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Congress of Starlings- Aerin Tedesco & Andrea Bunch: Links

Activism

PETA
PETA believes that animals have rights and deserve to have their best interests taken into consideration, regardless of whether they are useful to humans. Like you, they are capable of suffering and have an interest in leading their own lives; therefore, they are not ours to use—for food, clothing, entertainment, experimentation, or any other reason. They need your help. Act out, speak up, educate yourself. Don't pay people or companies to hurt animals.
Critter Corral Guinea Pig Rescue
Have you ever considered adopting a guinea pig or other small animal? Well, forget about those lousy pet store chains and visit the critter corral! They know everything there is to know about guinea pigs and have donated their time and space to rescuing these critters from shelters and other bad situations. You can give an abused or abandoned animal a second chance and a forever home! If you're not from the Chicago area, you can always find a piggy who needs a home at www.petfinder.com.
Chicago Recycling Coalition
Chicago Recycling Coalition works to promote recycling, source reduction and composting. Individuals, community groups and environmental groups can join together and change the way Chicago treats the earth. Every year Andrea & Aerin host Rock Against the Blue Bag, a fundraiser for the CRC. The Blue Bag is Chicago's completely ineffective 'recycling program'. Dozens of other cities use source seperated pick up, keeping recyclables seperate from garbage. Improving Chicago's recycling system, and promoting the implementation of a 10 cent bottle deposit in Illinois are two of the CRC's current campaigns.
Planned Parenthood
Compassionate care, affordable cost Each year, Planned Parenthood affiliated health centers nationwide provide high quality, affordable reproductive health care and sexual health information to nearly five million women, men and teens. Planned Parenthood welcomes everyone — regardless of race, age, sexuality, disability, or income. In fact, one in four women has visited Planned Parenthood at least once. When clients walk through our doors, they find a dynamic community resource that offers a wide range of medical and counseling services and health care education, as well as advocacy programs. Committed, professional staff run Planned Parenthood health centers. Caring physicians, nurse practitioners, and other staff take time to talk with clients, encouraging them to ask questions and discuss their feelings in a confidential setting. Educators offer innovative programs on making responsible choices about health and sexuality. Public affairs staff are constantly working to protect access to all reproductive health services and information.
Boxcar Books (Bloomington, IN)
Boxcar Books and Community Center, Inc. is a volunteer run, non-profit organization that exists to provide new and used books, zines, magazines, and comics on topics of social justice, independent media, and fiction for the community; send literature of all types free of charge to prisoners in the midwest; and to provide a meeting space for community and literary groups. We are open: Monday-Friday 11AM - 9PM Saturday 10AM-9PM Sunday 12PM - 5PM
OutWord Bound Books
OutWord Bound Books is a great bookstore in Indianapolis. In addition to selling political and queer books and gifts, they host Music in the Stax concerts with Indyindie. 625 North East Street Indianapolis, IN 46202 317-951-9100

Websites

Dyke Diva
Chicago's alternative lesbian site. Go here for Chicago's happenin' queer political, entertainment & social events. You'll like the pictures too.

musicians and compilations

Aaron English Band
Aaron English co-wrote and performs on "Photographs" on aerin's 1996 release From Indigo to Violet. Aerin also performs on Aaron English's 2004 album "All the Waters of This World". She plays tenor guitar and sings on "Lullaby", (which she wrote!) and "All the Waters of This World". Visit his site for details!
Scott Free
Scott Free is a gem in Chicago. We are so lucky to have his music, activism and performance series. He hosts his Homolatte series every Wednesday at 8pm at BIG STAR Cafe 1439 W Jarvis Chicago, IL 773-764-0413
The Goddess Within- compilation CD
Aerin and Andrea each contributed a song to this brilliant compilation CD, made up of songs to empower, inspire and assist in the healing of those escaping the cycle of domestic violence. Proceeds from the sale of this CD will fund women's shelters and women's centers.
Devi 2000
Aerin and Andrea often perform with the kirtan group Devi 2000. Andrea remixed "Hare Krishna" off of their newest CD. Look for the album of remixes to be released soon! Andrea also sings on their most recent release. Check out their site for details!
Sweet Pickle Music
Aerin's song "Without You" appears on the compilation CD "Big Fish Little Fish, Volume 2" The sale of the CD benefits the Chicago Abused Women Coaliton.
Aaron Baer
Aaron Baer's music is a ukulele & coffee driven mix of eccentric jugband, ol tyme country, bluegrass and folk. He is also an EXTREMEMLY nice guy who owns The New Moon Coffee Shop in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin.
Ripley Caine
Ripley is a Chicago singer/songwriter you should check out! She is where Jim Morrison meets Grace Slick. It's a dark and luscious place.
Shelley Miller
"Listening to her is like pulling up a pair of very soft faded jeans over bare skin." Les Reynolds - Indiemusic.com Shelley also teaches here at The Old Town School where Andrea & Aerin work
Denise Dill
Denise Dill is a friend and songwriter in Bloomington, IN. She weaves gorgeous, stark melodies into unique guitar tunings. Makes me wish I was in high school again, laying on my bed for hours listening to music. Luckily, I don't have to go back through all those zits and bad decisions. I can listen to her now too :)

Places & Promoters

Urban Cafe
Jenny Urban's new restaurant - it's wonderful!! "Urban Cafe is located at 1467 West Irving Park Road in Chicago, Illinois. We are a cafe and restaurant, providing a relaxing and fun atmosphere to serve your coffee, brunch, lunch and dinner needs."
Old Town School of Folk Music
Andrea teaches kids and adults guitar lessons here at the school. Aerin is a full time administrator... she'll sign you up for your class of sell you some concert tix. Check out the site - there is always something exciting going on here!
Indyindie
Indyindie's goal is to promote the work of female independent artists and to provide a venue to share their music, art, and poetry with their grass roots audience. Indyindie brings tons of fabulous artists to Indianapolis - and they feed them incredibly well :) Check out their site - you may discover some new talent here!
Segment of Society
Our friend Robin Coleman in Indianapolis is helping independent artists find places to play in Indy. Check out the Indy Venues article on our 'press' page to learn more about the excited, committed Indianapolis music community, including Indyindie.
Addicted to Songwriting
Addicted-to-Songwriting: complete info on songwriting: Articles, Interviews, Tips & More.
newmusiclabel.com
A place to connect with other bands and professionals in many different fields.

Radio

The WNUR Folk Show
Sue Kessel and a handful of other great DJ's share The WNUR Folk Show. It airs Sunday 10:00am-Noon WNUR 89.3FM Evanston, IL or online at www.wnur.org. Aerin and I played a few tunes in the studio, including 'Fishing', a song on our new record. WNUR just posted it on their website. Look at the 3/11/05 blog entry or browse around and listen to other great artists who have visited their studio.
WLUW
WLUW is a progressive, community-oriented radio station, committed to social justice and independent thought and expression, and to giving a voice to those who too often go unheard. The station is dedicated to offering a broad array of music, news, and issue- and arts-oriented programming that cannot be found elsewhere on the radio. Check out Jenna Murfin's fabulous show from 2-4 pm Wednesdays!
Windy City Queercast
Hosts Amy Matheny and Peter Mavrik pod cast you the best in queer news, arts and happenings from Chicago and the nation. They bring you fantastic musicians, actors, artists & more. Plus! The best gossip :) Join the podcast for free!

visual artists

Flynn
Photographer/artist extroirdinaire, this talented woman did the layout for Aerin's "Birthmark" and the layout and photographs for Andrea's "Numinous", and has taken numerous photos of the duo (see the photo gallery!) Find out more about the mastermind behind the art at her very own site!
Shiloh Burton Photography
Shiloh Burton is the artist behing the striking photos featured in Aerin's "Birthmark" CD. (check out the photos page!) To see more of her work, visit her website!
carolina kroon
NYC based Carolina Kroon is a mulitfaceted photographer and artist. We particularly love her fine art work. On her site you'll see wedding, education, dance and event photography. Check it out!