Opentoe Peepshow #26: JP Howard, Ariel Speedwagon+Heather Ács (West Vargina), Kirby, Alex Rodabaugh, Jade Foster, Andie Glik, and Megan Hess…

Opentoe Peepshow #26: JP Howard, Ariel Speedwagon+Heather Ács (West Vargina), Kirby, Alex Rodabaugh, Jade Foster, Andie Glik, and Megan Hess…


The Opentoe Peepshow is a monthly salon that reveals new work by queer artists the first Sunday of every month in Brooklyn, at the Branded Saloon.

“Better than Broadway!” – Kama La Mackerel

Doors 6:30 / Show 7pm sharp/ $5-10 sliding scale

Venue: Branded Saloon, 603 Vanderbilt Avenue @ the corner of Bergen St. Accessibility info: Branded has an ADA compliant entrance and washroom. It’s a bar …w no bouncers on Sundays. Pls contact us with any questions.

Come early for Branded’s DELICIOUS BRUNCH and enjoy food + drinks throughout the show! Remember, supporting Branded Saloon supports us!*


Branded Saloon has a wheelchair accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, both ADA compliant. However, please note the Peepshow does tend to get very full, and very quickly, limiting mobility within the space. In order to best secure a seat, it’s advised that you arrive at least 15 minutes between door time. If you aren’t able to, please feel free to message an organizer to reserve a spot! Or email us at

We expect this Peepshow to be very full as always. Please be courteous of your fellow attendees and take care to move consciously within the space, recognizing the various ability levels in attendance

To provide a more fragrance-aware event, we request that all attendees please refrain from wearing perfume, cologne, or other scented or chemical products to the event. For more info on what that looks like:

*Please no outside food or drink in the venue. Branded is a very generous host, so we want to respect their wait staff and business. Thanks!

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JP Howard

JPH_SF_Cover_ShotJP Howard aka Juliet P. Howard is a Cave Canem graduate fellow. She is the author of SAY/MIRROR, a debut poetry collection published by The Operating System (2015) and a chaplet “bury your love poems here” (Belladonna Collaborative*, June 2015) She curates Women Writers in Bloom Poetry Salon (WWBPS), a forum offering women writers at all levels a venue to come together in a positive and supportive  space in NY. JP is an alum of the VONA/Voices Writers Workshop, as well as a Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBT Voices Fellow. She was a finalist in The Feminist Wire’s 2014 1st Poetry Contest. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Feminist Wire, Split this Rock, Nepantla: A Journal for Queer Poets of Color, Muzzle Magazine, Adrienne: A Poetry Journal of Queer Women, The Best American Poetry Blog, MiPOesias, The Mom Egg, Talking Writing and Connotation Press, among others. JP holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the City College of New York. JP believes self-care is really crucial and was 1 of 11 Black Queer and Trans Women to discuss self-care in Elixher @ She’s proud that her Queer family was on a 2014 cover of Gay Parent Magazine @ You can find her on FB @, nurturing her Literary Salon @ or follow her on Twitter @WomenWriteBloom.


Jade Foster


Writer and Producer, Jade Foster founded and led salon-styled poetry tour, The Revival for five years. The international effort reached thousands of women across the country, and presented poets like t’ai freedom ford, Natasha T. Miller, and Nikky Finney. Featured as a regular castmember on web series, The Peculiar Kind, How To Recall What I Already Knew, a Terence Nance short film, and now, The Revival Movie Documentary. Jade continues to use her voice as a tool to redefine the American experience. Her next project, CHLOE, a New American Library, will break ground in 2016.


Megan Hess…


Megan Hess… is a multi-disciplinary storyteller living in Brooklyn, NY. She has  some degrees from some places.  Her work ranges from experiments in celluloid to documentaries about travel and non-traditional living along with the love for silly youtube videos and stop motion animated movies. She is currently traipsing into the over-charted narrative film waters in hopes of telling queer stories that make the people laugh.


West Vargina (Heather Ács) & Ariel Speedwagon

Heather Maria Ács is a Brooklyn-based, multi-media theatre performance artist, activist, curator, educator and high-femme troublemaker. Her work has been featured in festivals, theatres, and galleries across the U.S., Canada, and Europe, including Vauxhall Tavern in London, Les Complices Gallery in Zurich, W2 Gallery in Vancouver, B.C., and the Public Theater, HERE Arts Center, the Kitchen, Dixon Place, the Culture Project, and the International Fringe Festival in New York City.


She performs and facilitates workshops at community spaces, colleges and conferences, past engagements include: Duke University, multiple Femme Conferences, and volunteer projects with LGBTQ youth at the Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York City.

Heather has worked with Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Nao Bustamante, Karen Finley, Lois Weaver, Claude Michelle-Wampler, and J. Ed Araiza of the SITI Company. She has also collaborated on projects with the Pop-Up Museum of Queer History, the Department of Transformation, and MIX NYC Queer Experimental Film Festival. Heather is the Co-Producer of the Heels on Wheels Roadshow, now in its sixth year.

Film credits include Building No. 7, dir. Steven Soderbergh; blink, dir. Silas Howard, co-starring Ben Foster; Valencia (the movies): Chapter 9 based on the novel by Michelle Tea; and most recently, Sunset Stories, an official 2012 South by Southwest Selection.

Heather is also a dedicated teaching artist. She uses theatre as a tool for social change with low-income youth in cities across the country and has studied with Cornerstone Theatre Company, Sojourn Theatre, the Living Theatre, and Augusto Boal.

Ariel “Speedwagon” Federow is a dancer, clown, wedding officiant, emcee, amateur weatherperson, itinerant professor, and real nice guy. medancingphoto-bystaciejoyHer work has been seen on Broadway, Lafayette, 5th Ave, North 6th, East 4th, and plenty more streets and alleyways in NYC and elsewhere. She’s choreographed 100 genital puppets with Coral Short, tap danced for the fate of the Jewish people with Jenny Romaine, and is trying to save the universe with the AO Movement Collective. Resident weatherman, Sarah Jenny News Network. Reigning dapperQ of the year. Ballez company member. Miss JewSA 5772. Microsoft Certified Powerpoint Expert. 
photo credit: stacie joy.



Alex Rodabaugh


Alex Rodabaugh is a dancer, dance maker and performer.



Kirby is a musician, resigned to acoustic indie folk, since her teenaged experimental electronic noise dreams have yet to be realized.


Her lyrics are inspired by her lived experiences and by social justice movements she has had the fortune to engage with, including movements for housing rights, sex workers’ rights, and other struggles for racial and economic justice. Her shyness and her efforts to become a social justice lawyer have kept her from performing for a while, but she is excited that Heels on Wheels will be her first show in years.


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