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Darkie: Black Aesthetics
Fri, February 27 at 8:30pm
, $20/advance, $25/door
Sat, February 28 at 8 :30pm, $20/advance, $25/door
Sun, March 1, 2015 at 3pm , $10
you may also RSVP for advance ticket pricing at
akynosburlesque AT gmail dot com

 The Incredible, Edible, Akynos and WOW Cafe Theatre give audiences an entertaining Black History education with the family friendly second edition of Darkie: Black Aesthetics.

A multi-media variety show, Darkie enthralls its audience with ripe and irreverent acts exploring the influence Black and Brown bodies have had on our culture. Using popular references in music, dance, comedy, hip-hop and even burlesque, Darkie reminds audiences that Black History didn't start with slavery, and while Black and Brown culture is evolving in popular media, its history should never be forgotten.

Darkie: Black Aesthetics stars some of the most dynamic NYC entertainers, including Company XIV's Nutcracker Rouge emcee Shelly Watson; twerk master JanTina Parker; burlesque extraordinaire Delysia LaChatte; wordsmith DragonFly; artistic director of Kandake Dance Olga El; and ringleader The Incredible, Edible, Akynos. The cast rotates nightly with different surprise guests, and features a wide variety of acts from twerking to rapping to belly dancing to incredible vocals. While each show is different, the message remains the same.

Darkie debuted at Dixon Place in 2011 with the theme Icons, focusing on legendary and controversial female entertainers like the Jezebel, Josephine Baker and the Hottentot Venus. Each edition of Darkie seeks to embrace Black and Brown culture, dispelling myths while at times embracing stereotypes in order to promote conversations and ideas through different artistic mediums.

See some of the cast members in this slide show!

Dark. Nude. Storytellers.
Sun, March 1, 2015
doors 7:30pm, show 8:00pm

$20 at the door, cash or credit
$15 advance tickets

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.

more at facebook

Thurs, March 5, 2015, 9pm

$25 credit or cash at the door
Advance tickets:
$20/adv general admission
$30 for 2 ($15 each)
$48 for 4 ($12 each)

Thick: A Zaftig Revue: The monthly show curated by The Incredible, Edible, Akynos is an explosive array of thick voluptuously toned and earthen hued bodies, ready to bare their souls on stage. This is artistry in motion, celebrating the full figured body that's transformative and daring. Thick misses no meals and is proud of it, with its speakeasy feel and live music that just feeds the soul.

The March show is the last of two before the show goes on hiatus until fall. Don't miss the the superstar cast which delights you with sultry burlesque and music. Stripteasers include from DC miss Sixx Deleon, Nina La Voix, Regina Stargazer, Dandy Dillinger, Scarlett Lace, hosted by the emcee du jour miss Shelly Watson, with DJ Administer aka Mr. Speaker on the one and twos. This speakeasy dance party and performance ensemble often has surprise guests that will blow your mind. Space is limited so attendees are urged to purchase tickets in advance or RSVP through the website for a good time!

Doors at 8pm with drink specials, and the show promptly begins at 9pm.

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Art LovHer
Fri, March 6, 2015
9:00 pm for a drink & draw style networking hour
10:30 pm open mic

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

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.

Every month on the first Thursday, doors open at 9pm 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 10:30pm with a phenomenal woman artist feature to end the night.

Upcoming shows: Friday 3/06/15. More info at facebook.

Hypergender Burlesque
Sat, March 7, 2015 , 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!

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!

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Presence and Respect
Fri, March 20, 2015, 8:00 pm
Sun, March 22, 2015, 3:00 pm

$10 advance tickets
$12 at the door*
*no one will be turned away for lack of funds

Presence and Respect is a coming-of-age queer story for the coming-of-age queer world. Set on a college campus with a variety of queer and trans identifing students, we explore how young queer people find meaning in themselves and in their identities in the world around them.

Sun, May 17, 2015, 7:00 pm

$15 advance tickets, or day of, cash at the door

12 Actors. 24 Hours. 1 Chance to get it RIGHT!

For Love & Duty Players in conjunction with the WOW Theatre Collective of the Fourth Arts Block (FAB) of NYC's East Village is proud to present its second installment of their Shake-In-A-Day event!

This time we are thrilled to bring to life one of Shakespeare's best beloved comedies - Much Ado About Nothing. This famous comedy features quarreling lovers, misfits, music, a wedding ceremony gone horribly wrong, and pranks and hijinks galore!

Come watch the end result as twelve brave actors and two very determined directors attempt to stage, rehearse, and perform Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedy in just 24 hours! Come witness the hilarity, the insane spur of the moment surprises, and of course you never know what lurks in our Mystery Prop Box! Come play with us.

This event will also feature live music and wine! More on 'For Love & Duty Players' check out our website at, on facebook, and follow us on twitter and Instagram! @forloveandduty

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, NY, 10003, USA.

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