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Moey’s a Mom Who Rocks Every Princess!

Melissa Levis’s career as a children’s performer began with a very bad hair day. Actually, several very bad hair months.

ImageHer son, Monty, a toddler, was flatly refusing shampoo. “So,” she said, “I wrote a song called ‘Pierre Wouldn’t Wash His Hair.’ ”

That ballad describes a boy with hair so filthy that a bird drops a seed into it, and a flower grows. “Guess what?” Ms. Levis added. “The next day Monty washed his hair.”

Ms. Levis, right, still writes songs about little heads, but these days they’re adorned with ribbons and crowns, not sprouting buds. On Tuesday, during the first National Princess Week, she and her band, Moey’s Music Party, will release their third CD, “Princess Revolution!” (NewSound Kids). To celebrate, Ms. Levis will make weekend store appearances and host a full-fledged Princess Ball on Monday. Read the full article in the NYTimes by LAUREL GRAEBER

(Saturday, Mary Arnold Toys, 1010 Lexington Avenue, at 72nd Street; Sunday, J&R Jr., 1 Ann Street, at Park Row, Lower Manhattan; both at 11 a.m.; free. Princess Ball, Monday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., Junior League, 130 East 80th Street, Manhattan; $25. R.S.V.P. required for the ball: 917-680-6739, 

Award-Winning Momz Hot Rocks Screens In California

DOCUMENTAL shows films at the Unurban Coffeehouse, 3301 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA, 90404, 310-315-0056, free admission
Info: 310-306-7330

MON, April 11, 2011. MOMZ HOT ROCKS (90m) at 8pm. Kate Perotti’s jubilant film documents the trials and tribulations of small-time rock bands composed entirely of women who happen to be moms. Momz Hot Rocks shows how this particular generation of women (now in their 40s) are mediating the identities of “mom” and “rocker” and shifting them at the same time. It’s best viewed while keeping in mind that male musicians have historically enjoyed the freedom of being as punk-rock as they want to be without the question of whether they’ve had a child being relevant. The documentary brings to light some juicy feminist questions about autonomy, female archetypes, generational differences and deeper cultural values and assumptions. Filmmaker Q&A to follow.

Trish Lester in Arcadia, CA next week

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Show runs from 7 to 9:30 PM
(not sure when Trish will be on stage, but she’ll perform about five songs)
Songwriter Serenade
Matt Denny’s Ale House Restaurant & Bar
145 E. Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA 91006
Performers share their original songs — all styles and genres of music. This weekly show features three or four different songwriters playing on an enclosed, covered, heated patio, with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Good food…and drink specials, too!