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Armed by Design/El Diseño a las Armas Book Pre-Sale

Interference Archive is preparing for its next exhibition, Armed by Design/El Diseño a las Armas. As an accompaniment to the exhibition, we have put together a collection of writing which discusses the intersection of graphic design and political solidarity work in revolutionary Cuba through the lens of the graphic design production of OSPAAAL, the Organization of Solidarity of the Peoples of Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

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Clandestines Occupations by Diana Block, Book Release Party October 2, 2015 7pm

Clandestines Occupations by Diana Block, Book Release Party October 2, 2015 7pm A radical activist, Luba Gold, makes the difficult decision to go underground to support the Puerto Rican independence movement. When Luba’s collective is targeted by an FBI sting, she escapes with her baby but leaves behind a sensitive envelope that is being safeguarded | More »

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Film Screening: Mexican Dream (Sueño Mexicano) September 25, 7pm

MEXICAN DREAM is a film about the contradictions in the public discourse towards immigration. It is a story of economic desperation and societal alienation on both sides of the border: the people of Magdalena Peñasco in Oaxaca, Mexico, who go to Austin, Minnesota, to quarter pigs for Hormel Foods, the makers of Spam products. Communities change with migration, and in the process of adapting the old can sometimes not assimilate with the new. Filmmaker Jon and then-Ph.D. student Alex Euler document part of this uneasy transition.

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if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance

June 25 – September 6, 2015
Opening Thursday June 25
7-10 pm

Music has been at the core of hundreds of political and social struggles across the globe. This exhibition features the picture sleeves of over 200 political recordings that will expose the broad scope of the intersection of music and politics. In addition, flyers, lyric sheets, buttons, publications, and other ephemera are on display. A series of programs will run throughout the run of exhibition, where we will actively and collectively listen to—and discuss—how music has shaped the manners in which we understand ourselves in the past, present, and into the future.

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Limited Edition 7″ Release & Exhibition Closing Party!

Thursday, September 3, 2015
7–9pm

Come on out and celebrate the release of the record and the closing of if a song could be freedom… with a party! If you pre-ordered a record you can pick up your copy, and everyone else will be able to purchase one at the event. There will be beer, socializing, and, of course, music.

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If a song could be freedom . . . Singing the Archive and Jam!

Friday, August 28th, 2015
7-11pm

Join Jeremy Thal and A’yen Tran in singing the songs of if a song could be freedom. An open acoustic jam will follow around 9pm. Feel free to bring a song and an instrument.

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Film Night: Positive Force—More Than a Witness

Friday August 21, 2015
7:30pm

Punk activist collective Positive Force DC emerged in 1985, rising from the creative, politically-charged ferment of DC punk’s Revolution Summer. Born in a dynamic local scene sparked by Bad Brains, Minor Threat, and Rites of Spring, a handful of young activists also drew inspiration from UK anarcho-punks Crass and the original “Positive Force” band Seven Seconds to become one of the most long-lasting and influential exponents of punk politics. This feature-length film by Robin Bell skillfully mixes rare archival footage with new interviews of key Positive Force activists.

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Collective Listening Party

Sunday, August 16th, 2015
2–5pm

Spend a Sunday afternoon at Interference Archive listening to records and discussing their sound, historical context, and emotional resonance. Everyone is invited to bring a song to share, either on vinyl or a portable device. In an era and city where listening too often happens in the isolation of earbuds or closed apartments, we’d like to offer a space to enjoy and reflect upon music as a powerful social experience. Drop in anytime between 2:00 and 5:00 and bring a friend!

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Not for You: Stories of Music & Work from the Precarious Service Industry

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
7pm

Join Matt Dineen for a reading and discussion around his new zine “Not for You: Stories of Music & Work in the Precarious Service Industry.” The zine is part of the Music & Work Project and explores the antagonistic dynamics between management, workers, and customers in relationship to the beats, rhythms, lyrics, and melodies played at his past jobs. Come share your own experiences!

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Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution

September 4, 7:30pm

Join cultural historian and Verso author Michael Denning in a discussion of the politics of early recorded music, the subject of his new book, Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution.