Sisterspace Celebrates 35 Years This Weekend

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Sisterspace Celebrates 35 Years This Weekend

SisterSpace Weekend, one of the longest running women’s festivals in the country, is celebrating 35 years of empowering women through art, music, and education.  This year the festival falls on the weekend of September 7th-9th and the organizers wanted to bring in the same diverse and powerful line up that festival goers have come to expect but also take it up a notch as well.

SisterSpace will be hosting two nationally acclaimed Latina comedians, Sandra Valls and Mimi Gonzalez. Sandra performed at SisterSpace in 2009, making her way through Hurricane Fred to be at the festival. Sandra Valls accomplishments are many. She's been on Showtime, has been honored by GLAAD and even the California Senate presented Sandra with a Certificate of Recognition for her relentless support of people in recovery in the LGBT community! Sandra was voted one of Curve Magazine’s Top 10 funniest lesbian comics and Top 10 faces to watch in 2010 by Diva Magazine. Her website asserts, “she’ll make you laugh till your face hurts with her frank, no holds barred, sold out comedy performances all over the country." Mimi Gonzalez has also made several television appearances including: LOGO’s “One Night Stand Up,” the “Today” show, Mo Gaffney’s “Women Aloud,” “Ellen,” “Que Loco,” “Funny is Funny,” and “Latino Laugh Festival.” She’s even been a morning-show co-host on New York’s WPYX.

SisterSpace has again pulled from the rich and assorted convergence of female entertainers. Spoken word artist, Alyesha Wise will be taking the main stage over the Weekend. Ms. Wise describes herself as a "poet..teacher...fighter...and a LOVE revolutionist." She is known in Philadelphia for being the co-host of the longest running weekly open mic in Philly, "Jus' Words." Ms. Wise is also the co-founder and co-host of "The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam." Additionally, SisterSpace is thrilled to have sultry and smart Ethel Cee joining the line-up for 2012 Weekend. "...The beats she chooses to rhyme over aren't strictly hip-hop; there's also break beat, house and electronic. Her flow tends to lean on the smooth side (credit that spoken-word background), but on some rhymes she gets aggressive. 'I tend to write better when I'm angry. It would be a gross misrepresentation if you heard the same thing from me all the time.'" (City Paper) Retrieved from

The organizers of SisterSpace knew it was important to bring in some long time crowd pleasers to honor the women that have been coming to the festival over the three and half decades the Weekend has been in existence.  “When the Weekend planners start to read through all the feedback after the festival each year, we are always thrilled to see women practically begging for us to have ViRAGO back. This group has become an integral part of the community we create each year” remarked SisterSpace President, Jordan Pascucci. "ViRAGO is a fierce, female guitar and percussion duo giving you all they've got...some of the best raw, kick-ass music I've seen and heard in ages." (Beth Boylan, music critic) Retrieved from  Furthermore, a group that has also been a long time SisterSpace crowd pleaser is the internally recognized, Voices of Africa. The Ensemble performs a complex and unique experience of a cappella harmonies and traditional West African percussive rhythms. They are a vivacious, performing arts ensemble and have performed to standing ovations at the Women & Earth Conference, Ghana, West Africa, The Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Washington, D.C., the National Women's Music Festival and many other venues throughout the country and abroad. 

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