If you don't read Loose Lips, you're missing out on a ton of important arts news and rumors. And here's a highly time-sensitive piece of information that ran in Loose Lips this week that you should know about: Tomorrow, Saturday the 15th, will be the Zine Archive and Publishing Project's last day of operations at the Hugo House. It's open from one to five pm.
I wrote about ZAPP's need to move from the Hugo House last year. After Saturday, ZAPP's committee will be moving the zines into storage while they work out their next move. They don't have much information to share with the public as of yet, which is a little frustrating—they don't even have a potential time frame for when ZAPP could re-open—but I'm sure committee members will be around on Saturday to listen to your questions and concerns.
ZAPP is an incredible resource. It contains hand-made documents from the Northwest and around the world that you can't find anywhere else. There is a lot of history recorded in that somewhat cramped room that otherwise doesn't exist in the world anymore. It may be the biggest collection of zines in the world. This is important stuff, and you should go and demonstrate your support by stopping by ZAPP tomorrow to visit it, one more time, in the literary center where it was born.
UPDATE 3:02 PM: Just got an e-mail from Hollow Earth Radio DJ Domenica Clark, who says ZAPP will be streaming on Hollow Earth this Sunday if you want to learn more about ZAPP but can't attend the last day:
This Sunday on the Buoy and Bellow Radio Program, DJ Dusty Mantle welcomes guests from Seattle's Zine Archive and Preservation Project (ZAPP), for the first in an occasional series of discussions about zines and DIY self-publishing past and present in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. On this week's edition, ZAPP will be talking about and reading selections chosen from the ZAPP archive's rare cabinet, including one of the original Science Fiction fanzines from the 30s, a zine dedicated to a certain long-haired 90's music luminary, and a series of self-published tales of dark and gothic romance. We will also be discussing ZAPP itself and its nearly 20 years of existence, and their future as they transition from their long-term location in the Richard Hugo House into pastures new.
They will be on about 2.30, this Sunday the 16th.