As hundreds waited patiently in jackets and scarves outside Pasadena Presbyterian Church, it felt like Sleater-Kinney front woman Carrie Brownstein brought a little Pacific Northwest magic with her to the Southland. Brownstein was in town Tuesday evening promoting her new memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl in a talk hosted by comic Amy Poehler and organized by Pasadena based Vroman's Bookstore. The scene outside felt more like a line to get into a DIY punk show, with old friends catching up, strangers swapping stories, and fangirling over the recent work of the 41-year-old Riot-Grrrl-legend-turned-comic.
Candace Hansen Cover of Carrie Brownstein's new book and ticket to the event
The event was emotional for some: including a newly eloped couple and one young woman who told me that Brownstein changed her life by inspiring her to pick up guitar. After our hand-printed tickets were checked and signed copies of Brownstein's memoir were distributed, hordes of people clad in vintage Sleater-Kinney t-shirts, earth tone knit hats, denim, and faux fur were ushered into the beautiful cathedral, organized into pews overlooked by giant pipe organs and stained glass windows. Amy Poehler and Carrie Brownstein were about to take hundreds of riot grrrls, queers, punks, feminists, music fans, and book enthusiasts to church.More »