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Vaudevisuals interview ~ Jim Turner ~ “The Merry UnBirthday” @Dixon Place 10/30 8 pm


A Merry Unbirthday

Join Jim Turner & Ellie Covan for a mutual birthday Raising Cain wrap party, with surprise guest Deb Margolin, special edition Bingo, and the raffle stops here!



Sun, Oct 25 at 1, 2, & 3PM (EDT) | Live Outdoors

Take a walking tour with Peculiar Works Project through the Lower East Side streets & experience real live theater, music, dance & more!

Wayward, A Cooking Show

Mon, Oct 26 at 7:30PM (EDT) | Virtual Live

Doyens Richard Bach & Michael Howett shepherd a virtual Donor Dinner! Cook along with them or simply simmer in their brassy banter & scandalous stories!

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Dixon Place Donor Dinner – ‘Wake Up Call’ – 9/25/2017


Lisa Kron – Tony Award Winner (Fun House) playwright, actress, and DP Alum

Mark Russell – Founder/Director of Public Theater’s ‘Under The Radar Festival’.

Joy Tomchin – Award Winning Documentary filmmaker, human rights activist & champion of the arts

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Performances by:

Arielle Rosales & Brinda Guha – Blazing rhythms of Flamenco & Kathak dance.

R. Sikoryak – Master satirist & cartoonish.

Chesney Snow – NY’s premiere beatboxer & Drama Desk Award winning actor, star of the musical ‘In Transit‘ on Broadway.

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HOSTED by the Inimitable

Nancy Giles – Actress, writer, Pundette & Emmy Award-winning contributor to ‘CBS Sunday Morning’.

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DP SAMARITAN DICK CONNETTE (Shhhh! it’s  a surprise!)

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Home-Cooked Creations by Richard Bach & Michael Hovett

Fall Flowers Generously Donated by Steven DeLaTorre & Carolyn Gregg – Flower Design L.P.

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DIXON PLACE – 161A Chrystie Street – New York NY 10012 – 212-219-0736

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Dixon Place Donor Dinner – Sept 20th, 2015


honoring James Lecesne, Virginia Louloudes and Emily Morgan

What is Dixon Place?

Dixon Place, an artistic incubator since 1986, is a non-profit institution committed to supporting the creative process by presenting original works of theater, dance, music, puppetry, circus arts, literature & visual art at all stages of development. Presenting over 1000 creators a year, this local haven inspires & encourages diverse artists of all stripes & callings to take risks, generate new ideas & consummate new practices.

The artist’s experience is given top priority through our professional atmosphere and remuneration, and their process is enhanced through the reaction of our adventurous audiences. Dixon Place is a local haven for creativity as well as an international model for the open exploration of the process of creation. If you have work that would be appropriate for Dixon Place, please read our open submissions policy.

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On Sept 20th Dixon Place organized an evening to end all evenings. Entertainment, great food and amazing dessert!

The Dixon Place Donor Dinner is an Annual Event that helps support Dixon Place. With an Auction, dinner, dessert and entertainment.

Here are some photographs from the evening’s festivities.

Master of Ceremonies: Keith Nelson

Performances by:


Monstah Black

David Cale

Nancy Giles

Victor Morales

Shye Sales


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Food Creation by:

Michael Howett and Richard Bach

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While walking down the stairs from the Lounge to the Theater I passed the studio which was occupied with the most amazing site.

The Dessert Table!

The Dessetrt Talble at Dixon Place Donor DinnerThe Dixon Place Donor Dinner had ample ‘desserts’ for the audience that attended.

The Auction tables had many items to bid on. Vacations in France, Upstate weekend getaways, Original art work, jewely etc.

Dixon Place Donor Dinner Auction tables.Auction items are previewed in the Lounge before the show.

Ellie Covan at Dixon Place Donor DinnerDixon Place founder and Artistic Director Ellie Covan introduces the evening.

Stew and David Cale sing a duet at Dixon Place Donor DinnerStew and David Cale sing a duet at the beginning of an amazing evening of entertainment.

Nancy Giles performs a piece from her personal experiences.Nancy Giles performs a hysterically funny piece from her personal experiences.

Keith Nelson MC the show and performed some wonderful classic vaudeville routines.Keith Nelson MC’ed the show and performed some wonderful classic vaudeville routines.

David Cale at Dixon Place Donor DiinnerDavid Cale performs a wonderful story about his days working in a record store in the UK.

James Lecesne at Dixon Place Donor DinnerJames Lecesne receives the Dixon Place Honor Award.

Virginia Louloudes at Dixon Place Donor DinnerVirginia Louloudes receives the Dixon Place Honor Award.

Emile Morgan speaks after receiving the Honor Award.Emily Morgan speaks after receiving the Dixon Place Honor Award.

Monstah Black performs a wild costumed piece.Monstah Black performs a wild costumed piece.

Shye Sales performs a beautiful love rap poem.Shye Sales performs a beautiful love rap poem.

2015.09.20_DP.245Dixon Place Board Member Eric Jensen celebrates his birthday with a lineup of candles to blow out.

A solo performance from ANIMALS with an excerpt from their upcoming show “CHASE: What Matters Most”.

2015.09.20_DP.253The cake at my table was so delicious! It was created by Dixon Place’s own Michael Griffith.

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For more information on or to contribute to Dixon Place please visit their website HERE! 

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“The Non-Denominational, Non-Sectarian, Non-Partisan, Holiday Spectacle” @ Dixon Place

Thursday Dec, 5th, 2013

Featuring the talents of Joseph Keckler, Erin Markey, Kenny Mellman and Dan Bartfield.

A lovely evening of great talent and delicious food.

Kenny Mellman opened the show at Dixon PlaceKenny Mellman opened the evening’s festivities with a wonderful song.

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Joseph Keckler at Dixon PlaceJoseph Keckler with some stories and song was next on the show

Joseph Keckler performing his songs on the piano.Joseph Keckler played the piano to accompany and sang some personal songs.

Joseph Keckler and Dan Bartfield at Dixon PlaceDan Bartfield on violin accompanied Joseph Keckler on a few beautiful songs.

Dan Bartfield was marvelous on the violin at Dixon Place.

Kenny Mellman accompanies Joseph Keckler at Dixon PlaceKenny Mellman accompanies Joseph Keckler later in the show.

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Erin Markey was brilliant in her personal songs.Erin Markey was brilliant in her personal songs.

Erin Markey performing at Dixon PlaceWith heartfelt emotion Erin Markey sang personal songs of loss.

A moment of charm by Erin Markey at Dixon PlaceErin Markey related to the audience in a moment of charm and personality.

Erin Markey sang a song at Dixon PlaceWhile singing a song about her previous career as a go-go dancer she knelt down and got up close and personal with me.

Erin Markey performing at Dixon PlaceAfter Joseph Keckler finished his last song Erin Market reappeared with another character and sang.

Champagne and desserts were served after the show and all attendees had a great time meeting up and chatting with friends.

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Dixon Place would like to THANK the following individuals for making the season possible:

Eric and Anne Jensen

Yoshiko Kasuga and Carle Groome

Leslie S. Kogod

Victoria Labalme

Gary and Sue Mescher

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For more information on Dixon Place check out their website here!

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The Tom Murrin Performance Award @ Dixon Place – April 25th, 2013 – Award Winners “ANIMALS”

A great night for all those that attended.

The Tommy Award has been established to honor Tom Murrin’s life & work by offering a transformative career opportunity to an outstanding artist or company.

Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement supplied the rockin music for the evening.Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement supplied the rockin music for the evening.

Performanz artist Pat Oleszko host the toast to Tom Murrin

Performanz artist Pat Oleszko host the toast to Tom Murrin.

Dixon Place founder and Artistic director opens the night with a nice talk about Tom.

Dixon Place founder and Artistic director Ellie Covan opens the night with a nice talk about Tom.

Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz add spice to the evening's festivities.

Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz add spice to the evening’s festivities.

Patricia Sullivan talks about her first meeting Tom.

Patricia Sullivan talks about her first meeting Tom.

Tommy Award Winning group ANIMALS video is projected.

Tommy Award Winning group ANIMALS video is projected.

The audience at the event was there when I took this picture.

Ellie Covan introduced me and I got up and took this photograph of the audience.

Pat Oleszko talks about the award she designed for the event.

Pat Oleszko talks about the award she designed for the event.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi present the award to ANIMALS.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi present the award to ANIMALS.

ANIMALS performance group.

ANIMALS performance group. (l. to r. Michael De Angelis, Nikki Calonge, and Mike Mikos)

Elated ANIMALS group.

Elated about this TOMMY award the ANIMALS group express it.

Uncle Jimmy's Dirty Basement

Uncle Jimmy’s Dirty Basement finishes the night off.

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Video interview with ANIMALS on Vaudevisuals here.

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Panelist for the 1st Annual Tommy Award:

Noel Allain (Bushwick Starr)

Arthur Aviles (Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance)

Michael Cross Burke (Trinity/LaMama)

Ellie Covan (Dixon Place)

Katy Einerson (Dixon Place)

James Godwin (Performance Artist)

Jeffrey Jones (Little Theatre)

Salley May (Performance Artist

Nicky Paraiso (La Mama)

Samara Naeymi (Incubator Arts Project)

Brian Rodgers (The Chocolate Factory)

Lucy Sexton (Performer, Producer, Director)

Patricia Sullivan (Photographer & Tom’s wife)

Marya Warshaw (Brooklyn Arts Exchange)

Martha Wilson (Franklin Furnace)

Abrons Art Center Avant_Garde_Arama Film Performing Arts

PS122 – “Avant-Garde-Arama” @ Abrons Arts Center – DAY 2 – Sat. April 13, 2013

Saturday night was the second of a two night celebration of performance artist Tom Murrin (aka Alien Comic) presented at the gorgeous Abrons Arts Center in the Lower East Side.

The lineup for Sat night’s show was as follows:

Lucy Sexton and Mike Iverson (Co-hosts)

Jason SchulerThe Operating Theater Company

Unitard – Mike Albo, Nora Burns and David IIku

 Chris Tanner

Jeremy X Halpern

Andrew Schneider (YOUARENOTHERE)

Jo Andres (Video featuring Steve Buscemi)


Laurie Berg

 Mimi Goese

[title of show] includes Susan Blackwell, Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Heidi Blickenstaff, Larry Pressgrove, Michael Berresse

Here are some images from Saturday evening’s show.

The Mob Dance @ Avant Garde Arama

The Avant Garde Arama ‘dancers’ perform the Tom Mob dance.


Celebrating the Full Moon of Tom Murrin with one of his routines performed on Sat. night.

CoHosts Mike Iverson and Lucy Sexton

CoHosts Mike Iverson and Lucy Sexton

Chris Tanner performing at Avant Garde Arama

Chris Tanner performing a monolog followed by a song.

Unitard Comedy group performing at Avant Garde Arama

Unitard Comedy group performing at Avant Garde Arama

Steve Buscemi featured in Jo Andres film.

Steve Buscemi featured in Jo Andres film “When the Curtain Comes Down” based on a song by Diana Krall.

Laurie Berg dances up a storm.

Laurie Berg dances up a sultry storm.


[title of show] /Now. Here. This. – Original Cast members.

Andrew Schneider performing at Avant Garde Arama

Andrew Schneider performing with interactive electronics.

Cohost Lucy Sexton

Cohost Lucy Sexton introducing the next act.


Production/Stage manager Lori E. Seid shows PS122 Director Vallejo Gartner that his time is up to finish his beer.


Dixon Place founder and Director Ellie Covan explains the new ‘TOMMY” awards to the audience.


R. Sikoryak reads from Moby Dick for this ’40secondstreet’ piece. One one leg!


Alice Krugler performs a ’40secondstreet’ segment.


Salley May talks about the ’40secondstreet’ segment to the audience.

Gary Ray performs in '40secondstreet' segment to get something 'off his chest' as he explained to me later!

Gary Ray  performs in ’40secondstreet’ segment to get something ‘off his chest’ as he explained to me later!

Helen dances up a storm for the audience.

A regular at the ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ for many years, Helen dances up a storm for the audience. (she is 90 yrs old)


The audience went wild when Helen was dancing on stage.


Mimi Goese performs a beautiful song and performance piece to music by Kevin Macleod and How How.


Nurse Baby Aspargus towering of the body of Lucy Sexton. (Cohosts of the show)


The Operating Theater Company (with Jason Schuler) performed a hysterical ‘hippie cast’ play.

Tigger performs a wild routine.

James (Tigger) Ferguson performed a wild and crazy ‘boylesque’ piece with smashing apples together that covered the front row audience members.

Dixon Place Performing Arts Photography Sideshow Video

Vaudevisuals Interview with Nancy Giles – “Further Adventures of the Accidental Pundette” – Dixon Place – Feb

Opening in Feb is Gracie Award winning CBS Sunday Morning pundette NANCY GILES!
The interview is 'what inspired' Nancy to write and perform in her own one-woman show?
Directed by Ellie Covan and presented at Dixon Place every Friday and Sat. at 7:30.

For tickets and information go here:

Interview originally on:

Dance LaMaMa etc Magic Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts

Celebrating the Life of Tom Murrin @ La Mama Ellen Stewart Theater – Sunday June 3rd 2012

Patricia Sullivan welcomes you to an afternoon of words, images and performances honoring the beloved

TOM MURRIN (1939 – 2012)

Performance Artist, Playwright, Writer, Friend.

(Highlights from this wonderful event generously hosted by La Mama’s Ellen Stewart Theater.)

Pat Olezko‘s Inflatables greeted you at the entrance to La Mama for the Tom Murrin Celebration.

Tom Murrin’s desk was on display in the entrance.

Luna Macaroona Blessing by Annabel Sexton-Daltry and Salley and Louise May.

Agosta Machado with the Luna Macaroona Blessing.

Patricia Sullivan reads some very personal funny things about her husband.

Lucy Sexton was an amazing MC for this event. Wig and mask in hand.

Mimi Goese and Dick Connette perform ‘Fixing a Hole’ by the Beatles.

Jo Andres and Steve Buscemi share some hilarious stories about Tom.

Nicky Paraiso sings and gets the audience to participate in a ‘sing-a-long’.

Cary Curran dances a beautiful piece that Tom would have loved.

Mark Mitton levitates a table with the help of Tom’s sister.

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A tax deductible donation can me made in support of Tom’s Archives.

Make checks payable to “Artspire, A Program of NYFA”

In the memo line indicate “The Legend of Alien Comic”.

Mail to: Artspire, A Program of NYFA, Fiscal Sponsorship Program

20 Jay Street, 7th FLoor, Brooklyn NY 11201

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Other speakers of the evening included:

Jane Friedman

John Vaccaro

Ellie Covan

Message from Mark Russell

Carlo McCormack

Message from Alex Souldancer

Alien Comic Video edited by Larry Fessenden

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Thanks to Lori E. Seid and Bill Schaffner for making the great evening’s TECHNICAL brilliance.

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Dixon Place 25th Anniversary Donor Dinner – Sunday April 10, 2011


The Dixon Place theater was decked out for this really special event!

I was able to get into the space before the quests arrived and get a glimpse of the wonderful setup.

The food was terrific (Catered by Marion’s A Go-Go)and the wine was delicious.

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The Dixon Place ‘Fearless’ leader and founder Ellie Covan started the evening off.

The Mistress of Ceremonies for the evening was none other than “World Famous *Bob*.”

Introdroducing the first act of the evening.

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Leah Coloff

Extraordinary cellist/singer

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Laughing it up with the audience ‘BOB’ introduces the next act.

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James Godwin

Outre puppeteer James Godwin performs a ‘bunraku’ style puppet piece in low light. Hysterical!

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Karen Kandel

Downtown theatre legend  performs a heart felt poem to a jazz track. Captivating!

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Danielle King

An amazing display of aerial pyrotechnics in the tradition of The Matrix.

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Geo Wyeth

Musical Maven

A solo drum and piano piece showed us his vast spectrum of musical talent.

Candice Strongwater snapped this picture of a very attentive audience during Geo Wyeth’s piano piece.

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Catherine Porter and Ellie Covan award the Donors their evenings ‘Prizes”

Dick Connette describes his original involvement with Dixon Place and Ellie Covan.

Wonderful story and could have only happened in New York!

The 25th Anniversary GUESTS OF HONOR whose generosity made the new Dixon Place possible.

Dick Connette, Composer and former DP Board Member

Donn Russell, The Peg Santvoord Foundation

David Hapgood and Pierre Tonachel, The Katherine Dalglish Foundation

Charles Blaichman, Jack Glazer and Bella B. Sekons, GB Construction

Dixon Place and all those that have attended shows and will in the future would like to THANK  ALL OF YOU!


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“World Famous *Bob*” introduces the last act of the evening. From her favorite community in NY.

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Archie Burnett and Javier (Madrid) Ninja

Vogue masters forsure!

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After THANKING all the donors/supporters and fans of Dixon Place and making them realize

that ‘we wouldn’t be here without you’…Ellie walked off the stage into the theatre/dining area with a great spirit

thinking about the New Dixon Place~

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Those behind the scene people that make Dixon Place work day to day include:

The Board of Directors: Richard Bach, Patricia Flanagan, Michael Howett, Eric Jensen, Emily Morgan.

All of the interns that make the place WORK SO SMOOTH!

For more information about Dixon Place and a calender of performances check out this link!

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Dixon Place 25th Anniversary Open House – April 7th 2011

Hosted by DP’s Founding Director ELLIE COVAN & the glamorous MARTI GOULD CUMMINGS

Marti Gould Cummings announcing the next act.

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Art/Pop/dance Music

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Soulful original songs.

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Tantalizing piano music.

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LUMBEROB (aka Rob Erickson)

Offbeat tales and electronic voice manipulations.

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Tonight was the OPENING of the Dixon Place retrospective – A work-in-progress collection

of materials from the archives of Dixon Place’s 25 years showcasing as a laboratory for performing

and literary artists.

For more information and the calender of upcoming events go here.

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ALL PHOTOGRAPHS © 2011 Jim Moore