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Primal Time

Penelope Houston first made waves in the late '70s as the frontwoman of the San Francisco punk band the Avengers (which reached its apex opening for the Sex Pistols at Winterland, at what was to be the seminal English punk band's last gig), but after that two-year experiment, she spent the better part of her musical career, especially beginning in the '90s, pioneering and exploring the realm of neo-folk. Still, her ties to that Northern California punk ethos -- the same movement remembered so vividly in the current MCA Denver exhibit Bruce Conner and the Primal Scene of Punk Rock -- are indelible. Houston was in the eye of that storm, and she'll talk about it tonight when she shares a Curator's Conversation with Conner co-curator, San Francisco art dealer and punk-era expert Steven Wolf at the MCA, 1485 Delgany Street.

"Penelope Houston is one of the most magnetic and figures in early West Coast punk rock, but also an artist who moved on from punk to create a varied and enduring musical career as a singer songwriter," notes Wolf. "Her post-punk music explores new wave, neo-folk, glam pop and other intriguing genres. In this talk, Penelope and I will discuss what it was like to be part of early punk rock, the enduring appeal of punk as both music and myth, the musical limits of punk, the danger of nostalgia, and the role of adventure and exploration in the development of her music and visual art."

Find out what makes this woman tick: The evening opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m. before the talk at 6:30; admission is $5 to $10 (or $1 for students with an ID). Reserve tickets at or call 303-298-7554 for
Wed., May 30, 6:30 p.m., 2012


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