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Sundays at Cafe Tabac: The PODCAST Live Recording with Karen Song and Chani Nicholas

Sundays at Cafe Tabac: The PODCAST Live Recording with Karen Song and Chani Nicholas

In conjunction with City Lore’s current exhibit “What did it feel like to be There?: 12 Portraits from the Addresses Project”
Saturday, May 25 · 4 – 6pm EDT

City Lore | 56 East 1st Street New York, NY 10003 (City Lore is an accessible space.)

$10 Admission:

Sundays at Café Tabac is an upcoming documentary feature film about the ‘90s explosion of lesbian visibility, nightlife and activism told through their intersection at the eponymous, legendary East Village, NYC party. This project also includes a podcast element, sparked by the documentary’s filming journey, during which poignant and impactful coming out stories were conveyed through personal narratives. The newly recorded coming out stories of our intergenerational LGBTQ+ family for the SACT podcast series, collectively represent vital accounts of our history.

Join us for a live-audience recording of SACT’s upcoming podcast episode, featuring a conversation between the film’s director, Karen Song, and everyone’s favorite astrologer, Chani Nicholas. In a rare appearance, she will join us to share her coming out story, and how that personal story has expanded out into the uniqueness of the work she does in astrology, which presents tools for interconnected living and has helped the lives of so many. The night will begin with a short presentation about the SACT project. More about the project can be found at and @cafetabacfilm

SACT is thrilled to see original Café Tabac party creators Sharee Nash and Wanda Acosta featured and duly celebrated at this Addresses Project’s portrait exhibit at City Lore. Wanda, NYC lesbian nightlife legend, is also a SACT film producer and podcast host.

About the presenters:

Chani Nicholas is a Los Angeles-based astrologer and New York Times best-selling author of You Were Born For This: Astrology for Radical Self-Acceptance and founder of the viral astrology app CHANI

She has been a counseling astrologer for more than 20 years, guiding her community of over 1.5 million monthly readers to discover and live out their life’s purpose through understanding their birth chart. Through her work, Chani has helped people recognize that astrology can be a tool for self-discovery, mindfulness, and healing.
Chani is the President and co-founder of Chani Nicholas Incorporated and runs the company with her wife and business partner, Sonya Passi. Together they launched the CHANI app in December of 2020. The app, which has had over a million downloads and counting since its launch, offers users a personalized, daily understanding of their birth chart. Chani leads a team of professional astrologers with whom she creates all the horoscopes, explanations, meditations, and workshops on the app.

Chani has been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, on the CBS Morning News, and has a web series called “Star Power” on Netflix.


KAREN SONG is a queer Korean-American filmmaker from New York with a background in theater, photography and music videos. Projects she is in the process of writing include a narrative short about a queer surf community, “Seoul on Fire”—a scripted episodic set in Korea, and other scripted narrative features which firmly center and make visible women, queer and diverse communities. She is in post-production on “Sundays at Café Tabac,” a feature documentary she is directing and producing about ‘90s lesbian nightlife, media visibility, and activism told through the lens of the legendary eponymous party in NYC’s East Village, and is its podcast co-host. She is an avid surfer and is a contributing host of Swell Season Surf Radio podcast.

She has also directed and produced various short form projects including branded content, documentaries, music videos, experimental shorts and commercials on-location around the globe and in-studio. Clients and collaborators include American Express, Mini Cooper, VICE Media, Meshell Ndegeocello, The LOFT LGBTQ+Center, LA LGBTQ+Center, Aubin Pictures, Red Bull Media, Disney Channel, Momentum Agency, Equinox Fitness, Tonal Fitness, Verizon, Genius Media and many others.

What did it feel like to be there?: 12 Portraits from The Addresses Project presentstwelve portraits by photographer Riya Lerner, selected from a larger multi-disciplinary project entitled The Addresses Project, created by Gwen Shockey with Riya Lerner, featuring lesbian and queer individuals who have dedicated their lives to creating and holding space in New York City from the 1950s to today. The exhibit is on view through June 30th at the City Lore Gallery.

For more info:


May 25 2024


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


City Lore
56 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

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