Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms is an incredible conference that’s opening later today at the University of Illinois.
So many great scholars, activists, artists and performers will be in conversation, as well as creating and doing throughout the weekend. Here’s a snippet of the description from the conference event invite:
"This conference will bring together artists, activists and academics to stage new conversations about women of color and women of color feminisms across cultural forms too often perceived to be wholly distinct – hip hop and punk. Both hip hop and punk have received significant scholarly attention since the 1970s, but despite their near-simultaneous emergence in global cities wrought anew through multiple, devastating wars and global economic restructuring, rarely are the two brought into conversation with each the other. With this conference, we hope to disrupt status quo narratives and present wholly new analytic and aesthetic investigations about race, sex, and the creation of categories of deviance; queer of color critique and women of color feminist epistemologies; social movements, activism, and art; and much more."
The additional flyer included here is for yet another conference event, a night of performances and readings. For all events, invites and even more up-to-date info see the Hip Hop and Punk Feminisms Facebook page. I sincerely hope that this conference continues past 2013!
This looks so awesome and is happening right now!!! Be there if you can.
Foggy day today riding over the Greenpoint Ave bridge. The industrial plants sticking out on the water were almost invisible.
I’m booking a cover band show for the 5th Anti Valentine’s Day at Death By Audio in Brooklyn, February 14th, 2014.. Let me know if you’re interested in playing! Check out all the info at the event page.
Kathi and I rode in the 15th annual Cranksgiving race yesterday, a charity scavenger hunt that sends riders all over Manhattan and Brooklyn to buy food that is donated to City Harvest.
In the first photo (by Sara Kinney) you can see how oblivious we were that the line-up to start the race had already happened. The second photo is Kathi riding down 5th Ave, which we took from 68th to 14th street. Cranksgiving is my favorite alleycat race because it feels fun and safe. We came in 23rd and 24th out of over 300 riders. I believe this year was the biggest turnout yet!
“‘You can still do the show, but keep it cool.’ Our plan was the opposite.”
Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi, The Evens) tells NPR’s Ask Me Another about that one time Saturday Night Live asked him and a bunch of his friends to jump around to a Fear set. Things didn’t quite go the way SNL wanted.
I’ve gone to several talks hosted by Ian Mackaye, I could listen to him tell stories all day!
I have a back and forth, love/hate relationship with many of the things I’m passionate about, and Riot Grrrl and Riot Grrrl discussions, documentaries, and zines exploring its historical contexts are definitely some of them.
That’s why I was really glad and excited to read the description of the newest Kathleen Hanna documentary, which I was able to see this past weekend: “Kathleen Hanna, lead singer of the punk band Bikini Kill and dance-punk trio Le Tigre, rose to national attention as the reluctant but never shy voice of the riot grrrl movement. She became one of the most famously outspoken feminist icons, a cultural lightning rod. Her critics wished she would just shut-up, and her fans hoped she never would. So in 2005, when Hanna stopped shouting, many wondered why. Through 20 years of archival footage* and intimate interviews with Hanna, THE PUNK SINGER takes viewers on a fascinating tour of contemporary music and offers a never-before-seen view into the life of this fearless leader.”
The documentary was a new take on an old subject. It was great and I recommend checking it out!
The new music video for my friend’s band Big Eyes, “The Sun Still Shines.” Lots of friend cameos!
My first group ride with just the boys. I typically go out with at least one other lady, but this ride happened organically. They were all great, and we went off roading on our way to Piermont.
I never thought I’d see the day, but I think I’m turning into one of those unclipped-in upside-down annoying rock scramblers.
Tonight! King Kog Cyclocross party at Kinfolk, to kick off the season. Lots of raffle prizes including Freight Bags, Mer Bags, Outlier, etc! I’m donating a Molteni T-Shirt as well. See you there!
My dream job.