Sat, 05/30/2015 - 9:00pm - Sun, 05/31/2015 - 12:15am


Sister Spit at Evergreen - Artists' Lecture Series

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

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Sister Spit: Wednesday, April 15th,
11:00-1:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Sister Spit began in San Francisco in the 1990s as a weekly, girls-only open mic that was an alternative to the misogyny-soaked poetry open mics popular around the city (and the nation) at that time. Inspired by two-bit punk bands who managed to go on the road without hardly knowing how to play their instruments, Sister Spit became the first all-girl poetry roadshow at the end of the 90s, and toured regularly with such folks as Eileen Myles, Marci Blackman, Beth Lisick, and Nomy Lamm. The tour was revived as Sister Spit: The Next Generation in 2007, and has toured the United States annually since, with authors and performers such as Chinaka Hodge, Dorothy Allison, Lenelle Moise, Justin Vivian Bond, and many others. In this next incarnation, out of respect to the changing gender landscape of our queer and literary communities, Sister Spit welcomes artists of all genders, so long as they mesh with the tour’s historic vibe of feminism, queerness, humor, and provocation.

SPSCC Community Orchestra Concert Sat March 21st 7:30PM

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm

Please join us for the SPSCC concert on March 21. The orchestra will perform music by Bach, Schubert, Respighi and Copland.

Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 21. Tickets are $10 general admission. Tickets also available online at, or by calling the Washington Center box office at (360) 753-8586.

We are a multi-generational orchestra made up of community musicians, teachers, and students enrolled in the college. Our exceptionally good and fun conductor is Charles “Chip” Schooler, a 30-year veteran of teaching music at Timberline and Olympia high schools.

Rachmaninoff's "All-Night Vigil" presented by The Esoterics

Sun, 03/08/2015 - 3:00pm - 4:15pm

BDENIE commemorates the centenary of the premiere of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "All-night vigil," which took place in Moscow on March 10th, 1915. Rachmaninoff wrote his 70-minute, 15-movement vigil in January and February of 1915, and it was first performed as a fundraiser for war relief efforts. Rachmaninoff's masterpiece proved to be so popular with both critics and the public that it was performed five more times within the month. Rachmaninoff based 10 of his 15 movements on extant chants from various traditional styles, including Greek, Kievan, and the Russian "Znamenny" style. The remaining five movements were entirely of the composer's own creation, although he admitted their style to be "a conscious counterfeit of the ritual." For this concert series, The Esoterics has expanded to 48 voices, and will intersperse Rachmaninoff's movements with phrases of Slavonic chant. More concert information is available at

WHERE: St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 20th Ave SE, Olympia

WHEN: March 8th, 3:00 pm

Irish Dance with Scoil Rince Slieveloughane

Sat, 03/14/2015 - 10:30am - 11:15am

Join us at the Tumwater Timberlan Library for a return performance of the Scoil Rince Slieveloughane Irish dancers who will perform a lively mix of traditional and modern Irish dance routines. Slieveloughane is the largest and most renowned Irish dance troupe in the Pacific Northwest.

Lion Dance: Celebrate the Year of the Goat

Tue, 03/03/2015 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Please visit the Tumwater Timberland Library for a special Lion Dance performance by the Olympia Kung-Fu and Tai Chi Club, followed by a participatory demonstration of Kung-Fu and Tai Chi movements. The Lion Dance combines skilled acrobatics with the dramatic musical accompaniment of drum, cymbals and gong. This traditional dance has been performed to celebrate the Chinese New Year for over 2000 years.

7th Annual Olympia Old Time Festival ~ Kickoff Event and More to Follow

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

7th Annual Olympia Old Time Festival starts Thursday and runs through Sunday, February 15, presented by The Arubuts Folk School. Concerts and dances in The Olympia Ballroom (the historic Hotel Olympian), 116 Legion Way S.E., downtown Oly. Most workshops are free and take place at First Christian Church, 7th Ave. at Franklin St. and the Arbutus Folk School, 610 Fourth Ave.

The Olympia Old-Time Music Festival is dedicated to teaching, learning and participating in the sharing of traditional American old-time fiddle music.

Thursday evening it's the all-ages square dance; music by the Grizzle Grazzle Tune Snugglers (Olympia); calling by Evie Ladin (recording artist, Oakland), $5; $30 weekend pass and other pricing for individual events, available at the door or on the web site.

See the event web site and facebook page for tix, dance and concert schedule, headlining artists and workshop schedule.

Festy Web Site     Festy Facebook     Arbutus Folk School

Photo courtesy Raincrow Productions

A quick look at the rest of the Festy

Friday, Feb. 13 The Olympia Ballroom and Urban Onion Lounge
7:00 p.m. The Oly Mountain Boys warm-up show, free, Urban Onion Lounge, downstairs
8:00 p.m. Main concert with The Foghorn Stringband (Portland), Evie Ladin and Keith Terry (Bay Area), Old Time Crankie Show by Sue Truman; $15 or weekend pass
10:00 p.m. Honky Tonk late-night dance with The Tall Boys (Seattle) until ? , $15

David Rovics, Brian McCracken & Meta Pigeon Parade

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
TUE- JAN 27- 7PM- 816 Adams St. SE

David Rovics, the world renowned traveling protest radical singer songwriter and former student of Evergreen, is playing at Media Island, 816 Adams St. SE. Opening up for him will be Brian McCracken of Old Growth Poetry Collective and the local folk punk band Meta Pigeon Parade! This is open to all ages. Please donate to help those that create and spread radical music and poetry, pay what you can if you can and give more if able. Buy their music, zines and t-shirts. No alcohol or drugs allowed. Respect each other, the performers and the space.


Sat, 12/06/2014 - 9:00pm - 11:45pm

This is the Shadows ( tape release show for our new album, "New Growth"! We will also have it available in CD and on USB drives at the show!

Holiday Concert with The Tumwater High School Noteables

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Bring your lunch to the Tumwater Timberland Library and enjoy a mini-concert of holiday music with Tumwater High School's premier vocal ensemble, "The Noteables," performing a capella music featuring a variety of traditional and jazz-infused holiday selections. Dessert and beverages will be provided.
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