Howdy. First post.
Photography is one of my hobbies. Well, not the artsy kind... I'm more into taking snapshots of interesting subject material, and anyone who's lived here for a while knows there's lots of funky stuff around Oly to photograph, to say the least.
My idea for this blog is to post a maximum of three photos per post in a series, showcasing Olympia's local graffiti, wall-art, murals, mosaics, paste-ups, stickers, and... unique artistic activism.
All photos posted are from my Flickr account and were taken by me. All rights reserved and all that noise. All photos will be posted in the default 'medium' size, and a link to access other sizes will be provided as well.
On to the first series of three... click the post title to view the whole post.
Series I - Photo I - Obama is a Cracker [Link]
Lyndon LaRouche supporters stirring the pot with the president's head on a parrot's body and some incendiary rhetoric, MLK Day, 2010.
Downtown Olympia, WA
Tuesday, January 12, at 6:30 p.m.
Capitol Theater, 206 5th Ave SE, Olympia
Information from the ACLU: A screening of the ACLU's award-winning video, which covers the history and impacts of marijuana laws in the USA, followed by a discussion with video host Rick Steves, and others. Free and open to the public.
More information at the OFS website: Tuesday, January 12- ACLU of Washington Presents…Marijuana: It’s Time for a Conversation hosted by Rick Steves!
[This article from the May 1, 1934 Daily Olympian gives a sliver of info on the history of movie houses in Oly. Should be of special interest to OFS volunteers]
Zabel Marking His 25th Year
E.A. Zabel, veteran showman and at present owner and operator of the Capitol theatre on East Fifth avenue, during May, will observe, through his theatre, the 25th anniversary of his connection with show business.
Starting Tuesday, May 1, a feature of Mr. Zabel's observances will be the exchange of a brand new two-bit piece for any quarter bearing the date 1909-- the year Mr. Zabel started in the business-- and admission of the quarter-bearer without futher negotiations.
Mr. Zabel started in the show business in 1909 when he purchased the old Acme movie house, located on the present site of "Mcs Place," 216 East Fourth avenue, from Joseph St. Peter, who until recently was superintendent of the reformatory at Monroe. St. Peter had opened the Acme but a short time before.
Four years after taking over the Acme, Mr. Zabel, prospering, became Olympia's leading "movie magnate" when he bought controlling interest in the Rex theatre, at Fourth and Franklin (site of the now-vacant Nommensen's furniture store), and the Ray, a movie house located then at 118 Fifth avenue east (present site of G.H. Uhler's real estate office).
In 1924 Zabel, with the late William Wilson, built and opened the present Capitol theatre, then admittedly the finest showhouse in the city. He has maintained his interest in the Capitol and now operates it for the lowest-priced moving picture entertainment in the city.
Amy Goodman appeared in Olympia on Sunday, March 29, 2009 as part of her book tour, Standing Up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary Times, which she co-wrote with her brother, David Goodman. She demonstrated her wonderful wit, and way with words, before a crowd of several hundred. I hope that video of her speech becomes available, because her speech was enjoyable and entertaining, and very informative and inspiring — and because I had to leave early! She told some very powerful stories, including about Rachel Corrie, a Palestinian man whose name starts with B (help me out here,) the Israeli Military refusenik (who is also the nephew of Benjamin Netanyahu,) and Frederick Douglass (re: Mount Misery,) among others. Here are some photos that I made, and a list of some of the sponsoring and affiliated organizations:
I saw MILK at the Capitol Theater last week. This is a great film; I recommend it highly. The film features a remarkable and powerful performance by Sean Penn, who plays Harvey Milk, a former San Francisco Board of Supervisors member.
It's a powerful film. It will be playing until Wednesday.
Presented by BRICK
Date: Thursday, March 19, 2009
Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm
206 5th AVE Olympia, WA
In the broken cityscape of Kabul Afghanistan, amid the the dust and rubble of war, Westerners and Afghans adjust to the uncertain possibilities of peace. This film shuttles through the broken streets of the city, listening in on conversations, posing questions, probing the darker alleys mainstream media avoids.
-A Call to Action-2009
Hundreds of people took part in stustained direct action to demiliarize the Port of Olympia for 10 days in Nov. '07. Directed by AJ Strosahl and Noah Sochet, this film documents the multifaceted effort by Olympia activists to resist the use of our infrastructure to enable American imperialism.