An inside look at "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power," at the National Museum of Women in the Arts
By Kelsey Brannan
After entering D.C.'s National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) to view the "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibition, I encountered Lady Gaga's childhood piano (1966)—the same piano that enabled her to rock and queer the minds of music lovers around the world. But she did not create this vision of change on her own. It was built by the foremothers of rock: Ma Rainey (1920s blues), Wanda Jackson (1950s rockabilly queen), The Supremes (1960s girl group), Tina Turner and Cher ('60s), Patti Smith ('70s), and Madonna ('80s), to name few. And, some of these trailblazers are still recording and touring today.
From Sept. 20 to 22, Phasefest, an annual queer music and arts festival, rocks out and celebrates its sixth year at Phase 1 Capitol Hill—the oldest, continually operating lesbian bar in the nation. The diverse entertainment comprises more than 20 acts.
Interview by Eboné Bell
You know the story. A small town girl makes it in the big city. Alicia Hardesty is currently living this dream story in the name of fashion. Growing up in Brandenburg, Kentucky, her love for designing clothes started when she plastered her walls with pictures from Vogue Magazine.