SHARON CHESLOW @ ECHO CURIO

December 21st, 2007 |



SATURDAY, DEC. 22

I have been meaning to go to Echo Curio, an independently-owned community gallery and performance space in the neighborhood. It is so close to where I live—I could just take a short walk there any day of the week and check out this month’s exhibition, which is an anything-goes open submission. It is this kind of freedom that attracts such punk innovators as Sharon Cheslow, who formed D.C.’s first all-female punk band, Chalk Circle back in ’81. Since then, she’s helped to compile a book on the D.C. scene, Banned in D.C., as well as being in a ton of bands with releases on Dischord, Kill Rock Stars, and her own label, Decomposition. With a release in 2002 called Lullabye from the Sky, she documented her journey into the realm of playing with sound collages with various collaborators under authorship as Sharon Cheslow and Coterie Exchange. Coterie is a French word that connotes a small group whom frequently interact, and Sharon’s coterie are interactions that turn into installation pieces and have involved numerous people from all around, including Anna Oxygen, David Scott Stone, and Steve Kim. I can’t tell if she will be performing alone this time around, but from the way things sound there is still going to be a conversation. Also if you are interested on the topic of music and transcendence, check out Interrobang?! #4, where Sharon shares her thoughts, as well as compiling those of others to be shared online and available for free download and reproduction. (SS)

WITH METAL ROUGE, ALBERT ORTEGA AND SLEEPWALKERS AT ECHO CURIO, 1519 SUNSET BLVD., ECHO PARK. 9 PM / CONTACT VENUE FOR COVER / ALL AGES. MYSPACE.COM/ECHOCURIO.