Knitting Factory:

The Kathleen Hanna Project a.k.a Who Told You Christmas Wasn’t Cool?Kim Gordon, Kaia Wilson, MEN, Bridget Everett, Care Bears on Fire, Hilly Eye, She Murders, Toshi Reagon, Making Friendz, Christy & Emily, Dan Fishback, Anna Copa Cabanna, The Fancy, The Roulettes, Schwervon! + friends, Love Tribe, The Awkward Turtles, Alison Clancy, Mindtroll, video performance by Caroline Polachek (Chairlift), dance performance by Emily Wexler
Knitting Factory Brooklyn Sat, December 11, 2010

Rah! Rah! Replica, on Saturday, December 11 at Knitting Factory in Williamsburg, will be a night of covers of Kathleen Hanna songs to benefit the making of Sini Anderson’s documentary, The Kathleen Hanna Project a.k.a. Who Told You Christmas Wasn’t Cool? Songs from Bikini Kill to Le Tigre to the Fakes to Julie Ruin, such as “Rebel Girl,” “Stay Monkey,” and “Carnival” will be performed by bands who have been influenced by Hanna, as well as by her contemporaries such as MEN and Kaia Wilson. Director and performer Sini Anderson, the editors of Sadie Magazine, and Rebecca Keith of the Roulettes have conceived of a show that’s the stuff that Kathleen Hanna fans’ dreams are made of. To reflect the broad spectrum of Hanna’s influence and predecessors, the show lineup is intergenerational, from Kim Gordon to her teenage daughter, Coco Gordon Moore’s band, She Murders. Other highlights include Care Bears on Fire, Tami Hart’s band Making Friendz, and a video performance by Caroline Polachek of Chairlift. Hanna may add more friends to the lineup as the show date approaches. Anderson will be filming the night’s performances and interviewing bands about their thoughts on Hanna. This will be a multi-camera shoot, inside & outside of the venue.

The first question that the mention of a documentary about Kathleen Hanna prompts is usually, why hasn’t one already been made? The same could be said of this show. The time is ripe for Rah! Rah! Replica. Hanna has been a radical activist, musician, and cultural icon for over 20 years. Women who traded mixtapes of Hanna’s music when they were fifteen years old, girls who are just starting their first bands, anyone who’s ever been to a party where “Deceptacon” by Le Tigre came on and everyone started screaming and dancing their hearts out, all are invited to celebrate Hanna’s body of work (thus far!) and sing along. All proceeds from the show will go towards continued filming and production of The Kathleen Hanna Project which is scheduled to finish by summer of 2011 with hopes of submission to film festivals in the fall of 2011.

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