A Slice of the Good Life: The 5th Annual Pizza Klatch Gayla/Concert/Auction
A Slice of the Good Life is Pizza Klatch's annual joyous community celebration and benefit in support of Thurston County LGBTQ+ youth! Come hear iconic feminist, activist and singer/songwriter Cris Williamson; humorous, feminist philosophical folk/rock band the Righteous Mothers; nerdy, political and hilarious queer and trans comedian El Sanchez and our emcee, drug counselor by day and drag queen by night, Aleksa Manila! The night includes a VIP reception, online auction, cupcakes, and pizza.; check out our fabulous online auction; eat pizza and cupcakes and consider attending the VIP Reception.
Saturday, February 2, 2019
Doors open at 6:00pm
Washington Center for the Performing Arts
512 Washington Street
Olympia, Washington 98501
FEATURED PERFORMERS: CRIS WILLIAMSON
Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer And The Changed, for her brainchild,
Olivia Records. the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Her music and voice quickly became the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become known as "women's music," music created, performed, and marketed specifically to women. Today, that recording, The Changer and the Changed, remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.
For Cris, the music became the vehicle for something larger. Her lyrics appear on a regular basis in books and thesis papers. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women's studies courses, and thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in "Song of the Soul" around campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort.
"She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person," says the Boston Phoenix, "Williamson is an heroic character whose tireless activism continues."
Says Bonnie Raitt, "The first time I heard Cris' music, it was like hearing honey dripped on a cello... Cris has been a whole lot of women's heroes -- including mine."
Today, with 30+ full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit adding new material at each juncture. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and the headlining of many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and Vancouver.
The songs and the celebration continue with the release of her 32nd album; her latest CD, Motherland!
A queer/trans/non-binary comedian and writer, El Sanchez has been performing all over the country (and once in Canada) since 2010. Their conversationally cynical, yet upbeat comedic style weaves together a unique mix of embarrassing personal stories, nerdy obsessions, social politics and possible overshares, making light of their own instances of social incompetence while also skewering oppressive social norms as well as bigotry in all its forms. They have appeared on NPR’s Latino USA, popular podcast Sex Nerd Sandra on the Nerdist network, starred in LGBTQ documentary short, "Oh, I Get It" and have even talked about periods with Teen Vogue. El has performed at Bumbershoot, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Emerald City Comicon, Autostraddle.com's annual LGBTQ event A-Camp and have been a featured guest performer at LGBTQ+ PRIDE events from Seattle, WA all the way to Charleston, NC. El has opened for comedians Michael Che (SNL), Bridget Everett (Inside Amy Schumer), Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America) and musicians DRAM, Kimya Dawson and SassyBlack. They are also a regular opening act and touring partner of comedian Hari Kondabolu (Conan, Comedy Central, Warn Your Relatives).
El has been called "fearless," by City Arts Magazine, "a grumpy nugget of delight," by writer/activist Lindy West (Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman) and "a brilliant new voice everyone should know," by comedian Hari Kondabolu (The Problem with Apu). Hello Giggles featured El in an article titled, "4 Latinx Comedians You Need To See Right Now Before They Blow Up" in which author Ana Defillo wrote, "...El Sanchez is the funniest stand-up I have ever seen. Seriously." Grammy Award winning singer/song-writer Kimya Dawson has cited El as her 'favorite underground Northwest comedian' while Emmy Award winning comedian and host of CNN's United Shades of America, W. Kamau Bell once said, "El Sanchez is the truth." Their debut comedy album "Hard Femme/Soft Butch/Werewolf" will be released in the fall of 2018.
THE RIGHTEOUS MOTHERS
The Righteous Mothers are four funny, philosophical female folk-rock musicians who have been one of the Northwest’s foremost musical performing groups for the past 26 years. They whip their audience into a frenzy with zany original music, witty theatrics, and mind-boggling, intricate vocal harmonies. The Righteous Mothers grab hearts and funny bones with songs about ice cream, labor pains, annoying dreams and Supreme Court decisions. They surprise and delight young and old, gay and straight, male and female with their quirky humor and open hearts.
The award winning Righteous Mothers manage to balance music, family and other careers. They lead full lives as professors, teachers, a children’s book author and a Tribal Court Judge. They are all mothers and between them have a total of seven righteous children ranging in age from 7 to 24 years old. They perform for audiences from twenty-five to thousands in classrooms, coffeehouses, conferences and festivals such as Kerrville Folk Festival, Bumbershoot, National Women’s Folk Music Festival and Vancouver Folk Festival. The group’s music defies definition. Their original tunes range in genres from Folk to Rock n’ Roll, Tango to Gospel, and Caribbean to the Blues. They have won a variety of awards most interesting of which is the Seattle Area’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community’s favorite musical band This was awarded to them, in part, due to The Righteous Mother’s highly animated and expressive performances. The Righteous Mothers also facilitate workshops on topics including: How to Stay Relaxed and Improve Your Voice; Song Arrangement, a Group Process; Creative Writing.
To date, they have released six recordings: The Righteous Mothers, Stand Up, All the Rage: and none of the calories, Pesky Angels, A Million Things and the newly released Best of the Righteous Mothers: The First 25 Years.
AND YOUR HOST: ALEKSA MANILA
Drug counselor by day, drag diva by night. Aleksa Manila is a celebrated and respected drag personality. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she now calls Seattle, Washington home.
Aleksa is a favorite emcee
/host, speaker/panelist, performer/model at many events in the region because of her smart and sassy presence onstage and her ease of engaging her audience. She's a staple in Seattle's landscape from ICON - a celebration of drag, art & life!, LEO Party, University of Washington's Lavender Graduation, Seattle Pride Parade, Seattle Pridefest, Seattle Pridefest Capitol Hill,Lifelong's Gay Bingo to Seattle Symphony's Celebrate Asia among many. Plus you can see her as Helena Pen Poison on Wes Hurley's Capitol Hill Web Series. Notably, she has performed with Pink Martini on various concerts including Zoo Tunes, Chateau Ste. Michelle, Crystal Ballroom, Microsoft, Washington Park and Kirkland Performance Center.
Over the years, she has been recognized for her community effort in advocacy and social justice. This year alone, Aleksa has been honored with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan's Pride Award for Outstanding Leader, Seattle Women's Pride for Community Champion, the Filipino American Student Association at the University of Washington 100th Year Anniversary Recognition as one of 100 Centennials in advancing Filipino Americans, and the GSBA (Greater Seattle Business Association)Humanitarian Honoree for Community Leadership. She was also honored with the prestigious Dr. Bob Wood Award for Excellence in HIV Prevention in 2013, and was Grand Marshal at the 40th Seattle Pride Parade in 2014 alongside her hero, Mr. George Takei.
In 2012, she founded Pride ASIA whose mission is to celebrate, empower and nurture the multi-cultural diversity of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities through the Asian Pacific Islander lens.
In her professional career, Aleksa when "not-in-face" is the Program Coordinator of Project NEON and Program Supervisor of Addiction Services at Seattle Counseling Service.