Guest event: Gays Against Guns Fundraiser

Guest event: Gays Against Guns Fundraiser

Gays Against Guns NY is an inclusive direct action group of LGBTQ people and their allies committed to nonviolently breaking the gun industry's chain of death—investors, manufacturers, the NRA and politicians who block safer gun laws.

We are New York-based but work with GAG chapters in other cities to ensure safety for all individuals, particularly vulnerable communities such as people of color, women, people who struggle with mental health issues, LGBTQ people and religious minorities. GAG condemns white supremacy, all instances of excessive force by police, and police militarization.

Art is Activism. So we will use comedy, parody, music, dance and film to raise money for the fight for sensible gun laws and to end to gun violence in this country.

$40 gets you burlesque, rocknroll, R&B, and drag to gag for!!


Marti grew up on a small farm in Maryland and moved to NYC at the age of 17 to pursue a career in the performing arts. After working as an actor the world of drag came into Marti's life igniting a passion that would become their career.
As a drag artist Marti has toured the world entertaining audiences. They can be seen on Fusion TVs show, SHADE Queens on NYC and as a regular fixture on Bravo TVs Watch What Happens LIVE. Marti has appeared through VH1 in a commercial for McDonalds and is the face of NYC GO promoting Pride for the city of New York. They were honored by OUT Magazine on the 2018 Out 100 list and won the Glam Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2019. They have also been nominated for Queerty Award and received the Luminary Award for Dedication to Homeless LGBTQ Youth by The Ali Forney Center. Marti's music is available on itunes and spotify and you can see them appearing in NYC up to 6 nights a week.


Max & Nicky

Max and Nicky Weinbach from Los Angeles, CA. After staging two very triumphant original musicals in 2013 (Nicky’s Made in China and Max’s A Match Made in Hell) and many awesome 60s-style variety shows in San Francisco, the twins are still going strong with more neo-vintage variety fun, this time in New York City. With an absurd and quirky sense of humor, original songs and heartfelt covers, and some extraordinary whistling, Max & Nicky promise to deliver an intriguing and captivating night of entertainment.

Darlinda Just Darlinda

The Village Voice calls Darlinda a "Mastermind of Bizarre Extravaganza" and she has been working as a burlesque performer and producer since 2004 locally (NYC) and internationally (Australia, China, Finland, Germany, France, England, Canada, and most of the USA including Alaska!) Darlinda is one half of the burlesque duo The Schlep Sisters, co-producing such shows as The 10th Annual Menorah Horah and The Burning Bush vs. The Second Coming. Darlinda has produced shows The New York Times calls “shockingly explicit.” Darlinda has performed Off Broadway with Taylor Mac in The Lily’s Revenge (Obie), The 29th Annual Roots of American Music Festival at Lincoln Center, Celebrate Brooklyn and 24 Decades of Popular Music. She has appeared on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. She’s lectured for Yale’s infamous Sex Week. She's crossed over into performance art with her year long "life as art" projects Year in Dance and Year in Rainbow. Darlinda is a current faculty member at the New York School of Burlesque and also teaches internationally. The Sundance Channel made Darlinda a "Top 10 Badass Burlesque Babe" and she was voted one of the Top 50 International Burlesque Industry Figures of 2011-2014. USA Today says, “It’s hard to top Darlinda.”

Aaron Paul

In its original state, Aaron Paul’s third pop-dance single, “Every Life Matters” was intended as a response to the 2016 massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.  But sometimes a song, influenced by the culture that surrounds it, can take on a greater meaning.  As the current political and social climate has led to increasing fears over immigration reform, travel bans, hate crimes and civil rights questions, “Every Life Matters” has evolved into a reminder that every life does indeed matter. “‘Every Life Matters’ is to say that we are united in the fight to end the hate,” says Aaron. “We are here to honor and remember the ones we lost and to celebrate all life.” Prior to his solo career, Aaron was the lead singer of the renowned boy-band Worlds Apart.  “Every Life Matters” is from his “Electric Erotic” album, which is available on iTunes, CD Baby and Amazon.  For more information, visit
Anna Copa Cabanna

Anna Copa Cabanna is the "Always Entertaining" (TIME OUT) Australian showgirl icon who has performed her choreography, played her xylophone, and rollerskated in venues around the world. She was the face and twirling body of THE DEBASER on The Pixies "Doolittle Tour," sings in an AC/DC cover band, a 20’s vaudeville act, a German polka band, a kids’ band, and the celebrated Loser's Lounge. Anna is also the official go-go dancer of the New York Rock and Roll Underground, and a bingo caller—the truth—in a sequined leotard!

Lola Von Rox (Krystal Mendez)

New York’s rising burlesque star, Lola Von Rox is burning up the stages all across the US.  This past year she was awarded with Go Magazine’s 2016 nightlife award for "Best Overall Entertainer." Lola is a true performance artist, with styles varying from classic burlesque to intricately infused performance art.  A native New Yorker, her love of dance and the arts came to her at an early age with the strong influence of music and passion from her family.  She has trained in many different dance genres, such as hip hop, jazz, modern, ballet, Latin jazz, and many more.  A few years ago, she created Rox Republic with partner, Kris Rivera.  Rox Republic is a thriving entertainment and production company based out of New York City.   In 2016, Rox Republic was awarded with Go Magazine’s nightlife award for "Sexiest Burlesque."

Royce Peterson

Royce Peterson travels the globe with his band, Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to The Bee Gees & Beyond. VH1 has said of Royce: "Crazy outfits, wild hair, guitars, and locker room parties, the only question left to ask is, why hasn’t this idea been adapted into a full length movie yet? We want more!"Royce is also well-known for his bare-bottom appearances at Joe's Pub with The Losers' Lounge. Tragedy plays NYC Sat June 23 at Brooklyn Bowl.

Jim Brosseau

Award-winning journalist Jim Brosseau is the writer/composer of “Locked and Loaded (An American Musical).” The editor of a popular anthology on civility and veteran of such magazines as Town & Country and Condé Nast Traveler—where he shared in a National Magazine Award—Brosseau has written for numerous publications, including GQ and ForbesLife. He has played piano at events and clubs in New York, Washington, DC, and Provincetown, MA, where he was honored for a volunteer music program for senior citizens. In addition to his show on the nation’s gun obsession, Brosseau is the book writer and composer of “Delicate Lessons,” a gay coming-of-middle-age work.

Valton Jackson

Valton Jackson is a southern boy all the way from Columbus, Georgia, who holds a BA in Theatre from Berea College. The New York-based actor and recording artist can be seen this summer as one of the angels in the regional premiere of Kinky Boots. He has also toured in Joseph … Dreamcoat, Guys & Dolls, Half Time, Mamma Mia, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hair. In TV and film he has made appearances in Trial of Barnaby Finch, Snooki & Jwoww, and Boardwalk Empire. Jackson was a swing dancer in the 2016 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as well as an actor in Darius Rucker's music video for "Love Do What It Do.” In February 2013 he was an underwear model in Adrian Alicea’s “CHRYSALIS” for New York Fashion Week. He was also a ballroom dancer in Malan Breton's showing for NY Style Week in February 2017. Jackson’s latest single “Greatest Part of Me” available now on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Sing Out, Louise!

A full-fledged Resistance Queertet. At the Women’s March, the day after the inauguration, we were there, leading hundreds of folks in “Battle Him for the Republic,” “He’s a Nasty Neonazi,” and other patriotic songs. Friends from Rise and Resist joined us for a series of marches and actions throughout the spring and summer, and soon we’d amassed what we call our hymnal: An always-evolving collection of irreverent, in-your-face songs "in the key of F you." We aren’t necessarily pretty, and we’re never polite. We don’t care if you can't sing a note—we want you to take the hymnal and sing along. We are reclaiming our time and having a blast doing it.

$40 (advance online) / $50 (at the door)


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