RECAP: Showpaper Benefit in Redhook

Rebecca Schiffman photo by Stephen Kosloff
Photo by Stephen Kosloff of me performing in a Chainmaille dress I just made.

On Saturday, September 26, the Red Hook-based gallery and artist collective Kidd Yellin, where I am an “artist-in-residence,” hosted a benefit concert for ShowPaper, a free bi-monthly print-only newspaper which lists all-ages music and art events in the tri-state area and features a work of art on each cover.

The event was a collaborative mix of musicians and artists. Shilpa Ray (sans all-male “Happy Hookers”) was backed by friends- including Kendrick Strauch (of the recently dissolved Harlem Shakes which featured my fellow Dalton alum, Lexi Benaim). Jason Trachtenburg played keyboard on two of my songs and Rachel Trachtenburg played drums for Kendrick Strauch, before the the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players‘ own set, which also featured Tina Trachtenburg playing the slide projector. Sarah and Michelle Cagianese opened the concert with pretty songs using vocal and cello harmonies, and Your Nature closed the evening with a hard rockin’ bang!

Artwork was on view by Charlotte Kidd, myself, Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers), Dustin Yellin, and John Gordon Gauld. One hit of the evening was Kidd’s portrait of a former cop turned Elvis impersonator:

Scarecrow 2007 by Charlotte Kidd
‘Scarecrow’ 2007 by Charlotte Kidd

Check out the photos and video of the evening.
The video is part of Flipswitch Films’ Show Capsules series that will lead up to their ShowPaper documentary in the works. Also seen in the video is artist 0H10M1ke doing a “livedraw” during Kendrick’s performance.  He gave me the “livedraw” he did during my set and it’s good!

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