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Girls Rock! The Movie 

When: Wed., Jan. 19, 6-9 p.m. 2011
Price: Free!/event.php?eid=190399274310197&index=1
At most summer camps, you swim, you make lanyards, and maybe you make some life-long (or at least season-long) friends. At the the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls in Portland, Ore., you form a band, write a song, and play a show all in one week. In 2008, filmmakers Shane King and Arne Johnson documented a summer session at the Portland camp (though there are other ones in cities like Austin, Texas). Girls Rock! highlights four campers: Laura (she’s obsessed with death metal), Misty (who’s coming from a life of homelessness, drug addiction, and gang activity), Palace (a heavy metal sneerer), and Amelia (who wants to write songs about her dog Pippi). The girls get to spend the week in a positive, non-sexualized environment, and they get to take lessons from Sleater-Kinney’s Carrie Brownstein (and if you know anything about the riot grrl movement, that’s a pretty big deal). “This documentary shows how these camps use music to empower and inspire girls and why a female-only space is important,” says Kim Larson, one of the night’s organizers. The night has an ulterior motive: A group of local musicians and educators are working on starting their own rock camp for girls, modeled after the Portland camp, this summer. If you’re interested in helping the cause, e-mail —Susan Cohen
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