Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Nuyorican Poets Cafe Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit at JOE’S PUB in NYC on 12/20!

NuyoJust like with healing our body, healing our homes, our cities, and our earth after a natural disaster with devastating repercussions requires tremendous communal support and uplifting artistic energy. That is why We Are the Real Deal is the perfect space to announce an exciting upcoming event in which I’ll be performing on Thursday, December 20 at 11:30 p.m. at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

As a New York City-based artist, eating disorder recovery advocate, and recovered individual, I have thought a lot these past weeks about the similarities between eating disorder recovery and disaster relief. Without pushing the analogy, without over exploring and making any insensitive connections, I know that no matter what, both involved tremendous patience, love, and compassion, and both are much easier, much more lasting, much more fulfilling when there is art involved.

 Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. It is a home for many artists. It is a safe space for healing. It is a safe space for recovery – allowing art to be a catalyst for self-empowerment, giving space for any voice, any poem, any song. Right in the heart of New York’s Alphabet City, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe was affected by Hurricane Sandy and lost its heating system. In addition, many of the students and artists the Cafe serves are still struggling in the aftermath of the storm. So, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe community is putting on a benefit show at the legendary Joe’s Pub, and we’d love to see you there.

The incredible line-up includes: muMs (“Poet” from the HBO series OZ); Mahogany Browne (host of the Cafe’s legendary Friday Night Slam); Jive Poetic (DJ and host of the Nuyo’s Slam Open); poet Caroline Rothstein (whose video “Fat” was recently tweeted by Lady Gaga); poet, actress and vocalist La Bruja; Nuyo Slam Team alums Bryonn Bain and Whitney “Witness” Greenway; vocalists Aurora Rose and Melodie Nicholson; and poets Caits Meissner andQueen Godis.  USA Today recommends the Nuyorican Poets Cafe as one of the top cultural attractions in downtown Manhattan, and The Wall Street Journal says the Cafe has grown “from a small, volunteer-led venue to a thriving arts center.”

Here is a link to the event, and details are below:

Nuyorican Poets Cafe Benefit at Joe’s Pub

Thursday, December 20 at 11:30 p.m.

425 Lafayette Street  New York, NY 10003

Tickets: $25 Reserved; $40 Premium

If you cannot attend the show but still want to support the cause, you can make tax-deductible donations here (to receive a tax exemption letter for a donation, forward the donation receipt email to info@nuyorican.org).

Come share your love and energy with us next Thursday – we’d be honored to see you there!

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