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This Mother's Day, Sunday, May 8, I'll be taking part in the New York City MAMAPALOOZA, doing a reading at the Bowery Poetry Club along with Ayun Halliday and Catherine Newman. (Info: 3 to 6 p.m., 308 Bowery, NYC 212-614-0505, $5 door).

Mamapalooza was founded four years ago by Joy Rose of the band Housewives on Prozac and promises to be a month-long celebration of creativity and motherhood in eight US cities. Here's the official spiel; full New York City Mamapalooza events listing below the jump:

    This May, in cities across America, Moms are stepping out and onto the stage: The Fourth Annual MAMAPALOOZA presents singer-songwriters, rockers, poets, craftspeople and comics laughing, singing and stomping their way out of the kitchen and into your hearts. Eight cities and counting, the Women of MAMAPALOOZA are poised to celebrate new ways of incorporating creativity and song into one of the more challenging jobs women face: The role of mother. Founded by Joy Rose of Housewives On Prozac, MAMAPALOOZA 2005 promises to be the largest presentation of the Mom-Rock movement in America and was recently featured in Child Magazine, PEOPLE, Ladies Home Journal, Daily News, Wall St, Journal, Chicago Tribune, USA Today, London Times, CNN, Good Morning America, FOX News, and NPR to name a few.

    With alliances in New York, Nashville, Washington DC, Detroit, San Francisco, Ft. Lauderdale, Chicago and Dallas The Women Of MAMAPALOOZA are taking to stages, poetry jams and concert halls, forging new ways of thinking, being, celebrating and defining what it is to be an artist and mother in the 21st Century.

    Backed up by the hard rocking Housewives On Prozac (NYC), Mydols (Detroit), Candy Band (Detroit), Frump (Dallas), Tiffany Petrossi (Rockin’ Moms), Emily Lord (San Fran), MomsOnThe Edge (DC), Sue Fabisch (Nashville), Vickie Raye (Ft Lauderdale) and Kim Char Meredith (Chicago) -- a wide array of talented mothers and others are singing songs that reflect every musical genre, from pop to punk to folk. MotherLode Trio (Folk), Black Flamingo (Punk), Golda Solomon (Poetry and Jazz), Alana Free (Spoken Word), Nancy Lombardo (Comedy), The Mothers (England), Jessica Feder Birnbaum (Children’s Events), Jamie Callan (Literary Events), Alyson Palmer (BETTY) are just a few of the women to participate in this year’s events, running from May 1st to May 25th.

    SPONSORS include: Sam Ash, Luna Bars, Avon, New York Parks Dept, Phebe’s, and media sponsors Chick Chat Radio.


Sunday May 8th @ 3-6 PM
MAMAPALOOZA Literary Reading, hosted by Jamie Callan presents notable authors with contemporary musings on motherhood, art and creativity.
308 Bowery, NYC 212-614-0505
$5 door

**Partnering with PHEBE’S Restaurant (359Bowery 212-358-1902) for 1/2 off one meal with MAMAPALOOZA Literary coupon during May

Sunday May 15th 2-4 PM
107 Norfolk St.
$10 Adults/ Kids Free

Moms/kids event will feature talented Moms and kids performing together: comedy, song, verse, sing alongs. A family friendly event for all ages. Sassi and Liam Keegan doing mother and son comedy routine, Lisa Ludwig…..

Thursday May 19th @ 6-8 PM
w 29 Cornelia Street, NYC

Urban Jazz and Words A night of dynamic poetry, backed by music and movement.
Hosted by Golda Solomon "medicine woman of jazz" & Monique Avakian; Cheryl Boyce Taylor, The Lynn Skinner Duo, Alana Free, Dorothy Saracino, Deborah Maier, Irene Maher, Pamela Sklar, Electric Wolf.

Thursday May 19th @ 7-11 PM
95 Stanton St 212-995-1652

Welcoming all NEW MAMAS to the stage for MAMAPALOOZA performances; A night of wild, wonderful women playing music ranging from rock, jazz, folk and blues -- Hosted by Joy Rose and Nora Burn, featuring: The Catholic Girls, Mary Perna,Deb Ferrara, Leah Archibald, Faith, Alice Marie, Lisa Martin, Jenny Bruce, Linda Carney-Goodrich, Kathleen Pemble, Lynda Kraar, Jenna Torres, Fold (Canada), Catherine Moon, Warfield Suite, Carol Lester, E J Serrano, Mad Jones Family Band, Cindy Anderson, Lisa Jane Lipkin, Batya Diamond, Marie Taziki, Barbara Singer, Alison Byers, JEN/ed

Saturday May 21 @ Noon-4
Riverside Park So. @ 68th St.

Outdoor Concert (Free) Sponsored by The New York Parks Dept. Bring your strollers and your friends. This afternoon of folk, rock, and mom-inspired crafts is a gathering for all ages. Featuring BETTY, Candy Band, Housewives On Prozac, Liz Queler, MotherLode Trio, Jenny Bruce, Momsense, Jane Getter Band, Sassi The Clown & Artisans…..

Enter Riverside Park South at w. 72nd St. or w. 68th St. Follow the stairs or ramps down to the water and you'll spot the pier at w. 68th St. Walking, biking and strolling only - no car access. Park on Riverside Drive. Subway to w. 72nd St. Don't forget your sun protection! For further information,

Sat. May 21, 4 -6 pm
The LAUGH LOUNGE NYC- 151 Essex St.
$10 cover 2 drinks min.

“MOMEDY COMEDY” Mom’s who rock your world with laughter! Hosted by comedy mom greats Nancy Lombardo & Barbara Singer. More mad cap moms include Sassi Keegan, Maureen Marren, Jill Shely, Rita Ashdale, Emmy Gay, Carla Johnston, Ella Veres….. And more! “Kid tested, mother approved comedy!”

Sunday May 22nd 1-3pm
W/Candy Band
359 Bowery, NYC
Reservations recommended

*Use your Bowery Literary MAMAPALOOZA brunch coupons
1/2 off one meal with MAMAPALOOZA Literary coupon during the May

Wednesday May 25th 7PM –Midnight
THE CUTTING ROOM – NYC; Where it all started!
19 West 24th St.
NYC 212-691-1900
$20 cover charge
Tickets available at

Together on one stage for the first time, celebrity Mom-Stars of the Mom Rock movement, rock the house with music that’s changed the face of American Motherhood with the sound of today’s all new ‘Domestically themed grunge, rock, punk, folk, pop sound”. As seen on Good Morning America, Child Magazine, USA Today, LONDON Times and PEOPLE --

Joy Rose hosts the evening's events featuring The Mothers (England), Housewives On Prozac New York, Westchester), The Mydols (Detroit), Frump (Dallas), Placenta (Oakland), Tina deVaron (NYC), MotherLode Trio (New York), Tiffany Petrossi (San Jose), Emily Lord (San Fransisco), Mrs. Robinson (Bronxville), Sue Fabisch (Nashville), Black Flamingo (NYC), MomsOnTheEdge (Washington DC), Alyson Palmer (NYC), Shavonne Conroy (Westchester), Pilley & Ilas Dress (Brooklyn), Aellyn Vallis (Washington DC), Nancy Lombardo (NYC), JEN/ed (NYC).... An evening of Rock an' Roll and comedy.

Magazine giveaways, raffles, Luna Bars, CDs and makeup and more!!

Andrea J. Buchanan is a writer living in Philadelphia. In addition to her latest book, The Double-Daring Book For Girls (HarperCollins), she is the author of the New York Times bestselling The Daring Book For Girls, The Pocket Daring Book For Girls: Things To Do, and The Pocket Daring Book For Girls: Wisdom and Wonder along with Miriam Peskowitz. She is also the author of Mother Shock: Loving Every (Other) Minute of It (Seal Press) and the editor of three anthologies: It’s a Boy: Women Writers on Raising Sons; Literary Mama: Reading for the Maternally Inclined; and It’s a Girl: Women Writers on Raising Daughters (all from Seal Press). Before becoming a writer, Andi was a classical pianist; she studied at the Boston Conservatory of Music, where she earned her bachelor of music degree, and continued her graduate studies at the San Francisco Conservatory, earning a master’s degree in piano performance. Her last recital was at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall. She is the mother of a daughter and a son, both of whom are equally daring.

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Omg! I love this!! hear d about it on tv recently.Is ther anyway I can help out or streeteam foryou here in Cleveland Oh?:)
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