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Quentin Crisp Interview on David Letterman ~ 1982

Quentin Crisp on Wikipedia

Quentin Crisp was born on Christmas Day 1908 in Sutton, a suburb of London. After leaving school he became an illustrator and a designer of book covers before spending the next 35 years of his life as an artists’ model. In 1981 he moved to New York City and became a resident alien, living in a one-bedroom flat in Chelsea which he famously never cleaned (“After the first four years the dirt doesn’t get any worse”), and describing himself as a “resident waif.” He died in 1999, just one month short of his 91st birthday.

Suffice to say that this unemployed man with little formal education remains a sparkling wit, intellectual, philosopher and style arbiter who is unlikely ever to be matched. Quentin Crisp puts Oscar Wilde to shame”.

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Dixon Place Jazz Performing Arts Tap Dance

Hank Smith – “The Story of Tap” at Dixon Place

Saturday, April 8th @7:30 pm


“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 of experience by telling their stories through words, movement and music. It’s all an improvisation. The story keeps going…

Guests Mickey Davidson, Bernice Brooks and Frank Owens

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Hank Smith has done mime, clowning, dance, photography, video and television production. For twenty years he was a Stage Manager on Sesame Street, also functioning as Associate Director, Actor and Choreographer. As a tap dancer and educator, he has participated in the NY Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day’s Tap Extravaganza, the Tradition In Tap Experiences, NY Tap City and NJ Tap Festival. His performance work has also been presented in and around the NYC area. A retired Associate Professor Emeritus at Bloomfield College, New Jersey, he has two blogs and is writing a book about his creative journey.

Mickey Davidson, dancer, teacher, choreographer has worked with Sounds in Motion Dance Company, Norma Miller’s Lindy Hoppers, Frankie Manning, Charles “Cookie” Cook, Buster Brown, Harriet ”Quicksand” Brown, Savoy Swingers, Roots of Brazil, Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, Ahmed Abdullah, Oliver Lake and Ntozake Shange, among others. She is primary choreographer for her company, MICKEY D. & FRIENDS, a group of dancers and musicians exploring the relationship between music and dance. She does numerous residencies for schools, community centers along with staff development workshops. Ms. Davidson taught Jazz Dance and Tap as Artist-in-Residence at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut for seventeen years.

Bernice Brooks has been a professional drummer for over forty years. She has toured nationally and internationally playing jazz, gospel, and blues rhythms, working with Tito Puente, Patti LaBelle and Gregory Hines. She is active in the tap community, drumming for NY Tap City and the NY Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day’s Tap Extravaganza, where she received a Flo-Bert Award in 2015. She is an educator/artist-in-residence in the tri-state area teaching buckets, samba, reggae, traditional drumming and video production. She has a passion for music, working in every genre, her secret to success in a male-dominated industry.

Frank Owens has a vast musical background. He has been the musical director for Johnny Mathis, Chubby Checker, Melba Moore, Johnny Nash, Connie Frances, John Denver, Freda Payne, Ruth Brown, Petula Clark and Lena Horne, to name a few. He was conductor and pianist for the Broadway production of “Ain’t Misbehavin’” and Maurice Hines’ “Uptown It’s Hot” and was also musical director for the first David Letterman Show in 1980, airing mornings on NBC-TV. He is the musical director for the annual NY Committee to Celebrate National Tap Dance Day’s Tap Extravaganza and hosts a weekly open mic run by Cobi Narita.

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General Admission

$15 in advance

$18 at the door




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Film Juggling Magic Music Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts

Chris McDaniel – “Ropes, Whips and Songs About Cows” at Canal Park Playhouse

This was originally posted in 2012 but Chris should be highlighted again since his act is so wonderful and unique. His show at the Canal Park Playhouse was terrific! (since then has closed its doors but remains a lovely Bed and Breakfast – The Canal Park Inn

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Chris McDaniel is one of the ‘rare’ Western Arts Showman that has charmed audiences worldwide with his trick roping, bull-whip and down-home classic singing.

Currently with a new show at the Canal Park Playhouse titled “Ropes, Whips, and Songs about Cows”.

I stopped by during this dress/tech rehearsal and got some photographs of this very original, delightful show.

“THIS is something!”
David Letterman,
The Late Show

Chris McDaniel talks about his favorite cowboy side kick Gabby Hays.

Chris McDaniel talks to the audience informally about the ‘whip’ and it’s safety precautions.

Chris cracks his whips in a demonstration for the audience.

Breaking a piece of hard pasta with his whip cracking.

Singing songs of the old wild west is something Chris McDaniel does really well.

A old fashion song deserves an old-fashioned look. Chris McDaniel sings the Coyote song.

“Mr. McDaniel is a man of immense charm…he’s a real artist”

NY Observer

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For more information on Chris McDaniel check out his website here!