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|I Am Skooter|
So here's us, on the raggedy edge.
Human stories like this are a reminder of the endless creativity of human beings, and why the New York Times is the world’s best local paper. You can be guaranteed that if someone tried this in Vancouver, they’d be shut down and probably arrested on the second night.
‘West Side Story’ Amid the Laundry
By PENELOPE GREEN for The New York Times, Published: June 24, 2009
JUST after 9 p.m. on June 17, the third installment of the High Line Park Renegade Cabaret was held on Patty Heffley’s fourth-floor fire escape. There were colored lanterns, and a festive array of undergarments hung from the railings.
Ms. Heffley, 55, a former punk rock photographer, had staged a laundry “installation,” as she put it, to bolster the live performance she was hosting. Elizabeth Soychak, a jazz singer and professional organizer who gives her age as “permanently 39,” wore a 1950s moss green chiffon dress and waited while Ms. Heffley, in black, introduced her.
“This is in response to 31 years of obscurity,” Ms. Heffley announced from the fire escape. “Now, every day there are thousands of people looking in my window. We’re not here to celebrate, we’re here to exploit. Welcome to the Renegade Cabaret.” Then Ms. Soychak launched into an a cappella rendition of Johnny Mercer’s “Early Autumn.”