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Springtime in Nickyland – April 7th, 2018

Springtime in Nickyland – LaMama ETC.

Held in the very intimate Downstairs Lounge (while the regular ‘Club’ is being renovated)

Nicky Paraiso brought in a nice variety of performers for this evenings performance.

Nicky rings the ‘traditional’ LaMama bell to begin the performance.

In his personal style, Nicky talks with the audience using very expressive gestures.

Calling to the ‘heavens’ to bring order to the current situation.

Nicky talks about his trip to Norway and other worldly issues.

Laurie Stone reads from her new book ‘My Life as an Animal’.

Reading moments of comedic text bring a smile to her face.

Piotr Gawelko reads his poetry. 

Piotr Gawelko reads his poetry off his laptop. Born in Poland and published “The City of Missing People” in 2014.

Abigail Gampel brought a wonderfully great voice to the evening’s festivities.

With passion and finesse, Abigail enthralled the audience with her singing.

Paul Hallasy brought comedy to the stage with an excerpt from his one-man show.

Paul had many adventures to share with the audience with his experiences as a ‘doorman’.

Gordon Beeferman attempted to sing an original composition about birds but…

In addition to singing an original composition, Nicky also ended the show with the audience joining in on “Downtown”.

Check out the LaMama calendar for other upcoming cultural events.

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Program Notes:

In the spirit of rebirth, renewal, and the resurrection of the spirit, curator and host Nicky Paraiso addresses the current political and social climate in a serious attempt to investigate and celebrate the origins of cabaret.

Although the 19th-century French definition referred to any business serving liquor, a cabaret in the early 20th century was an informal salon or safe place, as it were, where poets, artists, and composers could share ideas and compositions, present new works-in-progress and decry the political ills of the day. Exemplary writers and performers extraordinaire are invited to respond to recent life-changing and transformational events while songs continue to be sung with entertaining consequence.

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Yoshiko Chuma & The School of Hard Knocks presented a video of their tour in Europe.

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“Spingtime in Nickyland” – The Club at LaMama – April 2015

SPRINGTIME IN NICKYLAND

Dedicated to Judith Malina (1926-2015) and Julie Wilson (1924-2015)

This show is curated and hosted by Nicky Paraiso

Special Guest MC was Pearse Redmond

The cast of character lineup for this show was terrific. Many downtown luminaries and friends.Pearce Redmond introduces the ShowPearse Redmond was the ‘Special Guest MC’ and introduced Nicky Paraiso

Nicky Paraiso starts the show with a song.Host Nicky Paraiso starts the show off with a zealous rendition of the song “You’re A Big Girl Now”.

2015.04.11_NickyP.087Salley May performed a new piece with a back up dance ensemble.

2015.04.11_NickyP.105Salley May and her dance ensemble. Jennifer Miller, Mike Iveson Jr, Cathy Weis, Annie Lanzillotto, Simba Yangala (not in that order)

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Heather Litteer performing at Nickyland.Heather Litteer performs her piece “Lemonade” about the Pyramid Lounge.

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"RonaldRonald Peel and his backup musicians performs some nice Sam Cooke songs.

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<a href=Edgar Oliver reads from his poetry.

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Nicky Paraiso and Mike Iverson Jr. sing a song.Nicky Paraiso and Mike Iverson Jr. sing a song.

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2015.04.11_NickyP.277Dance piece with Vicky Shick, Cathy Weis, Jennifer Miller, Jon Kinzel.

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Joseph Keckler singsJoseph Keckler sings with his unique voice.

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La Mama Ding-Ding ChorusReturn of the ‘LaMama Ding-Ding Chorus’.

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David Cale  tells a delightful story about his youth.David Cale tells a delightful story about his youth.

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Curtain Call for Nicky LandCurtain Call for ‘Springtime in Nickyland’.

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The night ended with an audience sing along of the song…

“There’s a Kind of Hush (All Over the World)”.

The Evening couldn’t have been possible without the help of the following LaMama personal:

Light and Sound Board Operator: Sarah Rae Murphy

Sound Design: Tim Schellenbaum

LaMama Technician: Jack Reynolds

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