Night flows over the South Lake Tahoe, hosting authors Josh Weil and Travis Mossotti at Lake Tahoe Community College. On October 8, Wednesday, over sixty people attended this event at the college. Everyone gathered to hear from the published authors, reading from their new books Field Study by Mossotti, and The Great Glass Sea by Weil.
By Danny Kern
At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, the Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema theater showed a handful of different movies that were all “connected in someway,” according to Sierra Nevada College Sophomore Lucas ‘Maddog’ Angier.
“It was a perfect co-lab, to be able to mix skiers and snowboarders that are both out there just for the same love, doing the same thing, was really inspiring,” Angier said.
The movies shown were “Keynote Skier”, showcasing Phil ‘B-Dog’, Casabon and friends, “Road to Zion”, featuring Henrik Harlaut, Tanner Hall and friends and last but not least the Green Bandit Productions(GBP) full length movie “Gratitude”, featuring all of the Gremlins crew.
The Tahoe Art Haus and Cinema will continue showing ski and snowboard films along with the World Series and other movies.
Each movie was unique in its own way. “Keynote Skier” focused on only one athlete, Casabon, and showcased street riding along with backcountry lines and butters. “Road to Zion” was a compilation of doubles and triples performed by Harlaut and Hall in the backcountry and off of massive park features. The GBP movie “Gratitude”, was one of a kind. It showcased the travels of the one and only bio-diesel run Gremlin’s bus in a creative documentary format.
“The movie is different every year because Zach edits it different every year which is cool,” Senior Jeremy Landi said.
Zach Leftner, also known as ‘The Kid’, is the producer of all GBP productions.
“We wouldn’t have “Gratitude” or any of the Gremlins videos with out ‘The Kid’, much respect goes out to that guy, he’s like my older brother,” Angier said.
This premier was unique for a few reasons. There was a balanced mixture of snowboarding and skiing shown as entertainment, and all of the movies were mainly accompanied with Rastafarian reggae tunes, giving them a very “laid-back, inspiring, feel-good vibe,” said SNC alumni Keenan Cawley.
“It was a success, a lot of people came out. I was pretty hyped to see the other two movies that I hadn’t seen before and for everyone to be able to see “Gratitude” on a big screen in a movie theater, which was just amazing,” Angier said.
This was the first premiere of “Gratitude”, but the 17th premiere stop of “Keynote Skier” and “Road to Zion.”
“The turnout to the first premier was really good. We didn’t get to hype it up as much as a ‘just Gremlins premier’, but it was cool ‘cause Tanner Hall is going to do a lot for the movie next year and Inspired Media is going to help us go to Canada,” Landi said.
BY RICK CONWAY
Sierra Nevada College was honored to host renowned musician, Terry Allen on campus Friday. Oct. 17th. Allen, an accomplished, musician, artist, sculptor, and writer, treated students to his own brand of alternative country, or “outlaw country” music, a genre, which he arguably played a role in creating. The event was a special treat for students and members of the community, who filled the room to the back doors.
“It’s ironic they call this Writers In The Woods,” said the Lubbock, Texas native, as he arranged himself in front of the piano. “Where I grew up there was only one tree…and it had a sign on it that said “tree”…People would come from all around to look at it.”
“I’m going to start with a song called Advice to Children,” Allen said. He tapped his foot and sang loudly. “It’s better to be mediocre…Don’t do the best you can, they’ll just screw you over.”
Allen played and read passages from his book, “Dugout.” Allens songwriting often draws from events in in his past. “His songs tell stories,” said, SNC Senior Bryan Wilkins, who summarized the lyrics as being very “relatable.” The performance was peppered with jokes and stories that inspired his songs.
“I’m from Texas,” Allen said. “where sex is hideous, disgusting and evil…so you save it for the one you love.” Allen, who now resides in New Mexico, set off for California at the tender age of 17 to study art and music, earning a bachelor’s in fine arts from the Chouinard Art Institute, in Los Angeles.
Night flows over the southern part of Tahoe, hosting its authors Josh Weil and Travis Mossotti at Lake Tahoe Community College. On Wednesday, Oct. 8, over 60 people attended the event at the college. Everyone gathered to hear from such wonderful authors, reading their new books Field Study by Mossotti, and The Great Glass Sea by Weil.
Weil is known as a fiction writer. Weil’s book was about the outdoors of Russia. The stories of the folklore spread throughout Russia. Weil has spent time in Russia in his younger years, and has recently traveled back to Russia and enjoys the scenery. His gives an alternative version of how he sees Russia.
Mossotti read over a variety of poems in his new book. His poems talk of the wolves in Yellow-Stone Park. In one of his poems talked about the kill sights and the beauty of the park. Like Weil, he also enjoys nature. Mossotti said that it has taken him over nine years of working on his poems.
After the reading, people asked questions for the authors of how to be better writers. Mossotti tells the audience of his old professor tolling him that stories come to you like “cotton candy.” He means that it sticks to you and then spreads everywhere. The crowd was impressed by the analogy.
Weil had something similar to Mossotti. Weil talked of how he’s writing and banging his head to find the story, he says that it’s “better to write things you’re more passionate about.” They’re thoughts that reoccur and have meaning to them. When we feel strongly about something is when we should write about them.
By Kyle Garon
The walls within the new Garage Door Gallery at the Holman Arts & Media Center have welcomed new featured artist, Lawrence LaBianca. LaBianca shares his Sea to Float exhibition with Sierra Nevada College for the next 6 weeks. LaBianca’s work accommodates his connection with nature while integrating research, sculpture and experimentation to create his artwork.
“I am trying to explore and look for what I believe is the divine source for all information- nature,” said artist Lawrence LaBianca.
Sea to Float is an interactive sculpture that uses the environment to record and harness energy from natural phenomenons such as wind, swells and tides. In order to capture these rhythms, LaBianca has created a buoy lined with a soft copper plate, accompanied by a steel ball. The copper plate is a polished, blank plate that registers minute scratches and dents. The intention of these two instruments is to successfully record the movements of the water while the buoy is anchored in the water. LaBianca then takes the copper plate and transfers the etches from the copper plate into a print, demonstrating the record he captured.
“The Sea to Float project is very process laden, I am creating a buoy that is a drawing machine. I believe layering and capturing of time sets a recording of time. This is something a wrist watch cannot do. These marks become a reference in time,” said LaBianca.
On Oct. 2, the gallery reception opening welcomed LaBianca’s work. The opening was filled with students and staff sharing their interest in the new exhibition.
“I truly enjoyed this gallery. I find it interesting how LaBianca is able to capture nature and transform it into art. I find his connection with nature fascinating,” said Sophomore Jada Garcia.
From the blue row boat that he uses, to the buoys and actual sketches of his work, the gallery is filled with all the different processes included within his work. Lawrence’s exhibition presents the different creative elements he uses and hopes to share through his work. His work presents a clear message in sync with SNC’s key elements.
“I think the show is really beautiful. It’s a great mixture of sculpture and print-making and art that activates the environment,” said Professor Russell Dudley.
“Coming Home,” a film by Tahoe local Martin Rubio was shown Sept. 25 in Patterson Hall on the Sierra Nevada College campus. The movie was originally planned to be shown outside on the grass, but wind and rain forced a last minute change of plans. Many dedicated students had blankets and sleeping bags ready to go in preparation for an outdoor viewing.
“It was great. I was kind of nervous ‘cause five minutes before the show there was no one here and then right as the show started 70 students walked in. It was more than great,” said Martin Rubio, co-founder of Tall Treez Designs.
While Rubio and Tall Treez Design’s main goal was the showing of this film, Rubio also saw this as an opportunity to inspire students to not give up on passions and dreams while in school.
“I was really inspired just to do this show and to be able to talk to the kids and students and maybe inspire them,” Rubio said. “While they’re in school, you’re still able to follow your passion because school is a great thing. You can learn a lot, but we all have things we love to do, like our calling. Even with school and everything, you can still work hard and still pursue your passion.”
Rubio started Tall Treez Designs in high school with his brothers, Sal and Luis. Based out of South Lake Tahoe, the crew started the grassroots company in an effort to express their love for Tahoe, mountains and tall trees.
“We’ve always loved the adventure lifestyle. Living in Tahoe, we’ve always skied and just been in the outdoors. In high school, we learned how to make clothing from a screen-printing class, so we began making our own stuff. We always knew we wanted to start a company, but we didn’t have the money or the resources. Then it all came together. We got a screen press; we all got jobs. We got the idea for the name from a piece of wood that had ‘Tall Treez’ carved into it. My brother and I looked at each other and we knew right away that was going to be the name of our company,” Rubio said.
The film features alumni from the school as well as local pro riders. Kyle Smaine, pro skier and SNC alumnus, has been riding with the crew for the last couple of years and has appeared in films and edits by the team. He has competed in both the Dew Tour and the U.S. Grand Prix. Tall Treez also sponsors local pro Jamie Anderson, who has won gold in slopestyle in several winter X-Games events and the inaugural women’s slopestyle event at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The Tall Treez owners have even tried their hand at pressing boards in the past, but they remain dedicated to their roots.
“We’ve pressed snowboards, but that’s a different market. When the time and opportunity comes, we will work really hard to try that,” Rubio said.
The film was not the only thing drawing students to Patterson Hall. Paintings and photographs lined the walls around the floor showing images of guitars and elephants. Rubio’s friend, Will, brought tons of his colorful artwork to show the efforts of artist collaboration.
“Will’s an incredible artist,” Rubio said. “He moved here from Boise, and I just really love his artwork. We’re all just artists. We’re all trying to do cool things and I thought ‘Why not bring him along?’ What he’s doing is great. We’re just trying to build a group. It’s most important to inspire artists and having Will bring his work here gives him confidence, knowing that his work is incredible.”
The company is always looking to the future to improve and inspire young minds, but after this major project, Rubio is keeping things consistent for now, he said.
“(We’re) just working on a new video. We’re always working on new things and all of that can be found on our website,” Rubio said.
Remember, it’s a hoedown not a music festival. In 2013, a few dedicated patrons including Sierra Nevada College students and alumni Drew Fisher, Rachel Blum and Cody Wilkins created the Lost Sierra Hoedown, a sustainable musical get together with a mission. On Sept. 18-22 at the Johnsville Ski Bowl, the Hoedown returned and the show continued as if the year long hiatus had never happened.
The Hoedown is a temporary utopia where like-minded people go to stomp their feet, cook up Whisperlite delicacies and explore the natural beauty of the Johnsville Ski Bowl. It lasted four days and in all that time the music never stopped. During any hour of the day there was sure to be a group of people playing all varieties of instruments from guitars to spoons. The bass player for Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit even whipped out his mustache for a birthday solo. The mustache solo is an art form that has been perfected by the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit and must be seen to be believed.
This past summer and current semester Art and Psychology major Justine Nelson and ODAL/Entrepreneurship major Jason Maynez have organized the benefit music festival ARC in the Park.
With National Poetry Month in full swing, Sierra Nevada College and its English department in particular, is taking complete advantage with readings, book releases and competitions. The SNC Poetry Center opened on the cusp of April, several faculty members have participated in readings both on campus and in the local community in celebration of the month. The Creative Writing Club’s open mic nights are frequent and successful, the highly anticipated Annual Poetry Slam is set for the evening of Friday, April 30 in Patterson Hall.