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Girly Show

The gals of Girlstock hope this year's festival pops.

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Girlstock Art & Music Festival founder Maei Thomas set up this year's event as a migration from Mama Buzz Cafe Gallery to the Stork Club (make what you will of the "stork" metaphor, she says). The idea is that you start off in a contemplative space and end in a classic dive that slaps you in the face with the whole history of Bay Area rock 'n' roll. The gallery will feature eight concept-driven paintings and installations, including light boxes (affixed to the walls with a power source) and hanging resin nests (like, you know, tree resin) by Amy Cancelmo, Cha Levias' photographs of cemeteries (which find beauty in decay), abstract works by Sarah Haba, whose painting Pink Laundry Socks is really a wash of pink against white, and San Francisco-raised illustrator Monica Meza, whose painting Knock shows three sets of knees. Buzz Gallery will also host a spoken-word showcase to regale the literati crowd, featuring Other Magazine publisher Ms. Charlie Anders — who combines the fashion sense of a sexy librarian and the affectations of camp goddess Carol Channing with a mordant Oscar Wilde sensibility. The festival culminates with BBQ, cold beer, and music by queer honky-tonk group Mighty Slim Pickins, Uni & Her Ukulele, belly dancers from Shaila Salimpour's School of Dance, and the futuristic, Matrix-style four-piece Binky (look for four Rhythm Nation cadets with Manic Panic hair). "I think having the whole thing together is gonna be like, pow," Thomas assures. "I'm reluctant to say that 'P' word, but I think it's gonna pop." The festival starts Saturday, October 6 at 5 p.m. at Buzz Gallery ($5 cover) and 7 p.m. at the Stork ($10-$20 cover). Patrons of Friday's Art Murmur will get a sneak peak of the art, which will remain at Buzz Gallery through October 25. For more info: Girlstock.com

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