In November Justin VivIan Bond and James Lecesne (founder of the After The Storm Foundation) helped raise over $20,000 for the Ali Forney Center, New York's center for homeless LGBT youth, with An Evening of Cabaret at Joe's Pub at The Public featuring Lady Rizo, Taylor Mac, Bridget Everett, Cole Escola and Joseph Keckler among others.
Joe's Pub will continue to host several benefits in support of Hurricane Sandy victims throughout the holiday season. December's Sandy fundraisers include Mike Daisey's Where Water Meets With Water, The Broadway Boys, Nuyorican Poets Café Benefit, Rachael Sage and Still Here!, a spoken-word event featuring Sarah Kay, Andy Suzuki & The Method, Arthur Lewis and Laura Brown-Lavoie. Read on for more details.
Mike Daisey: WHERE WATER MEETS WITH WATER
December 10 at 9:30 PM
This December, Mike Daisey explores the power of storms on every level-from the hurricane that tore through our city and the work of thousands making recovery possible, to what it meant to live in a city divided by darkness, and how for many the struggle hasn't ended. More than a news story, we'll endeavor to wrestle with what storms mean-as a harbinger of the future, as a dramatic illustration of our blindness to class, and even as a moment when it can feel like our direction is changing. Expect both the ridiculous and the heroic in equal measure, a survey of our waterfronts large and small, an accounting of the power of tides, and a night of shared stories. Fill your bathtub. Check your batteries. Sit tight. Created by Mike Daisey. Directed by Jean-Michele Gregory.
The Broadway Boys PRESENT BROADWAY SINGS FOR TOYS
December 10 at 7:00 PM
$15 Standing Room / $40 Reserved / $100 VIP
The Broadway Boys will once again host Broadway's favorite holiday party and concert with the 7th Annual Broadway Sings For Toys: A Benefit for Toys for Tots, Monday, December 10th at 7pm. This year?s concert is a cocktail party/concert/toy drive featuring Broadway's hottest talent and is one of the most joyful and inspirational holiday events of the year. Scheduled performers joining The Broadway Boys this year include Adriane Lenox (TONY-winner Doubt, Dreamgirls), Kate Shindle (Wonderland, Legally Blonde), Andrew Samonsky (Scandalous, South Pacific), Alyssha Umphress (Bring It On, On a Clear Day...), Jenny Fellner (Wicked, Mamma Mia), Betsy Wolfe (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Everyday Rapture), the companies of Wicked, Scandalous, and Mary Poppins, and more to be announced! Bring a toy, grab a drink, and have a fabulous time with holiday classics as well as tunes of love, hope and inspiration. A raffle will be held this year and will include prizes such as JetBlue tickets, signed cast albums, Bottles of Hammer + Sickle, and more.
NUYORICAN POETS CAFE BENEFIT
December 20 at 11:30 PM
$25 reserved / $40 Premium
Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. But during Hurricane Sandy, the Cafe lost its heating system, and many of the students and artists the Cafe serves are still struggling in the aftermath of the storm. So a lineup of the Nuyo's most accomplished young performers will perform at Joe's Pub on December 20 in a fundraising event for the Cafe and its community. Featured artists will include muMs da Schemer ("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 (aka Caridad De La Luz); vocalists Aurora Rose and Melodie Nicholson and poets Caits Meissner and Whitney "Witness" Greenway. 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."