Next Sunday! The Bruise Special Edition Taurus Fest

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This month’s Bruise show will be on the first Sunday of the month – go visit your mothers! Also, it’s a bunch of peoples birthdays and we’re having a big ‘ol Taurus Fest – all Taurus performers (there might be a few non-bulls accompanying musical guests). 8pm. Free as always. Come hit the pinata (this show is not only a Taurus bday show but also falls just after Cinco de Mayo). Yay Mexico!

Featuring top-notch performances by:

RAQUEL I. PENZO is a writer, editor, and event curator from Brooklyn, NY. She is the founder of La Pluma y La Tinta, a literary organization that promotes writers of color through readings, workshops, and panel discussions. Raquel currently works as a senior copywriter for Brooklyn Public Library, and as a nonfiction editor for Serving House Books. Find her online via @LaPlumayLaTinta and @TheJadedNYer.

DEESHA THOSAR is a sports journalist focused on the great world of baseball, but in her free time likes to write freestyle poetry inspired by events in her personal life. So like, if Taylor Swift was a cooler person, lived in Bushwick, and was a Yankees fan.

EMMA CECELIA HOWARD is a recent NYU grad who now makes a living making coffee for NYU students. She studied at the Experimental Theatre Wing and is currently working on her solo show, I’m Smiling Because I’m Uncomfortable, a piece about eating disorders that’s performed in people’s kitchens. She’s a part of the company Unattended Baggage, a group of theatre-makers who like site-specific work and also have a lot of emotional baggage that needs attending. Ultimately she wants to follow in the tracks of Patch Adams and become more involved as a medical and humanitarian clown.

KELLEY BRANNON curates and hosts The Bruise and has been working on a film called Empty Spaces longer than she’s ever wanted to. While waiting for everyone to send their bios, she didn’t even write hers. Sorry.

with DJ sets by Matthew Joseph who is an educator and part time DJ/producer hailing from Woodside, Queens. His ear for unique sounds has led him to create mixes with an assortment of music styles ranging from lo-fi hip hop to bubblegum bass. His music has been called such things as: “hmm”, “I think that sounded good” and “that was interesting”.

and Musical Guests JREX: the omnivorous half human, half dinosaur clusterfuck of hope, commerce and artistry. That’s not an insult.


ERIC SIMONS who sent me his bio is 20 separate single sentence texts. BUT I did pick up on his extensive acting and music background. He co-produced the film Planet Brooklyn, has performed at BAM and multiple other venues and was born with a slightly different name but that’s another story.

Hosted by the “I’ve made amends but I hate religion” Kelley Brannon

This show is gonna be a smash hit. Come out, get drinks, hear some words and music and get a chance to break a vessel that will either bestow candy on you or tampons.

10% of proceeds from the bar will be donated to the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR)

About kelleybrannonprojects

From 2012, new 'About' coming soon. In the meantime, please enjoy this nostalgia from my life five years ago: I am an artist, writer, researcher, filmmaker, photographer, playwright, actor, and director in Ridgewood, Queens. I know that might seem like a lot of things to be so I should say I experiment in a variety of disciplines and mediums; concepts and absurdities. I studied in The Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art. I moved to the area in June 2010 after graduating. CURRENT PROJECTS: Since moving to NYC I've been feeling pulled back to my first loves: writing and theater; and the surreal, emotional, and abstract. I am also very involved with radical politics and I'm particularly interested in blending internal and external structures. I wrote a semi-surreal one act play called "The Rootless: A Play About America" last year which divulged the madness of capitalism and was performed at The Producer's Club with Love Creek Productions. I recently wrote another one act play called "The Thousand Lives of a Nomad" which is a story about the task, escape, and intrigue of continually making new lives in different places. The story is told through the lens of a 33 year-old woman originally from Finland and now residing in Brooklyn. It's staged to be a "live animation" of sorts and, personally I think it's both funny and thoughtful. On-going projects include a constant evolving series of smoke drawings, a documentary about the business behind social media and Facebook; hope of rekindling my love affair with large format photography, and a perpetual mid-life crisis...
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