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Southern Sideshow Hootenanny Benefit in NYC – @BeautyBarNYC

Once a Year in New Orleans… a unique gathering of special people occurs!

Southern Sideshow Hootenanny

To help raise funds for next year’s SSH event (The Lady Aye is a Board Member of SSH) NYC organized a special night @The Beauty Bar on 14th Street. The lineup was terrific and the torrential rain storm didn’t stop those of us that wanted to attend!

Here are some visuals in case you missed the event.

Hosting the evenings talent and festivities was The Lady Aye.

Mike Zohn showed off 2 antique panels from a magician’s cabinet probably used in the 1920’s.

Rob Romeo  showed his ‘nail shoes’ and then demonstrated for the audience.

Rob Romeo walking around the stage with his ‘nail shoes’ on. (painful?)

Matt Knife showed off his ‘nut sack’ and ‘other things’ during his boylesque act.

His costume was amazing and his stage presence hysterical.

The Lady Aye performed a classic sideshow act ‘the human blockhead’ but used silverware!

Betsy Propane heated up the room with her wonderful singing and straight jacket escape.

To cap off the show Gin Minsky tap danced and revealed a few things that delighted the audience.

In between the acts a lovely hostess sold ‘Raffle’ tickets for many prizes that were rewarded to the audience near the end of the evening.

Here is a video excerpt from Rob Romeo’s act!

CLICK HERE For more information and to keep up to date on the Southern Hootenanny Sideshow

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UNDER St. Marks Vaudeville Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with Trav SD

The American Vaudeville Theatre

It was a pleasure to sit down with Trav SD and hear what he had to say about the upcoming American Vaudeville Theatre show at Under St. Marks.

Trav S.D.’s American Vaudeville Theatre (est. 1995) returns to its Lower East Side origins with a regular series of intimate, informal, seat-of-the-pants semi-improvised revues mixing elements ranging from the old Bowery saloons to Dada Cabaret, to radio comedy, featuring sketches, monologues and songs, plus wonderful line-ups of Trav’s favorite variety, music and comedy acts — usually wonderfully unique people of all sorts. This month we’ll have KOO KOO THE BIRD GIRL (all the way from Australia)

, whip-cracking tap dancer MAVEN PECK PECK, funny lady JENNIFER GLICK,

clown duo JEFF AND BUTTONS and more TBA!

Stay tune for new shows each month!

For Tickets!

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NOTORIETY VARIETY – San Francisco’s Variety Arts Project

Variety with an edge!

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’.

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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)

Finelli, Judy - Pickle Family Circus - c. 1982-83Judy 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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NOTORIETY VARIETY 
“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.”
 

For more information on NOTORIETY VARIETY go to their website
You can also visit their You Tube Channel here..
And you can also visit their FACEBOOK page.

To help this wonderful, vital project you can make donations here. Make sure you ‘earmark’ the donation to NOTORIETY VARIETY in the drop down “Special Purposes” section.

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Dixon Place Performing Arts Relief Effort /Sandy

Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort – NYhelpsNY Benefit @ Dixon Place

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:

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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.

 

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Photo Credit: Jim Moore (Left) Jeremy Schaller (Right)

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Amin Hussain– Occupy Sandy Staten Island

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Photo Credit: Jim Moore (Left) Stacy Lanyon (Right) of Strike Debt.

Amin Hussain came to speak on behalf of the work Occupy Sandy is doing in Staten Island at 1128 Olympia Blvd.

The red square on his shirt is the symbol of Strike Debt!

strikedebt.org

interoccupy.net/occupysandy

https://statenisland.recovers.org

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Jack Somebody- Marina Tsaplina with Operation Thunderstick

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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.

http://www.tohokukanto.com/

http://vimeo.com/jacksomebody

marinacreature.tumblr.com

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Kiki Valentine-Rawosky- FUUB Red Hook

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 Photo Credit: Jeremy Schaller (Left) Jim Moore (Right)

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.

disaster-relief@fuub.org

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Andrew J. Nemr– Performer (Tap Dancing)

Andrew performs for NYhelpsNY

My response to Andrew’s performance:

“Here are my feet. Here is the floor. Here is my will. Let’s go.”

http://andrewnemr.com/

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Patrick D. Wall- Coney Island U.S.A

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Coney Island U.S.A has been completely destroyed and Patrick gave a powerful speech on the efforts of the organization as well as the surrounding area.

http://coneyisland.com

To Donate: Cick HERE!

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Zero Boy

Zero Boy performs at NYhelpsNY

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.
http://www.zeroboy.com/

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 Nancy Valadares- Carl Bini Memorial Fund, Staten Island

Nancy Valdares

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

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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.”

thevibrancyproject@gmail.com

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Recipe4Recovery

Bottom Photos Credit: Jeremy Schaller

Recipe for Recovery- NYHelpsNY

Occupy Sandy Wellness

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.

 http://twitter.com/sandysurvey

 

http://www.flickr.com/groups/sandysurvey/

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PRODUCERS

Carl Bini Memorial Fund

Yana Domuschieva

Lilia Trenkova
Marina Tsapina

Nancy Valladares

 

DONORS

DIXON PLACE

TWO BOOTS PIZZA

JIM HENSON FOUNDATION

PANGEA RESTAURANT

 

Questions? Future Participation? Donation?

Please email us at nyhelpsny@gmail.com

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This post was written and assembled by Marina Tsaplina