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POP+ Punk

POP+ is MoPOP’s fandom takeover series that explores different pop culture moments and themes through a selection of free activities and other ticketed experiences. Throughout the month of August, we’re exploring and celebrating the contributions of women in all things punk: the sound, the fashion, activism, and the culture.

Event date  August 2020
Event location  Online and at MoPOP

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Tuesday, August 11, 4pm

POP+ Punk Panel Discussion

Join a livestream discussion with Jacob McMurray, MoPOP’s Director of Curatorial, Collections, and Exhibits along with special guests, writer Gillian Gaar (She’s a Rebel, The Rocket), musician/artist Helena Rogers (Student Nurse), and musician/writer Allison Wolfe (Bratmobile, Girl Germs) about the music scene in the Pacific Northwest, from the early days of punk in Seattle through the riot grrrl community in the 90s to the state of the scene today.

Gillian Gaar

Gillian Gaar

Gillian G. Gaar is a Seattle-based author. Her first book, She's A Rebel: The History of Women in Rock & Roll was published in 1992. In addition to her own books, she has appeared in various anthologies, including The Nirvana Companion, Trouble Girls: The Rolling Stone Guide to Women in Rock, and Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History, among others. She was editorial assistant for Krist Novoselic's book From Grunge To Government: Let's Fix This Broken Democracy!

She was also a project consultant/liner note writer for Nirvana's box set "With The Lights Out." She has written for numerous magazines, including Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Goldmine, The Seattle Times, The Stranger, Option, and No Depression, and was a senior editor at Seattle music paper The Rocket.


Allison Wolfe

Allison Wolfe

Allison Wolfe was raised in an all-female household by a lesbian feminist mother who started the first women’s health clinic in Olympia, Washington. While attending the Evergreen State College, she co-founded punk feminist fanzine Girl Germs, all-girl band Bratmobile, and third-wave feminist punk movement riot grrrl. Allison also initiated the feminist music festival Ladyfest. She lives in Los Angeles and holds a master’s degree in arts journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Allison produces a podcast called I’m in the Band. She is also a DJ, a freelance writer and audio story producer and is working on an oral history of riot grrrl book and audio archive.

Instagram: @realbabydonut
Twitter: @realbabydonut


Helena Rogers

Helena Rogers

Helena Rogers has always been inspired to move among art in its many forms. Music was a first love, and she pursued it through school and playing in bands in the late-70s burgeoning alternative Seattle scene. She opened Rubato Records with her husband, drummer John Rogers, in 1976 and together formed the legendary art pop group Student Nurse. Helena also helped to shape the aesthetic of the Seattle scene as a designer and screenprinter, has in recent years focused on painting, and is currently working on a live painting series at The Maverick in West Seattle.

Instagram: @helenarogers100
Facebook: Helena Rogers - Painter

Sunday, August 16, 4pm

POP+ Punk Matinee Watchalong: Freaky Friday

Join Kasi Gaarenstroom, host of MoPOP’s Campout Cinema and Reel Dark series, and special guests for a family-friendly watchalong of Freaky Friday (2003), starring Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis. A 15-year old punk rocker and her straight-laced mother try to overcome their differences when a mysterious fortune causes them to switch bodies. Come for the games and themed snack pairings, stay for the Jamie Lee shredding guitar solo!

POP+ Punk Instagram Takeovers

We’re inviting some of our favorite female-identified and female-fronted punk bands from the Pacific Northwest to take over our Instagram Live to share music, conversations, and special guests. Tune in by following MoPOP on Instagram at 7 PM on Thursdays in August.

August 13
IG Live Takeover with Rain City Rock Camp (Watch on IGTV)

August 20 
IG Live Takeover with Lowest Priority (Watch on IGTV)

August 27 
IG Live Takeover with Vera Project (Watch on IGTV)

Monday, August 17 & 31, 4pm

Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

POP+ Punk Book Club — Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

MoPOP's book club charges on to a percussive, face melting, doc marten clomping beat with Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney's memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl. Read in conjunction with our month-long celebration of female and female-identified punk artists, the book will anchor lots of great programming including panel discussions, book chats, post of our amazing collection of Riot Grrrl oral histories, artifacts, and objects, playlists to rock out to, and much more.

Places to find the book:
The Seattle Public Library
Elliott Bay Books

Monday, August 31, 4pm

Livestream Book Club Discussion


Slim Moon

Our second session of our book club discussion of Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein. We'll be joined by special guest Slim Moon, founder of the independent music label Kill Rock Stars. Slim Moon is from Montana, went to high school in Seattle, and dropped out of the Evergreen State College in his first year. He founded the record label Kill Rock Stars in 1991. He left the label in 2006 and spent 13 years working at other labels, working as a manager, finally finishing at Evergreen, and getting a Master of Divinity degree. He came back to run KRS again last year and now lives in Nashville with his family.



A Sleater-Kinney Primer

Anyone need to get hyped up for book club with some Sleater-Kinney deep cuts and classics? Our very own citizen musicologist, Robert Rutherford, has put together a playlist for you! It's not recommended to read while listening, though, because you may break your coffee table in half or throw your kitty across the room or thrash on your air guitar! Be careful and enjoy.