By Susan Marie
Come Bunny-Up to celebrate the beautiful life of our fabulous friend and eternal Valentine, Gabrielle Bouliane. This fundraising benefit in celebration of her life is the perfect way to honor L*O*V*E, Gabby style! On February 14th, at Nietzsche’s, 248 Allen Street in Downtown Buffalo, from 2 to 11PM.
Gabrielle left this world last week due to a rare form of cancer. Gabrielle was a forerunner in supporting the arts, music and literary scene in Buffalo and WNY, bringing National and Global exposure to artists, musicians and this fine city. Gabrielle was a filmmaker, poet, writer, began the Nickel City Poetry Slam and covered many local and national musicians. All funds donated on Feb 14, will go directly to Gabrielle’s parents. A new fund will be announced in Gabrielle’s honor to assist an emerging leader in cancer survival or one wishing to pursue the field of arts.
Musicians donating their time include: The Irving Klaws, Blue Rocket Trio, The Steam Donkeys, Geno McManus, Joe Rozler, John Lombardo, Shaky Stage, Emile Latimer, Noa Bursie, Kilissa Cissoko, John & Mary (John Lombardo and Mary Ramsey of 10,000 Maniacs), and a special appearance by Scott Carpenter with Fleuron Rouge Bellydance Troupe and more TBA. Poetry by: Patricia Smith, Rachel McKibbens, Jacob Rakovan and more TBA.
The donation is a minimum of $5 (at the door) – to as much as you are able to give. We need to be together in tribute to the joy and love that was Gabby’s spirit. There will be music, dancing, drinking, kissing, poetry and smiling in honor of Gabrielle.
To volunteer or be a part of the festivities, please contact Rachel, Molly or Colleen at: firstname.lastname@example.org, if you are unable to attend but still wish to donate to the fund you can do so via PayPal at the email above.
Celebrate the life of one extremely selfless woman who never gave a second thought about celebrating each and every one of us. In the very least we owe her no less than what she has coordinated in the past which is one of the biggest parties we can muster – Buffalo style.
Most importantly, share her work, keep her dreams in motion, and live your own dream now, not tomorrow or ten years from now, but right this minute. Life is far too short too waste. Gabrielle would have loved that.
Wear your bunny ears.