I’ve been asked to do a lot of “celebrity appearances” lately, and this mostly makes me think that I’ve got a lot of people fooled. Most of these events involve me singing a song, or playing a tune, but lately it seems the service industry has been looking for volunteers.
So despite the fact that my “celebrity waiter” work at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s big fundraiser a few weeks ago was, um, not the most fun I’ve ever had, I’ve somehow agreed to do it again for yet another cause. When I say it wasn’t fun, I mean that in the kindest of ways. I very much enjoyed talking to the friendly folks at the CFF event, and I like serenading them. I’m just not a good server. In fact, I think I’m one of the only artists in the course of history to have never worked in a restaurant.
The Looking for Lilith company asked me to be a “celebrity bartender” at their event at Proof this coming Sunday, and I agreed before I realized what that meant: taking drink orders and making them for people. Yikes! But they are a wonderful theatre company, and they are raising money to take their show to New York.
This particular show is called Fabric, Flames, and Fervor and will be performed in New York City March 24-27. It honors the centennial of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911, in which 146 garment workers were killed because of lack of fire escapes and basic safety regulations. The disaster lead to legislation that eventually eliminated sweatshops in America, so it’s a pretty important event.
And in that strange small world way that Louisville has, I happened to have taken just about all of my university courses in the very same building that the fire occurred. NYU has owned the Triangle building for years now, and it’s a center for Arts & Sciences. That’s just a coincidence, but I do remember reading the little plaque honoring the victims everyday as I went to class — and double-checking that the fire escapes were working.
So if you’d like to have a cocktail and at the same time support a good cause, come out to Proof on Sunday, March 6 (that’s tomorrow), and I will try not to screw up your drink order. I’ll be there between 6:00-9:00.
Guest Bartender is Louisville-based musician Brigid Kaelin! Order your drink from Brigid and Looking for Lilith will receive the proceeds from your drink order!
This Fundraiser benefits Fabric, Flames, and Fervor, which will be performed in New York City March 24-27.
* Already have dinner plans that night? — Join us for a pre-dinner drink!
* Looking for something to do on Sunday? — Join us for the whole evening and enjoy a meal and the amazing art at Proof and 21C!
* Bid on the hand-crafted “Flames” quilt as part of your contribution to Lilith’s New York venture.