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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue @ Galapagos Art Space

With the news that Galapagos Arts Space is moving to Detroit, I wanted to post a series of photographs that I took while I documented the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue there.
Here is a video collage and a few images from that series.
Currently Bindlestiff is presenting it’s monthly series (1st Monday of Every Month) at Dixon Place.

Jen Slaw Juggler
Jen Slaw – Juggler

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Keith Nelson – Host of Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

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Catahoula Cajun Music Band

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Stephanie Monseau on the ‘Rola-Bola’.

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Magician/Ventroliquist Dave Cremmin

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Aerialist Amy Chen

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Clown/Comedian Jeff Seal

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Zero Boy with Tanya Elchuk

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Rob Lok

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Michael Richter

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Jan Damm

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Ekat MissEkaterina

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Magic Brian

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Sincerely Yours

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Le Gateau Chocalat

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Amazing Amy

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Cast of Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue at Galapagos Art Space.
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Dance Film Juggling Loose Caboose Vaudeville Revue Performing Arts Photography Variety Arts

The Loose Caboose – ‘un vaudeville spectale’ at Bowery Poetry Club – June 22, 2012

Hosted by the One and Only

The Legendary JOE FRANKLIN

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Great Evening for Vaudeville and Burlesque!

To open the show was the comedian and social commentator Nick Vatterott

Nick Vatterott performs comedy using character and social commentary.

A funny commentary on the cell phones and communication hit the audience’s funny bone!

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Michael Richter performs many acts but tonight he spun some plates over the audience.

Michael Richter performs some amazing plate juggling.

Michael Richter balances a plate way above the stage.

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Couples therapy with Shane Webb and Adam Wilson.

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Titillating Tansy removes her gloves with her teeth in a most ‘titillating’ way.

That look of love from Titillating Tansy!

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Mr Gorgeous performs in his new Superhero outfit.

Mr Gorgeous performs in his new Superhero outfit.

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Elizabeth Munn performs at the Aerial silk at LOOSE CABOOSE.

Elizabeth Munn performs above the audience.

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Shelly Watson belts out a classic Dinah Shore song.

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Kyle Peterson manipulates some cigar boxes with some ‘doubt’.

Kyle Peterson secures all the cigar boxes after this juggling act.

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The Chi-Ciones heat up the room at LOOSE CABOOSE

3 Women who got the room really ‘cooking’.

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Shane Webb and Joe Franklin pick the winner Raffle ticket.

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Shelly Watson clenches her fist after a great night of entertainment!

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The Loose Caboose Vaudeville Revue is every 4th Friday of the Month.

Click here for more information.

The evening’s entertainment is preceded by a selection from Tom Stathes’ Vintage Cartoon Collection.

Circus Clown Music Performing Arts Photography

The Hey-Ya Brothers entertain!

Today I was at the Danny Kaye theatre located in Hunter College. It is a very warm and beautiful theatre. The sunday show was a benefit for MAKING HEADWAY. The audience was very receptive to the Hey-Ya Brothers. Joel Jeske, Christopher Lueck and Michael Richter. An amazing mixture of chemistry with these ‘brothers’. I was so moved by the show and the performers extremely sensitive and hysterically funny relationship to the audience ‘volunteers’. They had them all playing and clowning around with smiles from ear to ear. A performer’s ability to communicate with an audience member while performing and making that person relate with belief… is a note worthy quality of a seasoned professional. I did hope to see the variety show I had heard about and they delivered with such ‘gusto’.

The Hey-YA Brothers © 2010 Jim Moore / All Rights Reserved

The show had many different little adventures that the audience suddenly realized they wanted to go along with. A pie throwing piece was hysterical when the ‘Brothers’ convinced a loving dad to accept the fact that his 6 year old child was going to have the privilege and pleasure of throwing one pie into their face. I think it would have been one of my most memorable moments had it happened to me.

The slack wire act by Michael Richter was delightful and well crafted. Rings, unicycle, comedy and the hard to imagine feat of walking on a slack wire.

The show was paced well and the ‘Brothers’ used an easel and titled placards to keep the show going. I enjoyed the ‘STALL’ card as one of the brother’s had to prepare for the next segment.

If you have any ideas about variety and slapstick that ring true to your heart then make sure you see the Hey-YA Brothers when they are in town!

Circus Clown Performing Arts Photography Video

December 2009 NY Downtown Clown Revue

This past month there was a wonderful show which actually happens every month. The New York Downtown Clown Revue. When most people think about ‘clowns’ they have this image pop into their head.

Bozo the Clown

The American public has had almost no exposure to the true ‘european’ style clown. This Bozo image has been popularized by the Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus and other American circus shows traveling the country for almost 100 years. Most graduates from the Ringling Brothers Clown College (no longer in existence) are required to wear a certain type of clown costume if they make it to the ranks of the Ringling Bros.& Barnum and Bailey Circus. The impression one gets is that this is either ‘family’ or ‘child’ entertainment. Unlike Europe where they have beautiful theatres devoted to serious ‘clown theatre’ where adults attend without the little ones in tow.  There is a tradition of ‘types’ of clown which goes as far back as the greeks. Author/historian/professor John Towsen could tell you more about ‘history’ of clowns in his wonderful blog and his book CLOWNS. In this interview with the trio Le Fromage Royal all three participants talk about their influences on this ‘new’ old skit.

Le Fromage Royal – ©2010 Jim Moore / All Rights Reserved

Joel Jeske, Christopher Lueck and Michael Richter of “Le Fromage Royal” .

Le Fromage Royal at the Krane Theatre, NYC

The evening wasn’t by any means just the Fromage Royal dudes.

Check out the NY Downtown Clown Revue BLOG to see.

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