19 episodes

Queer oral history and personal coming out stories recounted by members of the LGBTQI+ community. These empowering, emotional, liberating stories inspire and inform across communities, inviting listeners on a journey of self discovery and what it feels like to live an authentic life.

Sundays at Café Tabac - The Podcast Wanda Acosta

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 15 Ratings

Queer oral history and personal coming out stories recounted by members of the LGBTQI+ community. These empowering, emotional, liberating stories inspire and inform across communities, inviting listeners on a journey of self discovery and what it feels like to live an authentic life.

    Episode 18: Actor, Writer - Carl Capotorto

    Episode 18: Actor, Writer - Carl Capotorto

    CARL CAPOTORTO, is a writer, and actor best known for his portrayal of Little Paulie Germani on HBO's The Sopranos, and has appeared in several classic indie features, including Five Corners and Mac. He is a native New Yorker, born and raised in the Bronx, and lives in Manhattan. He is also the author of Twisted Head: An Italian-American Memoir (Random House, 2008), based on his solo show of the same name. His plays have been presented at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (three seasons), Yale Repertory Theatre, the Vineyard Theater, Theater for the New City, and many other venues around the country. 

    In this episode, Carl talks about growing up in the Bronx, discovering the liberating effects of Disco for a young gay man, his experience playing a tough guy on The Sopranos and the joy of living life authentically despite the challenges of family and  self discovery. 


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    • 55 min
    Episode 17: Artist, Mickalene Thomas

    Episode 17: Artist, Mickalene Thomas

    Multidisciplinary artist Mickalene Thomas is one the the most well know contemporary artists in the art scene today. She is a queer identified, African American woman working and residing in Brooklyn NY.  Her visual work examines ideas around femininity, beauty, race, sexuality, and gender. 

    In this episode, Mickalene speaks about her complex relationship with her mother, who inspired and influenced her photography and paintings, and set a trajectory for her visual work, as well as personal recollections on her journey of self awareness, queer liberation and coming to terms with the past.

    Mickalene Thomas's work is held in many collections, including, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, The Guggenheim Museum, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Studio Museum of Harlem among many others. 

    Photo: © Mickalene Thomas
    Support the showRecorded at The Newsstand Studio at 1 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. Special thanks to Joseph Hazan & Karen Song. Produced by Wanda Acosta

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 16: Fashion Stylist, Rebecca Weinberg

    Episode 16: Fashion Stylist, Rebecca Weinberg

    Rebecca Weinberg an Emmy Award winning Fashion Stylist, Costume Designer and Brand Ambassador, she is best known for her creations and styling on the hit tv series Sex & the City. Rebecca is a tastemaker, a visionary and a downtown NYC queer personality. 

    In this episode, Rebecca shares her childhood memories of growing up with her single mom,  her adventures during those rebellious teen years, falling in love for the first time and her emancipation to New York City after coming out to her mom.

    You can follow Rebecca on Instagram @rebeccaweinbergstyle
    Support the showRecorded at The Newsstand Studio at 1 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. Special thanks to Joseph Hazan & Karen Song. Produced by Wanda Acosta

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    • 43 min
    Episode 15: DJ, Producer, Lauren Flax

    Episode 15: DJ, Producer, Lauren Flax

    In this episode,  we welcome shapeshifting DJ,  producer and activist Lauren Flax.  Lauren began her career in the underground Detroit music scene where she evolved her style into techno, house, and electro music. More recently she is producing and recording her own music and we are pleased to showcase some of her music throughout this episode.

    She began her DJ career in the underground dance and rave scenes of Detroit as a resident at the Motor Lounge. Flax played the very first Detroit Electronic Music Festival in 2000 on the Motor stage. While originally starting off as a jungle DJ, Flax evolved her style into techno, house, and electro music. Flax moved to Chicago in 1999, where she honed in on music production while continuing to DJ. By 2002, she relocated to New York City which shortly followed the release of her first remix, "Much Finer" for Le Tigre. In 2019, Flax joined the mostly Detroit-born New York collective The Bunker New York, on which she released "One Man’s House is Another Woman’s Techno EP" (2019). The EP was highly successful and sold out quickly.

    More recently she linked up with UK rave veterans Jerome Hill and Posthuman, putting out suitably club-ready fare on their respective Super Rhythm Trax and Balkan Vinyl labels.  She has also found the time to release Out Of Reality, Flax’s new EPa record that sits at the opposite end of the electronic spectrum.
    Right now, her activism is dedicated to making the Rave scene safer in the most fundamental of ways by hosting invaluable harm reduction classes and overdose response training. 

    You can follow Lauren on Spotify and Instagram @laurenflax



    Support the showRecorded at The Newsstand Studio at 1 Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. Special thanks to Joseph Hazan & Karen Song. Produced by Wanda Acosta

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    • 45 min
    Episode 14: Yemeni-American, Zuhair Nasher

    Episode 14: Yemeni-American, Zuhair Nasher

    ZUHAIR NASHER is a queer-identified, first generation Yemeni-American man born and raised in Queens, New York.  He is a risk manager in the financial services and technology industries, and a marriage officiant, presiding over weddings and ceremonies throughout the country.
     
    For more information and bookings, visit:  http://www.wordsthatlast.com.


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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Episode 13: Fashion Model/Dog Whisperer, Andrea Smith

    Episode 13: Fashion Model/Dog Whisperer, Andrea Smith

    Andrea is an original patron of Sundays at Café Tabac, and a participant in the upcoming documentary film based on those fabulous Sunday nights in NYC  circa 1993.

    Originally from Washington DC, Andrea arrived in NYC as a model working with some of the biggest names in fashion, and became a sought after muse. After the tragedy of 911, Andrea decided to change careers and became a canine specialist recognized by the ASPCA of NYC for her fearless dedication and praised in Time Magazine for her dog care system.
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    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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15 Ratings

15 Ratings

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Thank you for the great conversation with Mickalene Thomas. I learned a lot about queer community and I love her works and her courage.

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Important history and stories with heart

I am loving this podcast! So many wonderful women and storytellers sharing vital history. Definitely worth listening and sharing with friends and family!

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All our stories...

These stories, are a manifestation of all of our stories of shared experiences. You’ll experience a glimmer of yourself in each one of them. Put your earphones on and listen! Thank you Karen and Wanda!

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