A few years ago I was walking down a street in Austin, Texas with a friend during SXSW. We passed a huge outdoor concert that Fuse or VH1 or one of those large corporate entertainment companies was putting on.
Bold new bands fronted by LGBT folks are busting open Seattle's music scene, which has long had a reputation as the epicenter of a sound dominated by plaid-wearing indie rock dudes. We talk with the organizers of Seattle's 'Mo-Wave queer music and arts fest, get music picks from queer music podcast Homoground, and talk with show-stopping Seattle band Glitterbang.
This episode pairs well with our recent QueerShake mixtape, which features bands like THEESatisfaction and Magic Mouth.
In the mid 1980’s Seattle was bursting with pride when several independent rock bands that created a musical hybrid that incorporated rock, heavy metal, hardcore and punk gained national and international attention. Grunge music and its accompanying culture coincided with the emergence of third-wave feminism and Seattle bands featured the work of a number of strong women musicians and artists.
While newspapers at home struggle to stay relevant and profitable, reporters abroad struggle to stay alive. Dedicated to exposing the truth, protecting their sources, and improving the quality of life for those living in war-torn nations, the men and women (especially women) reporting intenationally frequently find themselves targeted. Since the Committee to Protect Journalists started keeping track in 1992, 972 journalists have been killed. In her new gallery exhibition of oil portraits, "Frontline Heroines," Seattle artist Judith Larson puts faces to some of those numbers.
"This represents my return to art, because I had a motive," says Larson, who herself has spent the last 20 years working primarily as a reporter. Seattle's Fountainhead Gallery is filled with the large portraits of women killed while working as journalists.
I've been wondering how I and other women can together turn our national narrative around to one of peaceful cooperation, economic creativity and healing our environment so we can thrive. ... I think so many of us are tired of living in fear, tired of having our creative hopes marginalized, tired of war talk and war plans. We're ready to brainstorm together and build.
From the folks at the Media Consortium...
Live From Main Street Seattle: Beyond Hockey Moms and Palin Politics - Women on Real National Security (televised town hall event)
Sunday October 26, 2008, 4pm –5:30pm
Where: Museum of History and Industry's McEachern Auditorium (MOHAI)
McCurdy Park - 2700 24th Ave East - Seattle, WA 98112 RSVP for preferred seating here. RSVP is not necessary to attend- there will be some general admission seating available on the day of the event.