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#GrrrlsOnFiLMU Is “Awesome Thing To Do”

Los Angeles Magazine named Grrrls on Film one of 8 Awesome Things To Do This Weekend.

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Town Mouse and Country Mouse

Delta Millworks plank

Delta Millworks plank

The Dwell on Design show taking place at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend is like a porn extravaganza for design fetishists. Cypress burned and finished until it looks like alligator skin. Washers you can operate with your smart phone. Giant glamping tipis stocked with velvety bean-bag chairs. Bluetooth stereo systems that look like children’s building blocks. Outdoor kitchen setups — i.e. pumped-up bbqs —  that cost more than three-bedroom houses in my husband’s hometown. (Admittedly that’s not saying a whole lot.) Hundreds of vendors hawk cutting-edge household products, and the occasional jewelry and back rub — everything you want for your urban wet dream.

In the middle of the San Fernando Valley, there’s a place where you can glide in your kayak past blue and green herons between banks of lush vegetation — a mix of palms, deciduous trees, and bamboo. Water from the Sepulveda Basin gets recycled in this rare stretch of the Los Angeles River that has not been turned into a concrete trough. It’s a reminder of the natural beauty that was here before over-consuming dwellers put up a parking lot, in the words of Joni Mitchell. Sadly, you have to paddle past the occasional partially submerged shopping cart — how symbolic is that.IMG_6341

Yesterday I experienced two sides of LA, a city that prides itself on both its cosmopolitan pleasures and its natural beauty. As someone who has always prided herself on being both a town and a country mouse, I appreciated both experiences. But I have to say that despite the trend of makers going green, the forces of urbanization still have the upper hand in our city. Continue reading

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Lorde Almighty

Of course I love Lorde: She’s a feminist, she’s from New Zealand, and she makes great music. I reviewed her show at the Greek last night for LAMag.com

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The Power of Pussy Riot

Masha and Nadya

Masha and Nadya

Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina know how to disarm. The first questioner at yesterday’s screening of Pussy vs. Putin at the Harmony Gold Theater shouted increasingly hostile comments/queries that ended with the clearly largely rhetorical question, “How do you define political prostitution?” It’s a time-honored tactic against women who venture outside of prescribed boundaries: Call them whores. In fact, it’s a charge made against Pussy Riot in the documentary that had just aired: “We are against the propaganda of whoredom.” But rather than taking offense at what seemed like an inquisition, not an inquiry, Nadya seized the moment and made it her own.

“I particularly like your second question,” she responded with enthusiasm, not resentment. “Political prostitution is when thugs are hired by the government to attack two young women who are trying to visit prisoners, as happened to us.” Continue reading

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Flavorpill Picks Queens!

Flavorpill picked the Queens of Noise night January 9 too.

Queens of Noise – Music, Feminism and Punk: Then and Now – Flavorpill.

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For Your Christmas Consideration

QoN_9780306820397_sidebarWhat with early Hanukkah this year, the holiday season is already here! I’m sure you have someone on your list who would like a copy of a widely heralded book about a band of teenage girls in 1970s LA. As much as I like to see my Amazon rankings rise, I recommend you buy your gifts of Queens of Noise from an independent bestseller. Book Frog in Rancho Palos Verde has signed copies, and you can order them online. You should be able to get a signed copy from Books and Books in Miami and Book Soup in West Hollywood too. And of course, there’s the incredible Powell’s Books in Portland. Available for the Kindle too! Perfect for music lovers, teenage girls, Twi-fans, Miley fans, California history buffs, etc. I will even send you a personalized, signed sticker if you email me at evelyn@evelynmcdonnell.com

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No Girls Allowed: LARB Review of ‘Queens of Noise’

The Los Angeles Review of Books — haven for intellectuals in the City of Angels — offered some glowing words on Queens of Noise this weekend. This is one of my favorite lines:

“At times I had the impression that McDonnell pulled back on her own opinions like a politician, or like a mother trying to share her attention and affection equally among all her kids.”

Absolutely true, perceptive, and funny.

via No Girls Allowed: On ‘Queens of Noise’ |.

via No Girls Allowed: On ‘Queens of Noise’ |.

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