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Monday, July 17, 2006

Resonance - Peter Callesen

Peter Callesen creates fragile, unreal art from the mundane material most of us take for granted.

In a world where disposability is the norm and art lasts forever, Peter Callesen bucks the status quo. The Denmark native uses sheets of paper and glue, creating delicate structures, which struggle out of their boundaries into the open air—toy soldiers, snowflakes, upside-down staircases, and ladders that would crumple at the slightest touch. But to say Callesen simply cuts and pastes paper misses the point entirely.
Resonance Magazine

Friday, July 14, 2006

Edmonds Beacon - Tri-athlete to compete in Hawaii

“The race starts with 2,000 plus swimmers taking off from the beach on a 2.4 mile swim. The next leg is a 112-mile bike ride, done in two laps of 56 miles, and the race finishes with a 26.2 mile run, a marathon, to the finish line.”

Lisa Walker has the hint of a smile around her face as she lays out the numbers. What she’s describing is a typical Ironman Competition, much like the one she competed in at Coeur d’Alene last month. Of course, very little about an Ironman is typical, including Walker herself.
The Edmonds Beacon

The B. Magee - The Courtesy Flush

I suppose if I were asked to name one thing I don't understand, I'd say the courtesy flush. As stiffly defined by wikipedia, the courtesy flush is when, "in deference to others using the bathroom, toilet users who have defecated [...] flush, despite the fact that they have not yet finished sanitizing themselves with toilet paper, merely so that the exposure of others to the aroma of feces is minimized."

It's not common for me to perform the courtesy flush, but the other day I was forced to act. While rocking forward onto the balls of my feet, I performed a perfect hip flex, snaking my left arm across my body as my bashful ass hovered expectantly over the bowl, my sheepish testicles swinging pendulously in the muggy breeze of the overhead fan. I quickly depressed the lever, sending a fresh 1.2 gallons of gloriously sweet spring water into the swampy bowl below.
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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Edmonds Beacon - Essay Winners Announced

In 500 words or less, please review the fourth amendment in light of the President's defense of wiretaps without court approval. Or, instead, write a letter to yourself as an African child with AIDS. Could you do it? Hundreds of middle school students did, but only 12 could be recognized in the tenth annual Linda Jewell Memorial Essay contest.
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Cascadia Weekly - Downtown Sounds

A lot can happen in a year. It was nearly this time in 2005 when I first talked with Kristen Shelton, Executive Director of Bellingham's Downtown Renaissance Network. They had just announced their first ever Downtown Sounds series, a collection of concerts in the alley behind the Wild Buffalo. Instead of feeling sketchy, the series was a resounding success for Downtown Renaissance, downtown Bellingham, and anybody who wanted to enjoy an all-ages show in a safe and fun environment.
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Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Cascadia Weekly - Campbell Brothers

It's time to get right with God. But don't worry folks, this will be one theological lesson that will shake the confessional and rafters. Working within a vital Southern gospel tradition, The Campbell brothers use pedal steel and electric guitars to praise the Lord and raise the roof.
The Cascadia Weekly

Edmonds Beacon - Local Antiquers Are Ready to Sell

"We had an idea on Monday, and by Wednesday we were painting walls. We just trust ourselves."

There are 20 rows of folding chairs, white, stretching all the way to the back wall. They are empty, blank, except for the ones near the front. Those chairs have been reserved for Friday's auction with paper placards and tape. But there's still room for more, and plenty to look at.
The Edmonds Beacon

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Cascadia Weekly - Wild Buffalo Blues Festival

The Wild Buffalo is Bellingham's whipping boy. They've been producing fantastic shows with national talent for years now and have never gotten their due. That all stops with the Summertime Blues Series, featuring five (inter)nationally acclaimed blues artists strutting their stuff all over the stage.
Cascadia Weekly
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Monday, June 19, 2006

Cascadia Weekly - Dumpsthaphunk

How unlucky would you be if you were naturally adept at keyboards, guitar, and drums; performed concerts in your early teens; played with Rufus, Bonnie Raitt, and Keith Richards; and were still overshadowed by your family? Ask Ivan Neville. Member of the famous Neville clan, Ivan brings his band Dumpstaphunk to both the Nightlight and Vancouver's International Jazz Festival this weekend.

The Cascadia Weekly
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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Tablet - Hot Hot Heat

Hot Hot Heat’s last album “Make Up the Breakdown” was cut in six days and earned critical raves and worldwide attention. However the band’s recent release, “Elevators,” is taking some heat in the press, causing some to question how hot the group really is. Band members openly admit the new album sounds different from past releases. In its seven years, the band has weathered two major line-up changes and has moved in a new direction. “Elevators” was recorded in the wilds of Victoria, BC and Los Angeles with producer Dave Sardy (Marilyn Manson, NIN, Dandy Warhols, Slayer). The band stands behind their new album emphatically and thinks fans and critics will come around. Tablet caught up with Hot Hot Heat drummer Paul Hawley in Ottawa during the band’s current worldwide tour to get the inside scoop.
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Tablet and Nadamucho - Antony and the Johnsons

With a voice somewhere between Mark Mulcahy and Nina Simone, Antony Hegarty, who is better known simply by his first name, brings a flair of art, fashion and gender-blurring to his music. His recent album “I Am a Bird Now” on Secretly Canadian has garnered sweeping critical praise. Having friends like Lou Reed, Boy George and Rufus Wainwright make appearances certainly helped draw attention, but both live and on the album, it’s totally Antony’s show.
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Tablet - Blue Scholars

Blue Scholars is two decks, two mics and two men. Geo is the second son of working-class Filipino immigrants, has a son, works days at the Wing Luke Asian Museum and writes rhymes at night. Sabzi is Persian, follows the Baha’i faith, and, in addition to his time behind the decks, does some minor hustling during the day. They recently re-released their first album with additional songs and a music video and they seem in no hurry to release a follow-up. They are, however, more than happy to talk about their success, beginning, and how it all fits in the current social climate. Tablet caught up with the Blue Scholars at Fort St George restaurant in the heart of the International District.
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Cascadia Weekly - Kool Keith

A rapper's rapper is a hard thing to be. Few know your name. Fewer still know your talent. Kool Keith is a rapper's rapper. In the game for nearly 20 years, Keith pioneered the stream-of-consciousness flow on which countless other MCs have made their name. But a man who makes the claim: "I can throw a hundred thousand pound walrus right through the wall" isn't looking for fame. He's looking for people who understand.
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