Fall Arts Walk Planner

Fashion: Burlesque beauties

Burlesque is not just a performance art, it also is a visual one. Performers create their own glamorous, elaborately detailed and smoothly removable attire for the shows. Costumes created and worn by the women of Olympia’s own Tush burlesque troupe will be on display at costume and vintage shop Balsie Birdwell, 528 Capitol Way S., Olympia. The store also will display photos of the performers taken at their productions.

Shopping: They're crafty

For the second time, the folks of Craft X NW are putting on an open-air craft market, inspired by European markets, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the corner of State and Washington streets. The event will feature 30-plus vendors selling handmade goods including jewelry, longboards and recycled-wool hats, scarves and vests. Call 360-539-6175.

Multiple Media: Mosaics and more

Olympia artist Jennifer Kuhns is known for her mosaics, which can be seen at Swing Wine Bar & Cafe in Olympia and outside of Olympia Pediatrics Clinic in Lacey. Kuhns has a new artistic interest, too: carving concrete. Examples of her media can be seen in the windows of Hot Toddy, 410 Capital Way, Olympia. Kuhns work also is in the “25 Feet of Art” auction at The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Also at Hot Toddy: fused and leaded glass by Gabriela Cowan. Call Hot Toddy at 360-753-0868. Learn more about Kuhns’ work at

Ephemera: Latte art

Art is made to last, but there are exceptions. Think sand mandalas created by monks, butter sculptures at state fairs – and latte art, the ephemeral designs in the foam atop the creamy, steamy drinks brewed by baristas. Watch artists of the dairy and caffeine school create hot, fresh designs at the Latte Art Throwdown from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Reality Church, 620 Franklin St. S.E., Olympia. Also at Reality: Electronica from 8 to 10 p.m. and multimedia art. Call 360-584-8028.

Interactive Art: Share your secrets

Trudes Tango is known for her ceramic art, but tonight she’s going public with something completely different: The Rolodex of Fears and Fantasies. The Rolodex, along with an old-fashioned typewriter, has been living on Tango’s kitchen counter, and she invites visitors to type out their secrets and add them to the Rolodex, filing them (of course) alphabetically. (Among the Rolodex’s current contents: “Accidentally stabbing myself in the eye with a sharp knife” and “Having a perfect kiss with a stranger in the pitch-black darkness and never knowing who it is.”) It’s all anonymous, so share your dark and light sides at Fusion: The Integrated Body, 302 Columbia St. N.W., Olympia. Also at Fusion: Brazilian music, Zumba, samba and kids creative dance from 6 to 9 p.m. and clay works by Tango and by Kendra Anderson, photography by Duncan Green, moving images by Beatriz Flores-Guttierez and jewelry by Pam Norris. Call 360-596-9696.

Shopping: Going, going, gone

This year’s fall Arts Walk features several auctions with art for sale:

Olympia Film Society’s third annual Silent Art Auction: A benefit for the society, the auction offers work by Arrington de Dionyso, Eric Fleming, Jenny Macc, Nikki McClure, Queen Bee Creations, Sarah Utter and more at Capitol Theater, 206 Fifth Ave. S.E., Olympia. Also at the theater: animated shorts from the collection of Marge Brown at 5 p.m. followed by music and dance with Flamenco Luz from 7 to 9 p.m.. Call 360-754-5378.

“25 Feet of Art”: The Washington Center for the Performing Arts’ 25th anniversary auction continues through 5:30 p.m. Oct. 18. A benefit for the center, the auction features 25 works, each measuring just 1 square foot. The auction is at, and the art can be seen there, too. The center is at 512 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-753-8586.

“Art Relief for the Gulf”: This auction of painted plates is at ... wait for it ... The Painted Plate, 412 Washington St. S.E., Olympia. Call 360-705-2103.

Painting: Whimsy, watercolors

The whimsical images of watercolor artist Barton DeGraaf are designed to convey emotion and make a connection through design, color and texture. “I find the act of painting to be euphoric,” DeGraaf wrote. “My hope is that when someone looks at one of my paintings that they make a connection and enter my world for a brief moment in time.” DeGraaf’s work can be seen all month at The State of the Arts Gallery, 500 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, and the artist will be on hand from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Call 360-705-0317.

Music: Not just plain folk

The Olympia Folk Fest and Art Show includes all kinds of folk for different folks. Headlining is singer-songwriter Kimya Dawson, who has been classified as everything from indie folk to anti folk. She’s scheduled to perform from 10 p.m. to midnight. Also on the bill: Eleanor Murray (acoustic folk) from 7 to 8 p.m., Mudcat (blues folk) from 8 to 9 p.m., and Abby Blue and the Outskirts (indie folk) from 9 to 10 p.m. The show is at the Loft on Cherry, 508 Legion Way, Olympia. It’s open to all ages, and there’ll be sweet and savory morsels and a smoothie bar. There’s a suggested donation of $3-$5.

Photography: Familiar name

Yes, Kim Cobain is Kurt’s sister. She also is a photographer and a former Olympia resident, and her work can be seen for Arts Walk at The Mark Restaurant, 407 Columbia St. S.W., Olympia. Included in the show are photos of an abandoned dairy farm in Little Rock, taken in July. “I’ve always loved this place, and every once in a while, there’s a beautiful herd of elk in the field,” Cobain of Los Angeles wrote in her artist’s statement. “I hope I can come back periodically to check up on this property and see what nature has done.” Also at The Mark: A DJ spinning tunes from 8 to 11 p.m. Call 360-754-4414.

Dance: Totally Rad (co)

Radco (Random Acts of Dance Collective) is a favorite Olympia dance troupe, mixing choreographed and improvised movement for a clever modern mixture. Radco recently was at the Luminary Procession the night before the Procession of the Species, and in summer 2009’s outdoor “Umbrella Delight.” But it’s been two years since the company has done an Arts Walk performance. Tonight, it’s back. The dancing begins at 7 p.m. at the Eagles Hall Ballroom, Plum Street and Fourth Avenue, Olympia. Also at the Eagles Hall: Olympia Community Martial Arts demonstrations with John Baker at 5:30 p.m., flamenco with Donna Pallo-Perez (seen recently in Lord Franzannian’s Royal Olympian Spectacular Vaudeville Show) at 6:15, Tap Cats at 8, Stephanie Perceful’s Salsa Olympia at 8:15, swing social dance lesson with Bob Livingston at 8:45, and a dance with live music by Swing Fever at 9 p.m. For the swing dance, a $5-$10 donation is suggested.

Interactive Art: Make art, become art

Face painting is a great first foray into performance art. The city of Olympia’s Parks, Arts and Recreation Department always makes sure kids can get gussied up at the children’s area on Washington Street outside of The Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Young ones also can make still life art, a project coordinated by Art for Kids School. Kids stuff happens from 5 to 9 p.m.