by Joe Nolan
“Come as you aren’t” is the tag-line for The Contributor’s costume fête The Paper Ball. While they are clearly encouraging revelers to take on new identities, it’s unlikely that Nashville’s street newspaper would want to dress up as anything but itself. Since its founding in 2007, The Contributor has become the largest circulating street newspaper in the country, empowered Nashville’s homeless to run their own micro-businesses as newspaper vendors and writers, and championed First Amendment rights along the way. [Full disclosure: I’ve written many reviews and articles that have been published in The Contributor.]
Tonight’s Paper Ball is a benefit for the paper and its vendors. Proceeds from the happening will go toward The Contributor’s Next Step campaign, which aims to provide more financial literacy and legal assistance to its vendors while also maintaining the paper’s ambitious twice-a-month schedule. Tonight’s blast includes apps and cocktails, a silent auction and live entertainment from chanteuse Annie Sellick, dancers Gabrielle Saliba and Mary Arwen, acro performer Gillian St. Clair, Music City Improv and more.
There are a number of tickets available at several price points. Click here for more info.