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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show – Quarantine Edition – April 6, 2020

The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has a long history and it is their ‘fortitude’ that has kept them going all these years. This is especially true during these times of ‘pandemic’ and ‘shut-in’ life. To continue the over 10-year-old tradition of the Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show they had to come to terms with a new ‘venue’ to present their show. The internet! (Previously presented in the wonderful Dixon Place venue) So here are highlights from the 1st (of many to come) Bindlestiff Quarantine Edition! (please excuse the image quality as they have been screen grabs of the video!)

Bindlestiff co-founder Keith Nelson hosts the new ‘Quarantine Edition’ of the Variety Show

Magic Mike performs his classic color changing coloring book.

Hat juggling was featured by Kathyrn Carr

A surreal clown routine was delightful from Benjamin Domask-Ruh

Michael Rosman brought an exciting highwire act with fire and his two dogs to the backyard stage he created.

Butch and Buttercup showed off their delightful acrobatic skills.

Marcia Curran helped clean up the ‘virtual stage’ from a past mess at Dixon Place.

Nelson Lugo showed us his magical skills with the ‘shell game’ routine.

Keith uses his bullwhip to cut the cigarette from the audience volunteer’s mouth.

TruDee dances with her enchanted ‘colored ribbon’ for the show.

Brad Shur and his puppet dance on the wire.

Bruce and Matthew Lish create some comical havoc trying to perform a balloon stunt.

Zeroboy creates a ‘sound effect’ world with his voice acrobatic talent.

Keith Nelson performs the classic ‘sideshow’ sword swallowing act.

Miss Ekaterina encourages the viewers to dig a ‘foxhole’ to stay safe. Like her favorite animal.

Nigel Blackstorm performs the classic ‘linking rings’ to heavy metal music.

Keith encourages performers to consider performing on the ‘weekly’ Open Stage show. By contacting him you can arrange to be one of the performers on upcoming editions.

Ellia Bisker explains to the viewers that their help is needed to continue producing the show weekly. Here are a few methods for making ‘tax-deductible’ contributions.

Kyla performs a beautiful aerial on the rope with grace and finesse.

In the final minutes of the show Keith THANKS all the folks that made it possible to broadcast the 1st Quarantine Edition of The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Show.

Stay tuned for the NEXT WEEKS show.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – October 2018

What  a great night of Variety Arts!

Bindlestiff Open Stage Host Keith Nelson starts the show off with his delightful ‘chinese yoyo’.

Alexandra Sack & Ellie Klein perform a lovely contortion act.

~ ~ ~Keith has so many circus and variety art skills and one of his favorites is the ‘yoyo’.

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Therese and Liz Bolick with the ‘Bolivian Bonker Bird’ puppet act.Obviously the ‘Bonker Bird’ did not get along with everyone! Very funny act.

~ ~ ~Billy Hedglin Taylor had the audience roaring with his Disney character impersonations.More fun with his ‘Goofy’ impersonation and a song from ‘Frozen’.

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Leah Orleans and Etienne McGinley are the ‘Acrobatrix’ and they are funny and talented!

Acrobatrix are skilled in acrobatics and in comedy duo work.

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Aaron Bonk cracked the whips with so much control and skill. Cracking the whips and then flipping them in the air and cracking them again after catching.

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Angela Butch and Yoni Kallai performed a comedy acro duo that was wonderful.

With sheer muscle and a great sense of comedy these two were so much fun to watch.

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Zero Boy entertains the audience with his vocal acrobatics. Tonight he worked on the ‘gangsta’ routine “Jimmy Z” with audience suggestions.Zero Boy was ‘dressed to kill’ as ‘Jimmy Z the moiderer‘ with suggestions from the audience.

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The host Keith Nelson performed his ‘vaudeville’ plate spinning act as the finale.The camera captured this shot with all the spoons heading for the appropriate aluminum mixing glasses.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue happens the FIRST MONDAY of every month at Dixon Place!

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Some Videos from the show!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – August 2018

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety RevueHost for Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue and coproducer Keith Nelson starts the show.

Keith opens the show with his very skilled ‘Chinese Yoyo’ act.

Conjuror Nelson Lugo entertained the audience with a wonderful adaptation of classic magic trick. 

His magic skills are excellent and telling stories about his dreams got the audience going.

Keith returned in between acts and introduced his top spinning act.

Zero Boy shared some improv with aural acrobatics with the audience.

Utilizing mime skills and storytelling Zero Boy communicates stories to the audience.

Jason Applebaum brought poetry to the Variety Revue.

Keith loves to play with fire in his sideshow act. Here is a plain wooden match which he decides to eat to the amazement of the audience.

Lou Johnson brought some good ole classic juggling to the show.

Lou Johnson made it a fun act with his ‘amused’ look.

Barbara Gentile and Emily Blue made a beautiful aerial act for the audience.

Stagehand (for the night)  (And mighty wonderful performer) Adam Auslander encourages the audience to contribute to the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. A not-for-profit group.

Slight of hand magician Greg Dubin (The Great Dubini)  fooled the audience with a great trick.

The audience volunteer watched as the card she is secretly selected rises out of the deck before her eyes.

Lou Johnson juggles with real fencing swords.

Keith Nelson flips an apple and knife into the air and when they come back the knife lands in the apple.

Venatrix performed a wild burlesque act with a red heart filled with liquid.

Keith always surprises the audience with one of his wicked sideshow acts. Here he picks up the yo-yo with a fishhook stuck in his tongue.

Marcela Duarte performed a wonderful dance piece that ended in the air.

Great show with wonderful talented performers. Every first Monday of the month

at Dixon Place – The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – 12/04/17

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – 12/04/17

What a great show this month! Here are the photographs…

Host Keith Nelson opens the show with his great ‘Chinese Yoyo” skills.

Hélène Demé Elzévir opens her act by taking a selfie of the audience and herself! 

Hélène Demé Elzévir performs a very funny act with different characters.

Torkova performed a wonderful set of magic from his one-man show.

Torkova performs a great handkerchief routine.

Keith practices his ‘top’ routine to help make time while stage gets redressed.

Rose Bonjo performs a lovely ‘hula-hoop’ act.

Rose Bonjo – A beautiful act mixing acrobatics, dance and hula hoop skills.

Ayla Weisz – Cyr wheel performance had a great personal style and beauty!

Ayla Weisz act was delightful and so visual.

Rondell Daniel Sinanan performed a mixed media piece with juggling umbrellas and slide projections.

Rondell Daniel Sinanan – Great skill and charm in this unique character act.

Cate Flaherty – Amazing skill mixed with ‘street performer’ charm. Stunning!

Cate Flaherty – While balancing on the rola-bola she juggled 3 balls behind her back.

The audience went ‘crazy’ watching her balance on a 5 level rola-bola. 

Vince – a comedy magician that talked like he just left Bensonhurst. Very funny!

Vince – he worked with the audience and brought more laughter.

Keith Nelson introduced the audience to a ‘new’ plate spinning act.

Zero Boy performed a ‘wild’ set of comedic vocal effect short stories.

To hear more of Zero Boy tune into his Radio Vaudeville show here!

Samantha Sherman – performed a very lovely aerial cube act.

Samantha Sherman – Sensuous and captivating acrobatics moves on the aerial cube.

Angela Ellis – performed a lycra/aerial act but I was unable to get photographs due to lighting issues.

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Next Bindlestiff Open Stage is Monday, January 8th! A great show to start off 2018!
For more information go here!
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Zero Hour 10 – Wednesday Oct, 11th, 2017

The Zero Hour 10

Casanova’s Great Escape!

A solo escapade in fun and adventure.
Featuring:
Vocal comics and…..
Casanova’s Great Escape! The ultimate adventurer, Casanova is legendary for scandalous sexcapades that surpass Hugh Hefner. But seducing his way through the erotic capitals of Europe was not all he was famous for. Vocal cartoonist Zero Boy riffs off Casanova’s 3,600-page memoir to bring you the world’s most famous lover in his daring escape from solitary confinement in Venice.
Entertainer and “vocal cartoonist” Zero Boy is an East Village icon renowned for his unique blend of sound and mime, the results being akin to a performed comic book. A prolific entertainer, his solo comedic routines have been featured throughout the U.S. and Europe in traditional theater, vaudeville, burlesque, festivals, stand-up comedy, television, radio, film, digital media/art as well as benefits and special events.
He has performed at Joe’s Pub, Town Hall, Cooper Union Hall, Slipper Room, and the NY Public Library with The Moth. On television, his vocal acrobatics were featured in Fox and His unique sound talents and character voices have led to performances on numerous radio shows. He regularly performed a special “Stump Zero Boy” segment on NPR’s The Next Big Thing, which gave listeners a chance to commission a short-form radio cartoon by emailing the station a one-sentence scenario.
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Wednesday, Oct. 11th
$10
$12 at door
Doors open at 7 pm
Showtime 8 pm
167 Orchard St (Entrance on Stanton Street)
Between Rivington St & Stanton St
New York, NY 10002
Closest subway: 2nd Ave F train (1st Ave exit)
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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – August 1st, 2016 @ Dixon Place

Great night of Variety Arts at Dixon Place!

The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_060The opening act (after Keith’s Chinese Yoyo act) was Maks Turner on aerial.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_072Host Keith Nelson warms up the audience with his Yoyo ‘wind’.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_151Therese Schorn salutes Liz Bolick who juggles and balances everything.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_165Keith Nelson performs with his ‘age-old- parlor trick Yoyo.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_178Jerlin Cuesta works on some new Unicycle tricks. Juggling 3 balls while riding the unicycle.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_223Nelson Lugo performs a magic trick involving a cut and restored rope.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_302Michael Goldman and Lauren Elizabeth do some beautiful acrobatics.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_410Maggie Neuwald performs an amazing series of trapeze movements.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_447Cobra Gold performing a few original tunes. 

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_500Phineas (dressed in Whoopee Cushion attire) and audience volunteer doing a card trick together.

2016.08.02.BindOpnStg_569Zero Boy captures the audience’s imagination with his oral acrobatics and mimetic storytelling.


Come and visit The Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue the FIRST MONDAY in OCTOBER when we are back at Dixon Place!

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – June 2016 – Dixon Place

Hosted by Keith Nelson at Dixon Place. A Variety Show for all kinds of acts! This month’s show was Terrific!

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DSC08625Kenwyn Dapo

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_040The Immaterialists

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_102Adam Auslander

DSC08647Harold Moeller and Rob Lok

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_141Geniia Pakrovskaya

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_204Maks Turner and Skyttle

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_076Kat Alexander

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_176Zero Boy

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_233Magic by Greg Dubin, aka The Great Dubiny

2016.06.06.BindlOpn_281Keith Nelson’s 8 Bowl Finale!

 

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – March 7th, 2016 @ Dixon Place

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – March 7th, 2016 @ Dixon Place

What a great night at the theater! The Bindlestiff Open Stage was such a blast. Such a variety of performers…

Here are photographs from the Open Stage Revue.

2Keith Nelson Opens the showMC and Opening Act Keith Nelson performs the ‘Chinese Yoyo’.

Greg Dubin performs a magic trick with cards.Greg Dubin performs a great magic trick with cards and 2 audience members.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.057-2Audience member Ross Berenson signs the card with a magic marker. 

2016.03.07_BindOpn.086-2After putting the two signed cards into the deck and placing it in the paper bag he spears the bag and pierced the two cards.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.114-2A.J. Silver enlisted the help from an audience member to perform his whip cracking act.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.120-2With whip in hand, he poses the hysterical audience member holding the rose.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.135-2On his lovely little horse, he and the assistant ride off into the sunset.

Mariko Iwasa the clown.Mariko Iwasa (currently performing with Ringling Bros. Circus) performed a funny piece with ordinary props.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.194-2Full of energy and charm Mariko finished her piece.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.223-2Zero Boy performed with a table full of hats that he donned with different characters.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.236-2Zero Boy tells the story with his vocal wizardry and mimetic talents.

Dropsy Twins juggling clubs.The Dropsy Twins (David Sanders & Jeff Mitchell)  juggle clubs and balls and act pretty silly.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.285-2After completing their act the Dropsy Twins drop to the floor.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.314-2Diana Lin performs a beautiful aerial silk act.

Diana Lin performs a aerial silk act.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.333-2Poise and finesse were two admirable qualities of Diana Lin.

Matt Roper performs "Wilfredo".Wilfredo (Matt Roper) was so outlandishly hysterical in his costume and character the audience loved him.

Matt Roper Performs WilfredoWilfredo toast the audience with his whiskey.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.444-2Matt Roper won the audience over with his Wilfredo character.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.479-2Tyler Shaquire performed with such speed it was difficult to photograph his amazing aerial talent.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.483-2Precision and muscularity were his calling card.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.518-2Timothy Pratt (Pip) performed some wonderful magic for the audience.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.525-2Charming and talented Pip enjoyed the Bindlestiff Open Stage audience.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.543-2Albert Kircher performed a comedy routine based on his life experiences.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.550-2Part existentialism and part nihilism. But very funny.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.582-2Kelsey Strauch performed a funny ‘extended arms’ hoop piece.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.590-2With her acrobatic skills and great sense of humor Kelsey reached into surreal territory.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.593-2A split like you have never seen before performed by Kelsey Strauch.

2016.03.07_BindOpn.638-2MC and Bindlestiff main man finished off a great night with spinning eight bowls and catching all the silverware. Yikes!

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Every FIRST MONDAY of the month you can witness this fun night of Variety at Dixon Place.

Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue.

Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street, New York, NY
Door $10 (suggested donation)
Showtime: 7:30 pm

Great fun!!!

 

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Bindlestiff Open Stage Variety Revue – December 7th, 2015 @Dixon Place

THE BINDLESTIFF OPEN STAGE VARIETY REVUE

Featuring the talents of:

Keith Miklas and Melanie Cuccia

Mara Hsiung

Oliver Trager

Harold Moeller

Antonia Lassar

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro and Zhenya Topov

Zero Boy

Eric Walton & Rachel Jessee – The Immaterialist

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Keith Nelson performing at Dixon PlaceMC Keith Nelson gets the show moving along with his ‘Chinese Yoyo’ act

Oliver Trager performs at Dixon Place.Oliver Trager performs a channeling of Lord Buckley.

Harold Moeller acts up and gets a large headache.Harold Moeller performs a short clown piece which gives him a very large headache.

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2015.12.07_OpnStg.074Marisol Rosa-Shapiro and Zyenya Topov perform a Christmas theme comedy piece.

Zero Boy performs at Dixon PlaceZero Boy performs a vocal acrobatic rendition of an action film.

Mara Hsiung performs a beautiful aerial act.Mara Hsiung performs a beautiful aerial act.

Antonia Lassar performs a clown act about her dog.Antonia Lassar performs a clown act about her dog.

Eric Walton and Rachel Jessee were amazing in their mentalist skills.Eric Walton and Rachel Jessee (The Immaterialists) were amazing in their mentalist skills.

Marisol Rosa-Shapiro and Zhenya Topov perform at Dixon Place.Keith Miklas and Melanie Cuccia perform a wonderfully acrobatic duo.

Ambrose Martos performing at Dixon Place

2015.12.07_OpnStg.428Ambrose Martos went from surreal to absurd in his cartoon-like clown piece.

2015.12.07_OpnStg.167The Finale of the show was Keith Nelson performing his 8 plate spinning act.

Keith Nelson performing at Dixon PlaceIn between the plate spinning Keith finds time to catch 5 spoons in metal cans on a platform.

2015.12.07_OpnStg.177Keith completely had all 8 plates spinning but I was in the front row without a really wide angle lens. Damn!

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Videos from Bindlestiff Open Stage Revue


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Hovey Burgess 75th Birthday Spectacular at Dixon Place – A Celebration!


Hovey Burgess speaks at the Opening of his Birthday Celebration.

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Cover of Souvenir Program

List of Acts performing at Spectacular Birthday Party

Phil Marsh, Jen Slaw, Kristin Olness, Dick Monday, Carla Rhodes, Zero Boy, Valerie Benoit, Trixie Little, Boo Boo Darlin, Michael Davis, Tara Quinn, Pinkie Special, Keith Nelson, Michelle Dortignac, Tanya Gagne, Lil’ Miss Lixx, Logan Kerr.

See Full Program here!

 2015.09.07_HoveyB.196Hovey opened the show with a nice talk. (see  video above)

Stephanie Monseu host the evening’s festivities.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.224Phil Marsh led the show off with a great rendition of Country Joe McDonald’s song. (see video)

2015.09.07_HoveyB.240Jen Slaw performed a beautiful cigar box and ball routine.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.342Kristin Olness performed an exquisite aerial hoop act.

Dick Monday played the saw and touched the audience’s funny bone in his unique way.

Carla Rhones and Cecil Sinclair tore up the house with the ‘Donald Trump’ impersonation.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.447-2Zero Boy performed a hysterical ‘Road Runner’ cartoon with his vocal sound fx and physical comedy.

Valerie Benoit and Tristan Nielsen performed a lyrical acrobatic act that was amazing.

Trixie Little and Boo Boo Darlin were the B’day cake surprises for Hovey.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.519Hovey looks on as Trixie and Boo Boo get ready to ‘bake the cake’ for Hovey.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.532The brilliant comedian Michael Davis was hilarious.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.545He explained to the audience that he wanted to do his ‘pingpongball’ act but Hovey insisted on juggling.

Michael Davis at Dixon PlaceMichael Davis’ finale was  juggling a machete, meat cleaver and hachet.

Tara Quinn at Dixon PlaceTara Quinn performed an amazing physical balance/contortion act.

Pinkie Special performed her hysterically physical ‘twirler’ act.

Keith Nelson at Dixon PlaceKeith Nelson introduces the audience to the sword and how deep it goes.

Keith NelsonKeith Nelson swallows the sword for the audience.

2015.09.07_HoveyB.791An aerial trio was performed by Michelle Dortignac(Left), Kris Olness (Top) and Tanya Gagne. (Left)

Hovey Burgess throws a ‘kiss’ to the audience as Paul Binder (left) and Stephanie Monseu stand nearby.

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