Saturday was Rollerdame action — at least for the last half of the game. The Harbor City Roller Dames A/B teams were divided, one team to represent Superior and one to represent Duluth. For the first half, the game was played in increments, as each skater would score 4 points, then call off the “jam.” So the game progressed in inches until about the half.
(The halftime show was the Crunchy Bunch, who are awesome because they always play one of my favorite songs of all time.)
After the half, we started to see some energetic derby. The full event can be found here, in the archives, along with interviews with Dames like SoKo Rebel. The final score was anyone’s guess and the ending, a thrill to watch.
I didn’t write the total down, but let’s just say, the city councilman from the smaller city was right — next to Duluth, this night, they were Superior.
The best reasons to go to a Dames event is the nexus of cool at the event. First and foremost, the Dames themselves are always invested in awesome — the partner charity was Mentor Duluth. The game was opened by the chair of the city council in Superior and the hippest Mayor ever. Killer Cletah was also prepping her awesome zine, Minerva, this weekend.
In the audience, I ran into Chris Etheridge, who is prepping for the pre-election candidate forum on October 22. I saw Heather Bastian, who is prepping a public lecture on writing for Friday. I saw poet and performance force Amy Clark, who was taking a night away from her work with Renegade on Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. I saw all the cool dudes.
And I saw some nice roller derby.