october events… feminist films return, deric, record launch parties, merby derby, tusk, feminist-fest-athon, rad halloween partying

Posted on September 30, 2012


soz. things got a bit hectic in september. lots of rad stuff happening in the city this month. time to layer up, get spooky and warm up yr cider. here’s my picks.



Louder Now: Feminism on Film Season returns with “Blind Spot” @ The Star & Shadow Cinema (free or £1 with membership)

Director: C Von Alemann (1980). Length: 1hr 50mins.

Claudia von Alemann’s feature-length film, BLIND SPOT, is about an historian who is researching the life of Flora Tristan, a 19th century socialist and feminist rarely mentioned in conventional history books.

Guest Speaker: Professor Marie Cross (Newcastle University). Professor Cross is the leading scholar of Flora Tristan studies. With the first annotated translation of Tristan’s journal and the first book ever published on her correspondence, she has published and presented papers in French History and in Gender Studies in a wide international community.

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Shonen Knife, Small Gang & Rexine @ The Cluny (£12 adv / £15 on the door) Facebook event


Mush CD Launch & Gem Andrews @ Ernest (1 Boyd Street, Ouseburn) Free gig Facebook event



Eric Ayotte & Travels by Telephone @ Empty Shop (Durham), £3

Eric Ayotte (USA)
Former member of Indie Punk ensemble Halo Fauna and all round swell guy Eric Ayotte is coming back to Durham. Following a tour with ONSIND this April, Eric left audiences enamored by his charming brand of personal and political americana/folk. One a few UK shows this October – don’t miss out.

Travels By Telephone (York)
Travels by Telephone is the soundtrack to a blustery autumn day spent scrambling the sands of the North Yorkshire coast. Travels by Telephone is York’s Jamie Wilson. Jamie Wilson is absolutely brilliant. RIYL: Burial in the Sky, Short Term Effect, Withered Hand

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FRIDAY 5 – SUNDAY 7 TUSK FESTIVAL @ The Star & Shadow Cinema. Tickets £36.




The Shondes, Rexine, Daniel vs. the World & The Casual Terrorist @ Cumberland Arms, 7:30pm

NEW YORK based band The Shondes! “Radical politics, power-pop melodies, traditional Jewish music, and punk vitriol.” – Pitchfork “Giddy garage melodics with a Sleater-Kinney twist.” – Entertainment Weekly

Rexine: “Bittersweet tales of rusting rides and camera slides…jagged and jangly post-punk mayhem… leipzig!”
Daniel vs. the World: Anti-folk pianarcho peace punk, dig?
The Casual Terrorist: Anti-folk songs of love and insurrection



Josie Long: Romance and Adventure & Grace Petrie @ The Star & Shadow Cinema (adv ticket £10)

“Hello there! My name is Josie Long and I am 30 years old and that is frankly a little alarming. This is my 6th solo stand up show, and it’s about freaking out about growing up and climbing a mountain and how much i bloody loved that. It’s about social justice and how excellent Dennis Skinner MP is. There’s a bit in it where i pretend to be a sort of godzilla for some reason and also a bit where I definitely come across as a psychopath. If you like the sound of any of that then I’d be delighted if you came to see it. If you don’t then come and bring a book or just use the hour constructively for your own thoughts. I swear a lot, I’m sorry about that. If you hate swearing you could substitute every F word for “very” and every C word for “monster”. That should work.”

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FRIDAY 12 –  SUNDAY 14 IMPRINT FESTIVAL @ Morden Tower & Northern Charter Gallery

IMPRINT 2012 Focuses on the work of experimental/feminist/cross platform artists, women who are working at the margins or cross sections of their chosen medium/s and outside of the expected boundaries of improvised or performance based art. IMPRINT examines the relationship between space, improvisation and performance, the way gender affects these continuities and how both the audience’s and the artist’s perception, reception and documentation affects the way women’s art is historicised and archived.

IMPRINT 2012 is about COLLABORATION, bringing together women artists to conceptualise, plan and devise a piece of new work through mutual correspondence to be performed and improvised in real time.

SATURDAY 13 – SUNDAY 14 North East Feminist Gathering (women-only event, £5 – £15 sliding scale, register online)

A group of Feminists will be gathering in Newcastle for the weekend.The North East Feminist Gathering is a celebration of local feminism in all its multifaceted amorphous glory. It aims to bring together the feminist, pro-feminist and femi-curious population of the North East through a series of workshops, discussions and artistic endeavours. The weekend will culminate in an evening event for participants showcasing a line-up hand-picked from the regions fizzing creative underbelly.

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Women in Revolt single launch @ The Central Bar with Witch Hands and Susie Green (Silver Fox), £3

Recently described by Narc magazine as “… a polysexual glamracket artpunk trash outfit … all caveman stomp and Valerie Solanas menace”, Women in Revolt return to their spiritual home, CBGH, with the launch of their debut vinyl. Oestrogynal Itch/Ragdolls is pressed on deep black vinyl, measures seven inches across and comes wrapped in a cover photograph by Slits guitarist Viv Albertine.

Support on the night is from WITCH HANDS: Bob Log meets Poison Ivy in a One Gal Band Guitar, Drums and theremin booze party and SUSIE GREEN (Silver Fox) who’ll be playing a DJ set for dancing and falling over to.

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Live merby & roller derby!!!: Tyne & Fear =Vs= The Inhuman League & The Whippin Hinnies =Vs= Sheffield Crucibelles, 12:30 – 5pm (venue TBC) Facebook event

Goat, Beauty Pageant & Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs @ Star & Shadow Cinema (adv tickets £5)

GOAT: Swedens finest Voodoo/Psyche 7 piece make their way to the star and shadow for one night only to blow our minds.  They are only in the UK for 3 dates, playing London (w/Gnod and Teeth of the sea) + Supersonic in Birmingham, So you know you’re in for a treat!!!



Ace Bushy Striptease & Martha @ The Fish Tank (Durham) £3

Ace Bushy Striptease are heading out on tour to celebrate the launch their brand new album “Outside It’s Cold Just Like the Inside of Your Body And” and they’re coming to Durham!

Ace Bushy Striptease (Birmingham – Discount Horse Records/ Odd Box Records) Birmingham’s most prolific indie-punk outfit and return to the North East with a new album in tow – expect 30 minutes of frantic, cheeky pop punk FFO Pavement, Johnny Foreigner, Archers of Loaf

Martha (Durham – Win Htein/Odd Box Records) Martha is a pop group from Pity Me – a village famed for its swampland and DIY punk. Martha’s sound falls somewhere between the Housemartins and the Thermals, but they can never agree on a genre – so come along and work it out for yourself

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Superheros vs Villains Fancy Dress Halloween Party @ Star & Shadow Cinema (adv tickets £6)

Hannabiell & Midnight Blue are at it again with their 2nd Annual Black History Month Fancy Dress Halloween Party. Theme for this year: CREATE YOUR OWN SUPER HERO or VILLAIN! Please feel free to dress up as anything you want just Use Your Imaginations to be Whimsical and Creative, as we have boosted up this years prizes!

The night will feature the infamous Camp Vamps, Hannabiell & Midnight Blue, a special LIVE DRUMMING set, and DJ’s Frank De JoJo (NinjaTunes) & DJ Hannabi spinning the best reggae, merengue, electro Latin Jazz, Kuduro, and Global beats.

Enter the Costume Contest or buy a raffle ticket to win fantastic prizes. Of course there will be Amazing Food & the 1st 20 guests get a special Tropical cocktail so make sure you get your ticket number when you get your hand stamped at the door.

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