The catch is, you have to go to Newark to see it! Runs March 1-4. For more info: ringling.com.
Archive for February, 2012
Run, don’t walk, y’all!
Dixon Place is offering a super cool Winter deal for the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret for opening night only (tomorrow night, March 1). See New York’s most beloved downtown circus and shake off your winter blues. This grand spectacle features jugglers, clowns, acrobats, aerial artists and more, all accompanied by the infamous Cirkus band. Audience members witness jaw-dropping entertainment–circus feats, sideshow marvels, and world-class entertainers! Special $10 offer for March 1 only! Advance purchase required.
Deets for the rest of the run are as follows:
$27.50 / $18 stu/sen (door)
Hard to believe as it may seem (that is, for those who are paying attention), Travalanche turns four years old today. That’s right, she’s a Leap Year Baby, meaning she’s only one year old…that is, if you don’t actually count all the years that came between February 29, 2008 and the present day.
If you’re interested in such arcana, our first post is here.
At any rate, this Friday at 8pm we’ll be marking the occasion with an informal celebration in the backroom of Bar 82 (thanks, Patrice Miller). We’ll have screenings of several of our Vaudephone Shorts (thanks, Jim Moore), some live performance, and merch for sale, including copies of No Applause and “Playbills to Photoplays”and the two CDs from Archeophone Records for which I wrote the liner notes (“Nat M. Wills” and “Van & Schenck”).
But mostly please just come and help us celebrate! It won’t cost nothin’ but the drinks! Bar 82 is at 136 Second Ave, between 9th Street and St. Marks Place
And now here’s the 16th installment in our Vaudephone series, Solomon the Peculiarist:
ALSO: please note the swell theme music, by Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Don’t miss Vince and his swingin’ band for dinner and dancing every Monday and Tuesday at the Edison Hotel! (Details are here).
To find out about the history of vaudeville, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.
Designer Mike Holmes tells me his swell new card game “The Big Time”, now available from Barnacle Press, was partially inspired by No Applause. It looks fairly ingenious. In the book I’d said that assembling a vaudeville bill was like putting together a winning hand in a poker game. In “The Big Time” each player gets to be a Big Time Chicago Vaudeville Manager, trying to assemble the winning bill. My kids will tell ya, I’m horrible at games, but this is one I just might be able to concentrate on! Info and ordering here.
Today is the birthday of Charles Blondin (1824-1897) who did a tightrope walk over the gorge at Niagara, not once, but many times, and with many variations (on stilts, blindfolded, carrying a man on his back, and pausing in the middle to do things like cook an omelette or stand a chair). He was in every way to precursor to this man.
To find out more about the history of variety entertainment, consult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.