The TypewriterGirls

TypewriterGirls Save the Libraries – Benefit for the Carnegie Libraries of Pittsburgh


Photo by Kevin Ross

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Release Date: November 19, 2009

Contact: Crystal Hoffman 412-417-3683

TypewriterGirls Save the Libraries!

What: A poetry reading and performance by the Avant-Garde cabaret troupe The TypewriterGirls to raise awareness and funds for Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Who: The TypewriterGirls Poetry Cabaret w/ Readers: Sandra Beasley, and Nancy Krygowski; music by Phat Man Dee; stunts by Dave Doyle; dance by NAKA; performance art by Christiane D.; comedy by Sean Collier; and musical accompaniment by upright bassist Spat Cannon and guitarist Chad Hammitt

Where: Carnegie Library Lecture Hall, 4400 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh PA, 15213

When: Sunday, December 6th Doors Open at 5:30 pm / Show begins at 6:00 pm

Cost: donation based—minimum donation of $7.00 required

Long Description:

On Sunday, December 6th, utilizing the power of poetry, protest, pygmy goats, awkward conversation, and, yes, even necromancy, The TypewriterGirls gather up all of the forces at their disposal and battle furiously to save the Pittsburgh library system–the same libraries that spawned their very group’s formation through its fine artistic and educational programming, amazing international poetry collection, and its generosity in employing Crystal as a security guard despite her frequent and occasionally dangerous  bouts with delusions of grandeur.

This show will feature many of the area’s greatest activist artists including poet Nancy Krygowski, performance artist Christiane D., and famed vocalist and song writer Phat Man Dee. Don’t miss this artistically stunning opportunity to show your support of and contribute to our local library system.

True to the TypewriterGirls’ cabaret spirit, the event will include a library themed typewriter written exquisite corpse at the door, a sure to be rousing and thoroughly literary round of the improv comedy game “Poets” in the middle, and lots of inanely intellectual comedic theatrics to tie it all together, as Crystal and Margaret and guest comedian Sean Collier take to the streets (and many other indiscreet locales) to round up the funds to keep our libraries running, with a special guest appearance by Franco Dok Harris.

Many other acts will take the stage in this epic battle–including but not limited to Naka Entertainment, a unique hip-hop dance group comprised of youth from Pittsburgh‘s East End, Dave Doyle, a daring performer who will amaze us with a round of physical stunts, poet Sandra Beasley, author of I Was the Jukebox, forthcoming from W. W. Norton, and poetic musical accompaniment by stand-up bassist Spat Cannon and guitarist Chad Hammitt. In addition, there will be a silent auction filled with goods from local artists, musicians, poets, restaurants, and shops. Come bid on baskets filled with chapbooks, CDs, handmade jewelry, and other goods! All the proceeds go to the library’s operating fund!

More Info: Biaxin

Performer Bios:

Sandra Beasley is the author of I Was the Jukebox, winner of the 2009 Barnard Women Poets

Prize, selected by Joy Harjo and forthcoming from W. W. Norton. Her first collection,

Theories of Falling, won the 2007 New Issues Poetry Prize judged by Marie Howe. Honors

include the Friends of Literature Award from the Poetry Foundation, the Maureen Egen

Exchange Award from Poets & Writers, and fellowships to the Sewanee Writer’s Conference,

VCCA, and the Millay Colony.

Nancy Krygowski is a poet, author of Velocity (Pitt Poetry Series) and Assistant Artistic Director of Gist Street.  She’s received grants from the PA Council on the Arts and from the Pittsburgh Foundation, plus residencies at the Jentel Foundation and The Kimmel Nelson Harding Center for the Arts.  She is an adult literacy instructor in Pittsburgh.

Phat Man Dee: Some call her the Peggy Lee of punk, some call her an intergalactic juggernaut of love, you may call her Phat Man Dee, cosmic jazz chanteuse. Her original tunes pull from her experience in vaudeville and sideshow to create originally classic jazz with just a twist of comedic burlesque.

Christiane D, poet, singer, songwriter, visual artist, playwright, cultural advocate, hotel queen…instigator. Christiane D, performs with Soma Mestizo, global dub rebels, has produced various music events with Element Five and received a Sprout Fund grant to produce two MINI m music festivals, is co-founder and former Executive Director of Sun Crumbs, a trans-cultural multi-arts non-profit, and has received a 2003 PCA Fellowship for World/Jazz/Blues musical composition. She was a recipient of a 2002 40 under 40 award and spoke at the 2002 annual Allegheny Conference.

Nothing Against Kan Achieve (NAKA) Entertainment is a youth dance company located in Pittsburgh, PA specializing in Hip Hop, Contemporary, and Theatrical performances. If you haven’t heard the name NAKA before, listen carefully, you will because their popularity and success is growing fast

Sean Collier is a writer, performer and comedian living in Pittsburgh. His columns can be found in Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report, and at; he can also be heard as the film critic for the WDVE Morning Show. As an improv comic, Sean performed at festivals throughout the East Coast; against everyone’s better judgment, he’s parlayed those skills into fledgling attempts at stand-up comedy, most frequently at the monthly Alternative Comedy Showcase at Lawrenceville’s Brillobox.

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