Peace Over Violence

$15 advance / $20 day of event, (presale link below)

This is the kick off event for Denim Day in LA & USA! Join us for a screening of The Punk Singer and Q&A panel at the LA Derby Dolls Doll Factory!

Saturday, March 22,…

$10 special is TODAY only for this panel and screening of The Punk Singer, get your tix Now!

Peace Over Violence

$15 / $20 day of event, (presale link below)

This is the kick off event for Denim Day in LA & USA! Join us for a screening of The Punk Singer and Q&A panel at the LA Derby Dolls Doll Factory!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Derby Dolls Doll Factory-1910 W Temple Street, Los Angeles

6PM doors open

7PM Derby Dolls Program & Intro

7:15-8:35PM Film

8:35-9:15PM Q&A panel moderated by Martha Gonzalez (Scripps College) featuring Director Sini Anderson, Jack Halberstam (USC), Alice Bag (The Bags) and Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile)!

Mohawk Bend will be serving beer and food trucks will be on site.

Parking is available for $10 at the Silverlake Medical Center, 1711 West Temple, (near the intersection of Temple and Union), one block east of the Doll Factory.

* Your receipt will be your ticket to the show.

Bitch: In Violence Girl, you write about witnessing domestic violence in your parents’ relationship, and then experiencing it in a romantic relationship. What did you hope to convey about domestic violence by documenting these relationships?

Alice Bag: I think two things: that you can survive it. and that it’s not something that can be accepted in a relationship. I don’t think my mother should have stayed in that relationship. And I don’t think she should have told me that she stayed because she was trying to hold the marriage together for my sake. Those things made me angry. I feel·that if you’re in that situation or if someone is telling you that, you gotta call them on their bullshit. It’s one thing when someone attacks you and you leave, it’s another thing when you keep coming back. At that point you need to analyze your own role in it.

And I don’t know if all that comes through in the book. but I realized that because I was around it as a child, I really internalized it. When I got in a band and was able to release all of this rage, it had already done damage to me. It surfaced when I found myself hitting my boyfriend in a very similar way to how my father had hit my mother. It was shocking to me that somehow this really ugly trait manifested in me.

I just want people to be aware that when you grow up around that, sometimes it’s in you and you have to figure out a way to address it and check yourself. Make sure you’re not going to end up in a situation where you play either role. You can’t have a healthy psyche if you’re either abusing someone or allowing yourself to be abused.

There are so many ways people can heal themselves. Some people find it through talking to a friend or reading, others need therapy and some people find it through spirituality. Do whatever it is that makes you feel like you can find your center and figure out whether you’re on the path to where you want to be.”

Interview with Bitch, summer 2012

"When I was younger, I didn’t understand where my feelings of anger and violence were coming from and I didn’t know how to deal with them. Luckily, punk came along and gave me an outlet. Through punk performance, I could vent and forge the raw emotion that was bubbling up inside of me into something creative rather than destructive. Beyond that, I think punk is really empowering in the long term because it encourages self-determination and challenges the status quo. As part of the punk community, I came away with the feeling that if we were able to create a movement that continually changes the course of art and music, then we can create a movement that changes the world in many other ways. That is enormously empowering."

Alice Bag

(an excerpt from our interview for the Spring 2014 issue of Make/shift magazine

(via frankiemastrangelo)

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Rumpus: “Your book Violence Girl contains an emphasis on dualities, like in the passage where you describe your love of Bruce Lee movies and their well-defined roles of thugs and heroes. What do these doubles mean for you, the narrator?”

Alice Bag: “There are several things that happen when, as a child, you see the adults in your life behaving in ways that seem inconsistent with how you have come to imagine them to be. Initially there’s confusion and maybe even a little bit of disbelief. We treat children to very simplistic explanations of humanity, we tell them people are either good or bad, so when people exhibit both traits and we all eventually do, it can be difficult to know what to do with that new information. It’s hard to figure out how to relate to someone who does good things one minute and bad things the next. In my book, my father is both a doting parent who showers me with unconditional love and the man who abuses my mother. I had to deal with conflicting emotions, I hated and loved my father equally. Experiencing these seemingly contradictory emotions forced me to have empathy for people because I could see the complexity of human nature.”

Drugs, Pussy, Music, Future, BAGS. Masque graffiti from 1977, photo by Martin Sorrondeguy, February 2014 at the original Masque, Hollywood CA.

Masque 2014, photo by Martin Sorrondeguy.

Encinitas, come see me by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea on Sunday, February 23rd at Ducky Waddles.

Rudy Bleu and Martin Sorrondeguy vogueing in Chinatown.