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Pussymania Hits LA

Pussy pioneers Alice Bag, Allison Wolfe, and Azalia Snail (from left to right)

Pussy pioneers Alice Bag, Allison Wolfe, and Azalia Snail (from left to right)

Pussymania is everywhere. Nadya and Masha were on Charlie Rose last night. They’ll be on Bill Maher Friday. And I saw them again Monday at the Voice Project panel. I wound up writing about their LA debut for Los Angeles magazine’s website. It was a cool night — MC5’s Wayne Kramer kicked out the jams — but I wish the Project had found a better representative of American women than Anne Litt. They could have chosen anyone from my pedigreed punk feminist cohort: I was honored to be hanging out with three pioneering musicians who paved the way for Pussy Riot: Alice Bag, whose 1970s punk band hid their visages with bags, balaclava-style; Allison Wolfe, who, as a OG Riot Grrrl, led the movement that gave Pussy Riot their name; and Azalia Snail, long-time lady of lo-fi. I worry that these Russian heroes are abandoning their girl-power roots for the limelight. But I was also stoked as hell to see their laser-sharp intelligence and cool on stage — and to see them hanging out afterwards. Support girl love!

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Photo by Tyler Curtis for The Voice Project

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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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Pussy Riot at Sunday Screening

PUSSY RIOT’S NADYA AND MASHA ARE COMING TO LA
FILM SCREENING ON SUNDAY 6th @ HARMONY GOLD THEATER

Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnonikova from Pussy Riot and Zona Prava will come to LA for the first time.

Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova are Russian conceptual artists and political activists. They are founding members of the art collective Pussy Riot. In August 2012 they were sentenced to two years of imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. In March 2014, Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova announced the opening of the Mordovia office of Zona Prava, their newly created prisoners’ rights NGO. Both are Lennon Ono Grant for Peace recipients.

Nadya and Masha will attend a screening of the movie Pussy vs. Putin. The event is organized by Cinema for Peace and the entry is free, please see the registration email address below.
Q&A with Pussy Riot / register for free guest@cinemaforpeace.com

More information:
Zona Prava – http://www.zonaprava.info/
Nadya Tolokonnikova – https://twitter.com/tolokno
Masha Alekhina – https://www.twitter.com/mashaalekhina

“Pussy vs. Putin” on Sunday April 6th at 4.30pm
HARMONY GOLD THEATER
7655 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, LA 90046

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Masha and Nadya Coming to LA

The two formerly jailed members of Pussy Riot, Masha and Nadya are finally coming to Los Angeles, on Monday. They’ll be on a panel also featuring Wayne Kramer, Ann Litt, Shepard Fairey, and Pyotyr Verzilov. The panel is sponsored by The Voice Project.

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Writers Against Putin

I’m mad now. PEN has been agitating around Russian repression and the Olympics since before the game started. For more information on how Putin has been trampling down gays and lesbians, journalists, and voices of dissent, check  out their website — and play their social media mashup game. Pussy Riot forever!

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Pussy Riot Sing Back

Pussy Riot incorporate video of themselves being whipped by Russian cossacks in their new video for the hard-rocking protest anthem “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland,” which, besides its geo-political significance, is a great song.

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Pussy Riot Whipped

This is horrific: Pussy Riot members whipped and pepper sprayed on the streets of Sochi. Between this and the violence in Kiev, I’m officially done watching the Hunger Games.

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