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Remembering Axi


Fri. May 20th
Hosted by: DEATH TARTE
SHOOTING ROPES (Steph from Stargazer & LotSix)
MAPLE RABBIT (Ex Ed & Georgie)
CARL from Dumpsta Players
KAREN, PAUL & STEPH (Ex red skate red)
Special Guest Stars
Video feature about Axi
DANCE PARTY after performances!

Donations for WAVE (Womens Anti Violence Education) and Axi’s Mother for traveling
to Phila.
@ The Rotunda 4014 Walnut St. 7pm
Presented by Samantha Barrow and Sharon Wasko
For more info-

Formal services are important, but
those of us who were friends with the late great
Axi Nue don’t remember her for somber
quietude. We remember dancing and singing and
celebration, among a million other things.
Come on out to share* YOUR memories while we
dance, cry, sing and love.

*Please bring photos, drawings,stories, writings, fliers, newsclippings, etc.,
related to Axi for a book to be given to her mom!

Please arrive early if you want to see the video. A space will be
provided for reflection.


May 19, 2005 at 2:12 pm Leave a comment

Playlist from Axi Nue Memorial Show on WPRB

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Album Label Comments
Siouxsie & The Banshees Kiss Them for Me Superstition Geffen This is a Tribute to Axi Nue
John Cale & Brian Eno Lay My Love Wrong Way Up
Belle & Sebastian Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie 3…6…9 Seconds of Light Matador “You’re too tall, much too tall for a boyfriend”
Lene Lovich Say When Lucky Number Stiff

Minor Threat Good Guys Don’t Wear White Complete Discography Dischord
The Gossip Southern Comfort That’s Not What I Heard KRS
Outkast Hey Ya Speakerboxxx/ The Love Below La Face
Le Tigre Les & Ray Le Tigre Mr. Lady
They Might Be Giants Birdhouse In Your Soul Flood Elektra

Patti Smith Dancing Barefoot Land (1975-2002) Arista
They Might Be Giants SeXxy Dial�A�Song
Pavement Shady Lane Shady Lane EP
Dead Milkmen If You Love Someone Set Them On Fire Metaphysical Graffiti Restless Records
Cat Power He War You Are Free Matador

Jill Scott One Is the Magic Number Who Is Jill Scott?
Duke Ellington It Don’t Mean a Thing Greatest Hits
Presidents of the United States of America Video Killed the Radio Star The Wedding Singer
Lou Reed Perfect Day Transformer

They Might Be Giants New York City Dial-A-Song Rhino
Elliot Smith Say Yes Either/Or KRS (edit…)
PJ Harvey Kamikaze Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea Island
Le Tigre TGIF Feminist Sweepstakes
PJ Harvey Desperate Kingdom of Love Uh Huh Her Island (edit…)
Laura Nyro Captain Saint Lucifer New York Tendaberry

Nico These Days Chelsea Girls
Laurie Anderson It Tango Big Science
Delta 5 Anticipation See the Whirl Charisma
Gloria Jones Tainted Love Music of Gloria Jones the original!
Diamanda Galas I’m Gonna Live the Life Malediction In Prayer
Joan Jett Bad Reputation Joan Jett Blackheart Records
Girls At Our Best This Train Is Bound for Glory Pleasure

Nina Simone The Assignment Sequence Black Gold RCA

February 4, 2005 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

Outlook Memories

hi sara,
yes i can have visitors, but hopefully tonight will be my last night in the joint. wish me luck! if i get out soon i’ll have a few days out and about before i make my return to HUP for a nother four day round of chemo on Monday. How are YOU, lady??? Hope all is well.

Raised By Bees wrote:
Stay strong Axi!

Sara Sherr

Posted by Raised By Bees to ether brick lust at 10/4/2004 01:03:01 AM


February 3, 2005 at 1:08 am Leave a comment

Everywhere I Look I See Her Eyes

Pat Rapa called me on Monday and asked me to write about Axi. I walked around in a workless daze for hours and then came up with this I was kind of humbled and awed by the task at hand. How do I sum up someone like that in 300 words or less? After hearing her friends speak at the service on Tuesday night, I wished I’d hung out with Axi more, discussed more feminist theory (as I tend to do more feminist living than theorizing), danced with her in the rain to Cyndi Lauper and Ja Rule, and spent more time with her in the hospital when she was alert, playing music, eating candy.

Today though, I honored Axi by living in the moment. I tried seeing her in all of my work, in every yellow bullet sticker, in every ticket sold, in every answered phone, in every CD filed, in every face of every stupid and crazy, looking for wonder in the mundane and annoying, and treasuring the people and things in my life that are anything but mundane and annoying. It was like Lili Taylor in Household Saints seeing Jesus while she ironed shirts. I usually associate anything Catholic with batshit crazy, but I’m trying to apply the “What Would Axi Do” axiom to my life. And more importantly, how can I stay focused in this time and place, how can I keep this feeling? For starters, I’m going back to the Shambhala Center as soon as I can. Ricky and Amanda want to go too, so maybe we can explore this together, because, as Axi actually said, as pointed out at her funeral, isolation’s bullshit. Let’s take care of each other.

February 3, 2005 at 12:33 am 1 comment

Garland of Tissues

Photo from Megan Wendell

This is part of a letter I wrote to a friend. I’m posting it here because I’m going to have to refer back to this again and again in the coming days.

I went to my first Buddhist funeral ever, and I meditated and cried, and thought a lot about my friend and compassion and fear and love and life and death. I unintentionally left a garland of tissues all around my meditation cushion thing.

For the past couple of days, I’ve been trying to figure out how I can do good by Axi. How to give love the way she did, how to spread joy, how to make peace, how to not be so angry anymore. Or at least self-destructively angry. When she was angry, she kicked ass at it and made great art. While she was alive, I did good things, supported her as a performer, booked her band, performed in and put on a benefit to raise money for her uninsured medical expenses when she first got sick, and went and visited her in the hospital the day before she died and held her hand and told her that I loved her. And Axi died knowing she was loved, by me, her family, her friends.

But now I have more work to do. Who have I taken for granted? Who have I hurt? Who have I pushed away? Who did I make feel unloved when the opposite was true?

February 2, 2005 at 12:36 am 3 comments

An Obit In My Purse

Katherine Dorothea Anna “Axi Nue” Carter

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KATHERINE DOROTHEA ANNA CARTER “AXI NUE,” 25, died 5:35 PM Sat. Jan. 29, 2005, at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.She had been diagnosed with B-cell non-Hodgkins lymphoma, eight months ago. Following cremation, the first of two Memorial Services will be held 7 P.M. Tuesday at the Shambhala Meditation Center, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia, with Dr. Elaine Yuen, Chaplain of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Rev. John Weber, a Chaplain at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, officiating. A Memorial Service will also be held 11 A.M. Friday at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Rd., Brogue, Penna. with the Rev. Steven E. Thomas and the Rev. LaDonna E. Thomas, pastors of St. Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church, New Bridgeville, and St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rinley, officiating. Visitation will be 9 to 11 A.M. Friday at the Church. Burial will be in Cassel’s Union Cemetery, York Haven. OLEWILER & HEFFNER FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 35 Gotham Place, Red Lion is in charge of arrangements. Miss Carter was born July 24, 1979, in Milwaukee, WI. She was the daughter of Guy Christopher Carter of Goldsboro and Ranette Joy (Otto) Carter of Phoenix, AZ. She was a 1998 graduate of Alhambra High School in Phoenix and attended the Paradise Valley Community College during the 1999 – 2000 school year. From 2000 – 2001, she was a Liberal Arts Major at the Community College of Philadelphia and also studied sound engineering. As a self-employed artist and musician, she was the lead vocalist for the band, Red Skate Red in Philadelphia and was also a member of the band, Ed & Georgie. For the 2003 – 2004 season, she was a cast member of the Philadelphia Rock Musical, “Broken Hipster” and also performed with the acting troupe, The Dumpsta Players. She was also a visual artist and volunteered for inner city after school programs utilizing drama therapy. She was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World and volunteered as an organizer for the union. She was also a member of the Shambhala Meditation Center, Philadelphia. In addition to her parents, Miss Carter leaves her brother, Vincent Michael Andrew Carter and wife, Tammy Renee of Corsicana, TX; a niece, Anna Katherine Carter; two step-nieces, Mackenzie and Claire Irvin; her stepmother, Ellen Carter of Goldsboro; a paternal grandmother, Flora Mae Carter of Seguin, TX; a maternal step-grand-mother, Dorothy Otto of Elgin, IL; two uncles, Robert Steven Carter of Tacoma, WA and David Cook Carter of Nederland, TX; and her adoptive uncle, Robert Lawrence of Modesto, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Abramson Cancer Center, the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce St., Phila., PA 19104. The family also wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Dr. Rebecca Elstrom and the entire Oncology Service at the Hospital of the University of Penna for the outstanding medical and nursing care provided.

Published in the Philadelphia Inquirer/Philadelphia Daily News on 2/1/2005.

February 1, 2005 at 11:21 pm Leave a comment

Service for Axi

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The service will be held at 7 PM Tuesday at at the Shambala Center at
2030 Sansom Street. There will be space durring or after the service
for people to remember her in their own way. Sing a song, do a dance,
read a poem. Some food will be provided, but feel free to bring more.

January 31, 2005 at 2:58 pm Leave a comment

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