Leavitt to headline comedy benefit show Feb. 23

SHELBURNE The Womens Rape Crisis Center is hosting a benefit show on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. in the Contois Auditorium at Burlington City Hall. The concert is part of the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend, with all proceeds going to benefit the Womens Rape Crisis Center. The featured act on Feb. 23 will be none other than Shelburnes own Josie Leavitt, co-owner of the Flying Pig Bookstore. This is the first time that WRCC has held a comedy benefit show, and Leavitt believes it will be a great success. I think its a great thing that theyre doing, said Leavitt. Especially given the winter weve had, it will be a nice break from the cold and should be a lot of fun. Leavitt, who has performed recently as part of the Vermont Comedy Divas at Higher Ground in South Burlington, is also an educator with Flynns Comedy Workshop, and she will be appearing after performances by Oliver Barkley and Tracie Spencer. Barkley is the WRCCs Mens Educator and is also an award-winning comic. Spencer was a finalist at the Higher Ground Comedy Battle earlier this year. Ive never heard them perform, added Leavitt. Im looking forward to hearing some new comics. Tickets for the show cost $15 and will be sold at various locations throughout the Church Street Marketplace. The show is for only appropriate for those over the age of 18. Other activities for this years Magic Hat Mardi Gras include a kick-off party at Higher Ground and the 13th annual Magic Hat Mardi Gras Parade at 3 p.m. on Church Street. WRCC is a Burlington-based group dedicated to ending all forms of sexual violence.

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