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PISTIL Magazine Gives It Up For Their Idols

By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Feb 10, 2005 3:30PM

Unlike Juliana Hatfield, we’ve got2005_02_10_homer.jpg our idols. We’re a bit old to have ‘em up on posters above our bed now but there’s still the occasional picture of Pete Shelley, Jack Kerouac or Tom Jones (don’t ask) decorating our work cube. In the post-modern age of irony, these mini-shrines might seem a bit naïve to some but our moments of slavish devotion got some validation when we heard about PISTIL Magazine’s “idols” issue coming out in March.

PISTIL Magazine is an independent quarterly magazine based here in Chicago. Each issue revolves around a particular theme—idols, in this case—as it features five groundbreaking women who are engaged in social activism. In seeking to meld fashion with activism, they also put their money where their galley pages are by holding community awareness programs and charity benefits.

Since independent magazines don’t pay for themselves, their next show is a benefit for the magazine itself. This Friday at the Empty Bottle, PISTIL is throwing The Idol Rock Revue featuring M.O.T.O., Vee Dee, The Manacondas, The Grackles, and Comasoft. If you didn’t get picked for the latest episode of Becoming on MTV then this is your chance to do it up DIY style: attendees are encouraged to dress up as their idols with some “bizarre” prizes going to the best efforts. Finally—an excuse to get our Ziggy Stardust outfit out of the closet and give it some air! The show starts at 9 PM and tickets are $8.