Last Sunday night was full of curious eyes and open ears. People crowded around Miranda Worthington's sculptures of decaying humans while swaying to the folk melodies of Dani Boi. The Exbats drew in a crowd with their two-piece band. WTF AF is a monthly show hosted by Club Congress dedicated to creating a safe space for voices of the women, trans, and femme (WTF) community.
Local Boi performed a raw solo, singing sweet nothings about growing up and falling in love to the gentle strumming of her guitar. Pinon, Arizona's The Exbats rocked the stage next. The daughter of the Exbats' Inez McLain held down both drums and vocals. Dad Ken McLain was riffing on guitar and vocals. The duo remined of early California punk rock, and pop, like the Simpletones.
Phoenix band Jade Helm raged after Exbats. The punk band heaved and thrashed their instruments throughout their set. Blood pressure rose.
Art was showcased on the side of the venue. Rose Clements had her zine Concealer, which explores femme identity through the contents of people's bags.
Miranda Worthington showcased her hauntingly beautiful sculptures full of insects, copper and decaying human skulls and skeletons.
The venue wasn't packed which allowed free movement to appreciate the art and easy access to the artists. People from multiple backgrounds were pulled together by art, literature, folk and punk; individuals true to themselves, and supported by their community.