Luck Be a Lady
After nine months of planning, Ladyfest Texas makes its debut this weekend at venues all over Austin. Ladyfest began in Olympia, Wash., 2000 and has spread to over 20 locations in the U.S., Europe, and Australia. "Our focus is the difficulties and challenges facing women, especially in punk rock," says Kim Francis, one of Ladyfest Texas' organizers. "We're going to create our own space for a community of female artists to showcase talent that might get overlooked otherwise." The film festival component of Ladyfest is Saturday at the Hideout, with screenings of documentaries by local directors, as well as Don't Need You, a 45-minute look at the evolution of the riot-grrrl phenomenon that gave rise to Ladyfest. More than 40 visual artists will exhibit their works at an all-woman show at Gallery Lombardi, lasting the weekend and opening tonight (Thursday) from 6-9pm. Spoken-word events are scheduled for Friday and Sunday, and the musical component of Ladyfest happens Saturday at Emo's, with an early show featuring San Francisco's legendary Tribe 8, Japan's Mummy the Peepshow, locals Coco Candissi, Ainjel Emme, the Tuna Helpers, and more (see "Music Listings"). Wristbands good for admission to all Ladyfest events are available for $35 at MonkeyWrench Books, Book Woman, and at www.ladyfesttx.org. The Web site also contains more information on the all-day workshops happening Saturday and Sunday at UT, everything from menstruation alternatives to "Finding Your Inner Rock Star." "One of our main objectives is to inspire women and young girls to contribute artistically," Francis says, "and empower them to become creators of art instead of consumers."