Allison and Alice Bury You

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Allison Wolfe and Alice Bag. Photo by Tim Maxeiner.

There’s nothing like seeing two of your heroes on stage together to get you back into city living. On Saturday, August 16, original LA punk Alice Bag joined original grrrl Allison Wolfe and her band Sex Stains for a tear through the Bags song “We Will Bury You” at the Echo Park Rising festival. After watching a number of sui generis alt-rock bands plod through their Arcade Fire and Pixies routines, it was so refreshing to see two front women whose kinetic energy lifted them off the stage. Note that only one foot out of four is on the ground in this great photograph by Tim Maxeiner.

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Sex Stains. Photo by Tim Maxeiner

It’s been way too many years since I’d seen Allison perform in a band, though she has spoken to my students at LMU a few times — she’s an inspiration to a new generation of fearless musicians. Wearing a paper shark dress that I think she told me Kathleen Hanna gave her, the erstwhile Bratmobiler still pogos with that manic cheerleader energy, ponytail flying. She has a fascinating foil in androgynous co-singer Mecca Vazie Andrews. Sex Stains reminded me a lot of the Slits, and made me miss dear Ari all over again.

 
It was a great way to get back in my groove, after two months of being off the grid in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sorry for my radio silence. Stay tuned.

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Kathleen Hanna Gets Bitch(y)

I subscribed, even before I read this letter. I’ve read Bitch since their first issue. The Punk Singer is right; they’re that important.

Read an Important Letter From Kathleen Hanna | Bitch Media.

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Awesome Art Auction!

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Egg by Laurie Steelink

Tomorrow night, May 16, at the vintage and art store House in San Pedro, some incredible pieces of art will go up for silent auction — and probably be acquired for a steal. Some of the area’s top local artists have contributed unique pieces for the fundraiser for the Point Fermin Marine Science Elementary School PTO and the school’s centennial mosaic by Julie Bender. Among the dozens of items up for bid are ceramic eggs decorated by folks including WS Milner, Laurie Steelink, Larry Lubow, Douglas Morrison, Bud Shankle, and more. There will also be a ceramic vase by 5th grade teacher Kerrie Lloyd, a Flexible Flyer red tricycle, a vintage children’s desk, a bird cage in the shape of a Victorian house, books, film festival passes, cosmetics, accessories, and more. Attendees can also buy a piece of Point Fermin history by sponsoring a tile in the mosaic. Refreshments will be served, and there will be art supplies for kids to play with. From 5 to 8 p.m., with bids closing at 7, at 1002 Pacific Avenue.House Party flyer 3

 

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The Old Gray Man

Let’s call it what it is: The Old Gray Man. I don’t know Jill Abramson, and I know this is a complicated story, but I loved her appearance in the bromance Page One: Inside the New York Times, and I know several women who have prospered at the paper during her reign. Dean Baquet seems like a standup guy too, but still, between this and presidential politics, it’s clear to me that America is ready to deal with its racism before it will address its sexism.

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Cats Rule (Dogs Drool)

I’ve figured it out: Cats invented the internet so that they could spread confirmation of their superiority. [Insert today's LOLcat or HEROcat video here.]

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Kids Love to F**king Read Queens of Noise

Kjel, nephew of Allison Wolfe, reads Queens of Noise. courtesy http://www.lastgasp.com/story/2014/05/kidsread3

Kjel, nephew of Allison Wolfe, reads Queens of Noise. courtesy http://www.lastgasp.com/story/2014/05/kidsread3

“Yes, Kids Love to F**king Read!” That’s the name of a series on the website of the indie publisher Last Gasp, and today, it leads with a photo of Kjel, nephew of Allison Wolfe, reading Queens of Noise.

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