The IAO Gallery in OKC is hosting a one-night-only event of art and music to benefit RAINN, The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. This effort is headed up by the marvellous DJ Ostara and includes an auction, poetry reading, DJ sets, and more. Tickets are $10.
Here are just a few reasons to support RAINN through events like this.
Betty Louise, mixed media on masonite, 2007.
Betty here will be a part of the show tonight. There's a secret little connection here that I'm going to go ahead and release. In 1994, musician Tori Amos* cofounded RAINN as a means to overcome the experience of her own sexual assault and to help others through that process. It happens that Betty Louise here is based on two themes: the suffragist Amelia Jenks Bloomer, and the lyrics of a Tori Amos b-side called Humpty Dumpty. There, it's been said.
*Yeah, Tori and me used to be real tight. We grew apart over the years. I haven't heard her latest album yet, so maybe a spark or two could be rekindled. Never say never...