A BEST BET In Depth
By Emmaleigh Argonauta, contributing writer
One of the missions at the heart of Asheville Date Night’s “Best Bets” is to not only give you ideas for great events to attend: it is to highlight fun local happenings that benefit our community! When Jenn and I sat down with Erin Greene, the founder (and fellow ginger) behind Dancing Through Life Asheville, Greene noted that ultimately her mission was the same: “it doesn’t have to be super serious, you can make an impact doing something fun, and not feel guilty or selfish.
You can know that you’re donating money, doing something great, making an impact and doing it in a way that you enjoy and can remember…” Ya’ll! This Friday, August 10th at 8pm at the LaZoom Room there will be plenty of non-guilty pleasure while you dance to DJ Honey as she fills the room with hip hop hits of the past and present.
“If I had any talent in the world…I would be a great diva” said the woman who was quoted in a 2015 conversation with law students at Georgetown University and for whom Friday’s event celebrates. Dancing Through Life Asheville promotes parties with a purpose and Friday’s event is to honor the great diva and Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who is affectionately referred to as the “Notorious R.B.G.”
A former clerk of Justice Ginsburg and current law professor Neil Siegel discussed the connection being made between the music of murdered rap legend Notorious B.I.G. and the opinions of Justice Ginsburg:
‘[…] a threat to the man, to the status quo; it makes polite people uncomfortable. … She is speaking on behalf of people who are not represented in the halls of power and privilege, and not represented by the conservatives at the court.’
Biggie’s words from his 1994 hit Juicy, “You know very well/Who you are/Don’t let ‘em hold you down/Reach for the stars” encourages us to not feel powerless. Mark the 25th anniversary of Justice Ginsburg’s swearing in as a Supreme Court Justice by dancing for her dissents. She has become famous for her dissents, and commitments to equal rights for all.
Greene is gathering community members together to donate all proceeds to Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic. Sarah Riddle, Communications Manager for Planned Parenthood South Atlantic makes a strong point that “Patients don’t come to Planned Parenthood to make a political statement, they come to us because they need affordable and high quality health care,” she continues that “we must elect candidates who fully support our mission, and it takes financial support to that. We invest resources into voter education, and educational and electoral activities.” So, by the way, if you have insurance: put your insurance dollars to work and become a patient at your local clinic!
There’s even more than you dancing for a good cause! While there’s only a few pre-sale tickets left that guarantee entry, come early to make it in the door for a 9pm RBG-inspired Burlesque performance and a 10pm announcement of the winner of the Costume Contest for the best RBG Dissent Collar! The party goes on till 12 midnight and you’ll be dancing to early 90s hip hop like Biggie and Tupac, as well as plenty of female rappers like Nikki Minaj, and of course Cardi-B. Plus, there will be many opportunities for requests!
100% of this party proceeds will be donated!
That means DJ Honey’s time, Elizabeth Evans’ fantastic burlesque performance, and Mollie Swann-Deyoung Of Black Swann Photography will be photographing the event because “there will be so much energy and merriment on the dance floor. I hope to capture the fun memories that are being made.” Furthermore, enjoy the beverages because 10% of the proceeds from the bar are ALSO being donated thanks to the generous folks of the LaZoom Room! Ya’ll know that is hard to do in this town so come on out and get down!
Make it an even better date night by checking out one of the restaurants that have supported Planned Parenthood in the past before the dance floor opens by clicking here: http://www.chowforchoice.org/asheville#krankies
The dirty deets: Dissent: a hip hop dance party in honor of the Notorious RBG
Friday, August 10th
76 Biltmore Avenue
8 – Midnight
$5 minimum donation (come on ya’ll you can help them meet the $2000 goal with a little extra change, or with your credit card because card readers will be on-site for those who don’t carry cash)
Pro-Tip: “come early or come late” says Greene because the LaZoom tours will still be running and 8:45 won’t cut it; take an Uber or park in the Aloft hotel parking lot because parking is limited.
Thanks to all who have already contributed time or money:
DJ Honey IG @ohhnohoney
Black Swann Photography IG @blackswannphotography
The Buncombe County Young Democrats
Thanks to Alex Benavides-Nazario for past photography and contributing to article
Feature image photo credit: Erin Greene, @dancingthroughlife