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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Here's Your Chance to See Pussy Riot Ham It Up at The Warfield on Wednesday Night

Posted By on Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 11:06 AM

click image PUSSY RIOT, "CHAIKA"
  • Pussy Riot, "Chaika"

Most bands don't get assaulted by civilians, publicly beaten and maced by police, or imprisoned for protesting against Russian President Vladamir Putin. But then again, most bands aren't Pussy Riot.

On Wednesday night, the Russian feminist punk-rock group will head to The Warfield for a conversation with SF-based Russian-American writer and spoken word artist Zarina Zabrisky. No, this is not a show, it's a talk. But don't let that bum you out. These are fascinating, fearless women who (as evidenced above) do more than just make music. At the event, you'll get to hear their thoughts, insights, and opinions on basically everything, which is a rare opportunity indeed. 

The band released their most recent music video "Chaika" — named for Russia's prosecutor-general, Yuri Chaika —  last week, and it's yet another example of how well the political minds of Pussy Riot can take complex information and serve it up to the public in a manner that is somehow simultaneously compelling and absurdly entertaining. When most people hear about accusations of extensive corruption being leveled at government officials, they sigh and then forget about it five minutes later.

Pussy Riot does this:

Let's not forget that, as some of the most famous and instantly-recognizable radical activists on Earth right now, Pussy Riot doesn't just confine itself to Russian politics anymore. In the video for "I Can't Breathe," which was released six months after Eric Garner died at that hands of police officers in New York, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina subjected themselves to being buried alive, on camera. The effect was claustrophobic, panic-inducing and thought-provoking:

 
Pussy Riot has come a long way — both sonically and aesthetically — from the scrappy, technicolor riot grrrls we were introduced to back in 2012 in front of that Cathedral altar. These guerrilla performance artists have emerged as important commentators on our own political landscape. Back in early December, months before anyone truly believed Donald Trump would be the Republican frontrunner this late in the nomination game, Masha very sagely told Huffington Post: "If you want, in your country, also to have your own Putin, you can vote for Donald Trump… When Putin came to his first term or second term, nobody actually thought that this is serious. Everybody was joking about it… As I see it, everybody is joking about Donald Trump now, but it’s a very short way from joke to set reality."

Tell us more, ladies... 

Pussy Riot along with Zarina Zabrisky will speak at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 10, at The Warfield. $25-$48.

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