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Join Girl Germs for Twin Cities Zinefest, Sept. 24

September 19, 2011
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Dana from Girl Germs' zine collection! Photo by Tate Carlson.

If you’ve listened to Girl Germs, well, ever, you know that we are huge fans of anything having to do with DIY and zine culture. We’ve even devoted episodes of the podcast to such subjects, as DIY culture often goes hand in hand with feminism, pop-culture criticism, the GLBT movement and other issues we discuss on Girl Germs–not to mention the amazing music that has sprung from DIY culture (Bikini Kill, anyone?). In fact, Girl Germs takes its name from the Girl Germs zine, which was a huge part of the Riot Grrrl movement of the ’90s.

So, we could hardly contain our excitement when we found out we were sponsoring the 2011 Twin Cities Zinefest, a celebration of all things handmade and DIY! Join us Saturday, Sept. 24 from noon to 5 p.m. at the Powderhorn Park Building (3400 15th Ave. S., Mpls.) and gorge on all the Xeroxed, self-published, hand-bound, screen-printed goodness you can handle. Exhibitors range from queer-awareness zines to local comic artists to animators and filmmakers to retail outlets like Boneshaker Books.

Girl Germs will be there handing out swag (spoiler alert: there will be 1″ buttons!) and Fly Away Zine Mobile, Zine Apothecary and the Dinner+Bikes Tour will also be there! We’re looking forward to hanging out with our friends from Creative Ladies Are Powerful (CLAP) and w o m a n h o u s e zines, and finding some new favorites, too. Hope to see you there!

What: Twin Cities Zinefest

Where: Powderhorm Park Building, 3400 15th Ave. S., Mpls.

When: Saturday, Sept. 24, noon to 5 p.m.

Why: Because it will be awesome. And you need some new reading material.

Find more info on Zinefest here and make it Facebook official here.

Local photographer, librarian and zinester Lacey Prpic Hedtke organized this year’s Zinefest and is a longtime member of the Twin Cities’ creative community. Lacey will be our guest on the Sept. 23 episode of Girl Germs (watch for it here); she’ll be playing some of her favorite DIY artists, giving us some background info on Zinefest and making zine recommendations for Girl Germs listeners. To read more about zines, read Girl Germs host Dana’s article on them for METRO magazine.

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