Kathleen Hanna

Flavorwire’s Most Fascinating People of 2013

It wouldn’t be the end of the year without an onslaught of top ten lists, and perhaps the least fascinating one is the most obvious: Barbara Walters’ most fascinating people of the year. She announced nine of the ten picks this week, and they’re not too surprising: Miley Cyrus, Kanye and Kim, the guys from Duck Dynasty, Jennifer Lawrence, Prince George. Yes, the baby. Walters’ picks, of course, give us the inspiration to come up with out own favorite pop culture heavyweights of the year. Here’s who we’d choose as the most fascinating — and each one of them can actually articulate thoughts through… Read More

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The Tender Side of Bridget Everett, New York’s Sexiest, Most Terrifying Alt-Cabaret Sensation

There’s probably no performer as exciting — or, frankly, terrifying — as Bridget Everett, a woman who could be described with a number of the familiar adjectives we toss at performers who display a certain fierce unpredictability once they hit the stage. On the night I saw her for the first time, Everett and her band, The Tender Moments, were celebrating the release of her first album, Pound It, at their regular monthly Joe’s Pub appearance. In the span of an hour and a half, Everett spit Chardonnay at a couple of gay men sitting at the tables in front of the stage, dripped milk on her chest (and, later, hot wax from a candle she grabbed off a table in the back of the room), and found at least three audience members to bring up on stage to fondle and caress as they blushed and laughed uncomfortably. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in November

Though we’re in the midst of fall and the serious award contenders should presumably fill the theaters, the slate of big studio releases looks more like summer than Oscar season: this month’s big contenders include another Thor, another Hunger Games, a new Disney flick, and a Vince Vaughn sperm donor comedy. So, as usual, the independent filmmakers and distributors are picking up the slack; here’s our overview of the month’s best and most promising indie flicks. … Read More

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’90s Music Icons on ’90s Nostalgia

“I get sentimental over the music of the ’90s,” music critic Rob Sheffield writes in his memoir, Love Is a Mix Tape. “Deplorable, really. But I love it all. As far as I’m concerned the ’90s was the best era for music ever, even the stuff that I loathed at the time, even the stuff that gave me stomach cramps.” Considering the current fashion of reunion tours and cruises and the Internet-based obsession with the quirkiness of popular culture from two decades ago, Sheffield seems to be in the majority. But there are plenty of musical icons from the era who have more of a love-hate affair with the decade that brought them fame. Click through and read about how those icons look back on the ’90s: fondly, with derision, or somewhere in between. … Read More

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The Best and Worst Movies of SXSW 2013

Your film editor has returned from Austin, where SXSW’s robust selection of fascinating panels and workshops kept my film consumption lower than I might’ve liked. But the dozen SXSW film entries I did get to see offered up an assortment of riveting performances, inventive filmmaking, and recurring motifs; a quick round-up of the best and worst (of what I saw, at least) is after the jump. … Read More

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‘The Punk Singer’ Solves the Mystery — And Celebrates the History — Of Kathleen Hanna

AUSTIN, TX: Early in The Punk Singer, the terrific new documentary by Sini Anderson, Kathleen Hanna remembers being asked why she wanted to write. “Because nobody has ever listened to me, my entire life.” Her work burns with that kind of intensity, with an insistence that she — and the things she had to say — had importance, value, meaning. That same intensity is present in The Punk Singer, which is both a captivating personal story and a history of a moment — as the best rock documentaries are. … Read More

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10 Movies We Can’t Wait to See at SXSW 2013

A confession: nothing against Sundance or any of our other regulars, but SXSW is probably our favorite film festival to attend. The warm weather is a nice respite from late-winter NYC, there’s a relaxed and chatty vibe in the lines, and Tex-Mex and BBQ are always within reach. Oh, and the movies are great. If you’re headed down to Austin, we’ve got plenty of cool events for you to check out. And for those of you who plan to spend your days shotgunning as many movies as possible, here are a few of the flicks we’re eager to take… Read More

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