‘We Are the Menstruators’ Movie Premiere At El Cid, Saturday December 15th 2018
Nadia G is a force of nature, the celebrity chef, the Bitchin’ Kitchen star, could not rest on her culinary stardom laurels, she wanted more. At the end of 2013, too eager to unleash her true riot grrrl nature, she decided to put her cooking career on hold to front a punk rock band, The Menstruators.
Nadia documented her journey in the punk rock world in a documentary, ‘We Are the Menstruators’, whose premiere at El Cid on Saturday night attracted a good crowd including a few celebs: comedians Mitcz Marzoni and Melinda Hill, producer Greg Johnson, model Harvey McMurray, actors Trent Culkin and Thaina Sco, screenwriter Eric Bork, YouTube’s prankster Paul Telner, Bitchin’ Kitchen director Joshua Dorsey, VH1 hostess Carrie Keagan, What’s Trending star Shira Lazar, Director Tara McVicar, musicians Shiragirl, Jennie Vee (Eagles of Death Metal, the Menstruators) with her Stray Cats boyfriend Slim Jim Phantom, as well as punk bands Pawn Shop Studios, Stars At Night and The Hot Flashes, and this one totally makes sense…
The rock mock documentary, that Nadia calls ‘the American dream, in reverse’, follows her adventure in the music business world as she goes from cooking diva to the potential punk rock goddess of her dreams. Deep down, Nadia has always been an untamed rebel, dropping the F-bomb during a TV cooking segment, in front of a horrified Kathy Lee Gifford, but, as everyone knows, making money from a dream is not an easy task. The journey is not an easy one, but Nadia never gives up, she tours with her band and performs her punk heart out in front of a series of empty rooms, slowly increasing her debt while loosing her three band member one by one.
At the height of a TV popularity, many would take this for a failure and would immediately go back to their daytime job, but resilient Nadia never gives up, she reforms her band, continues touring and launches an all-female punk rock festival in Los Angeles called Riot Grill and headlined by Le Butcherettes, in order to finally give to her band the public it deserves.
The movie ends there, with the thought that the adventure is far from being over — the Menstruators are currently looking for a label — but under its real-life-Spinal-Tap humor, there is a very personal story, mostly due to the presence of Nadia’s Italian mother, who first disproves her daughter’s choice, because at the end of the day, ‘you have to pay the rent!’ Nadia also reveals she was adopted when she was just a few months old and the film follows her quest to find her biological French Canadian mother, who gave birth when she was just 16. However, Nadia will only learn one thing from her biological mother: the description (in French) on the adoption paper: ‘débrouillarde’, a definitive statement she decides to tattoo on her clavicle.
After the show, the Menstruators, fronted by Nadia in zipper leather pants, with her all-female killer line-up, consisting of drummer Ale Robles, bassist Jennie Vee, and guitarist Rex-L, gave us a taste of the band with a mini live performance, which may have been a bit too short to become totally rowdy. Nevertheless, the hungry anger was there, delivered like a hot dish spiced up by plenty of fury and theatricality, while the riot girls closed their set with a surprising cover of Warren Zevon’s ‘Carmelita’.
‘We Are the Menstruators’ is often hilarious but the movie also has a lot of heart at the image of its heroine, soon, it becomes obvious that Nadia invested her bottomless energy in this project with a genuine and indestructible will, a will to survive but also to succeed.