On the List | Seattle feminist magazine STACKEDD benefit bash at Neumos, Harvard Exit garage sale, Capitol Hill art walk, Fire Station 22 open house

10857994_894277727305576_1137982400309562091_nA new Seattle magazine founded on feminist principles and created by women at most every step arrived on the scene the first full week of 2015.

With some familiar northwest voices and some newcomers on the roster, STACKEDD Magazine’s site quietly went live late Sunday night. The volume will turn up this Saturday, however, as Neumos opens its doors for a rock-fueled celebration of an occasion years in the making.

A box of “name brand” tampons or pads — or $10 — gets you into STACKEDD’s launch party, “A Bloody Good Time,” with doors opening at 9 PM Saturday. All proceeds will benefit Mary’s Placea Seattle non-profit “empowering homeless women, children and families to reclaim their lives.” Ramones coversAerosmith covers, DJ’s and “surprise guests” are on the bill.

STACKEDD is designed to “provide the women of Seattle-and those who identify as such- a forum for their opinions,” the magazine’s mission statement says. The magazine also aims to safeguard contributors against the barrages of “anonymous” misogynistic attacks and threats that so often invade comment sections in the digital age. STACKEDD does away with comment sections altogether, and provides readers with hashtags they can use to discuss content on social media sites where, the expectation is, anonymity is less likely and somewhat more difficult to achieve.

FB_20140222_14_31_33_Saved_Picture20140222143237

LaVassar

“I want a place where we can talk about civics, and parenting, and sex, and pot and you know —  all things — in one place,” the magazine’s founder and “Editrix-in-Chief” Ma’Chell Duma LaVassar told CHS.

Joanna Coles [Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan] … had a really interesting quote about how she feels like if women discuss fashion, their opinion of other things gets dismissed,” LaVassar said. “Like you can’t have an opinion on world politics and have an opinion on fashion. And I find especially in terms of sexuality, if you’re talking you know about those things, people are really quick to negate anything else you have to say.”

As a Seattle-based writer LaVassar has written for The Stranger, The Seattle Weekly and KUOW radioShe also wrote for New York Magazine and various Village Voice publications during a stint of her career that took her away from town for a few years.

In addition to LaVassar, STACKEDD has some other familiar voices on its roster at its launch. Bobbi Rich‘s webseries “Hangin’ Tough” — “the wildly excellent musical variety show,” as the Stranger called it — will be a regular feature. And fans will likely be glad to hear that nearly a year-and-a-half after The Seattle Weekly cancelled the popular column, Judy McGuire’s Dategirl is back again.

Meanwhile, Seattle drag queen Connie Merlot, whose alter ego created the original Pony, will be writing an advice column of sorts for STACKEDD. “She is a very special being,” LaVassar said. “When I asked and he said, ‘Yes,’ I was so happy,” she said. “The world needs Connie.”

LaVassar’s seven-year-old son will add the only explicitly male perspective in STACKEDD as it launches, contributing to a column called “Son of a Bitch” that will explore parenting a son. “I think it’s a pretty interesting feminist topic,” LaVassar, who is a co-parent, said.

STACKEDD will also feature several new voices, whom LaVassar says she makes a point to seek out. “I want it to be really inclusionary,” she said.

Many STACKEDD contributors call places outside Seattle proper home, including Tacoma, Tukwila and Everett. “These aren’t just the cool kids in one neighborhood,” LaVassar said. “This is a big community effort with a lot of different women.”

Originally from North Dakota, LaVassar spent most of the 1990s living in Capitol Hill and soaking up the scene of that era, and is now based in West Seattle. She is primarily funding the launch of STACKEDD with the value gained in a home she bought in 2011, near the bottom of the real estate market’s recession-era pit. That was when she moved back to Seattle after spending several years in New York City and Austin. STACKEDD also has received funding from an investment firm that bought in for 10% of the company.

All STACKEDD contributors are paid for their work, and LaVassar said she hopes STACKEDD will produce sufficient ad revenue to survive. Additionally, readers have the option to donate to the magazine.

A recent addition to the magazine’s roster, Seattle artist Siolo Thompson was brought on as STACKEDD’s arts editor just three weeks ago. During the sprint to the launch Thompson ended up creating a lot of the art for the first edition herself, she said. However, she says she will take a more curatorial role in the future, and that work by some 20 or 30 artists will be featured in each monthly edition of STACKEDD.

“One of the things I’m really excited about with STACKEDD is that we’re disabling comments,” Thompson said. “I think that with women there’s such a fear of reprisal, for voicing any kind of an opinion, in the era of the internet troll.”

The theme of the launch party and of its benefit component are tie-ins to the feature article of STACKEDD’s inaugural issue. The piece documents Maldives and Mikey and Matty drummer Faustine Hudson’s work with Operation Menstration. Hudson founded the organization, which will provide menstrual supply kits and education about their use to females in the village of Awake, Uganda. In the article, STACKEDD says menstruation is an widely “unspeakable” issue in Uganda and that lack of access to menstrual supplies is “one of the biggest impediments to a young woman’s education in the developing world.”

Females living in poverty in Seattle often have trouble accessing menstrual supplies in their own way, and the benefit is meant to help address this need locally. Menstrual supplies are “the most needed item frequently at [Seattle area] food banks because they aren’t covered by EBT cards,” LaVassar said.

Every edition of STACKEDD will feature a section highlighting a specific Seattle neighborhood, with the first issue covering Georgetown. LaVassar said she was surprised to learn that 70% of businesses in the neighborhood are owned by women. “I went and talked to a lot of the businesses owners,” LaVassar said, “Ate a bunch of food, and really got the feel of the neighborhood. So we’ll be showcasing different stuff to do in Georgetown,” LaVassar said. “And then there will be other things too,” she said. “Things that are important to the people in the neighborhood.”

The Georgetown section will be released next week. Next month, Stackedd will feature focused coverage of a Capitol Hill neighbor, the “’Eastlake entertainment district’ that runs from ReBar down to the Victory Lounge,” LaVassar said.

LaVassar’s long-term plans for STACKEDD go well beyond Seattle. “Ultimately what I’d really like to do, once we figure out [our] ad structure and get it in place and get it really tight, is franchise. “So there could be a STACKEDD Los Angeles, or a STACKEDD Fargo,” she said. “So we can give women jobs.”

As for the magazine’s moniker: “My go-to answer regarding the name is, ‘I like the idea of Google searches for boobies leading to feminist literature,'” LaVassar wrote in an email to CHS. “STACKEDD means a lot of things,” she wrote. “It is, of course, a nod to Bust and Cunt and the publications that came before us. It also means you’ve got everything (our goal is to build to place of very comprehensive coverage) and it’s long been a term men have used to describe women with curves,” she wrote.

Online editions of STACKEDD will be published once a month, with some content being released between issues, and an annual print issue will be released every September, LaVassar said.

Nov 27 2018 @ 11:00 AM – May 5 2019 @ 7:00 PM Northwest African American Museum
The much anticipated exhibit, Bold As Love: Jimi Hendrix at Home, offers a rare and detailed look at Jimi’s Seattle origins through the lens of those closest to him and by his own artistic eyes. Through archival and family photos, his … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Quenton Baker’s poetry focuses on how black interiority functions under the constraints of an anti-black society. His exhibition at the Frye Art Museum will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The Cloud Room
Boundaries are essential for healthy relationships and lives, but setting them is neither simple nor easy! Join us for a session on how to identify your boundaries and communicate them in a firm yet compassionate way. About the Communication Booster series: Relationships … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM The Lounge by AT&T
FEATURED MOVIE: Catwoman (2004) January is the month for movies that are so bad we can’t help but love them! Join us every Thursday at The Lounge for some of our favorites and get your first cup of coffee on us*! To … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM The Works Seattle
It’s time to march again. Two years ago the Women’s March was created and nearly 5 million people across the country marched in response to rising social and political injustices. The Works is committed to being a safe space for … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong
Chen Taijiquan & Qigong – Capitol Hill/Central Monday & Thursday evenings, 6:00pm-7:15pm, at Wise Orchid’s Studio, 2002 E. Union St. In this class we will study the Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame Part 1) of the Chen Family Tai Chi tradition, … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Seattle Central Library, PACCAR Rm. 5
Recent research studies show a persistent gap in diversity and equity across media and entertainment. On screen, in words and images, behind the cameras, in newsrooms or executive boardrooms, media organizations and the content they produce don’t yet reflect the … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM The Lodge at Washington Hall
Design Review Early Design Guidance for a 7-story building with 85 apartment units, 18 hotel rooms and retail. No parking is proposed. Existing building to be demolished. View Design Proposal  (9 MB)     Review Meeting January 17, 2019 6:30 pm Washington Hall … Continue reading
Jan 17 @ 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM New Freeway Hall
Come down to help make signs and do phone-banking and other projects for folks attending womxn’s marches, and MLK Day activities in Seattle. We’ll have all the materials needed. All skill levels welcome! Snacks starting at 6:30 pm for donation.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmailPrint
Jan 18 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Quenton Baker’s poetry focuses on how black interiority functions under the constraints of an anti-black society. His exhibition at the Frye Art Museum will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard … Continue reading
Jan 18 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Mt. Zion
You are cordially invited on behalf of the Seattle Colleges to the 46th Annual Community Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church. This year, renowned author, preacher, and academic Michael Eric … Continue reading
Jan 18 @ 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Central Co-op
Join Central Co-op every Friday for a spirited Adult Beverage Tasting! Every week we highlight a different aspect of our selection: wines from Washington and the world, Fair Trade imports, holiday libations, local craft beers, ciders, meads and more. Free … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 9:00 AM Cal Anderson Park
Womxn’s March on Seattle 2019 SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019 Event overview RSVP Rally & march logistics Educational panel locations and schedules We kick off a weekend of building power through community, protest, and activism with a RALLY. Hear from the region’s most powerful progressive … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM The Works Seattle
Are the cold winter months leaving your hands and lips chapped, dry, and painful? Join us and make your own natural lotions and salves! We will learn about the basic ingredients that go into making them, essential oil blends and … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM Quantum Martial Arts
This class is open to kids 6-12. Beginners may start at any time. Taught by our most experienced kid teacher, Mr. Schomberg, mini martial artists develop confidence, strength and leadership skills in our community based school. $80 per month includes … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 10:30 AM Rainier Community Center
Seattle Parks and Recreation invites the public to join a youth-organized march to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Saturday, Jan. 19. Participants will gather at 10:30 a.m. at Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. S, 98118. Teens will … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Quenton Baker’s poetry focuses on how black interiority functions under the constraints of an anti-black society. His exhibition at the Frye Art Museum will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Vermillion Art Gallery and Bar
Now accepting sign ups for poetry readings!  Pure Expression is an art, music, culture, and soon-to-be poetry platform dedicated to inspiring and encouraging artists of all mediums to express themselves. It’s now one year from our launch and we’re hoping … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM volunteer park conservatory
First Lusio event of the year! :D The Friends of the Conservatory invite you to the latest in the series of unique Lusio Lights after-hours fundraisers featuring unique, local light art and music, set inside the beautiful glass building of … Continue reading
Jan 19 @ 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM The Lounge by AT&T
Magic Trivia at The Lounge by AT&T is back in Revised form! Embark on an Odyssey with a team, brave the Onslaught of trivia questions, and choose from seemingly Unlimited prizes. This free event has a suggested $5 donation to … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Capitol Hill Farmers Market
The Capitol Hill Broadway Farmers Market supports Washington’s small family farmers by creating a vibrant neighborhood farmers market.  Located outside the Seattle Central Community College, the Market runs year-round every Sunday from 11am-3pm, and has been in operation since 2005.  One can find fresh Washington grown produce, fruit and … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Frye Art Museum
Quenton Baker’s poetry focuses on how black interiority functions under the constraints of an anti-black society. His exhibition at the Frye Art Museum will be an outgrowth of an in-process collection of poems that examines the 1841 slave revolt aboard … Continue reading
Jan 20 @ 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM The Works Seattle
Looking for a fun project for these winter nights? Turn your words into art with calligraphy! Come experience the art and craft of calligraphy, hands on with Claire from Alair Calligraphy. Learn basic practice strokes and work your way through … Continue reading
Jan 21 all-day
Join us on MLK Day Jan. 21, 2019 at Garfield High School, Seattle Our workshops & speakers will focus on our theme – and the goals of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – defeating racism, poverty, and war! March … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM Garfield High School
*Hundreds of livable wage jobs / employment opportunities *Explore career opportunities *Network with inclusive organizations *Gain insight about the application process *Free Professional Resume Support, Interviewing and Navigating Job Fair Tips Career and job openings in Civil Service (government), Construction, … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM The SweatBox Yoga
Now you can drop into a class at The SweatBox every weekday at noon. Monday-Vinyasa; Tuesday-Hot Hybrid; Wednesday- Yin; Thursday- Hot Hybrid; Friday- Vinyasa! Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmailPrint
Jan 21 @ 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM Wise Orchid Taijiquan & Qigong
Chen Taijiquan & Qigong – Capitol Hill/Central Monday & Thursday evenings, 6:00pm-7:15pm, at Wise Orchid’s Studio, 2002 E. Union St. In this class we will study the Lao Jia Yi Lu (Old Frame Part 1) of the Chen Family Tai Chi tradition, … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 12 Avenue Arts Pike|Pine room
With one exception, we will be meeting there the 3rd Monday of the month from 6:00 – 7:30  for the rest of the year. Thank you to Capitol Hill Housing for making the space available.Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmailPrint
Jan 21 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Capitol Hill Tool Library
We’re having a REPAIR CAFE! Bring your broken household items — such as clothing, electronics, jewelry, small home appliances, or tools/knives that need sharpening — to the Capitol Hill Tool Library, and our team of volunteer fixers will try to … Continue reading
Jan 21 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM Poco Wine + Spirits
Join us for your weekly dose of brainy drinking. – Max team size of 6. – Winning team takes home a $40 gift card!Share:TwitterFacebookRedditEmailPrint
Subscribe and support CHS Contributors -- $1/$5/$10 per month

2 thoughts on “On the List | Seattle feminist magazine STACKEDD benefit bash at Neumos, Harvard Exit garage sale, Capitol Hill art walk, Fire Station 22 open house

  1. Pingback: You're Invited! This Saturday Night... | MICHELLE SANDERS COMMUNICATIONS | Seattle

  2. Pingback: New York Pizza Soest | ABC Pizza Cooking