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"ROCK, RAGE & SELF DEFENSE" SPRING TOUR

We are going on tour! The film is an hour and all screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers and some screenings have panel discussions. All screenings are free unless otherwise marked. Facebook events are hyperlinked on the date of the event. Join us!

April 12 Saturday Muskogee, OK
Bare Bones International Film & Music Festival 
OK Music Hall
3 PM
*Festival Tickets 

April 18 Friday Portland, OR 
Portland State University 
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Student Colloquium
Smith Memorial Student Union Building
1 PM

April 19 Saturday Portland, OR
The Red and Black Cafe 
400 SE 12th Ave Portland, OR 97214
7 PM

April 23 Wednesday Seattle, WA
UW Odegaard Library 
Screening & Panel Discussion with filmmakers,
co-founders Zoe Abigail Bermet, Cristien Storm, and Home Alive volunteer Leah Gold
1: 30 PM

April 25 Friday Seattle, WA
EMP Pop Conference 
JBL Theatre
1 PM 

April 25 Friday Seattle, WA
Women Who Rock Un-Conference Washington Hall 153 14th Ave
Clips of film
5:30 PM

April 27 Sunday Boise, ID 
Event Marche 2809 W. Idaho St. 
Screening & Fundraiser
4:30 PM

May 1 Thursday Hamden, CT
The Outer Space 
295 Treadwell St 
8 PM 

May 2 Friday New Haven, CT
University of New Haven
Student Dining Room
Bartels Campus Center
3PM

May 4 Sunday Washington, DC
The Black Cat
1811 14th St NW
8:30 PM $8

May 7 Wednesday Boston, MA
The Democracy Center 
45 Mt Auburn St Harvard Square Cambridge, MA 02138  
6 PM $5

May 11 Sunday Pittsburg, PA
Girls Rock Pittsburg
Pittsburg Filmmakers’ Melwood Screening Room
477 Melwood Ave Pittsburg, PA 15213
5:30 PM

May 12 Monday Brooklyn, NY
Spectacle Theatre 
Screening & Panel Discussion with Laina Dawes (more updates to come)
124 S. 3rd St. (Near Bedford Ave)
7 PM $5

May 20 Tuesday Baltimore, MD
Breathe Books 
810 W 36th St # A Baltimore, MD 21211
6:30 PM

May 22 Thursday Annapolis, MD
Annapolis Bookstore
35 Maryland Avenue Annapolis, MD 21401
7 PM

May 23 Friday Brooklyn, NY
Spectacle Theatre 
Screening & Panel Discussion 
124 S. 3rd St. (Near Bedford Ave)
7 PM $5
Filmmakers will not be in attendance 

May 26 Monday Brooklyn, NY
Spectacle Theatre 
Screening & Panel Discussion 
124 S. 3rd St. (Near Bedford Ave)
7 PM $5
Filmmakers will not be in attendance

May 27 Tuesday Cleveland, OH
Mahall’s 20 Lanes
13200 Madison Avenue Lakewood, OH 44107
7 PM

SPIKING THE HONEY: UNPACKING THE PUNK ROCK POWER OF WOMEN IN THE WORLD

Seattle, join me for this panel discussion on Saturday, APRIL 26 || 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM @ the Bush School (Community Room) 3400 E Harrison St, Seattle.  Admission Free. 

We could be a force that changes the world.

“If I could have a punk show where people were on the same wavelength as me, then that could be a community that works together to achieve common goals. We could be a force that changes the world. And you could be a leader. You can be the person making the change happen, not just someone who is along for the ride. Punk rock really taught me that I had much more power than I realized.”

Interview with Elona Jones for Bitch, May 2013

Photo by Martin Sorrondeguy at the Masque, 2014.

"The Hollywood punk scene predated the East L.A. punk scene; they were not concurrent." Pick up issue #79 of @Razorcake. WE WERE THERE. Voices from L.A. Punk’s First Wave. An Oral History Hosted by Alice Bag

Photo: The Bags performing at the Dreva/Gronk Art Meets Punk Show, 1978. Photograph by Louis Jacinto

I moderate a conversation with Tito Larriva of The Plugz; Trudie Arguelles of The Plungers; Robert Lopez of The Zeros; Margot Olavarria of The Go-Go’s; Juan Gomez of Human Hands; Hector Peñalosa of The Zeros; Javier Escovedo of The Zeros; Kid Congo Powers of the Gun Club and The Cramps; Hellin Killer of The Plungers; Mike Ochoa of Nervous Gender; Seal Sanchez, Roadie; X-8, FlipSide writer; and artists Sean Carrillo and Margaret Guzman. The great layout by Todd Taylor is accompanied by photographs of these artists by Dawn Wirth, Lynda Burdick, Pete Landswick and Louis Jacinto. GET IT!

Friday night @MOLAA, Lysa and I discuss our work and share stories about the role that Frida Kahlo played in influencing our creative expression.

Screening Room MOLAA members are free, $9 for non-members

Space is limited. Reservations are strongly recommended, call 562.437.1689. More info on the exhibition here.

I see my Chicana identity as a celebration of both my Mexican and American heritages as well as an honest appraisal of the sociopolitical practices of these two societies and their influence on Chican@ society. Both sides of my heritage have values and traditions which are beautiful but sometimes flawed. Mexican and American societies are both guilty of sexism, classism, racism, and homophobia and they both need fixing. I refuse to romanticize them or choose one culture over another.

I see my Chicana identity as a celebration of both my Mexican and American heritages as well as an honest appraisal of the sociopolitical practices of these two societies and their influence on Chican@ society. Both sides of my heritage have values and traditions which are beautiful but sometimes flawed. Mexican and American societies are both guilty of sexism, classism, racism, and homophobia and they both need fixing. I refuse to romanticize them or choose one culture over another.

Attention students/faculty of Loyola Marymount University, I will be participating in a symposium next Wednesday, March 19. I’m not sure if this event will be open to the public but if you happen to be at LMU next Wednesday, please stop by.

Friday, March 21st I will be reading and performing at the Simi Valley Public Library. Free admission, all ages.

Femme Fatale, circa 1974. Pat, Alice and Margo.

Over the past two years, I feel fortunate to have been invited to several universities where Violence Girl - East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story is being used in courses with topics ranging from Literature to Music, to Chicano/a Studies, Gender Studies and beyond. One question I am frequently asked is how I see my Chicana identity. It’s a question that doesn’t lend itself to a short answer and I feel that it’s important enough for me to take time explaining.

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in social justice but I got off to a rocky start on my road to forming a Chicana identity when I perceived negativity towards my odd, unpolished glam-rock style from members of the Chicano organization at my high school. All during my late teens and early twenties, I called myself a Mexican-American rather than a Chicana because I believed that term was reserved for people in Chicano organizations like MeCHa and I believed those organizations were biased against people who looked like weirdos. Punk empowered me in all kinds of ways: it gave me the confidence to claim my Chicana identity, to define it in my own terms and to refuse anyone the power to exclude me.

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I never took any Chicano Studies classes until I was in college. My Chicana identity was formed primarily from experiencing events where I felt that Mexicans and/or Mexican-Americans were included and represented, events like the Chicano Moratorium which I attended as a child, the grape boycott and the walk-outs at local schools in East L.A. These historic events all affected me and made an impression on me. I was just a kid but I knew in a very simplistic way that it was people like me standing up for people like me. I was attracted to the cause but I didn’t feel welcome in the club, so I have never been part of any Chicano organization but that doesn’t mean I’m not a Chicana.

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I see my Chicana identity as a celebration of both my Mexican and American heritages as well as an honest appraisal of the sociopolitical practices of these two societies and their influence on Chican@ society. Both sides of my heritage have values and traditions which are beautiful but sometimes flawed. Mexican and American societies are both guilty of sexism, classism, racism, and homophobia and they both need fixing. I refuse to romanticize them or choose one culture over another.

Ethnicity is not all that forges identity, my personal identity can stretch to be large and inclusive or shrink to be small, focused and specific. In my broader identity I am a component and an active member of the living organism that is the universe and in my smaller, more refined identity, I function as a Chicana, feminist, bisexual, punk rocker. My personal identity is rich and multifaceted - different aspects surface in different situations. When I’m discriminated against as a woman, my feminist identity rushes to the forefront; when people try to negate the place of Mexicans while teaching or discussing American history, the Chicana side of me will raise an indignant voice and demand to be included and when anyone, anywhere in the world is mistreated, the punk side of me that feels empowered to shape my world is ready to stand as an ally. Most of the time I’m just me: an individual, a human being only partially conscious of the ways in which people see me or the expectations they might place upon this particular configuration of atoms. I see myself as limitless, so the labels are strictly to facilitate specific functions for a limited amount of time. 

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When I first started performing, I remember looking out into the audience. Usually, there were lights near the front of the stage illuminating me and the other band members. As my gaze moved further back into the audience, the room darkened. I could make out the people in the front rows clearly enough to read their faces and feel their energy but beyond that, the room faded to infinite blackness and in my mind, that blackness might as well have been a view of the vast reaches of the universe. From my perch on the stage, I felt incredibly powerful as my performance elicited dancing, jumping and bursts of emotion from the concert goers. We were exchanging energy, refueling, tapping into something much bigger than any one person. I felt fully connected not just to the people in the room but to the entire universe.

Punk rock as religious experience: go ahead and laugh, I know it sounds crazy. Connecting with others on that level made me understand my power not just as an individual but as part of a community. So while it’s important to know who we are, it’s also important to know that we are so much more than labels can convey. We are conduits for ideas, we are agents of change.