We are very excited to have Madame McShane performing at our Tatas for Libraries fundraising event in Portland, Oregon on 9/20.

From her bio:

McShane has entertained audiences at Celtic events and pubs throughout the Northwest, finding new and diverse ways to publicly embarrass her offspring.

I’m sure that is tongue in cheek and her performance will be great. 

We are one tenth of the way to our fundraising goal with 16 of 150 tickets sold to date. Please help us reach our goal so that we can continue to support our November 2014 campaigns and start preparing for a full 2015. Buy your tickets today to get preferred seating and a free ticket for the door prize.

Thanks for your support!

As we prepare for the “Tatas For Libraries” EveryLibrary benefit show, we’ve gotten some inquisitive folks asking why a burlesque show to benefit libraries? There are many reasons, with the most obvious one being that both burlesque shows and libraries are awesome. But burlesque dancers and librarians have something else in common: they both are willing to put everything on the line to fight for their convictions.

Lets look at two iconic individuals: Lydia Thompson and Zoia Horn


While the origins of burlesque in America are hard to pin down, one of the most commonly cited examples is the British performer Lydia Thompson and her troop of British Blondes.  In September of 1868, Thompson had her American debut performance. Her show included risqué clothing, cross dressing, and satire. The show was in direct violation of current social norms applied to women, which included a “female role bounded by kitchen and nursery, overlaid with piety and purity, and crowned by subservience.”  Thompson’s show caused an anti-burlesque hysteria which came to a head in 1870, when the Blondes came to Chicago and were met with a scathing and malicious attack in The Chicago Tribune, calling them whores and recommending that they be driven from the city. True to form, Thompson refused to act the lady and was arrested and fined for inflicting violence against the writer of the story. She literally whipped the fellow with a horse whip. Of course, violence should never be condoned, but the media was trying to silence a woman who was turning the patriarchy on its head, and since no one came to her aid, Thompson defended herself.



Let’s fast forward a century: In 1972 Zoia Horn became the first librarian ever jailed as a matter of conscience by refusing to testify against antiwar activists accused of a bizarre terrorist plot. She spent 20 days in jail for refusing to give information about her library patrons to the FBI and then subsequently refusing to testify before a grand jury. She believed that libraries were the foundation of democracy and that “People couldn’t make intelligent decisions about how to govern themselves and make choices regarding social and political and economic issues unless they had the information.”

Where Thompson acted out, Horn did nothing. Both were incredibly brave.


And now is your opportunity to support both — brave artists and brave librarians! Saturday, September 20th, at 8:00pm at the Norse Hall in Portland, OR, Tart Cabaret will Present ‘Tatas for Libraries” a variety show with music, comedy poetry readings and traditional burlesque performers! Tickets support EveryLibrary, the first national PAC for libraries. EveryLibrary is an organization that helps secure funding for libraries at the ballot box and believes that ny library campaign anywhere should matter to every library everywhere.

Pre-sale tickets are $20 and get preferred seating and a free ticket for the door prize. Buy your tickets here!!

Our friend and advisor JP Porcaro over at MakeItHappenDay is organizing a Fantasy Football League this season for fun and to support EveryLibrary.  He’re the tl;dr so click through for more:

LIBRARIAN FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE TIME! ☆☆☆ Hey gang, I’m running fantasy football again. ☆☆☆First, EveryLibrary is running a $5 a week league.Donate $40 here, which covers the first 8 weeks, to get an invite to the league (you will be contacted directly later this week with your donation!). Around week 8/9, we’ll do the second $5-a-week donation. CASH PRIZES for top two teams at the end of week 17!….

We’re non-partisan, pro-library, and always win the coin toss.  Thanks for playing with us!

Our friend and advisor JP Porcaro over at MakeItHappenDay is organizing a Fantasy Football League this season for fun and to support EveryLibrary.  He’re the tl;dr so click through for more:

LIBRARIAN FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE TIME! 
☆☆☆ Hey gang, I’m running fantasy football again. ☆☆☆
First, EveryLibrary is running a $5 a week league.Donate $40 here, which covers the first 8 weeks, to get an invite to the league (you will be contacted directly later this week with your donation!). Around week 8/9, we’ll do the second $5-a-week donation. CASH PRIZES for top two teams at the end of week 17!….

We’re non-partisan, pro-library, and always win the coin toss.  Thanks for playing with us!

We’re less than a month away from the Tatas for Libraries fundraiser in Portland, OR! Here’s a sneak peak of Norse Hall, the gorgeous venue for the eventJoin us here on Sept. 20th for an evening of burlesque, comedy and other fun that will help support EveryLibrary’s 2014 campaigns and future work for libraries. Tickets are now available. We hope to see you there!




makeithappenday:

LIBRARIAN FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE TIME! 
☆☆☆ Hey gang, I’m running fantasy football again. ☆☆☆
First, EveryLibrary is running a $5 a week league. Donate $40 here, which covers the first 8 weeks, to get an invite to the league (you will be contacted directly later this week with your donation!). Around week 8/9, we’ll do the second $5-a-week donation. CASH PRIZES for top two teams at the end of week 17!

There are currently 4 16-team free ALATT leagues. You can join whichever you want (librarians only!). If we run out of space, I’ll create another one. 
ALATT FANTASY LEAGUE NORTH   ALATT FANTASY LEAGUE SOUTH   ALATT FANTASY LEAGUE EAST   ALATT FANTASY LEAGUE WEST  Rules for ALL the leagues:
¤ I went with Yahoo fantasy again this year because of the GREAT mobile app.
¤ Head-to-Head.
¤ Weeks 16 & 17 are playoff weeks (top 4 teams).
¤ Draft will be Labor Day 8pm East / 5pm West. 
¤ Other settings: 1 day waivers, last day for trades Nov 28th, everything else is Yahoo fantasy default settings.
¤ Yahoo might not reflect these settings yet (including draft times) but it’ll be sorted by draft day. 

We’re real happy to be a part of the fun. Thanks JP! #MIH #ftw

makeithappenday:

LIBRARIAN FANTASY FOOTBALL LEAGUE TIME!
☆☆☆ Hey gang, I’m running fantasy football again. ☆☆☆
First, EveryLibrary is running a $5 a week league. Donate $40 here, which covers the first 8 weeks, to get an invite to the league (you will be contacted directly later this week with your donation!). Around week 8/9, we’ll do the second $5-a-week donation. CASH PRIZES for top two teams at the end of week 17!

There are currently 4 16-team free ALATT leagues. You can join whichever you want (librarians only!). If we run out of space, I’ll create another one.

ALATT FANTASY LEAGUE NORTH
ALATT FANTASY LEAGUE SOUTH
ALATT FANTASY LEAGUE EAST
ALATT FANTASY LEAGUE WEST

Rules for ALL the leagues:
¤ I went with Yahoo fantasy again this year because of the GREAT mobile app.
¤ Head-to-Head.
¤ Weeks 16 & 17 are playoff weeks (top 4 teams).
¤ Draft will be Labor Day 8pm East / 5pm West.
¤ Other settings: 1 day waivers, last day for trades Nov 28th, everything else is Yahoo fantasy default settings.
¤ Yahoo might not reflect these settings yet (including draft times) but it’ll be sorted by draft day.

We’re real happy to be a part of the fun. Thanks JP! #MIH #ftw

This is Vanity Thorn, she will be one of the performers at our Tatas for Libraries fundraiser in Portland, Oregon on September 20th. Vanity Thorn won the Portland Fashion and Style Awards Best Plus Size Model for 2013. She performs in the Vaudeville style and is also a well known cosplayer. We’re excited to see what she will bring to the show! Tickets now on sale.

Tumblr, we need your reblogs tonight to help us spread the word about our next fundraiser. Please share especially if you are in the Portland area
Tart Caberet presents a benefit for EveryLibrary. Join us for the kind of new bohemian fun that only PDX can provide. There will be burlesque, drag, music, comedy, belly dance and more. Enjoy great performances by Moxie Laroux, Huricane E Velour,Pagan Holladay, and many others. A great show for a great cause. Doors at 8 pm show starts at 9 pm.
Presale ticket holders will get preferred seating and a free ticket to win the door prize. We’ll see you there. Tickets are available now 

Tumblr, we need your reblogs tonight to help us spread the word about our next fundraiser. Please share especially if you are in the Portland area

Tart Caberet presents a benefit for EveryLibrary. Join us for the kind of new bohemian fun that only PDX can provide. There will be burlesque, drag, music, comedy, belly dance and more. Enjoy great performances by Moxie Laroux, Huricane E Velour,Pagan Holladay, and many others. A great show for a great cause. Doors at 8 pm show starts at 9 pm.

Presale ticket holders will get preferred seating and a free ticket to win the door prize. We’ll see you there. Tickets are available now 

We’re supporting the Save Jax Libraries committee with a $1,000 donation today. The election there is next Tuesday. The measure ‘advisory’.  It needs to pass now so that in 2016 there can be a binding question on the ballot to create an independent library district with stable funding.  And their City Council has been cutting programs, collections, hours, staff, and branches like mad over the last several years.  It’s your help that lets us do these last minute high-impact campaigns.  Thanks for that help.  

Introducing Jay Flewelling. He will be performing at our Tatas for Libraries fundraiser on September 20th in Portland, OR. Show details and tickets. 
A native of Portland, Jay showcases his broad comedic prowess in several different rodeos around town.  Jay is not only a Curious Comedy Player, but also performs in a power house troupe, ADMINISTRATION.  There are many facets to Jay’s comedic talents. He is not only a performer, but a multitalented comedian with a knack for stand up as well. Jay has performed stand-up and shared his gift for storytelling on NPR’s LIVE WIRE, Portland Center Stage, Bagdad Theater, Helium Comedy Club, The Moth, Mortified, Campfire Stories, and opened for Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the Hall.  Work Shmerk, Jay’s one man, comedic, multi-media, storytelling show received rave reviews from the Oregonian and The Portland Mercury. In addition to being a performer, Jay also knows a thing or two about producing.  He currently produces two comedy shows; Comedy Grab Bag at Action/Adventure Theater and Friday Night Fights at Curious Comedy.

Introducing Jay Flewelling. He will be performing at our Tatas for Libraries fundraiser on September 20th in Portland, OR. Show details and tickets

A native of Portland, Jay showcases his broad comedic prowess in several different rodeos around town.  Jay is not only a Curious Comedy Player, but also performs in a power house troupe, ADMINISTRATION.  There are many facets to Jay’s comedic talents. He is not only a performer, but a multitalented comedian with a knack for stand up as well. Jay has performed stand-up and shared his gift for storytelling on NPR’s LIVE WIRE, Portland Center Stage, Bagdad Theater, Helium Comedy Club, The Moth, Mortified, Campfire Stories, and opened for Kevin McDonald from The Kids in the HallWork Shmerk, Jay’s one man, comedic, multi-media, storytelling show received rave reviews from the Oregonian and The Portland Mercury. In addition to being a performer, Jay also knows a thing or two about producing.  He currently produces two comedy shows; Comedy Grab Bag at Action/Adventure Theater and Friday Night Fights at Curious Comedy.