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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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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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By Ruby Love It’s that time of year again, and Spring Arts Walk is right around the corner! We’ve combed through the one hundred and seventeen venues (aaahh!) and have a few suggestions for tackling Olympia’s twice-yearly artstravaganza. Spring 2017 Arts Walk kicks off on Friday, April 28, with most venues opening in the early evening. Be sure not to miss the magical “Element of Spirit Luminary Procession,” which starts on Washington St. between 4th and 5th avenues at 9:30 p.m. The art and events continue through Saturday evening, starting with “Chalk in the Streets,” where 7,000 pieces of “colorful chalk” will be passed out, and people are encouraged to “draw the art of nature in the streets” before the Procession of the Species begins. If you’ve never seen either Procession, we highly recommend checking them out if you like enormous papier-mâché animals and glowing trees. We don’t want to pick favorites among the many talented a...

 
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By Tari Gunstone On Saturday, April 1, environmental groups and earth-loving individuals gathered at the Capitol steps to kick-off Washington’s first official Earth Month celebration. The campaign to expand Earth Day, April 22, to the entire month of April was spearheaded by a father-daughter duo, David and Whitney Sederberg. The campaign’s motto, one day is not enough, speaks to the Sederbergs’ feeling that one day to celebrate the earth, our home and source of sustenance, is insufficient. One of their signs read, “even groundhogs get a day.” The idea started when the family was driving during Seahawks season and sparked a conversation in reaction to all the 12th man flags lining people’s yards. They asked themselves what they felt loyalty toward and what it might look like to share that sense of passion. Last year, they distributed one hundred earth flags to schools and businesses and contacted the city of Olympia to ask about ha...

 
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By Rachel Carlson Arts Walk weekend in Olympia is usually a circus, and this year was no different. Although I have seen the streets more crowded, the variety of musical acts was enough to entertain even the most jaded of listeners. Olympia really shone, coming out with some of the best emerging artists of the region, punctuated by the reigning king of contemporary artists from Olympia in the last ten years making an appearance. I started the Artswalk weekend standing in the rain waiting for tickets to see Xperience: The Chasing Grace album release party, hosted by Macklemore. The drizzle was fierce and the line was about halfway down the block for tickets at the door. The show was sold out, and the crowd came to the consensus that the show was “amazing”. The high energy performance wowed the show goers and really kicked off the night. The cd release for “Chasing Grace” was a sold out success, and the thoughtful lyrics and evoked a...

 
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By Chloe Marina Manchester Arts Walk is a biannual (the one that’s twice a year, not the one that’s every two years) event in downtown Olympia where most of the businesses in downtown showcase exhibits from one or multiple artists. There are street performers, rain, and a mixture of downtown and Evergreen freaks and weirdos along with adorably wholesome families. I’m not gonna lie, I think spring arts walk is better; it’s less cold and depressing, less dark at an unreasonably early hour, and there are two parades. I’m a sucker for a parade. On Friday night, I walked the two miles down the hill from my friend’s apartment to downtown with the sole goal of getting food before we event attempted to walk around and look at stuff. The new ramen place down town may be genteriffic, but it has reasonably good food, I got to admit. Pro tip: bring in your own hot sauce, they would probably yell at you but things are never spicy enough in this...

 
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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 Jules Prosser Arts Walk weekend is one of the few times Olympia feels like a real city. One ventures downtown to find the streets awash with people, men selling big sticks on the sidewalk, and musicians performing in what could be mistaken for Pearl Jam cover bands. The few blocks that make up our charming city center seem to stretch on and on, and businesses stay open late to cater to the throngs of hungry art-goers. What I love about Arts Walk (other than repetitive small talk with everybody I know and general sensory overload) is that the innards of downtown open themselves up to all. If you are a boring, repetitive college kid like me, you participate in the general circuit of coffee shops, thrift stores, and bars . It’s easy to forget that there’s much more than that. My focus this Arts Walk was to hunt around for hidden gems­—establishments imbued with a mysterious aura that neither I nor any of my friends know anything a...

 
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By Sara Fabian [gallery type="slideshow" ids="4948,4950,4935,4943,4940"] Fall Arts Walk is one of the biggest events in Olympia’s social calendar. The two day event circulates at the epicenter of Thurston county: downtown Olympia. While the event may be overwhelming  to some, I quite enjoy the large vibrant crowds of families, friends, and packs of high schoolers who roam in and out of stores, galleries and venues open to the public. Olympia becomes a living, walking piece of art and it’s culture comes to life. How does this relate to fashion? Well, as I mention in my articles, art, fashion and culture are one in the same: all interwoven to create a personal experience that expresses the autonomous individual in the realm of six billion. As both a writer and someone who deeply appreciates self expression, I strive to represent Olympia style as accurately and honestly as possible. Unlike many bloggers and fashion writers in big na...

 
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By Bryel Fyfe During my first year in Olympia, I had the misfortune of living on campus. This, mixed with a newborn noesis of my current location, made getting my ass to a show an endeavor, sometimes a drunken misadventure. However, as someone who now very conveniently lives downtown, I have to make a decision on most Friday nights. There are so many venues, the choice is yours! Amongst the slew of shows sprawled out, in and around downtown Olympia last night, this was one: a benefit punk show hosted at Media Island. If you don’t know where that is then you, my friend, are missing out. I have found a great appreciation for this community center and gathering space. It is, in my opinion, hands down one of the greatest resources in Olympia. They also appear to host their own 24/7 radio show on 106.5 KOWA Upon walking up to the show I was greeted by a voice in a toy microphone, a trumpeter atop the roof of a van, accompanied by a ma...