Benefits for Japan in NYC

[Note: These events have already taken place. For upcoming Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Benefits, see: More Benefits for Japan in NYC]

New Yorkers are coming together to support the people of Japan in the aftermath of their unfortunate series of devastating natural and man-made disasters.

Here are some fundraising events that will benefit Japan relief efforts…
Thursday, March 24
Comedy Benefit
Red Cross Benefit for Japan
A special one-night only benefit show in cooperation with
the Red Cross to help those affected by the recent devastation in Japan.
All money raised this Thursday will go to help those hurt by the earthquake and tsunami.
No tickets will be accepted for this special engagement.
To make a reservation, call: (212) 861-9386. This show WILL sell-out.

Scheduled to appear:
Louis C.K. – VH1’s “Stand Up Spotlight– FX’s hit show “Louie”
Colin Quinn – SNL, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Broadway show “Long Story Short”
Alan Colmes – “The Alan Colmes Show”, Fox’ “Hannity & Colmes”
Judah Friedlander – NBC’s “30 Rock,” Meet The Parents, Zoolander
Wayne Federman – HBO’s “Larry Sanders Show”, HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasum”
Joe Bolster – CBS’s “The Late Show with David Letterman”
Jim Mendrinos – comedy writer: SNL
Patty Rosborough – Comedy Central’s Short Attention Span Theater
Steve Scheffer – VH1’s “Stand Up Spotlight
and more…
(A special possible surprise appearance by long-time close friend of the club who we can’t even name here.)
Comic Strip Live
1568 Second Ave.
(between 81st & 82nd St.)
New York, NY
(212) 861-9386

Wednesday, March 23 – Wednesday, March 30
Dine Out for Japan
For 1 week, participating restaurants are donating a portion of their profits to The Red Cross.
For a list of participating restaurants, visit:
Thursday, March 24
Fundraiser for Japan at Tammany Hall
$10 donation at the door.
Featuring Alex from Tokyo, Ali Coleman, Chin Chin, ADM, and more
Tammany Hall
152 Orchard St. (between Stanton & Rivington St.)
New York, NY
212 982-7767

Monday, March 28
The Good Beer Seal presents…
Brewers for Brewers: Earthquake Relief Benefit
Brewers for Brewers BenefitBrewers for Brewers
It’s time to stop reading about the disaster in Japan and to start doing something about it.
Join the local brewing community to support the Kiuchi Brewery in Japan.
Kiuchi brews Hitachino, and while their brewery hasn’t experienced too much damage, they are using their working bottling lines to bottle water, and are feeding as many people as they can in their restaurant.

Brooklyn Brewery will share their taps with selections from Empire Brewing Co., Heartland Brewery, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Sixpoint Craft Ales, Kelso of Brooklyn, Victory Brewing Co., and Coney Island Brewing.
Food provided by The Brooklyn Kitchen & The Meat Hook, Jimmy’s No. 43, Tanuki Tavern, and Waterfront Ale House
All proceeds will go directly to Kiuchi’s efforts to support their fellow sake and artisanal beer breweries in Ibaraki Prefecture.
Purchase tickets online:
7pm – 10pm
Brooklyn Brewery
#1 Brewers Row
79 North 11th Street
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 486-7422

Thursday, March 31
Party With Purpose present…
Party With Purpose

Rockjazz for Japan
Featuring performances by:
ELEW, Cassandra Wilson, Great Big Planes, & Complexions Contemporary Ballet with Desmond Richardson

With a special guest appearance by Academy Award Winner Forest Whitaker
Party with a Purpose will donate all proceeds to benefit Doctors Without Borders & Save The Children Relief Efforts in Japan.
General admission: $60
General admission + open bar: $100
Doors at 7pm
Event Begins at 8pm
The Gramercy Theatre
127 E. 23rd St. (bet. Lexington Ave. & Park Ave. S)
New York, NY
(212) 777-6800

VIP tickets include catered, open bar pre-party from 7pm-8pm with an appearance by ELEW, and VIP seating. Only 75 VIP tickets will be sold.
For more information visit
Surprise guest just announced! Zach Galifianakas
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Bklyn ♥ Japan – Part I
Host: Liam McEneaney
with Music by:
Ra Ra Riot
Sean Bones

Comedy by:
Eugene Mirman (Bob’s Burgers, Delocated)
Todd Barry (Louis, many Comedy Central specials)
Lisa Delarios (from Party Machine @ Union Hall)
Surprise guest (which was announced today: Zach Galifianakas)

Dance party with:
DJ Annie Hart (Au Revoir Simone)
DJ Baio (Vampire Weekend)
7:30pm Doors / 8pm Show
$15 adv / $20 doors
The Bell House
149 7th St. (between 2nd & 3rd Ave.)
Gowanus, Brooklyn, NY
718 643-6510

There is another show April 15.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Fundraiser for Japan
The Japan Exchange & Teaching Program Alumni Association of NY (JETAANY), in partnership with NY de Volunteer, will be raising funds to benefit Japan.
$25 at the door includes:
Drink specials, entertainment, and raffle prizes

Details at
6:30pm – 9:30pm
54 W. 21st St.
(between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 989-0096

Tuesday, April 5
Brazen Head Fundraiser
Fundraiser for the Japanese Relief Effort
Santori Single Malt Whiskey – $10
Absolute Brooklyn – $7
Half of all the sales of these 2 wonderful liquors will be donated to the Japanese relief effort.
RSVP via facebook
The Brazen Head
228 Atlantic Ave.
(between Court St. & Boerum Pl.)
Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 488-0430

Wednesday, April 6
Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fundraiser
Suggested donation: $20 at the door
includes specials on selected drafts and well drinks
Raffles prizes
100% of the donations will go to the American Red Cross Relief Fund
or via facebook
Blaggard’s Pub
8 W. 38th St.
(between 5th & 6th Ave.)
New York, NY

[Update: The Auction for Hope fundraising event at Gstaad has been canceled. The auction has been changed to an on-line auction. Details coming soon…]
Wednesday, April 6
Scene PR presents…
Auction for Hope: A fundraiser for Japan at Gstaad

Silent Auction
Raffle ticket to win a Apple iPod Touch
RSVP at:

SCENEPR plans & promotes a series of events for young professionals, entrepreneurs and organizations working in or around the media, arts, finance & entertainment industries.
Friday, April 8
Dance for Japan
A benefit for earthquake/tsunami victim relief featuring over 40 DJs on 4 floors
Dance local, think global takes on new meaning tonight,
as the DJ community of New York comes together to raise money for the victims of the Japan disaster. Come out for a very special night of music from the best DJs in NYC, and support the people of Japan as they struggle to rebuild. Donations will be collected at Pacha, proceeds to go to the Japanese Red Cross.

Free admission before midnight on guestlist:

Purchase tickets:

Doors 10pm
Table Reservations 212.209.7500
Pacha New York
618 W. 46th St.
(between 11th & 12th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 209-7500

Friday, April 8
The NY Volunteering Meetup Group
Japan Earthquake Fundraiser
Join this Meetup group & RSVP
Suggested Donation: $10
(make checks payable to the American Red Cross referencing the Japanese earthquake)
All proceeds will be donated to support the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.
6:30 – 9pm
Studio XXI
59 W. 21st St. (near 6th Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 359-4200
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Concert for Japan
Japan Society presents a 12-hour concert and open house extravaganza benefiting organizations that directly help people affected by the earthquake and tsunamis that struck Japan. In addition to various music acts by dozens of artists, this one-day event offers special activities for all ages, from Origami and Washi Lantern Installation workshops for good wishes, to Language Classes, Calligraphy Workshops, Kamishibai Storytelling and more.

100% of proceeds from this event will go to the Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.

Japanese sweets are available for free sampling and tasting.
Other food and drinks will be available for purchase.

see Concert Schedule
11am – 12:30pm
Open Concert
New York Suwa Taiko Association
with allied members from: Taiko Masala, New York Taiko Aikokai, Sakura Taiko, Ninja Taiko, Brooklyn Genki Daiko and Taiko Club of Brooklyn Waldorf.
Cocolo Japanese Gospel Choir
*No ticket required – seating is first come, first served

Gala Block (sold out)
Philip Glass & Hal Willner
Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson & John Zorn

Japanese Traditional Music:
Masayo Ishigure and Miyabi koto shamisen ensemble (koto, bass koto, shamisen, shakuhachi), Sadahiro Kakitani (ryuteki), Mutsumi Takamizu and Masumi Takamizu (shamisen/vocal, koto), Yumi Kurosawa (20 string koto), James Nyoraku Schlefer and Kyo Shin An Shakuhachi Dojo (shakuhachi), Taikoza (taiko, shakuhachi, fue).
*No ticket required – seating is first come, first served

Western Classical and Contemporary Music:
Mari Kimura (violin), Makoto Nakura (marimba), Taka Kigawa (piano), Lisa Bielawa (composer/vocalist).
*No ticket required – seating is first come, first served

6:00 – 7:20 pm
Gala Block (sold out)
Ryuichi Sakamoto with Special Guests
M.O.D. Technologies, Bill Laswell, Gigi, Bernie Worrell, Hideo Yamaki and many others

Rock/Pop Bands:
Me & Mars, The Suzan, Hard Nips, Echostream, DJ Aki
Plus Salmé from Tokyo!
*No ticket required – seating is first come, first served

Japan Society
333 E. 47th St. (First Ave.)
New York, NY
(212) 832-1155

Saturday, April 9
Hops for Hope
Help support disaster relief in Japan with a $5 donation at the door (more if your feeling generous)
Serving $5 pints of Kelso or Brooklyn Brewery, and every penny of the $5 goes to the relief fund.

ALL proceeds will be shared between The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami and The Humane Society: International Disaster Fund.

Beer donated by Kelso and Brooklyn Brewery.
RSVP via facebook
317 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 858.8088
[Note: These events have already taken place. For upcoming Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami Relief Benefits, see: More Benefits for Japan in NYC]

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