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The Julie Ruin with Survival Knife and Hot Fruit – Opening Night Concert

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To celebrate the 30th Olympia Film Festival and over 32 years of Olympia Film Society film, music and art, we offer two great ticket prices that get you into both the Opening Night Film and Concert!

General Admission $20 – OFS Members/Student $15

Use promo code:  ruin (and receive discounted price!)

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The Julie Ruin – with Kathleen Hanna & Kathi Wilcox of Bikini Kill


The Julie Ruin/Survival Knife/Hot Fruit
8:30pm doors/9:00pm show
All Ages with Mezzanine Lounge Seating for those 21+

The Olympia Film Society is excited to celebrate 30 years of the Olympia Film Festival with a tribute to fringe programming with an Opening Night Concert!

In 1997, while on break from the iconic Olympia punk band Bikini Kill, Kathleen Hanna wrote and produced a solo record under the pseudonym of Julie Ruin. The album is considered a classic of subversive pop and has been praised by artists ranging from Kim Gordon to Mykki Blanco. Kathleen had always planned to perform the songs live, so in 1998 she and her friend Johanna Fateman went down in a dingy East Village basement and tried to learn how to play the Julie Ruin record, but instead began writing the first Le Tigre record, a hugely influential album from a band who went on to release three full-length albums and tour extensively until 2006.

In 2010, with Le Tigre on hiatus, Kathleen tried again. She had heard that her Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox was moving from Washington, D.C. to NYC and asked her if she would consider playing bass in the new project. To Kathleen’s delight, Kathi agreed.

The Julie Ruin, recently featured on the cover of SPIN Magazine and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, are on tour to support their new release of Run Fast! Band members include Carmine Covelli, Sara Landeau, Kathleen Hanna, Kathi Wilcox, and Kenny Mellman.

As to why Kathleen took so long to return to music, the answer is to be found in the documentary film The Punk Singer, screening at this year’s film festival on Saturday, November 9th (Kathleen Hanna will be there to intro the movie) Check out the movie:  The Punk Singer

Swim Little Fish Swim:  About the opening night movie


Survival Knife

Survival Knife has been around for only a couple years now and since their debut show in March 2011, have played several shows around the Pacific Northwest with bands such as Federation X, Metz, Modest Mouse, Mosquito Hawk, Pinback, and Hungry Ghost. Survival Knife, based in Olympia, features Justin Trosper and Brandt Sandeno (formerly of Unwound) and Kris and Meg Cunningham, rhythm section. Survival Knife released their first 7″ on SubPop in March 2013, and soon has another 7″ to be released on Kill Rock Stars in October, 2013, with full length LP in the works. Survival Knife. A sight to be seen, and more specifically; heavy sounds to be heard.



Hot Fruit


Olympia’s darling freak-synth pop trio HOT FRUIT has been called a lot of things. This group’s strange performance is blended with catchy pop hooks, dissonance and duration and somehow ends up being fun and inclusive. These ladies mesmerize with subtle deviations that make you want to work past instant gratification.




















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