Posts Tagged ‘Arts’
 
 
 
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By Tari Gunstone Community Spotlight is a series that aims to celebrate the places in Olympia that advocate for the individuals and institutions that have been devalued and threatened by the Trump administration. Throughout Donald Trump’s campaign and during his first month as president, he has targeted immigrants, african-americans, latinos, people with disabilities, women, transgender and non-gender conforming individuals, as well as even the arts and journalism. Protesting against his hateful words and acts toward these communities is essential, just as showing up for them with our time, actions, and services is a necessary component of solidarity. Community Spotlight hopes to facilitate awareness and opportunities for volunteering and community support. If you’d like to suggest any nonprofits or community groups in Olympia that are doing great things, email cooperpointjournal@gmail.com with the subject: Community Spotlight. Com...

 
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By Tari Gunstone I went to see a friend compete in an improv battle in Portland one night and Sam Miller performed for the intermission. I know very little about comedy, but I knew enough about the so called norms of comedy etiquette to be caught off guard, along with the rest of the room, by his fast paced, powerpoint slideshow about his addiction to methamphetamine. It was vulnerable and brashly honest, but didn’t linger the moralizing tropes stories of overcoming addiction often contain. It was unapologetic, as if he was saying, “no beating around the bush, here I am, and it’s okay for you to laugh at it.” Through his unique approach to comedy, Miller has made a name for himself in the Northwest, especially in Olympia where he hosts the well-loved weekly standup gig, Vomity, at Le Voyeur. Up next in his hosting career is the Olympia Comedy Competition, a monthly show where ten local comedians have six minutes to strut their stuf...

 
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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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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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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...