Celebrating RASP's 20th Anniversary

Special opportunity — RTC Chalk Fest! (August 19-10)

Are you available to be a VALAnteer — a VALA volunteer helper — at the Redmond Town Center Chalk Fest!

Chalk Fest takes place Aug 19-20 at RTC. It will feature world renowned chalk artists (from the promo items we've have seen, will have truly AMAZING art created)! We're excited that VALA was invited to be a part of this fantastic event!

The Chalk Fest organizers have asked for at least 20 volunteers (10 on Saturday and 10 on Sunday). There are two positions that need filling:

  • The Artist Shadow will make sure that each artist has everything he or she needs and to watch the art when the artist needs a break..
  • The VALA info booth will be a great place to spread the word about VALA to a whole new audience. RASP and VALA are partners bringing visual and literary art to the Redmond community.

If you have any friends that may want to help out as well, please send their names to Marlene Katz. This will be the VALA version of &qbring a friend to work day." This is also a great opportunity for high school students to get some service hours..

We will also be keeping the Art Center open as a hospitality suite for the artists when they need to take a break and get out of the sun for a while.

August 19-20 is almost here so we need to hear from everyone PRONTO when they are available to take a shift.

~ Marlene
VALA Art Center Manager

Coming This Month

Ken Osborne

Ken Osborne, poet—Friday, Aug 25, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Ken Osborne is an Englishman. He played in a band as a boy doing many concerts, including a tour of Czechoslovakia. A disruptive child, he walked out of school on his 16th birthday and went to sea. After a trip to New Zealand he drifted from job to job, lived on a monastic island for a while and eventually becoming a senior executive in a large retail company. He also ran the Cambridge Poetry Group for many years. He writes and plays music and produces the occasional oil painting. Many of his poems appear in his book Within Without (2013). Recordings of his poems are available at kenspoetry.com.

MC—Michael Heavener

How to find RASP and VALA in Redmond Town Center

VALA Eastside

RASP events are held at VALA Eastside at Redmond Town Center, at 7525 166th Ave NE, Suite D140 (directions). That's on the east side of the building across the street from Macy's (in the old Bergman Luggage location; see RTC directory) between T-Mobile and Subway. "The space has nice wood floors, restrooms, [and] running water," said Dawn Laurant, VALA's executive director.

VALA stands for Venues for Artists in the Local Area. It is an artist-friendly place (and we all agree that poetry and writing are major arts) and offers more flexability that our previous location. VALA Eastside We thank the leaders, staff and volunteers at VALA for their generous support of RASP and for the use of their artist-centric location.

Be sure to read the article in the Redmond Reporter about RASP and VALA——"RASP to blend its written, spoken art with the visual arts."

Mark your calendars for these dates, Too!

Ken Osborne

John Shaw—Friday, Friday, Sept 29, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

John Shaw has been singing Woody Guthrie and Irving Berlin songs, as well as his own and many others, for more than thirty years, sometimes professionally. He has written and performed songs and music for several plays, weddings, political demonstrations, dance concerts, campfires, and rock shows. His book, This Land That I Love, examines America’s best-known national anthems, official and unofficial, through the twin prisms of Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” and Berlin’s “God Bless America,” the former of which was originally drafted as a rebuttal to the latter. John lives in Seattle with his family.

MC—Emily Dietrich

Ken Osborne

Matt Briggs, fiction—Friday, Oct 27, 2017
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Matt Briggs is the author of eight works of fiction including >The Remains of River Names> and Virility Rituals of North American Teenage Boys. His first novel, Shoot the Buffalo, was a finalist for the 2006 Washington State Book Award and won the 2006 American Book Award. The Italian edition of The Remains of River Names was released last year by ad est dell’ equator (Napoli), and a new collection of prose is forthcoming from Dr. Cicero Books. His stories have appeared in The Chicago Review, Word Riot, Bull, Opium Magazine, Zyzyyva, and elsewhere. He’s online at http://www.suburgian.com.


Paul Barach, memoir, comedian—Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
Moved ahead one week due to Thanksgiving holiday
Signup starts at 6:30 PM; reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM

Holiday Party Celebration—Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

TBA—Friday, Dec. 29, 2017