Alma Mater Update: Murals and Monsters

Thrift store painting featuring scary claw by guest CLAW artist  Chandler Woodfin  of Feast Arts Center  and on display at 1120 Creative House for third Thursday art walk.

Thrift store painting featuring scary claw by guest CLAW artist Chandler Woodfin ofFeast Arts Center and on display at 1120 Creative House for third Thursday art walk.

We’re preparing to hunker down for the first legit storm of the season at the Carpenters Building. Battening down the hatches…busting out the candles…covering our concrete with murals…ushering in All Hallows Eve and the apocalypse. Just kidding, we’ll be partying with everyone else on Halloween—but we will have some top-secret mural action happening within our walls. We can’t tell you any more than that, just know that November will be epic.


Where we’re going
On Tuesday October 18, Margo Price will be performing at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle at 7pm. Margo is Jason’s pick for this update’s singer-songwriters to watch. Check out her video, Since You Put Me Down, to get an idea.
1120 Creative House is hosting the CLAW (Cartoonist’s League of Absurd Washingtonians) Monsters in Thrift Art show during third Thursday’s art walk. The artists of CLAW convert inoffensive thrift store landscape paintings into monstrous masterpieces, and we think they’re splendid.
On the 28th and 29th, UW Tacoma’s art annex (and our Fawcett street neighbor) will celebrate Art Building Community with an array of interactive art, performance, and workshops. The event is free and open to the public, and runs 7-9pm on Friday and 10-6pm Saturday.
After that, we’ll head over to the Broadway Center for Seattle Rock Orchestra’s David Bowie tribute. Don’t judge us if you see us out later in the night, face-full of makeup ruined by all of the tears we’ve cried.
Lastly—and don’t worry, we’ll remind you again next month—we’re gearing up for our FIRST EVER DANCE PARTY. On Saturday, November 5th, Alma Mater joins forces with The Art Dept. for The Dance Hall, a night of ‘60s soul, Motown, and R&B. Tickets can be purchased here for $8 in advance, or $10 at the door, and is 21+.

What we’re reading
In addition to the tomes we’ve mentioned in our last updates, we’re staying informed of how the fluidity of an ant colony and the ‘waggle dance’ of honeybees relate to decision-making processes, as well as keeping tabs on some of our favorites, the Guerrilla Girls.

Silong Chuun photo by Cham Kao

Silong Chuun photo by Cham Kao

Who we’re watching
Born in Cambodia and raised in Tacoma,Silong Chhun is an engineer, producer, dj, and clothing designer for his brand, Red Scarf Revolution. Silong weaves cultural and historical awareness and activism with savvy design and beats, and we think he is one of Tacoma’s finest. Silong (aka DJ Press Play) will provide the tunes for our dance party next month, The Dance Hall.