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The Punk Singer

by The Staff on January 9, 2014


Remember the riot grrrl movement of the 1990s? At a time when many indie rockers wore flannel, sported pre-hipster beards and specialized in painfully soulful moaning, Bikini Kill’s lead singer, Kathleen Hanna, became a leading feminist voice in music—and an icon.

The Punk Singer, a documentary being screened Wednesday at the Spectrum 8 Theatres, tells Hanna’s story from Bikini Kill through her “retirement” in 2005 and beyond. (She has a new band.)

The doc has received almost universally positive reviews. The critic for Variety wrote, “This exciting assemblage of archival and interview materials recalls the considerable influence (and sometime public trivialization) of the 1990s riot grrrl movement, while showcasing the role of its co-founder and most charismatic leader.”

Following the screening, there will be a Skype Q&A with director Sini Anderson.

The Punk Singer will be screened Wednesday (Jan. 15) at 7 PM at Spectrum 8 Theatres (290 Delaware Ave., Albany). Tickets are $10. For more info, call 449-8995.