As co-founder of the riot grrrl 'zine scene and front woman of Bikini Kill and Le Tigre, Kathleen Hanna erupted onto the punk rock scene as its most vocal proponent of third wave feminism. Following her example, the riot grrrl movement inspired a generation to use music and DIY publications as a weapon against patriarchy, rape and the double standards faced by women. But in 2005 she left her band, married Beastie Boy Ad-Rock and swiftly disappeared from the spotlight, stating that she was finished as a singer-songwriter, and had written all she ever intended to write. Sini Anderson's film The Punk Singer: A Film About Kathleen Hanna
documents the life and career of Hanna through new interviews and archival footage, and reveals the real reason for her early retirement -- a long battle with Lyme disease. The Webster University Film Series presents The Punk Singer
at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 27, and 7:30 Saturday and Sunday (March 1 and 2) in Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/filmseries
). Tickets are $4 to $6.
Thu., Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.; March 1-2, 7:30 p.m., 2014