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Kathy Valen­tine and The Townsend present “She Fac­tory,” a spe­cial se­ries as­sem­bling the tal­ent of women in the arts on Tues­day, Sept. 19 from 8 to 10 p.m. The first in­stall­ment in the se­ries, “The Song Pool,” will fo­cus on lo­cal fe­male mu­si­cians and will fea­ture Nina Diaz, Carolyn Won­der­land, Jane Ellen Bryant, Suzanna Chof­fel, Pa­tri­cia Vonne and Ruthie Foster. The evening will take place at The Townsend, lo­cated at 718 Congress Ave. #100, Austin, Texas 78701. The event is free and open to the pub­lic, with a do­na­tion re­quested at the door to ben­e­fit The SAFE Al­liance.

The evening is fur­ther sup­ported by lo­cal Austin fe­male-owned busi­nesses in­clud­ing Jan­i­fer Wheeler of Wheel­house Learn­ing So­lu­tions and the Texas Busi­ness Women - Cap­i­tal City Chap­ter, Darla Sees of Sees HR Con­sult­ing, Caro­line Jones of Great Amer­i­can Smiles Den­tistry, Grace Lanni of All About that Brand and Austin Chap­ter, e-Women Net­work, Conni Reed of Con­suela, Heather Wag­ner Reed of Juice Con­sult­ing, Maria Groten and Stephanie Kinch­e­loe of Love Cy­cle Stu­dio and Ruel El­lis of Con­ver­sa­tion Piece Mar­ket­ing and PR. Cup­p­rimo Cup­cak­ery, Fa­cial5 Der­ma­care, Good Life and Soul Nec­tar Se­ries will pro­vide ad­di­tional mer­chan­dise for artists. At­tendee raf­fle prizes will be pro­vided by Mo­saic Weighted Blan­kets, Spa So­cial, and Trusty Oak. All types of spon­sor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties are cur­rently avail­able. Please con­tact jan­i­fer.wheeler@gmail.com for in­for­ma­tion on spon­sor­ing.

“At this ‘She Fac­tory’ event, ‘ The Song Pool’ brings to­gether a va­ri­ety of women song­writer/

per­form­ers in an in­ter­ac­tive, ca­sual en­vi­ron­ment to play some of their songs and dis­cuss with both the au­di­ence, and the other per­form­ers, the art of song­writ­ing,” said Kathy Valen­tine. “She may dis­cuss the spe­cific song, what in­spired it or how song­writ­ing in gen­eral im­pacts, nar­rates or ex­presses as­pects of her life.”

“Pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal, fe­ma­le­owned busi­nesses to sup­port lo­cal, fe­male mu­si­cians just makes sense, con­sid­er­ing all of us op­er­ate in a space of en­tre­pre­neur­ial cre­ativ­ity,” said Jan­i­fer Wheeler, pres­i­dent of Texas Busi­ness Women - Cap­i­tal City Chap­ter, owner of Wheel­house Learn­ing So­lu­tions and found­ing mem­ber of Black Fret. “When women come to­gether to en­cour­age, em­power and en­lighten each other, our world is a bet­ter place.”

Valen­tine was in­spired to start this se­ries to high­light the tal­ent and artis­tic en­deav­ors of women and bring to­gether the com­mu­ni­ties of women in the arts and busi­nesses. As an in­vestor in The Townsend, she sees the venue as an ideal place to im­ple­ment in­no­va­tive events, a place to bring to fruition her de­sire to con­trib­ute to the Austin com­mu­nity. She Fac­tory gives the au­di­ence a look be­hind the cur­tain into the artis­tic process as part of the en­ter­tain­ment. It forges re­la­tion­ships be­tween fe­male led busi­ness lead­ers and artists, em­pow­er­ing and sup­port­ing each other. To en­able a char­ity such as The SAFE Al­liance to ben­e­fit from door do­na­tions brings the event into a pay-it-for­ward cir­cle.

Photo credit: Christopher Durst


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