Oy vey, I’ve gotten hooked into performing at the Hear Me Roar! Project benefit for Sylvia’s Place this Thursday August 20 at 6 at Bowery Poetry Club. I don’t have an act, having worn out Suzanne Somers‘s poetry book as if it were a raunchy bottom, so out of desperation, I’m going to dig back to my Motown cover band days and sing a Michael Jackson medley as a sort of bittersweet homage!
Accompanied by Evan O’Reilly from Air Kiss on Mars, I will attempt to croon the tunes in a relatively normal range (my falsetto is even more ravaged than that poetry book) and I will graciously lay off the sarcasm, though I might preface my heartfelt performance with a couple of tasteless jokes just to relieve the tension. By the way, the event helps homeless LGBTQ youth in NYC–so maybe I’d better rethink the whole Michael Jackson tribute idea in the first place, lol!
Thursday, July 30th- On Thursday, August 20, 2009, activists Alexis Handwerker and Emanuel Xavier will present THE HEAR ME ROAR! PROJECT benefit for Sylvia’s Place, an event to help raise funds for The Hear Me Roar! Project and Sylvia’s Place. The event will be held at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC from 6-7:30pm. A suggested minimum donation of $15 will include presentations by: Village Voice columnist, Michael Musto; poet and author, Emanuel Xavier; club/electro/punk musicians, Air Kiss on Mars; poet Chip Livingston; bomba y plena percussion and dance ensemble, Segunda Quimbamba; performer, Imani Henry; and spoken word artist, Simply Rob. There will also be a raffles featuring donated items.
This event is kindly sponsored by NEXTmagazine, The Estee Lauder Companies Inc., Jackass/NitroCircus, Sara?s Gracious Goodies, Fred Marcus Photography, Hot Blondies Bakery, Bekka NYC, Fragrancenet.com, Emily Drazen Photography, Backbone and Wingspan
Founded by Alexis Handwerker and partnered with Sylvia’s Place, MCCNY Homeless Youth Services, THE HEAR ME ROAR! PROJECT uses artistic expression to raise awareness about the unique experiences and needs of queer youth.
Sylvia’s Place provides emergency shelter and drop-in services to homeless LGBTQ youth in New York City.
For more information about Sylvia’s Place, please visit http://www.homelessyouthservices.org/
Bowery Poetry Club is located at 308 Bowery (Between Houston and Bleecker). F train to 2nd Ave, 6 to Bleecker. (212) 614-0505, http://www.bowerypoetry.com