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March 9, 2007

Support Your Local Everything

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Tomorrow night, me and a crew of RadioActive San Diego DJs (Lotu5, mariposa, and Los Conrads) will be spinning at the Rubber Rose sexuality boutique/art gallery. It’s part of a monthly event here in this part of San Diego called Ray at Night, little stretch of art galleries that throw open their doors, food, music. Ends up being a mix of locals, hipsters, and upper crust art snobs.

The Rubber Rose’s exhibit this month is powerful sad, The Clothesline Project. Inspired by the AIDS quilt, the Clothesline Project uses t-shirts on a line instead of quilt squares, and instead of being about deaths caused by HIV, it’s about victims of abuse and sexual assault. Quite frankly, after seeing the anguished tales depicted on these shirts, I’ll be surprised if a number of viewers don’t have some of their own repressed traumas spring forth right there in the gallery. Not sure what sort of music you play to accompany that. Guess I’ll have to gauge the tone of the room.

The Clothesline Project
The Rubber Rose
March 10, 2007
3812 Ray St
San Diego, CA 92104
Show runs through April 6, 2007

But I wanted to reiterate a point I made in my radio show yesterday. The Rubber Rose is a great, activist-friendly community space. All sorts of feminist events, workshops on sex and sexuality, activist group meetings, political speakers, art, concerts, etc. Places like this don’t continue to exist unless we support them. When I lived in Los Angeles, there were precious few activist-friendly places, and I watched a great many of them close down during my years there. Midnight Special Books, Cafe Luna Sol, Juvee’s, Arts in Action, Tia Chucha’s, Flor y Canto (although I believe that FyC was eventually replaced by a similar radical bookstore). When places like these die, you miss them, and their replacements are usually the same mall crap you see everywhere else, or they’re demolished to build apartments you can’t afford to live in.

So I’m saying that if you’ve got places like these in your area, support em, dammit! Spread the word, patronize their services, go to their events, donate money, volunteer, join, attend their fundraisers, something.

If there’s a place like this near you, do me a favor and write about it in the comments section, por favor.

Posted by Jake on March 9, 2007 10:23 am

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