Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Tuesday Talent: Our Sister Ilene

It's that time again to make people aware that the largest AIDS fund-raising event in the world is going take place in the city that many people consider to be the capital of the world. New York can afford the opportunity not only for formidable events like the New York AIDS Walk but also to become friends with exceptional people, one of whom is the multi-talented Ilene Kristen (Grease,Ryan's Hope,One Life to Live) who is generous to a fault and was the first to volunteer her presence and musical talent for Love Out Loud the annual fund-raiser promoted by POZ magazine at Prohibition. This year it's taking place as usual on the Wednesday prior to the walk on May 11, 2011 from 5:30 to 9:00pm at Prohibition at 84th & Columbus. The idea, of course, is to get fans to come meet their favourite celebs and donate to the team effort. Ilene has been part of every Love Out Loud. The woman's generosity and kindness is without bounds. When Ilene becomes your friend, your life gets better.

Ilene's shows are full of reminiscences in which she relates to her audience as if they were in her living room. She herself says so. Nonetheless her music is sultry, smooth and funky at one and the same time. Still this smoothness wraps itself around complex and sensitive lyrics in her original material. "Hold on to the earth with your own two hands and never say goodbye" are the lyrics she wrote in response to The World Trade Center tragedy and the loss of her good friend Nancy Addison from Ryan's Hope. The song is the memorable and poignant, "Flesh and Blood."

She has lost many friends to AIDS and is very much impacted by the disease which has now ravaged the world for over twenty five years. It's no wonder that this vibrant, diminutive powerhouse is always eager to lend a hand, clearly one of the most generous spirits alive. To know her is to love her.

One of the many people who love her is quintessential musician, Murray Weinstock. Come hear the sound of creativity that night.

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