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CONEY ISLAND USA BENEFIT SPECTACULAR The Great Fredini (Fred Kahl) and Coney Island USA founder/director Dick Zigun. Adam Bishop and Patrick David Wall Bambi The Mermaid and Chuck Varga Reverend Billy and his megaphone reached out to all those present to honor Coney Island USA and Founder  Dick Zigun. Coney Island's 'in house' photog Norman Blake hard at work capturing the essence of Coney Island USA for years! Tiger Bay (Miss Coney Island 2017) Patrick Salazar (Mr. Strange) and Fancy Feast Continue reading...

Saturday, April 8th @7:30 pm THE STORY OF TAP...etc. “The Story of Tap…Etc.” is a continuation of a series originally done at Dixon Place for six evenings in 1998 and 2005. It returned for one night in 2015 and comes back again for another night. It is a narrative of tap dance, rather than some definitive history of it. Hank Smith will engage in conversation with performers about tap and associated art forms. Film clips will be shown and the performers will cover different perspectives Continue reading...

"STEVE OF TOMORROW" Created by David Commander and Rob Ramirez Written and Directed by David Commander March 16–April 1, 2017  at The Collapsable Hole55 Bethune Street, New York NY 10014 Thursday-Friday, March 23-24 at 8:00 pm Saturday, March 25 at 3:00 pm and 8:00 pm Thursday-Saturday, March 30-April 1 at 8:00 pm Running time: 50 minutes, no intermission ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ In Commander/Ramirez’s video-puppetry extravaganza STEVE OF TOMORROW, a couch surfing time traveler Steve appears Continue reading...

 The interview with SURF REALITY  co-founder Robert Prichard Performers who played Surf Reality include: (A Who's Who of the downtown performing arts scene) Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Louis Black, Rick Shapiro, Jeff Ross, Judah Friedlander, Sarah Gold, Sonya Sohn, Michael Portnoy, John S Hall and King Missile, Kimya Dawson and Moldy Peaches, Seth Faergolzia (Dufus), St. Rev Jen Miller , Faceboy, Maggie Estep, Angelo Moore (Dr. Mad Vibe from Fishbone), World Famous Bob, Michael Moschen, Continue reading...

When I was a student at SVA studying Film Production I spent a day walking around the neighborhood and found a film set which had been created on West 26th Street. They had reconstructed an old 1920's neighborhood to film "The Night They Raided Minsky's". I was really taken by the work they did on that block. It made it 'old' and remarkably believable. The set even included an elevated train and track.  Here is the book the film was based on. THE NIGHT THEY RAIDED MINSKY'S by Rowland Barber (April Continue reading...

The Downtown Book

The New York Art Scene in the period of 1974 thru 1984 was 'on fire'. So much was going on everywhere! This book covers the scene! Downtown is more than just a location, it’s an attitude–and in the 1970s and ’80s, that attitude forever changed the face of America. This book charts the intricate web of influences that shaped the generation of experimental and outsider artists working in Downtown New York during the crucial decade from 1974 to 1984. Published in conjunction with the Continue reading...

Back Cover of The Comic Mind ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Table of Contents Introduction Pt. I: Assumptions, Definitions, and Categories 1. Comic Structures 2. Comic Thought 3. Comic Films—Categories and Definitions Pt. II: Primitives 4. Jests, Tricks, and the First Comic Personalities 5. Mack Sennett Pt. III: Chaplin and Keaton 6. Chaplin: From Keystone to Mutual 7. Chaplin: First Nationals and Silent Features 8. Chaplin: Sound Films 9. Keaton Pt. IV: Other Silent Clowns 10. Harold Lloyd 11. Continue reading...

The New York Theatre Workshop was packed 'wall-to-wall' with boxes and other storage unit items. I had read about "The Object Room" when Geoff Sobelle had performed it at BAM a few years ago, and the reviewer's description of it resonated with me until today. Here is Geoff Sobelle talking about his show "The Object Lesson". Boxes of all shapes and sizes are everywhere — on the floor, covering the seats, stacked halfway to the rafters. To read more about this unique theatrical experience Continue reading...

I usually don't use this space to promote events, BUT this one is SPECIAL! Joel Jeske is teaching a class in 'Comedy Performance.' I sat down with Joel yesterday, and he mapped out the classes and what he would be teaching. I was thrilled to hear all about his theory about comedy, and it's application in his upcoming classes. I wanted to help promote these classes since I know they will be wonderful. Here is the scoop from the workshops information. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ WHAT IS GOING ON? Physical Continue reading...

SPEEDMOUSE (re-squeaked)! 1 Week Left. See it before it closes! Sitting on stage at Theatre 80 with David Collins and Shane Dundas (aka The Umbilical Brothers) was great fun! Their energy and animated gestures kept me laughing almost the entire time I interviewed them. I was delighted to see that they were back in town with a new production titled SPEEDMOUSE (re-squeaked)! "The Umbilical Brothers inhabit a cartoon world where the normal rules just don't apply...It is all splendidly Continue reading...