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Sunday, January 1, 2012

Best of 2011 by Kelsey Smith

Okay, I'm not as punk as the rest of y'all but here is my best of 2011. I'm consulting my planner to jog my senile brain. Also, I work at the library and volunteer at Northern so they are both a big part of my world- this will be rather evident from my choices. I was going to write short reviews for all of these, but the New Year draws ever closer...

Best Music Shows (in chronological order)

Kimya Dawson, Defiance Ohio, and Your Heart Breaks at the Olympia Timberland Library- January 12th
BOATS with the Fabulous Downey Brothers and Babelazer at Northern- April 4th
D+, Lois, Calvin Johnson and the Maxines, Japanese Tsunami Fundraiser at Northern- April 15th
Mike Watt at the Triple Door- April 27th
Lust Cats of the Gutter and Night of Joy with Morgan and the Organ Donors at Northern- May 3rd
Thao and Mirah with Led to Sea at Northern- May 9th
the Billy Nayer Show with Olympia Free Choir and Romanteek at Northern- June 2nd
Animals and Men with Western Hymn and Morgan and the Organ Donors at Northern- June 25th
Ya Ho Wha 33 with November Witch, Malaikat Dan Singa, and WaMu at Northern- July 7th
Bonfire Madigan with Arrington de Dionyso, Quinn Tuffinuff and Caitlin Rose at Northern- July 12th
24 Hour Zine Thing at Olympia Timberland Library with the Maxines and Happy Noose- July 29th
NUTS release party with a gazillion awesome bands in burned out building during artswalk- October 8th
Helsing Junction Sleepover- August 19-21st
Blue Scholars with TH3RDZ and Bambu at the Royal- September 22nd
Evangelista (Carla Bozulich) with Angelo Spencer, Hysterics and the Hive Dwellers at Midnight Sun- October 13th
Prince at the Tacoma Dome- December 19th

Best Other Performances (also in chronological order)

Nuts #6 zine release party with Broken Water and Hysterics at the Olympia Timberland Library- January 14th
Full Moon Consciousness Raising at Northern- January 19th
Sister Spit at Le Voyeur- March 29th
Printstravaganza show at Northern- three weeks in April
International Pop Underground: a Look Back with Calvin Johnson and Lois Maffeo at the Olympia Timberland Library- June 9th
Type Truck visit- Monday, June 20th in the Old School Parking Lot
Kill All Redneck Pricks documentary at Olympia Film Festival- November 16th

Best Books (read by me, although not necessarily written in 2011)

Rat Girl by Kristin Hersh
Jimmy James Blood by Missy Anne
Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Zoo City by Lauren Beukes
Signal 1 & 2: a Journal of International Politics (book/zine/magazine?)
The Night Bookmobile by Audrey Niffenegger
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Best Zines

Tell it Like it Tiz! #3
Prince Zine
Keeper's Kanzine #2
NUTS #s 6 & 7
Hyena in Petticoats: A Mary Wollstonecraft Zine
Shotgun Seamstress #s 5 & 6
DIY or Don't We? #3
Basic Paper Airplane #5
Rad Dad #17
Because the Boss Belongs to Us: Queer Femmes on Bruce Springsteen
Bus Fare: Olympia to Los Angeles on Public Transit
Excitement and Adventure
Hippie Watching in North America, parts 1 & 2
Shortandqueer #s 15-17

Best Miscellaneous

Kitzel's and the Cornerstone both opened this year, making the amount of delicious food available in downtown Olympia much larger. On a side note: RIP Little Roni's Sandwich Shop.
Nineveh food truck makes me happy, as does the addition of food carts to the downtown core in general
Olyphant- so happy to have a new art supply store run by nice honest folk
Bearded Lady- yes please
Sizizis dies and is reborn
The Reef is reborn and then burns down again- worst of 2011
The Artesian Well looks real nice now
My daughter Cleo looked awesome on the runway wearing a dress made out of yogurt lids by Ruby Re-Usable during the REstore's annual trash fashion show
40 Days of Kindness, Olympia Loves Planned Parenthood Secret Cafe, Pride Parade march, march on the Capitol, art show, bake sales, and loads of street activism, as performed by the Olympia Loves Planned Parenthood contingent
Occupy Olympia and the Occupy Wall Street Movement
Halloween dance party at the Brotherhood with DJ Ira Coyne
Oly Reads Book Club meetings
Daughter gets a new job and is kicking ass in general
Steve Buxbaum is the new mayor of Olympia

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