New feminist performance troupe to debut this weekend at The Mill

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The Mill will host the Canaries first performance. — photo by Alan Light via Flickr Creative Commons

Sip beer and enjoy a ragtag troupe of feminist performers this Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8:30 p.m. at The Mill, as the Canaries stage their very first show — a mix of music and comedy — to benefit the Planned Parenthood Voters of Iowa PAC.

The Canaries are a recently formed group of feminists who showcase and share their unique perspective through performance.

“We’re a group made of experienced and professional artists with years (and maybe centuries) of community organization under our belts,” said KT Hawbaker-Krohn, the marketing director and a spoken-word performer in the event. “We’re all pissed off with backwards, anti-woman politics, so it seems natural to come together and use our crafts to serve a common purpose.”

The event will be hosted by local comedian and playwright Megan Gogerty, and will feature dance, music and comedy that isn’t afraid to get political.

“They are a group of delightful and filthy feminists who are passionate about stand-up comedy and love ripping institutions to shreds,” said Hawbaker-Krohn. “There will be cheerleaders, burlesque, poetry, music and storytelling — all from the feminist’s perspective. We wanted to create a space for women performers to incorporate their politics and art.”

It is fitting that the proceeds from the Canaries’ first event will benefit Planned Parenthood, because the troupe’s name draws from a quote by Hillary Clinton about women’s rights: “Women’s rights are like the canary in the coal mine. If you don’t protect rights here at home and around the world, everybody’s rights are lost.”

The recommended donation for Saturday’s event is $10, and doors at The Mill open at 8 p.m.

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