Nuyorican Poets Café Benefit
Over the last 40 years, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe has served as a home for groundbreaking works of poetry, music, theater and visual arts. But during Hurricane Sandy, the Cafe lost its heating system, and many of the students and artists the Cafe serves are still struggling in the aftermath of the storm. So a lineup of the Nuyo’s most accomplished young performers will perform at Joe’s Pub on December 20 in a fundraising event for the Cafe and its community. Featured artists will include muMs (“Poet” from the HBO series OZ); Mahogany Browne (host of the Cafe’s legendary Friday Night Slam); Jive Poetic (DJ and host of the Nuyo’s Slam Open); poet Caroline Rothstein (whose video “Fat” was recently tweeted by Lady Gaga); poet, actress and vocalist La Bruja; Nuyo Slam Team alums Bryonn Bain and Whitney "Witness" Greenway; vocalists Aurora Barnes and Melodie Nicholson; and poets Caits Meissner and Queen Godis. USA Today recommends the Nuyorican Poets Cafe as one of the top cultural attractions in downtown Manhattan, and The Wall Street Journal says the Cafe has grown "from a small, volunteer-led venue to a thriving arts center."