Friday, July 9, 2010

Come Out, Come Out...and party with a purpose on Monday and Wednesday!

"In 1971, novelist and Academy Award winning screenwriter Budd Schulberg, having already started a writers’ workshop in the Watts section of Los Angeles, asked Fred Hudson, playwright and former staff writer for Paramount Pictures, to co-found a similar program in New York. Knowing full well the dearth of professional opportunities for minority writers in America, Mr. Hudson agreed, and the Frederick Douglass Creative Arts Center was born...Over the years, the Center has become integral to the Harlem and greater New York City arts communities and has helped to launch the careers of some of country’s most acclaimed African American writers, actors, and directors."

On Monday July 12 the you can come out celebrate and support the Center at a benefit party hosted by B. Smith's, a simply gorgeous destination for great food and drink on Restaurant Row in the heart of the Theatre District. Readings, raffle, auction and more, from 5-9 PM at 320 West 46th Street.

For more on the Center's workshops for writers and theatre artists, faculty, and stellar alumni visit

On Wednesday July 14th, Honey Space at 148 11th Avenue in Chelsea will host "A PICTURE OF HAITI: 6 MONTHS LATER" to raise awareness of ongoing conditions there after the catastrophic earthquake as well as funds for projects working on solutions.

Presentations and discussion will feature - charity: water; the Clinton Foundation; Partners In Health; and Swoon, Ben Wolf & Konbit Shelter - from 7-8 PM, followed by a party til 10.

Funds raised by the event will support a long-term clean water project in the Central Plateau sponsored by charity: water and Partners in Health, and Swoon and Ben Wolf's Konbit Shelter project, which seeks to build durable community shelter in the community of Barrier Jeudi before the rainy season fully sets in.

Get tickets and more info at