June 2, 2014

Grrrl's Guide: June 2014

Summer's here and so are some of the coolest shows and exhibitions.

June is typically the time when all your friends decide it’s time to go outside again and your favorite bands come to town on tour. This month has no intention to disappoint. Fun, free, and fest are the words of the season. Throw some sunnies on and join us, won’t you?

QUEER PUNK PRIDE: EAT MY SPONSOR – JUNE 6TH

A punk show to make a point, Queer Punk Pride comes with a manifesto of its own. The show features queer and trans bands and zine readings that reject the commodification of Pride Month. Featuring Girl Crush, The Homewreckers, Public Hex, and more. Readings by Suzy X and Emma Catherine.

SECOND ANNUAL LADIES FIRST FEST – JUNE 7TH

Another punk showcase in celebration of Pride Month, Ladies First Fest is composed of female-fronted DIY bands and takes place at the seminal New York punk venue, ABC No Rio, featuring Shady Hawkins, Tin Vulva, Last Minet, and Boys.

PERFECT PUSSY, HOP ALONG, PLEASURE LEFTISTS & FRANKIE COSMOS – JUNE 13TH

The unstoppable Jenn Pelly is behind this Pitchfork showcase that, surprise surprise, has something for everyone. Syracuse’s Perfect Pussy (we’ve been loving Meredith’s outspoken interviews of late), Hop Along, a Philly favorite, and New York’s Pleasure Leftists and Frankie Cosmos play this banger at St. Vitus.

GRRRL FEST – JUNE 14TH

Yes, there is actually something happening called GRRRL FEST, and yes, we are psyched about it. The fest is 11 hours long, with music performances by Potty Mouth, Shellshag, and tons more. There will be crafting, dancing, hair braiding, t-shirt making, and tarot reading. Think: your tweenage slumber party dreams come true. This fest is sponsored by some of our favorite feminist projects, like Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls, Tom Tom Magazine, The Lower East Side Girls Club, and even features an auction made possible by The Keith Haring Foundation. At the Silent Barn.

PURPLE RAIN! – JUNE 25TH

Thank goodness someone had the foresight to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Prince’s Purple Rain LP. This event at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture features a conversation, a screening of the film Purple Rain, and special guest speakers. If that weren’t perfect enough, a garden party follows the celebration. Better yet, it’s free with registration!

PHENOMENAL WOMAN: MAYA ANGELOU EXHIBIT – THROUGH JUNE 30TH

Paying homage to this titan of a woman is a daunting task, but there’s no entity more capable than the Schomburg. This exhibition features documents from the Maya Angelou papers, housed at the Schomburg, including communications with Malcolm X and James Baldwin, and handwritten and typed drafts of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

THIS STAFF POST WAS CONTRIBUTED BY:
Kate Wadkins, a Brooklyn-based writer, artist and curator who believes in the transformative power of punk. Kate edits International Girl Gang Underground zine and is a founding member of For the Birds Collective. She is a classic virgo, coffee enthusiast, bass player, and rabble rouser. You can find her online or tweet at her literally any time.