September 29th, 2008

corset & bougainvillea

Hella Pretty Army Benefit for Fran Varian Wednesday!

Only two days left until the Hella Pretty Army benefit for Fran Varian -- which means you only have a week left to get your early bids in for the auction!

All of the items available for auction are listed in the hp_army_auction community. Details on how to bid are here. A reminder of why we're doing this is at

Items on the block include:

* A signed copy of Dorothy Allison's Trash!
* Really cool shoes!
* A Good Vibrations goodie bag!
* Literary action figures!
* Gift certificates galore!

Go take a look at the fun, fun stuff we've managed to gather.

And as for the show--I'll be doing a burlesque number:

The Hella Pretty Army: A Benefit for Fran Varian
October 1, 2008
Doors at 7pm, show at 7:30pm
$10 - 20 (no one turned away for lack of funds - but it IS a benefit, so please give what you can)
Center for Sex and Culture
1519 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 552-7399

On October 1st, 2008, an army of San Francisco's revolutionary and passionate writers, musicians, performers and art makers will come together at the San Francisco Center for Sex and Culture to throw a big-ass party and benefit for Fran Varian.

Poet, activist and organizer Fran Varian has spent her life creating art, and poetry that is intense, powerful and a political punch in gut. Giving voice to the women, the fighters, the poor, the queer, the disenfranchised, Fran has spent her artistic life fighting for people's rights and voices. In addition to her art - she has also spent her entire life as a health worker, counselor and activist for the rights of women around health care and reproductive freedom. Ironically it is a lack of access to health care that has brought Fran to a serious health condition. Recently diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease, Fran is literally battling for her life after 14 years of mis-diagnosis allowing this disease to destroy her system. At this stage of the illness there is only one type of treatment that has shown positive results, and this benefit is fighting for the funds to ensure that Fran can complete the full cycle of treatment.

With performers including Mark Growden, Lauren Wheeler, Vagabondage, Meliza Bañales, Katrina James, Steven Schwartz, Gina de Vries, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Storm Florez and more, a silent auction that includes one of a kind art, couture fashion, handmade chapbooks and more, plus rumors of an onsite kissing booth, the night is sure to be a celebration of life, art and the power of people coming together to help someone who has dedicated her life to helping the community.

If you would like to help Fran win the battle against Lyme disease you, can donate on her LiveJournal profile here:

Come to the show and join Fran's Hella Pretty Lyme-Fighting Army!

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And more!

If you have something (your time/silent auction items/performance) to donate for the show, please leave a comment.