march events… IWD, riot grrrl hi-jinks, dancing, V day, fall in love with derby, dykes assemble

Posted on March 3, 2012

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woah, so march is shaping up to be a busy one as our city starts to wake up from a wintery depression slumber and we remember how close we are to the north sea and countryside. anyways here’s my pick of rad stuff with my usual queer girl angle…

One fine excuse to have a holiday in West Yorkshire (my motherland) is Equal Fest 2, 2-4 March @ 1 in 12 Club Bradford
BELGRADO / SEVERED HEAVEN / LICH / ETAI KESHIKI / NERVOUS TWITCH / MECHAGODZILLA / NINE BULLETS / EXECUTIVE LEGS / BEARDS / NU POGODI / JESUS & HIS JUDGEMENTAL FATHER / PUDGE / RADIO PARTIZAN
All genders welcome! Liberty / Equality / Solidarity
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Wednesday 7th March, 7.30pm @ Cluny 2 (Pay on door £2 or more if you can afford) **Women Only Event**
Celebrating International Women’s Day 2012 Newcastle Women’s Collective and Newcastle University Feminist Society are hosting another exciting evening of entertainment @ the Cluny 2.
The Suggestibles, Iceni, Kate Fox, Miss Danby, Pippa Little, Carrie McCullock & art by Kate Sweeney, Megan Pickering, Roweena Russell & Bobbie Cranney.
I’m also dj’ing at this between bands and for a little after the bands. I will try not to be too strange and play some feminist party tunes (le tigre, the slits, delta 5, e.s.g., erase errata, bikini kill, sleater-kinney, tUnE-yArDs, trash kit etc)
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Saturday 10th March, 8pm – 1am @ Gateshead Town Hall
Vintage Beats Presents: Hannabiell & Midnight Blue “With Us” CD Release Party

LIVE sets from Hannabiell & Midnight Blue, The Ladies of Midnight Blue and Ojay
WITH DJ Alx Alfaro spinning the best Global Beats in the North East.
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Tuesday 13th March, 5-7pm @ Room 204 Lipman Building, Northumbria University
‘”Riot, Grrrl!” and Other Ecstatic Imperatives’ Free Public Seminar by Sara Marcus

Sara uses the history and aesthetics of Riot Grrrl–the 1990s punk rock radical feminist movement whose history she excavated in 2010’s acclaimed book GIRLS TO THE FRONT–as a jumping-off point for a discussion of a range of grassroots cultural-political initiatives (girls’ rock camps, Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring). An examination and critique of the political valences of social practice within art, traces shifts in media ecology from the indie distribution networks of the 1990s to the digitized communications of today will consider the cultural work of female adolescence, and explore the successes and challenges of contemporary feminist action and culture.
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The talk will be followed by a fundraising event (for Sara’s expenses) from 8.30pm at The Central Bar (Gateshead) £5 entry. There will be music by No Fit State, The Ladies of Midnight Blue, Martha & Gem Andrews; books & zines from The Canny Little Library; and readings by Sara Marcus. It will be a good one. Please come down to continue yr riot grrrl musings and support! Facebook event page

V-Day Durham 2012: The Vagina Monologues

We warmly invite you to attend one (or both!) performances of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ in Durham on the following dates:

Tuesday 13th March & Wednesday 14th March @ Empty Shop (Durham)
Doors will open at 6.30pm; the reading-performance will start at 7pm £3 per ticket

All proceeds will be donated to RSACC (Rape and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre, Darlington and County Durham) and the V-Day 2012 Spotlight on Women and Girls of Haiti. Refreshments will be available on both nights and proceeds from this will also donated.
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Wednesday 14th March, 7.30pm @ Teasy Does It (£2 in, BYOB) Delilah’s – a night of women, poetry and gin
The first of what we hope will be a long lived monthly night featuring some of our very favourite things….women, poetry and gin and tonic in teacups. Three fantastic female writers Sarah Shaw, Ann Porro and Sky Hawkins will be reading their poems and short stories… You bring the gin, we’ll provide teapots of tonic, ice and lime. Tasty food and cake will also be on sale. All welcome.
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Thursday 15th March, 7-9pm @ All Saints College Sports Centre, West Denton, Newcastle, NE5 2SZ
Newcastle Roller Girls Fresh Meat Intake

Fall in love with derby
Newcastle Roller Girls’ third official newbie intake gets under way on Thursday March 15th 2012 at . The sessions will run every Thursday from 1900-2100 and will cost £5/session. Our new skaters will be put through a specially tailored roller derby training course, at the end of which the participants will have passed the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association’s minimum skills and will be ready to progress to intermediate sessions within the wider Newcastle Roller Girls team.
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Friday 16th March, 8pm – 12am @ Star and Shadow Cinema
Screening of VIVA LA MUERTE (1971) and music by BEAUTY PAGEANT, MILKY WIMPSHAKE and SEXUAL OBJECTS

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Friday 23rd March, 7.30pm-10.30pm @ Teasy Does It
Cath and Phil Tyler & Lesley Roley.
One unmissable night of musical passion.. all at Teasy Does It, Heaton’s premier cafe.
It’s BYOB, and Teasy Does it will be concocting a fine array of hot food, cold snacks, cakes, teas and coffees.
Entry is £5 on the door, which is always split evenly between the artists and sound engineer.
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Friday 23rd March, 7.30pm – 1am @ Star and Shadow Cinema
Divine Trash presents The Alternative Miss Newcastle.
Inspired by Andrew Logan’s Alternative Miss World, a spectacular costume pageant and fancy dress party for grown ups, and ‘The British Guide to Showing Off’, a documentary which takes a joyous look at this most quirky and exotic subculture event.
Screening of THE BRITISH GUIDE TO SHOWING OFF followed by THE ALTERNATIVE MISS NEWCASTLE PAGEANT
Alternative Miss Newcastle is open to men, women, those who identify as TS/TG or TV and all money raised will go towards organisations which tackle homophobic bullying in schools. Celebrity judges will give you points based on style, originality and outrageousness, and are permitted to ask you questions. There will be prizes, including the lovely pink Alternative Miss Newcastle sash, shiny trophies, and a holiday!
If you’d like to take part (it is free), contact Sheena Revolta at mink.jaguar@gmail.com
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Saturday 24th March, 1pm – 4pm @ The Lightfoot Centre, Wharrier Street, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE6 3BR
DAYLIGHT SLAYINGS

Newcastle Roller Girls first home Bout of 2012
NRG Canny Belters =v= GRG Maiden Grrders
NRG Whippin’ Hinnies =v= Furness Firecrackers
Afterparty at The Ware Rooms, Newcastle
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Saturday 24th March, 7pm until late @ Teasy Does It (Heaton)
Lady Garden Monthly women who like women and friends evening. “A scintillating suburban alternative for those looking to get lost in the Lady Garden”. With live music, DJs, adult fancies and parlour games.
£3, BYOB

Wednesday 28th March, 8pm @ The Cluny
IKUE MORI & MAJA RATKJE
After creating explosions in the downtown NY art rock scene with the legendary DNA, Ikue Mori has become one of the world’s most celebrated and respected improv auteurs, while since the turn of the century the Norwegian Ratkje has dazzled with her maverick vocal work, feted compositions and thrilling excoriations of pure noise. Their performances will vibrate with wild sonic colours, forged by a pair of musicians who span two generations of fearlessly inventive sound craft.

Saturday 31st March, meeting 5pm @ Soho Square and then marching through Central London.
Have love, travel and assemble for DYKE MARCH LONDON

Come join us for London’s first dyke march in Central London since the 1980s! Dress up, dress down, bring placards, bring flags, bring your bicycle, bring your favorite people.

Dyke March London is about dykes. We support dyke visibility and celebrate our love and passion for women and all dykes. Dyke March London is for everyone: dykes, queers, bisexuals, transwomen, genderqueers and allies. This is a grassroots, non-commercial, anti-racist, community-centred, accessible, inclusive event: we welcome all folk who want to support dykes to march with us.

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