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Saturday, April 30 • 8:00pm - 10:30pm
Grub Gone...Drag ***SOLD OUT!*** LIMITED

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Leave your preconceptions about stuffy writers' conferences -- and about drag -- at the door. On this very special night, GrubStreet welcomes the acclaimed Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret for an evening of live music and literary gender-bending. The event begins with a few three-minute readings by prominent authors -- including keynote speaker Colum McCann , much-buzzed debut novelist Kaitlyn Greenidge, and playwright/actress Melinda Lopez -- and Robin McLean the winner of our first annual "Alter Ego" writing contest. Your host and main performer will be Martha Graham Cracker herself, The Drag Queen King of Philadelphia, who regularly sells out Joe's Pub in NYC and has been profiled by PBS, TimeOut New York and Philadelphia magazine. There's no lip synching here, just Martha's incredible voice, dancing, and larger-than-average...vocabulary.  More on Martha here. This show is a can't-miss. Held at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts, a 15-minute walk or short cab ride from the hotel. NOTE: This event is now sold out. Only those who have already purchased a separate $12 or $18 ticket may attend! 

7:30 - 8:15: DJ Brent Covington
8:15 - 8:30: Dancers Marcus Alexander Cartier, London Escada, Dex Escada & Courtney Ebony
8:30 - 9:00: Readings by Colum McCann, Kaitlyn Greenidge, Robin McLean & Melinda Lopez
9:00 - 11:00: The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret  

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Martha Graham Cracker

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Backed by a four-piece live band, Martha Graham Cracker, hailed as "The Drag Queen King" by the Philadelphia Inquirer and an icon on the Philadelphia arts and theater scene for over 10 years, performs new arrangements and mashups of songs by artists ranging from Prince and Crowded House to Motley Crue and Nina Simone. Martha Graham Cracker is played by Dito van Reigersberg, co-founding co-artistic director of Philadelphia's... Read More →
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Kaitlyn Greenidge

Kaitlyn Greenidge received her MFA from Hunter College. Greenidge was the recipient of a Hertog Fellowship while at Hunter and the Bernard Cohen Short Story Prize. She was a Bread Loaf scholar, a Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace artist-in-residence, and a Johnson State College Visiting Emerging Writer. Her work has appeared in the Believer, The Feminist Wire, At Length, Fortnight Journal, Green Mountains Review, Afrobeat Journal, the... Read More →
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Colum McCann

Author, THIRTEEN WAYS OF LOOKING, Keynote Speaker
Colum McCann is the author of six novels and three collections of stories. Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, he has been the recipient of many international honours, including the National Book Award, the International Dublin Impac Prize, a Chevalier des Arts et Lettres from the French government, election to the Irish arts academy, several European awards, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. His work has... Read More →