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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 6, 2020

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has a long history and it is their ‘fortitude’ that has kept them going all these years. This is especially true during these times of ‘pandemic’ and ‘shut-in’ life. To continue the over 10-year-old tradition of the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show they had to come to terms with a new ‘venue’ to present their show. The internet! (Previously presented in the wonderful Dixon Place venue) So here are highlights from the 1st (of many to come) Bindlestiff Quarantine Edition! (please excuse the image quality as they have been screen grabs of the video!)

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

Magic Mike performs his classic color changing coloring book.

Hat juggling was featured by Kathyrn Carr

A surreal clown routine was delightful from Benjamin Domask-Ruh

Michael Rosman brought an exciting highwire act with fire and his two dogs to the backyard stage he created.

Butch and Buttercup showed off their delightful acrobatic skills.

Marcia Curran helped clean up the ‘virtual stage’ from a past mess at Dixon Place.

Nelson Lugo showed us his magical skills with the ‘shell game’ routine.

Keith uses his bullwhip to cut the cigarette from the audience volunteer’s mouth.

TruDee dances with her enchanted ‘colored ribbon’ for the show.

Brad Shur and his puppet dance on the wire.

Bruce and Matthew Lish create some comical havoc trying to perform a balloon stunt.

Zeroboy creates a ‘sound effect’ world with his voice acrobatic talent.

Keith Nelson performs the classic ‘sideshow’ sword swallowing act.

Miss Ekaterina encourages the viewers to dig a ‘foxhole’ to stay safe. Like her favorite animal.

Nigel Blackstorm performs the classic ‘linking rings’ to heavy metal music.

Keith encourages performers to consider performing on the ‘weekly’ Open Stage show. By contacting him you can arrange to be one of the performers on upcoming editions.

Ellia Bisker explains to the viewers that their help is needed to continue producing the show weekly. Here are a few methods for making ‘tax-deductible’ contributions.

Kyla performs a beautiful aerial on the rope with grace and finesse.

In the final minutes of the show Keith THANKS all the folks that made it possible to broadcast the 1st Quarantine Edition of The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show.

Stay tuned for the NEXT WEEKS show.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – August 2018

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety RevueHost for Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue and coproducer Keith Nelson starts the show.

Keith opens the show with his very skilled ‘Chinese Yoyo’ act.

Conjuror Nelson Lugo entertained the audience with a wonderful adaptation of classic magic trick. 

His magic skills are excellent and telling stories about his dreams got the audience going.

Keith returned in between acts and introduced his top spinning act.

Zero Boy shared some improv with aural acrobatics with the audience.

Utilizing mime skills and storytelling Zero Boy communicates stories to the audience.

Jason Applebaum brought poetry to the Variety Revue.

Keith loves to play with fire in his sideshow act. Here is a plain wooden match which he decides to eat to the amazement of the audience.

Lou Johnson brought some good ole classic juggling to the show.

Lou Johnson made it a fun act with his ‘amused’ look.

Barbara Gentile and Emily Blue made a beautiful aerial act for the audience.

Stagehand (for the night)  (And mighty wonderful performer) Adam Auslander encourages the audience to contribute to the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. A not-for-profit group.

Slight of hand magician Greg Dubin (The Great Dubini)  fooled the audience with a great trick.

The audience volunteer watched as the card she is secretly selected rises out of the deck before her eyes.

Lou Johnson juggles with real fencing swords.

Keith Nelson flips an apple and knife into the air and when they come back the knife lands in the apple.

Venatrix performed a wild burlesque act with a red heart filled with liquid.

Keith always surprises the audience with one of his wicked sideshow acts. Here he picks up the yo-yo with a fishhook stuck in his tongue.

Marcela Duarte performed a wonderful dance piece that ended in the air.

Great show with wonderful talented performers. Every first Monday of the month

at Dixon Place – The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

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Check out Vaudevisuals – Review – September 2016

Vaudevisuals Year in ReviewVaudevisuals Year in Review – September 2016

September is always a great month for theater and variety arts. This month I interviewed ‘Collapsing Horse Theater‘ from Dublin, funny man Joel Jeske and magic man Nelson Lugo, teacher/performer Carlos Garcia Estevez, Josh Aviner, Lyndsay Magid, and puppet master Kevin Augustine. A special tribute to performance artist and poet/writer Frank Maya, and the Clown Cabaret at 2016 Clown Theater Festival as well as photographs I took of legendary modern dancer Phoebe Neville. A full length version of Rod Serling‘s “Requiem for a Heavyweight” from it’s original ‘Playhouse 90‘ broadcast in  1956.

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JOSH AVINER AND LYNDSAY MAGID

FRANK MAYA – A TRIBUTE – VIDEO/ESSAY/POSTCARDS/INTERVIEWS

VAUDEDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH COLLAPSING HORSE THEATER – DUBLIN

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH JOEL JESKE AND NELSON LUGO – “CIRCUS SALON”

2016 NY CLOWN THEATER FESTIVAL – “CLOWN CABARET” – SEPT 8, 2016

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH CARLOS GARCIA ESTEVEZ – ‘MANIFESTO POETICO’

DANCE PHOTOGRAPHS OF PHOEBE NEVILLE

‘REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT’ – PLAYHOUSE 90 – LIVE TV – 1956

PUPPET SERIES 55 @LAMAMAETC _ SEPT 24TH – NOV 6TH, 2016

VAUDEVISUALS INTERVIEW WITH KEVIN AUGUSTINE – “THE GOD PROJEKT”

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Vaudevisuals interview with Joel Jeske and Nelson Lugo – “Circus Salon”

Circus Salon interview with Joel Jeske and Nelson Lugo

Joel Jeske and Nelson Lugo discuss the upcoming evening “Circus Salon” which is Sept 15th at The Tank!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – August 1st, 2016 @ Dixon Place

Great night of Variety Arts at Dixon Place!

The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_060The opening act (after Keith’s Chinese Yoyo act) was Maks Turner on aerial.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_072Host Keith Nelson warms up the audience with his Yoyo ‘wind’.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_151Therese Schorn salutes Liz Bolick who juggles and balances everything.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_165Keith Nelson performs with his ‘age-old- parlor trick Yoyo.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_178Jerlin Cuesta works on some new Unicycle tricks. Juggling 3 balls while riding the unicycle.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_223Nelson Lugo performs a magic trick involving a cut and restored rope.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_302Michael Goldman and Lauren Elizabeth do some beautiful acrobatics.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_410Maggie Neuwald performs an amazing series of trapeze movements.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_447Cobra Gold performing a few original tunes. 

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_500Phineas (dressed in Whoopee Cushion attire) and audience volunteer doing a card trick together.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_569Zero Boy captures the audience’s imagination with his oral acrobatics and mimetic storytelling.


Come and visit The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue the FIRST MONDAY in OCTOBER when we are back at Dixon Place!

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MOVE IT! – Parallel Exit’s Variety show – June 27th, 2015 @ Brooklyn Public Library

Parallel Exit presents MOVE IT!

Saturday June 27th, 2015 @ Brooklyn Public Library

The line up for this hour of variety arts is:

John Grimaldi
Daniel Passer
Nelson Lugo
Stephanie Fribourg
Paul Valenti
Mark Gindick
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Hosted by Parallel Exit’s own Mark Lonergan.
2015.06.27_MoveIt.118A ‘dapper’  Mark Lonergan ‘welcomes’ the audience to the show
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2015.06.27_MoveIt.152Opening the show is John Grimaldi performing a lovely juggling rings act.
2015.06.27_MoveIt.160Following his lyrical juggling John captivated the audience with his wonderful ‘bubbles’ act.
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2015.06.27_MoveIt.069 Daniel Passer was next on stage with a nonsense song and a surreal amount of oats and greens flying around.
2015.06.27_MoveIt.197Daniel’s assistant splatters him with a handful of oats.
2015.06.27_MoveIt.195Eventually the entire audience was covered with oats and greens. Hysterical!
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2015.06.27_MoveIt.214Magic man Nelson Lugo got the audience thinking they were going to learn a real magic trick. But he fooled them!
2015.06.27_MoveIt.216 The illusion wasn’t what the audience thought it was going to be. Great audience involvement.
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 2015.06.27_MoveIt.256 Stephanie Fribourg performed a wonderful very low-tech puppet piece about Greek mythology.
2015.06.27_MoveIt.273Utilizing barbie dolls and a cardboard stage she brought the wonderful story to life.
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2015.06.27_MoveIt.327Physical comic Paul Valenti used slapstick and an audience member to entertain.
Paul Valenti dances with audience memberPaul Valenti gets audience member on stage and tricks into dancing.
 
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2015.06.27_MoveIt.375Mark Gindick opens a bottle of water to begin his ‘tribute’ to Singing in the Rain.
2015.06.27_MoveIt.358Dressed in the traditional Gene Kelly look he puts out his hand to see if there is any ‘rain’.
2015.06.27_MoveIt.366First he get a cup of water splashed in his face by the innocent audience member.
2015.06.27_MoveIt.361Then he gets more ‘water/rain’ from the other ‘more than willing’ audience member.
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You can find out more about PARALLEL EXIT here!
 
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American Vaudeville Theatre at Fringe NYC – Opening Day

Trav S.D. does about the most a person can do to keep the vaudeville tradition alive in New York City.

Besides writing a blog about American Vaudeville (Travalanche) also presents some of NY’s finest variety performers in his AMERICAN VAUDEVILLE THEATRE.

This year he has outdone himself by hosting, writing and performing skits in all the 5 shows he is producing at 45 Bleecker St. as part of the FRINGE NY Festival.

I was there for the OPENING night show (which was actually afternoon on the 13th) and documented the evenings performers.

Opening the show with a nice dance number TRAV S.D. gets the ball rolling.

Becky Byers and her FIVE SIZZLING FAJITAS entertain the audience with delightful dancing.

The company of comedians assist Trav S.D. with his stilt walking.

Ching Chong Song perform with male dance accompanist.

Interlude – Don Travo – ‘One Ball Juggler’ (played by Trav S.D.)

The AMAZING AMY – Contortionist Act – Truly Amazing!

Interlude – ‘The Crime of the Rhyme’ – A Sketch by the Gentlemen of the Company

Nelson Lugo – Magician – A great ease with his hands and a deck of cards. Watch him closely!

Something Special by Mr.Patrick Thomas Cann

A scottish yuke player who claims to be the producer!

Killy (Mockster) Dwyer performing her ‘shock-mock-rock’ performance art.

Trav S.D. in the ‘spotlight’ thanking all the cast members of the show.

“New York’s a Patriotic Town” sung by Mr. Colin Pritchard with cast members joining in.

TRAV S.D. waving to the audience ‘until next time’.

The Company of Comedians are: Patrick Thomas Cann, Josh Hartung, Michael Lester, Colin Pritchard, C.L. Weatherstone.

Becky Byers and her  FIVE SIZZLING FAJITAS are: Tory Dube, Shiloh Kline, Stephanie Willing, Candice Aye Yoshioka.

There are still many shows for you to attend and get your share of the American Vaudeville Theatre.

Wed. Aug 17th 9pm

Sun. Aug 21st 5:30pm

Wed. Aug 24th 4:15pm

Fri. Aug 26th 7:30pm

For tix and info go to fringenyc.org, or call 866-468-7619