Performing and Media Arts

2007 Past Events

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Evergreen Singers Present Selections from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience as Holiday Concert

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Sunday, Dec. 9th at 7:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall

Admission: Free
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

The Evergreen Singers will present a concert of selections from Gilbert & Sullivan’s Patience, or Bunthorne’s Bride in the Recital Hall of The Evergreen State College on Sunday December 9th at 7 pm. Admission and parking are free.

The Evergreen Singers include students, faculty, and staff of The Evergreen State College. They are led by director Marla Beth Elliott and accompanist Stephanie Claire.

W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, best known for The Mikado and H.M.S. Pinafore, created the most popular theatrical entertainments of the late Victorian era. Their comic operas have never been out of production since they were originally presented in the eighteen-seventies and eighties.

Though Patience was one of their most popular productions at the time, it is not widely known now. Patience satirizes Aestheticism, a “lifestyle” movement that included clothing, visual art, literature, and interior design and rejected the values and styles of the dominant high Victorian culture.

In Patience, a cavalry regiment returns home to discover that their former fiancées have become Aesthetic and now spend all their time mooning after the pretentious poet Reginald Bunthorne, who in turn longs for the naïve milkmaid Patience. Gilbert’s bizarre combination of logic and emotion, and Sullivan’s grand and memorable melodies, take this story to a conclusion that leaves all but one character happily engaged to be married.

This costumed concert will include most of the music as well as selected dialogue from this wonderfully comic opera.

Evergreen to Present an Evening of Orissi Dance and Hindustani Music

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Myths, Legends and Epics
Friday, Nov. 30 & Sat., Dec. 1 at 7:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Gen. Adm. $15; Facutlty/Staff - $12; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking:
$2.00
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6651

The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble will be joined by the ground-breaking Urvasi Dance Company and faculty member, Ratna Roy, along with Arijit Mahalanabis and his Gandharva Music Ensemble for an evening of Hindustani music and Orissi Dance at The Evergreen State College on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 at 7:00 pm. in the college’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $15 and $5 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

Arijit Mahalanabis, an acclaimed Dhrupad singer, a powerful performer, and Visiting faculty at Evergreen, is collaborating with Sri Raman Iyer, a Carnatic musician, in a rare musical number for the first half of the evening performance. That will be followed by “Orissi Dance: Myths, Legends, and Epics.” This year the dances are focusing on abhinaya performances, storytelling and retelling of ancient myths through a subaltern lens, a lens of the dispossessed. The acclaimed Thali Naca, revived by Urvasi in Washington State, with rave reviews from India in 2006-07, will open the evening’s dance performance. That will be followed by “Batu,” a child’s dream bringing sculptures to life. The child will be played by 10-year old Sarvani Eloheimo, twice recipient of Washington State Arts Commission’s Folk Arts Apprentice Award. Five of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, Matsya (Fish), Kurma (Turtle), Varaha (Wil Boar), Narasimha (Lion-Man), and Vamana (Dwarf) will be enacted by three female dancers and a male dancer who is Visiting Faculty teaching Yoga at Evergreen for the Performing Arts Lab Program. The pure pallavi (flowering) dance will be led by Evening and Weekend Studies faculty member, Jamie Lynn Colley. That will be followed by “Nava Durga,” nine forms of Goddess Durga, with Jamie as Durga and Marissa Betz-Zall as all of the asuras, including Mahisasura, representing the male ego. The final dance number will be the rare “Tara,” one of Guru Pankaj Charan Das’ famous Pancha Kanya dances, a feminist interpretation of an episode from the Ramayana, performed by the only performing dancer internationally that has had the blessing of receiving the gift from her guru, Dr. Ratna Roy.

Dr. Roy was trained in India in classical Orissi dance, initially in both the women’s (mahari) and the men’s (gotipua) traditions by Guru Govinda Chandra Pal and subsequently in the classical tradition that evolved from the "mahari" tradition, by Padmashri Guru Pankaj Charan Das, the guru or all gurus. She is one of the few remaining dancers who practice the women’s dances in classical Orissi style. It has now become her mission to teach and spread the unique dance style and tradition of her guru. Ratna Roy has received two Fulbrights, an American Institute of Indian Studies Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Choreography Award, and the Arts International Award for her dance and has performed and conducted workshops internationally.

Obo Addy & Okropong – Traditional music and dance of Ghana return to Evergreen

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Friday, Oct 26, 2007, 8:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Gen. Adm. $20; Seniors/Students $10
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to order by phone
Parking:
$2.00
Information: (360) 867-6833

The Evergreen State College will once again host master Ghanaian drummer Obo Addy and his music and dance ensemble, Okropong, as part of the Evergreen Expressions visiting artist program on Friday, October 26 at 8 pm in the college’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $20 and $10 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen Bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.   

This will be the third time the popular Portland musician and teacher has returned to Olympia with his African performing arts group. Okropong, meaning "eagle" in Obo Addy’s native Ga language, performs traditional Ghanaian dance and music chosen from the various ethnic cultures in Ghana, including Ga, Ewe, Ashanti, Dagomba and Dagarti. Using a variety of hand and stick drums, talking drums, bells and shakers, the musicians build layers of driving rhythms while the dancers, clad in colorful West African garments, engage in an energetic physical "conversation" with the drummers. At the end of each concert, both musicians and dancers engage the audience in a spirited call and response, celebrating that shared experience with them through song and dance.

Obo Addy, one of the key originators of the seminal musical movement now known as "Worldbeat," is a prominent member of the first generation of African musicians to bring their traditional and popular music to Europe and America. Obo Addy, the son of a Wonche medicine man in Ghana West Africa, was designated a "master drummer" at the age of six. Surrounded by his enormous family (his father had 55 children by 10 wives) and thoroughly immersed in the core musical traditions of his people, Addy embodied the skills and deep values of Ga music as few could.

Obo Addy currently teaches music at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. He travels throughout the country conducting teaching residencies and performing both solo and with his performing groups.  His numerous recordings include two recent works entitled "Let me Play My Drums" and "Okropong." Obo's newest recordings, Wonche Bi and Afieye Okropong, were released on the Alula label.

In 1996 Obo Addy was awarded the National Heritage Fellowship Award by the National Endowment for the Arts. This is the highest honor a traditional artist can receive in this country. Obo is the first African born artist to ever receive the award. 

LEARN MORE > Audio Clip: Gome
On the Web: Obo Addy & Okropong

Alonzo the Incredible

Alonzo the Incredible

Friends of the Library Present Alonzo the Incredible
Saturday, Oct 20, 2007, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

Admission: Gen. Adm. $20; Students/Children $10
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to order by phone

Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833.

Evergreen faculty Emeritus, Alan Nasser, performs as the renowned Alonzo the Incredible in this Friends of the Library fundraiser, performing feats of amazing prestidigitation!

Expect to be amazed! Alonzo’s shows involve individual audience members and the group as a whole to make his miracles happen. You will not be treated to the same old song and dance show that folks have seen a hundred times before. Many of Alonzo’s effects are original and will take you by surprise

Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps

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Friday, Oct 19, 2007, 8:00 pm
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to order by phone
Parking:
$2.00

Transgender performance artist Scott Turner Schofield will preview his new work, Becoming a Man in 127 Easy Steps on Friday, Oct. 19 at 8 pm in The Evergreen State College’s Experimental Theater. General admission tickets are $10 and $5 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.  A brief talk-back with the artist and a reception will follow the performance.

Scott Turner Schofield is a female-to-male transsexual with a transgender identity. In 2007, Schofield became the first openly trans artist to be commissioned by the National Performance Network for this forthcoming solo show.  This piece is the last installment of an autobiographical performance trilogy, a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure solo work combining aerial acrobatics and multimedia storytelling for an unrepeatable evening of gender exploration. Literally: in just the way human beings unconsciously choose how we see gender based on our own cultural cues, audiences for this show choose Schofield's narrative path from female-to-male, choosing what stories they will hear, step-by-step.

Schofield began his performance art career working as a research assistant to Holly Hughes and Carmelita Tropicana at the WOW Cafe in New York City in 2000. Now a full-time performance artist, educator, writer, and producer, he has toured his acclaimed one-trannie shows, "Underground TRANSit" and "Debutante Balls" to colleges, theaters, and festivals far and wide, using performance to engage diverse audiences around the critical issues of our time: gender, race, class, sexuality, and difference. His storytelling and interactive lectures ease and enliven conversation with audiences working through the confusing social maze of identity, helping to build community out of common interests.

Lauded for his direct and accessible presentation, Schofield has been honored with several commissions for new work, and is the youngest recipient ever of a Tanne Foundation Award for Commitment to Artistic Excellence. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution wrote, "A transgender, feminist performance artist with a national buzz going...funny, revealing, whip-smart and poetic." Since 2006, Schofield has received 3 Community Fund Grants from the National Performance Network to raise community awareness of gender and sexuality through art in Seattle, San Antonio, and Miami, FL.

LEARN MORE > Video Clips:
Scott Turner Schofield:
Becoming a Man in 127 EASY Steps
Sneak Peek: Virtual Turner

Evergreen to Host Annual Orissi Dance Festival

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Olympia's Annual Orissi Dance Festival
May 11 & 12 at 8 pm.
The Evergreen State College Experimental Theater

Admission: Gen. Adm. $12; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking: $1.25 Fri. only
Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

"Olympia's Annual Orissi Dance Festival," sponsored by Evergreen Performing Arts & The Evergreen Orissi Dance Ensemble and featuring the Urvasi Dance Company, with 19 dancers, will be held at the Experimental theater, Communications Building, The Evergreen State College, on May 11& 12, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 general and $5 students and seniors. Tickets are available at Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia, and the COM Building Box Office from 12 - 3 pm Monday thru Friday or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833.

The performance will open with Hindustani Classical Music by the Gandharva Music Ensemble, led by Extended Education faculty member, Arijit Mahalanabis. The orchestra consists of Arijit Mahalabis
(vocalist), Brandon McIntosh (Sarod), Nirmal Rout (Pakhawaj/Mardala), Mausam (Harmonium), Ravi Ramamurthy (Violin), and Satyajit Limaye (Flute/Tabla).

Olympia's own Orissi Ensemble has continued to make strides. In November at the Second International Odissi (variant in spelling) in New Delhi, Ratna Roy's choreography was featured as the work of one of the foremost choreographers of the second generation. In December, alumni and students of Evergreen participated at the Gutu Pankaj Charan Das Festival in Bhubaneswar and at the Third International Odissi Festival, an extravaganza, again in Bhubaneswar. The performances received rave reviews on Orissa's tv and on national tv as well as in the press. As a
result, the Government of Orissa featured Urvasi Dance Company (now comprising of students, alumni, and community members) at the National Kharavela Festival in Orissa.

Some of the recent reviews from India: "the defining moments of the second day were the solo performances by artistes from the USA and Canada, who with their fluid movements and perfect coordination recreated the magic of legendary Odissi exponent Guru Pankaj Charan Das' style of dancing. But the one presentation that truly complemented the festival theme of 'Origin and Beyond' was that of a 15 -year-old budding Canada-based dancer Shibani Mohapatra. A student of Urvasi Dance Company (USA), Shibani effortlessly recreated the magic of the 'thali and diya' dance, a signature style of Guru Pankaj Charan Das that has long disappeared from the Odissi scene in India." (The New Indian Express, Bhubaneswar, Orissa, December 28, 2006).

"Impressive Thali dance by US girl: As the 15-year-old US-based non-resident Oriya girl Shibani Mohapatra performed the Thali dance of Puri. . . in the ongoing international Odissi dance festival here on Wednesday, she reminded everyone of an extinct tradition that the people of Orissa have forgotten. This unique arts practice is not only being revived in the US by veteran Odissi danseuse Ratna Roy, disciple of the 'guru of gurus' late Pankaj Charan Das but also it is gradually gaining
appreciation from the audience there. Shibani is one of the few disciples of Ratna who is trained in this difficult dance style." (The Hindu, Bhubaneswar, December 28, 2006).

"Performing with involvement leaves an impression, and U.S.-based Scheherazaad Cooper's 'Naba Durga' was able to make an impact. 'Naba Durga' was an expressional piece, choreographed by Pankaj Charan Das." (The Hindu, Hyderabad, December 28, 2006).

Finally, the review from the National Kharavela Festival (translated from Oriya): "Today we were privileged to see a unique presentation to the rhythm of bells at the Kharavela Festival stage, filling the space, to the rhythm of percussion, danced foreign dancers. In the art of Odissi dance, the American dancers were no less than anyone [here]. The American dancers of Urvasi Dance Company presented the Odissi dance, 'Gativilas.' Under the direction of Indian danseuse Dr. Ratna Roy, five American dancers presented the gaits. . . through gestures [they] left the audience entranced and amazed." (Girija, Sambad, January 31, 2007). Of the "Gativilas Pallavi," a correspondent from Dharitri, an Oriya daily writes, "Under the direction of Dr. Ratna Roy, Urvasi Dance Company presented an authentic dance in its purity, 'the Gativilas Pallavi.' (Bhubaneswar, December 28, 2006).

Recognized internationally, the troupe has come into its own. It has been invited to perform in India again on behalf of the Government of Orissa. It has also been recognized as one six foremost Odissi dance companies in the world, and as one with the largest number of soloists. Olympia has much to be proud of.

To this dance ensemble, we add a music ensemble in this forthcoming production.

For more information, please call (360) 867-6833 or Ratna Roy at (360) 867-6469 or e-mail her at royr@evergreen.edu or ratna-david@olywa.net . Please go to http//www.olywa.net/ratna-david for details of the program.

Maria Tallchief

Tall Chief

May 8, 2007, 7:00 pm
Evergreen Expressions Presents "Sneak Preview" of upcoming PBS Documentary Maria Tallchief by Sandra and Yasu Osawa

Admission: Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Parking: $1.25

Information: Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833. For directions or more details go to http://www.evergreen.edu/expressions

America's first Prima Ballerina, Maria Tallchief, is the
subject of a soon to be aired PBS documentary by Sandra and Yasu Osawa that will be previewed on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 pm in The Evergreen State College's Recital Hall. The screening, by the award winning filmmakers, is part of this year's Evergreen Expressions program. General Admission tickets are $10 and $5 for Seniors and Students on sale at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, open from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 867-6833. A brief talk-back with the filmmakers and a reception will follow the screening.

This documentary is the third in a trilogy of films that highlights contemporary American Indian themes, issues and people by the Seattle based Upstream Productions. In this film, Ms. Tallchief tells her own story accompanied by dance clips, interviews with colleagues and historians and archival photos. Explained Sandra Osawa, "There are no contemporary stories about Native American women on PBS, the myriad of other television stations or on the big screen. For us, as American Indian women, Pocahontas is as good as it gets. This documentary aims to change the perpetual image of Indian women from one of 'beast of burden' or 'romantic princess' to one which will highlight a truly inspirational life-one filled with integrity and passion for the arts."

Osawa's film explains that in the late 1940's, Tallchief ushered in a new prototype of the ballerina that was distinctly American, in a ballet world that was dominated by the Russians, the French and the English. All that changed in 1948 when Ms. Tallchief took the stage to capture the critical NY audience in a new ballet called Orpheus. Author Francis Mason, who is featured in the film exclaimed, "Maria Tallchief lit a fire under classical ballet that is still burning."

My Name is Rachel Corrie

Rachel Corrie

April 27 & 28 at 8 pm
April 28 & 29 at 2 pm
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission: General $30; Seniors/Students $20
Tickets:
Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Bldg. Box Office daily: 12-3 pm or 360-867-6651 to order by phone
Parking:
$1.25 Friday
Information: (360) 867-6833.
The Evergreen State College to Present Seattle Repertory Company's Production of My Name is Rachel Corrie

The story of Rachel Corrie comes full circle when The Evergreen State College presents the Seattle Repertory Company's production of My Name is Rachel Corrie in the college's Experimental Theater, April 27 & 28 at 8 pm and April 28 & 29 at 2 pm as part of the Evergreen Expressions Visiting Artist program. Tickets are $30 General Admission and $20 for Seniors and Students. They will go on sale at noon on April 2 at Rainy Day Records, The Evergreen College bookstore, online at BuyOlympia.com, the Communications Building box office, open from 12 to 3 pm daily, or by placing a phone order at (360) 876-6651. A special preview performance will also be presented free of charge to Evergreen students.

The play, taken from Rachel Corrie's own writings, was edited for the stage by director Alan Rickman, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter series of films and New York stage productions of Les Liasons Dangereuses and Private Lives, and Katharine Viner, Features Editor of The Guardian newspaper in London. The production opened at London's Royal Court Theater to critical acclaim in 2005. Most recently the production was scheduled to open last March at the New York theater Workshop. But six weeks before opening night, the theater announced it was indefinitely postponing production of the play. They cited the current political climate as the reason for the cancellation. The production was later moved to New York's Mineta Lane theater where it completed an 11 week run.

The Seattle production, directed by Braden Abraham and starring Marya Sea Kaminski in the title role, will play until April 22 when it will then move to Olympia. Explained Performing and Media Arts Manager and producer of Evergreen Expressions, John Robbins, "We are very excited about bringing this professional production to Olympia but also presenting it where Rachel's story began. In many ways she represents the quintessential Evergreen student, passionate and committed to the issues and concerns of the world that affect their lives."

Rachel Corrie went to the Gaza Strip in January of 2003 to aid Palestinians whose homes were being destroyed in the conflict with Israel and to find a sense of truth and understanding in a very complex situation. She was killed by an Israeli defense force bulldozer trying to prevent a Palestinian home from being destroyed.

Theater Nohgaku | Crazy Jane

Crazy Jane Poster

April 6, 2007, 8:00 pm
Minnaert Center of the Arts - South Puget Sound Community College

Admission: $20 general, $15 seniors, $10 students, Evergreen students admitted free with proper ID
Tickets: online at www.spscc.ctc.edu/CFA, or call 360.596.5501
Parking: free
Information: 360.596.5501.

Theater Nohgaku presents a new play, Crazy Jane by David Crandall
with special guest musicians from Japan.

Also featuring theater of Yugen in Shimizu, a Kyogen comedy.

Co-sponored by Evergreen Expressions and South Puget Sound Community College Artists & Lecture Series

Redemption

Redemption

Friday & Saturday, March 16 & 17, 2007, 8:00 p.m.
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission: General $10; Student/Senior $8
Tickets:Available at Rainy Day Records, online at BuyOlympia.com, The Evergreen Bookstore and the Communciaitons Building Box Office daily from 12-3 pm
Information:(360) 867-6833

A Butoh dance recital combining current students and alumnae.

SOS: Performances

Poster

Wed., Thurs., Fri., & Saturday, March 7-10, 2007, 7:00 p.m.
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission: Free
Information:(360) 867-6833

Music, dance, drama, and animation. A concoction of the above disciplines thrown together and re-organized in a raging torrent of creativity, cascading into a waterfall of artistic possibilities.

Lunar Spring Festival

Tai Ji Workshop
Seattle Chinese Orchestra
Community Forum


The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College to Co-Sponsor Seattle Chinese Orchestra as Part of Annual Spring Festival

The Seattle Chinese Orchestra, led by acclaimed conductor Warren Chang with award winning musician Buyun Zhao, will highlight a three-day Spring Festival of events co-sponsored by The Evergreen State College and South Puget Sound Community College on March 9 to 11.

The concert, to be held at the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts at South Puget Sound Community College on Saturday, March 10 at 2 pm, will feature a Lion Dance and calligraphy with Chungliang Al Huang. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $10 for seniors. Students with ID are admitted free. Advance tickets are available at Rainy Day Records, online at BuyOlympia.com, at the Evergreen Bookstore or by calling (360) 867-6833 for credit card phone orders.

The Spring Festival, one of the most important festivals in Asia, will begin on March 9 when internationally acclaimed master Chungliang Al Huang will lead a Tai Ji movement workshop at 10 am. in Library 4300 at Evergreen. Tickets for the Friday all-day workshop are $40 ($30 students and seniors) and are available at the same outlets. Tai Ji is a dynamic moving meditation that enhances health, wellness, and cultural connection. Chungliang is one of the most talented transformational movement-meditation teachers working today. He is the author of "Embrace Tiger, Return to Mountain"and other books. Beginners and advanced students are welcome to participate. Virtuoso musician Stuart Dempster, Faculty Emeritus from UW, will provide musical accompaniment at the workshop.

A free Community Forum will conclude the Festival on Sunday, March 11 at 2 pm in the Evergreen Longhouse. The Forum will bring together world renown scholars and masters in conversation about Identity, Gender and Self Cultivation in Daosit, Buddhist, Confucian, and Islamic traditions. The panelists will include East West Center directors of University of Hawaii Dr. Roger Ames and Peter Herschock, Master Chungliang Al Huang, and Professor of University of Arkansas Dr Mohja Kahf.

Contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833 for more information. Taiji

Event: Tai Ji Workshop
Date: Friday, March 9, 2007
Time: 10:00 am
Place: Library 4300 - The Evergreen State College
Admission: Gen. Adm. $40; Seniors/Students $30
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Campus Parking : $1.25
Information: Contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833 for details.

 Chinese Orchestra

Event: Seattle Chinese Orchestra
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2007
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts - South Puget Sound Community College
Admission: Gen. Adm. $20; Seniors $10; Students - Free
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Information: Contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833 for details.

 Comm Forum

Event: Community Forum
Date: Sunday, March 11, 2007
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: Evergreen Longhouse - The Evergreen State College
Admission: Free
Information: Contact Hirsh Diamant (360) 867-6736 or Evergreen Expressions (360) 867-6833 for details.

Seattle's Total Experience Gospel Choir to Perform at Evergreen State College

Gospel Choir

Saturday, March 3, 2007, 7:30 pm
The Evergreen State College Recital Hall

Admission: Gen. Adm. $10; Seniors/Students $5
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, online at BuyOlympia.com, at the Evergreen College Bookstore or the Communication Box Office. Credit card phone orders can be placed by calling the college's Box Office at (360) 867-6833. I
nformation:
(360) 867-6651 Organized in 1973 at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Seattle, this nationally and internationally famed choir has grown to 108 members ages 6 to 65. Their travels have taken them to 38 states, 4 continents and 22 countries. Their recognition has garnered them 150 awards and the opportunity to work with other music luminaries such as Qunicy Jones, Ray Charles, the Hawkins Family, the Morman Tabernacle Choir, Michael Bolton, the Judds and Peter Seeger to name a few. The have also been a featured group for seven seasons of Langston Hughes's play Black Nativity at Seattle's Intiman Theater.

Founder and Director, Pastor Patrinell  "Pat" Wright brings a substantial musical resume to the Choir not just as conductor but as a singer as well. She released her first solo CD I'm so Glad! A Spiritual Reunion of Drums & Voice in 2005. She has also been honored with the Washington State Governor's Ethnic Heritage Award for helping preserve Black Gospel music in the State of Washington and the first Living Legend Award from the Seattle Center.

Irish Music Masters to Meet at Evergreen for Expressions Concert

Masters of Irish Music

Friday, March 2, 2007, 8:00 pm
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Admission: Gen. Adm. $20; Seniors $ 10; Students/w ID - Free
Tickets: Rainy Day Records, Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, or call 867-6833 to place phone orders
Information:(360) 867-6651

American-born fiddler Randal Bays has been playing Irish fiddle for nearly 30 years. His recordings and concerts have earned him recognition on both sides of the Atlantic. His recent album "House to House" was picked by the Irish Times as one of the Top Five Traditional Recordings of 2005.

Catherine McEvoy is one of the leading flute players in Irish music today. From 1984-1988 Catherine was a member of & "Macalla," the first all female traditional group. Catherine has released two excellent recordings of traditional flute music, her self-titled "Catherine McEvoy" (1998) and her latest CD with her brother, fiddler John McEvoy, "The Kilmore Fancy" (2004).

Stated Don Meade of the Irish Voice, "Patrick Ourceau, a Frenchman now living in New York City, is among the most accomplished members of traditional Irish music's Foreign Legion. A fiddler of rare talent and sophistication, his music has all the hallmarks of great Irish fiddling - beautiful tone, pulsing rhythmic lift, deft bow work and crisply executed ornamentation.

Born in Drimnagh, Dublin in 1948, James Keane took up the button accordion at age six, drawing his primary inspiration from his mother, father and uncles (musicians all) and the rich cultural legacy of their home counties of Longford and Clare. While still in his early teens, James co-founded the Castle Ceili Band and won the All-Ireland ceili band competition in 1965. He went on to earn four All-Ireland titles as a soloist on the accordion He plays in the group Fingal, with Randal Bays and Daithi Sproule

A fourth-generation Clare concertina player, Gearóid ƠhAllmhuráin spent many years under the tutelage of Paddy Murphy, Clare's master concertina player. In 1996, Gearoid released the critically acclaimed "Traditional Music from Clare and Beyond", firmly establishing himself as one of the finest concertina players in Irish music. Gearoid is Professor of Irish Studies at the University of Missouri-St Louis.

During his years in Portland, Oregon, Dublin native Aidan Brennan became one of the most sought-after Irish guitarists in the United States, performing with players like Paddy O'Brien, Brian Dunning, Randal Bays, and Martin Hayes.

Genesis: The Mary Shelley Story

Mary Shelley Poster

Friday & Saturday, Feb. 23 & 24, 2007, 7:00 pm
Experimental Theater, Communications Building

Presented by: SOS Performance, Theater & Dance
Admission: Free
Information: (360) 867-6833

How did it happen that a young woman, nineteen year old Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, came to write the classic horror story FRANKENSTEIN? In Genesis: The Mary Shelley Play, Mary and the two men who became literature's most Romantic Poets - Percy Bysshe Shelley and Lord George Byron, find themselves seduced by each other, alchemy and their imaginations. Join us for a night of gothic romance and mystery; thunder and lightning; and discover not only the "genesis" of Frankenstein, but of the Vampire as well!

Fine Times at Our House

Fine Times poster

Friday, Feb. 9, 2007, 8:00 pm
Recital Hall, Communications Bldg.

Presented by: Evergreen Expresssions
Admission: $10 General, $5 Seniors & Students Tickets: Rainy Day Records, the Evergreen Bookstore, BuyOlympia.com, Communications Bldg. Box Office 12-3:00 pm, Mon-Fri
Information: (360) 867-6833

Old-time music, storytelling and artwork. Featuring Joe McHugh.