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Springtime in Nickyland – April 7th, 2018

Springtime in Nickyland – LaMama ETC.

Held in the very intimate Downstairs Lounge (while the regular ‘Club’ is being renovated)

Nicky Paraiso brought in a nice variety of performers for this evenings performance.

Nicky rings the ‘traditional’ LaMama bell to begin the performance.

In his personal style, Nicky talks with the audience using very expressive gestures.

Calling to the ‘heavens’ to bring order to the current situation.

Nicky talks about his trip to Norway and other worldly issues.

Laurie Stone reads from her new book ‘My Life as an Animal’.

Reading moments of comedic text bring a smile to her face.

Piotr Gawelko reads his poetry. 

Piotr Gawelko reads his poetry off his laptop. Born in Poland and published “The City of Missing People” in 2014.

Abigail Gampel brought a wonderfully great voice to the evening’s festivities.

With passion and finesse, Abigail enthralled the audience with her singing.

Paul Hallasy brought comedy to the stage with an excerpt from his one-man show.

Paul had many adventures to share with the audience with his experiences as a ‘doorman’.

Gordon Beeferman attempted to sing an original composition about birds but…

In addition to singing an original composition, Nicky also ended the show with the audience joining in on “Downtown”.

Check out the LaMama calendar for other upcoming cultural events.

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Program Notes:

In the spirit of rebirth, renewal, and the resurrection of the spirit, curator and host Nicky Paraiso addresses the current political and social climate in a serious attempt to investigate and celebrate the origins of cabaret.

Although the 19th-century French definition referred to any business serving liquor, a cabaret in the early 20th century was an informal salon or safe place, as it were, where poets, artists, and composers could share ideas and compositions, present new works-in-progress and decry the political ills of the day. Exemplary writers and performers extraordinaire are invited to respond to recent life-changing and transformational events while songs continue to be sung with entertaining consequence.

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Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks presented a video of their tour in Europe.

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LaMama Coffeehouse Chronicles #125 – Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Coffeehouse Chronicles #125 – April 25th, 2015

Celebrating the work of Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks

Moderator for the evening was Gayle Tufts.

A ‘free’, interactive, educational series exploring the history and development of Off-Off Broadway from its inception within the Village ‘coffeehouse theatres’ of the 1960’s through today. Part artist portrait, part history lesson, part community forum.

Here are a few photographs from the evening’s event.

Brian Moran does an improv dance piece.Brian Moran (one of the original members of School of Hard Knocks)performs a dance improv.

2015.04.25_Chuma.323Moderator Gayle Tufts and Yoshiko do a little duo together.

Yoshiko Chuma slyly approaches the microphone.Yoshiko Chuma slyly approaches the microphone.

Deborah Jowitt reads during the panel discussion.Panel #1 – Left to Right: Yoshiko Chuma, Gayle Tufts, Deborah Jowitt, Brian Moran, Lori E. Seid.

Deborah Jowitt talks about her experiences watching Yoshiko Chuma over the years.

Brian Moran talks about his time performingBrian Moran talks about his time performing with Yoshiko Chuma and The School of Hard Knocks.

2015.04.25_Chuma.147Yoshiko talks about her work with the company in the early days of it’s formation.

2015.04.25_Chuma.176Lori E. Seid talks about her time working with the company as lighting designer and stage manager.

Ursula Eagly talks about her time with YoshikoUrsula Eagly talks about her time with Yoshiko using a powerpoint presentation.

2015.04.25_Chuma.191Ursula’s powerpoint was very informative as what countries Yoshiko had worked in and the people she worked with.

Gayle Tufts and Bob FlyntGayle Tufts talks with photographer/painter Bob Flynt about his photographs of Yoshiko and the company.

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PANEL #2 – Allyson Green, Elise Bernhardt and Gabriel Berry.

Allyson GreenAllyson Green talks about Yoshiko’s work and it’s impact on her.

Elise BernhardtElise Bernhardt talks about her inspiration from Yoshiko’s work.

Gabriel BerryGabriel Berry discusses her work making costumes for Yoshiko and the company.

2015.04.25_Chuma.253Yoshiko Chuma and Robert Black perform a duo with his bass.

2015.04.25_Chuma.259Robert Black behind Yoshiko in their duo.

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PANEL #3 – Jodi Melnick, Ursula Eagly and Mizuo Peck. (no photos)

2015.04.25_Chuma.317Gayle Tufts talks to the audience about her work performing in Germany/Austria.

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During the evening their were photographs of Yoshiko Chuma’s early performance days by Dona Ann McAdams, a scene from a film by Jacob Burckhardt (It Don’t Pay to be an Honest Citizen)1984

VIDEOS

 

During the panel discussion Deborah Jowitt reads excerpts from her reviews and experiences watching Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks.
Brian Moran talks about his early days working with Yoshiko Chuma &The School of Hard Knocks.

Recollections and remembrances of working with Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks by Lori E. Seid.
Introduced by Gayle Tufts. Part of the LaMama Etc series.

An example of the dance work done by Yoshiko Chuma & School of Hard Knocks is demonstrated by dancer Megumi Eda in a short solo piece.

During the evening Yoshiko Chuma and Robert Black engaged in an improv with nothing but his bass and bow and Yoshiko's dancing.
Nicky Paraiso sings and Dane Terry and Nicky do a piano relay.

One of the talents Gayle Tufts has is singing. Here she sings a song she wrote.
Accompanied by Nicky Paraiso on the piano and Robert Black on Bass.

Part of the Coffehouse Chronicles #125.
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“Spingtime in Nickyland” – The Club at LaMama – April 2015

SPRINGTIME IN NICKYLAND

Dedicated to Judith Malina (1926-2015) and Julie Wilson (1924-2015)

This show is curated and hosted by Nicky Paraiso

Special Guest MC was Pearse Redmond

The cast of character lineup for this show was terrific. Many downtown luminaries and friends.Pearce Redmond introduces the ShowPearse Redmond was the ‘Special Guest MC’ and introduced Nicky Paraiso

Nicky Paraiso starts the show with a song.Host Nicky Paraiso starts the show off with a zealous rendition of the song “You’re A Big Girl Now”.

2015.04.11_NickyP.087Salley May performed a new piece with a back up dance ensemble.

2015.04.11_NickyP.105Salley May and her dance ensemble. Jennifer Miller, Mike Iveson Jr, Cathy Weis, Annie Lanzillotto, Simba Yangala (not in that order)

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Heather Litteer performing at Nickyland.Heather Litteer performs her piece “Lemonade” about the Pyramid Lounge.

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"RonaldRonald Peel and his backup musicians performs some nice Sam Cooke songs.

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<a href=Edgar Oliver reads from his poetry.

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Nicky Paraiso and Mike Iverson Jr. sing a song.Nicky Paraiso and Mike Iverson Jr. sing a song.

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2015.04.11_NickyP.277Dance piece with Vicky Shick, Cathy Weis, Jennifer Miller, Jon Kinzel.

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Joseph Keckler singsJoseph Keckler sings with his unique voice.

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La Mama Ding-Ding ChorusReturn of the ‘LaMama Ding-Ding Chorus’.

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David Cale  tells a delightful story about his youth.David Cale tells a delightful story about his youth.

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Curtain Call for Nicky LandCurtain Call for ‘Springtime in Nickyland’.

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The night ended with an audience sing along of the song…

“There’s a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)”.

The Evening couldn’t have been possible without the help of the following LaMama personal:

Light and Sound Board Operator: Sarah Rae Murphy

Sound Design: Tim Schellenbaum

LaMama Technician: Jack Reynolds

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