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The Occasionalists Present: Post-Inauguration Live Karaoke to Benefit Planned Parenthood

Drumpf Karaoke

Hey, do you hate Donald Trump? I sure do. I hate him sooo much, just being serious. If you feel like I do, and you also enjoy performing Karaoke, let me tell you about a fun event happening this Friday. On January 27th, The Occasionalists, a wildly talented, Brooklyn-based cover band will be hosting Post-Inauguration Live Karaoke at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Tickets are only $10, with all  proceeds benefitting Planned Parenthood, and other Rights organizations.

The Occasionalists will play all of the songs live and then you can just sing along – super fun! Come let your voice be heard — on stage, in the crowd or at the bar! Have some fun and relax in safe place filled with other sane people who didn’t help to get us into this mess!

Proposed Set List for the Evening Will Feature All of Your Favorites, Including:

It’s the End of the World As We Know It – R.E.M.
Revolution — The Beatles
Get Up, Stand Up — Bob Marley
Refugee — Tom Petty
Life During Wartime — Talking Heads
You’re So Vain – Carly Simon
Crazy Train — Ozzy
Freedom 90 — George Michael
London Calling — The Clash
I Will Survive — Cake
Eve of Destruction — Barry McGuire
Should I Stay or Should I Go — The Clash
Creep — Radiohead
Seven Nation Army — White Stripes
Anarchy in the U.K. — Sex Pistols
Come Together — The Beatles
Won’t Get Fooled Again — The Who
Highway to Hell — AC/DC
Fight the Power — Public Enemy
Road to Nowhere — Talking Heads
These Boots Were Made for Walking — Nancy Sinatra
Say It Ain’t So — Weezer
Hallellujah — Leonard Cohen
Psycho Killer — Talking Heads
Redemption Song — Bob Marley
What I Got — Sublime
Sympathy for the Devil – Stones

The Dirty Waltz Band will warm up the house starting at 7:30 PM, with The Occasionalists hitting the stage at 8:45 PM. Union Hall is located at 702 Union Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11215 (N R Q 4 And 5 Trains). If you happen to get hungry, Union Hall also serves delicious food! Further show details can be found Here, and on the FaceBook event page Here. Purchase Tickets in advance Right Here.

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Entrance Releases “Not Gonna Say Your Name” Protest Song to Benefit Planned Parenthood

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Los Angeles-based musician Guy Blakeslee (aka Entrance), has released a new track, “Not Gonna Say Your Name,” to coincide with the President-elect’s recent inauguration. Blakeslee says of the song, “I really wanted to write a song expressing my own feelings about the election and the state of things in our country. Like many, I was in a state of mourning. I wondered, how can I sing about this without saying his name?”

In addition to penning his own protest song, Blakeslee has created a playlist of his personal favorite songs of that theme and has given it exclusively to The Talkhouse, – click Here to listen to his picks, as well as “Not Gonna Say Your Name”!

“Not Gonna Say Your Name” is now available via Thrill Jockey and on participating DSPs, with all proceeds from song purchases and streams going directly to Planned Parenthood, an organization that Blakeslee holds near and dear to his heart. “I decided to use the song to benefit PP because one of the things that is so shocking about the election result is that it sends such a negative message to women and girls,” he says. “It’s the least I could do – for all of the women in the world, in my life, and especially for my mother – to fight back and make a clear statement that we will not accept this backwards agenda.”

Entrance will be performing at Planned Parenthood Benefit in Los Angeles on February 14th, 2017. Download “Not Gonna Say Your Name” for $1.00 at This Link!

Children Of Loss Come Together: Atalie’s Hope Gala June 26th!

Atalies Hope Gala

Atalie’s Hope will host its second annual gala, Thursday June 26, 2014 in New Hyde Park, NY. Cost is $150.00 per person and all proceeds will go towards the foundation. Atalie’s Hope was founded in honor of Atalie Bernic, a young mother who lost her battle against triple negative breast cancer when she was 39 years old. She is survived by her daughter Julia, age 9, who inspired the formation of this organization.

A night of hope will include honoring two important members of our Atalie’s Hope community:

Ms. Susan Thomas, the program director for the Center for H.O.P.E. (Healing, Opportunity, Perseverance, Enlightenment) and Mr. Howard Capell, ESQ an attorney of law that has graciously given probono work for the support of the Atalie’s Hope cause along with a number of other charitable endeavors.

“Susan Thomas and Howard Capell were instrumental in the formation of Atalie’s Hope. Their daily work for those in need is truly inspirational, and it is our privilege to honor them.” – Nada Bernic, President of Atalie’s Hope.

Atalie’s Hope will also announce the first ever family recipient of the “Gift of Hope.” The Gift of Hope was founded in efforts to continue to inspire families that are coping with loss. This year, the Gift of Hope will be given to a family that recently lost their mother to breast cancer; the children and their father will receive all-expenses paid trip to Disney.

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in American women; about 1 in 8 US women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. This has the potential to leave a large number of people indirectly affected by the disease as they continue to live in the aftermath of this disease. If you have (std testing), flexible spending account or health reimbursement arrangement, you can use that to pay for testing. Ensuring those affected, especially the children, have the support they need is critical and that’s what Atalie’s Hope stands for.

Atalies Hope Gala Details
For tickets to the gala, please purchase through our Eventbrite.

About Atalie’s Hope

Atalie’s Hope is dedicated to providing financial assistance to the children of women who have died from breast cancer to help them offset the costs of healthcare, food, clothing and other necessary expenses. This organization serves as a network of the children of women who have died from breast cancer to provide guidance and support; and to conduct community discussions and forums to disseminate information regarding the issues facing children whose mothers have passed away.

To contribute to Atalie’s Hope, you can donate on our website: Atalie’s Hope Dot Org.

Open Call to Artists: Dave Brockie of GWAR Memorial Art Show

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March 23rd, 2014 marked the untimely and tragic death of Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus of the band GWAR. On Saturday May 3rd, MF Gallery is hosting a special memorial art show dedicated to this legendary artist. Dave collaborated many times with MF Gallery, from his solo show / performance piece in 2004 to GWAR’s Crack-a-thon in 2010 and 2011 and numerous group shows throughout the years.

This is an open call to all artists who want to memorialize the Universe’s Greatest Scumdog, or the man behind the mask. MF Gallery will accept all submissions representing GWAR/ Oderus/ Brockie, as long as they are received by April 25th. Interested artists should email info@mfgallery.net for mailing address and more details.

The Opening Party, on Saturday May 3rd (7-10pm) will be a cash & carry sale, with one third of the proceeds going to The Dave Brockie Foundation. Art from the show will be available for viewing and purchasing online at: MF Gallery DB Memorial.

Donations can also be made directly to The Dave Brockie Foundation at: This Link.

Special party events and further details to come. Admission is free and open to all ages. Artists, fans and friends of GWAR / Dave are all invited to come see the show and celebrate this great man’s life with MF Gallery!

MF Gallery is located at 213 Bond St. in Brooklyn, NY. Take the F or G train to Bergen St. The A or C to Hoyt/Schermehorn or the R to Union. For more information, contact Martina Secondo Russo at (917)446-8681 or info@MFgallery.net.

Chef Anthony Bourdain to Host Benefit for Bronx Academy of Letters High School

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Attention all Foodies: Renowned Chef, Author and TV Personality Anthony Bourdain will be on hand to host the Tenth Anniversary benefit celebration for The Urban Assembly Bronx Academy of Letters; one of New York City’s public schools that provides free education to all of its students. Funds raised at this benefit help to offset the many costs associated with programs that are not covered by the NYC Department of Education, which has been subject to severe budget cuts in recent years.

Bronx Academy of Letters’ exceptional programs include a literary magazine and school newspaper, a Writer’s Forum and Writers in Residence program, college visits for all sophomores and juniors, and study abroad opportunities, as well as a school vegetable garden and clubs and athletic teams. Donor funding also helps to make possible the vital, individualized attention offered by an outstanding teaching and student-support staff. The large majority of Bronx Academy of Letters’ graduates continue on to college.

The Tenth Birthday Event takes place on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, from 6:30 – 9:30 PM at the Metropolitan Pavilion, located at 110 West 19th Street in New York City. Host Anthony Bourdain will be joined by associates of Lucky Peach magazine, a quarterly food journal sponsored by Momofuku Restaurants.

Lucky Peach Logo

The evening will feature food by Danny Bowien (Mission Chinese Food), Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly (Chez Sardine), Aaron Chambers (Boulud Sud), Ludo LeFebvre (Ludobites), Gabrielle Hamilton (Prune), Julian Medina (Toloache), Briskettown, Momofuku and Roberta’s. Desserts by Brooks Headley (Del Posto), Erin McKenna (Babycakes) and Christina Tosi (Momofuku Milk Bar) will also be featured, with Cocktails courtesy of PDT’s Jim Meehan.

It should be a really fun night for an excellent cause! Please visit This Link to purchase VIP sponsorship packages as well as individual tickets to the event. Please note that the major part of your contribution is tax deductible!

Attention New York: Rockin' Benefit Concert for Animals Coming Up on January 21st!

Bashers Color Flyer

Monday January 21st is the day we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday, so almost everyone has the day off, amiright? Well, even if you don’t, you can celebrate and honor the spirit of doing something good by attending this rocking event in NYC’s Greenwich village that will benefit several animal advocacy groups.

First off, artist/designer Michael Houghton will be singing with The Bashers, a group comprised of musicians from Guns N’ Roses, Soul Asylum and Keith Richard’s X-pensive Winos band. It does not get much more rock than that. The Planets will also be performing.

A Donation of just $10 is suggested and all funds collected at the door on this evening will go towards two very worthy animal organizations in need, Wildlife Waystation and Ferals in Peril. The work these groups do to assist animals is very close to the hearts of event organizers, Geri Gongora, Dava She Wolf and Wesley Wang. And who doesn’t love animals? What a fun event for a great cause!

The show will take place at Sullivan Hall, Located at 214 Sullivan Street in Downtown NYC! Doors open at 8:30 with the first band on stage at 9:30, so even getting enough sleep on a work night should not be an issue. So come have a drink, make a new friend, rock out and save some animals!

A Benefit For Injured NYC DJ Jonathan Toubin, January 12, 2012!

Jonathan Toubin Benefit Poster

On Thursday, January 12th, Music Hall of Williamsburg will host a benefit for Jonathan Toubin, DJ and conductor of New York Night Train, who is still hospitalized in Portland, Oregon after becoming the victim of a freak accident on December 8th, in which a taxi crashed into his hotel room and landed on top of him while he slept.  Toubin remains in critical condition in the hospital’s ICU, but is currently stable and has made significant strides in his recovery in the last several days.

Offering an update on Jonathan’s current condition, a post at I Heart JT Dot Com is very encouraging, as follows:

[Jonathan’s] bone fractures are beginning to heal, and his other injuries are improving. The wounds from the broken glass are also starting to heal. He shows no signs of any infection other than in his lungs, and that is better.  He is sedated against the pain and has periods of consciousness during which he is able to move his head and limbs and can communicate with gestures and his eyes–even made a joke!  He is getting foot massages to help with circulation and swelling, and has begun some hand therapy. Today he had the endotracheal tube removed and replaced with a tracheotomy for the ventilator to assist with his breathing. All this is good and reassuring news that Jonathan is slowly on the road to recovery. He will remain in the ICU for a while yet before being moved to a room in another unit in the same hospital. Jonathan continues to need your love and positive energy for his recovery. Please keep him in your thoughts.

The Janaury 12th benefit will feature musical performances by Chain and the Gang, 5 Dollar Priest, Eleanor Friedberger, Nicole Atkins, Dorit Chrysler and Theremin, Shilpa Ray, An American Dream, and Two Tears as well DJs JG Thirlwell (Foetus/Manorexia), Jim Sclavunos (Bad Seeds/Grinderman/Silver Alert), and Mick Collins (Dirtbombs).

Raffle tickets will also be on sale at the event for a chance to win cool  prizes from Peter Luger, Ma Peche, Momofuku, Mikeys Hookup, Bar Centrale and Fox and Fawn.

Doors at 6.30 PM, Show starts at 7.30 PM sharp. Tickets are just $20 in advance or $25 at the door, or they can be purchased on line now at Musichallofwilliamsburg.com or Ticketmaster.com.

This will be a really fun evening and it is for such a good cause. You should come out, even if its freezing. If you can’t attend the show you can still help Jonathan by making a donation to his recovery fund at Paypal. Please direct your donaton to ihearttoubin [at] gmail [dot] com.