Oh! You Pretty Things: The 2016 Moth Ball Celebrates All Things Glam and Rock

Storytelling Group The Moth To Honor Writer, Actor, and Musician Carrie Brownstein at Its Annual Gala; Festivities Slated for Tuesday, May 10th at Capitale in New York City

Mar 16, 2016, 10:17 ET from The Moth

NEW YORK, March 16, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Storytelling nonprofit The Moth today announced details for its annual fundraising gala, The Moth Ball. Taking place on Tuesday, May 10th at Capitale in New York City, Oh! You Pretty Things: The 2016 Moth Ball will celebrate all things glam and all things rock. Hosted by writer and comedian Baratunde Thurston, the special evening will also honor the writer and musician, Carrie Brownstein.

Brownstein joins the prestigious list of Moth Ball honorees, which includes Louis C.K. (2015), Zadie Smith (2014), Albert Maysles (2013), Martin Scorsese (2012), Spalding Gray (2011 - posthumously), Calvin Trillin (2010), Anna Deavere Smith (2009), Salman Rushdie (2008) and Garrison Keillor (2007).

Hailed as "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket," the evening will feature stories from all Moth stages: one minute stories by 2015 GrandSLAM champions and students from The Moth Education Program, plus a full-length story from the group's Mainstage series. Those lucky to nab a ticket to this year's event will don fabulous fashions inspired by the likes of Ziggy Stardust, Iggy Pop and Candy Darling – celebrating a time of androgyny and individuality, and music underlined with lipstick and strength.

Proceeds from the gala will support over 450 live storytelling shows in 2016 the U.S and abroad, as well as The Moth's community and education programs serving thousands of students, teachers and adults with stories to tell, plus The Moth Radio Hour which airs on 400+ public radio stations across the country and its free podcast, which is downloaded more than 30 million times a year.

Ticket pricing starts at $500 for individuals and $10,000 for tables and are available: http://bit.ly/2016MothBall.


The Moth is an acclaimed nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since launching in 1997, The Moth has presented over 20,000 stories, told live and without notes to standing­room­only crowds worldwide. The Moth conducts seven ongoing programs: The Moth Mainstage, which tours internationally, has featured stories by Malcolm Gladwell, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, John Turturro, Molly Ringwald and Tig Notaro, and an astronaut, a pickpocket, a hot­dog eating champion and hundreds more; The Moth StorySLAM program, which conducts open mic storytelling competitions in 25 cities; 21 in the US plus Sydney and Melbourne, AU, London, UK and Dublin, IE; The Moth Community Program, which offers storytelling workshops and performance opportunities to adults who are too often overlooked by the mainstream media; The Moth High School StorySLAMs, which bring the thrill of personal storytelling to high schools across the country; The Moth Podcast, which is downloaded more than 30 million times a year; The Moth Corporate Program, which provides industry­specific storytelling solutions; and The Peabody Award­winning The Moth Radio Hour which airs weekly on 400+ public radio stations nationwide.  The international best seller, "The Moth: 50 True Stories" (with introductions by Adam Gopnik and Neil Gaiman) was published by Hachette Books and Serpent's Tail in 2013. Learn more at www.themoth.org.


Baratunde Thurston is a supervising producer for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah on Comedy Central, where he oversees digital expansion. He co-founded Cultivated Wit and the About Race podcast, and he wrote the New York Times bestseller How To Be Black. Baratunde is a highly sought-after public speaker and thought leader who has been part of noteworthy institutions such as Fast Company, TED, the MIT Media Lab, The Onion, and the gentrification of Brooklyn, New York.


Carrie Brownstein is the award-winning co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the hit sketch-comedy show, Portlandia (IFC) as well as an author and musician. She made her big screen debut in Todd Haynes' recent Academy Award-nominated film, Carol, has guest starred on FX's hit animation show, Archer, and has a reoccurring role as Syd on the highly regarded dramedy, Transparent (Amazon). Brownstein first rose to prominence as a member of the legendary band, Sleater-Kinney. She's been named one of the top female electric guitarists by Elle, and Rolling Stone lists her band's song "Dig Me Out" as "One of the 50 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time." A former contributor to NPR Music blog, Monitor Mix, her writing has also appeared in The New York Times, The Believer, Slate and numerous anthologies on music and culture. Brownstein's best-selling memoir, Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, hit stores in Fall 2015. 

Media contacts:                                                  
Meryl Weinsaft Cooper, merylwcooper@gmail.com / press@themoth.org,  917-974-0022

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