2/25/17 the next Oyez Roslyn! Good Enough to make you shovel out your car…

We had a great January event, but since then Snoqualmie Pass has received  81″ of snow. So here’s something worth digging out for—the season finale of Oyez Roslyn! On Feb 25th 8PM @ Basecamp there will only be two acts:

Marc Brown and Nova Devonie: Song, Guitar & Accordion
A sample of one of Nova Devonie’s musical projects relating to Alice in Wonderland…

Donald Byrd, Executive Artistic Director Spectrum Dance Theater: Making the Invisible Visible

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See a clip from SHOT, Byrd’s latest


more about Marc Brown and Nova Devonie:
Marc Brown, a Cle Elum neighbor, is a musician (guitarist and singer) and architect who has worked in the Pacific Northwest for the past 30 yearM_Brown_webs. Both disciplines call for collaboration and creativity; on February 25th, Marc will play joined by Seattle’s Nova Karina Devonie, who once caused Garrison Keillor to blush and become tongue-tied as he attempted to pronounce her name. This vile temptress of the accordion has been delighting audiences with her sensitive (and sometimes humorous) playing, sonorous singing style, and sideways fashion sense since the early 1980’s.

photo by Tom Bennett

Nova moved to Seattle to join swingabilly cowgirl band “Ranch Romance,” and stayed to make it her home after that band ended their touring days. She now performs with several bands including Miles and Karina, The Buckaroosters, and The Rolling Blackouts.

more about Donald Byrd

Donald Byrd, choreographer extraordinaire and Executive Artistic Director of Seattle’s Spectrum Dance Theater, will be sharing his thoughts about ddonald_byrd_webance and a form he has developed called “theater of disruption”
which combines dance, text, fiction, music and voice. Byrd has created and produced more than 100 works to date, many of which consider intractable social issues. Spectrum’s 2016-17 season consists of three world premiere pieces by Byrd. Each uses theater of disruption to revisit racism, police shootings of unarmed black men, immigration, and violence against LGBTQ people, creating harmonic beauty and wrenching tragedy.

Donald Byrd has won more awards than we have space to list. A sampling: TONY nomination; Bessie Award; Masters of Choreography Award from The Kennedy Center; a Fellowship at The American Academy of Jerusalem; a James Baldwin Fellow of United States Artists; and the Mayor’s Arts Award for his sustained contributions to the City of Seattle. In addition, he has received support for his projects and productions from the Rockefeller Foundation, New England Foundation, Map Fund, Jerome Foundation, Seattle Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts; as well as local and national government agencies including 4Culture, The Office of Arts and Culture and The National Endowment for the Arts.

New Year- New Event Sat. 01-21-17

More fun as the snow piles higher. Head downstairs at Basecamp Books a little early, get a good seat and order up refreshments. We’ll start the program at 8:00 pm.

The lineup:
CHARLES HUDSON, coming up river
KATH FRASER, musing about music
MATTHEW WENZ, graphic designer

RIVERS, CONNECTIONS: Charles Hudson is Director of Government Affairs for the Columbia Riverc-hudson-sml Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, where he has served since 1999. In this role Charles handles legislative matters and facilitates Federal-Tribal relations. He’s a member the Mandan/Hidatsa tribe of Fort Berthold, North Dakota, and has spoken throughout North America on treaty rights, natural resource management and environmental justice. His passion for tribal issues is derived from his family’s multi-generational fight for treaty rights and justice on the Missouri River, a fight chronicled in the 2004 novel “Coyote Warrior” by Paul Vandevelder.
Charles is the founder and administrator of the Many Dances Family Fund, a charitable fund within the Oregon Community Foundation. Charles’ hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking and gardening. He is a 1984 graduate of Washington State University. Charles has three sons, and one beautiful granddaughter.

COMPOSERS: The Women’s Experience Kath Fraser will share sound samples and thoughts about women composers and their music. An RN, mom of two, grandma of two, and now radio show host of Gathering Her Notes: Women’s late 20th and 21st century contemporary classical music with the occasional digression.
Kath came to Kitkfraser-smltitas County after hearing about this amazing place while living in Australia. She worked as an RN at the Health Department, Home Health Hospice and at Harborview Medical Center. At 54, she fulfilled a lifelong dream to get a degree in music and attended CWU. You can listen to Gathering Her Notes streaming online (Thursdays 1-2 PM PT), archived, or on Mixcloud.

GRAPHIC ART, CREATIVE DESIGN: Wenz Crrsm2012-smleative was founded by artist/ designer Matthew Wenz. Mathew moved to Cle Elum in 2009 after working and living in Seattle since 2000. His work is characterized with a style that evokes playfulness and sense of humor balanced with earnestness. He conveys meanings and messages in his art using simple design elements with subtle details to create unique graphics that tell stories.
Designing is like problem solving; Matthew conceptualizes design solutions specifically to portray the desires and needs of every client and project. matthew-wenz-sml
He is influenced by the cultural, social and natural environment from history to speculations of the future. Matthew finds inspiration and beauty in all his surroundings, wherever that place may be.


Sat November 12th- the fun begins

Another season begins, downstairs at Basecamp Books. Arrive early, get a good seat and order up refreshments. We’ll start the program at 8:00 pm.

The lineup is:

ROB FRASER, photographer


EMILY WASHINES, Yakama historian

A professional photographer all of his adult life, Rob Fraser started as a freelance photographer in New York City for 28 years, shooting for various national magazines and large corporations. And now, having moved

back to his hometown in Washington State, Rob is shooting for both private and commercial clients there.
Rob is also a musician who has performed at Ellensburg’s “Jazz in the Valley” and “Winter Brewfest” festivals. “Photography, not unlike music, has a movement and rhythm to it and can be very improvisational if you let it. The two arts crossover for me, one reinforcing the other.”

Jennifer D. Munro’s blog, Straight-No-Chaser Mom, won 1st Place in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists contest (Category F!). She was a jennifer-d-munro-smlTop 10 Finalist in the Erma Bombeck Humor Competition. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Salon; Full Grown People; Best American Erotica; The Bigger the Better the Tighter the Sweater: 21 Funny Women on Beauty and Body Image; and many literary journals. She is a freelance editor, and she teaches at writing conferences and literary centers. She is her son’s 12th mom, her husband’s 1st (and only, that she know of) wife, and is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.

yakama-war-ayat_film-smlYakama War: Ayat (Woman), is a a short film Emily Washines made about the Yakama War, which includes a historical account of her people. She grew up in a family of seven on the Yakama Reservation. She began film in high school and has made a few short videos focused on Yakama people and the environment. Her family taught her to gather foods, dance, sing traditional songs, Yakama language, culture, beadwork, and weaving. She passes these teachings on to the emily-w-smlyounger generation including her two daughters and son. This film was sponsored by a grant from The Evergreen State College Native Creative Development Program. Emily gave another presentation at Oyez Roslyn!, with her husband Jon Shellenberger, Return of the Wapato.

2016-2017: a new season of fun is fast upon us!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Saturday, February 25, 2017

We’ll announce our lineup soon, a mix of: GREAT writers, visual artists, musicians, naturalists, and our Yakama neighbors.
Basecamp Books and Bites, 110 W Pennsylvania, Roslyn, WA, will continue to host our events.