Contradict This!: A Birthday Funeral For Heroes By The Bearded Ladies

May 31–June 2
Location: the Garden
Time: 7:30 pm

Celebrate the 200th Birthday of poet Walt Whitman with a special performance by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret at Cherry Street Pier!

Cake, coffin, gavel, choir, composers, live musical trolling! On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the much-lauded poet Walt Whitman’s birth, a group of misfits known as The Bearded Ladies Cabaret gathers overlooking the Ben Franklin Bridge to put this famous writer and his legacy on trial. Come with friends, complaints, heroes and villains alike. All are welcome.

This event is ticketed. To purchase tickets, visit HERE.  To learn more about Whitman 200 celebration and view a full schedule of events, visit

Contradict This! A Birthday Funeral for Heroes was commissioned by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries for Whitman at 200: Art and Democracy, a series of cultural events marking Walt Whitman’s 200 birthday. Major support for Whitman at 200 artistic commissions has been provided by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.