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Dark. Nude. Storytellers.
Sun, Feb 1, 2015
doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm

$20 at the door, cash or credit
$15 advance tickets

Dark. Nude. Storytellers. returns to WOW Cafe Theater with

For the love of black hair.

Master MC Akynos gathers some of the most dynamic raconteurs, and pushes boundaries with her commentary, revealing so much more of herself than anyone could expect. These stories are political as they are personal, and they all come straight from the heart. This month: Dragon Fly, Smith Vivienne, Foxy Squire, Siobhan O'Loughlin, Makeda Violetta and so much more.

Dark. Nude. Storytellers. was created to give voice to the stories of bodies of color in an educational, sometimes whimsical fashion that pays homage to the oral history tradition. Mainstream culture too often rewrites and excludes the lives, experiences, and history of bodies of color, leaving stories to be told, if at all, by those who may not truly understand them. Dark. Nude. Storytellers. puts the stories back into the hands of the people who live them.

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Thurs, Feb 5, 2015, 9pm

$25 credit or cash at the door
Advance tickets:
$20/adv general admission
$30 for 2 ($15 each)
$48 for 4 ($12 each)

Thick: A Zaftig Revue: First Thursdays of the month, experience burlesque, dance, singing, drag and a whole lot of other shenanigans! The February 5th cast gives you what you want just in time for Black history month. It's loaded with bad-ass THICK boys and girls showing you Black history with an all Black cast bringing to life the artistry and beauty in Black talent; daring to resist size oppression and re-frame beauty ideals, showing you why this production always sells out!

Hosted by comedian extraordinaire Joanna Briley, with THICK curator The Incredible, Edible, Akynos.

Featuring from DC Private Tails, with her comradre Aurora Wells, with regular THICK girl songstress Ngozi- Y'ileese, sensual poet goddess Mona Bode, and other surprise performances! Dress to impress and don't miss out on testing your creative chops with the burlesque freestyle contest! Remember it's not just a show, it's a party! DJ Administer aka Mr. Speaker keeps the crowd moving. Drinks are a steal and afterwards you can sit back and throw a few back with the entertainers.

THICK... Good, sweet, and thick: juicy round voluptuous breasts packed in sequins nice and neat. THICK ain't missing any meals and is proud of it! THICK is Hottentots and healthy-bodied boys grinding it with the heat turnt all the way up! More at facebook

Art LovHer
Fri, Feb 6, 2015
9:00 pm for a drink & draw style networking hour
10:30 pm open mic

$10 admission
or $7 with RSVP to artlovesher.bk AT

Art LovHer presents: Love Is Love.
An open co-operative of artists that hold space to highlight, honor, and preserve the work of women artists. Through our monthly open art salons and various art events throughout the country, we build and maintain safe spaces of artistic exchange and community.

Every month on the first Thursday, doors open at 9pm for a drink & draw styled networking hour featuring a live model and complimentary wine, led by Art LovHer resident artist Create. Limited art supplies are provided but it's okay to also bring your own! The open mic begins at 10:30pm with a phenomenal woman artist feature to end the night.

Upcoming shows: Fridays; 2/06/15, 3/06/15. More info at facebook.

Hypergender Burlesque
Sat, Feb 7, 2015 , 10pm

$15/$10 if on HyperGender mailing list (just email us at and ask to get on the list)
advance tickets recommended due to our limited seating capacity!

Hosted by the legendary JZ Bich eccentric Jean va Gin, wise Mercedes Matilda, and the adorable Kinda Lim.

Some may call us blasphemous, but we say we are what NYC is about: queerness, glitter and worship of all things different!

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GET LUCKY: A Friday the 13th Love Festival
Fri, February 13, 2015, 6:30 pm

$15 suggested donation
$8 minimum at the door
$6 minimum if bought online in advance
TO GET ADVANCE TICKETS visit and hit the "donate" button on the homepage!!! Be sure to mark your payment "love festival"

Take someone home for Valentine's Day...or don't in true Valentine's Day/Anti-Valentine's Day fashion. Come in your sexiest attire... or come in your best Friday the 13th/horror movie survivor threads.

ญญ Bring food, bring a friend, bring a lover, bring two. Free light refreshments will be provided. Free alcohol won't (but we'll keep it cheap.)

This event was created by YOU (that's why it's so f***ing random.) You voted and we listened, so you BETTER SHOW UP for this love feast-ival/BEST PARTY OF 2015!
First on the Love Feast Menu: Triple Goddess Delight (Learn hot moves you can use on the dance floor later...)
6:30-7pm Guided Modern/Contemporary Improv w/ Florence Nasar
7-7:30pm North African/Middle Eastern Belly Dance w/ Olga El
7:30-8pm Rajasthani Kalbelia Folk w/ Stephanie Lalitha Cosme

(Bring any instrument and improvise with a group!)
8-9:45pm Drum Circle: Main Course: Rhythm of the Heart

Sloppy Seconds: Learn to Use Your Utensils!
9:45-10:30 Tools of Love Demo w/ Marcella Doniza
(This demonstration will show you how to use sexy toys, edible lotions, massage oils and MORE like a pro! Keep it classy!)

Inspiration Du Jour: Spill Your Guts
10:30-11pm Think Tank
(Don't literally spill guts --cuz that's gross-- but do you have questions, concerns, confusions? Need to talk? Need advice? Need ideas? Need collaborators? Or maybe you've already figured out the secret to life. Spill it!)

11pm until the rats come home LAST CHANCE TO DANCE
Dessert: Just Can't Go Home, Huh?
(What? Still here? Fine. We will have a playlist or a DJ or some ish so we can all continue having a good ol' time without pissing off the neighbors with loud, bass-y, vibration-y live drumming.)

BONUS: If you're curious about your luck in love or just 2015 in general bump into Sapphire Lunus Shardz or Olga, at any point in the night, and get your fortune read!

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The Capital Campaign

In 2000, WOW launched its first large-scale fundraising effort, a capital campaign to help us buy and renovate our theater. The City of New York has sold the tenants of 59-61 East 4th Street the building for $1!

The caveat: That we raise the funds to renovate the building, and bring it up to code. WOW’s share of renovation costs is about $300,000. As we have survived solely on box-office sales for 25 years, this is more money than we’ve ever had or needed in the past.

When we do succeed in securing these funds, WOW will own its own permanent theater space in a completely renovated building.

One of the most exciting aspects, which we have achieved, is the addition of a functional 24/7 self-service elevator! Yet to come is an ADA approved accessible bathroom, and dare we say air-conditioning?!
We are not there yet! In order to make this possible, we urgently need your financial help! No donation is too small or too large, and any amount will help us ensure that theatre by women and/or by transgender people continues to thrive and be ever-increasingly accessible.

We are in urgent need of your support.

Please click here for video, a photo archive, and more on our capital campaign!


WOW Cafe Theater is located at 59-61 East 4th Street
on the Fourth Floor.
between Bowery and 2nd Avenue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, NY, 10003, USA.

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