While people renew their "bomb 'em all!" & "deport 'em all!" fervor during this time of the 911 anniversary, there are some real actions, vigils, and anti-war events going on that are more worthy of being noted. Below the listings of 9.11 events, please also see the listing of the International Women Artists' Conference (I.W.A.C.) happening this weekend at Barnard, where I will be speaking on a panel on Women in Literature. Maritess will also be having her first New York City one woman show, details also below.

9.11 related events

I hope you can join us tonight at this event convened by the 9/11 victims' families who oppose the war:

September 10
Washington Square Park
(“West 4th St.” subway stop: F/V/S/A/C/E)
6:30 PM – 10:00 PM
Speakers, Music, Poetry and Silence
10:00 PM – 7:00 AM
Candlelight Vigil

September 11
Washington Square Park
7:00 AM
Closing Ceremony
There will also be a Brooklyn Peace Vigil and Candlelight Walk to Washington Square Park

Speakers and performers:
Martin Luther King III
Vandana Shiva
Monica Tarazi
Amy Goodman
Dr. Manning Marable
Andrew Rice*
Masuda Sultan*
Talat Hamdani*
Dan Berrigan, S.J.
Kathy Kelly
Michael Ratner
Debbie Almontaser
Pat Humphries &
Sandy Opatow
Rev. Billy
Loung Ung
Emira Habiby Browne
Ataur Rahman
Jesus Avarama
Cassatt Quartet
Vivian Itchon Gupta
LaGuardia H.S. Chorale
Dedrick Muhammad
Meegan Bartlett
Terza Even
Early Riser

* family members of those killed in the present cycle of violence



Third World Within Call Out to Immigrant and Other Communities of Color:

On September 11, 2002 -
Communities of color from around New York City (and around the world) will come together to call for peace and justice through MUSIC, DANCE, AND SPOKEN WORD?.

Join us as we * REMEMBER * those lives lost and also come together to * RESIST * the "New War on Terrorism" Being Waged Against Our Communities.

DATE : Wed. 9/11
Doors open at 6:00 PM
Location: 7 E 7th Street Cooper Union at Astor Place in the Great Hall, Manhattan
Trains: 6 to Astor Place, N,R to 8th St. NYU or L,N,R,4,5,6, to 14th St./Union Square

RSVP for food count, child care or transportation!!!

For More Information: email tww-peaceaction@yahoo.com; call (212) 353-7825

Performers include: Pa'lomonte, Amayo's Fu-Arkist-Ra with members of ANTIBALAS, Hip Hop, Teatro Los Ilegals and DANCE: Palestinian, Filipino, South Asian, Japanese, Taino, Aztec, Breakdancing and more


Rally to defend the rights of Professor Jose Maria Sison!
Stop the U.S.-led political witchhunt!
16 September 2002, Monday
Dutch Consulate
Suite 821-475 Howe St., downtown Vancouver between Hastings & Pender
12 noon

On August 9, 2002, the United States unjustly and unilaterally declared the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) as “foreign terrorist organizations.” The United States also stated that the assets of the CPP, NPA – as well as those of Professor Jose Maria Sison (CPP Founding Chair and Chief Political Consultant of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines or NDFP) – are subject to freezing.

The Dutch government has now followed the U.S. lead. At present, Professor Sison and other Filipino progressives in the Netherlands, including legitimate asylum seekers and recognized political refugees, have fallen victim to draconian and repressive measures such as surveillance, raids, control of movement and travel and harassment. Professor Sison has since been systematically demonized by the European media in an attempt to justify the discriminatory measures of the Dutch government. They are now threatening to have Professor Sison, who is a recognized and legitimate political refugee in the Netherlands, unjustly extradited to the U.S., – a move that clearly exposes U.S. interests behind his political persecution. These measures unjustly violate their civil liberties and democratic and human rights.

The pretext of fighting “terrorism” in the aftermath of September 11 must not be used to suppress legitimate political activities and dissent.

Please join the Filipino community in Canada in denouncing the supressive actions of the Dutch government!

For more information, please contact the B.C. Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines at 604-215-1905.


This Wednesday will mark the anniversary of events that ended thousands of lives, and changed the social and political fabric of our country. Many of us are still coming to terms with what that day meant to us.

The choice of how to remember September 11th is, of course, a very personal one. If you are looking for a way to observe September 11th that focuses in part on building a more peaceful future, here's a website you may find helpful -- it includes a directory of local events in communities in the U.S. and around the world:


If you choose to participate in one of these events, you will help to shape this day as one of peaceful remembrance, rather than a call for more retribution.

We hope you find this resource helpful.


- Wes, Joan, Carrie, Peter, Eli, Randall, and Susan
September 9th, 2002


International Women Artists' Conference (I.W.A.C.) "Uniting and Thriving"
(I will be taking part in a panel entitled "Women in Literature at the Sunday 1:30 panel)
Barnard College, Columbia University
116th St./Bway, NYC
(1/9 Trains to 116th Street)

Co-sponsored by
Barnard Center for Research on Women

Friday, Sept. 13th - Sunday, September 15th, 2002

Opening Ceremony
Tribute to Zora Neale Hurston
Friday, September 13, 2002

For more detailed information, as well as a complete schedule of events and conference panels and workshops, check out:

Early Registration by August 23, 2002
Fee: $45/conf. day, or $75/weekend pass*
Group Rate (8 or more): $65/weekend pass*
Non-Profit Rate (10 or more): $65/weekend pass* + free booth
On-Site Registration September 13-15th, 2002
Fee: $50/conf. day, or $85/weekend pass*
Group Rate (8 or more): $75/weekend pass*
Non-Profit Rate (10 or more): $75/weekend pass* + free booth
Working Artists
Fee: $35/conf. day, or $50/weekend pass
Student or Work Study
Fee: $20/conf. day, or $35/weekend pass*
(limited work study and scholarships available)

Opening Ceremony/Invited Keynote: Sonia Sanchez
Tribute to Zora Neale Hurston
Friday, September 13, 2002
Fee: $10/general admission*
*weekend pass includes Opening Ceremony/Keynote

Non-profit & Student organizations: $35/conf. day, or $50/weekend rate
Women Artists/Vendors: $50/conf. day, or $75 weekend rate

A Special Performance by Sarah Jones on the eve of I.W.A.C.
(registration for conference available) Thursday, September 12th @ Barnard College 7pm
(Free to public)

Tentative Schedule*
Opening Ceremony (open to all)

Friday, September 13th @ Barnard College
6pm-Opening Reception (Free)
7pm-Invited Keynote: Sonia Sanchez
8pm-Performances by Imani Uzuri and special guests

Conference Day I
Saturday, September 14th @ Barnard College
8:30am-Registration Opens
10:15am-Workshop Sessions and Small Panel I
1:00pm-Workshop Sessions, Small Panel II and Film Screening
2:30pm-Panel Discussion I "Art for Social Change"
4:00pm-Workshop Sessions, Small Panel III and Film Screening
5:30pm-Closing and Performance by Handsfor...Dance Project
8pm-2am-"The Village Crawl" - special events and performances at various downtown locations**

Conference Day II
Sunday, September 15th @ Barnard College
8:30am-Registration Opens
10:00am-Workshop Sessions and Small Panel IV
11:00am-Panel Discussion II "Making Your Art Work For You"
12:30pm-Lunch and Film Screening
1:30pm-Workshop Sessions and Small Panel V
2:45pm-Workshop Sessions and Small Panels VI
4:00pm-Panel Discussion III, Closing "Institution Building: A Place of Our Own" and Film Screening
5:30pm-Closing Reception and Celebration



International Women Artist's Showcase @ Joe's Pub
Thursday, September 12th

Featuring: DJ Beverly Bond, Imani Uzuri-host, InfiniTEE, Jeni Fujita, Jolie Fuego "Maximina & Alice", Morley, and Rozz Nash w/ LOTUS

doors open: 10pm
located: 425 Lafayette @ Astor Place
guest list rsvp: (212)561-9746
or door charge: $10
International Women Artists' Conference "Opening Ceremony"
Friday, September 13th @ 7pm
Featuring: Sonia Sanchez (keynote speaker), Tribute to Zora Neale Hurston, Imani Uzuri, Mahina Movement, and special guests...
location: Barnard College, Held Auditorium, 117th and Broadway
take the 1 train to 116th and Broadway, walk to the westward to campus
Opening Reception @ 6pm: free to all
Opening Ceremony: $10
Wild Women Do!! IWAC Extravaganza @ CBGB's Gallery
Saturday, September 14th @ 7:30pm

Featuring: Florence Love Yoo-host, La Bruja, Somi, Shelly Nicole's "Blak Bushe", Toni Blackman-host, Yejide the Night Queen, an OPEN MIC for women vocalists, mc's, spoken word artists...and an dance party with the all female afrobeat band: FEMM NAMELESS!
door charge: $5/IWAC participants, $9/all others


August 26, 2002

Press Contact:
Sabrina Margarita Alcantara-Tan
Email: bamboogirl@aol.com


NEW YORK, NY - Maritess Zurbano, New York’s only female magician, will be showcased in a limited-run performance entitled, “GIRLIEMAGIC: THE LIFE OF A PROFESSIONAL FEMALE MAGICIAN,” as part of Artists of Tomorrow, the theater festival supporting women in theater.

“People should come to see a story that has never been told before on stage—ever,” Maritess states. “I’m one of 15 professional female magicians in the United States, and am uniquely qualified to introduce the audience to the secret world of magic and Las Vegas... There will also be quite a bit of sex present in the play, which is worth more than $15 bucks,” she winks.

With a background as a professional freelance writer, Maritess has been working on her memoir for several years. “GIRLIEMAGIC” encapsulates this Filipina-American's treacherous journey – from a suicidal teenager in the backstreets of Chicago, to black jack dealer, magic apprentice in Las Vegas, to world-traveled illusionist. All will be revealed via magic illusions, slight-of-hand, and mind-reading feats.

“This show is the accumulation of 12 years of wonderful friendships, magical moments, education, and blatant misogynistic hatred I’ve received from the magic community.”

As the only known Filipino American professional magician, the only known professional female magician, and the only female Asian mentalist in history, she is no stranger to breaking new ground.

Maritess hopes that in telling her story, in all its colorful, intense, and humorous glory, women will be encouraged to pursue their dreams, “Magic is like any other male dominated career choice. It’s just that in the magic world, the misogyny is hilariously blatant. Traditionally, if a woman is on stage, she is wearing a bikini and a g-string and is being sawn in half, impaled, set on fire, or acting as servant. I’ve attended magic conventions for years, and over and over I’ve seen young magicians being exposed to magic’s misogyny, via deprecating jokes or routinely offensive magic tricks, such as the old sponge-penis-jumping-out-of-the-hand-trick (long story, it’s in the show) as if it was a requirement for participation. My message is that it doesn’t have to be. We can all be magicians side by side and it’s okay.”

Guest artists will include: Kenny Muhammed, “Human Orchestra”/beatbox extraordinnaire, with whom Maritess will be collaborating with in the show, and Chinese-American musician Kevin So, who will be opening for the Sunday performance only.

Show dates for this limited engagement are Saturday, September 14 at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday, September 15 at 8pm, and Saturday, September 21 at 9pm, at the West End Theatre, located at 263 West 86th Street, between Broadway and West End Highway, half a block from the 1/2 86th Street stop. Ticket price is $15. Reserve tickets by calling 212.696.8931.

“One of the recommended shows to see in Manhattan.”
- Time Out New York

“Zurbano’s style could be called urban sophisticate - with an edge…”
- New York Newsday

“Zurbano’s steady rise to popularity… is not by magic.”
- Philippine News

About Maritess Zurbano

Maritess was born and raised in Chicago where she studied sculpture, painting and art history in college. She later dropped out of art school to become a magician in Las Vegas. Beginning her career as a close-up slight of hand artist with an expertise in card and coin magic helped her deal blackjack at every major casino. Later, she became part of a gambling team.

Maritess apprenticed with legendary magician, Gary Darwin, in Las Vegas for seven years. Since then, Maritess has toured with her full stage illusion show throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She was nominated for competition in the Federacion Internacionale Societe Magique 2000, considered the Olympics of Magic. She has been featured on Lifetime Television, VH1, Newsday, and in media around the world, including Japan’s TV network, NHK.

Guest Artists

Kenny Muhammed: Kenny is known as the “Human Orchestra.” He has performed on the Jay Leno Show, with the New York Symphony Orchestra, and has toured with Maxwell. Kenny’s human beatbox rivals a four-track mixer. Maritess and Kenny will be doing a magical collaboration in the show.

Kevin So: Kevin is a Chinese-American musician from Boston. He is a folk singer, and has opened for many stars, including Billy Bragg. His politically-charged songs address racism, alienation, and love. Kevin will be opening for the Sunday show only.