Female in Rock: Engaging Males, Embracing Allies

*Guest post by Anna Rae ©2017.   *Illustration by Kip Lyall Not long ago I was on a walk with a friend of mine who is a male musician. I was railing about the fact that young females are forced to think about adorning their bodies and pandering for male attention, while young males are…

Road Tripping: A Prodigal Son Rdiscovers the American Northwest. Part 2

When I was in high school in the mid- to late 90’s, I’d occasionally visit Tacoma.  It wasn’t without some trepidation that adults agreed to chaperone whichever trip we were taking.  Local legend pegged it as a rough place that shared an airport with Seattle, a city with much better PR.  Even now, whenever I…

Road Tripping: A Prodigal Son Rediscovers the American Northwest.

There’s something indescribable about the Northwest.  I took the vastness of the place for granted when I was a kid: the great open spaces; the epic mountains; the beauty of the hills and rivers and lakes.  I go back to the Northwest because there is something incomprehensible about it, something intangible. I don’t live in…

Day Tripping: Georges Island and the Isle Arts Initiative

Growing up in the Boston area I got lucky because I was able to visit the Boston Harbor Islands whenever I wanted as long as I could get my hands on a boat, or when need be take the ferry.  So it seems only natural that with the arrival of summer and the temperatures ramping up also comes a…

Rolling into Summer at the Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Dance Party

At the Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Dance Party there wasn’t just disco dancing.  Yes, there was a mobile dance floor where disco dancing was encouraged and yes, there was also a roller skating rink, but there was also interactive art, coloured lights, food, live performances, drag performances, retro fashion, crazy wigs, sequins and lots…