Free Skool Olympia's February Calendar out now!

The newly revived and under new (no)management Free Skool Olympia has come out with its February calendar of classes!

Free Skool Olympia is an autonomous, all ages, egalitarian, volunteer-run collective which works to offer a wide range of workshops, classes, trainings, and skill shares freely to the community. The Free Skool offers a direct challenge to educational, economic, and social systems that oppress and divide our communities by providing vibrant alternatives to those systems and safe places for them to thrive so that we may begin to imagine and build a truly free world.

This month features classes on:

  • Algebra
  • Art and Activism
  • Book Binding
  • Computer Security
  •  Freestyle Rap
  • Haiku & Asian Poetry
  • History
  •  Knot Tying & Climbing
  • Media
  •  Musical Saw Playing
  •  Mycology
  •  Peace Psychology
  • Really Really Safe Sex
  • Self Defense
  • Sign Language
  • Stick 'N' Poke Tattoos

As well as a Black History Reading Group, White Privilege Reading Group, film showings, a Stitch 'N' Knit circle, and a Theatre of the Oppressed troupe!

All classes are absolutely free. The whole month's calendar, which includes descriptions, times, and locations is attached to this post!

Child care will be provided at classes on request. If you have child care or accessibility needs, contact the facilitator of the class you'd like to attend.

To find out more about the Free Skool, you can come to our general meetings every Sunday, 2:00pm at Media Island (816 Adams St. SE) or find us on Facebook. To contact us, e-mail olyfreeskool (at) riseup (dot) net

PFLAG-Olympia this Sunday - screening the film "Inlaws & Outlaws"

Join PFLAG-Olympia for the screening of the film "Inlaws & Outlaws"

The film "Inlaws & Outlaws" by Seattle filmmaker Drew Emery cleverly weaves together the true stories of couples and singles — both gay and straight — and all into a collective narrative that is as hilarious as it is heartbreaking. At the top of the film, you meet real people one on one. You don’t know who’s gay or straight or who’s with whom. As their stories unfold and stereotypes fall by the wayside, you won’t care because you’ll be rooting for everybody.

With candor, good humor, great music and real heart, Inlaws & Outlaws gets past all the rhetoric to explore what we all have in common. We love. We lose. We all want to belong. And we’re all making this up as we go along.

26th Olympia Film Festival! November 6-14, 2009!


OCTOBER 21st, 2009 – OLYMPIA, WA. The curtains part as the Olympia Film Festival hosts several concert-worthy guests including Dame Darcy and Death By Doll, and a very special visit from Steven Severin of the famed Siouxsie and the Banshees in his only Northwest performance with his original score for the classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. With generous support, in the form of a $5,000 grant from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, we’re bringing several exciting guests to create stronger relationships between filmmakers and the Olympia community.

Several Northwest premieres are spotlit including the adorable Etienne!, as a man takes his terminally ill pet hamster on a bicycle trip up the California coast; the British crime comedy Down Terrace featuring cast from the original The Office; and the ‘lost’ feature Shut Yer Dirty Little Mouth starring Glenn Shadix of Beetlejuice and Heathers.

Contemporary documentary cinema shakes the house with Henry Rollins biting hard on American waste-ism in H for Hunger; Jennifer Maas unveiling ‘60s and ‘70s Seattle soul musicians with Wheedle’s Groove, and the colorful creation Sissyboy, based on the legendary Portland performance troupe, with a special one-night-only performance!

Of special note for Olympians is Simone Bitton’s somber documentary, Rachel, an investigative report into the untimely passing of peace activist Rachel Corrie..

Learn How To Make Movies, Music Videos and More. Free of Charge.

Dear Friends,

The Freeschool Community of Olympia, serving the community with free
classes for over 8 years, is very happy to offer free film and video classes.

(or on September 14th, 2009, 6-9pm) in order to be eligible to attend
the 'Studio & Control Room Operations' Class and the 'Digital Field & Editing' Class.

We are taking registrations now.

We have spoken to the wonderful folks at Thurston County Television.

The Freeschool Community is working to start making free classes available to people through our website as online videos and as films on TCTV. In this way our free classes...

  • could reach people throughout Olympia who are unable to attend
    classes in person, due to reasons of physical or mental challenges

  • could reach people worldwide

  • could reach people who do not speak English because we could
    create multilingual versions with the use of subtitles.

Porn Week at Evergreen, Hosted by Women of Color Coalition

Porn Week started yesterday, with Robert Jensen, who spoke on the relationship of our societal concept of masculinity through analysis of mainstream pornography. But there are still events going on this week!

Wednesday, 21st Xandra Ibarra - Speaking on the under-representation of current sex workers on the debate over pornography. Critiques both those who defend, and those who oppose pornography. 3:00~4:00 @ Sem II B1105

Thursday, 22nd Films - two films screening (w/FREE popcorn!): Hot and Bothered: Feminist Pornography (only 35 minutes, and very good! and pretty graphic, but sexy) Made in Secret: Stories of the East Van Porn Collective (check this out-it's about an "Underground DIY Anarcho-Feminist Porn Collective") 1.5hrs 8:00~10:00 pm @ SemII E1105

Friday, 23rd Babeland presents: Women's Sexual Pleasure Workshop - Includes a plethora of information on how to please yourself, or your lady friend. Anywhere from pleasure-based anatomy to the G-spot, female ejaculation, cunnilingus, strap-ons, and sex toys. Open to ALL for an all-around happier and sexier world! 4:00~6:00 @ SemII A2109

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