Friday, September 09, 2005

A Fundraiser: Proceeds for Katrina Disaster Relief Fund and More

TAKES 3 TO TANGO: A Dance Party Extravaganza

Sponsored by: Bloom, Cave Canem, and Kundiman

Ever want to dance true tango style? Rose in your teeth? Love in the air?Well, cariño, your time has arrived. Takes 3 to Tango features tangolessons, free flowing wine, glittering poetry and dancing to your favoritehip hop and funk beats! Come on out and shake your groove-thing for afabulous cause. All proceeds will benefit programs for LGBT, AfricanAmerican, and Asian American writers. A portion of the proceeds will alsobe donated to The Red Cross Katrina Disaster Relief Fund.
• Free Tango Lessons from 8:30 – 9pm
• Open Wine Bar from 9 – 10pm
• Free Gold Roses given out (for dancin’ and romancin’ of course!)

Your Illustrious Host Committee:Minnie Bruce Pratt, Mark Doty, Regie Cabico, Father Francis Gargani,Bishop Alfred Johnson, Walter Mosley, Vijay Seshadri, Patricia Smith & John Yau

The 411:
Saturday, September 24, 2005
The LGBT Community Center
208 West 13th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
8:00 p.m – Midnite

$20 Advance Tickets & $15 Student. Advance Tickets are available on OR Tickets are $25 at the Door. For more information on this event, please email

Performer Bios

Counted by A. Magazine as among the hottest up and coming Asian Americanstand-up comics, Regie Cabico has competed in four National Poetry Slams,and winning the title as a member of Team Mouth Almighty from NYC. Thewinner of MTV’s ‘Free Your Mind’ competition, he was also featured on thePBS series ‘In the Life’. Regie appears on HBO’s Russell Simmons PresentsDef Poetry. In 1997, Regie received the New York Foundation for the ArtsPoetry Fellowship. His work appears in over 30 anthologies. As a foundingmember of the Asian Arts Collective, Cabico has developed and led numerousspoken word and writing workshops.

Patricia Smith, a poet, performance artist, and journalist, was born in1955. Her volumes of poetry include Close to Death (Zoland Books, 1993);Big Towns, Big Talk (1992), which won the Carl Sandburg Literary Award;and Life According to Motown (1991). Her latest work of nonfiction,Africans in America, is a companion volume to the PBS Series. Her poemshave been anthologized in Unsettling America: An Anthology of ContemporaryMulticultural Poetry (1994) and Aloud: Voices from the Nuyorican PoetsCafe (1995). A four-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam,Smith has performed her work around the world. She has also written andperformed two one-woman plays, one of which was produced by DerekWalcott’s Trinidad Theater Workshop in the spring of 1994. Anaudiocassette of Smith performing before a live audience, Always in theHead, includes selections from her first three books. A short film ofSmith performing the poem “Undertaker” won awards at the Sundance and SanFrancisco film festivals. A former Metro columnist for the Boston Globe,Smith teaches writing periodically and is now a columnist for Ms. Magazineand the online magazine Afazi.


Bloom was founded to support the work of lesbian, gay, bisexual, andtransgendered writers and artists and to foster the appreciation of queerliterature and creation.

Cave Canem is committed to the discovery and cultivation of new voices inAfrican American poetry. Our program has expanded from a summer retreat toinclude regional workshops, a first book prize, annual anthologies, andreadings and events in major cities around the United States. We are anational community of emerging and established poets, a family of blackwriters who create, publish, perform, teach, and study poetry, and supporteach others’ work.

Kundiman is a not-for-profit organization serving emerging Asian-Americanpoets. Through instruction and collaborative programs with establishedAsian-American poets as well as through publications and readings open tothe public, Kundiman hopes to advance the work of Asian-American writing.Through poetry, we aim to celebrate and promote a strong and positiveAsian-American culture and identity.


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Blogger Patty said...

A great event, for a great cause. I wish I could be there.

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