Randi Russo on BBC Radio 2 for a feature on L.E.S. Antifolk scene!

I just learned this was recently aired! Nell's Kitchen is a four part music audio documentary hosted by Nell Bryden.

The fourth part features Antifolk (1: Jazz/Harlem, 2: Disco/midtown, 3: Folk/Greenwich Village (west village), 4: Antifolk/LowerEastSide (east village))

Listen to songs by Michelle Shocked, Ani DiFranco, Lach, Roger Manning, Jeffrey Lewis, Prewar Yardsale, Regina Spektor, Moldy Peaches (Kimya Dawson & Adam Green), and yours truly, Randi Russo (I'm in the earlier/middle part of the broadcast).

And listen to extensive interviews of Jeffrey Lewis and myself (separately). Nell goes through the history through interviews and songs... Listen here... it's up for another 25 days!

My song, Dead Citizen (from the album Solar Bipolar) was featured along with the interview:

Each week through February, 10% of art & CD sales goes to a new charity: THIS WEEK: INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE

From Jan 30th to Feb 5th, 10% of all art and CD sales will go to the International Rescue Committee. Whether you buy art/music or not, I would love for you to donate to this wonderful organization!

Last week, $225 was raised for Free the Slaves. The week prior, $520 was raised for Gilda's Club of Chicago and $520 for Imerman Angels.

Do good in this world. Always do good.


UPDATE! I would love to give as much as possible to the IRC because I've followed this organization for so long and I'm a huge fan of what they do, so I'm extending the 10% donation to go to them through the end of February. Stay tuned for March's charity...

January is Slavery & Trafficking Prevention Month. Ten percent of this week's sales will go to the organization Free the Slaves

The charity event that I had hosted at my studio a little over a week ago went well! I am proud to say that over $1000 was raised to go to Gilda's Club of Chicago and Imerman Angels through the sale of my art. Both are wonderful support organizations for those affected by cancer (whether you're a fighter, survivor, or affected family member). Go to www.gildasclubchicago.org and imermanangels.org to read more about them.

Because of this event, I have decided to continue giving 10% of my proceeds from art sales to a new charity each week until I pack up for LA (which will be soon). 

So from January 23rd-29th, 10% of all art sales (including CD sales) will go to Free The Slaves, an organization I had been following and giving to since my MUSE days (Musicians Unite for Social Equality, a not-for-profit organization that I started over a decade ago that raised a little money but unfortunately never properly got off the ground). 

Over 21 million people around the world are currently enslaved (I've heard estimates close to 30 million people worldwide, but I'll go with the latest numbers on their site). Twenty-six percent are children. You can read more about their important work here: http://www.freetheslaves.net  

January is Slavery & Trafficking Prevention Month. Please help this cause, whether you buy art or not.

If interested in setting up an appointment for viewing art this week, please email me. Online sales will count as well. If you have something specific in mind that you don't see, just ask... it's possible that I have something similar to what you may be looking for but it's not up on the website. www.randirusso.com

Thank you and please keep giving... in whatever way you can. This is the only way we can fight the powers that would like to see our humanity crumble.

xoRandi

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Hoping 2017 is much, much better than 2016, which was one of the worst years I've had personally in almost a decade. Onward and upwards... LA is around the corner! Looking forward to sunshine and warmth to bake out the chill that settled into my bones in my last year here in Chicago. Chicago is a great city and there are many wonderful, heartwarming, eye-opening people here... but some of what I thought was so wonderful & reassuring ended up breaking my heart, and the dreary gloom that sets over the city this winter has been with me since late last spring...

March cannot come soon enough...

May this truly be a HAPPY, NEW year for all.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Just wanted to wish you all Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year! We all deserve it after a rough 2016. ...so much heartbreaking loss this year.

Some news I'd like to share with you (in case you didn't read an earlier post!)... I'll be leaving Chicago for LA in early 2017! I've had a good run here with a solo art show, a bunch of group shows, a handful of performances in some great venues, and most importantly, met some wonderfully amazing people along the way (you know who you are!). And I had the opportunity to get to know my Chicago-based cousins better and get closer to my extended family, who are very dear to my heart. But, all that being said, I've had some very difficult trials here (such is life) and one needs to be attuned to when it's time to move on... and  that time is now.

I'm looking forward to more sunshine and warm weather. New art scene. New art friends. New music scene, new music friends. Closer to more family. Closer to many of my lifestyle preferences out there. It'll be a good thing, I hope/think/gather.

Wishing all much love and light for 2017 and beyond...

Done... and done!

Finally! I've been working on this website off and on for a couple of weeks, after years of having "build a new website" on my to-do list. No one knows why inanimate things move on their own time frame despite us trying to push them along. As I keep trying to tell myself that time is just an illusion...

Um, I realize that this is not really done... but 98% there is pretty good for now. ;)

Random pic of my kitty cat, Dora... Enjoy...

Dora, in her infamous role: "Camouflage Kitty in the Sink" 

Dora, in her infamous role: "Camouflage Kitty in the Sink" 

SHOWS

In anticipation to my move to LA in a few months, there are no shows at this time for art or music. But check back here! I may try to get a Chicago music performance in before I go!