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Hermes Goes to Houston

24 Mar

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‘Everybody Else Was Having A Bad Day’

~A Short Story by John Diaz~

Hermes Vasques dreamt of freshly lain foundation bricks. The mortar bulged under the weight of new layers, which he carefully trimmed with the edge of his trowel. He stacked basalt bricks, one atop the other in the morning Texas sun. He felt good knowing that by high noon, his garage foundation would be complete. Suddenly, the structure started to collapse. He fell backward as bricks toppled into his lap.

Hermes awoke with a start.

A child of six or seven years was standing on his legs, climbing to a folding table behind him. A younger girl was hiding below the table, giggling. Hermes scooped up the child by the thighs and the jacket, and gave him a gentle toss onto the table. The kid landed on all fours, squealing in a mixture of protest and delight. Hermes stood up and straightened his shorts and shirt. Brushing away the imaginary kid dirt, he maintained an indignant posture. Over the top of the smaller dryers, he could see the two larger dryers that contained his laundry. Hermes’ two towels, sleeping bag, work pants and blue terry cloth bath robe were dry . . . Continue reading

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The Art of the Hot Dog

16 Mar

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~ A creative take on the steadfast hot dog stand. | Retro Dogz ~

There’s something universally basic about a good old-fashioned hot dog. Sausage. Bun. Simple.

No silverware. No plate. Whatever condiments you choose.

But what sometimes gets lost in the simplicity of a sausage on a bun, are the endless possibilities. . . of a sausage on a bun. Which is where Retro Dogz — a downtown Bremerton Hot Dog Cafe, or Parlor, if you will — is picking up. . . Continue reading

A Few Words w/ Little Miss Risk

27 Feb

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~Liquor, monocles & revolvers, BJB & the Voodoo Dollz | Ed Araquel~

Big John Bates & the Voodoo Dollz — a rock-n-roll burlesque group from Vancouver, B.C. — bring their booze-swillin’, fire-blowin’, face-rockin’ antics to Bremerton’s Winterland tonight (Feb. 27), joining a stacked line up which features the roving Reverend Dead Eye’s No Man Gospel Band, Seattle’s Hard Money Saints, and Kitsap’s own living legend James Hunnicutt. The show is 21+ w/ a $10 cover, starting around 9:30 p.m. @ Winterland, 1220 Sylvan Way in Bremerton. More @ myspace.com/winterlandrocks, www.bigjohnbates.com.

We caught up with the lead Voodoo Doll Little Miss Risk (at right above) for a few words on booze, burlesque, BJB and life on the road for March’s upcoming print edition, dedicated to traveling artists. . . Continue reading

Showdown in the Sound

26 Feb

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~ Wild West Showdown, Feb. 26-28 | Art: Kryzstof Nemeth ~

This weekend, Bremerton becomes the center of the roller derby universe, as 19 teams from around the country converge on Kitsap County. From national powerhouse the Philly Roller Girls, to the 2009 Women’s Flat Track Derby Association National Champion Oly Rollers, derby’s upper echelons will be battling it out for three days of knock-down, drag-out roller derby mayhem at the Wild West Showdown, hosted by Kitsap’s own Slaughter County Roller Vixens, Feb. 26-28 @ the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in East Bremerton. We’ve got a dispatch from Northwest Roller Derby Scribe Thurston Gore. . . Continue reading

. . . And The Winners Are

10 Feb

Almost $8,000 in prize money was awarded to artists through Bremerton’s third annual statewide CVG Show. Winners were announced Feb. 6 at an exclusive awards reception in the Bremerton City Council Chambers.

La Connor-based artist Peregrine O’Gormley’s commanding wood sculpture ‘How Much Longer?’ — a bold piece in both symbolism and stature (pictured above) examining the ever-increasing weight which Mother Earth is being asked to bear — won the people’s choice award. While Seattle multi-media artist Carla Grahn’s intricate hanging sculpture “Girl Army” took home the Mayor’s Award for Best in Show, amongst the wide-reaching array of artwork which some are calling “the best Show yet.”

The exhibit hangs through the month, with a slate of gallery events also planned.

See a full list of winners and remaining events @ the CVG Show website, and check back with the Smokestack later this month for a full review of the show.

. . . Meanwhile on Callow:

5 Feb

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While Collective Visions celebrates its third annual CVG Show with a big First Friday party tonight (5-8 p.m., 331 Pacific Ave., at which people’s choice voting for the statewide show concludes) another Bremerton artists collective — The Artists for Freedom and Unity — is throwing a bash to stay alive.

The non-profit artists union — which marks its third year in business next weekend Feb. 13 — hosts the punk-sonic stylings of the brazen Generation Decline, the legendary Gadzooks, the emphatic Atracity, the brash Americommies, and the beloved Cuntry Cuntroll, with doors at 6 p.m. tonight (Feb. 5) @ 318 Callow Ave.

The show is — as always at the AFU — all ages… with a short bar in the back for those 21+… $5 donation to keep the AFU open.

Find more about the non-profit @ the show and @ myspace.com/artfreeunity.

The Big Show — opens today

2 Feb

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~A convergence of artists from around the state | Collective Visions~

For weeks, Collective Visions Gallery has been shuttered from the public. The gallery closed its doors Jan. 18 in preparation for its third annual statewide invitational CVG Show — which opened today (Feb. 2).

In the final days leading up to the show, they plaster the windows with a thick mask of brown paper to obstruct any view from outside into the gallery. Inside CVG members and volunteers bustled to clear the near entire gallery, making way for the 120-some pieces of art, from artists around the state, which compete for more than $6,000 in overall CVG Show prize money.

This is The Big Show. Continue reading