By the end of 1914, Charlie Chaplin had become the most popular actor in films, and reporters were clamoring for interviews with the comedy sensation. But no reporter had more access than Fred Goodwins. A British actor who joined Chaplin’s stock company in early 1915, Goodwins began writing short accounts of life at the studio and submitting them to periodicals. In February 1916 the British magazine Red Letter published the first of what became a series of thirty-seven of Goodwins’s articles. Continue reading...

THE WILD PARTY'S OVER Directed by Chris Rozzi, Produced by Jennifer Harder Program made possible, in part, by support from The Tank, Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs Opening Scene - (Left to Right - Mr. Black - Charley Layton, Queenie - Jennifer Harder, Jackie - Natti Vogel and Burrs -  Stephen Heskett) Jackie (Natti Vogel)  introduces Queenie (Jennifer Harder) to the audience. Queenie and her two escorts. Queenie on her knees in Continue reading...

Darinka Membership Card ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Alien Comic and DanceNoise at Darinka Flyer from 1985. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Darinka interior archive shot. 'They Might Be Giants' performing at Darinka. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The archives from Darinka were donated to The Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU. Here is a Biographical/Historical note from the archives. Darinka: A Performance Studio was opened on April 21, 1984, by Gary Ray Bugarcic (aka Gary Ray). The club served Continue reading...

FROM SMITHSONIAN BLOG! 2017 FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL, CIRCUS ARTS, COMMUNITY, WORK LIFE Happy World Circus Day! This year’s theme is collaboration and cooperation for the future of circus, making today an ideal opportunity to announce our Circus Arts program at the 2017 Folklife Festival. As part of our fiftieth anniversary celebrations, Circus Arts will take people behind the scenes of circus life to explore the culture and artistry of one of America’s most important and historic performance art Continue reading...

Circus Dramaturgy - A Panel Discussion with Shana Carroll (7 Fingers) Lorenzo Pisoni (CircusKid) and Cecil McKinnon (Circus Flora) Part of the 7Fingers production of "Cuisine & Confession" performance presented at NYU Skirball Center on April 13th, 2017. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ For more information on The 7 Fingers shows go here! Continue reading...

RIngling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus

Traditions help create memories. Traditions help impart our life values to our children. Traditions help give children a sense of identity. Traditions help create a sense of belonging. Traditions offer a sense of security. Last week I had the privilege of putting on my makeup, wardrobe and stood one last time center ring of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. 32 years ago I began a career there. I have made the best friends & family there. I met Karen there. My daughter Emily Continue reading...

"Cuisine & Confessions" - Les 7 Doigts de la Main Energy and beauty bound together with food! What a great evening of movement theater. Les 7 Doigts, the company behind the Tony Award-winning Pippin brings all their amazing skills and passion to the 'Cuisine & Confessions' show playing at NYU Skirball Center. I was at the dress/photo shot and got some nice photographs of the company BUT nothing will take the place of seeing this show! A Mouth-Watering Blend of Theater with a Pinch of Continue reading...

CHAIN OF FOOLS by Trav S.D. Chain of Fools traces the art of slapstick comedy from its pre-cinema origins in the ancient pantomime through its silent movie heyday in the teens and twenties, then on to talkies, television, and the Internet. As in his first book, the critically acclaimed No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, author Trav S.D. mixes a wicked wit, a scholar's curiosity, and a keen critical appreciation for laugh-makers through the ages, from classical Continue reading...

Monday Night Magic is an interactive, jaw-dropping evening of illusion. Off-Broadway's longest-running magic show! I hadn't visited this series since it was uptown on the west side. The acts are all professional magicians! Here are a few photographs I took that night of the acts. Ben Nemzer - Master of Ceremonies Great comedic patter and good magic for the MC. David Oliver had a charm with the audience volunteers. His trick was a comedic version of the rope being and cut and restored. Banachek Continue reading...

Just in Case you don't know! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The New York Theremin Society presents: 3 Thereminist in Concert at The Slipper Room Dorit Chrysler Charles Hobbs Cornelius Loy & Surprise Guests! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ THE THEREMIN Invented 1919 by Russian electro-physicist Lev Sergejewitch Termen, the Theremin is the only instrument that generates sound without being touched. Notoriously hard to play, it is one of the first electronic instruments that inspired the creation of synthesizers Continue reading...