Riot Grrrl

Riot Grrrl

Of all of the OlyGrrrl varities, the Riot Grrrl is the least likely to cook.  She is the OlyGrrrl who gave a voice to the strong woman with a soft heart. For those of you unfamiliar with the Riot Grrrl movement of the late 1980’s and early 1990’s:

From Wikipedia: Riot grrrl was an underground feminist Punk rock movement based in Washington, D.C., Olympia, Washington, Portland, Oregon, and the greater Pacific Northwest which existed in the early to mid-1990s, and it is often associated with third-wave feminism (it is sometimes seen as its starting point). Riot grrrl bands often address issues such as rape, domestic abuse, sexuality, racism, patriarchy, and female empowerment. Bands associated with the movement include Bikini Kill,Jack Off Jill, Bratmobile, Adickdid, Bangs, The Butchies, Calamity Jane, Emily’s Sassy Lime, Excuse 17, Fifth Column, The Frumpies, Heavens to Betsy, Huggy Bear,Sleater-Kinney, and also queercore like Team Dresch. In addition to a music scene and genre, riot grrrl is a subculture; zines, the DIY ethic, art, political action, and activism are part of the movement. Riot grrrls are known to hold meetings, start chapters, and support and organize women in music.


If you didn’t get a chance to read my post on the Hippest Town in the West, I will note that Bikini Kill, Bratmobile, Sleater-Kinney, Bangs, Excuse 17, The Frumpies, Heavens to Betsy and Huggy Bear are all from Oly.

“On August 20, 1991, indie rock fans converged on Olympia, Washington, for the opening event of the International Pop Underground Convention (IPU): ‘Love Rock Revolution Girl Style Now.'”  – EMP Riot Grrrl Retrospective.

What’s in her kitchen: This is anybody’s guess. My guess from living with my roommate in college is Top Ramen. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t have good taste, it just means she is a connoisseur and not necessarily a cook. She is most likely to attend house party pot-lucks, secret cafes or a local joint to get her food fill.

Sports and hobbies: playing guitar, singing, social activism, zine writing, knitting and roller-derby.

Hot Spots: The Voyeur, Sizzis, Lady Fest

Favorite meal: Pizza from Old School. Because Old School Rocks!

I’ve already done a little post on Old School Pizza and I’m not going to give you the recipe for Top Ramen. So, let me introduce you to The Voyeur. It may look a little seedy on the outside, but, trust me, the food is great:

We are the quintessential Olympia, WA venue, lounge and restaurant.  We offer a full fresh & homemade menu with every item available vegan or carnivore.  Plus, live music & performances every week.  Thousands have eaten here and thousands have played here.  Welcome!

Street Eaters

Open 11AM — 2AM

404 E 4th Ave
Olympia, WA, 98501


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