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TypewriterGirls Gone Furry


A Poetry Cabaret in Celebration of Anthrocon 2010

What: A furry-themed cabaret style show to celebrate Anthrocon 2010 with surrealist writing and literary drinking games, burlesque, comedy, music, and poetry.

Who: The TypewriterGirls Poetry Cabaret (Crystal Hoffman and Margaret Bashaar) w/ furry burlesque by The Bridge City Bombshells, an animalistically theatrical musical performance by The Hood Gang, animal themed cocktails by LUPEC, poetry recitations by Mary Biddinger, Juliet Cook, and Renee Alberts, to be hosted by Gab Bonesso and Phineas the Shark.

When: Friday June 25th, doors open at 7:30pm and show starts at 8:00pm

Where: Future Tenant, (mere blocks from the Anthrocon Headquarters) 819 Penn Ave. Pittsburgh, PA 15222

Cost: $10.00 ($1.00 off with flier or Anthrocon badge), includes open bar tended by LUPEC, vegetarian snacks, and the first 14 people admitted will receive free animal hat or tail.

Long Description:
On Friday June 25th, The TypewriterGirls will taking their shenanigan-filled, dada-bred poetry cabaret downtown for one very special reason: to celebrate and be terrified, in turn, by their furry nature with the visiting gent-animals coming to our fair city for Anthrocon 2010 with TypewriterGirls Gone Furry: Doors will open at 7:30, with the performance starting around 8 PM; $10 cover includes an open bar featuring the furry-inspired creations of Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails (LUPEC). Guests that present a valid Anthrocon badge receive $1 off at the door. First fourteen attendees will receive free animal head hats or tails!

Crystal and Margaret, well-aware of the psychic pains that could be incurred on such an epic journey of self-discovery, have once again rounded up the most appropriate crews to perform such a task:

To help each of us discover our inner beast, The Bridge City Bombshells will be performing unique feats of “Furry Burlesque,” as only Pittsburgh’s premier burlesque troupe can; Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails will be mixing up an array of “animal friendly” drinks, such as “When Minks Make Love,” the evening long, as part of the open bar; Mary Biddinger, Juliet Cook, and Renée Alberts, three of the regions most wildly-talented poets will be gracing the crowds with their most animalistically uninhibited recitations; Pittsburgh most beloved comedian, Gab Bonesso, and her anthropomorphic shark Phineas, a fearless wom-animal duo, will serve as our guides through these stormy waters; and, as a special treat, The Hood Gang, will be arriving in full-regalia to gift the audience with a musical performance to culminate in a cathartic release of their collective party-animal spirit.

You can, of course, expect all of the TypewriterGirls standardized chaos to tie the evening together: a furry-themed, typewriter-written Exquisite Corpse, surrealist drinking games, improv comedy, and perhaps your only chance to watch The TypewriterGirls go through the process of getting in touch with their inner animals and seek deep within themselves to answer the age old question of “What happens when your pet stuffed monkey wants to become a furry, too?”

*This event has received gracious donations from Boyd and Blair Potato Vodka, Tuthilltown Distilleries, and Whole Foods.

Press for TypewriterGirls Gone Furry!

While, even four years later, it doesn’t seem like the mainstream media entirely GETS what it is the TypewriterGirls do and what a “poetry cabaret” is (a neologisim of which I am proud), at least they are paying attention to us!  I take this as a compliment, personally. Check out the coverage of our upcoming show!

The Tribue-Review “Hot Picks”

Special event: Fur is word-er

Call it a shenanigan-filled, dada-bred poetry cabaret, a celebratory welcome to Anthrocon 2010 or an evening of off-beat unclassifiable entertainment.

On Friday, the Typewriter Girls will team up with the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails, the Bridge City Bombshells, plus comedian Gab Bonesso, some area poets and others for an evening of controlled artistic chaos loosely organized under the title “The Typewriter Girls Gone Furry.”

The impetus for the evening is Anthrocon 2010, a convention that begins today at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center of “Furry” fans who identify with animals and often dress or act like animals.

Events planned to get attendees in touch with their inner beast include the Bridge City Bombshells performing feats of “Furry Burlesque,” an open bar with themed drinks such as “When Minks Make Love,” a performance by the local band the Hood Gang, and the Typewriter Girls exploring the question of what happens when your pet stuffed monkey wants to become a furry, too.

The evening gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Friday when doors open at Future Tenant, 819 Penn Ave., Downtown. Performances begin around 8 p.m.

Admission: $10, which includes an open bar.

Details: 412-325-7037 or or

The Pittsburgh City Paper “Short List”

Fri., June 25 — Stage

Damn right it’s Furry time again. According to, attendance at Anthrocon — the big convention for those obsessed with anthropomorphics (humanlike animal characters) — has skyrocketed since it relocated to Pittsburgh, in 2006; last year, Furry pilgrims to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center numbered some 3,800. Pittsburghers are pleased as platypi to host the plushly costumed hordes again, complete with spin-off programming. At tonight’s Typewriter Girls Gone Furry, at Downtown’s Future Tenant gallery, the Girls’ cabaret-style entertainment offers “Furry Burlesque” (by The Bridge City Bombshells), Furry-themed drinks (by Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails), poetry readings, comedy and live music. There’s even discounted admission for badge-holding (if not tail-wearing) visitors to the four-day Anthrocon 2010. BO 8 p.m. 819 Penn Ave., Downtown. $10.

TypewriterGirls Gone Furry Performer Bios!

June 22nd, 2010

Renée Alberts listens to rivers and shortwave radio to create poetry, collage, sound, and photography. Her poetry collection, No Water, came out in 2009, and her work has appeared in The New Yinzer, Encyclopedia Destructica, Pittsburgh City Paper and Subtletea. She has given dozens of readings, including on WYEP’s Prosody, WRCT’s A Live Show, and as a 2001 and 2004 member of the Steel City Slam Team. She organizes numerous poetry and music events, including the long-running WordsSwordsWords showcase and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry & Reading Series, for which she edited Natural Language: Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Sunday Poetry and Reading Series Anthology, a collection that includes the work of 35 academic, experimental, and spoken word Pittsburgh poets. She posts writing and artwork at

Mary Biddinger slept with a minimum of thirty stuffed animals on (and in) her bed until she went away to college and thinned the herd. She maintains a penchant for horses, and thinks hedgehogs are tragically misunderstood. She lives in Akron, Ohio, where she teaches poetry writing and literature, edits a journal named after her favorite bird, and writes poems about epic love.

Juliet Cook’s peculiar poetry has recently appeared within Action Yes, Diagram, Diode, Dusie, Oranges & Sardines and many more print and online entities. She is the editor/publisher of Blood Pudding Press (print) and Thirteen Myna Birds (online). Juliet’s first full-length poetry collection, ‘Horrific Confection’ was published by BlazeVOX. She also has oodles of published poetry chapbooks, most recently including Soft Foam (Blood Pudding Press for Dusie Kollektiv 4), FONDANT PIG ANGST (Slash Pine Press) and Tongue Like a Stinger (Wheelhouse). Her very latest Blood Pudding Press chapbook, ‘Angel Face Trailer, will be an extra special event between Juliet and her darkly delicious Italian Translator, Letizia Merello. To find out more about all of the above and other yummy details, feel free to visit

The Bridge City Bombshells are the premiere burlesque troupe of Pittsburgh. Specializing in everything but ordinary burlesque, the bombshells bring a very alternative and entertaining twist to every performance.

The Hood Gang is the The Undisputed no.1 Most Partyingest Band. Fun incarnate. An experiment in harnessing the positive energy of humanity in the context of a party / performance using multiple genre evolutions revolving around high energy dance music, thrilling stunts, performance art, inclusion, optimism, and love.

In a post-millenium world of beer and prepackaged Chex Mix™, LUPEC works tirelessly to breed, raise, and release cocktails that are endangered or even believed to be extinct.

Gab Bonesso has carved out a quirky niche in a crazy business. She specializes in Alternative Comedy, and she is definitely an alternative to the traditional kind of club (frat boy) comedic style. Her dad died at Christmas. Naturally, Gab somehow finds the humor. A dog gets a little too friendly with an unsuspecting infant. Gab examines the canine’s point of view.

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