Ian MacKaye is coming to town to answer some questions. The singer/guitarist, best known for his work in the bands Fugazi and Minor Threat and creating the indie label Dischord Records as a teenager will make two appearances in the IE as part of a southern California tour. The pioneer of the D.I.Y. ethic is looking to collaborate with his fans while addressing concerns about music, art, politics, film and any other item of interest.
MacKaye will visit the Riverside Art Museum for a “public interview” session, which will run in conjunction with the Saturation Festival (going on through Sunday). He’s also scheduled for a Q&A at Pitzer College in Claremont on Wednesday, October 22. MacKaye set up an entire week-long So Cal tour around the RAM appearance, even though he made it clear that he would not play any music on the mini-tour.
“He’s my mentor,” says Micah Carlson, the marketing coordinator at RAM who played a large part in bringing MacKaye out. Alaska Whelan, coordinator of Saturation says, “MacKaye is a personal hero of mine.” In fact, it’s hard to find detractors for the man who eschews corporate media and has been a long-time advocate for lower ticket prices and more all-ages.
Collaboration is also the theme at Pitzer College, where MacKaye will address the school’s Media Studies students and discuss the making of Instrument, a 1999 documentary on Fugazi made by Jem Cohen. The discussion starts at noon on Wednesday and will be held at Pickford Auditorium at neighboring Claremont McKenna College. It’s open to the public and there is no charge. (Kevin Ausmus)
Ian MacKaye at the Riverside Art Museum, 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 684-7111; www.riversideartmuseum.org. Sun., Oct. 19, 7:30PM, $5. Also at Claremont
MacKaye also at Pitzer College, at the Pickford Auditorium, 1050 North Mills Ave., Claremont, (909) 621-8519; Wed., Oct. 22, 12PM, Free