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Vaudeisuals interview with Ximena Garnica – ‘Frantic Beauty’

For more information/tickets for this performance visit: www.bam.org

For more information on Leimay Ensemble visit: www.leimay.org

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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The RedThroats” by David Cale

“This book, a collection of prose and poetry by David Cale, changed the way I look at life and love. Cale’s way of putting human emotion into words liberates and invigorates. His meanings are sometimes obscure, so I do not recommend this book to the linear thinker. It’s out of print, but find it and read it any which way you can.”

Copies of this wonderful book can be purchased here!

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Here is an interview I did with David in 2011.

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Coney Island USA Benefit – Amazing Night for All!

CONEY ISLAND USA BENEFIT SPECTACULAR

Fred Kahl and Dick ZigunThe Great Fredini (Fred Kahl) and Coney Island USA founder/director Dick Zigun.

Adam Bishop and Patrick David Wall

Bambi The Mermaid and Chuck Varga

Reverend Billy and his megaphone reached out to all those present to honor Coney Island USA and Founder  Dick Zigun.

Coney Island’s ‘in house’ photog Norman Blake hard at work capturing the essence of Coney Island USA for years!

Tiger Bay (Miss Coney Island 2017) Patrick Salazar (Mr. Strange) and Fancy Feast (Miss Coney Island 2016

Velvet Crayon performing some of his own tunes.

Adam Realman performs his awesome cigarette swallowing act.

The Great Fredini performs the infamous sideshow trick “human blockhead” with 2 ice picks.

Mat Fraser performs the ‘Sealo the Seal Boy’ act made famous by Stanley Berent in 1941.

Jennifer Miller performed a juggling act with machetes and a hysterical monolog.

Fire eating performer Nola Star lights up the stage with fire and heat! Wonderful act!

Tesla coil, fire and wild makeup are the token ingredients for Jellyboy the Clown.

Unzipping the overalls and revealing the bird costume was burlesque performer Tiger Bay’s act.

One of the many Auction Table’s where curious and wonderful items were going to the highest bidder.

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Reverend Billy with his megaphone preaches to the crowd!

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Vaudevisuals interview with Robert Prichard – “Surf Reality”

 The interview with SURF REALITY  co-founder Robert Prichard

Performers who played Surf Reality include: (A Who’s Who of the downtown performing arts scene)

Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Louis Black, Rick Shapiro, Jeff Ross, Judah Friedlander, Sarah Gold, Sonya Sohn, Michael Portnoy, John S Hall and King Missile, Kimya Dawson and Moldy Peaches, Seth Faergolzia (Dufus), St. Rev Jen Miller , Faceboy, Maggie Estep, Angelo Moore (Dr. Mad Vibe from Fishbone), World Famous Bob, Michael Moschen, Matt Mitler, Glen Heroy, Ben Stiller, Trav SD, Irwin Smalls Trio, a comedy duo featuring Adam Felber (head writer for Bill Maher), Eric Drysdale (head writer for Colbert Report), Tammy Faye Starlite, Premium Bob (avant-garde comedy duo), Jay Martel, Steve Ratazzi, Todd Alcott, The Poster Boys, Mo B Dick, Linda HillMike Epps, Deb Margolin, James Godwin, Coo-Coo Handler. Tom Burnett, Akim Funk Buddha, Brad Prowley, Bob Greenberg, Dave Konig, Burn Manhattan, Colleen Werthman, Sloven & Allen, Randy and Jason Sklar, Amy Sohn, David Jenness, Victor Verhaeghe, Robert Sikoryak, Alien Comic (Tom Murrin), Doug Skinner, Aaron Beale, Peter Pitofsky, Zeroboy
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“The atmosphere is more party than performance. The audience — many of whom will perform — bring beer from the local delis. Typical hallway conversation runs like this: “I’ll go on for three minutes, then you break in with this poem . . .” All performers get a care package, which this night included a condom, a lollipop, and a mint.”
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 Quotes from the press about Surf Reality!
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“At Surf Reality a form of comedy is being worked on even more alternative than alternative comedy”  – The New Yorker
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“Surf Reality is …the brackish undertow of the cultural comedic wave, a radical rejection of standard stand-up” – The Wall Street Journal
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 “Surf Reality continues its quest to present the best in alternative comedy” – Daily News
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“Best Performance Art, Very Funny.”  – NY Press, Best of Manhattan ’97
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“Surf Reality, the Lower East Side’s infamous bastion of cutting edge, theatrical zaniness…” – Shout Magazine 1999
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 Check out the Surf Reality website from back-in-the-day! 
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April 2002
 June 2002
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Written History of Surf Reality by Robert Prichard
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 One of the many productions that Surf Reality’s Tom and Rob produced after leaving Allen Street was a show titled
Radical Vaudeville“.
Here is a review of Radical Vaudeville presented at The Krane Theatre in 2014.
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Article in The Villager about Robert’s project in 2012 titled “64 Paintings”
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One of the posters for FACEBOY’s OPEN MIKE show. 
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Interior shot of Surf Reality
Surf Reality Theater interior
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Flyer created to announce Reverend Jen’s ‘Warrior Elf” show.
Rev Jen's Warrior Elf show poster
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“Grindhouse A-Go-Go” poster  circa 1999
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Poster from Jan 1998 
Robert is currently the ‘Talent Director” of  RadioFreeBrooklyn – a non-commercial  freeform Internet radio station.
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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “The Downtown Book”

The New York Art Scene in the period of 1974 thru 1984 was ‘on fire’. So much was going on everywhere! This book covers the scene!

The Downtown Book

The Downtown Book

Downtown is more than just a location, it’s an attitude–and in the 1970s and ’80s, that attitude forever changed the face of America. This book charts the intricate web of influences that shaped the generation of experimental and outsider artists working in Downtown New York during the crucial decade from 1974 to 1984. Published in conjunction with the first major exhibition of Downtown art (organized by New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library), The Downtown Book brings the Downtown art scene to life, exploring everything from Punk rock to performance art. The book probes trends that arose in the 1970s and solidified New York’s reputation as arbiter of the postmodern American avant-garde.

Publisher     Princeton University Press and the Grey Art Gallery and Fales Library, New York University
Published Date     Thursday, Jan 01, 1970
ISBN     0-691-12286-5
Pages     208
Dimensions     Flexibind, 8.25 x 8.25 inches
Number of Illustrations     black-and-white and color illustrations
Price$30.00
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Marvin J Taylor talking about the collection that was used to make this book.

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Check out Vaudevisuals – Review – June 2016

Vaudevisuals – Year in Review – June 2016

June was quite an active month. Bindlestiff Open Stage at Dixon Place, The Big Apple Circus was losing it’s presence in NYC, Quick Change book was started and Conjuring in Asia got some attention.

EEPYBIRD – DIET COKE AND MENTOS – REVISIT

BINDLESTIFF OPEN STAGE VARIETY REVUE – JUNE 2016 – DIXON PLACE

“I’LL SAY SHE IS” – THE LOST MARX BROTHERS MUSICAL AT THE CONNELLY THEATER

VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “MAGIC AND LOSS – THE INTERNET AS ART”

MY FATHER THE CIRCUS KING – A DOCUMENTARY FILM

THE BIG APPLE CIRCUS NEEDS YOUR HELP! NOW!

THE ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF QUICK CHANGE – A PROPOSED BOOK PROJECT

VAUDEVISUALS BOOKSHELF – “CONJURING ASIA – MAGIC, ORIENTALISM”

I'll Say She Is at The Connelly Theatre

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Coming soon! July 2016

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Merry Christmas from Vaudevisuals.com

Merry Christmas from Vaudevisuals.com

Merry Christmas from Jim Moore on Vimeo.

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“The Secret Variety Society” at Pangea

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2016-12-07davida_091Starting the evening off is Reverend Roper and his attempt to get all present to be ‘blessed’.

2016-12-07davida_097With kazoo and piano, Sabrina Chap provides more than ample music for the evening.

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2016-12-07davida_108Wild and wonderful comrade Miss Ekaterina sways down the aisle with a bottle in hand.

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 2016-12-07davida_144Magic Brian heats up the audience with his delightful magic.

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2016-12-07davida_345Jenny Lee Mitchell always has the audience roaring with laughter with her many characters and musical talent.

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A fun evening of variety, comedy, magic, burlesque and ‘surprises’!

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The Secret Variety Society will back at Pangea on January 11th and February 8th. Both nights at 7:30 pm

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Vaudevisuals interview with Spencer Lott – “Blossom” at Dixon Place

BLOSSOM

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Emerging puppeteer & Jim Henson Foundation resident artist Spencer Lott visualizes the surreal landscape between reality and memory through the beautiful unraveling of one man’s mind.

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, James Blossom and his daughter grapple with their changing relationship and differing realities.

Struggling to adjust to life at the local nursing home, the retired scenic painter finds himself increasingly involved in his own cinematic adventures.

For more information and tickets!

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Vaudevisuals Bookshelf – “Unforgotten New York” – David Brun-Lambert

Unforgotten New York

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The description of the book as per Amazon.

Captivating photographs from the present and the past take readers on a tour through New York City’s most influential cultural spaces–reminding us of what made them legendary, and revealing what has replaced them. If you lived in New York City in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, or ’80s, you

If you lived in New York City in the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s, or ’80s, you
were likely enchanted by a particular, legendary place. Latenight
spots like the Copacabana, Studio 54, The Mudd Club,
or The Roxy; music venues such as CBGBs and the Village
Vanguard; cutting-edge performance spaces such as The
Kitchen and St. Mark’s Church in the Bowery; social hangouts
like the Gaslight Café and Keith Haring’s Pop Shop. Many of

Many of these places are gone, but none are forgotten–and all are
brought thrillingly back to life in this gorgeously designed
volume. Poignant, insightful texts and both archival and new
photography take readers inside more than 40 historical
locations to see what made them so beloved back in the day
and reveal what they look like now. Each chapter includes

Each chapter includes background history of the space, as well as quotes from famous
artists, musicians, and other key players of the time. Together,
these words and pictures comprise a bittersweet elegy for a
city’s iconic spaces and show the continued relevance of New
York as a hotbed for the creation of popular culture.

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