Friday, March 13, 2015 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm


Nearly 25 years after the seminal panel on the F Word at CMJ, join the original moderator Evelyn McDonnell and original participants Tracie Morris and Alice Armendariz aka "Alice Bag" reawaken the memory of Riot Grrrl and explore how our relationship to the F Word (feminism) has shifted.  

6 pm Join us at for a book signing with the speakers
7pm Conversation

Food & Beverage: 6 pm – 9pm Chef TLC's Sidewalk Café onsite

Free Admission

About the speakers:

Evelyn McDonnell has been writing about popular culture and society for more than 20 years. She is the author of four books: Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, Mamarama: A Memoir of Sex, Kids and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Army of She: Icelandic, Iconoclastic, Irrepressible Bjork and Rent by Jonathan Larson. Since 2010 she has been the Assistant Professor of Journalism and New Media at Loyola Marymount University. She has been the editorial director of http://www.MOLI.com, pop culture writer at The Miami Herald, senior editor at The Village Voice, and associate editor at SF Weekly. Her writing on music, poetry, theater, and culture has appeared in numerous publications and anthologies, including  the Los Angeles Times, Ms., Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Spin, Travel & Leisure, Us, Billboard, Vibe, Interview, Black Book, and Option.

Alice Armendariz and Patricia Rainone created the The Bags, one of the first generation of punk rock bands to emerge out of Los Angeles.They took the band's name and their stage names "Alice Bag" and "Pat Bag.” Alice was the vocalist and Pat played bass. The Bags played their first show at The Masque on September 10, 1977. The band's live shows soon became legendary. The concerts were riotous affairs including altercations with celebrities, such as one between singer Tom Waits and drummer Nicky Beat at The Troubadour. By 1981, The Bags had disbanded and Alice Bag went on to form and perform in many bands including Castration Squad, Cholita! with punk rock drag queen Vaginal Davis, Las Tres, and Stay At Home Bomb, her most recent musical project. In 2011, Alice published a memoir entitled Violence Girl: East LA Rage to Hollywood Stage, A Chicana Punk Story.

Tracie Morris is an American poet, performer, vocalist and academic originally from Brooklyn, New York. Morris emerged from the Lower East Side poetry scene in the early 1990s. She became known as a local poet in the "slam" scene and eventually made the 1993 Nuyorican Poetry Slam team, the same year she won the Nuyorican Grand Slam. Soon after, she began touring around the country and abroad and performed her work on MTV's Spoken Word: Unplugged. In addition, Morris collaborated with musicians she met through the Black Rock Coalition. Morris is now known as a sound artist and specialist in sound poetry. She is a singer with composer/musician Elliott Sharp's band, Terraplane, and her own eponymous band.