N.Y. Scene April 2011: “Times Two” book launch & Antigone Rising show, Tribeca Film Festival and Sightings Out on the Town


Times Two Private Book Launch Party / Antigone Rising Show – April 8, 2011 – Rockwood Music Hall

All-girl folk-pop rock group Antigone Rising has been around in various incarnations since 1993. Yes, they are still around and very much active. On April 8, a select group of friends and long time supporters of the band were treated to a private show at Rockwood Music Hall in conjunction with the book launch of Times Two, a memoir written by Antigone Rising co-founder Kristen Henderson and her partner Sarah Kate Ellis.

Photo by Siri Rosen

Can you imagine inadvertently getting pregnant with your partner at the same time and birthin’ babies three days apart? Yes, inadvertently. After Ellis made several failed attempts at getting pregnant, Ellis and Henderson became desperate and decided to try at the same time. The utterly improbable happened – both became pregnant, and Times Two follows their journey through the ups and downs of pregnancy.

The book also explores the legal and social challenges they faced as a gay couple. “This book is our family’s personal story,” say Henderson and Ellis in the introduction. “But in many ways, it’s a story for anyone who has taken a pregnancy test and felt the heart-wrenching disappointment of a negative result. It’s for families who would go to any length to conceive a child. It’s for anyone who’s ever been told their way of life is not acceptable.”

Photo by Siri Rosen

Complimentary Dogfish Head beer was also offered at the event. Books, folk rock and microbrews – the lesbian trifecta. What else could a girl ask for?

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