Every March, during Women’s History Month, Goddard Riverside’s Community Arts program hosts an exciting month-long arts festival celebrating female artists and perspectives. Now in its sixth year, the Women’s History Artist Month festival — W.H.A.M. — showcases a wide range of local independent artists and helps raise vital funding for the Performing Arts Conservatory.
The Conservatory is an intensive summer arts education program for children ages 8 to 14. Our staff of experienced educators and professional artists teach discipline, confidence and creative thinking to the approximately 75 young people who participate each year. The funds raised during the WHAM festival provide essential support for the Conservatory and help make it truly inclusive by allowing us to serve all young people regardless of their experience or economic circumstance.
There is a suggested $10 donation for all WHAM events; you are welcome to contribute whatever amount is feasible for you. All proceeds from the WHAM festival go toward supporting the artists and the Performing Arts Conservatory.
W.H.A.M. 2021 Calendar of Events
Held on March 1st, FeminArt from ArtSpeak Collective, kicked off Goddard Riverside’s sixth annual WHAM 2021 festival.
Held on March 2nd, UWS Live Tuesdays: Afro Roots was excited to open the WHAM concert series with one of NYC’s most dynamic and creative vocalists, Dana Gae. Dana is a vocalist who seems to be able to impart any quality of sound or emotion.
Held on March 5th, A screening of Big Little Sis, an award-winning documentary from director Jody Prusan which was recently an official selection at the New York Women In Film & Television 2021 Online Shorts Festival.
Held on March 6th, Cherub Improv led a fun- and laughter-filled evening of unexpected stories and situations.
“We Wing It!” and we perform Community Service.
Held on March 9th, Producer, writer and filmmaker Caytha Jentis of Fox Meadow Films brought together a diverse collection of female artists to tell their personal stories. In a Moth-style format, artists delivered monologues on themes of life, laughter, love and everything in between!
A Goddard Riverside Book Prize event. Proceeds go to social justice and advocacy work.
Held on March 10th, a conversation with Anne Kim, author of Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection.
Held on March 11th, In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY was joined by people from China and Italy and Florida, and translated poems into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.
The session started with poetry readings, including pieces that have been translated into Italian, and then participants meet to explore and translate more poems.
It was an uplifting, interactive and joyous afternoon!
Held on March 13th, Those Girls like to sing harmony and there’s lots of it in this special evening! With songs from a wide mix of artists, eras and styles, Eve Eaton, Rachel Hanser, Karen Mack, and Wendy Russell are four singers who put their own twist on arranging things.
Held on March 16th, A big city love story … with hawks! The fate of a pair of red-tail hawks (with the nerve to build a nest in a ritzy apartment building in NYC) is paralleled with the fates of the building doorman and his sister. Who determines the pecking order?
The 29th Street Playwrights Collective develops the voices of emerging, mature playwrights and is committed to gender parity in theatre.
An award-winning tambourine virtuoso, singer, dancer and actress, Alessandra Belloni was born in Rome, Italy, and is committed to preserving the strong and rich traditions of her culture.
Held on March 18th, audience enjoyed a cozy musical night in with Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Linda Draper. She will sweetly serenade you with soothing sounds, straight from her heart (and living room) to yours!
Held on March 19th, The Vaccinate This! Edition, featuring awesome guests Nancy Giles (CBS Sunday Morning, The Giles Files Podcast) and Jackie Kashian (Comedy Central, The Jackie and Laurie Show Podcast)!
The Ruthless Comedy Hour is a comedy variety show for grownups with half an effing brain. In its 5th smash year, it features top stand-up comedians, musicians, and celebrity interviews, and addresses social, political, and local concerns by making brutal fun of them
Held on March 20th—back by popular demand—The Pink Hulk is Valerie David’s award-winning, comedic, inspiring solo show that follows her autobiographical journey to become a THREE-TIME CANCER SURVIVOR with a universal message of hope and empowerment!
Valerie has toured The Pink Hulk across the U.S. and internationally. And she is a THREE-TIME performer of W.H.A.M. festivals!
Compelling, live-streamed excerpts with talkback and followed with a Q&A.
Held on March 21st, Soprano Cheryl Warfield reflected on her life as an opera singer, entrepreneur, educator, and director in a whimsical revue in word and song. She sangs songs and arias that have influenced and defined her life in this exploration, accompanied by pianist Olga Gurevich.
Held on March 25th, LADY CAPULET follows the journey of Rose from country girl to matriarch, navigating her repression and power in 16th century Verona.
LADY CAPULET, a 2017 Henley Rose Playwriting Competition Finalist, was written by Melissa Bell and is directed by Emily Gallagher, Founder and Artistic Director of Barefoot Shakespeare.
Held on March 26th, Hudson Warehouse brought together diverse female voices to express the word that have informed and influenced our world for the past twenty years in their documentary. Quotes were taken from the women and men who shaped our social conscience and mark how much we’ve changed – or not changed – from the year 2000 to now.
Held on March 28th, an evening of a mix of live and pre-recorded performances by the dancers of NK&D / a movement company.
With authentic movement collaboration and generation, these dances are appropriate for all ages.
Held on March 29th, Sarah Pirozek‘s indie #Like has been described as a feminist noir thriller. Starring Sarah Rich, her performance is said to “evoke those of Ellen Page in Hard Candy and Matilda Lutz in Revenge.” The film premiered at the Brooklyn Film Festival in 2019.