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Vaudevisuals interview with Pat Oleszko

“Leading people happily astray,” is how Oleszko described her duty as an artist. "A master of disguise and puns, Oleszko is at once the puppet and the puppet master, concocting performances that bring humor and whimsy to a wide range of topics." 'The Justice' - Brandeis University Newspaper Visit Pat Oleszko's wonderful website here! # # # # # Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Trav S.D. – “West Fest”

"I believe in censorship. I made a fortune out of it." Mae West Vaudevisuals interviews Trav S.D. about the upcoming 'West Fest' dedicated to all things Mae West. August 17th to the 29th at numerous historical locations. Mary Jane "Mae" West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress, singer, playwright, screenwriter, comedian, and sex symbol whose entertainment career spanned seven decades, known for her lighthearted bawdy double entendres and breezy sexual independence. West Continue reading...
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SPURS – a short story by Tod Robbins

SPURS - by Tod Robbins The short story that inspired the most notorious movie ever made! - Tod Brownings 'FREAKS' # # # # # Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Shannon Plumb – Filmmaker/Actress

Shannon Plumb makes funny movies. Usually with her in the leading role. You call them 'personal art films'. They are in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art as well as in Private Collections. Here is the interview I did with her in Prospect Park. (Planes flying over, baseball practice and wind competing with my sound!) Her work is very 'low-fi' so I decided to shot the interview in that style.  I attended her screening at MOMA's New Directors/New Films series and was very moved by her Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Steve Massa – ‘Slapstick Divas’

"Slapstick Divas" SLAPSTICK DIVAS by Steve Massa Click on Image for Kickstarter Campaign for Alice Howell DVD ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Other Books by Steve Massa Marcel Perez - The International Mirth-Maker by Steve Massa Lame Brains & Lunaticks/The Good, Bad and The Forgotten by Steve Massa For anyone interested in silent films and their stars these books are invaluable! # # # # # You Can Get the Book Here! Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with RadioTheatre’s Dan Bianchi

I approached the St.John's Sanctuary on Christopher Street for the evening performance of "The Alfred Hitchcock Festival". Presented by the 'Radio Theatre'. Tonight's event was to present 3 Alfred Hitchcock films by way of Radio Theatre. 'Shadow of a Doubt, The Lodger, and The Birds. What a great time it was! The company was amazing in their voice skills in portraying many different characters from these classic Hitchcock films. After the show, we interviewed Dan Bianchi, director of the company. The Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Janek Turkowski – Margarete

I attended the Thursday night performance of "Margarete" at the Public Theater. I was taken to a small room upstairs from the main stages in what seemed like an apartment. Small shaded lamps and circular rugs highlighted the room with a small 8mm projector and a laptop to the right of the main rug area. The seats were all living room chairs and a few small sofas. Maximum attendance was 16 people allowed. The small movie screen with a clip showing from the 8mm films of Margarete. I was offered Continue reading...
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Vaudevisuals interview with Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver

SPLIT BRITCHES "Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)" I have always enjoyed walking into the LaMama Annex building. Massive ceilings and great seating for so many audience members. Yesterday I was there to interview Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw. Their new show titled "Unexploded Ordnances" had opened at LaMama and I was interested in what the show's origin was. Here is the interview. The show which is part of 'Under the Radar' Festival listed on the LaMama website with this text. US Premiere By Split Continue reading...
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1940 Ads in Playbill

What was it like to live in 1940? ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ February 7 - Walt Disney's animated film Pinocchio is released. February 10 - Tom and Jerry make their debut in the animated cartoon Puss Gets the Boot. May 17 - My Favorite Wife is released. May - A reproduction of "America's First Movie Studio", Thomas Edison's Black Maria, is constructed. July 27 - Bugs Bunny makes his official debut in the animated cartoon A Wild Hare. October 15 - Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator, a Continue reading...
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The Marx Brothers Weekend – Sept. 9th – A Video/Photo Excerpt

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Marx Brothers and World War I ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ The Trivia Section of the day at 2:00 pm with Brett Leveridge Noah Diamond displays one of the Prizes for Trivia winner. Marx Brothers Comic Book. ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Marx Brothers Sing-Along Marx Brothers Singalong: "Alone" There are two kinds of people: those who would enjoy a group singalong of Marx Brothers songs, and those who simply don't know how to have fun. I assert that you have not truly lived until you've heard a room Continue reading...