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OCEANSIDE -- Beautiful, buxom, blues singer Candye Kane just got back to her home in Oceanside this week-- after several months on tour all over Europe -- to find a couple of her close friends had painted her house for her.
"It looks amazing! so caribbean!" she gushed to her Facebook followers.
Unfortunately, she hasn't had much time to enjoy it.
While away on tour, Kane found out that her pancreatic cancer was back and also that she was again denied major risk insurance.
Not to be deterred, Kane is focusing on the good things in her life and as usual, has a full calendar ahead of her for months to come.
She did receive some good news while she was away, her autobiographical stage play "Toughest Girl Alive" was selected for a run during the International Fringe Festival in New York City next month.
As a result, all this week and next, she and the rest of her "toughest girl" crew will be busy rehearsing the play, before her band embarks on a whirlwind set of dates in Los Angeles and San Diego, a music festival in West Virginia and another show in Ohio, all before her crew is scheduled to hit the stage in New York City's West Village for the play's two week run, starting August 12.
The Toughest Girl Alive had its world premiere here in San Diego last February, at the Moxie Theater in La Mesa.
The stage play is described as the "99.9% percent true, stranger than fiction, story of ex-gang member, unwed teen mother, rockabilly. plus-sized, ex-adult film star, cancer surviving, multi-award winning, bisexual, blues phenomenon Candye Kane told in her own words and uplifting music. Backed by a live band and a two actors who portray various characters through her life, Kane blows the roof off the joint with her powerful vocals."
Kane and her crew performed to sold-out crowds for the six week run at the Moxie. She is passionate about all the causes touched upon throughout her own story and hopes it helps others, through its honesty, wit and song.
Now she looks forward to opening it up to a wider audience in the Big Apple, but she needs the help of her fans to make it happen. Yesterday and today she took to social media to reach out to her fans, who exist all over the world, for assistance.
"It's a crazy time in our world and almost all of us are suffering," Kane said in a recent plea to fans via social media. "But we only have one chance on this planet to make a difference and I know my play will touch lives, instill hope in those who need it and inspire audiences. If you are doing well and can afford to contribute any little thing towards my play and haven't done so already, please read on."
The money will help get ten people to NYC, and then keep them housed and fed for the two week duration of the show.
Her crew of supporting musicians on stage is her regular touring band, and will be the same: Candye Kane on vocals, Sue Palmer on keyboards, Laura Chavez on lead guitar, Evan Caleb on drums, and Kennan Shaw on bass. They will be joined by two other local actors (Bethany Slomka and Robert Kirk joined them in San Diego, but at publication of this story the actor's names for NYC were not confirmed), who play rotational parts of people throughout Kane's life on stage.
San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reached out to Kane to find out why this show is so important to her.
"There is a chance that an investor will like our show and pick it up for future performances, that is why we wanted to do Fringe [Festival]," Kane explained. "This show is important to me personally, but also because it is sex positive and addresses issues like sexuality and prostitution and of course the tragic death of my friend, Robert Tiny Gibson, who was a gay drag performer and some-time hooker.
"It is important for the world to see [the show] and since I have cancer again, I don't know how long I will be in a position to do this kind of work," she said.
Kane, herself a bisexual, has always been a huge supporter of LGBT issues and follows the accomplishments of her LGBT family closely. "I cried all night watching videos of same-sex couples marrying in NYC. I can't wait for the rest of the world to catch up," she said.
To help raise funds to support The Toughest Girl Alive's appearance at the International Fringe Festival, Candye reached out to Kickstarter.com, an online funding platform for creative projects.
The catch about Kickstarter is, if she doesn't raise enough money to match her goal, she doesn't get a penny. Kane figured out they needed at least $12,000 to successfully fund her crew for the two week run, but was afraid if she fell short at all, she'd be denied any of the money pledged.
To ensure her fans all over the world aren't disappointed in their quest to help, she set her Kickstarter goal at $6,000, an amount which has now been met, but is still well below what they need. She is currently $3000 short of the minimum $12,000 goal.
If you want to help Candye Kane and her Toughest Girl Alive crew, there are the many ways to do so, but you must pledge your help by the dates specified below:
"Be sure and put your address so I can send you a thank you," Kane said. "Anyone who gives $50 or more will receive a copy of my new CD 'Sister Vagabond,' autographed by me."
"I have traded my Oceanside home to a friend in the East Village but his apartment only sleeps two and there are 10 of us!" she said.
Don't be discouraged if you can't give the $50, she is grateful for any help, she merely wanted to give back something to those who were able to dig a little deeper in their pockets by offering the CD.
If you are near NYC, the greatest way to help is to go see the play and bring your friends.
What is Kickstarter?
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All or nothing funding. On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. Creators aren’t expected to develop their project without necessary funds, and it allows anyone to test concepts without risk.
Candye Kane and Toughest Girl Alive
Kane's autobiographical stage play, "The Toughest Girl Alive" (soon to be published in book form), runs August 12 - 28th at the Le Poisson Rouge theater, as part of the International Fringe Festival in NYC.
Tickets can be purchased online for $15., or at the door for $18.
Candye's tour dates the month of August:
To learn more about Toughest Girl Alive, read the links above, right.