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5 Must Attend Events in April 2017

Redstreak Girl 5 Must Attend Events In April

I’ve gathered and listed here what I think are this month’s 5 must attend events based off my personal interests. Most of these events are taking place here in the Phoenix-metro valley. For more events follow my curated list of events on Facebook!

4th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza Hosted by the Blue Bird Pinups

Saturday, April 1, 2017 – Window Rock, AZ

I love the Blue Bird Pinups for their message of female empowerment and dedication to making a positive difference in Indian communities. They have an iconic Native fashion twist to vintage and vintage inspired styles of the 1940s and 50s. They are hosting their 4th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza for youth at the Navajo Zoo. ** Sorry, I realize this event is taking place the day this blog is posted but please give these ladies some support and thanks for their efforts and love for their community!

Phoenix Film Festival
Native American Directed Shorts

Saturday, April 8, 2017 – Phoenix, AZ
Monday, April 10, 2017 – Phoenix, AZ

I would like to make it to the Phoenix Film Festival this year to catch the Native American Directed Shorts. There are 5 shorts that are being screened on two different days. Single-screening tickets are $14.45 w/service fee. [See the Phoenix Film Festival’s website for more information about passes and tickets to the festival.]

These are the 5 shorts as quoted from the Phoenix Film Festival’s scheduler:

Legacy
Directed by: Mark Lewis
Synopsis: In the world of professional Mixed Martial Arts, Nikki Lowe stands out as one of the few Native Americans competing in the sport today.

The Gift
Directed by: Sunny Moodie, Natalie Ulman, Joshua Indenbaum, Tom BlueWolf
Synopsis: “This gift comes from the heart – as it must and as it should.” – Tom Bluewolf, Grandfather of The Muskogee Indian Nation & co-Director.

Sweet Oil
Directed by: Chris Cowden
Synopsis: Two daughters of a single mother use their creativity to overcome the hardships of life in Northern Canada’s once booming oil country.

Adzaa Doo Ats’a – The Lady and the Eagle
Directed by: Brian Young
Synopsis: A long time ago, two indigenous tribes were at war. From one tribe, a pregnant lady, Adzaa, prays for the safe return of her husband.

H.A.M
Directed by: Boise Esquerra
Synopsis: 16-year-old Peter must cope with his crackpot father who builds a HAM Radio that inadvertently catches the attention of an alien creature from outer space.

Sun Devil Fan Fair

Sunday, April 9, 2017 – Arizona State University, Memorial Union, Tempe AZ

I think community-baed geek/pop-culture/comic cons offer a unique space from the larger commercial cons for individuals to experience a con on a smaller and sometimes more personal level. While I do enjoy attending the Phoenix Comicon, sometimes the very large crowds and abundance of activities can be a bit overwhelming. Although, I’m not participating in the Sun Devil Fan Fair as a participant, I will be tabeling for the Geek Girl Brunch Phoenix Chapter as part of my officer duties. If you are at this event, come and say hi! Oh, the Sun Devil Fan Fair is FREE!

ASU Sun Devil Fan Fair Logo

ASU Sun Devil Fan Fair Logo

American Indian Culture Week at Arizona State University

Saturday, April 15 – Sunday, April 23, 2017 – Arizona State University

American Indian Culture Week at Arizona State University is not just for ASU students but is also a community affair. There are multiple events that are happening at ASU. To learn more about all of them visit the ASU American Indian Council for additional details. Here are a few of the events I am interested in:

Saturday, April 15 – 38th Annual Miss/Mr. Indian ASU Pageant
Thursday, April 20, 6pm – Barrett Indigenous Cultural Association’s American Indian Fashion Show
Friday-Sunday April 21-23 – 31st Annual POW WOW at ASU
Saturday April 22 – ASU Native American Alumni Chapter Spring Social

ASU American Indian Council American Indian Culture Week

ASU American Indian Council – American Indian Culture Week, April 17-21, 2017 Flyer

Earth Day & March for Science

Friday, April 21, 2017 – ASU March for Science, Tempe, AZ
Saturday, April 22, 2017 – Official March For Science – Phoenix, AZ

Earth Day is April 22nd and is also the date that Marches for Science will be happening all over the world. WOW! Here in Arizona there are at least 7 different sister marches, 6 satellite marches and 1 at ASU. I have no doubt that the current state of politics is impacting science and especially science related to our environments and the Earth. Click here to locate a satellite March for Science near you.

It's official! Save the date, everyone! On April 22, 2017 we march for science. #ScienceMarch #STEMonstration #ScienceMarchDC

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Since the Blue Bird Pinup’s 4th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza hunt is today (the day I posted this blog), I figured I’d give ya’ll some more events to consider! These events are not in Arizona but in New Mexico. So, if any of you are heading to the Gathering of Native Americans taking place at the end of April, here are some events for you to consider attending! Maybe I’ll see you sometime that weekend?

Gatherings Happening in New Mexico

I’m certain there are announcements coming very soon for all of the different types of events that will go down in New Mexico for the very large gathering taking place. For example, my husband’s band Ethan 103 will have a show Saturday April 29th at Burt’s Tiki Lounge but a flyer and other details are still forthcoming. Meanwhile, here are two events happening that same week in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. We have been attending the All Nations Skate Jam for a number of years and so if you’re around stop by and support the alternative sports.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 – Dear Patriarchy, Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM
Saturday, April , 2017 – All Nations Skate Jam, Albuquerque, NM

2017 Dear Patriarchy All Nations Skate Jam

Flyers: Dear Patriarchy & All Nations Skate Jam

Are you interested in any of these events and will you attend? While I would love to attend each and every single event, i know it’s not possible but I hope to make out to a couple of events this April! See you out there.
Don’t forget to see a listing of other events that may interest you over on the Redstreak Girl Facebook page.

-Nicky

Torrid Removes Squash Blossom Necklaces ** UPDATE to Dear TORRID: Stop #StealingNativeCulture. #NotmyTorrid

A couple days ago, on Wednesday March 22, 2017, I wrote a Dear Torrid letter to express my disappointment and discontent with one of my favorite clothing companies for selling a knock-off of the Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace (someone pointed out on Facebook that Torrid actually sold three products that have a Navajo Squash Blossom necklace feel to them). I am happy to report that today, March 24 2017, all three of those Squash Blossom related necklaces have been removed from the Torrid website. [Full statement from Torrid below].

Dear Torrid: Stop #StealingNativeCulture. #NotmyTorrid

Torrid Screenshot Stop Stealing Native Culture #stealingnativeculture

In the days immediately following my letter titled, “Dear Torrid: Stop #StealingNativeCulture. #NotMyTorrid“, I noticed Torrid taking the following actions:

  • Wednesday March 22nd – Torrid leaves a comment on Redstreak Girl’s Facebook Page post that shared this specific blog. Torrid’s comment states, “Thanks so much for your feedback. We sent it over to our accessories team. 
  • Thursday March 23rd – I checked Torrid’s website in the morning just to see if the products of concern were taken down. Nothing was, but Torrid did change the name of two products:
    • Squash Blossom Statement Necklace to Gemstone Statement Necklace
    • Squash Blossom Pendant Necklace to Statement Pendant Necklace

  • Thursday May 23rd – In the evening, I checked my email and noticed I had received a response from Kate Horton, Torrid’s Sr. Vice President, GMM [Full statement below].
  • Friday May 24th – In the morning, I checked Torrid’s website and see that all three of the Squash Blossom related necklaces have been removed.

 

This is great news! Here is the email I received from Kate Horton, Torrid’s Sr. Vice President, GMM:

Dear Nicholet,

 

We really appreciate your honest and heartfelt letter. Thank you so much for educating us on this; we really had no idea the origins of the Squash Blossom Necklace—ignorance isn’t an excuse, but it is the unfortunate truth. As a diverse company, we always hope to uplift and represent women of all colors and cultures.  But we make mistakes. And as unintentional as this was, it was a mistake. And we’re truly sorry.

 

We want to make this right. So we have removed the items from our online store (it takes 24-48 hours so it should be off tomorrow). Also, we love your idea of donating to the Indian Arts and Crafts Association Education Fund. The profits from the sale of the necklaces round up to $1000, and we will send a check for that amount to the IACA.

 

This is important to us. Once again, we want to apologize, but we also want to thank you for making your voice heard and educating us.

 

Sincerely,

Kate Horton

 

I want to say that I did shed some tears reading Torrid’s response because I am happy. I suppose in a strange way I’m not shocked that Torrid responded in the way they did; These are the actions of the Torrid I expect, of my Torrid. I am however relieved with their response because I know that when it comes to the appropriation of American Indian culture, and American Indians are only 1.7% of all people in the U.S., our voice is often unheard and not acted upon by large fashion companies.

I do want to say that I am not against cultural sharing and encourage it! I hope that in the future should Torrid wish to share American Indian culture whether it be through a fabric design, clothing design, or a jewelry piece, that Torrid collaborate with an American Indian artist to ensure the creation of an authentic American Indian art/clothing. There are many American Indian artists who I’m sure would want to take on this partnership.

Lastly, I want people to know that obtaining authentic American Indian art and jewelry is not unattainable. And by purchasing either directly from an American Indian artist or a vendor who can authenticate a product is an American Indian product you are also supporting the livelihoods of these artists and helping to ensure the continuation of a way of life.

Here are two of my Navajo relatives who are silversmiths and metalsmiths: Krystal and Floyd Parkhurst, and Milford Calamity. I am wearing both of their squash blossoms in these photos:

You can also purchase from the Navajo Arts and Crafts Enterprise. They even have a section devoted to the Navajo Squash Blossom.

If you are looking to diversify your American Indian art and jewelry visit the Beyond Buckskin Boutique to shop from the many artists who come from different Native Nations.

I am happy with Torrid’s response and if you are too, I encourage you to tell them that they’ve made the right decision. Contact Torrid: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

-Nicky

Lost Lake Festival, From the Creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, to Implement a No-Headdress Policy at Steele Indian School Park

On Sunday March 19th, Native News Online.net published an article I wrote about the Lost Lake Festival coming to the Steele Indian School Park this October 2017. In the article, I discussed concerns of cultural insensitivity as to the presence of hipster headdresses in an area that has historical significance as to the erasure of American Indian cultures.

UPDATE: On March 23rd, I received a statement from Superfly, the company producing the Lost Lake Festival, that states, “Out of respect for Native American heritage and culture, and with respect to the Native American history of the park, we will not allow headdresses at Lost Lake Festival. Our code of conduct will reflect our commitment to creating a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for all festival-goers to have the best experience possible, and we’re happy to share that [code of conduct] with you once it’s finalized in the coming months.”

Concerns of Cultural Insensitivity at Steele Indian School Park

 

The Steele Indian School Park is the site of the Phoenix Indian School, a boarding school that operated from 1891 to 1990. Indian boarding schools assimilated Native American youth into mainstream American society through forceful tactics such as chopping off hair, physical punishment, restricting youth from speaking their Native language, and living life in a military-like regime. I recall knowing about Indian boarding schools from a very young age… in fact, I can’t recall a time when I didn’t know about Indian boarding schools. To this day, in my academic career I write about the consequences of boarding schools and historical trauma on generations of American Indians, particularly the consequences to families, relationships, connections to Tribal communities, and ties to their cultural heritage.

This is why, I became concerned when I learned about the Lost Lake Festival and that it was created by the same founders of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands – festivals unfortunately known for not banning headdresses. In my Lakota culture, the headdress is an important and significant item for the person who has earned it. And yet the appropriation of this cultural and spiritual item represents an act where American Indian culture is quite literally taken from American Indians, reduced to an accessory, and stripped of its cultural significance. This type of action, donning a headdress as a non-American Indian when one has not earned it, minimizes a complex history of assimilative practices that resulted in the culture of American Indians being forcibly taken away from them.

Implementing a No-Headdress Policy

The hipster headdress at music festivals has become a common occurrence but that doesn’t make it right. In fact, Dr. Adrienne Keene, author of Native Appropriations, regularly posts about headdress appropriation and even wrote about spotting this phenomenon at a 2011 Outside Lands Festival (remember Outside Lands is one of the creators of the Lost Lake Festival).

Thankfully, music festivals – at least in Canada – are implementing policies that ban the hipster headdress. In 2014, the Bass Coast Festival in Merrit, British Columbia Canada implemented a ban on feathered warbonnet or similar headdresses. In 2015, the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival in Montreal Canada placed First Nations headdresses on their list of banned items.

While Superfly did provide a statement to me on March 23rd that indicates “… we will not allow [emphasis added] headdresses at Lost Lake Festival” they don’t specifically indicate how this will be conveyed to attendees (will the code of conduct explicitly state this or will it be on a list of prohibited items), how it will be enforced, or how such policy would apply to their vendors (will vendors be excluded from selling headdresses?). [Superfly’s full statement is listed in the first paragraph of this post]. Superfly’s statement on their code of conduct appears to be a general statement about promoting safety, respect, and inclusivity for attendees rather than specifically stating that headdresses are prohibited from the festival grounds (although I should note that the code of conduct still has to be developed). I responded to Superfly requesting clarification about how not allowing headdresses will be exactly implemented, asked to be part of developing their code of conduct regarding the headdress, and asked if the headdress ban will be on a list of prohibited items.

If the Lost Lake Festival follows through with their statement would they be the first festival in the United States to implement a ban on the headdress (If you are aware of U.S. festivals that do ban headdresses please let me know)? Further, would the creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands then make similar policy implementations in those respective music festivals? I want to hope so but I don’t know. Supposedly, the 2015 Outside Lands Festival banned the hipster headdress according to this photo posted to Powwow.com. However, the 2016 FAQs does not mention the hipster headdress on the official list of items not to bring into the festival as seen in this screenshot.

2016 Outside Lands Festival Official FAQ Hipster Headdress Not Listed on Items You Can't Bring

 

With its tribalesque aesthetic (look no farther than Lost Lake Festival’s promo video) and festival name of “Lost Lake” (indicating a body of water to be found, a limited resource in the Arizona desert) this event seems more and more a theme of discovery or westward expansion. Superfly co-founder and a producer of the Lost Lake Festival Rick Farman stated in an azcentral.com interview that the Steele Indian School Park is an “undervalued gem” and points out “It was surprising to us that we have this incredible jewel here and it doesn’t seem that a lot of people know about it. And having the lake in the middle of it was an interesting thing for us to play off.”

The impression I get from the Lost Lake Festival marketing is that the Steele Indian School Park is a rare, unknown, and untouched resource not unlike the myth of an untouched, unknown, and rare picturesque west, which was in part what fueled the westward expansion program. Yes, the settling of the west was a federal program that required the government to deal with Native American peoples by making them “disappear” to give the illusion of an untouched and free west to be discovered and found. While the Steele Indian School Park may be unknown to the festival organizers it is not unknown to me and a good number of other American Indians in the Phoenix metro area who are aware of its history and connection to the Indian boarding school days.

This is why it’s important that we hold the festival organizers to their word and ensure that American Indian cultures are not minimized to fashion accessories and that the Steele Indian School Park is given the respect it is deserved.

-Nicky

 

Dear Torrid: Stop #StealingNativeCulture. #NotmyTorrid

*** March 24, 2017 UPDATE: Torrid has removed the Squash Blossom related products from their website. Click here to read Torrid’s statement and how they are making this situation right. ***

Dear Torrid,

Stop #StealingNativeCulture.

I am completely floored that you have taken an aspect of Navajo culture, the Navajo Squash Blossom necklace, and have turned it into a cheap reproductive jewelry piece. I really am at a lost of words here. The fact that the fashion industry does this – and that the Navajo Squash Blossom necklace has been stolen and appropriated by many other companies – does not make it right.

Torrid Screenshot Stop Stealing Native Culture #stealingnativeculture

You see Torrid… You are NOT just another fashion/clothing company. But rather, you are a clothing necessity for many plus-size ladies, namely me. It is embarrassing to think that you, a national and international clothing company (you do have stores in Canada) didn’t have someone in product development who said “This is not right,” which raises concerns about the diversity within the executive levels of your company.

#StealingNativeCultures

Now, you probably could claim ignorance but the issue of cultural misappropriation of American Indian cultures has been an ongoing battle for many years. There are groups of Indigenous people who call out thefts of Native cultural designs and products and ensure companies are held accountable. However, I am certain a company that has a multi-million dollar revenue has heard of the social media uprising that resulted in the recent Navajo Nation v. Urban Outfitters case.

The Navajo Nation’s lawsuit against Urban Outfitters is more-so a legal case about protecting the Navajo Nation’s trademark and while you don’t claim your product is a Navajo product or made by American Indians – which you probably don’t due specifically to avoid violating the The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 – you have in fact stolen a cultural resource.

Navajo Squash Blossom Necklace & American Indian Artists

Torrid, the reason this issue hits so close to home is because I have family who are Navajo silversmiths – who design and create authentic Navajo Squash Blossom necklaces – and whom rely on their craft for their livelihoods. Here are pictures of the Navajo Squash Blossom necklaces that were designed and crafted by family members:

Torrid, you are being unethical by exploiting an American Indian design and craft for your own profit. By selling a product that easily passes as an American Indian piece of jewelry you are in fact directly influencing American Indian artists. You see, when people can purchase reproduced jewelry in the image and likeliness of authentic American Indian jewelry at a fraction of the actual cost to design and create authentic high quality jewelry there are consequences to those American Indian designers and artists. This is a major issue because American Indians rely on their cultural resources, art created from their cultural heritage, for a living.

#NotMyTorrid

There is a need for plus-size clothing. According to the Torrid website there are 12 Torrid retail locations in Arizona, 11 within the Phoenix metro area, and 1 operating on an American Indian reservation. In fact, today half my outfit is clothing I’ve purchased from Torrid. The majority of my clothes come from two retailers, Torrid and one other store. Which is why, I for one can’t call on a Boycott of Torrid because I have extremely limited options on where to purchase plus-size clothing from. Torrid’s unethical action to sell a product that appears to be American Indian jewelry is an action not consistent with what I have known Torrid to be. This is #NotMyTorrid.

Torrid, I am calling on you to stop #stealingNativeculture and make the following changes:

  1. Take responsibility for your actions and apologize for being offensive rather than apologize that people were offended.
  2. Immediately remove the listing “Squash Blossom Statement Necklace” from the Torrid website and stop selling the product. And these 2 products recently discovered: Squash Blossom Pendant Necklace, Turquoise Squash Blossom Necklace.
  3. Donate profits made from the selling of this product to an American Indian organization that supports American Indian artists or provides education to retailers about American Indian arts. Here is one to consider: Indian Arts and Crafts Association Education Fund
  4. Support American Indian artists, not Native-inspired products. You can do this by creating a cultural diversity team that works directly with American Indian artists to promote their designs and skills. You can even do this to avoid copying designs on fabrics that are Native-themed. [See the case of Paul Frank.]
  5. Live up to your claim of being a socially responsible company. Your social responsibility should also include being ethical. Trying to pass an American Indian designed product as non-American Indian by simply excluding such claims is not ethical.

It would actually be great to see Torrid learn from this experience and take the lead in ensuring that American Indian arts are not exploited but are protected. It would be amazing to see you collaborating and working one-on-one with one my favorite American Indian artists to design plus-size clothing or jewelry that I can then buy when I walk into your store.

Torrid, I have been a devoted shopper and Torrid Insider for many years. I am a fan of your company for embracing and promoting body positivity and for encouraging me to wear my first bikini. This is why your actions today hurt. I urge you to take immediate action.

Sincerely,

Nicky, Redstreak Girl

Torrid Squash Blossom Statement Necklace Closeup Stop Stealing Native Culture #stealingnativeculture


 

To my readers,

In an effort to be transparent and honest with you I want to describe the situation in which I stumbled upon this Squash Blossom Statement Necklace on Torrid’s website and where I find myself today, March 22nd.

Tuesday March 21, 2017 – In the morning I received a marketing email from Torrid about a new clothing collection. I went to their website to shop and placed 3 items in my shopping cart. I was going to purchase approximately $130 worth of clothing. I was then distracted; I had remembered I was going to apply to be an affiliate of Torrid. I submitted an application to become a Torrid affiliate but was immediately denied. I resubmitted my application because I thought perhaps I made a mistake in my application as it has been my experience that submitted applications go through a review process before being denied. An immediate denial seemed unusual to me. After resubmitting my application and being immediately denied a second time, I emailed the Advertiser Account Representative asking for a reason why I was denied. That was that and I proceeded with the rest of my day. Later in the day, I returned to my Torrid shopping cart. As there was as an online deal happening I decided to check their online clearance section to see if anything would interest me. It was then I saw the Squash Blossom Statement Necklace. I was completely aghast. Torrid not only is one of two places where I do the majority of my shopping for plus-size clothing but I generally enjoy Torrid’s style. I then immediately began writing my Dear Torrid letter. I had intended to publish the letter yesterday but it was not quite complete.

Wednesday March 22, 2017 – I woke up this morning in receipt of an email from the Advertiser Account Representative for Torrid’s affiliate program stating that after re-reviewing my site, my affiliate application was approved.

Now, regardless of whether I am an affiliate of Torrid or not I would still raise this issue and ask Torrid to take immediate action. My request for Torrid to make specific changes rather than a boycott has nothing to do with applying or being approved as an affiliate. Not asking for a boycott is more so about the fact that there are limited places for me to physically go and purchase reasonable priced and well-fitting plus-size clothing.

Because I value your trust in believing that I am honest and authentic in what I share with you online, I will NOT act as an affiliate for Torrid on my blog at this time. I would be willing to withdraw my affiliate application should Torrid not address these issues, which means that since I have a small-timer blog and Torrid may be less likely to actually respond the likelihood of me withdrawing my affiliate application is high. However, I do want to give time for Torrid to take action. I will update my blog at a future date on my affiliate status.

Now, I call on you as a reader of this blog and as an ally/advocate for American Indian rights to help make Torrid aware why selling products that look like American Indian jewelry is wrong. Contact Torrid: Website | Instagram | Facebook | Twitter

-Nicky

5 Must Attend Events in March

Check out these 5 must attend events in March! There are amazing events happening in Arizona. Here are a handful of events I’m interested in relating to fashion, activism, and music. I’m looking forward to attending some of these events so if you see me come and say hi!

For more events related to fashion, American Indian representations, and activism follow my curated list of events on Facebook!

Inno-NATIONS Kick-off Events: Lecture & Fashion Show

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 – Phoenix AZ
Saturday, March 4, 2017 – Phoenix AZ

Inno-NATIONS, a developing American Indian business incubator, is hosting two kick-off events this week featuring Native American fashion businesses. The first event, Beyond Buckskin: Beyond Online, is a lecture with Jessica Metcalfe happening Wednesday March 1st. The second event, Protection In All Directions: Fashion & Resistance Awareness, is a mixture of talk, art, and a fashion show happening Saturday March 4th. It is being presented by Beyond Buckskin, OXDX, and Grownup Navajo. I’m personally looking forward to this night of fashion, Native American representation, and resistance! See you there?

 

Chapter House Presents: Live at the Hive!

Friday, March 3, 2017 – The Hive, Phoenix AZ

I love a good punk show at The Hive is putting on this Chapter House Presents punk/art show. I look forward to checking out these bands WEEDRATThe Flossies, and Plus there is an art show. — If you’re looking for other music shows in the Phoenix-metro area follow Joe of Every Show Joe. He puts out a list of shows, mostly in the Phoenix area, titled Every Show Joe Says Go!

 

Native Nations March in Washington D.C.

Friday, March 10, 2017 – Washington D.C.

I’ll be in Washington D.C. for the Native Nations March to stand with my tribe the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe with my mom, aunt, and sister. I’m marching to not only support our Tribe’s right for clean water and to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline but also to support ALL Tribe’s right to consent on protects that will impact their people, lands, and sacred sites. Learn more about the march here: http://standwithstandingrock.net/march/. If you can’t make it to Washington D.C. there are sister marches happening throughout the U.S. including a march in Phoenix AZ!

 

Geek Girl Brunch Phoenix – Disney Themed Brunch

Saturday, March 11, 2017 – Phoenix AZ

Sadly, I will be missing out the Geek Girl Brunch Phoenix Chapter‘s monthly brunch for this March. The brunch for March is Disney-themed and I can only imagine all the cosplay and Disney fashion that brunchettes will show up in! I hope you get to attend!

How do you register to attend a Geek Girl Brunch? First join Geek Girl Brunch by completing the membership form HERE (membership is FREE!). Don’t forget to select the chapter you want to join – there are a couple chapters in Arizona and many more across the U.S.. Once you’ve joined as a brunchette, you should receive an email from the GGB Phoenix Chapter with instructions on how to RSVP for this specific brunch. Instructions and details on the location of the Brunch are only available in the email and brunches may fill up fast, so make sure to RSVP as soon as you can. While it’s free to join Geek Girl Brunch brunchettes are responsible for their own food and drinks at the venue.

Read up on the GGB Phoenix Chapter’s February Brunch, which had a mythical creatures theme!

 

Pot of Gold: Flogging Molly

Saturday, March 18, 2017 – Rawhide, Chandler AZ

It’s been a couple of years since Flogging Molly has played St. Patrick’s Day in Tempe and I couldn’t be more excited to see them this year at Rawhide in Chandler AZ! Plus I won two free tickets (yippee!), which makes attending this show more affordable since Saturday tickets are $70 each. I attended my first Flogging Molly show probably 10-11 years ago when they played a Tempe club. They’ve continued to come back to AZ eventually playing every St. Patrick’s Day festival in Tempe for years. It never ceases to amaze me how much fun I have at a Flogging Molly show. Here is a picture of me with Flogging Molly bass guitarist Nathen Maxwell who is also the lead vocalist of The Bunny Gang.

"We are the ones, we have been waiting for." Nathen and his band are amazing guys! <3 #thebunnygang @thebunnygang

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Okay, so you’re in luck! I couldn’t stop at just five events this month because I would really like to go to this sixth event, the Native Fashion In The City Fashion Show, happening in Denver Colorado.

Native Fashion In The City Fashion Show

Friday, March 24, 2017 – Denver CO

I wish I had the means to go to all the cool events that I hear about especially those that happen outside of Phoenix. The Native Fashion In The City fashion show is taking place in Denver Colorado and is an annual event to celebrate contemporary and traditional Native American and First Nations fashion designers. Tickets are affordable and if you are near Denver it looks like this event is gearing up to become one of the go-to events for Native American fashion.  If you go, bring be back a swag bag! *wink*

 

There are many more events happenings this upcoming month but these were a few that piqued my interest. Are you interested in any of these events and will you attend? If so, I hope we bump into each other! * Don’t forget to see a listing of other events that may interest you over on the Redstreak Girl Facebook page.

-Nicky