July 4, 2014

Grrrl's Guide: July 2014

Welcome, summer!

Welcome sunglasses and swimsuits and margaritas and sandals and ice cream cones and sunscreen smell and barbecues and backyard parties and lazy days. Oh, and welcome film screenings and zine happenings and punk gigs and readings. Welcome that, too.

PELLY BIRTHDAY PARTY FT. EMILY REO + MORE – JULY 4TH

In case you’re not swimming in the ocean or a kiddie pool on your roof this 4th of July, it would behoove you to swing by the Silent Barn and celebrate the birth of two very cool twins, local music writers the Pelly sisters. Emily Reo (LA), Arm Candy (Brooklyn), and Tomboy (Boston) are just a few of the artists playing this show, which will be deliciously dreamy. [Info + RSVP]


FREE UNIVERSITY AT KARA WALKER’S “A SUBTLETY” – JULY 5TH 

Some fantastic theoretical conversations have been playing out around Kara Walker’s A Subtlety or The Marvelous Sugar Baby, largely spearheaded by scholars and artists of color. Free University has organized a meet-up of critics, artists, and historians to take place at the exhibit the day before it closes. [Info + RSVP


BUSHWIG PRESENTS “HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH” SCREENING – JULY 7TH 

If you haven’t seen Hedwig, you’re missing out on one of the most fun musicals ever, which mixes punk and camp in the most perfect way. Organizers of the drag festival BUSHWIG and Queer/Art/Film collaborate to bring you this screening. Why is Hedwig so important? They say, “We grew up with Hedwig, and love it because it deals not only with performative gender expressions but also the idea of multiple genders in one being.” [Info + RSVP]


HARDCORE GIG – JULY 7TH 

This raging hardcore gig features some of our local favorites – La Misma and Public Hex – plus touring bands from Jersey and CA. [Info + RSVP


A READING OF FEMINIST MUSIC WRITER GENIUS – JULY 8TH 

The author of this article curated this lineup of (seriously amazing) feminist writers who are loosely bound by music fanaticism. Join us at Over the Eight for readings by Laina Dawes (author of What Are You Doing Here? A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal), Nikki Darling (LA Times, LA Weekly + more), Jamie Varriale VĂ©lez (Rock and the Single Girl blog). [Info + RSVP] 


ZINE MOBS – JULY 11TH & JULY 14TH 

The Barnard Zine Library has organized two zine mobs – one occurring on the F train and one on the Staten Island Ferry – to rival Amtrak’s writer residency. Cooling off in the free AC of the MTA subway and making zines sounds like a pretty great way to spend a few hours.

JD SAMSON’S PAT PARTY – JULY 24TH

JD Samson tells us that PAT, her DJ dance party, will be happening July 24th! This one is FREE as can be, and will take over the entirety of Williamsburg’s Union Pool from 10pm-3am with booty jams and video projections.

PETE’S MINI-ZINE FEST – JULY 26TH

It’s that time of year again: the longest running zine fest in Brooklyn is happening at Pete’s Candy Store. Go pick up some of your old favorite zines and learn about some new ones. [Info + RSVP]

Your planner may already be full but there’s more fun to be had, including gigs featuring Aye Nako and Ovlov, Field Mouse and Weed Hounds, plus the Happiness #4 release party, the Living Spaces traveling showcase and just too much more to name. Tweet us @kwadkins or @thelesigh and tell us about the cool events you’re organizing. And don’t forget to put your sunscreen on!

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.