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Sunday: Artists Celebrate the Legacy of go mama go!

by Borderstan.com — March 8, 2011 at 9:45 pm 0

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Sunday, March 13 at 7 pm, 1809 14th Street NW. (Image courtesy of ganymede arts)

From Cecile Oreste. Check out Cecile’s site, danceDC and follow her on Twitter @dance_DC.

Go mama go! marked a new beginning for the late Noi Chudnoff and business partner, Jocelyn Lindsay, when the store opened in 2000. Starting as a vendor in Eastern Market and later expanding to a retail space on 14th Street NW, go mama go! quickly became a destination for residents taking a Saturday afternoon stroll in the neighborhood.

After Chudnoff passed away suddenly in 2007, husband Jonathan and store manager Jeffrey Johnson continued the legacy she built with the retail store.

Not only was Noi Chudnoff a purveyor of eclectic taste, but she was also an arts advocate dedicated to supporting local organizations including ganymede arts (formerly Actors’ Theatre of Washington), Washington’s premier GLBT arts company.

In 2008 Chudnoff was posthumously named a Capital Pride Hero during Gay Pride week in June. She also donated $100,000 in 2005 to the National Lesbian and Gay Task Force.

According to Jonathan Chudnoff, “The social component of the store was just as important to her as selling.”

But, after more than a decade in business, go mama go! will close its doors at the end of the month. To celebrate the end of an era, artists who benefited from the generosity of go mama go! will perform a closing concert at the store this Sunday, March 13, at 7 pm, 1809 14th Street NW.

Johnson, also known as Special Agent Galactica, will host the event featuring performances by local musicians Tom Goss and Maureen Mullaney.

“It’s a nice way to close the space giving a nod to the artists Noi and Jonathan supported over the years,” Johnson said. “Now it’s time for the artists to give back to go mama go! and say thank you by celebrating the spirit of the store, the spirit of Noi.”

In addition to headline performances from Goss and Mullaney, the concert features performances by Christopher Wingert, Tony Gudell, Noah Chiet, Dan Van Why, Ted Puntanen, Barbara Papendorp, Joce(lyn), Aaaron Alexander, John Bailey and the ImprovArt Mashup with Jason McCool, and Vanessa Terzaghi, Oneira Kallisti, Alina Hall Sabadish, Todd Gardner, Manko Eponymous, Eli Byrnes and Cameron Kearney.

After the concert,go mama go! will turn the stage into a dance floor and host an after party with DJ Ten. For more information about the event or to buy tickets, visit the Ganymede Arts website.

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