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photo:Seth Schwartz

SHE WILL BE MISSED Longtime local goth-scene promoter and supporter Penny Green died Sunday evening at St. Peter’s Hospital after a two-year battle with cancer. A little less than two weeks ago, on May 14, friends and supporters had hosted a benefit to help defray her medical expenses. The event took place at Valentine’s and featured the bands the Brides, the Flying Buttresses, Burn Like Nero and Levelleft; between the door and an auction of such donated items as artwork and album covers, it raised more than $2,500.

Longtime local scenesters remember Green from back in the golden years of the nightclub QE2 (now the Fuze Box), where she was a regular at goth/industrial shows and the club’s popular alternative dance nights. Her love of the music led to more direct support of the scene, as she began managing goth nights and booking shows at local clubs including the Power Company, the Fuze Box and Liquid Lounge. Most recently, she brought the Abyss goth dance night to Valentine’s, which now draws what club owner Howard Glassman describes as a good, loyal, committed crowd—“probably our best crowd, in terms of the size [of the crowd] and the quality of the people.”

Though Glassman came to know Green only recently, he recalls her fondly. “She was like the sister I never had at times, just the way we played off each other, busting each other’s chops,” he says. “She was committed to the Abyss—it was great to see the passion she had, the devotion not only to the music and the night, but to the people that came out.”

That sentiment is echoed by Baron Armenius von Hugenstein (of the Flying Buttresses), who organized the benefit: “A lot of people miss her. She left behind a lot of good friends.”

“This Saturday’s going to be a tough one,” adds Glassman, referring to the first Abyss night since Green’s passing. But he also notes that it is a testament to the passion and commitment she put into the endeavor that the crew she put in place is ready to carry it on. “They learned well from the master.”

—Stephen Leon

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