Voice teacher and producer, Barbara Maier Gustern and Downtown and producer/performer Eric L. Schmalenberger present: TRANS Formative – Songs that Propelled Us: A Benefit for Joe’s Pub New York Voices Commissioning Program and the Ali Forney Center. Two extravaganzas featuring stars of the downtown scene will play at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, on March 24 and April 28. Show times are at 9:30pm. Tickets are $30 and can be reserved online http://joespub.publictheater.org/en/tickets/calendar/playdetailscollection/joes-pub/TRANS-Formative/ at or by phone at: (212) 539-8778. Below, find a list of performers who have enthusiastically committed to perform so far.
Hosted By Tammy Faye Starlight
Justin Vivian Bond, Michael Cavadias, Angela DiCarlo, Earl Dax, Eisa Davis, Mai Fujisawa, Miguel Gutierrez, Nicholas Gorham, Soozie Hwang and the Realastics, Our Lady J, Carol Lipnik, Heather Litteer, Amber Martin, Nancy Magarill, Carlos Ponton, Chris Rael, Lady Rizo, Viva Ruiz, Eric Schmalenberger, Sofia Tosello, Sonda Weigl . Pinky Weitzman with Not Waving But Drowning, Geo Wyeth, And Roseanna Vitro
Hosted By Tammy Faye Starlight and Eric Schmalenberger
WITH: Penny Arcade, Seth Bedford, Louisa Bradshaw, Machine Dazzle, Heather Greene, Kathleen Hanna and the Julie Ruin, Benjamin Ickies, John Kelly, Julie Atlas Muz, Miss Guy, Taylor Mac, Sofia Rei, Rob Roth, David F. Slone Esq., Vlada Tomova, and Natti Vogel.
With possible surprise guests on both nights!!!
PLEASE COME AND JOIN US at one or both of these spectacular evenings.
Barbara Maier, who teaches a significant number of entertainers in the LGBT community, says, “Joes’ Pub has been a significant presence in the development of a diverse group of talent. Certainly, they have been a force in the careers of many of my students. Joe’s Pub New York Voices Artist Commissioning Program and the important Ali Forney Center, in their very different ways, support and encourage people to be the best at who they are and to care for and nurture themselves. Youth who are struggling with identity need role models who’ve stepped out to claim their true selves. I thought it was the right time to throw a great party to say thank you to these organizations that foster those values.”
New York Voices, an initiative envisioned and developed by Joe's Pub Director Shanta Thake, supports artists by commissioning new works that not only connect them to their fans, but to their contemporaries as well. The program received an NEA grant in 2011.
The Ali Forney Center is the largest and most comprehensive program in the nation dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning (LGBTQ) youth. Through a variety of services, the center sees over 1,000 homeless LGBTQ youth each year, offering essentials of food and sustenance, extensive physical and mental health services, career and educational counseling and life skills mentoring. 99% of youth in the center’s Transitional Housing Program are employed and 77% are enrolled in higher education.