Please come support the upcoming event. Yep, I'm gonna be performing at this one too! The topic of LGBT Activists Speaking Out Against the war, the occupation, and racism, is SO underexplored, and I'm so glad Queers for Peace and Justice is taking steps towards opening it up.

Operation BUSHWHACK:
LGBT Activists and Performers Speak Out About the Occupation

An evening of speakers and performances on the War, occupation, racism and queer liberation.

Wednesday August 13th 7-9p.m. at Bluestockings Bookstore

A fundraiser to benefit Queers for Peace and Justice. An LGBT group working against war and racism.

Come hear LGBT performers and speakers:
Leslie Feinberg
Dian Killian
Marian Yalini Thambynayagam
Sabrina Margarita Alcantara-Tan
Emanuel Xavier
As well as representatives from
And others!
Speak out on war and the occupation

Also see the film premiere of People’s Video Network No Pride In War: The 2003 NYC LGBT Pride anti-war contingent.
Cost: $10 more if you can. No one turned away.
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen St.

Located between Stanton and Rivington (1 block South of Houston and 1st Ave). BY TRAIN: One block South of the F Train's "1st Ave Exit" of its "2nd Ave" stop. And just 3 blocks West and 2 blocks North of the J/M/Z Trains' "Essex/ Delancy" stop.

For more information please contact:


Come to this event, and support Core. I'll be reading and singing:


Fundraising event brings Filipino American artists together as a prelude to CORE’s next major networking event.

Collaborative Opportunities for Raising Empowerment (CORE) announces a fundraising showcase of up and coming Filipino American talent. The event, entitled "The Almost FAME-US Show", will feature acoustic acts from a wide range of musical styles and will be punctuated by poetry and spoken word segues. The event will begin at 6:00pm on Saturday, August 9th, 2003 at Nightingale, 213 Second Avenue (corner of 13th Street), New York, NY.

The dynamic group of artists that have been invited to perform demonstrates the diversity of talent within the Filipino American community. DJ/Producer Marc Carranceja (a.k.a ELEMENT) is currently working with David Bowie on several projects. This past July he won the nationwide music producers competition in New York City. He also started his own music and film company, Noisemaker Media. R&B vocalist Jorge Cabrera has had two singles in Australia in 2002 and currently has a single playing in Brussels. He seeks to open doors for more Asian artists in the mainstream music industry. Julie Danao has appeared in Broadway productions such as Aida, Rent, Saturday Night Fever and Miss Saigon, has written and performed one-woman shows and is currently appearing in the Off-Broadway production, The Karaoke Show. Z-313 and Sketch, the members of Kontrast, combine hip-hop, spoken word and theater to address various topics from commercial consumerism to terrorism abroad and at home. Alternative rock musician LES lists his influences as Tool, Nirvana, Radiohead and Coldplay, and offers a captivating live show of ballads and rock anthems. The girl-fronted alt-rock band Quasilulu describes themselves as a band that "balances and finesses intricate rhythm with simple, deep pocket patterns and rangy power vocals with subtle whisperings."

The featured poets and spoken word artists are not only gifted writers but are also active members of the community. Sabrina Margarita Alcantara-Tan is the creator and editor of Bamboo Girl, an independent publication confronting issues of racism, sexism and homophobia as they relate to women of color and has also spoken at various colleges and universities addressing these issues. Sarah Gambito and Joseph Legaspi are founding members of Kundiman, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to emerging Asian American poets. Mark Habana is a volunteer for the Asian American Writers' Workshop (AAWW) and helps to coordinate the (re)collection Open Mic Series held there every third Saturday of the month. Kuttin Kandi volunteers with the Gabriela Network and Filipino American Human Services, Inc. Ree Obana is a community organizer and also counsels sexually exploited young women in Harlem. Jay Perez is a member of the San Diego-based group, the Freedom Writers.

Doors will open at 6:00pm. Suggested donation is $10.

All proceeds from "The Almost FAME-US Show" will benefit CORE’s next major event, a panel discussion and networking event focused on Filipino Americans in Music & Entertainment (FAME). It will be the first large forum where Filipinos and Filipino American professionals can exchange knowledge and insight about the music industry. The FAME panel and networking reception aims to bring industry experts together with more than 200 young Filipino professionals and recent college graduates. The event will benefit those starting a career in the music and entertainment industry, seeking a career change or who simply want to share their experience being a young Filipino professional in corporate America. The panel will touch upon facets of the entertainment field with a focus on the music industry.

For additional information on CORE and FAME, please visit the website at www.core-nyc.com or email core.info@verizon.net.

CORE’s primary vision is to empower Filipino professionals as a collective body in the United States. CORE also seeks to provide an avenue for socio-economic involvement to build a stronger Filipino American community and assist in Philippine national development. Its program areas are professional development, technical assistance, social awareness, cultural education, and community service.