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The Slipper Room – needs your help!

The Slipper Room is a New York institution. A House of Variety!

The Slipper Room is facing serious financial difficulties.

I did a wonderful interview with producer James Habacker in 2016. I am posting it here for your viewing. In the meantime, I have put a link below the video to the GoFundMe campaign that is currently set up to help them make it back in one piece! Please Help!

HELP THE SLIPPER ROOM!

The Slipper Room – No Place Like it!

In the meantime, you can watch some of the ‘exile’ shows here!

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Tribute to Johnny Fox – Feb 1st @The Slipper Room

 

JOHNNY FOX

11/13/53 – 12/17/17 R.I.P.

A Master Sword Swallower/Magician/Street Performer/Busker/Person

The Slipper Room was set up with a lovely projection of Johnny Fox and one lit candle.

Slipper Room’s James Habacker set the mood for the evening with a story of his first meeting with Johnny Fox.

Thomas M. Cote

Joe Coleman

Lady Aye

Tomas Kubinek

Jelly Boy the Clown

Toby Logue

Adam Cardone

Terre Roche, formerly of the band The Roches.

Thanks to Norman Blake for supplying these wonderful photographs

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~And here is the video excerpt from that night’s speakers~

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And here are some videos of Johnny Fox!

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE FRREAKATORIUM

Disclaimer: If anyone present at this event is not mentioned here I apologize as I didn’t know everyone!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Cardone – Tribute to Johnny Fox

Cardone came over yesterday to tell me about the upcoming Tribute he is planning and producing with Slipper Room’s James Habacker.

A Tribute to our friend Johnny Fox

John Robert Fox (November 13, 1953 – December 17, 2017) 

~ A Celebration of the Life of Johnny Fox ~

Thursday, Feb. 1st 7:00 pm @The Slipper Room

John Robert Fox (November 13, 1953 – December 17, 2017) 

Click here for more information on this great event!

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Interview with Johnny Fox posted on Radio Vaudeville (from Busker Hall of Fame)

Johnny Fox performing the ‘tongue skewer’.

This podcast is called Stories from the Pitch for a reason, and this particular interview exemplifies this title more than most because Johnny Fox is a natural when it comes to telling stories. His life and his career have been filled with so many chapters, in fact, the stories came fast and furious.
The striking thing about Johnny’s stories is that they mix his experience with those from his mentors in a way that weaves a greater picture of how this Storyteller, Magician, Sword Swallower evolved into a well-established entertainer who’s been on the circuit since the 70’s. 
Guy Collins sat down with Johnny in his 1957 GMC vintage bus at the 2015 Maryland Renaissance Festival to discuss how he got started, who he was taught by and to touch on the sometimes uncomfortable topic of material that’s been appropriated from him over the years. The names, places, and events all helping to capture a slice of history from the Busking World.
For more of these great stories go here!  Busker Hall of Fame
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More Johnny Fox

Johnny Fox at his ‘Freakatorium’ located in the Lower East Side. Open from 1999 to 2005. 

From Wikipedia:

In June 1999, Fox opened the FreakatoriumEl Museo Loco, a museum of sideshow curiosities, on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. In the face of low numbers of visitors and rising rent, the museum was closed in January 2005. Fox was partly inspired to open the museum by his childhood visits to Hubert’s Museum and Flea Circus in Times Square. His collection of oddities includes narwhal tusks, an elephant’s-foot liquor chest, a two-headed turtle, a vest owned by General Tom Thumb, and the glass eye of Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Hope to see you all at The Slipper Room on Thursday to Celebrate Johnny Fox!

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Check out Vaudevisuals – Review – October 2016

Vaudevisuals Year in Review – October 2016

October was another busy month with interviews with Slipper Room‘s James Habacker, puppeteer Jessica Scott, The Secret Variety Society group, a Coffehouse Chronicle honoring puppeteer Theodora Skipitares and some photographic excerpts from my book In/Sights.

IN/SIGHTS – MOORE PHOTOGRAPHS – THOMAS LEABHART

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JAMES HABACKER – “THE SLIPPER ROOM”

IN/SIGHTS – MOORE PHOTOGRAPHS – DANIEL STEIN

“FINDING SOLITUDE” – AN EXHIBIT OF PHOTOGRAPHS BY JIM R MOORE

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA SCOTT – “SHIP OF FOOLS” @ HERE

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JAMES HABACKER – SLIPPERROOM PLAYERS

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH THE SECRET VARIETY SOCIETY

COFFEEHOUSE CHRONICLES #136 – THEODORA SKIPITARES – LAMAMA – OCTOBER 8TH, 2016

IN/SIGHTS – BIG APPLE CIRCUS CLOWNS – JEFF GORDON

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Exhibition of photographs by Jim R Moore / ‘Finding Solitude’. 

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Vaudevisuals interview with James Habacker – SlipperRoom Players

James Habacker is a busy man! When he is not running The Slipper Room or producing shows there he is writing and directing a movie.

Vaudevisuals caught up with performer/producer James Habacker at The Slipper Room last week. He talked about his new feature film that will be released on Oct 15th. “The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man” is directed and produced by James Habacker.

The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man is being released on Friday, October 15th for download worldwide and we’d like you to come along and help us celebrate. We’re holding a press launch party on 10/10 – and we’d love to see you there! Arrive early for complimentary drinks. Please RSVP at press@slipperroom.com

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Vaudevisuals interview with James Habacker – “The Slipper Room”

THE SLIPPER ROOM

I visited James Habacker on a weekday afternoon at The Slipper Room. We went to the balcony and I set up for this interview.

The Slipper Room is delightfully decorated in a New Orleans/English Music Hall fashion. Quaint and beautiful. Here is James talking about how he started it and where it is now.

For more information go to the wonderful website here.

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Glitter Gutter @ The Slipper Room – August 17, 2016

The Slipper Room is a great performance space! Like a ‘speakeasy’ in the Lower East Side.

Beautifully decorated and intimate as well. Most of the shows there are of a ‘burlesque’ nature.

I was there on Wednesday and photographed the ‘variety acts’ since this blog is all about ‘eccentric variety’.

2016.08.17.GlitterGut_015Mel Frye (James Habacker) hosts the show Glitter Gutter every Wednesday evening at 10 pm.

2016.08.17.GlitterGut_012Mel Frye – the host is a rather eccentric character that proclaims to be driven around in a limo with a chauffeur.

2016.08.17.GlitterGut_070Ellie Steingraeber – Hula Hoop mistress of madness performs a wild finale.

2016.08.17.GlitterGut_102Strap aerialist ‘Amadeus’ was wonderful in his ‘audition’ for the show.

2016.08.17.GlitterGut_106Gal Friday started her act off with a nice tame ‘bump and grind’.
2016.08.17.GlitterGut_132Carla Rhodes with Cecil Sinclair were hysterical.

2016.08.17.GlitterGut_139Velvet Crayon prepares his tongue for the upcoming pickle sucking portion of the act.

The Slipper Room has several shows each evening. Be sure to check out their calendar here.