A month ago I visited San Francisco and had lunch with a good friend of mine, Judy Finelli. We knew one another from when she use to perform in Central Park as a juggler.
She is now focusing on a project called “Notoriety Variety” and it is quite ambitious!
Here is her ‘Mission Statement’.
She has quite a resume to back up her dream and I expect her to achieve her goal.
Here are some photographs and videos.
Judy Finelli juggling in Central Park with Circo dell’ Arte. (c. 1969)
Judy Finelli juggling in the Pickle Family Circus. (c.1982-3)
Comment by Judy Finelli
“this was way before everybody had cell phones. There is a very brief eight clubs, but the one where where we catch them with Hovey, catching five is actually 10 clubs – we were in the first Americans to do this.”
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“I will feature variety artists from a bewildering array of disciplines, artists not usually associated with variety arts — Tuva throat singers; a percussionist on the level of Evelyn Glennie; an early music a Capella ensemble — Euouae; the fusion of cutting edge lights and electronic dance music such as performed by Enra, concert-level ragtime pianist Larisa Migachyov, etc. There will be flamenco dancers, vibraphone players, rope-spinners, and tap-dancing jugglers galore.”
The NYHelpsNY Benefit Event at Dixon Place on December 16, 2012 was an evening dedicated to bridging the huge disconnect between those who know first hand:the relief work and level of trauma in our city, and those who don’t, as well as to fund raise and unite us in our cause.
With the public being hit with ads like this from Coca Cola:
That is simply not the whole story.
We brought together speakers who have been on the forefront of relief efforts in different areas of the city and topnotch performers, to create a performance-centered event that fostered dialogue with the topic at hand:
The Sandy Hurricane.
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Douglas Everett Turner (Performer, MC)
Douglas did relief work after Katrina in New Orleans and was our host of the night.
Jack Somebody- Marina Tsaplina with Operation Thunderstick
Photo Credit: Stacy Lanyon (top and bottom right) Jim Moore (Left)
Born on the tsunami-destroyed streets of Kesennuma, Japan, the piece is the experience of Jack as his home falls apart and comes back together. Operation Thunderstick has done extensive relief work in Japan, and is now working in NYC.
Kiki is a performer, artist and Red Hook resident who has taken on the role of Disaster Relief Coordinator with First Unitarian Universalist Brooklyn. She has been working with the elderly and was fundraising for a $900.00 pair of specialized orthopedic shoes for a woman in the Rockaways who is currently unable to walk.
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Andrew J. Nemr– Performer (Tap Dancing)
My response to Andrew’s performance:
“Here are my feet. Here is the floor. Here is my will. Let’s go.”
Zero Boy performed with his brilliant vocal trickery an excerpt of his latest piece of how differently the diverse parts of NYC reacted to the Hurricane.
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Nancy Valadares- Carl Bini Memorial Fund, Staten Island
Nancy spoke on behalf of the Carl Bini Memorial fund, a co-producer of the event and an organization that has been doing a lot of relief and recovery work in Staten Island. http://binifund.org/
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Time of Whelm– The Ecologic Vibrancy Theater Project
This object theater piece was developed as part of the Puppets and Poets festival. A review from one of the festival organizers was “This piece made me think more then any other…about the relationship between “stuff,” need, and class…visually mesmerizing and actively engaging while not being obvious or trite.”
All proceeds from the event went to the organizations present. We created an interactive installation “Recipe for Recovery” for fundraising. The “Love” component of the Recipe was Becky Wartell of Sandy Wellness who provided relaxing and nurturing body work.
Sandy Survey Pool
A team of photographers have come together after the hurricane to document the damage, and the recovery efforts. The Sandy Survey Pool had an installation of their beautiful photographs and important work, as well as an online slide-show.