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Renegade Cabaret returns to the High Line Thurs , May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Performance location: Entrance on West 14 Street, at Tenth Ave.

While the Renegade Cabaret no longer takes place on her fire escape next to the High Line, Patty and a posse of talent who continue to find odd places to perform, will present you with a goulash of song, comedy and entertainment that was once a staple of New York, namely, spontaneous, rebellious performance.

Patty Heffley, aka Patrice at the Wheel, galloped out of the West to the middle of Gotham to live life as an artist just by being herself. She has no plans to keep her mouth shut.

Co-founder and co-producer Elizabeth Soychak, aka The Lady in the Green Dress, finds performing out of doors photosynthesizing. Her recordings can be found at on cdbaby and iTunes

Mary Foster Conklin, aka The lady in the Red Dress, grew up across the river (New Jersey) and has lived below 14th Street for decades. She loves spontaneous singing in odd places and playing the ukulele, but makes up for it by cursing a lot.

Roger Manning, aka Barefoot Roger, hails from the South (downtown) and enjoys pick’n but not-so-much grin’n and has done plenty of busk’n.

John DiPinto, aka The Man in the Hat, was born in Manhattan, of course. Hatless at birth, he has since amassed a large collection of headgear. An eclectic singer and instrumentalist, he now lives in Brooklyn with two cats who do not wear hats.

Amber the Poet – Amber the fruit and vegetable lady, who throws caution to the wind, sows juicy bon mots and a melange of vegetable tidbits whatever the weather.


Renegade Cabaret in the New Yorker, May 26 2016

Out of Line: Renegade Cabaret

May 26 2016

One night in 2009, a former punk photographer was met with a beam of light flooding the window of her West Twentieth Street loft, in which she’d happily lived since 1978. Newly installed exit lights at the top of the stairway to the just-opened High Line were pointed directly into Patty Heffley’s apartment, a familiar city nuisance that was nonetheless insufferable. The eight-hundred-and-forty-one-dollar a month pad held a washing machine but no dryer, and she’d hung her clothes out on her fire escape for more than three decades; the new audience from below could complicate laundry day, she worried. So Heffley repurposed the window into a stage, performing cabaret songs in a red tutu, with animal-print underwear standing in for stage skirting. Her Renegade Cabaret soon became a hit with park visitors, as she invited talented friends to perform comedy routines, musical numbers, and even science lectures. The show has since outgrown its fourth-floor origins, and will be staged on the High Line’s lower sun deck. It opens the Out of Line summer series of free performances in the elevated park.

The High Line

Entrance on West 14 Street, at Tenth Ave.
New York, NY