Photos: Boyfriend, Kristin Kontrol, Carrie Brownstein and more at GIRLSCHOOL

Boyfriend at GIRLSCHOOL (Photo by Samantha Saturday)
Boyfriend at GIRLSCHOOL (Photo by Samantha Saturday)

The third annual GIRLSCHOOL, the three-day female-powered festival at the Bootleg Theater, jumped out to an electrifying start on Friday night.

After poet Morgan Parker and special guest Carrie Brownstein kicked off the fest with a conversation that covered the Resistance, “place” and community in today’s political climate, the two festival’s stages proceeded to unleash a dazzling array of talent — probably none more arresting that the rap-cabaret-theater of New Orleans’ Boyfriend, which came complete with costume changes, props and crazy dance routines. It was a take-no-prisoners set.

Kristin Kontrol (of Dum Dum Girls) lit up the crowd, backed by the children’s chorus The Kids. Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast made cameos.

The rest of the performers ranged from hip-hop (Desi Mo) to electronic (Drum & Lace) to dream-pop (Cuesta Loeb) to soul (Mereba).

The performance art installation In the Garden of Bleed’n by Dejha Ti and Ania Catherine came with the statement: “Like sculptures amidst red calla lilies, so are people on their periods: strong, stoic, a flash of color lying in wait. Here, performers and their movements capture the purpose and power of menstruation.”

Photos by Samantha Saturday