I would love to be the poet laureate of Coney Island.
The BEAT Sideshow
See multiple BEAT artists together on two special nights in Coney Island; spoken word, modern dance, stand-up comedy, improv & a circus act from East Molvenia?
The BEAT Sideshow, Feat. Jessica Halem
Coney Island Sideshow Theater: Sept 18 & 19
Tickets Just $10!
The mixtape of The BEAT Festival! BEAT promises a genre-bending night led by the hysterical and indomitable, comic storyteller, Jessica Halem. She’s returned to Brooklyn and this is where she belongs. The BEAT artists come together in a swirling performance of opera, hip hop, acrobatics, comedy and tragedy—all in 80 minutes or less.
Lineup for Sept 18th:
Irondale Ensemble, American Opera Projects, Opera on Tap, Dzieci
Lineup for Sept 19th:
Creative Outlet, Kimberly Bartosik, Ish Islam, Courtney Giannone
About Jessica Halem
Sun in Gemini. Moon in Sagittarius. Mind in gutter. Jessica Halem is what happens when you mix a hippie Midwest upbringing with a Sarah Lawrence education. The nationally touring comic brings brains and bawdiness to her racy, politically charged stage act and the result is little like a horny Gloria Steinem on nitrous oxide.
“Humor is a powerful weapon for social justice,” says the former globetrotting executive assistant to feminist icon Bella Abzug and former Executive Director of the Lesbian Community Cancer Project. “No one knows what to expect from me,” she adds. “People hear lesbian feminist and are surprised when I start talking about glory holes. But that’s why I’m here, to complicate the way queer people are seen and how they see themselves.”