• Women of Letters

    Show And Tell Live Presents

    Women of Letters

    Martha Wainwright, Edie Falco, JD Samson, Dawn O'Porter, Yael Stone, Amelia Lester, Ophira Eisenberg, Kyra Miller, Mary Jane Gibson

    Tue, March 25, 2014

    Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

    The Bell House

    Brooklyn, New York


    Off Sale

    This event is 21 and over

    Women of Letters
    Women of Letters
    3/25 Lineup:
    MARTHA WAINWRIGHT (Singer-songwriter)
    EDIE FALCO (Star of The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie)
    JD SAMSON (Pop Punk Icon)
    DAWN O'PORTER (Television presenter, performer and writer)
    YAEL STONE (Actor and star of Orange Is The New Black)
    AMELIA LESTER (Senior Editor of The New Yorker)
    OPHIRA EISENBERG (Comedian, writer, and host of NPR's trivia show Ask Me Another.)

    Smash-hit Australian literary salon Women of Letters returns to the US for the second year running. Co-curated by writers Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire, the bestselling events revive the lost art of letter writing. In 2013, Women of Letters staged shows in Los Angeles, Austin, New York and Indonesia to huge acclaim. Their international stages have seen incredible women sharing stories – including acclaimed author Susan Orlean, ukulele queen Amanda Palmer, author of We Need to Talk About Kevin Lionel Shriver, actor Kirsten Vangsness, punk icon Vivien Goldman, musician Melissa auf der Maur, and many more.

    The basic premise involves five or six female writers, performers, actors, politicians, and artists joining together to revive the lost art of letter writing. Each guest is given a topic in advance ('A letter to the night I'd rather forget' 'A letter to my unfinished business'), they write a letter and read it aloud on the night. The Australian shows have been such a literary phenomenon that three collections have been published by
    Penguin – the most recent released in November 2013.
    Marieke Hardy is a writer, broadcaster, columnist and television producer. She is a regular panellist on ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club, an award-winning blogger and the creator of the acclaimed comedy series Laid. Her first collection of essays, the bestselling You’ll Be Sorry When I’m Dead, was published in 2011.

    Michaela McGuire is a journalist and the author of ‘Apply Within: Stories of career sabotage’ and the Penguin Special ‘A Story of Grief.’ Her second full-length book of non-fiction, an examination of gambling culture in Australia will be published by MUP in 2014. She writes a weekly blog on politics and current affairs for The Monthly called Twirling Towards Freedom.
    Martha Wainwright
    Martha Wainwright
    With a hugely expressive voice and an arsenal of powerful songs, Martha is a beguiling entertainer and a refreshingly different, new force in music.
    Edie Falco
    Star of The Sopranos and Nurse Jackie
    JD Samson
    JD Samson
    JD Samson is best known as leader of the band MEN and for being one-third of the electronic-feminist-punk band and performance project, Le Tigre. For more than a decade JD’s career as a singer, producer and DJ has landed her at the intersection of music, art, activism, and fashion.

    In 2007, MEN began as a DJ/Remix/Production team featuring JD. Eventually, MEN became a live band and art collective. MEN’s debut full length record “Talk About Body” was released in February 2011 by IAMSOUND in the USA and through Sony/Columbia in Europe. This was followed by the release of the EP “Next” in April 2012. MEN is currently finishing up their new full-length album for release in early 2013. Since their inception, the band has toured extensively internationally from LA and New York to Moscow and Shanghai to Paris and Sydney, whether it be at museums or dance-clubs, performing with the likes of Gossip, Peaches, and CSS.

    JD Samson has been DJing internationally since 2001 and has found her way through many different scenes and genres. Whether she is playing at a cavernous nightclub, a museum, the beach, or a dive bar, JD focuses on “creating spaces for rad people to dance and smile and hold each other.” JD is an innovative, crowd-pleasing DJ and can swing as many ways as she wants to make an amazing night.

    Throughout the years, JD has been photographed and featured in a near-endless stream of magazines, publications and fine art projects, as an androgynous sex symbol and “icon of nerdy-cool” (New York Times). Most recently, JD was photographed for a seven page spread in Vogue Hommes International, profiled by Interview Magazine and wrote a widely-quoted piece on the economics of being an artist for The Huffington Post.
    She is, in short, one of the most engaging and forward-thinking DJ/producer/singer/activists working today. As her influence continues to grow her music and perspective ripples ever outward.
    Dawn O'Porter
    Television presenter, performer and writer
    Yael Stone
    Actor and star of Orange Is The New Black
    Amelia Lester
    Senior Editor of The New Yorker
    Ophira Eisenberg
    Comedian, writer, and host of NPR's trivia show Ask Me Another.
    Kyra Miller
    Kyra Miller
    Kyra Miller is an actress, writer and singer, born and raised in Brooklyn. She has told stories all over the city, at the Irondale Center, Cornelia St. Café, Bushwick Starr, 100 Grand and the HERE Arts Center. Her latest show "Chosen ("...a Philip Roth short story come to life..." -- NYMag) will be at Joe's Pub on Monday, March 31st.
    Mary Jane Gibson
    Mary Jane Gibson
    Mary Jane has been doing theater in NYC for the past 10 years, creating work with Tommy Smith and Reggie Watts, and The Woodshed Collective among others. She is a co-founder of The Fabulists, a neo-vaudevillian variety group.
    Venue Information:
    The Bell House
    149 7th Street
    Brooklyn, New York, 11215