With all the double-speak that's dominated the news the past few weeks -- alternative facts, the ubiquitous pussy hat -- there's something refreshing about a rock 'n' roll show/women's healthcare fundraiser that doesn't shy away from the messy stuff. Specifically, blood.
Let It Bleed, a rock show and benefit taking place at the Chapel this Saturday, Feb. 11, aims to "empower women, shatter the period taboo, add to the dialogue on the Tampon Tax and The Homeless Period, and invite everyone to the conversation," says organizer Lauren Espina.
The lineup is packed with notably hard-rocking women: headliners Dead Sara bring good, dancy post-hardcore from Los Angeles, while the rest of the bill is filled with local veterans Wax Idols, Kera and the Lesbians, and the Tambo Rays, all of whom land at different pinpoints on a punk-noise-pop-folk map -- but let's just say it's going to be loud.
Presented by feminist booker/promoter Sea Witch Productions, the event invite asks that attendees bring unopened feminine hygiene products for donation to Compass Family Services, which serves homeless women and families. Those who come bearing pads, tampons, menstrual cups and the like receive a raffle ticket and the chance to win prizes like a "feminist book bundle" from co-sponsor Green Apple Books on the Park.
A pop-up shop will host independent artists and women-owned businesses like The Tidy Shoppe, Popshop, Maiden Voyage Jewelry, and Sand She hawking their wares, and you'll also be able to pick up the Sea Witch zine's third issue, fresh off the presses.
Let's be real: The United States can be a scary and often depressing place to be a woman right now. We've no time for the squeamish! And perhaps now more than ever, any chance to set foot in a room full of honest art and music made by women, organized by women, and benefiting women is one you should take -- whether you're a bleeder or not.
Let It Bleed: A Rock & Roll Tampon Drive feat. Dead Sara takes place at 9pm on Saturday, Feb. 11, at The Chapel in San Francisco. Tickets ($18) and more info here.