Virna Haffer


Bird Dance by Virna Haffer

As most of the Northwest knows Tacoma has been turning itself around of late. Check out the Spaceworks Tacoma installations around the Theater District and take a walk around oldtown to fully grasp this rejuvenation of the artistic community. Then make sure to swing by The Tacoma Art Museum’s stunning exhibit of Virna Haffer’s Photography, Photograms and Woodcuts entitled A Turbulent Lens: The Photographic Art of Virna Haffer to ponder its very long experimental artistic legacy. Born in 1899 and raised in the anarchist community of Home, Washington Haffer began her career as a photographer in the 1920’s, continuing to create a prolific, internationally acclaimed body of work in many varied forms until the early 1970’s.

 If you cannot make it the show (it ends November 6th) the Tacoma Public Library houses an image archive of her work…

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The Final Portable Shrines Magic Sound Theatre DJ Night at the Living Room


Wednesday Oct. 19th is going be the last of the Portable Shrines DJ nights at the Living Room. Come down for one final evening of phantasmagorical synesthesia and audio visual incantations. We’ll be having some super special surprise guest DJs. 9pm til close. Find the hidden door…

THANKS to all the fine folks over the past year that have made this such a fun and far out night. Fear not, there will be more trips to be had in the imminent future. The all-seeing DJ One Eye will still be available to spin records at happenings, freak-outs and boogaloo parties across the globe. Just contact info(AT)



Saturday Night, Both Live and Pre-Recorded


North Seattle is the place to be this Saturday, Oct. 15, with two can’t-miss events in Wallingford and Fremont respectively.  Fortunately they are close (and cheap!) enough that this time you don’t have to choose between them…

The first is a special collaboration between Midday Veil and composer/throat singer Ken Ueno, who currently teaches music composition to the long-haireds down at UC Berkeley. With the help of local luminary Garek Druss on video, Ueno and Midday Veil will transform the Chapel Performance Space at the Good Shepherd Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N) into a multimedia resonance chamber of improvised audiovisual delights.

Much more info about this one-of-a-kind performance here. Show starts at 8 pm sharp, is all ages, and although there is a $5-15 suggested donation at the door, ain’t nobody getting turned away from this one for lack of funds.

Ken Ueno and Midday Veil

The other is the first of what will hopefully be many all-star DJ nights at Leary Records, now officially at home in its new location inside of 112 Printworks—home of Broken Press, who made those awesome silkscreen posters for Escalator III, as well as a handful of other exclusive collaborations with Portable Shrines artists Aubrey Nehring and Steve Quenell—making that spot at 112 N 36th officially thee freakiest storefront in all of Fremont.

Leary Records

In an era when the economy is in the shitter, record stores are closing their doors, and the corporate sinkhole of mass media still dominates the day, the emergence of a new shop dedicated to celebrating the eclecticism of the physical medium of recorded music inside of a business that has already established itself as a hub of artistic and social activity within the community is a very heartening thing.  Why not encourage it by joining them for a celebration?

Leary Records’ All Star DJ night is FREE, rages from 8 to 11 pm and features six local DJs/record weirdos (including our buddies Explorateur and Veins) spinning whatever they feel like. Expect anything from cosmic disco to psych, heavy soul to hip-hop, prog to punk to metal to jazz-funk.  Facebook invite here.

Leary Records


More from Escalator Fest III


Here’s a bit more coverage from last week’s Escalator Fest III at Lo-Fi.
Thanks to Rena Bussinger for the video and images. More to come…

Soakin' up the vibes...

The tribal futurism of Swahili

This Blinding Light played a memorably transcendent improv heavy set.

Escalator III, night II through a dark lens


Lovely and Dark photos by the amazing Bridget Christian of Escalator III, night II