It's a scientific fact that tacos are the world's most efficient and delicious food delivery system. Don't take my word for it, ask Megan Rubenstein, who isn't actually a taco scientist but is a co-organizer of the Lady Parts Justice Taco Festival. "We added tacos to our event last year," she says, reflecting on previous, taco-free parties. "Let me tell you, if you add tacos to anything — wow!
"And, of course, the implicit joke about tacos and lady parts is there," she adds without further explanation. "And it's amusing."
Rubenstein's New York-based charity is unusual. Lady Parts Justice was founded by Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and has been alternately described as "a comedy war room that produces hilarious strategic and educational content on issues around reproductive care and abortion" and "a cabal of comics and writers exposing creeps." Ladypartsjustice.com features an interactive 50-state map, and clicking on any state takes you to a page addressing that state's bad reproductive rights legislation and funny videos created to address it.
"You know, Daily Show-type stuff," Rubenstein says.
For this year's Lady Parts Taco Festival, the Hi-Tone will serve up barbecue tacos and the JoyRide and El Mariachi trucks will offer a variety of traditional, tortilla-based delights.
Katrina Coleman — recently voted best comic in Memphis by Memphis Flyer readers — made it known that the event would be inclusive. "All tacos, be they beef, pork, vegetarian, or a sandwich, are welcomed as taco-identifying," she says.
In addition to comedy and tacos, there will be a drag show, music by HEELS, wanted posters with pictures of House District 64's anti-abortion crusader Sheila Butt, and raffles. Those who can't afford raffle tickets can earn them by volunteering for Planned Parenthood, Choices, and other partnering organizations.
Lady Parts Justice Taco Festival at the Hi-Tone, Sunday, October 15th, 5-9 p.m. 598-8360 firstname.lastname@example.org, $10