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Reflecting on International Women’s Day with old-time swim suit photos

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). This years theme: Equality for Women is Progress for all.

So instead of quietly reflecting on how far women have come, I thought I’d share a few photos I stumbled upon the other day while reading an article called “40 Must-See Photos from the Past.”

Two of the photos in particular struck me, as they illustrate a partial history of women’s swim suit standards. The first is from 1907.

Caption: Annette Kellerman promoted women’s right to wear a fitted one-piece bathing suit in 1907. She was arrested for indecency.

Can you imagine someone getting arrested for that now-a-days? It’s laughable. I mean, there’s even pants under the suit! Here’s another photo from more than a decade later.

Caption: Measuring bathing suits— if they were too short, women would be fined, 1920’s.

So from 1907 to the 1920’s the punishment for a risque bathing suit was downgraded from arrested to fined. A tiny glimpse at cultural progress!

As a lover of all things old, I found this complete list both shocking and fascinating. Check it out for yourself here

Fleetwood Mac…Symphony Style

Tonight I’ll be heading to the Washington Pavilion for a classy night of Fleetwood Mac songs played by the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

It’s not everyday, or ever really, that you’ll catch me at a Symphony, but I find it nearly impossible to pass on anything Fleetwood Mac related. And since turning 23 I’ve tried to diversify some of my entertainment choices.

Luckily I have a few friends who share my obsession with the popular pop/rock band. We’ll be the ones bobbing along to “Rhiannon,” grooving to “Dreams” and doing our best to hold back singing out loud to “Go Your Own Way.” I love live music.

I imagine there will be some sophisticated, regular Symphony-going folks in attendance, an opportune time to mix people watching and music listening.

During my freshman year of college I attended an actual Fleetwood Mac concert. It was great. I have high hopes this will be too.

Update: Balcony seats are the way to see a Symphony. The Christine Mcvie and Stevie Nicks impersonators performed uncanny versions of some of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits. Even the usher ladies were dancing along. Here’s a pic of our aerial view of the show. Curse the camera quality.

Up next is Snakebeard Jackson. One person I talked to went to school with the guitarist; another remembers becoming a fan after a show at Boonies a few years back. I’m seeing a common theme of attendees with long beards, plaid shirts and hats.

Burlap Wolfking just finished their set. Up next is Amos Slade!

Snakebeard Jackson show tonight at The District

Tonight I’m heading out to The District to see Snakebeard Jackson perform. Special guests include Tim Jewell, Thomas Hentges, Jami Lynn, Erin Castle, Amos Slade and opener Burlap Wolfking.

I’ve been to The District once before in November for the Soulcrate/Later Babes/ PROF show. The show was great, though incredibly crowded. I’m looking forward to a more laid-back folky atmosphere tonight.

Doors open at 8, music starts at 9. Photos and updates to follow.

605 Magazine posted the “We Are The World” video this morning. Here’s the full version.

LeAnn Rimes lacks soaping before Grand Falls concert

Last night I went to snap some photos of the LeAnn Rimes Christmas show. It was my first time seeing LeAnn Rimes, and also my first time at Grand Falls Casino. I can see what all the hype has been about. That casino is impressive. And that woman can sing.

I could tell early on LeAnn wasn’t thrilled at the idea of me taking photos of her, especially after mentioning not being able to shower due to lack of hot water.

I tried working with what I had but the result was several unflattering pictures.

The show itself was solid. Rimes did quite a bit of interacting with the audience. The setlist included a good mix of Rimes’s hits along with a handful of holiday songs.

And although I’m not familiar with most of her music, I was able to sing along to her holiday renditions of “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree” and “All I Want for Christmas is You”

I talked to a lady at the show who said she’s been to 13 LeAnn Rimes concerts in the last 5 years. 13?! Now that’s dedication. (I thought seeing Lady Gaga twice was a lot!)

Check out the gallery of some photos I took during the show.

V the Noble One gives a shoutout to 605 Magazine for organizing the event and Icon Lounge for hosting.

Clip from the “We are the World” video. I’ll post the full music video once it’s on the web.

V the Noble One introduces 605’s “We are the World” video