Arts Desk

Don’t Be Bored: From the Back of the Room Premieres Tonight

Allison Wolfe of Bratmobile and Partyline is interviewed in Oden's documentary.

Armed with her firsthand experiences as a woman in the punk scene and camera equipment borrowed from her day job, D.C. filmmaker Amy Oden began shooting the interviews that would compose From the Back of the Room in 2007. It took four years of blood, sweat, and fundraising to produce the film that will gets its hometown premiere tonight. (The Black Cat hosted a preview screening a few weeks ago at C.L.I.T. Fest.) Oden says she was inspired to make From the Back of the Room when she realized her own punk community wasn’t the progressive utopia she once thought; consequently, her film doesn’t just document scene history—it interrogates it. While it follows in the tradition of Kerri Koch’s 2005 riot grrrl documentary Don’t Need You, Oden’s work cuts a much wider swath, spanning three decades and including women whose music is heavier than riot grrrl’s relatively glossy bop. The filmmaker’s four-year project paid off: From the Back of the Room is an exhaustive, diverse, and thoughtful meditation on women in the punk community. (Lindsay Zoladz) 8 p.m. at E Street Cinema. $10.

OTHER FILM

NoMa Summer Screen continues tonight—weather permitting—with The Incredibles. 9 p.m. Free.

MUSIC

The clubs are kinda quiet tonight, but Lucky Dub is at DC9 with Diegos Umbrealla and TnTrio (8:30 p.m.), Thee Lolitas are at Velvet Lounge (9 p.m.), and there's turntablism galore at the U Street Music Hall (9 p.m.).

Birchmere brings the '90s nostalgia: Joan Osborne plays in Alexandria with opener Cris Jacobs. 7:30 p.m. $35.

BOOKS

Puerto Rican novelist Esmeralda Santiago drops by Politics & Prose to talk her book Conquistadora. 7 p.m. Free.

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