Lady Parts Justice hosting carnival, celebrity karaoke to benefit women’s reproductive rights

Lady Parts Justice, a nonprofit founded by Minnesota native and Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead and other entertainers, is headed to Loring Park on Saturday, Sept. 26 to host V to Shining V — an extravaganza featuring carnival games and celebrity karaoke.

The nonprofit was founded a year ago to raise awareness about threats to women’s reproductive healthcare. The group uses comedy, social media and hosts events throughout the country to get its message out.

“We want to change the narrative around reproductive care,” Winstead said.

V to Shining V launched in 2014 with concerts in five cities, including Minneapolis and 150 house parties. The goal this year is 10 shows and hundreds of additional house parties.

The event in Loring Park will feature a carnival from 2–5 p.m. at the Stutz at Loring, which is located in the Loring Alley behind The Third Bird, 1612 Harmon Place. The carnival is billed as a “salacious twist on traditional carnival games.” Winstead will serve as the ringmaster.

There will also be prizes, sideshow acts, spin art, food and drinks, special guests and more. Tickets are $5.

In the evening from 5:30–8 p.m., The Third Bird will host celebrity karaoke. Tickets are $10. Participants will have a chance to bid on singing duets with Winstead and many other notable Minnesotans, including Chan Poling of the Suburbs and New Standards; Nancy Lyons of Clockwork Active Media and the Family Equality Council; Robyne Robinson, arts and culture director for the MSP International Airport Foundation; Danny Murphy of Soul Asylum and Golden Smog; Janey Winterbauer of the Wits and The New Standards Holiday show; and Joan Vorderbruggen, the Cultural Arts District coordinator for the Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Those who don’t want to sing can also bid on prizes, including a secret celebrity long distance dedication (a chance to have a celeb send someone a birthday wish or other special announcement to a loved one); lunch for four with Andrew Zimmern at one of his favorite Twin Cities lunch spots; a walking tour of Brooklyn and Daily Show tickets with Winstead; and a guitar signed by The Gear Daddies.

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