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Ladyfest Midwest announces 10th anniversary weekend schedule

Chicago—In celebration of the 10-year anniversary of Ladyfest Midwest, viagra sale organizers of the original 2001 festival are planning a weekend of events on August 19–21. The weekend will include a dance party, music showcase, and gallery exhibit. Proceeds from every event will benefit the Chicago Women’s Health Center (CWHC).

Kicking off the weekend, on Friday, August 19th, is a dance party from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont ). Three DJs will be spinning punk, post-punk, riot grrl, girl groups, and international weirdness: Sam O’Rama (Laurie’s Planet of Sound); Emily Agustin (CHIRP Radio, Toast & Jam, Maybenauts); and Rebecca Crawford (Reckless Records and ex-The Dials). Crawford is an original organizer of the festival and performed at Ladyfest Midwest in 2001 with her former band, the Puta-Pons. Late Bar was a 2010 critic’s pick in Time Out Chicago. There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door.

On Saturday, August 20, from 12–5 p.m. and Sunday, August 21, from 2–5 p.m., there’s a documentation exhibition of video, photographs, and archival materials from Ladyfest Midwest 2001. The exhibition is free and located at LivingRoom Gallery (1530 W. Superior ).

Saturday, August 20, at 9 p.m. is the music showcase at Empty Bottle (1035 N. Western). Performing at the showcase are the Wanton Looks, Cathy Santonies, Hollows, and DJ Reaganomix. The Cathy Santonies and Hollows were featured in the Chicago Tribune’s “11 local bands for 2011.” Jyl Fehrenkamp, a performer/dancer/choreographer and curator/host of Poonie’s Cabaret at Links Hall, hosts the music showcase. Tickets for the showcase are $15 at the door and there will be a raffle with prizes from Reckless Records, Hanger 18, and Bucket of Blood.

Ladyfest Midwest was a community-based, all-volunteer, not-for-profit global arts and activism festival celebrating the achievements of women. The four-day festival brought 4,000 people together for music, film, spoken word, performance, visual art, and workshops, raising nearly $20K for CWHC and Women in the Director’s Chair. Contributions to an online archive at are welcome. Ladyfest is all-inclusive, welcoming all gender identities to participate in the celebration.

Limited Edition Ladyfest Midwest Logo T-Shirts Available

Ladyfest Midwest 10-Year Anniversary Logo T-Shirt now available

Ladyfest Midwest Logo T-ShirtT-shirts will be available at the Late Bar and Empty Bottle Ladyfest Midwest events. T-shirts also available at ENJOY, AN URBAN GENERAL STORE.

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Shirts are 100% cotton white American Apparel Mens/Unisex T-Shirts (Style #2001).

Available sizes:
M, L, and XL

Logo designed by QuiteStrong.

Net proceeds to benefit Chicago Women’s Health Center.

10th anniversary kicks off 8/19 with dance party

Ladyfest Midwest’s 10th anniversary celebration will kick off Friday, August 19 with a dance party at one of Chicago’s hottest night spots, Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont).  Three DJs will join forces to spin the best female artists from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.  There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door, with all proceeds benefiting Chicago Women’s Health Center.

The DJ lineup will include an organizer of Ladyfest Midwest in 2001, Rebecca Crawford (ex-Dials, Reckless Records), Emily Agustin (CHIRP Radio, Toast & Jam, Maybenauts), and  Sam O’ Rama (Laurie’s Planet of Sound).

Late Bar, a 2010 critic’s pick in Time Out Chicago, is located near the CTA blue line and the 77 Belmont bus.

Music lineup for Aug. 20 Empty Bottle event announced

The organizers of Ladyfest Midwest are happy to announce that the Wanton Looks, Cathy Santonies, Hollows, and DJ Reaganomix will perform at the Empty Bottle on Saturday, August 20, in honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary. All proceeds of the show will be donated to Chicago Women’s Health Center.

Hollows and Cathy Santonies were recently featured in the Chicago Tribune‘s “11 local bands for 2011” list. We are thrilled to host these performers not only because of their talent, but because of their connections to the 2001 festival: Members of the Wanton Looks and Cathy Santonies performed at Ladyfest with their former bands, and Ali McDonald/Reaganomix works at CWHC and cites attending the festival as one of her inspirations for moving to Chicago.

To get a taste of the great evening of music to come, please visit the bands’ websites:

Wanton Looks –
Cathy Santonies –
Hollows –

Two Ladyfest Midwest Dance Parties Coming in May

Two Chicago nightspots are hosting events this month to support and bring together the Ladyfest Midwest community.

On May 18, Parlour on Clark (6341 N. Clark) will host P.R.D.C.T. – a night of queer and grrrl punk with DJ Reaganomix and Bruise LaBruise. This free event is part of the Indie Parlour series.

On May 25, Late Bar (3534 W. Belmont) will host Homocore Returns! Marky and Joanna Homocore return for one night only to DJ this special benefit for the upcoming Ladyfest Midwest reunion in August. Suggested donation is $5 and the music starts at 10 p.m. This event is co-hosted by Laurie’s Planet of Sound’s Mix Tape Meltdown.

Proceeds of the Ladyfest Midwest 10th reunion events in August will benefit Chicago Women’s Health Center.

Ladyfest Midwest confirms Empty Bottle as reunion venue

By Amy Schroeder and Steph Edwards

Ladyfest Midwest organizers are eager to announce that the Empty Bottle will be the exclusive venue for the 10-year reunion event on August 20, cheap 2011, prescription in Chicago.

The Empty Bottle is a longtime friend of Ladyfest Midwest’s. For the original festival’s closing night of events, cheap on August 19, 2001, the Bottle hosted Tracy + the Plastics, Metalux, Analog Tara, Occasional Detroit, and the Arches.

The Empty Bottle also helped Ladyfest Midwest to raise funds, leading up to the festival. On March 16, 2001—five months beforehand—the venue teamed with Ladyfest organizers for a benefit show featuring the Puta-Pons, Forcefield UK, the Tuffetts, and the Hamicks. The first benefit went so well, that Ladyfesters organized a second Bottle benefit on May 3, 2001, with the Dishes, Selby Tigers, and Competitorr.

An Empty Bottle newspaper ad from 2001


Ladyfest Midwest marks 10th Anniversary with benefit for Chicago Women’s Health Center

By Amy Schroeder

On August 16–19, 2001, people from Iowa to Japan caravanned to the Windy City to experience Ladyfest Midwest Chicago.

Kathleen Hanna of Le Tigre performs at Ladyfest Midwest Chicago in 2001. Photo courtesy of the Christa Holka archive.

They crammed into venues like the Empty Bottle and Congress Theatre to see more than 100 performers including ESG, Le Tigre, the Butchies, and Mary Timony with “her friend James” (Iha). And, depending on how much energy attendees had to spare, they also participated in DIY workshops, fanzine talks, art shows, film screenings, dance performances, activism pow-wows, and DJ dance-offs.

If you were one of the 4,000-plus people who attended, performed, or organized Ladyfest, here’s what we want to know: Can you believe it’s been a decade?

Neither can we.

We, the Ladyfest Midwest organizers, are still wrapping our heads around everything that’s changed in the last 10 years (the Internet is a teenager! We have a new president! And a war that won’t end!), but we’re still totally armed and ready for another round. Which is why we’re organizing a reunion event.

On August 19–21, 2011, you are invited to attend the Ladyfest Midwest Reunion in Chicago to benefit Chicago Women’s Health Center. Right now we’re nailing down details (location, time, bands, and whatnot), and you can keep up with it all here on

We’re also in the thick of creating the Ladyfest Midwest Archive, to pull together photos, writings, interviews, videos, artwork, and more. Got a story or photos to share? Read our submissions info here, and go to our Facebook page to connect with the Ladyfest Midwest community.