This weekend, ladies who rock show you that they’re not “with the band,” they are the band. Putting their imprimatur on this year’s multi-genre arts festival Ladyfest*East, electronicists and feminist and transgender activists Le Tigre add their Monday-night Irving Plaza show to the bill, while about 40 other bands, including the Butchies and the Gossip, play throughout the weekend. Spoken-word artists such as National Poetry Slam champion Celena Glenn and comediennes like Becky Donahue mouth off, while self-styled “biracial, butch, black, Jewish, and working-class” performance artist Danielle Abrams shows her Flushing roots. In an all-female performance of their long-running Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, avant-garde Chicago mainstay the Neo-Futurists attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. At “Drop the Needle,” 12 designers flaunt their whimsical and/or utilitarian couture to homespun hip-hop by Northern State, and the free visual-arts gallery showcases artists like Lori Barrett (a/k/a Enid Crow), who photographs herself in garish disaster melodramas. Ladyfest has two goals: bringing women’s art to you and you to each other. With much of the four-day festival at OfficeOps, including workshops in belly dancing and burlesque and Sunday’s Witches and Bitches Halloween party, there will be opportunity aplenty to meet other cultured ladies.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 19, 2004