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Performance Space New York – Grand Re-Opening Celebration

PERFORMANCE SPACE NEW YORK

East Village Series!

Sunday Night – Feb. 18th from 6 pm till 9 pm

The OPENING of the PS122 building after years of renovation proved to be worth the wait!

The two new spaces – Derek Lloyd stage and Neilma Sidney Theatre – were utilized for the OPENING NIGHT ‘Avant-Garde-Arama.’

Here are my images and video from the AGA Extravaganza on this night!

Opening the show in the Derek Lloyd Stage was Pat Oleszko and her beautiful inflatables.

The theater was packed for the AGA show in the Derek Lloyd theater.

Salley May and the ensemble players bust open the place with a great song and dance exorcism.

Performer list:

Mediums: Jacqueline Zahora, Pedro J. Rosado Jr.
Pure Evil: Salley May and Tony Stinkmetal
Kid Evil-Slayers: Louise May, Annabel Sexton-Daldry, Graham Greene, Lois Houck, and Logan Martinez.
Ghosts:  Heidi Dorow, Laurie Berg, Agosto Machado, Nicky Paraiso, Annie Lanzillotto, Simba Yangala, Audrey Kindred, Jodi Bender, Sarah Trignano, Diana Y Greiner, Ed Boland, Jessie Weiner, Lizzie Donahue, Julian Fleisher, David Thorpe, and Sam Zalutsky
 invoking the ghosts of
Ethyl Eichelberger
Tom Murrin
Diane Torr
Fred Ho
Blondell Cummings
Frank Maya
Billy Swindler
John Bernd
Fred Holland
Derek Lloyd
Gerard Little / Mr. Fashion
Laurie Carlos
Huck Snyder
Jim Neu
Ruth Maleczech
Peter Rose
Carsin
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Spiderwoman Theater (Muriel Miguel & Gloria Miguel) had some stories to tell.

In the other space – Neilma Sidner Theatre – I walked in on Cornelius Loy playing the theremin.

 Murray Hill was on hand hob-nobbing with the crowd in the hallway.

Lois Weaver and Holly Hughes having a drink together.

Hanging out near the bar before the performance was Patti Spliff.

James Godwin (performing in the Neilma Sidney Theater) and Gary Ray.

The sound and lighting crew did a great job running the shows in both theaters.

The upcoming shows already scheduled go here!

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Frank Maya – A Tribute – Video/Essay/Postcards/Interviews

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FRANK MAYA

Frank Maya: Out There By Victoria Linchong

Frank Maya once said that he turned to comedy “as a way to make the world safe for me.” The first openly gay comedian to appear on MTV and all three major television networks, Maya’s candor and wit helped pave the way for greater acceptance of homosexuality in mainstream media. As ABC News noted in a 1993 introduction to Maya, “Until recently, comics who wanted to succeed in show business never ever admitted they were gay. And they certainly never used their homosexuality as a punchline.”

Maya was born in 1950 to a middle-class Catholic family in Long Island. His Irish and Colombian background later became fodder for much of his comic material. A gifted musician and vocalist, he found work playing in cabarets and folk clubs after graduating from Hofstra University. In the mid-1970s, he met director John Jesurun and began venturing into the alternative music scene, then dominated by the Talking Heads and post-punk New Wave.

Fronting a band called the Decals, Maya became known for satirical songs that combined Latin-infused pop with absurdist poetic patter. Several of his songs also used toy instruments, recorded sound, or found objects such as scissors or a jar full of pennies. In one song, the refrain consisted of Maya shouting, “Pancakes!” with a recorded voice responding, “They’re ready!” Impish and whimsical as his songs were, they also were biting commentaries on consumerism and the banality of everyday life. His lyrics also revealed a quirky way with rhymes, “When you’re home for the holidays do you realize your dog looks upset? Does he realize during dinner, he’s simply the household pet?” The New York Times praised him as “a wacky pop iconoclast with enough star quality to have earned comparisons to performers as dissimilar as Laurie Anderson, David Byrne and Peter Allen.”

Maya was part of Jesurun’s legendary serial theater piece, Chang in a Void Moon, when it premiered at the Pyramid Club in 1982. His music performances had always verged on theater with interludes of acerbic monologues he called rants. In the mid- 1980s, he began focusing more on his rants, joining a growing cadre of solo performers such as Spalding Gray, Eric Bogosian, and Karen Finley, who were similarly examining American society through a personal lens.Pacing around the stage, he tackled pop culture, gender issues, and the mundanity of existence. Thirty years before the current outcry over the lack of minorities in mainstream media, Maya was commenting, “There’re a few movies like Cotton Club where they take all the black actors who’ve been out of work for ten years and put them in the same film… People say, ‘See we’re making progress.” His three-hour-long solo performances were performed at P.S. 122, La Mama, Dixon Place, the Kitchen, and Lincoln Center’s Serious Fun series. He also toured the mid-Atlantic states and performed in Germany.

During that time, Maya was known to paint his ears gold, perhaps to distinguish himself from other solo artists. He soon found a much more authentic way of differentiating himself. While Maya had made a few allusions to his sexual orientation in his music and his rants, he had never been completely overt about his homosexuality. His former partner Neil Greenberg believes that an anti-gay incident may have radicalized him. Whatever the cause, Maya began boldly declaring his homosexuality in 1989. At the same time, Maya was also realizing that he could achieve wider public attention by rebranding himself as a stand-up comic. “In New York they call me a performance artist…” he remarked in a 1989 Washington Post article, “But if you ask the Washington audience after my show, they’ll say, ‘He’s a stand-up comic.’ I always feel that my stuff is misinterpreted — it’s very funny, but it’s got serious points in it… But I’m not afraid of being considered a comedian as long as people like Lily Tomlin are considered comedians.”

Maya made his first openly gay appearance on HA! Comedy Network in 1990. His breakthrough to mainstream media happened at a pivotal time when the AIDS crisis was at its peak. Maya’s self-deprecating humor was a refreshing antidote to the widespread alarm in both the general population and the gay community. Here was a good-looking man without any effeminate traits, talking simply and naturally about being homosexual. “Comedy is about really being truthful,” he stated, “People are hoping the comic will tell them everything. So how can you hide your love life? It just seems impossible.” Though he joked about people in his audience who looked mortified, he said he rarely had hecklers and added, “”I guess people are still recovering from the fact that they can’t believe what I’m saying.”

Throughout the early 1990s, Maya appeared regularly at Caroline’s Comedy Club and MTV’s “Half-Hour Comedy Hour.” He also starred in his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. His last show Paying for the Pool ran at the Atlantic Theater for eight weeks. It was described as, “A one-man show in which Maya talks about his childhood and coming-out experiences.”

Maya was diagnosed with AIDs in 1995 but continued to perform. In The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater, Carmelita Tropicana remembers him at a conference for the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies (CLAGS) four months before he died. Despite a high fever, he did his entire set and had to be persuaded to go home early. Although friends were tearful over his impending death, Tropicana recalls, “[Frank] hated the tender sweet image of white helium balloons flying up to the sky in memory of those who have died of AIDS. He was angry, he wanted something loud, an uzi, a bomb to explode.” An upfront iconoclast to the end, Frank Maya was 45 years old when he died.

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Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 9.47.12 PM1986 Postcard for Frank’s performance at CBGB

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Screen Shot 2016-09-06 at 9.49.45 PM1986 Postcard for Franks Maya’s performance at LaMama Cabaret

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Frank Maya at The Kitchen1990 Postcard for Frank Maya’s performance at The Kitchen.

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Frank Maya’s Music

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FRANK MAYA ACCORDING TO HIS FRIENDS: Uncut, Unexpurgated, Unabridged

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Postcard for Franks Maya’s performance at PS122 – 1989

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Frank Maya - Paying for the Pool 1993

Postcard for performance at Atlantic Theater – “Paying for the Pool” 1993

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MORE ABOUT FRANK MAYA – Performance Videos

Frank Maya at Dixon Place (circa 12-31-91)

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REFERENCES

Brown, Joe. “A Little Tattle Tale” Washington Post; 17 March 1989.

Holden Stephen. “A Wacky Pop Iconoclast” New York Times; 15 July 1983.

Holden, Stephen. “Frank Maya, 45, Performance Artist and Solo Comic.” New York Times; 10 Aug 1995.

Holden, Stephen. “Music Noted in Brief: Frank Maya, Singer, Satirizes Consumerism.” New York Times; 30 March 1983.

Rizzo, Frank. “Maya’s Punch Line Reaches a Broader Audience.” Hartford Courant, 22 Sept 1993.

Solomon, Alisa, and Framji Minwalla. The Queerest Art: Essays on Lesbian and Gay Theater. New York: New York UP, 2002.

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Thanks to Neil Greenberg,(postcards, videos,interview) Ellie Covan,(interview, video) John Jesurun (interview) and Victoria Linchong (Writer/Profile) for their great contribution to this post!

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #133 – John Kelly – LaMama – March 26th, 2016

Coffeehouse Chronicles #133 – John Kelly


Video ©2016 Nelson Sullivan

untitled-17Left to Right: John Kelly, John Jesurun, Nicky Paraiso, Kevin Malony, Kyle De Camp and moderator Lucy Sexton

untitled-21John Jesurun talks about his work with John Kelly and the artistic climate in the early 1980’s in New York.




John Kelly and Carol Lipnik sing the “Cupid Song”.

untitled-45Back Row – L to R: Michal Gamily (Curator), Kevin Malony, Carol Lipnik, John Jesurun, Nicky Paraiso, Arthur Adair/

Front Row: John Kelly, Kyle De Camp, Lucy Sexton

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For more videos of John Kelly visit his You Tube channel HERE!

Or visit his website for upcoming events.

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Coffeehouse Chronicles #132 – TALKING BAND – LaMama etc – March 12th, 2016

The Talking Band

The Talking Band has been making innovative and influential theater works in New York for 40 years. Collectively, the founders have earned 11 OBIE awards and numerous other honors. The company has performed at nearly all of New York’s celebrated downtown venues, including LaMama, PS 122, Theater for the New City, Dance Theater Workshop, The Ohio Theater, The Flea Theater, and HERE Arts Center. Nearly 50 of its original productions include The Golden Toad, Marcellus Shale, The Walk Across America for Mother Earth, Bitterroot, Radnevsky’s Real Magic, Painted Snake in a Painted Chair, Black Milk Quartet and The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol.

The Coffeehouse Chronicles #132 hosted founder Paul Zimet and other founding members for this special survey of their work which included slides, videos and panel discussion. Since the afternoon covered 40 years of work I captured some photographs and a few videos to represent the span of work that The Talking Band created.

Event Moderator: Morgan Jenness

Panelists: Tina Shepard, Ellen Maddow, Paul Zimet, Jack Wetherall, Harry Mann, Lizzie Olesker, Isaac Maddow-Zimet, and Anya Maddow-Zimet.

Paul Zimet talking about the Talking BandPaul Zimet – Director/Writer/Co-Founder of The Talking Band.

Jack Weatherall with The Talking BandJack Weatherall talking to the audience about his experiences with The Talking Band.

2016.03.12_LaMama.097Flyer for The Talking Band production of BIG MOUTH at LaMama in 1985

2016.03.12_LaMama.051Tina Shepard (Founding member) talks about her experience with The Talking Band since 1973.

2016.03.12_LaMama.117Harry Mann and Ellen Maddow participate in the panel discussion talking about their work with The Talking Band.

2016.03.12_LaMama.187Isaac Maddow-Zimet talks about his early memories of being on stage with The Talking Band.

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2016.03.12_LaMama.197Paul Zimet and Ellen Maddow won OBIE awards in 2002-03 for their show.

Tina Shepard sings a song "What's Next",Tina Shepard singing “What’s Next?” from the show ‘The Golden Toad’.

2016.03.12_LaMama.255Group shot of the Panel and participants of the Talking Band event at LaMama. 

The following video has sound issues due to acoustics in the room it was recorded.

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Vaudevisuals interview with Frank Boyd – “The Holler Sessions” – Coil Festival 2016

THE HOLLER SESSIONS

“But when Ray sits back and lets the music wash over him, there’s dignity in his awe-struck stillness. His raptness makes us want to hear through his ears. And when the theater fades to black, as it does intermittently throughout the show, and we sit in the darkness with the music, sound becomes tactile, and even pop-station babies and longhairs are likely to feel like true believers in the gospel of Ray.”

Ben Brantley, NYTimes Jan 11, 2016

For more information/tickets go here!

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Eric Bogosian performing in Mike’s Talent Show at the Bottom Line Cabaret

To benefit the return to the East Village home of PS122!

PS122 is hosting a great show Nov. 16th & 17th at The Players Club.

“100 Monologues”

Written by Eric Bogosian and directed by Jo Bonney

Below is Eric’s performance in 2010. You can see him NOW at this upcoming Benefit!

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Michael Smith is a performance artist/producer/performer and now a professor at a university. In the late 1980’s he hosted and performed in his MIKE’S TALENT SHOW. It was hosted at The Bottom Line and for a short time at Caroline’s at South Street Seaport.

(Produced by Steve Paul)

During this time he had many amazing performers/writers/eccentric acts on his stage. Eric Bogosian was working on his show SEX DRUGS AND ROCK n’ ROLL. Here he is performing a segment titled ‘DIRT’. In my book IN/SIGHTS he wrote a few paragraphs(quite a few!) to accompany this photograph. Here is a brief excerpt.

“This is a picture of me performing a segment entitled “Dirt” of the new solo I’ve been working on called SEX, DRUGS, AND ROCK n’ ROLL,

With this work. like the other solos that I have done, I’m working  in segments which I hope form a collage that becomes a meditation on a subject. In this case, the subject at hand is the phrase Sex, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll and all it implies about a crazed over-the-top, high speed world that we live in and “what’s so desirable about that anyway?”

Eric Bogosian performing the segment ‘Dirt’ from his Sex, Drugs and Rock n’ Roll

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Vaudevisuals Interview with Peggy Shaw – “Ruff” a solo performance @ Dixon Place – COIL FESTIVAL 2013

The Coil Festival presents “Ruff” with Peggy Shaw. Directed by Lois Weaver. Cowritten by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw. Presented at Dixon Place.
For more information on the series go here:
http://www.ps122.org/coil-2013/
For more information on Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver’s SPLIT BRITCHES work go here:
www.splitbritches.com
Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver (with Deb Margolin) founded “Split Britches” in 1981.
This video interview originally was posted at:
https://vaudevisuals.com

<a“A Menopausal Gentleman – The Solo Performances of Peggy Shaw” Published by University of Michigan

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Martha Wilson – Avant-Garde-Arama – May 2nd, 2015


Martha Wilson (Representing Franklin Furnace) performs at the May 2015 Avant-Garde-Arama at Abrons Arts Center. Produced by PS122 and on loan to Abrons Arts Center for that weekend’s performances.

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Half Straddle performs @ Avant-Garde-Arama – May 2nd 2015 – Abrons Arts Center


Half Straddle performed at the Avant-Garde-Arama on May 2nd. Representing The Bushwick Starr performance venue. Emily Davis performs in this piece.
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Jack Ferver performs @PS122’s ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ – @ Abrons Arts Center


Jack Ferver performed @PS122’s ‘Avant-Garde-Arama’ on May 2nd, 2015. He was assisted by Reid Bertelme in their duo dance piece.This is a video excerpt from his performance.