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Jester of the Peace: Wild Wedding Chapel on 42nd Street

chashama 217 Art Space
217 East 42nd Street
September 26 - September 30, 2011
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September 26 – 30 Hours: M, W, Th 10am – 10pm T, F 10am – 5pm

Performance artist Barbara Ann Michaels, aka the “Jester of the Peace,” legally marries gay and straight couples in a week of spontaneous, spectacular, and special ceremonies at chashama 217.

New York is in love with Equal Marriage! Get hitched and have fun with the “Jester of the Peace.” From Sept. 26 to 30th, LGBT and straight couples can legally wed, renew vows, or just declare love as partners or friends in styles from zany to sweet. Don costumes from gowns to clowns, sing your vows, and get married in a bed. Themes change daily.

Couples wanting legal marriage must provide a valid New York City marriage license on arrival. Appointments and Walk-Ins welcome. Far-off relatives and friends can attend via Skype (and maybe even do a reading!).

Ms. Michaels, is this mocking marriage? “There is nothing more sincere than having a really good time together,” says real-life wedding officiant Barbara Ann Michaels. Ms. Michaels is New York’s “Jester of the Peace,” specializing in personalized, costumed, and adventure weddings. Says Michaels, “I have married couples at many elegant New York venues, in spontaneous declarations of love in Times Square, and on a reality TV show. No matter the form of a wedding, the sincerity of the couple’s love and commitment always shine through 100%. For couples who wouldn’t feel true to themselves without also expressing their creativity, I’m here. At the nexus of love and art.”

The “Jester of the Peace” will also offer love letter writing, love grams by phone on the spot, making wedding rings from odds and ends, and a secret box to release whatever gets in the way of love in your life. Love is Art. Art is Love. And you’re invited to the wedding!

Barbara Ann Michaels, New York City’s Jester of the Peace, is a wedding officiant, clown, actor and writer. For more information, please visit For more information about Chashama’s artist exhibitions in commercial spaces, please visit
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