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Olympia Pop Rocks

OPR is a podcast about the art, comedy, music and culture of Olympia Washington.  Join us and our guests every other week for the fun and nonsense happening in Washington's capitol!

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ArtsWalk Fall 2019

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My ArtsWalk tour almost always begins with The New Traditions’ Cafe. They have a bi-yearly fiddle festival and there is almost always a full line up of amazing folk music of a variety of styles. Its sad such an amazing show happens when there is so much more going on, as I never stay for the whole thing. I saw three acts: Pinniped, The Sassafrass Sisters (friends of the podcast) and the contraband that plays a good amount of the folk dances in town.

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After Traditions, my gang walked down Fifth for the normal parade of buskers, performers and food. Wouldn’t you know it, we saw some art too.

This kid is legend. Undoubtedly he will be on America’s Got Talent any day now.

This kid is legend. Undoubtedly he will be on America’s Got Talent any day now.

The clarinet player was uh-MAZE-zine!

The clarinet player was uh-MAZE-zine!

This gentleman was hawking his wares, selling home made flutes. They were beautiful and sounded amazing. He also humorously sold PVC pipes of the same style. It should not be surprising the wood flutes sounded better than the plastic ones, but honestly none sounded bad. But the beautiful designs for these Native American style flutes is it’s own quality!

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Guire’s beard is large and in charge!

Guire’s beard is large and in charge!

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We stopped by the shared studio of artist Arrington de Dionyso and China Star. Both have been guests on Olympia Pop Rocks, full fledged Friends-Of-The-Podcast.

Arrington has a distinctive vision. If you see his work, you immediately know its his work. But he still has the capacity to surprise with what he lets you see. And he’s actually great too: that’s the hat trick. He makes distinguishable art that can grab you with a new piece and it’s actually good.

China is more diverse in her ability. She has a variety of styles and visions she puts out. Flashes of colors that seem to make a dream landscape, but in investigations show themselves to only be… to only be. You can look at one of her small pieces and feel like you are watching a scene, but with no recognizable figures, places, beings or objects. Its organized, but by laws and rules you only know in your gut. But she also showcased a tall skinny piece on paper with single line, expert doodles that show the life of an artist in Olympia. Winning and immediate as Picasso’s famous sketch of Don Quixote, but showing what Arts Walk looks like at its art and at its best. THIS should have been on the cover of the Arts Walk magazine!

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Another Friend-of-the-Podcast stop, we couldn’t do ArtsWalk without stopping by Gallery Boom. Every kind of art is for sale here. Shitty, amazing, amateur, artisan, half baked ideas, fleshed out visions and lamps. You can buy a lamp. YOU could sell you art here! You can sell your lamps here too! A mini museum and gift shop combined!

We ended our night at QB’s back bar. It was more crowded than I’ve ever seen it, but that isn’t saying we didn’t get a table and service right away. Best spot to get a fancy drink for my dollars!

We ended our night at QB’s back bar. It was more crowded than I’ve ever seen it, but that isn’t saying we didn’t get a table and service right away. Best spot to get a fancy drink for my dollars!

OPR #93: Palmer T. Lee & Spotify

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Olympia Pop Rocks interviews Palmer T. Lee about his solo album, his favorite Sufi poets and why the pot in the Pacific Northwest scares him. Also Guire and Jemmy Joe talk about Spotify.

Click here to learn more about The Steamboat Island Stringband Jamboree!

Click here to learn more about The Steamboat Island Stringband Jamboree!

Click here to hear! Curated by Jemmy Joe.

Click here to hear! Curated by Jemmy Joe.

OPR #92: Markly Morrison & "Making Sense Of Olympia"

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In this episode of the podcast, we interview Markly Morrison about his new podcast “Low Profile With Markly Morrison. We also talk about bands he’s been in, what brought him to Olympia and the usual fair. You know, OPR stuff. Like we do. Plus we have a special addition of the podcast with David Scherer Water reading from the new addition of his book “Making Sense Of Olympia”. A real treat!

Buy David Scherer Water’s book here!

Buy David Scherer Water’s book here!

Click here to learn more about The Steamboat Island Stringband Jamboree!

Click here to learn more about The Steamboat Island Stringband Jamboree!

OPR #89: String And Shadow Puppet Theater & "People Of Olympia": Monique's Mom

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In this episode of the podcast, we interview Emily from String And Shadow Puppet Theater about the great work this Oly company of performers has been doing in town. Next level excitement for their upcoming show! Click the link below to get tickets!

Also, we continue with the People Of Olympia series with an piece by a local woman who told about her mother’s journey to Olympia, what she left behind and what was found…. on Facebook.

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OPR #87: Shawna Hawk & People Of Olympia featuring "Changing Your Mind with Whitney"

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In this episode of the podcast, we interview Shawna Hawk, from KOWA local radio, Media Island and The Women of Color in Leadership Movement. She wears so many hats we don’t know where to start to billboard her here! We talked about why even do radio when you can do a podcast, about Olympia and the power struggles and backlash she has to deal with by being The Adult In The Room. Also about Olympia. Duh.

Also, we have an re-introduction of The People Of Olympia. Friend of the podcast, Whitney, comes on the show to talk about a time she changed her mind about a hot button issue in Oly politics.

OPR #84: 2060 Records & Jem + Guire Musical Project

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In this episode of Olympia Pop Rocks, we interview three of the artists and collaborators of Olympia's own 2060 records. We talk about running a label, making music, where the best drinks are in town and all that sort of thing. You know the deal. Also, Jem and Guire talk about their new music project and Jemmy Joe's new solo album. Links below!

Click here to hear 2060 Records music!

Click here to hear 2060 Records music!

Click the photo to learn more about the event sponsoring this episode, Azucar: A Celebration of Latin And Hispanic Heritage

Click the photo to learn more about the event sponsoring this episode, Azucar: A Celebration of Latin And Hispanic Heritage

OPR #83: Lexxi Lovell of Dumpster Values & "Solo" review

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Olympia Pop Rocks interviews Lexxi Lovell, co-owner of The Dumpsters Values Cooperative. We talked about her move to Olympia, how she came to co-own Dumpster Values and where the cool coffee is in Oly. Also, Jemmy Joe and Guire talk about the new Star Wars movie "Solo" because of course we did.

Support of this episode comes from Elizabeth Lord's upcoming show "Homesick". We highly recommend you click this photo and buy tickets to this show.

Support of this episode comes from Elizabeth Lord's upcoming show "Homesick". We highly recommend you click this photo and buy tickets to this show.

OPR #80: Emily Van Kley & 3rd Year Anniversary

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Click the photo to see Emily's website.

Click the photo to see Emily's website.

Olympia Pop Rocks interviews poet & arial artist Emily Van Kley. We talk about her newly released book, "The Cold & The Rust" as well as the exciting Olympian arial artist scene. We've been hammering that one for a while now. Get used to it, people! Also, its Olympia Pop Rock's three year anniversary! Celebrate with us!

Support The Wayside Cafe &amp; Deli. Click the photo to learn more!

Support The Wayside Cafe & Deli. Click the photo to learn more!