Celebrate International Women’s Day downtown with exhibit, show

MORGANTOWN — Midway through the band’s first tour, Hello June will make its way back to Morgantown in time to celebrate International Women’s Day with a line-up of fellow West Virginia musicians Friday at 123 Pleasant Street.

“This is the first annual,” said Sarah Rudy, Hello June’s guitarist/vocalist, who helped event coordinator and collaborator Annie Neeley brainstorm the acts set to play. “We wanted to pull a mix of acoustic and rock acts.”

Joining Hello June and Annie Neeley and Friends on stage will be Haley Slagle and the Hard Way, Half Batch, Karen Allen and Maria Allison.

“All proceeds go to Morgantown Health Right,” Rudy said. “My friend helps run it, and from the stories she’s told, I know the leadership is good, so it’s an easy thing to support.”

Milan Puskar Health Right is a free health care clinic for residents of West Virginia who are low-income, uninsured or underinsured. According to the clinic’s website, all health care — including prevention, health awareness, and chronic disease management — are free to qualified patients and are offered in clinics or in group education. Health Right provided medical care, case management support and showers to 231 people experiencing homelessness in the last year.

The show’s organizers are asking for a $10 donation at the door.

Friday’s concert also a way for the artists join voices and forces to honor International Women’s Day. The global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women began in 1911. This year’s theme is #BalanceForBetter, the idea being to build a more gender-balanced world.

“Annie put this together and asked me to come on board,” Rudy said. “I’m very into it. We’re hoping to do this yearly.”

‘She Came Before Me’

Morgantown Art Party, at 218 Walnut St., will also celebrate International Women’s Day at

6 p.m. Friday, with an exhibit by Sally Brown Deskins.

With “She Came Before Me: Drawings and Bodyprints,” Deskins pays homage to feminist artists who have inspired her with recent body prints and small figurative drawings.

Deskins will also show some of her works from her “What Will Her Kids Think?” series of drawings and body prints on motherhood and the body.

There will be live music by Haley Slagle, as well as snacks and refreshments.

This is a free event but donations will be accepted to help cover costs.

  • The International Women’s Day Show is set for 8 p.m. Friday at 123 Pleasant Street. The concert features Hello June, Annie Neeley and Friends, Haley Slagle and the Hard Way, Half Batch, Karen Allen and Maria Allison. Donations of $10 asked for at the door. All proceeds benefit Milan Puskar Health Right. Info: 123pleasantstreet.com.


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