Ladies Night : Naomi Klein and much more

Yes it’s ladies night… who knew that Weds Sept 26th held so many prospects and events to discover bold, beautiful, brainy and bodacious babes abounding in the Bay Area tonight.

Amongst the choices we have to enjoy their influence on our cultural landscape include:

Author Naomi Klein, who when she’s not grilling Alan Greenspan on the radio, is speaking at the First Unitarian Universalist Center on Franklin St, exploring the subject of “disaster capitalism” seen in the rampant corporatization occurring in the wake of cataclysmic events. Hiding in plain sight in the aftermath of either forces of nature or war, greed has replaced need and Klein’s new book “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism” explores how. Klein identifies a “disaster capitalism complex” building a booming niche amidst the traumatic breakdowns after events like Katrina, WTC collapse, the Sri-Lankan Tsunami and and the Iraq war. Using highly visible examples of corporations enriching their coffers at the troughs of trauma, she extends her analysis to include numerous instances over the past 50 years where a common economic ideology has slipped in to win similar spoils amidst a backdrop of human suffering. She’s even narrated a short film on the subject, click pic at right to preview the flick. She dissects the politics & policies of mass manipulators that have enacted egregious economic blackmail techniques into so many ravaged regions from Latin America and Eastern Europe to South Africa, Russia, and now of course the U.S and Iraq. Is your interest piqued? Then head down to 1187 Franklin Street (at Geary), seating starts at 7 pm.

Or maybe you need something besides a shocking mental exercise, how about a series of Beginner’s Hula Hoop classes for ladies, or perhaps some Punk Aerobics?

At Thee Parkside aerobics instructor Gina “Lunges” Lovoi has tailor-made rock n roll infused workouts for all levels every Wednesday from 6ish to 7:30. Yer DJ is Me First & The Gimme Gimmes vocalist Spike, and unlike most gyms, there’s plenty of beer, cocktails and even burgers and french fries available to ease those post work out pains & hunger pangs…

Hula heads should boogie on down to 1805 Divisidero to work those abs, and be prepared to take this class run by Isabella Zamor seriously folks, as the instructor’s fees reflect that she surely does… more info at

…and for those in the mood for something a little less strenuous on the brain or body, like say kicking it to some live music, there are plenty of female talents lurking about on stages in venues ranging from The Hotel Utah to The Fillmore tonight, with several of these ladies listed after the jump. So whether you want to see a lesbian Led Zeppelin cover band, ambient indie rock from Arizona, or hear an upcoming jazzy chanteuse on tour from Rome Italy, a local lady comedian or attend a gala affair in Alamo Square… simply read on, and check out some mp3 samples and videos.

Slim’s features a show by Lez Zeppelin, a New York City-based all-lady Zeppelin tribute act that has won a national rep, even releasing an album produced & mastered by the same studio vets as Page & Plant used back in the day.

The APAture event presented by Kearny St Workshop at Intersection for the Arts on Valencia has several local ladies of note presenting work including tonight’s musical performance featuring Aireene Espiritu, other participants this year have included filmmaker Emiko Omori, and visual artist Misako Inaoka and comic artists Lark Pien.

Local lady comedian Alicia Dattner will be onstage at The Make Out Room, there will be boy comedians too, but I bet Dattner throws down, and not just “like a girl” … as heard in this mp3 podcast , done with her Grandma.

What gal doesn’t love herself some gala action? Tonight, weds Sept 26th, The SF Neighborgood Parks Council holds their”Only in San Francisco” gala affair atop Alamo Square park from 6-9. All those dog walkers & tourists better watch out as the tents & tuxedo crowd swarms the site for silent auction items and biodynamic wines. Amongst the local retaurants backing the event include Absinthe, NOPA, beard Papa, Patxi’s and many more…

For the less affluent set, also in town from the tiny desert outpost of Gilbert AZ comes Lydia, an energetic young emo-esque indie rock act featuring keyboardist/co-vocalist Mindy that’s been building momentum on the road to ruin.
This December; It's One More And Im FreeLydia
“Smile, You’ve Won” (mp3)
from “This December; It’s One More And Im Free”
(Hourzero Records)

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Even the king of mopey males, Morrissey has a lady opening his series of 4 shows at The Fillmore this week, that being Kristeen Young, the half Apache warrior woman whose albums are produced by famed veteran producer Tony Visconti. One British music rag recently referred to her as like “Kate Bush fronting Metallica”.

For the mellower set, I suggest songstress Sylvie Lewis who will make an appearance at Hotel Utah, bringing her sweet voice to the venerable venue. Sylvie made her first album, “Tangos and Tantrums,” in Spain in 2005 where she apparently also learned to make some damn good sangria. She continued living in Spain and worked on her second album ‘Translations’ which emerged in the summer of 2006 before she moved to Rome Italy. Her light hearted jazz influenced music’s been compared to everyone from Diana Krall to Doris Day and she’s only in town tonight, so now your’s chance to catch her before she plays some far pricier venues in the future.

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