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In Which Virtue is Rewarded: Jim R. Moore Gets His

Posted in Contemporary Variety, PLUGS, SOCIAL EVENTS with tags , , , on September 16, 2013 by travsd


Congratulations to our friend and sometime collaborator Jim R. Moore, who is being honored by the  Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York with an aptly named Local Hero Award in a special ceremony at the Signature Theatre tonight. Over the last several years, Jim has been a friend to scores of indie theatre venues and hundreds of performers, as he has taken thousands upon thousands of photographs of vaudeville, circus and clown shows, and other indie theatre productions for his web site In addition, he does some valuable video reporting of today’s variety scene on his web site as well.  His archive is already a substantial resource for folks who care about this stuff, as I assume you do! If you know him, give Jim a shout-out, a congratulations, and a thanks today. Come to think of it, it really wouldn’t be too much to do that EVERY day!

Trav S.D. Rockin’ Da New Hoodie, Yo!

Posted in Contemporary Variety, ME, PLUGS with tags , , on January 6, 2013 by travsd


Thanks to the entrepreneurial acumen of Jim Moore (and the fact that I bought it) I am now the proud owner of one of five limited edition hoodies. I can’t think of a better time to send you in the direction of his web site in order to buy one, as Jim’s just revitalized the look of the whole site — a great time to catch up all his excellent photographic coverage of New York’s clown, vaudeville, and circus scenes. (To those in the know these three disciplines overlap but are NOT identical!) Check it out, check it out, check it out, yo, yo, yo, yo! (See Geraldo was right, you put one of these things on and you start to change….)

Step off, step off, a'ight?

Step off, step off, a’ight?

"Another Satisfied Unibomber"

“Another Satisfied Unibomber”

The New York Variety Arts Theatre

Posted in Contemporary Variety, Vaudeville etc. with tags , , on April 29, 2011 by travsd

Thanks to Jim Moore I now know that I am only two degrees of separation from Sarah Bernhardt.

Everyone in New York’s variety artsscene and its many subsets knows who Jim Moore is. He showed up one day, like the shoe-maker’s elf, to make all of our lives a lot easier. A photographer and videographer, through his web site Vaudevisuals he has been meticulously chronicling all the vaudeville, burlesque, circus, sideshow etc activity in New York now for many months. This is already a hugely valuable record.

While this is wonderful, he is not actually an elf, unfortunately. And it turns out he has been making Herculean efforts to keep the performing arts traditions alive and before the public for a very long time. Recently, he told me about an attempt he and some partners made about thirty years ago to create an organization called “The New York Variety Arts Theatre”.

Here’s the poop, people. Jim studied film production at NYU. In an effort to be a better director, he studied mime with some fairly distinguished teachers. In the late 70s, he was performing a lot, based out of a space called the Hudson Street Studio. (He also had a public access variety tv variety show, which featured people like Paul Zaloom and my old buddy David Jenness. How I’d love to see that!) At any rate, at certain point Jim and his cohorts began to organize a not-for-profit, whose mission was to be training, preservation and the production of variety shows. A big benefit was held at Theatre of the Open Eye, featuring Joe Smith of Smith and Dale, who was 92 at the time. Jim had gotten to know Joe following his presentation at a big popular entertainment conference held at Lincoln Center. He actually did his Dr. Kronkite sketch!

And Joe Smith is what links me (uh, and a thousand other people as the Countess points out), through Jim Moore, to Bernhardt. Smith and Dale had performed together on the same bill with Bernhardt at the Palace). Believe it…or not.

The sad news is, Jim’s long-dreamed of variety arts preservation organization never came to pass. There was dissension in the ranks, and the parties went their separate ways.  Jim was ahead of his time in that enterprise. But guess what? He is in the RIGHT place at the RIGHT time, right now. Hats off, and three cheers to him.

To learn about variety entertainmentconsult No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous, available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and wherever nutty books are sold.


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