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Alice Austen House – Concert

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Alice Austen House, Staten Island

SAVE THE DATE – Concert, Saturday, June 3, 2023

TIME: 1-4 PM

Celebrating Alice and Gertrude through Song:
Preservation and Pride in Partnership with Tin Pan Alley

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To kick off Pride month and celebrate the preservation of Alice Austen and Gertrude Tate’s iconic love story, the Alice Austen House and Tin Pan Alley present an afternoon of music with Miss Maybell and Charlie Judkins and the inimitable Kay Turner.

Taking inspiration from an era when Alice Austen and her life partner Gertrude Tate resided at Clear Comfort and presented in collaboration with the Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project; Miss Maybell and Charlie Judkins will perform vintage jazz, ragtime and blues songs from 1900-1929.

Between the late 1890s and 1970s New York City’s music publishing district was known as “Tin Pan Alley”—a reference to the continuous sound of pianos emanating from nearly every open window nearby, allegedly causing a remark that it sounded like the banging of tin pans. Reinvigorating that spirit on our historic grounds, The Tin Pan Alley American Popular Music Project commemorates and invigorates a living legacy.

In “Songs for Alice and Gertrude” lesbian-feminist queer activist Kay Turner and her band Kay Turn Her and the Pages sings from her lesbo-centric catalog of songs she has written and co-written over the past thirty-five years. A former professor at NYU, Turner is known for teaching lesbian lessons in song. Appropriately, this set at Alice Austen House includes “Bicycling for Ladies,” written in loving recognition of Austen and her partner Gertrude

Alice Austen House. Photographer: Noël Sutherland.


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