Sunday, November 25, 2012


World AIDS Day 
with "Hedwig" Star, John Waters' Mink Stole & More in Spectacular Cabaret

WHEN: Friday, November 30, 8 PM
Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore
ADMISSION: $20, $15 members

Adam Cooley, star of our hugely successful run of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," directs and sings in a thoughtfully-curated evening of Broadway, pop, rock' n' roll and original tunes sung by some of Baltimore's most talented vocalists. Also included are readings from the pandemic and discussion of exciting research developments. A reception follows, with hors d'ouevres by Clementine at the Creative Alliance.

Joining Cooley is film actress Mink Stole, famous for her work with John Waters in films ranging from the hit Hairspray to cult classic Pink Flamingos; Joseph Ritch's creation Sunrize Highway, a loving satire of the great divas interspersed with whimsical reflections, winsome musings, sage advice, cautionary tales and insightful showbiz stories; and Baltimore native Quae Simpson, who has been performing for the past 20 years nationally and internationally, from the Mid-Atlantic to Western China.

Johns Hopkins' Dr. Rupali Limaye and AIDS Action Baltimore founder Lynda Dee speaks with the audience afterwards. Limaye worked as director of HIV Global Programs at Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication. AIDS Action Baltimore recently celebrated 25 years of providing educational, financial, and emotional support for people with HIV and HIV prevention services in the Baltimore metropolitan area.

Other performers include Alexis Holzer, who backed up Cooley's Hedwig in the band, and Tenley Spatz, who provides a reading.

World AIDS Day was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988 to remember the epidemic. The theme in 2012 is "Getting to Zero," referencing the UNAIDS vision of "Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths."

Creative Alliance is Baltimore's premier multi-genre arts center, presenting over 200 events a year in film, music, workshops, and visual art in its theater, art galleries, bar/restaurant, classrooms, and live/work spaces for artists.