Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter 2011 C.L.A.P. Out NOW (like a month ago)!

As many of you probably know from my recent email responses, things have been a bit nuts at C.L.A.P. headquarters—so much so that I am just now able to properly introduce our Winter 2011 issue! 

Sydney Doran's four ladies cover

Caitlin Skaalrud's cover

Jocelyn Chase's original artwork

This issue's cover features the drawings of three talented, lovely women: Jocelyn Chase (I am not this/that), Sydney Doran (four women) and Caitlin Skaalrud (single woman). 

As our theme for this issue was "Our Bodies, Ourselves," many of the articles revolved around topics related to our physical beings: living gluten-free, winter biking, discussions about diets, affordable at-home spa treatments, straddling the divide between American and Persian culture, and more. This issue was also the perfect time to debut our new women's health column, "Vagina Speak."We also have some of the usual suspects: Lillith Fair Fan 696969's column, Hot Roxx mix-tape listing and hair-do, Dear Sheila, and recipes. 

Vagina Speak! All about your moon cycle!

A page from Jen Hughes' grunge hair style tutorial

LilithFairFan 696969's comic + Dear Sheila

Join the "Cool Club" and powerful lady compliments

Want to get your hands on a copy? They are currently available at both Everyday People Clothing Exchange locations, Yeti Records and soon to be at Boneshaker books! Stay tuned for more locations as well! Not in the Twin Cities area? Have no fear—the C.L.A.P. Etsy account is here! To get your paws on a copy of the new issue, out of towners should check out our listing here

Contributors from this issue are encouraged to get in touch with us to pick up their free issue, if they haven't already! Stay tuned for info about contributing to our Spring 2012 issue as well! Deadline is March 1st, 2012, the theme? COMMUNITY! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

First ever C.L.A.P. mixer beats the winter blues!

Now that things are getting back in order for us here at C.L.A.P. (more details about the winter issue, and how to get your hands on a how to pick up your complimentary copy if you contributed to that issue soon to come!), I am pleased as punch to announce that, by my standards, our first ever C.L.A.P. mixer was a success!

Despite the cold temps, we had a great turn out and an even greater group of "performers": a huge thanks to Bernadine Ophelia (C.L.A.P. contributor Molly Harrington's solo project, along with special guest, Chad Hilgenberg on banjo and tambourine) and the Burglars (featuring C.L.A.P. contributor Shieva Salehnia) for their jams, Hot Roxx (C.L.A.P. columnist Jen Hughes) for breaking out her vinyl collection and djing all night long, C.L.A.P. contributors Sheila Frankfurt (our "Dear Sheila" advice columnist) and Ryn Gibson for reading selections of their written works, AND Littlefoot for showing her 2006 Italian short film La Casa Che Fa Tutto Per Te (The House That Does Everything For You) (what can't this woman do????). PLUS we had the fabulous Lisa Luck doing five minute portraits all night long (a doubly huge thanks to her and husband Jake for offering up the Yeti space for the evening), beer courtesy of Great Waters brewing (thanks again Chad) and a whole lotta love from everyone involved.

Here are some select shots from the evening, for more, be sure to check out our Facebook album here.

"Dear Sheila" columnist Sheila Frankfurt reads from some of her columns.

A peak at some of Lisa's works from the evening.

Bernadine Ophelia (C.L.A.P. contributor Molly Harrington) and special guest Chad H. started off the evening's festivities. 

The Burglars wow the crowd, despite having their van towed (bummer). 

Mixer attendees get their five minute portrait painted by Lisa Luck.

Jen Hughes of Hot Roxx, a regular C.L.A.P. contributor, kept the tunes spinning all night.

C.L.A.P. contributor Ryn Gibson reads from her upcoming novel while C.L.A.P. columnist Steph Nelson gets her portrait painted.

Fitting vinyl purchased at the end of the evening. Thanks Yeti Records for all your support! 

Thanks again to all the performers and attendees! What a great way to show your support for creative ladies!