What’s New

Over the past year and a half, in addition to teaching myself Unity, I have been working on sound design and experimental compositions. I have received positive feedback from the few who have heard my behind the scenes work. With encouragement from friends, I will be releasing an ambient EP in October.

It’s out of my comfort zone, but then again, so is a global pandemic.

In the spirit of putting out a new project in a new field, I was encouraged by others to choose a moniker. Apparently my last name is pretty popular with Norwegian musicians, so DJ Living Wage is now on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook. [Cough, cough <political statement> cough.] I’ll release excerpts of the project soon.

Illustration of woman walking uncomfortably into room. Suzanne Skaar. 2021. All rights reserved.

In the meantime, preparations are still underway for the upcoming Arts at the Armory event in Tacoma on the weekend of October 16 and 17th. I am looking forward to sharing progress on my game with interested individuals, as well as taking a look at all the beautiful work that will be on display. If you’re looking for unique gifts by local artisans, this will be a great opportunity. For my part, I’ll have a limited supply of dinosaur stickers and buttons for sale. (Rawr.) I joined city staff and the Vice President of the Tacoma Arts Commission to talk about the event on TV Tacoma’s City Line last week. If you’d like to learn more about Tacoma Arts Month in general, click here.

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Thank you again for your support!

— Suzanne

Flash Mob

In January of this year, I got back into Argentine Tango classes at Tacoma’s Studio 6 Ballroom. As a result, I have had the chance to meet and learn from some really awesome dancers. Last Saturday, I tagged along and documented the West Coast Swing dance students and coaches preparing for then doing flash mobs all over Tacoma.

Studio 6 dancers
September 2019 Flash Mob

Studio 6 dancers
September 2019 Flash Mob

Studio 6 dancers
Dancers at Studio 6 Ballroom in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob on a roof top overlooking the water in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the KNKX grand opening in the Broadway District — Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Studio 6 dancers
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the KNKX grand opening in the Broadway District — Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Studio 6 September 2019 Flash Mob
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the Glass Museum in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Studio 6 September 2019 Flash Mob
Studio 6 Ballroom dancers perform in a West Coast Swing flash mob at the Glass Museum in Tacoma, WA. Photo by Suzanne Skaar: 2019. All rights reserved.

Thank you, Natasha Thayer (and crew), for making this event happen and for the invitation! It was a fun day, and I now permanently have the following song seared into my brain.

If you’re up for something new, check out their classes! For more of my photos, click here.

 

Happy Friday!

Suzanne

 

 

Portland!

An unusual opportunity has come across my plate. I have been invited to be a panelist for Portland’s Drunken Discourse regarding my essay on gatekeeping. I’m intrigued, albeit slightly concerned as I am no longer in my 20s and no longer under the impression that my liver is indestructible. I do have a volunteer designated drinker if worse comes to worst. But let’s face it: I never turn down an opportunity to make a PowerPoint presentation.

If you’re 21+ and down for some uncensored feminist analysis (and other topics to be announced shortly), mark your calendars for the evening of October 5, 2019. More details to come.