Hear the banjo transport and immerse you like never before

Kendl Winter has arrived at Banjo Mantras, an instrumental album that fully leans into what the banjo is capable of doing when completely disconnected from the baggage of bluegrass. To hear the spritely dance of banjo music you need only pick up the album at Winter’s release party on March 1st at New Traditions in Olympia.

Barney Carey Gets His Wings at Olympia Family Theater

Olympia Family Theater’s executive director Mark Alford who plays Barney’s dad in “Barney Carey Gets His Wings” said, “The show is hilarious, but it doesn’t sacrifice any heart. At its core [it] is a discussion of self-identity and self-expression.”

Erik Fremstad’s Unnatural Selections at Lakewold Gardens

The pictures in Unnatural Selections, animal portraits, by Erik Fremstad of Olympia on view beginning Feb. 16 at Lakewold Gardens in Lakewood, are each made up of thousands of words — and these words count. Selections are detailed, realistic depictions of iconic North American species done in pen and ink and watercolor.

Jill Carter’s Projected Valentine Mural

Frisky bunnies, owls, and other animals play amongst happy Valentine hearts inscribed with “True Love,” “Be Mine,” “I’m Yours,” and “Love Oly” on Jill Carter’s projected mural on the empty Goldberg Building in downtown Olympia.

Dave R. Davison

Dave R. Davison earned his Art History Degree from Seattle’s University of Washington in 1999, he eventually spent more than a decade as an art reviewer for the Tacoma Weekly before that publication largely ended its coverage of the local arts scene. In addition to the vocation of arts writing, Davison is a poet, a …

Read more

Deathtrap by Ira Levin: Murder Most Queer at the State Theater

Once the action begins at State Theater, you’ll find yourself in the post-and-beam framed, antique-studded, expensively repurposed barn that serves as the living room/study of playwright Sidney Bruhl. Harlequin Productions’ Deathtrap by Ira Levin is a classic thriller, with five actors, two acts, and one set. And therein hangs a gun.

Bring on the Funk with Olympia Funk Festival — “Funk OFF!”

Homegrown Olympia music makers and nationally acclaimed headliners from Seattle and Portland and around the country will enliven downtown Olympia with a weekend of music and dance, February 2-4, when the inaugural Olympia Funk Festival known as “Funk OFF!” ignites the city with three days of non-stop dancing and exciting and innovative music.

Getting to Know Olympia Film Collective

There’s one group that’s been working to build a professional infrastructure for filmmakers in Olympia: the Olympia Film Collective, which since 2012 has helped create a steady production of short films by local filmmakers, often shot in and around well-known Olympia locations and businesses.

John Longenbaugh

John Longebaugh is a writer/director who’s been writing about the arts for the last three decades, including as the Theatre Critic for Seattle Weekly, the West Coast correspondent for Backstage, and a writer-at-large for Oregon Arts Watch, as well as various regional magazines. Now relocated to Olympia, he’s doubling down on his creative writing, and …

Read more