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An Early Holiday Junket on the L.E.S.

Posted in Burlesk, Christmas, Contemporary Variety, Magicians/ Mind Readers/ Quick Change, SOCIAL EVENTS, Vaudeville etc. with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2016 by travsd

Yeah, I know it’s almost three weeks away, but we needed some Christmas early this year, know’m sayin’? So when I had the opportunity to review a holiday show at Pangea last night (see below) I enjoyed the evening abroad to the full. Riding shotgun on the adventure was documentary-maker Heather Quinlan, who took some of the better pictures you see below (the uncredited ones are mine)

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The night got off to an auspicious start the instant I got off the F train; there was a vintage subway train parked in the station. The MTA pulls a couple of them out of mothballs (actually the NY Transit Museum) every year at this time.

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Stopped by the Paulaner Brauhaus on the Bowery (site of my wedding after-party/reception) for the tree trimming.

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It was nice to see this pop-up Christmas tree market at the site of the 2015 East Village Gas Leak Explosion, a little bit of festive beauty enlivening what would otherwise be a depressing black hole.

Then it was off to Pangea to see “‘Tis the Season to be Morbid”, a charming cabaret show starring Austin Pendleton (What’s Up Doc? Catch-22 etc etc etc) and Barbara Bleier (with a cameo by Barbara Maier Gustern.) See my review in The Villager later this week.

Bleier and Pendleton in concert. The lady in the red sweater in the audience is none other than Tammy Fay Starlite. Turn around, Tammy!

Bleier and Pendleton in concert. The lady in the red sweater in the audience is none other than Tammy Fay Starlite. Turn around, Tammy! Photo by Heather Quinlan

 

Barbara Maier Gustern. Photo by Heather Quinlan

Barbara Maier Gustern. Photo by Heather Quinlan

Pendleton and Trav S.D.

Pendleton and Trav S.D., lookin’ goofy

The off to Hotel Chantelle on Ludlow Street for the First Annual Repeal Day Party (honoring the anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition.) We caught several performances by the likes of Trick-the-Bastard, Lewd Alfred Douglas and several burlesque performers, but the photos didn’t come out well in the dim lighting.  Anyway, we were too busy enjoying the performances! I hope it does prove to be annual tradition, as it was a lot of fun!

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Dapper Don Spiro and Delicious Dandy Dillinger, hosts!

Dapper Don Spiro and Delicious Dandy Dillinger, hosts!

 

Nelson Lugo!

Nelson Lugo!

 

Hannah Schiff and Dan Hermann!

Hannah Schiff and Dan Hermann!

 

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Merch room. Photo by Heather Quinlan

 

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Quinlan snapped this young lady on the street as we were leaving. I love what it says: the joy of Dandy’s party is spilling out into the world and spreading.

One last stop! I’d wanted to see Cardone’s New York House of Magic ever since he launched it at the Slipper Room over a year ago. The timing was perfect to see it last night. On the bill were young Apollo Riego, mentalist Patrick Terry, and the headliner Devlin. And of course Cardone. 

 

Cardone is literally tell me good places to visit in Transylvania in this picture. Photo by Heather Quinlan

Cardone is literally telling me good places to visit in Transylvania in this picture. Photo by Heather Quinlan

 

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Cardone in performance. Photo by Heather Quinlan

Cardone in performance. Photo by Heather Quinlan

 

Curtain Call

Curtain Call

 

Quinlan. We want to make a tv show together. Please give us money!

Quinlan. We want to make a tv show together. Please give us money!

Bingo-a-Go-Go Starts Tonight

Posted in Burlesk, Contemporary Variety, PLUGS, SOCIAL EVENTS with tags , , on November 30, 2016 by travsd

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Tonight: The New York House of Magic

Posted in Contemporary Variety, Magicians/ Mind Readers/ Quick Change, PLUGS with tags , , , , on November 7, 2016 by travsd

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Last Words on the Wedding (From Soup to Nuts)

Posted in Contemporary Variety, ME, My Shows with tags , , , , on October 17, 2016 by travsd

Okay, “last” is probably a bit optimistic, cuz pix are still trickling in. But since we pretty much inundated social media with images all day yesterday I just wanted to assure those friends who are probably already tired of it that the deluge is just about over! However, there are folks who only follow us here on Travalanche, and this seemed the best place to lay out the whole story.

My new wife (and long time significant other) is the illustrator Carolyn Stewart (nee Raship). 

I slipped a little bit about our first date (in early 2010) into this post on Henry VIII a few months ago. Henry VIII — now THERE was a guy who got married.

Back in August Carolyn and I tied the knot in a civil ceremony at City Hall, with two close friends Hope Cartelli and Jeff Lewonczyk along as witnesses. You can read more about Hope and Jeff in this profile on our friend Nina Mansfield’s swell web site Not Even Joking. Most of these photos are by Hope and Jeff:

Look! We drew the clerk at Window 13! How Addams Family!

Look! We drew the clerk at Window 13! How Addams Family!

 

The "ring" (we drew them on with Sharpies)

The “ring” (we drew them on with Sharpies)

 

First kiss as 'usband and wife

First kiss as ‘usband and wife

 

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Post-wedding brunch with Lewonczyk and Cartelli

Post-wedding brunch with Lewonczyk and Cartelli

So that was phase one — the legal marriage under our belt. We’d been together six years and it seemed about time.

Phase two was the public wedding ceremony. We wanted to share this bond with our friends and family and celebrate with them as well, so on October 15 we held a succession of events on New York’s Lower East Side, a combined wedding ceremony and vaudeville show at the magical Slipper Room, and then a continuation of the celebration at Paulaner Brauhaus, on the Bowery. The event mixed thematic elements of Halloween, surrealism, fairy tale, and Oktoberfest…just because we like all that stuff and it’s mid-October. Apologies in advance for not identifying some of the photographers — all were taken by friends at the event (I amassed them all in a file and lost track of who took what).

Our wedding officiant was the intoxicating Kelly "Killy" Dwyer. L-R, we have my female "best man" Hope Cartelli, me, Killy, my bride, and Maid of Honor Nora Lockshin

Our wedding officiant was the intoxicating comedic performance artist Kelly “Killy” Dwyer. L-R, we have my female “best man” Hope Cartelli, me, Killy, my bride, and Maid of Honor Nora Lockshin

 

After this, we took vows. Carolyn said “yes” to vows I wrote for her (perhaps the first wedding vows in history to contain the word “cockroaches”).

Carolyn went with an even broader definition of the concept of “vows”, painting them on cardboard signs for me to “agree” to:

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Here they are in close up:

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Bride whispers to me her secret vow

Bride whispers to me her secret vow

 

The deal is sealed with the ceremonial drink of wine

The deal is sealed with the ceremonial drink of wine

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We are declared man and wife by a Mock$star

We are declared man and wife by a Mock$star

Then Killy sang her new up-to-the-minute song “Vagenda of Manocide”.

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I don’t have video of her at the show, but here’s the official Youtube video:

Then I launched the vaudeville show. Photo by the artful Moira Stone

Then I launched the vaudeville show. Photo by the unfailing eye of Downtown Duse  Moira Stone

 

Poor Baby Bree performs "The Wedding of the Painted Doll" from "Broadway Melody" (1929), written by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed, accompanied by Franklin Bruno (not pictured). This song was used in my first dramatic performance, in a first grade school play. More on that here.

The one and only Poor Baby Bree performs “The Wedding of the Painted Doll” from “Broadway Melody” (1929), written by Nacio Herb Brown & Arthur Freed, accompanied by Franklin Bruno (not pictured). This song was used in my first dramatic performance, in a first grade school play. More on that here.

 

Patrice Miller and Jeremy Barker perform "Two Bound, or How I Learned to Love the Coat Rack: A Surreal Vaudeville Dance" to the tune of the Velvet Underground's "She's My Best Freind

Director/ choreographer Patrice Miller and Jeremy Barker perform “Two Bound, or How I Learned to Love the Coat Rack: A Surreal Vaudeville Dance” to the tune of the Velvet Underground’s “She’s My Best Friend”

 

At this point in the proceedings I believe I gave an expurgated rendition of Edward Lear's "The Owl and the Pussycat"

At this point in the proceedings I believe I gave an expurgated rendition of Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat”

 

Lewoncyck and Cartelli sing Gershwin's "Blah, Blah, Blah" song (1931)

Lewoncyck and Cartelli sing Gershwin’s “Blah, Blah, Blah” song (1931)

 

 

Gay Marshall, premier Edith Piaf interpreter, sings "La Vie En Rose." There wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Gay Marshall, premier Edith Piaf interpreter, sings “La Vie En Rose.” There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

 

I wrapped it up with a fractured version of "Froggy Went a-Courtin'"

I wrapped it up with a fractured version of the old folk classic “Froggy Went a-Courtin'”

 

Bride thanks everyone. Groom reaches for his pistol, as Lenin taught him to do (the bride must have mentioned the word "art")

Bride thanks everyone. Groom reaches for his pistol (the bride must have mentioned the word “art”)

Here’s the wedding and show in a short video prepared by our intrepid friend Nicole DeSmet: 

 

It was our honor to have our wedding cake made by the writer and artist Sarah Porter, whose new book "Vassa in the Night" is in bookstores now!

It was our honor to have our beautiful wedding cake made by the writer and artist Sarah Porter, whose new book “Vassa in the Night” is in bookstores now!    Sarah is pictured below.

 

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Cake gets distributed. The man taking a seat in the lower right is the great Hovey Burgess, one of American’s top circus historians, who camps out at that table at the Slipper Room almost every night

 

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A better shot of Hovey

 

Radio Free Brooklyn's Robert Prichard and Rachel Cleary arriving

Radio Free Brooklyn’s Robert Prichard and Rachel Cleary arriving

 

The Brick's Robert Honeywell and Moira Stone

The Brick’s Robert Honeywell and Moira Stone (see above)

 

Catherine Porter and Barry Rowell of Peculiar Works Project

Catherine Porter and Barry Rowell of Peculiar Works Project

 

L-R, Josephine Cashman, Sarah Lahue (back to us), Noah Diamond, unidentified Slipper Room staff lady, Bob Laine, Alyssa Simon

L-R, Josephine Cashman, Sarah Lahue (back to us), Noah Diamond, unidentified Slipper Room staff lady, Bob Laine, Alyssa Simon

 

Michele Carlo and Jennifer Harder

Storyteller and author Michele Carlo (“It Came from New York”) and clown/ musician/ performance artist Jennifer Harder

 

Family of bride and groom: L-R, Charlie Stewart and Manush and Michael Raship

Family of bride and groom: L-R: Son Charlie Stewart and Manush and Michael Raship. Writer Nina (Mansfield) Haberli in the row behind

 

Honeywell and Rolling Stone's Alexis Sottile

Honeywell and Rolling Stone’s Alexis Sottile

 

Son Cashel Stewart with Hali Chesher

Son Cashel Stewart with friend Hali Chesher

 

Paige Blansfield and Richard Lovejoy

Paige Blansfield and Richard Lovejoy (of the 2014 film The Widowers)

 

Carlo with documentary film-maker Heather Quinlan ("If These Knishes Could Talk")

Carlo with documentary film-maker Heather Quinlan (If These Knishes Could Talk)

 

From here the scene shifts to the beer hall:

Groom ceremonially taps keg

Groom ceremonially taps mini-keg

 

Todd Polenberg and Sarah Porter

New media artist and electronic musician Todd Polenberg and author Sarah Porter (see above)

 

Gyda Arber, Connie Wu

Gyda Arber, Connie Wu

 

Steve Sabaugh

Steve Sabaugh

 

Larry Desgaines w/ Carlo

Larry Desgaines w/ the ubiquitous Carlo

 

Painter T.L. Duryea

Painter T. Duryea

 

UTC #61's Edward Einhorn

Untitled Theater Company #61’s Edward Einhorn     

 

Gabriele Schafer and Nick Fracaro of International Culture Lab

Gabriele Schafer and Nick Fracaro of International Culture Lab

 

Author Kevin Fitzpatrick of Marxfest and the Dorothy Parker Society, and wife Chris

Author Kevin Fitzpatrick (of Marxfest and the Dorothy Parker Society) and wife Christina Hensler

 

Chris and Jennifer Daltry of Providence's What Cheer Antiques

Chris and Jennifer Daltry of Providence’s What Cheer Antiques

 

Bride and Maid of Honor

Bride and Maid of Honor

 

Me and my kiddos Cashel and Charlie

Me and my kiddos Cashel and Charlie

 

Happy bride and groom

Happy bride and groom

Lastly we went to the roof of our Lower East Side honeymoon hotel with some friends and looked at the rare Hunters supermoon and the beautiful NYC skyline. The perfect end to a perfect evening. There won’t be a similar moon in the sky until 2034!

 

Tonight at the Duplex: Vintage, Bawdy Blues!

Posted in Contemporary Variety, PLUGS, Singers, Singing Comediennes, Vaudeville etc., Women with tags , , , on October 8, 2016 by travsd

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Tonight: The Premiere of the Jazz Bastards

Posted in BROOKLYN, Contemporary Variety, Jazz (miscellaneous), PLUGS with tags , , , , , on October 8, 2016 by travsd

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New York Burlesque Festival Opens Today!

Posted in Burlesk, Contemporary Variety, PLUGS with tags , on September 29, 2016 by travsd

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