Ani DiFranco To Perform At Benefit Honoring Susan Sarandon

Ani DiFranco will join actor-director Tim Robbins, Panamanian singer Ruben Blades, and fashion designer Todd Oldham for a benefit in New York City next month honoring actress and political activist Susan Sarandon.

Sarandon, who won the Academy Award in 1996 for her portrayal of Sister Helen Prejean in "Dead Man Walking," is being saluted for her advocacy of social justice at a tribute being staged at the Supper Club on January 13. Prejean will also be one of the guests attending.

Proceeds from the show will be donated to the Center for Constitutional Rights, a non-profit organization that Sarandon has worked with since 1981. The Center seeks to protect civil rights guaranteed by both the U.S. Constitution as well as the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights through education and litigation.

DiFranco has just issued a new album, "To The Teeth," which marks her third release of the year. In January, DiFranco put out "Up Up Up," and then followed that record

in May with "Fellow Workers," her second collaborative effort with Southwestern singer-songwriter Utah Phillips.