Gina de Vries

Two shows in two weeks! Come out!

Filed By Gina de Vries | June 09, 2009 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Living, Media
Tags: Gina de Vries, National Queer Arts Festival, queershoulder, riot grrrl, transfeminism

1. Have I mentioned those two shows I have in two weeks? If you're in San Francisco, please come to "REBEL GIRL: a riot grrrl nostalgia show" on Thursday night. Performers are bringing old & new zines, buttons, flyers, and other riot grrrl ephemera for folks to ogle and buy. In addition to all our awesome readers -- me, Melissa Gira Grant, Zuleikha Mahmood, & Liz Henry -- Chan Dynasty is performing some Riot Brrrlesque, and rumor also has it that Nomy Lamm & Melodie Younce are gonna belt out some riot grrrl covers on the accordian. I'm also baking the audience cupcakes, wearing a vintage slip, and reading about SF grrrl culture circa 1996-1998. My piece is a lot of stories about things that felt very integral to my growing up, but are gone now -- the Bearded Lady, BUILD Arts Collective, the Harvey Milk Institute... Come out, pretty please! It will be a lot of fun!

2. Also, if you are in SF -- please don't forget to come to "Girl Talk: A Cis & Trans Woman Dialogue" on June 17th. Featuring me, Nomy Lamm, Julia Serano, Rose Simms aka Little Light, Ryka Aoki de la Cruz, Lauren Steeley, Dorian Katz, and Tina D'Elia!

3. So, I've been a little stressed out this month, what with National Queer Arts Fest. See also, I'm leaving my non-profit job in late July to start school in August. See also, I'm moving in August (still within SF, just to a bigger and kitty-friendly place -- my current room is tiny and my current housemate, while absolutely beloved to me, has a rabbit that the kitty I'm getting would probably terrorize). All of these changes -- especially the going to school one -- are really positive for me, but I'm a bit in that "YIKES, THIS IS A LOT AT ONCE" place right now.

4. I love that I live in a city where, during my 4 block walk to BART, I spot one of my favorite writers walking and one of my favorite porn stars biking down Valencia Street.

Gina also blogs at queershoulder.

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I wish could get out to San Francisco to see these shows!