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Vaudevisuals Interview with Gary Ray – “Darinka”

Darinka Membership Card

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Alien Comic and DanceNoise at Darinka Flyer from 1985.

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Darinka interior archive shot.

‘They Might Be Giants’ performing at Darinka.

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The archives from Darinka were donated to The Fales Library & Special Collections at NYU. Here is a Biographical/Historical note from the archives.

Darinka: A Performance Studio was opened on April 21, 1984, by Gary Ray Bugarcic (aka Gary Ray). The club served as a venue for artists of all disciplines, including performance, theatre, music, dance, film, video, fine art, and poetry and prose. In keeping with the Eastern European roots of the East Village/Lower East Side, the club was named after Gary’s mother, who was Croatian-born. Darinka is a derivative of the Slavic word dar, meaning “gift.”

The club was located at 118 East First Street, two doors down from Avenue A, and had a speakeasy type entrance under the residential stoop of the building. Up to the late 1970s, the space was used as a local Italian Social Club until a fire destroyed it. During the renovation of the space, all the old charred beams were laid in the backyard to provide an urban rustic wood patio enjoyed by patrons during the hot summer months. The interior of the club had a small proscenium stage that was described by many as looking like a live television. A variety of local painters such as James Romberger and Mark Kostabi showed their work on the walls of the club until the permanent murals and stencils were painted. Regular performers included They Might Be Giants (considered the house band), performance artist Steve Buscemi (still a fireman when he started performing), Karen Finley, Jack Smith, Charles Long, William Pope L., Kembra Pfahler, Nick Zedd, Anna Deavere Smith, and John S. Hall. In addition, there were many writers who read during the Sunday prose and poetry nights, including Darius James, Patrick McGrath, Hal Sirowitz, Lynne Tillman, Mark Dery, Nina Zivancevic, Peter Cherches, Bob Holman, Ira Cohen and Taylor Meade.

On June 29, 1985, the NYPD raided the club during a mushroom party and performance by artists David West and Andy Somma. Gary Ray and the bartender, Robin Clements, were arrested for operating an unlicensed bottle club. Several months later Darinka reopened as a private club with Randy Lee Hartwig and John Gernand as managers. As a private club, each new member would fill out a membership application card upon entrance. The application cards were kept in a file near the door in case of a police inquiry. Membership cards were also distributed.

Darinka was the first home of “The Church of the Little Green Man.” The church was founded by conceptual artist Mike Osterhout and had its first service in December of 1986. Darinka closed in May of 1987.

Articles mentioning Darinka have appeared in The Village Voice,  New York magazine,  Performance,  East Village Eye,  Toronto Globe and Mail,  The New York Times, and  The Drama Review (Spring 1985). The club is also acknowledged in the documentary  Gigantic: A Tale Of Two Johns.

Gary Ray Bugarcic, a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, has worked as an actor and stage director in almost every downtown New York theatrical venue. As a musician, he played in several bands, including State of Desire and The Academy, which performed regularly at CBGB and Danceteria before opening Darinka. After closing the club he toured with Karen Finley in her play  The Theory of Total Blame and worked with The Ridge Theatre Company as well as with Kestutis Nakas and in Jeff Weiss’s “Hot Keys.” He has also appeared in such indie films as Todd Haynes’  Poison and  Desperately Seeking Susan.  New Blood magazine published his poetry in the 1980s and his “3-D Lenticular Photographs of the Eighties” have been shown in several New York City galleries, including the Participant Gallery.

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Here is a calendar list that Gary provided me to give an idea of the lineup that appeared every week at Darinka in 1985.

1/4, Ted Sputnik & his Orchestra plus the music of Kid Ego (Gary Quasar), plus performance with Mike Smith.

 1/5,  Show of Force, films and performance w/ Richard Kern and Brian Moran.

 1/6,  Short stories & Poetry w/ M.Kasper, Kennon Raines, Sadik Sedan (Sedik Grice), Bruce Benderson and Lisa Blauchild.

 1/11, performance w/ Leonard Grendel in “Do You Want to Fight $11,750,000 ?” plus music w/ Tom Cora.

1/12,  Accordion Summit # 2 presented by Zeena Parkins w/ the B’Z’s Squeezes and Billy Swindler and the Happy New Yorkers. Also Guy Klusevek performed.

 1/13,  Poetry w/ Robert Kendall and friends.

 1/18, They Might Be Giants, plus the music of Bond Bergland.

 1/19,  Films by Mark Kehoe including; “Revenge of the Amazons,” “Metal Madam,” and “The Naked Hiptress.” Plus performance w/ Michael Smith and the music of Burnt Orange.

1/20,  Poetry w/ Amy Shaipiro & friends with Sharon Gannon, David Life, Sue Ann Harkey, Judy Berger, Eric Eddy, and Stephen Paul Miller.

 1/25, Performance w/ Cindy Frawely’s  “War Dreams,” plus video & performance w/ Steve Thurston and James Minnis.

 1/26,  Directart Productions Ltd. Present A Cavalcade of films. “Three Step” & “Minute of Mystery,” animation by Joey Ahlbum and “Bass Line” & “Devil Movie’ by Barry Masterson, “Dapple-Grey’ & Dirt Road” by Leslie Pascel-Laufer, “Soul City” by M.Henry Jones, “Bloody Stump” by Michael Wolfe & Sidney Gilbert. “A Portrait of the Man’ by Fabio Roberti & Directart Films. Plus 2 films about the local band The Jickets; “Good Lovin’ Guitar Man” and “Heterosexual Love” by Directart Films.

 

1/27,  Celebrate Sir Thomas Wyatt’s Birthday “ The Disciplines of Distress” a play by Greg Masters & Jeff Wright w/ Elinor Nauen, Doris Kornish, Francesca Shrady, Blair Breard, Jeff Wright  and Greg Masters. Plus readings by Carla Liss, Don Yorty, Mayer, Hamilton and Mastersschiff.

 2/3,  The Tweed Theatre presents: Tzara’s “The Gas Heart.” Directed by Kevin Malony. Plus Club 86’ed w/ Mike Golden, Bob Riedel, Meegan McCombs, Rusty Hoover, Janet Cannon, Phil Herter and Mike Schwartz.

 2/8,  music and dance w/ Gregg Bendian, Ned Rothenberg, Sally Silvers and Pooh Kaye.

 2/9,  “A Hollow Venus (the Diary of a GoGo Dancer),” performance w/ Heather Woodbury.

 2/10,  Hard Boiled Night of Readings curated by Peter Cherches w/ Bill Dupp, Jim Strahs, Lee Eiferman and Sue Weinstein.

 2/15,  Nancy Cassaro’s “Be My Valantine” w/Otis Jah Baker, DeWitt Mebane, Jennie Moreau, Mark Nassar, Hal Simons and Moira Wilson.

 2/16,  Barbara Lehmann’s “Physical Education” performance concerning her medical history.

 2/16,  Music – Hugo Largo- w/ Mimi Goese.

 2/23-24, They Might Be Giants plus performance with Watchface.

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Thanks to Gary Ray for this interview!

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LaMaMa etc Music Performing Arts The Kitchen Video

Dane Terry – Piano Solo at “And That’s How The Rent Gets Paid” – The Kitchen July 14, 2015

A celebration of the work of Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez at The Kitchen.
La Mama’s Nicky Paraiso introduced Dane Terry. A young, charming performer.

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Music Performing Arts The Kitchen Video

The Hot Keys Alumni Glee Club @ The Kitchen – July 14, 2015

Vaudevisuals was at The Kitchen to video tape this wonderful performance by The Hot Keys Alumni Glee Club. Leading the group is Nicky Paraiso and taking the lead vocal is Rick Sheinmel.
Part of a 3 day celebration of the work of Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez.

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LaMaMa etc Performing Arts Physical Theater The Kitchen Video Women

“Persky and the Rookie: Surveillance” – Presented at The Kitchen – July 14th, 2015

AND THAT’S HOW THE RENT GETS PAID

By, with and for Richard C. Martinez and Jeff Weiss

Presented at The Kitchen

This is a video of Play #8 in the series of 16 presented on Tues. July 14th.

PERSKY AND THE ROOKIE: SURVEILLANCE

featuring:

Nicky Paraiso as WOO

Kate Valk as PERSKY

Directed by Brooke O’Harra

– A video excerpt from one of the plays written by Richard C. Martinez and Jeff Weiss. Presented at The Kitchen, NYC as part of:
AND THAT'S HOW THE RENT GETS PAID
A 3 Day Celebration of Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez.

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Comedy LaMaMa etc Performing Arts The Kitchen

“Pratt Borrows A Cup of Sugar from Flossie Nagahara” – Presented at The Kitchen – July 14th, 2015

AND THAT’S HOW THE RENT GETS PAID

By, with and for Richard C. Martinez and Jeff Weiss

Presented at The Kitchen

This is a video of Play #7 in the series of 16 presented on Tues. July 14th.

PRATT BORROWS A CUP OF SUGAR FROM FLOSSIE NAGAHARA

featuring:

Jiro Ueno as FLOSSIE

David Cale as PRATT

Directed by Brooke O’Harra

Presented at The Kitchen, NYC as part of:
AND THAT'S HOW THE RENT GETS PAID
A Celebration of Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez.

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LaMaMa etc Performing Arts Physical Theater The Kitchen Video Women

“Connie Gets A Call One Crucial Night” – Presented at The Kitchen – July 14th, 2015

AND THAT’S HOW THE RENT GETS PAID

By, with and for Richard C. Martinez and Jeff Weiss

Presented at The Kitchen

This is a video of Play #9 in the series of 16 presented on Tues. July 14th.

CONNIE GETS A CALL ONE CRUCIAL NIGHT

featuring:

Becca Blackwell as CONNIE

Dorothy Cantwell as ANNIE

Dan Peeples as BOY

Directed by Brooke O’Harra

Part of the 3 day celebration of Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez at The Kitchen.

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‘And That’s How the Rent Gets Paid’ @ The Kitchen – July 14th, 2015

Jeff Weiss & Richard C. Martinez:

AND THAT’S HOW THE RENT GETS PAID

Presented at The Kitchen

Directed by Brooke O’Harra

Musical Direction by Nicky Paraiso

Jeff Weiss at The KitchenDowntown performer/playwright Jeff Weiss at the special 3 night event presented at The Kitchen.

A series of plays written by Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez were presented on July 14th. The event also took place on July 15th and 16th.

These photographs and videos are from the July 14th presentation.

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DADDY AND BILLY – The Picnic

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ROBIN & JOJO DISCUSS THE BUSINESS

Heather Littleer and Brian Byus perform at The KitchenBrian Byus (JOJO) and Heather Litteer (ROBIN) get into some domestic heated discussion.

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STONE HARBOR, NEW JERSEY. A CONDOMINIUM ON 111th STREET

Andrea Darriau and Shane Baker perform at The Kitchen.Andrea Darriau (VICKI) and Shane Baker (SOL) discuss their upcoming trip to Atlantic City to meet Frank Sinatra.

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TOM AND NONA PERSKY AT HOME

Kate Valk at The Kitchen” width=”720″ height=”590″ />Mary Shultz (NONA) looks on in despair as Kate Valk (Tom Persky) walks away.

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ROOM 122. THE BATHS. CONNIE’S PLACE, NYC

2015.07.14_JWeiss.124Jim Fletcher (BJORN) tells another story to Brian Liem (BILL) as he sticks out his tongue.

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PRATT BORROWS A CUP OF SUGAR FROM FLOSSIE NAGAHARA

Jiro Ueno at The Kitchen” width=”720″ height=”569″ />Jiro Ueno (FLOSSIE) startles his visitor David Cale (PRATT) while he just wanted to borrow some sugar.

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PERSKY AND THE ROOKIE: SURVEILLANCE

Kate Valk and Nicky Paraiso at The KitchenKate Valk (PERSKY) looks at some nice views as Nicky Paraiso (WOO) gets excited having already seen it.

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ZERO HOUR AT DICKY’S: Part Three

2015.07.14_JWeiss.181Brian Byus (JOJO) looks down as Gary Ray (DICKY) confronts him at the bar. Moe Angelos (PECS) looks on.

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CONNIE AND MAMA SCENE

2015.07.14_JWeiss.209Becca Blackwell (CONNIE) looks over the table to Brenda Cummings (MAMA) in this touching scene.

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NICK GRUNDOWSKI INTERROGATES DICKY

2015.07.14_JWeiss.263Hye Young Chyun (STEWART) on left looks on as Gary Ray (DICKY) is crazed looking at the horrendous photographs. Danny Ryan looks down.

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THE BEACH HOUSE: STONE HARBOR

Jane Bradley and Dan Peeples at The Kitchen.Jane Bradley (LOIS) sits atop of Dan Peeples (Wesley) in this sexy scene.

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CONNIE  VISITS HIS SISTER IN THE STATE HOSPITAL

2015.07.14_JWeiss.323Becca Blackwell (Connie) visits the hospital where Dorothy Cantwell (ANNIE) is residing.

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There were a few other scenes which I did not get a chance to document.

The final song to cap off a great night of theater by Jeff Weiss and Richard C. Martinez.
Presented at The Kitchen, NYC
Directed by Brooke O'Harra and Musical Direction by Nicky Paraiso.
The end of the video has a special "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" song for Brooke O'Harra.

©2015 Jim R. Moore

Will be posting more videos from this evening’s festivities in the next few days.

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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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Old School 122 Benefit – First Night – June 22, 2011

Every Waking Hour We Weave

The First Night Celebration and Conclusion of 30th Anniversary of PS122.

The Grand Finale of the physical space that PS122 has utilized for the last 30 years as a performance space.

Vallejo Gantner – Artistic Director of Performance Space 122 gets the show going!

Ms’s for the evening: David White and Julie Atlas Muz

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The TEAM

Performing an excerpt of their show “Mission Drift”.

The cast of The TEAM taking their curtain call.

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JOHN FLECK
A video excerpt: Johnny’s Got a Gun

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OKWUI OKPOKWASILI

Okwui Okpokwasili reads from her letters as a young girl.

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JEFF MCMAHON

Jeff McMahon reaches for the stars in his wonderful literary work KNOW HIM.

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YOSHIKO CHUMA

Working with a small flashlight and projections she captured the audience so thoroughly.

A wonderful dancer and political activist.

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YVONNE MEIER

Yvonne Meier with Arturo Vidich and Aki Sasamoto moving to absurd verbal scores.

Bizarre verbal scores for the two dancers Arturo Vidich and Aki Sasamoto.

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LeeSaar The Company

A delightful work with dancers.

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Temporary Distortion

‘Americana Kamikaze’ revealed a humourous look at relationships and their verbal manifestations.

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PENNY ARCADE

A Brief History of my Life at Performance Space 122 (Or how I survive being an original and innovative artist past the age of 40)

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NICK PARAISO

Asian Boy alone at last (finally) farewell to old school nights.

The text is by Jeff Weiss and Nicky Paraiso

Part minstrel and cabaret singer. Nick Paraiso belted out emotional songs like it was his last.

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THURSTON MOORE and JOHN ZORN

Julia Atlas Muz gets her iphone shot with John Zorn before the music starts.

Thurston Moore and John Zorn made ‘Beneficial music’ for the audience.

The next post will be the LAST performance at PS122 as we know it now!

Stay tuned for more visual mayhem.

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