ALIX DOBKIN started out as a professional folk singer in 1962 and came out ten years later as a professional Lesbian. Since then she’s been writing, singing, and performing over several continents with stories and songs focusing on women in general and Lesbians in particular, sprinkled with material from Jerry Lewis, Broadway musical scores, Yiddish folk tradition, and more. Groundbreaking and controversial, she was dubbed “Womyn’s music legend” by Spin Magazine and is sometimes referred to as “Head Lesbian” and “Her Dykeness” in her community. Ali has produced six albums, three CDs, and written a songbook (out of print) and Lambda Literary Award nominated MY RED BLOOD: A Memoir of Growing Up Communist, Coming Onto the Greenwich Village Folk Scene, and Coming Out in the Feminist Movement. She is currently Co-director of OLOC (Old Lesbians Organizing for Change).
Nia & Ness are a black, lesbian, dancer-poet performance art duo based in Brooklyn, NY. The duo met in 2013 and founded their company in 2016. They have performed at multiple venues in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, sharing their work that aims at a deeper understanding of their co-reality through intense investigation of their individual identities. They have also been highlighted in local newspapers; recognized by the Brooklyn-based art group, THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE, as one of their top 5 artists of 2016; been featured in a 2017 BRIC TV segment and on Radio Free Brooklyn; performed at Brooklyn Pride 2017; are recipients of the BAX Summer 2017 Space Grant; and the winners of the 2017 National Women’s Music Festival Emerging Artist Contest. For more information on Nia & Ness, check out their website, www.niaandness.com or follow them on social media @niaandness.