Dead Ladies Show NYC #2

It is with great pleasure we invite you to the sophomore outing of the DEAD LADIES SHOW in NYC, back by popular demand! Please join us at the KGB Bar on Wednesday, 7 November, from 7:00-9:00pm.

The very special second NYC edition brings you not just your usual three ladies, but an extra bonus LIVING lady as well—we are thrilled to welcome AMY PADNANI to the stage to talk about her superlative NYT series, “Overlooked,” the reading of which has been described by some as akin to attending the Dead Ladies Show, except in the comfort of your own home and far better established.

The incredible women being posthumously presented include a suffragist hiker, a queer star of the Harlem Renaissance, and the first woman to run for U.S. President. The perfect dénouement from Election Day, if you ask us. (Everybody vote!) Presented by editorial guru HELEN RICHARD, rare researcher LIA BOYLE, and your host, MOLLY O’LAUGHLIN. Join us as we raise a glass to these glass-ceiling-shatterers.

Free admission; please buy a drink or two to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB.

(N.B.: once up the outside stairs of the building, enter and climb one more flight of stairs, then take a hard right and enter the bar. We are not in the Red Room, which is yet another flight up! We do not need to hike more elevation! We are not all Fanny Bullock Workman!)

Fanny Bullock Workman

An American hiker, cyclist, explorer, geographer, adventurer, and author born in 1859, FANNY BULLOCK WORKMAN was one of the first female professional mountaineers. She and her husband cycled thousands of miles across Europe, Algeria, and India, and were the first Americans to explore the Himalayas in depth. Workman set several women’s altitude records, published eight travel books, insisted on a new precedent for accurate scientific record-keeping, and championed women’s rights and women’s suffrage every step of the way.

Gladys Bentley

GLADYS BENTLEY was a blues singer, pianist and entertainer in the Harlem Renaissance. A Black lesbian, she started her career as a crossdressing pianist and singer at a gay speakeasy called Harry Hansberry’s Clam House, and she was so popular that the club was soon renamed after her. Her combination of musical talent with a raunchy sense of humor and flamboyant queerness wowed audiences of all races and classes. Langston Hughes called her “an amazing exhibition of musical energy…a perfect piece of African sculpture, animated by her own rhythm.”

Victoria Woodhull

Once called “Mrs. Satan,” VICTORIA CLAFLIN WOODHULL was the first woman to run for president—announcing her bid in 1870, 50 years before women had the right to vote. Disowned by the suffragettes for her radical ideas—that women should be able to choose whom they love, that marital rape should be illegal, and that birth control should be widely available—she was far ahead of her time. Among many other achievements, she was the first woman to address a congressional committee and one of the first female brokers on Wall Street.

Helen Richard is an associate editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons and a moderately aspirational female mountaineer.

Molly O’Laughlin is a writer and translator who recently moved back to NYC from Berlin, Germany.

Lia Boyle studies rare genetic disorders and directs plays in her spare time.

Dead Ladies Show NYC #1

Many of you have heard the good news—one of Berlin’s favorite institutions, the Dead Ladies Show, is coming to NYC! Molly O’Laughlin will be hosting an intimate, informative evening in which we learn about the lives of three deceased, fabulous women from three living—but equally fabulous—presenters. Join us at the KGB Bar on Wednesday, September 5, from 7–9pm.

The time is ripe—dead ladies are all around us, including in the New York Times’s “Overlooked,” a collection of belated obituaries for those non-white men whose contributions to society over the centuries have gone…overlooked. This will be like that, except live, with slideshows (and social drinking).

Bring friends! Bring acquaintances! Bring strangers! No admission this time (yay, first round!); please buy a drink or two to ensure the future of DLS NYC at KGB.

P.S. Got a dead lady you’d like to present in the future? Get in touch! Three rules: 1. Ladies must have been dead at least a year. 2. Ladies must have identified as ladies in their lifetimes. 3. No fascists.

Dorothy Day

DOROTHY DAY was a journalist, social activist, and political radical in New York in the 20th century. During the Great Depression, she founded the Catholic Worker Movement, a pacifist and social justice movement comprised of direct aid for the poor and nonviolent political action on their behalf. The Catholic Worker Movement continues to be active throughout the world. Day is a candidate for sainthood in the Catholic Church.

Rosalind Franklin

ROSALIND FRANKLIN’s research helped elucidate the structure of DNA, the molecule that determines the growth, development and reproduction of all living things. She was a chemist and an expert in X-ray crystallography, a technique that generates atomic level structures. Her results were essential in Watson & Crick’s final model of DNA, but the data was shared without her consent, even without her knowledge. Franklin turned her attention to studying viruses, visualizing the first viral atomic structures and studying the structure of polio. At age 38, she passed away from ovarian cancer, possibly due to her prolonged research with X-rays. During her lifetime, fellow scientists recognized her valuable work on coal structures and viruses. However, her essential work on DNA was only recently recognized. Now, she’s received many posthumous honors, including having a medical school and an asteroid named after her.

Ann Lowe

ANN LOWE dressed pirate queens, American royalty and silver screen starlets during her career that spanned over 50 years. Born in the south, to a long line of dressmakers, she took over the family business at the age of 16 by designing a gown for the Governor of Alabama’s wife. She worked her way from Alabama to a studio on Madison Avenue. Her work is featured in museums around the country, including the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Through the course of ELIZEBETH SMITH FRIEDMAN’s life, she went from Quaker schoolteacher in Indiana to master cryptanalyst whose work laid the foundations for the NSA. She went up against Shakespeare conspiracy theorists, rumrunners, and even J. Edgar Hoover. Her work in World War II helped prevent the Nazis from taking over South America, but nearly all of it was a national secret until after her death.

Your presenters:
Mary Kate Skehan has worked in publishing for five years and currently works in marketing at Penguin.

Chioma Madubata will earn her MD/PhD from Columbia in 2019. She studied cancer biology during her PhD. She got her start with dead ladies early, having attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Maryland.

Candace Munroe’s career in fashion has taken her to Gilt, Bloomingdale’s, and Eileen Fisher. Having earned a master’s in business from NYU Stern, she now works at Tommy Hilfiger.

Molly O’Laughlin is a writer and translator who recently moved back to NYC from Berlin, Germany.