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September 19, 2003
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
(908) 737-NEWS

Kean University Hosts National Coming-Out Day Triple-Bill Concert

UNION, N.J. – On October 11 each year, people throughout the nation commemorate the 1987 March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights by coming out to colleagues, family members, friends, neighbors as well as business and school associates. The goal – and in large part the effect – of National Coming Out Day has been to create the visibility and support individuals need when revealing their homosexuality. In honor of this meaningful event, Kean University is hosting a concert featuring folk musicians Holly Near and Peter Donnelly as well as comedian Jim David. The performance will be held on October 11, 2003, at 7:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre, located on the University’s main campus at 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.

An icon in the women’s movement and in folk music, Holly Near is a multitalented entertainer, writer, teacher and activist who received the Legends of Music Award for her work in lesbian and feminist music last year. She has recorded 17 albums and performed in films, on television, on Broadway and hundreds of stages worldwide.

Channel surfers will be familiar with Jim David, whose outrageous and biting comedy was most recently seen on Comedy Central's, Comic Cabana and NBC's Comedy Showcase with Louie Anderson. He has also appeared on A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour and Evening at the Improv, MTV, VH1, Showtime and USA Live. The New York Post reported that “Jim David offers jokes much on a level with Jay Leno.”

Peter Donnelly has been critically acclaimed for his vocal range and musical versatility, which he lends to everything from intimate ballads to courageous and unapologetic songs on contemporary topics. A leading singer and songwriter of the well-established Provincetown, Mass., folk music scene, Donnelly is a former member of the musical trio Comfortable Shoes and performed with the group at Carnegie Hall for the 16th anniversary of The New York Pops.

Tickets are $20 for the public; $15 for seniors and $12 for students. For further information, to order tickets, or request a brochure, call the Wilkins Theatre Box Office at 908-737-SHOW (7469).