An Evening of Joyful Resistance Benefiting the Feminist Press


Featuring Rana Farhan,
Candice Hoyes,
Sarah Manning + Jessica Ackerley, and Rachel Z.


Event Details:

Thursday June 6, 2019

Doors 6pm
Cocktail Reception (included with ticket price) 6pm–7pm
Performance 7pm–8:30pm


$50 General—General admission seating. Access to cocktail reception: beer, wine, and signature cocktail and hors d'oeuvres included.
$100 VIP—Preferred reserved seating. Access to cocktail reception: beer, wine, and signature cocktail and hors d'oeuvres included.
$1,000 Sponsor—Premium reserved VIP seating for 10. beer, wine, and signature cocktail and hors d'oeuvres included. Includes gift package featuring FP books. Name recognition on all digital and print materials.

About the venue:

Lower Eastside Girls Club
402 E 8th St, New York, NY 10009

The Lower Eastside Girls Club breaks the cycle of poverty by training the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial, and environmental leaders. Girls Club members overcome adversity, perceive opportunity, develop self-confidence, make ethical decisions and healthy life choices, thrive academically, embrace leadership, and have the ability to enter college or the workforce as fully prepared and connected adults.

About the artists:

(photo: Rezalution Photography)

(photo: Rezalution Photography)

Rana Farhan

Rana Farhan fuses classical Persian poetry with contemporary jazz and blues, erasing all borders and uniting these two distant cultures through music.


Candice Hoyes

Candice Hoyes is an impassioned vocalist, public speaker and educator, and has written for publications including the Los Angeles Review of BooksColumbia Journal of Gender and Law, and Blavity. As a public speaker, Hoyes is honored to have delivered a 2017 TED Salon Talk including a live performance, and has spoken on international platforms including Music @Google, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Dropbox Artist Spotlight (for which she was the first), LinkedIn Artist Spotlight, Left of Black, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights in Law, and the Harvard Alumni Association. She has led educational initiatives and taught across the US including Jazz at Lincoln Center, United Nations School, as well as numerous museums, cultural centers, and public schools for all ages. She has currently become an endorsed artist by Earthworks High Definition Microphones.


Sarah Manning & Jessica Ackerley

Sarah Manning is a saxophonist and composer. She fights for creative sustainability by building empathy between artist and fan through performing, writing, and speaking. She has released four critically acclaimed albums and currently leads the band Underworld Alchemy. Her most recent release, Harmonious Creature (Posi-Tone 2014) received 4 stars in Down Beat Magazine and was chosen as a top ten Jazz album of 2014 by the LA Times.

Jessica Ackerly is a composer, improviser, and bandleader.

(photo: Sharon Bushman)

Rachel Z

Manhattan-born and raised Rachel Nicolazzo (aka Rachel Z) had music practically ingrained in her genetic code. Groomed to follow in her mother’s operatic footsteps, she began voice lessons at two, started classical piano lessons at seven and attended the opera by age nine. “My first dollhouse was a Metropolitan Opera House complete with the stage and dolls which were the performers,” she recalls. “Then I heard Miles Smiles when I was 15, started rebelling against the classical by improvising, and played with a band that covered Joni Mitchell and Steely Dan songs.”

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Photos from the 2018 celebration:

(Photos: Sarah Marie Mayo, Rogue Photo)