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We are in urgent need of your support.

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Thurs, Dec 4, 2014, 9pm

advance tickets advised as this show sells out!
$20 general admission individual
$30 for 2 ($15 each)
$48 for 4 ($12 each)
or $25 each, credit or cash at the door

Burlesque entertainer and performer dujour The Incredible, Edible, Akynos and the legendary WOW Cafe Theatre satisfy the thirst for flesh with THICK, a variety zaftig revue! First Thursdays of the month, experience burlesque, dance, singing, drag and a whole lot of other shenanigans!

The December cast is loaded with bad-ass THICK boys and girls, who dare to resist size oppression and re-frame beauty ideals, showing you why this production always sells out! Hosted by drag funny man Ashton Cruz, and starring The Incredible, Edible, Akynos.

Featuring Glenn Marla, with Bella Belle, Broadway Brassy, Lorraine Sweetlorraine, Margoh! Channing and other surprise performances! Dress to impress and don't miss out on testing your creative chops with the burlesque freestyle contest!

THICK... Good, sweet, and thick: juicy round voluptuous breasts packed in sequins nice and neat. THICK ain't missing any meals and is proud of it! THICK is Hottentots and healthy-bodied boys grinding it with the heat turnt all the way up!

Art LovHer
Fri Dec 5, 2014
7:00 pm for a drink & draw style networking hour (note change of time)
8:30 pm open mic

$10 admission
or $7 with RSVP to artlovesher.bk AT

Art LovHer is an open co-operative of artists that hold space to highlight, honor, and preserve the work of women artists. Through our monthly open art salons and various art events throughout the country, we build and maintain safe spaces of artistic exchange and community.

December doors open at 7pm for a drink & draw styled networking hour featuring a live model and complimentary wine, led by Art LovHer resident artist Create. Limited Art supplies are provided but it's okay to also bring your own! The open mic begins at 8:30pm with a phenomenal woman artist feature to end the night.

Upcoming shows: Fridays at 9pm: 1/09/15, 2/06/15, 3/06/15. More info at facebook.

Hypergender Burlesque
Sat Dec 6, 2014 , 10pm

$15/$10 if on HyperGender mailing list (just email us at and ask to get on the list)
advance tickets recommended due to our limited seating capacity!

HyperGender Burlesque Presents: The Shadow Self!

Hosted by the legendary JZ Bich eccentric Jean va Gin, wise Mercedes Matilda, and the adorable Kinda Lim.

Some may call us blasphemous, but we say we are what NYC is about: queerness, glitter and worship of all things different!

More at, and follow Hypergender on tumblr

Dark. Nude. Storytellers.
Sun, Dec 7, 2014, doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm

$20 at the door
check back for a link for $15 advance tickets

Dark. Nude. Storytellers. returns to WOW Cafe Theater with Side Hustle: Tales from the Underground Economy.

This month, our fearless performers will bear their bodies and their souls to bring you compelling, heartbreaking, and often hilarious true stories of the side jobs they have taken on to make ends meet and make their dreams come true.

Master MC Akynos gathers some of the most dynamic raconteurs, and pushes boundaries with her commentary, revealing so much more of herself than anyone could expect. These stories are political as they are personal, and they all come straight from the heart.

Dark. Nude. Storytellers. was created to give voice to the stories of bodies of color in an educational, sometimes whimsical fashion that pays homage to the oral history tradition. Mainstream culture too often rewrites and excludes the lives, experiences, and history of bodies of color, leaving stories to be told, if at all, by those who may not truly understand them. Dark. Nude. Storytellers. puts the stories back into the hands of the people who live them.

Home in Motion
Weds - Fri, December 10, 11 & 12,
Thurs - Sat, Dec 18, 19 & 20, 2014, 7:30pm

Tickets: $16

This is a road trip play. A story about traveling and discovering the power of stories. Three young women drive down the pacific coast, facing an open road and only each other for 18 hours. Through music, storytelling, and puppetry, Home in Motion explores the traditionally male story of independence and belonging, and reclaims the road for women.

Featuring: Molly O'Keefe, Aleca Piper, Sophia Zukoski
Devised by: Electric Eye Ensemble
Directed by: Sarah Plotkin
Original Music by: Ellen Winter
More at Electric Eye Ensemble

Face This!
Sat December 13, 2014, 5pm

Sliding scale donation, starting at $12

A staged reading from the novel by Lupe Family, featuring Tantra-zawadi.

See the reality and joys of life in this staged reading set in New York City with dialogue focusing on the uplifting island of Cuba. Looking forward to vibrant audience dialogue. Be the show - dress comfortably.

^Tantra-zawadi and LaLupe

It's a WOW Winter Wonderland
Weds, December 31, 2014
11am Unleashing the Goddess Workshop
2pm WOW Independent Films
8pm Winter Wonderland dance party

advance tickets!

The New Year is upon us! Ring in the New Year while donating to a good cause!

On Dec 31st WOW will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland to celebrate NYE with you! Our 1st annual NYE fundraiser offers events throughout the day where you can take your pick. Go to one, two, or get 1/3rd off when you attend all three. Any way it's a good price going to a great cause!

Start your year off right with WOW! Experience an "Unleash Your Goddess" workshop with Lady Shepsa Jones at 11am. Learn about sacred sexuality & meditation. Refreshments will be served.
more details on the workshop!

Follow up with snacks and treats donated by our sponsors at the WOW independent artists movie screening, at 2pm.

Then dance the night away from 8pm on, with the sounds of DJ Administer, food, the cheapest drinks in the city & performances at our Winter Wonderland themed NYE extravaganza hosted by the phenomenal Ashton Cruz with a champagne toast at midnight!

The Capital Campaign

In 2000, WOW launched its first large-scale fundraising effort, a capital campaign to help us buy and renovate our theater. The City of New York has sold the tenants of 59-61 East 4th Street the building for $1!

The caveat: That we raise the funds to renovate the building, and bring it up to code. WOW’s share of renovation costs is about $300,000. As we have survived solely on box-office sales for 25 years, this is more money than we’ve ever had or needed in the past.

When we do succeed in securing these funds, WOW will own its own permanent theater space in a completely renovated building.

One of the most exciting aspects, which we have achieved, is the addition of a functional 24/7 self-service elevator! Yet to come is an ADA approved accessible bathroom, and dare we say air-conditioning?!
We are not there yet! In order to make this possible, we urgently need your financial help! No donation is too small or too large, and any amount will help us ensure that theatre by women and/or by transgender people continues to thrive and be ever-increasingly accessible.

We are in urgent need of your support.

Please click here for video, a photo archive, and more on our capital campaign!


WOW Cafe Theater is located at 59-61 East 4th Street
on the Fourth Floor.
between Bowery and 2nd Avenue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, USA.

We now have a 24/7 available elevator for our building!

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