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This event, hosted by + featuring a performance from activist and musician Madame Gandhi, will feature powerhouse poetry, comedy, music, and stories from some of New York’s most badass feminist performers, all sharing on topics of sexuality, identity, feminism, and more. Support an important cause and join us for this incredible night of feminist community building!
October 11th, 2016
8 PM // $25
The Bell House, Brooklyn

ABOUT THE PERFORMERS

Kiran Gandhi (host) is a Los Angeles-based musician, feminist activist and music industry thinker with an MBA from Harvard. She has toured professionally drumming for M.I.A and Thievery Corporation and currently produces electronic music under her own project called Madame Gandhi. She also advises music companies Spotify, Stem, Bonnaroo and D’addario. She is perhaps most well-known for running the London Marathon bleeding-freely to combat period stigma around the world, sparking a global viral conversation about how we treat menstruation in various cultures.

Corinne Kai is a writer, budding sex educator, and girl on the move currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. She looks at the world through the lens of an anti-capitalist, pleasure activist, femme-of-center queer woman. Her inspiration for this poetry series comes from life, love, movement, and understanding of what it means to be a survivor (victim) of multiple rapes. How all of this has changed and shaped how she moves throughout the world. Corinne passionately believes that language and accessibility can break open most closed minds.Corinne has her BA from The College at Brockport, SUNY with an international development focused study abroad experience at the University of Western Cape in South Africa. She has previously spoken and done sex positive workshops at Iona College, Lehman College, North Rockland High School, the Hudson Valley LGBTQ Community Center, The Senuality Party, and Bergen Community College.

Nicole Shante White is a nationally touring spoken word artist whose work encompasses her experiences as a queer woman of color. She is a Poets House Emerging Artists Fellow and contributing writer to Sula Collective, an online magazine for and by people of color.

Riti Sachdeva is a theatre maker, dancer, and cultural worker. She has developed work with the Public Theater, The Civilians R&D Group, PlayWrights Center, National New Play Network, University of Hawaii Asian Theatre Program, American Theater Company, Working Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Works, and Lincoln Center Director’s Lab. Her play “Parts of Parts & Stitches” received The Kennedy Center’s Quest for Peace award. Acting highlights include work with the Disney Channel, HBO, various indie films, National Hispanic Cultural Center, MTWorks, Honest Accomplice, EarSay, Hybrid, and performances of her original works with MidNites cHiLd Productions in LA, Toronto, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, and NYC.

Jes Tom is a fresh voice in stand up comedy, gleefully providing the nonbinary queer Asian American radical cyborg perspective that everyone never knew they wanted. Jes has performed in all five boroughs of New York City, as well as at colleges and conferences spanning the frigid American northeast. Jes tells jokes in venues of all sorts, from hipster bar basements to historic performance spaces such as Caroline’s on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club, Bowery Poetry Club, Nuyorican Poets Café, The Town Hall, and The Friar’s Club.

Diana Oh is the Asian American Arts Alliance 2016 Van Lier Fellow in Acting, a singer-songwriter and theatremaker, one of Refinery 29’s Top 14 LGBTQ Influencers, the first Queer Korean-American interviewed on Korean Broadcast Radio, a featured playwright at The Lark, a Radical Diva Finalist, an Elphaba Thropp Fellow, and the creator of the internationally acclaimed {my lingerie play}.

Mariah MacCarthy is an award winning feminist playwright and performer. Her work has been presented and developed at Rattlestick, Primary Stages, EST/Youngblood, Culture Project, New Dramatists, La MaMa, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City, Jimmy’s No. 43, Players Theatre, site-specifically around New York, and in Austin, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Baltimore, and Fringe NYC. Plays include Mrs. Mayfield’s Fifth-Grade Class of ’93 20-Year Reunion, Magic Trick, The Foreplay Play (two NY Innovative Theatre Award nominations: Outstanding Production and Outstanding Full-Length Script), Lysistrata Rape Play (developed at The Theatre Project and Filling the Well), Ampersand: A Romeo & Juliet Story (winner of 20 Looking Glass Forum Awards and FringeNYC “Outstanding Performance”), The All-American Genderf*ck Cabaret, and A Man of His Word (winner, California Young Playwrights Contest), as well as the short plays “You’ll Have to Wait,” “The Avenging of Kruppcake,” “A Drop of Cream,” “Go Away Come Here,” “All About a Boy” (Best of Week, FronteraFest 2013), “You’ll Thank Me Later,” “l’esprit de l’escalier,” “Three Sisters New York,” “Dismemberment,” and multiple plays in the NY and NJ One-Minute Play Festivals.

Janani Balasubramanian is a South Asian artivist based in Brooklyn. Their writing deals broadly with issues of empire, desire, microflora, ancestry, apocalypse, trauma, and the Future. Janani is also one-half of the spoken word duo DarkMatter.

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Sakhi held its first ever Sakhi Summer Camp last week, from August 1 – August 5th. The camp was a success – we had a small group of girls that attended each day. Workshops and activities for each day varied. We discussed everything from body image and identity, to healthy bodies and minds, self-care, and bullying. Activities explored things like emotional needs, how to take care of ourselves and our bodies, and how we deal with conflict. Lunch time usually included a walk to Battery Park, where we enjoyed lunch with a view of the Atlantic Ocean, and the Statue of Liberty! The favorite of the week was definitely our yoga lesson with Laura from Karma Kids Yoga. The girls enjoyed the session so much, we had a second session the next day!

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“The yoga was my favorite, because I learned poses I could use to relax. I think it was good to talk about our bodies, and the yoga helped remind us what we can do with our bodies.” Trisha, 12
“I had fun! I liked painting the self-portraits, and making the relaxation jars. We talked about our feelings, and what we would want in different situations to feel support. I liked the activities we did.”  Saba, 10
“We talked about what makes a healthy body and healthy mind, which I think was important. I liked watching “Inside Out,”  it helped me think about my feelings more.” Victoria, 11
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