist. I think perfection is dumb (but also really cool, who am I kidding?). I focus on the essence of the subject, and oftentimes my portraits turn out really goofy. I drew shitty pictures of Sailor Moon as a kid, but I guess I started “seriously” pursuing art when I was fifteen, doodling ladies and song lyrics. I mostly draw in my sketchbooks and I think a lot about whether or not that makes me a true artist. However, my favorite medium of all time is the blank sticker. All of the vague creative projects I’ve been assigned at Evergreen have included stickers. I like them because they’re so small, mobile, and ephemeral; I can put them wherever I want and I stay anonymous. I use them to write down my thoughts and feelings, too-...

 
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By Ruby Love The 2016 winter quarter marks the start of Kept Out/Kept In, an amazing series of exhibits and events coming to the Evergreen campus. Kept Out/Kept In, as the title suggests, deals with spaces of privilege and spaces of confinement. Addressing social and economic inequality, complexities of identity, and the fight for social justice, these exhibits focus on the ways in which the prison-industrial complex is a reflection of these issues in our society. The main exhibit featured in Kept Out/Kept In is Prison Obscura, which opens January 14 at the Evergreen Gallery. Prison Obscura includes works by seven photographers as well as photographic evidence from Brown V. Plata, a class-action lawsuit over prison overcrowding and lack of access to medical care filed against the state of California. The case made it all the way to the Supreme Court, and the images used as evidence can be difficult to look at, but their existence ...

 
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By Jules Prosser Dear readers, have you ever stepped into the Rare Books Collection? Do you know what it is? Well, it’s a room in the Library full of coolest, oldest, most mind-bending books you’ve never seen or heard of before before. Were you even aware that our humble institution had one? Good, now you know. The Rare Books Collection is, in my opinion, among Evergreen’s shiniest hidden gems—and it’s hidden in plain sight. It’s a modest-sized, well-lit room behind the ring of computers by the staircase to the third floor. You probably haven’t noticed because you always check your phone while you’re walking up that way. (That’s not entirely a passive-aggressive jab; I do the same thing, too.) However, despite its central location, its presence is meek and quiet. The Collection is shrouded in mystery. It was started by Evergreen’s first Dean of Library Services, James F. Holly, and his wife sometime in the 1970s, when the College ...