SF: a.Muse to Benefit Help a Mother Out 6/18

a.Muse, aka Lori Shantzis, would like to invite you to join in a special evening of solo performance to benefit Help a Mother Out.

Saturday, June 18th, a.Muse will perform a 30 minute version of her autobiographical piece, “Loved by You…a Self-Love Story,” chronicling her childhood and early adulthood trying to make sense of a violent and dysfunctional household.  With humor and a bit of song and dance, the muse paints a picture of the effects of growing up in a home that was nothing like the happy and elegant family of her best friend, Laura.

Ms. Shantzis will be donating 100% of the ticket proceeds to HAMO, as a way of honoring her mother and the scores of mothers who stay with violent husbands because they have no place else to go.  While she realizes that society now has a better understanding of the needs of victims of domestic violence, she also recognizes that there is a hidden epidemic of children growing up in dangerous homes, not because their mother’s don’t want to make a change, but because there are so few options.

The evening will start with a piece by comedian and story-teller Silvio Menendez (www.silviomenendez.com).  There will be a 15 minute intermission.
Awake 7:30 pm
Loved by You…a Self-Love Story 8:15 pm

Doors open at 7 pm.

$10 (to benefit Help a Mother Out, an organization improving the lives of families in need, many of whom are homeless mothers.

Refreshments will be served.


a.Muse Gallery

614 Alabama St.

SF, CA 94110



*Loved by You:

Refusing to act her age, a 40-something woman grapples with some difficult questions about her past. She decides the best way to share her story is through burlesque, exposing more than her D cup, and a few sordid details from her crazy childhood. Will she take it all off, or just drop enough clothes and dirty laundry to leave the audience wanting more?


Silvio, a Spanish Interpreter at a major hospital, never knows what to expect when his beeper goes off. Called to the Operating Room, he realizes he might need something more than his knowledge of Spanish Medical terminology to face this call of duty.

The more he tries to prepare, the more he realizes how little he really knows about his own possibilities, on and off work. Will he be able to stay present and awake, or will he go back into his daily dramas?

To have a.Muse perform at your next function or to have a fundraiser at a.Muse Gallery, contact:


Lori Shantzis: 415.279.6281, lorishantzis@mac.com.