Factory Girls Offers a Fresh Take on the Industrial Revolution

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A scene from a previous 11th Hour Next Step Concert.

It doesn’t seem like subject matter for a rock musical: The drudges of the Industrial Revolution are about as far as lyrical as one can imagine. Yet, leave it to writers Sean Mahoney and Creighton Irons to craft a show not only on the Industrial Revolution, but one with a female focus.

“We knew we wanted to write a show that spoke to the unnatural mechanization of humanity and allowed us room to meld our musical sensibilities,” said Mahoney. “We searched for a powerful, relevant story from American history.” Read more »

GIRL TALK: A Conversation with Factory Girls Creator Katie K Rex

Photo by Mario Manzoni.

Photo by Mario Manzoni.

The Stones and Warhol both had their factory girls, and now the Gayborhood does, too. The all-girl, gender-queer party Factory Girls has evolved over the years to become a staple of the Philadelphia nightlife scene. The next party is the femme-licious Galentine’s Day rager starring rapper Kid Sister.

In anticipation of the evening, I had a chat with Factory Girls “madam” Katie K Rex. We chatted Factory Girls history, favorite headliners and about her rumored plans to take the party to New York City.

Take me back. How did Factory Girls get started?
At one point it was just a weird idea about how to play music. I had just started DJing, and obviously no one would book me because I had nothing to show for myself. So I decided to make my own gigs. My girlfriends and I were able to create a space for us to dress-up, drink champagne, act a fool, and play music in a city that is dominated by the male gaze and musical “boys clubs.” I hit up Xavier B. of FNGR BNGR, who forwarded me to Oronde of South Street’s late, great Fluid Nightclub, where we were graciously given a Thursday night in October of 2011.

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5 Things to Do This Week in Philly: Gesualdo in Heaven, Galentine’s Day
and More

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Peter Gaffney’s Gesualdo, in Heaven opens with a discounted preview on Thursday.

Underground Cinema: In its brand new film series, Underground Arts screens rarely seen flicks with a “full movie-theater experience.” (That means mounds of popcorn and a full-service bar.) On the reels for the first edition is Maori Boy Genius, This Way of Life and The Dumpsta Collection, a doc rife with 17 years of “filth” from Philly’s Dumpsta Players. Tue., Feb. 11, 6 p.m., free, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St.

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6 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Week:
The Debut of Mondo Trasho,
BalletX’s Winter Series and More


Mondo Trasho: This new twice-monthly party in Fishtown promises “sex-dreamy jamz,” a performance by Pretty Girl and curious-sounding kombucha cocktail specials. Hear a preview of the evening’s soundtrack, recorded live in Serato by CNNR & Skull†Kid, here. Stay tuned to G Philly for a Q&A with party host Corey Griffith. Wed., Feb. 12, 10 p.m., free, The Barbary, 951 Frankford Ave.

5 more gay events after the jump