Holly Woodlawn Memorial NYC
$68,173 of $75k goal
Holly's NY memorial May 14th 2pm doors open at 1:30 pm at the Ellen Stewart Theatre 66 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003
is open to everyone but seating at LaMama Etc is limited to a first come first serve basis.
We are happy to announce that we will be live streaming the entire memorial with Culture Hub and it will be a first rate production so we encourage fans both in NY, across the country and around the world to have at home Holly Memorial viewing parties.
There will also be an overflow screening at:
Howl Gallery 6 E 1st st STREET, NYC 10003
and we encourage you to see Howl Arts beautiful tribute to Jackie Curtis and Ethyl Eichelberger on now!
If you plan to come to the memorial please come early. Doors will open at 1:30pm and we must clear the theater promptly at 4pm and the building at 5pm
We are very grateful to LaMama Etc and Staff for this generous contribution and to Howl Arts and Culture Hub. Special Thanks to Steve Zehentner for organizing all the tech and video
you too can watch the memorial which was livestreamed all over the world and is now archive for posterity
The NYC Memorial for darling Holly was all we hoped it could be , a true celebration of Holly 's Life On Earth. live streamed and viewed by people as far away as Brazil and Australia . A 30 minute photo montage and video short by Joe E Jeffries started the memorial,I Penny, introduced the event with Robert Starr's video homage to Holly's inspiration Flamenco icon Lola Flores shown side by side with Holly's Broken Goddess. Then we introduced our speakers Michael Musto, Singer Chris Tanner sang Bridge Over Troubled Water accapella, Elda Stiletto who showed the quilted shroud she had made for Holly, Playhouse of The Ridiculous Theatre legend John Vaccaro who first put Holly on stage, George Abagnalo spoke and read a message from director Paul Morrissey and a poem by Gerard Malanga, Gosple Choir Lavander Light sang a medly of Walk On The Wild Side, Praise and Free At Last, then filmmaker James Rasin spoke and a friend read his wife's message, Ridiculous theatre star Ruby Lynn Reyner,impressario Chip Duckett,costumer Billy GalloDowntown treasure Agosto Machado spoke followed by Robert Preston Coddington introduced his video overview of Holly's film career , next a short Lower East Side Biography Project interview with Holly we closed with Chris Tanner again accapella singing I Am What I Am!
We were vastly aided by our team of volunteer host helpers Maria Enns, Gianni Rage, Steven Love Menendez, Miss Joanie Moossy,Tony Zannetta, Jeffrey Nickora,Michael Alago, Brian Belovitch who husband Jim Russell arranged the bouquet,Michael Levine,John Hargreaves,Jennifer Wray, Jackie Rudin took photos
Steve Zehentner my long time collaborator devoted many, many, hours to the success of this memorial
Lori E Seid was our amazing stage manager assisted by the charismatic Pedro J Rosado
Many thanks to Mia Yoo, Nicky Pariaso, Beverly Petty, Mark Tambella,gian Marco Lo Forte,Donald Lanziero
filmed live streamed and archived by Culture Hub many thanks
literally people from all over the world were able to watch and participate in the memorial in live time
to those few misguided souls who spent months slandering and spreading false rumors about me and this project for Holly i forgive you and hope your embarrassment opens you up to greater good
Live Stream'd to where ever in the world you may be
Livestream beginning at about 1:30pm.
The memorial itself begins promptly at 2pm
http://howlround.com/tv Channel Two (player on right side)
If you plan to attend the memorial in person, please respond the FB page so we get an idea of attendance. It is frustrating but we can only seat 300 people so please:
Arrive early, NO RESERVATIONS doors open 1:30pm
List will only be for speakers & guests
We will have over flow with live stream at
Howl Arts 66 East 1st St where you can also see the great exhibit on Jackie Curtis & Ethyl Eichelberger
When Jackie Met Ethyl (thru May)
The Ellen Stewart Theatre
66 East 4th Street
2nd floor, elevator access
1:30pm VIDEO COMPILATION
Lots of Holly by Joe E. Jeffreys, Peter Dallas, The Lower East Side Biography Project
Brief remarks by people who knew Holly personally
Music Performance by Chris Tanner and Lance Cruce
Lavender Light Gospel Choir
A survey of Holly's film work by Robert Coddington
4:00pm DRINKS in Lobby
Ellen Stewart Theater is located on East 4th Street between Bowery and Second Avenue.
F Train to Second Ave; N/R Trains to 8th Street; 6 Train to Astor Place
Produced by Penny Arcade, Jeremiah Newton and Steve Zehentner
Holly's memorial is one week away Sat May 14th 2pm
at Ellen Stewart Theatre 66 East 4th St NYC
Doors open 1:30pm First come first served
We are live streaming the entire memorial with Culture Hub so where ever in the world you are you can celebrate Holly. we encourage people to have Holly Memorial viewing parties!
As there are limited seats at LaMama just about 300
we will have overflow at
Howl Arts 6 EAST 1ST STREET, NYC 10003
we encourage you to visit their wonderful exhibit
When Jackie Met Ethyl on Jackie Curtis & Ethyl Eichelberger that is on all month.
We thank LaMama Etc and staff for their generousity, Howl Arts, Culture Hub and special thanks to steve Zehentner for organizing all tech and video for this event for Holly.
we are just shy of the two week mark for Holly's NY Memorial at LaMama Etc May 14th 2pm
Doors will open at 1:30 pm for a 2pm start and will last till 5pm. It will be comprised of short eulogies by Holly's long time friends and cohorts. Video segments, a musical tribute by members of Lavender Light , the LBGT gospel choir. I have asked singer Chris Tanner to sing an iconic tribute to Holly with pianist Lance Cruce, who played with Holly . See video below. We are endeavoring to Live Stream this event so that everyone everywhere will be able to participate because this is a celebration of Holly and Holly always wanted to be friends with everyone , that was a hallmark of Holly's nature.I will send a separate post when that is worked out!
Doors will open at 1:30pm so please make sure you are early as seating will be available first come first serve.
Please note: I am not a mind reader. If you are or know someone who was/is very close to Holly who feels they should speak ( we are keeping remarks brief) email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Despite the witch hunt I have endured while supporting Holly I am still the wide open, transparent person I have always been.
Here is the FB page : Please circulate!
Think about going out to dinner drinks and dancing. Think about how entertaining going out for you is and then think about this woman who not only entertained us since the 60s but is a living legend who helped bring issues such as the Trans experience to the forefront without even knowing it. She was just always herself! Brave fearless and amazing! Stay in tonight and give Holly the basic gift of health where she gave us indulgences like uncontrolable laughter and joy!!!
Someone at the top of this thread the "Jenner Factor" I have written directly as I have the reach tonight to express what many here are feeling . I asked if he would be making a donation ( I suggested she could retire the balance so we can all relax about Holly's finances and focus on her comfort . I pointed out that he walks the Runway so freely yet in 1968 Holly marched into a jungle with no map or compass and paved a way for those who followed .The number of LGBT victims of hate crimes is large with the Trans Community suffering the most . Trans Kids are far more likely to be homeless ,attempt suicide and often succeed quickly or slowly.I reminded Caitlyn that her degree of "suffering " has greatly been diminished because of Holly Woodlawn and Trans diplomats of progress . I reminded her that if not for Holly ,that "Low Life in High Heels " Caitlyn would be shunned and alone rather than the "Toast of the Town " I'll follow up with any word from Caitlyn Jenner
Always remember The Queens - they were at the forefront of every rally starting way back in the 60’ - they got abused and beaten but tooth and and nails and tacco a spillo they were always there marching in the front line - we owe them so much - and we owe Holly! get better soon love! Adrian
Wednesday afternoon, Holly and I had a wonderful visit at the hospital. She was alert, effervescent, and in good spirits. I brought some photos. We reminisced and laughed about our crazy friends, and many of the madcap adventures we shared over the last 20+ years. Holly's condition has improved significantly since last week, when she was befuddled and quite disconnected. One of the doctors came to do some tests in her room just as I was leaving. Here's hoping for the best. Holly sends kisses and hugs to everyone, with love.
Dearest Holly, In memory of our many lunches in your place(s), of Sadie running around as we feasted and drank (and topped it off with the chocolate ganache cake you love). I send you love-love-love, healing energy, and big hugs. My love and admiration to you always. I want you safe and comfortable and upright, talking a mile a minute and ready for a refill, reclining on your sofa a la Cleopatra. You are and will always be the Queen of the Nile to me. You are loved. Know it, believe it, accept it, and know that it is true. You are more than a mere lyric in a popular song, more than an indie movie actress from an era when indie really WAS, and more even than your hilarious book "A Low Life in High Heels" suggests: you are YOU, a special, loving human being, a charmer of the first order, a rogue and scarlet woman, and a human being who showed so many others the beauty and fragility of being human and being honest with yourself. You have been without really knowing or understanding it a great teacher for so many young people you may never meet and yet so deeply affected. Like a Greek or Egyptian myth, your story will be told and retold for generations to come and you will inspire. You already have inspired, as this page so beautifully illustrates. Many thanks to Penny Arcade for setting this up and above all many thanks to you, dear Holly, for being the beautiful soul you are and have always been. Love love love to you from Ashley.
Doesn't have to be someone from a sexual-issues-bonded community - just non-bigoted people who love mind-blowingly talented actresses; great, great souls; great, great comediennes - Cukor (sic), Ellen, Oprah, Clooney, Fonda, Cher, Maclaine, Fey, etc. - "overly-affluent" smArtistic people generally (and if you don't love Holly, you're kinda don't qualify as actually smart). Anyone know if they know about Holly's sitch? Soon it will be on public radio, at the very least. BTW, Penny Arcade, thank you so much from all of us who love Holly! This modus brings in more than the money - love expressed. Thank-you.
Dearest Holly. You have been, and continue to be, one of the main inspirations for me and my work. I have written songs about you and marvelled at the sincerity of your work and the kindness of your soul. You have always confirmed that is is ok to be very different and be proud of it. We have hollered tunes together and laughed together and you have opened your heart to me. Get well soon please.
Sending love and best wishes to my dear idol and friend, Holly Woodlawn. She is not only an Andy Warhol Superstar, She's also a survivor and fighter. Looking back on some of our E-mails, it's really making me sad. I remember talking to her, asking for advice and she gave me the utmost support, to get that type of encouragement from one of my hero's is literally mind-blowing. I am so heartbroken to hear that she is very ill, i'm asking everyone to donate to this GoFundMe campaign that was set up so we can bring Holly home to rest and recuperate. She deserves the absolute best, because she is one of the greatest soul's the world has ever held. One day i really hope to personally meet Holly, one day that will happen. All my love, Matthew Xx
Penny… Thank you so much for your consistent and beautifully written updates over the past months. Sometimes, in our busy lives, we forget those who need to be remembered. You have given us all a regular reminder to keep Holly in our thoughts. I can only hope that when it is my turn to experience what Holly has been through, that I have at least one friend like you to help me through that difficult time. Your posts have made us all feel like we are a part of everything that has been going on. You, my friend, make the world a better place!