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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – June 8th, 2020

Host Keith Nelson introduces the weeks news and show.

Keith Nelson performs his signature act ‘the spinning top’ to open the show.

The Kinesis Project is a collection of wonderful dancers who performed together.

Jonathan Burns gets into and out of a toilet seat and tennis racket with much comedy indeed!

Logan Kerr performed a beautiful tight wire act in the countryside.

Magician Nelson Lugo performed a wonderful rope routine.

Bindlestiff co-director and Open Stage host Keith Nelson performs another amazing trick.

Serenity performed a lovely aerial act in her back yard.

Brad Shur created and performed with some wonderful cardboard puppets.

Corn Mo entertained the viewers with his accordion and original songs.

‘Ask Hovey’ – This week Hovey Burgess discussed the circus bear and it’s history.

Aaron Bonk cracks whips like no one else. Juggling them and cracking!

Elena Sanders performed amazing contortions.

The cast takes their internet ‘curtain call’.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – April 20, 2020

This week’s edition of the Bindlestiff Open Stage had a terrific lineup of performers from all over the country. Usually presented at Dixon Place on the first Monday of every month, the Open Stage is now a weekly event on Mondays at 7:30 pm.

Bindlestiff co-founder Keith Nelson hosts the new ‘Quarantine Edition’ of the Variety Show

Jean Tae Francis performed a wonderful ‘Chinese yoyo‘ routine on the roof of an NYC building.

Logan Kerr performed a beautiful tight wire act outside in the woods.

The Lohr Family from Maryland did a 4 person club passing routine that was great!.

Brian Foley (Valley Variety) from Phoenix added ‘the littlest Vaudevillian to his act and sang a funny song about bananas.

Francis Stallings performed a stunning aerial act under the skies in Colorado.

Host Keith Nelson attempts the Kendama-Blockhead routine 3 times before being dismayed this time.

Honey Goodenough (as Funny Bunny) talked about the ‘human hibernation’ and was tickled pink that all the animals now had so much more freedom!

Curtis Eller sang a song about Busby Berkeley.

Ellie Steingraeber performed a wonderful routine (in her living room) which culminated with this hysterical ‘Hula-Hoop’ finale.

Zak McAllister and Stephen Doutt performed an assortment of unorthodox juggling routines in the kitchen including with toasters, skillets, toaster ovens, and electric mixers with oven gloves.

Next week on Monday at 7:30 pm another great show comes your way from the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show Quarantine Edition!

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Feb. 2020 – Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show

Every first Monday of the month the folks at Bindlestiff Family Cirkus put together a variety show with everyone invited. New performers and seasoned ones can all try out their acts on the lovely Dixon Place stage. This month was short and sweet! Only 9 acts!

Hosted by Keith Nelson of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus organization. A great performer with numerous skills from many performing arts disciplines. Here he is opening the show with his ‘Chinese yoyo’ act.

Luther Bangart followed Keith with some lovely poetic club juggling.

Book Kennison and Logan Kerr slowed down the evening with a musical duet.

The next act was something new for the delightful and very funny Joel Jeske. An excerpt from his new one-man show ‘The Artist Will Be With You in a Moment“.

Host Keith attempted to catch an imaginary bottle of water on an imaginary umbrella.

He did catch the small urn on the stick!

The charming and very talented mentalist Robin Channing startled the audience with his amazing skills. I thought of a word and told him my birthday and he had them written down on a post-it during his drive to the theater earlier that night!

After intermission, the show began with some political song from aerialist/singer/choreographer Cleo Carol Knopf.

The next act was Jacob D’Eustachio who recently returned from his working with UK based Giffords Circus. I photographed Jacob in 2009 performing at the Bindlestiff show and now he is back in NY for more juggling/comedy mischief.

Jacob started by juggling some machetes and then handed out lemons to quite a few audience members and ask that they throw them at him. He did cut a few in half with the machetes.

Recently relocated to NY, Rich Potter is a clown with lots of performing history up north. He is trying out material in NY. Tonight he performed a ‘surreal’ piece of comedic physical clown.

The last act of the evening was aerialist Nina Gershy musically accompanied by Book Kennison and Logan Kerr.

Every first Monday of the Month at Dixon Place! Lots of great acts and always surprises.

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Bindlestiff’s “brooklyn abridged” show at The Connelly Theater

Bindlestiff’s own Keith Nelson begins the wonderful show!

Ermiyas Muluken (from Ethopia) performs his amazing ‘ladder act’.

The multi-talented Cassady Rose Bonjo performed her ‘hula-hoop’ act.

Flying high above the stage was the remarkable Kenneth Stephen Neil.

Bringing the audience back to the sideshow Keith Nelson performs ‘blockhead’.

What goes into the head must come out. Keith removes the nail from his skull

Angela Buccinni and Yoni Kallal perform their wonderful acrobatic duo act.

Esther de Monteflores manipulates the cigar boxes with finese.

Cassady Rose Bonjo performs another of her many skills.

Esther de Monteflores performs a lovely and very unique slack wire act.

Ermiyas Muluken performs a ‘wild’ high rolla bolla act.

Curtain call for all the incredible performers at the ‘brooklyn abridged’ show.

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Composer/Music Director – Sxip Shirey

Audio Design – Kris Anton

Band – Sxip Shirey and Nathan Repasz

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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret @The Cutting Room

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret @The Cutting Room

What a treat! The Bindlestiff Family Circus Cabaret put together an ‘all-star’ lineup of talent for this show!

Directed by Michelle Matlock.

I was in the 2nd row so I didn’t get the best shots from that seat but I will share a few decent ones with you.

The Bindlestiff Family Circus band was so ‘on-point’ for all the acts. Great addition to the show. Live music makes a difference.

Eric Biondo and Robert Cowie.

(Sorry Eric and Robert- Could capture any shots of you from my seat)

Bindlestiff Co-founder Keith Nelson introduced the audience to the show’s lineup.

Multi-talented Chloe Somers opened the show with a beautiful aerial act.

The Great Kaplan (David Kaplan) mesmerized the audience with his magic.

After magically producing a candle it mistakenly (on purpose) caught his suit carnation on fire.

His credits are so long I will just link you to his webpage. A master indeed! Hysterical and very skilled.

After The Great Kaplan’s grandfather’s uke gets destroyed by a rogue bowling ball he gets consolation from Bindlestiff’s Co-Founder and stage manager Stephanie Monseu.

Keith Nelson entertained the audience with 2 classic vaudeville glass balancing stunts.

Chloe Somers returned to the stage by balancing  and walking on Champagne bottles

She then rearranged them in a different order/line and balanced/walked on them again.

Chloe Somers was fantastic in her skills.

The Great Kaplan returned to the stage playing a ‘turkey baster’.

Evan Ruggiero played the guitar brilliantly and tap danced with his peg-leg. 

Chloe Somers showed her multiple skill set by returning to the stage with her hula-hoop act.

Chloe Somers worked the hula-hoops with such charm and personality.

Keith Nelson performed his 8 spinning plate act.

Keith was successful in keeping all 8 plates spinning and catching the spoons in the glasses.

Mr. & Mrs. G finished off the show with their ‘crossbow’ act. Beautiful and daring indeed!

Mrs. G. (Naomi Brenkman) prepares her crossbow for shooting.

Both Mr. & Mrs. G. fired crossbows at one another in the act. Attempting to hit the target.

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One More show tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm!

For more information on Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and their upcoming events go here!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Keith Nelson – “A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular”

UPDATED POST!

The new show will OPEN May 4th thru the 14th!

Come and see it and have some real FUN!

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Presents

“A Cardboard & Duct Tape Spectacular”

2016.05.07Bindle_256Adam Kuchler doing a one arm balance planche.

2016.05.07Bindle_224Kinko the Clown (Keith Nelson) succeeds in spinning all 8 plates and getting the spoons in the cans!

2016.05.07Bindle_191Ekaterina performs a lovely aerial hoop act.

2016.05.07Bindle_367Bindlestiff Family Cirkus co-founder Stephanie Monseu rocks the house with her jumping rope skills.

2016.05.07Bindle_364Richie Maguire seems ‘gravity free’ in his wonderful acrobatic dance skills.

2016.05.07Bindle_343Peter Bufano, Nate Tucker and Adam Kuchler add a wonderful music touch to the show in this scene.

2016.05.07Bindle_297Adam Kuchler, Kinko, and Stephanie Monseu add the juggling to the cirkus that makes so fun!

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Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday Spectacular at Dixon Place – A Celebration!


Hovey Burgess speaks at the Opening of his Birthday Celebration.

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Cover of Souvenir Program

List of Acts performing at Spectacular Birthday Party

Phil Marsh, Jen Slaw, Kristin Olness, Dick Monday, Carla Rhodes, Zero Boy, Valerie Benoit, Trixie Little, Boo Boo Darlin, Michael Davis, Tara Quinn, Pinkie Special, Keith Nelson, Michelle Dortignac, Tanya Gagne, Lil’ Miss Lixx, Logan Kerr.

See Full Program here!

 2015.09.07_HoveyB.196Hovey opened the show with a nice talk. (see  video above)

Stephanie Monseu host the evening’s festivities.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.224Phil Marsh led the show off with a great rendition of Country Joe McDonald’s song. (see video)

2015.09.07_HoveyB.240Jen Slaw performed a beautiful cigar box and ball routine.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.342Kristin Olness performed an exquisite aerial hoop act.

Dick Monday played the saw and touched the audience’s funny bone in his unique way.

Carla Rhones and Cecil Sinclair tore up the house with the ‘Donald Trump’ impersonation.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.447-2Zero Boy performed a hysterical ‘Road Runner’ cartoon with his vocal sound fx and physical comedy.

Valerie Benoit and Tristan Nielsen performed a lyrical acrobatic act that was amazing.

Trixie Little and Boo Boo Darlin were the B’day cake surprises for Hovey.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.519Hovey looks on as Trixie and Boo Boo get ready to ‘bake the cake’ for Hovey.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.532The brilliant comedian Michael Davis was hilarious.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.545He explained to the audience that he wanted to do his ‘pingpongball’ act but Hovey insisted on juggling.

Michael Davis at Dixon PlaceMichael Davis’ finale was  juggling a machete, meat cleaver and hachet.

Tara Quinn at Dixon PlaceTara Quinn performed an amazing physical balance/contortion act.

Pinkie Special performed her hysterically physical ‘twirler’ act.

Keith Nelson at Dixon PlaceKeith Nelson introduces the audience to the sword and how deep it goes.

Keith NelsonKeith Nelson swallows the sword for the audience.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.791An aerial trio was performed by Michelle Dortignac(Left), Kris Olness (Top) and Tanya Gagne. (Left)

Hovey Burgess throws a ‘kiss’ to the audience as Paul Binder (left) and Stephanie Monseu stand nearby.

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