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Fem Together Poetry Cafe
Sat July 26, 2014, 7:30pm doors, 8pm show

$10 performers, $15 audience, no one turned away for lack of funds

Open mic for poetry, spoken word, song, music. Bring an original piece on the subject of Joy. Yes, that's right, Joy.

To perform (up to 10 minutes), open mic sign-up 7:30pm. Even better, email ahead of time to get on the line-up. Anybody who identifies in some part as femme, female, feminine, or etc. is invited to share!

Coffee and tea served

Got an idea for our next Fem Together Poetry Cafe? Join us and help us plan! More at Fem Together Poetry Cafe

*feminism * activism * queerism * healing * diversity * community * creativity * voices

Rivers of Honey
Friday August 1, 2014

Rivers of Honey is a Performance Space highlighting the Art of Women of Color, (almost) every month, in NYC and Philadelphia.

Rivers is taking July off and will be back at WOW on August 1st, 2014 with our renowned annual underwear edition - check back for details!

More on the Rivers website and more on some Rivers of years past

Take It To The Streets!!
Performance, Party & Fundraiser for Camera Ready Kutz, Inc.
Sat August 2, 2014, 8:00pm-4:00am

Suggested Admission: sliding scale $25 - 10

This Is Going To Be A HOT Night!!!
Come enjoy FABULOUS performances, Great music, and Dancing all while supporting a community business!!

Hudson George Krakowski on behalf of Camera Ready Kutz, Inc. Presents...
TAKE IT TO THE STREETS!! A Fundraiser Performance Party

Elsa Just Elsa Comedy
Kelli Dunham
Holly Mitchell
Essence Revealed
- Nikkie McLeod's Band: Passport Photos

Dj Zena

Photos by Sidra Greene


Camera Ready Kutz, Inc. is an ever-expanding crew of LGBTQAI+ individuals dedicated to providing quality personal grooming for folks in our community & beyond!

Right now the shop is operating out of one of the bedrooms in founder Khane Kutzwell's apartment and it's time to EXPAND!!! We want to offer you more services, more groomers and MOST IMPORTANTLY...a place you can walk into without feeling judged or uncomfortable. In order to do this we need a Storefront...We need to Take It To The Streets!!! :D

The Natural History of Witches
Thurs - Sat, August 7-9 & 14-16, 2014

Produced by MEDICINA,
Created, Directed, and Performed by:
Alex Franz Zehetbauer, Lily Leah Azrielant, Lynne Mercedes Rey

The Natural History of Witches is a gesamptkunstwerk investing in the witches' power. It celebrates both the symbol and the reality of the witch throughout history, focusing on the burning times, early myths of the goddess, and the devil/green man. We intend to generate a sacred space in which all who partake in our performance receive story-medicine regarding sexuality, animal nature, magical abilities and the feminine experience.

Save the date and
check out the Kickstarter campaign!
1001 Nights: A Rock Opera
(Love Stories on Death Row)

Fri & Sat, August 22, 23, 29 & 30, 2014

Scheherazade is no longer a Queen staving off execution by her cruel husband but a woman condemned to death by the criminal justice system.

Re-imagined by The Kandake, Dance Theater for Social Change, 1001 Nights: A Rock Opera is a feast for all five senses featuring stories from the Middle East, North Africa, India, China and Greece and a predominantly original musical score consisting of Hip Hop, Rock and World Music.

Hypergender Burlesque is taking the summer off - it's too darn hot!

In July and August, the WOW cafe theatre space gets overheated even for the barely-clad beauties and/or beaus of Hypergender.

(One of the items we will purchase when we have the funds is air conditioning - donate now to make the fever dream of summer stripping at WOW come true!)

Some may call us blasphemous, but we say we are what NYC is about: queerness, glitter and worship of all things different! We'll see you again in the Fall. Sept 6, 2014 "Shakespeare in the Nude 2.0"

More at, and follow Hypergender on tumblr

Hamlet Isn't Dead Presents:
Henry VI - Parts 1, 2, & 3

Save the Dates!
Sept 3 - 20, 2014

Hamlet Isn't Dead Presents Shakespeare first trio of histories, Henry VI - parts 1, 2, & 3, exploring some of the most powerful women in Shakespeare's canon. Come see the passion of Joan la Pucelle, Queen Margaret, and a host of kings and soldiers in the thick of The War of the Roses.

The cast has been adapted from the original roles to employ a more evenly-balanced company of women and men. It's Shakespeare for all!

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 $200,000. 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 have raised more than 2/3 of the total, but 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.


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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