Recap: TueNight Live: We Party with Our Sisters [Photos]

the crowd
(All photos: Owen McLean)

Whee —  our seventh TueNight Live event, people! This thing is becoming real, real. Once again we brought our issue to life, this time with the theme, “Sisters,” honoring both our biological sibs as well as the many women with whom we feel so close. We gathered at The Wren Downstairs, a lovely, cozy room below a charming restaurant on Bowery and Great Jones Streets in Manhattan.

Tasty cocktails paid homage to some of the badass sister matchups of our era.

drink menu

Margit started us off, talking about the sister-filled Women’s March and what it meant to her — excerpts from her Margit’s Note.

margit starts

Adrianna read a piece from her own sister, Lindsay El Tabsh, about how sisters can help us through even the saddest of days.

Adrianna reads

Penny Wrenn described the joy and heartbreak of being a black woman with a white sister.

Penny reads

Then a quick break to eat some delicious empanadas.

empanadas and other yummy snacks

We came back to nary a dry eye in the house as artist/activist Abby Dobson sang of the unremembered black women lost at the hands of police violence, inspired by AAPF’s #SayHerName campaign. Here’s a brief video of Abby singing that night (thank you Stormy!)

Abby sings

Journalist Angela Bronner Helm interviewed Abby, asking about her singing roots, her civic engagement roots and how sisterhood must extend past the Women’s March. If you missed it live, you can read Angela and Abby’s blazing full-length interview on our site.

angela and abby 2

Another quick break to socialize. Penny Wrenn and contributor Tamar Anitai sit with friends.

Penny, Tamar and friends

Divya Gadangi (who designed our killer Sisters theme image) and friends at the bar.

friends at the bar

TueNight’s Social Media Editor Karen Gerwin recounted her experience at the Women’s March in Washington, DC. We turned to our neighbors to share our own experiences.

Karen talks march

Deborah recalled the story of the night her father died, and how she and her three sisters brought the family together to witness and heal.

Deborah reads

And finally, we had an angelic, uplifting and totally spontaneous performance of “Tomorrow” from the musical Annie, performed by Deborah’s talented son. We couldn’t help but join in, full throat.

Deborah's son sings

It was an amazing, heart-warming night and after the last few weeks of so much turmoil, brought a ray of hope to all of us.

The sun will come out tomorrow
So you got to hang on ’til tomorrow, come what may!
Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow
You’re always a day away

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