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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus
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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Winter Cabaret
Every Friday Night from March 17 through April 28, 2006
at Galapagos Art Space, 70 North 6th Street, Williamsburgh, NY
Admission: $15 ($5 discount for clowns in make-up)Showtime: 10 pm. The BFC Cabaret brings together elements of circus, sideshow, vaudeville, burlesque, and cabaret to provide a stage for some of the most talented performing artists in the world. Jugglers, clowns, acrobats, and trapeze artists share the stage with musicians, magicians, dancers, daredevils, and more. Each show features a unique combination of acts, but all promise a legendary lineup of circus feats, sideshow marvels, and world-class entertainers. The New York Times said of the BFC Cabaret: "It's old-fashioned variety entertainment of the sort Ed Sullivan so astutely scooped up, but with twists."
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Cavalcade of Youth
at Henry Street Settement/Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY.
Sunday March 26, 2006 and Sunday April 2, 2006
3 pm showtime Tickets: $15 ($10 for those under 21)
The performers of tomorrow steal the stage today! Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents a special showcase for young variety performers, ranging from amateurs to world-class professionals. Juvenile jugglers, diminutive dancers, adolescent acrobats and a host of other moppets and mummers present a full show of vernal vaudeville. Acts range from debuting amateurs to world-class champion performers—all under the age of 21.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Variety Show
at Makor, 35 West 67th Street March 19, 2006
The Bindlestiff's are bringing a bit of downtown entertainment uptown. More details coming soon.
Book Release Events featuring Bindlestiffs
Trav S.D., Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Advisory Board Member, has just released a hysterical and histrionic history of Vaudeville, No Applause, Just Throw Money: The Book That Made Vaudeville Famous. Not only does the book include the Bindlestiffs, book release events include a few Bindlestiff appearances:
* Saturday, March 4, 4pm: Brooklyn Public Library: "Brooklyn Vaudeville Past"
* Saturday, March 11, 4pm: Brooklyn Public Library: "Brooklyn Vaudeville Present"
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Summer Tour (mostly Northeastern United States)
Thirst for excitement? Dying for a night at the Cirkus? Yearning for an ice cold beer? Well, you're in luck! This summer the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Magic Hat Brewing Company team up to satisfy all your thirsts! Coming to over 35 cities, form Maine to North Carolina, the long awaited Bindlestiff Family Circus East Coat Tour hits the road in June, July and August. To celebrate the launch of the Magic Hat Summer Variety Show 12 Pack, The Bindlestiffs will be rolling into a town near you with a classic variety show that promises something for everyone: circus, sideshow, vaudeville and burlesque presented in unique Bindlestiff style. Don't settle for any pale imitations! The cast features an All-star lineup of founding members of America's best travelling variety show--Scotty the Blue Bunny, David Didd, Philomena and Mr. Pennygaff, joined by Aussie circus sensation Dizzy Lizzie, musical guest stars, and other surprises! Stay tuned for more details. Coming to a Town near you!
Seeking young acts to be a part of this Year's Cavalcade of Youth
Wanted: contortionists, jugglers, magicians, puppeteers, ringmasters or mistresses, tap dancers, singers and musicians, clowns, aerialists, rope spinners, wire walkers, sideshow marvels, and other entertaining folks. Ground or aerial; solo, partner, and group acts are welcome! If you'd prefer to help out behind the scenes, that's great too. Take this opportunity to learn basic theater production skills of all kinds, including sound and lighting operation, set maintenance and construction, rigging, costume and make-up design, front of house management, and show promotion. Our staff of theater professionals is ready to invest its talents in the next generation of variety performers. You help us; we'll help you. No experience necessary if you're willing to work! Sign up now! Must be under 21 years of age.
To find out more or sign up to perform, please contact Cavalcade of Youth Director Viveca Gardiner at 212.989.4718 or Viveca@PlayfulProductions.com.
To find out more about Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, call 1-877-BINDLES or see www.bindlestiff.org.
Seeking Acts for Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Cabaret
We are always looking for amazing talent to take part in the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. For over ten years the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has presented some of the best variety acts working today. This show is unable to bring artists in from out of town, but if you are coming through New York in March or April and are looking for a good excuse to play New York, let us know. We will not be holding auditions this year, however,tapes and promotional material can be sent to Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, PO Box 1917, New York, NY 10009.
Bring the Cirkus to your town
We are currently seeking venues to host the 2006 Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Summer Tour. We are looking for venues that are Cirkus friendly and ready to serve pints and Bottles of Magic Hat Beer. The larger the stage the grander the show. For booking details email Stephanie at email@example.com
Volunteer and/or intern with the Cirkus
Bindlestiff is seeking volunteers and interns for all New York events. If you are interested in being a part of show email Ellia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus on DVD coming soon.
For over ten years the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus has been presenting its unique blend of Circus, Sideshow, Vaudeville, and Burlesque and you will soon be able to take the Cirkus home with you. Produced by Alan Plotkin this documentary highlights the travels, trials and evolution of the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus. Warning: Video may contain risque material. Stay tuned for actual release date, early bird specials, ordering info, and public screenings.
Keep the Variety Arts Alive Here at BFC headquarters we're already thinking about spring. We have a new season of shows coming up, and some big changes on the way. As we raise funds for publicity, marketing, management, costumes, rehearsal space, technical support, and equipment, we come to you, our fans, friends, and donors, with our annual appeal for your support. Every donation is greatly appreciated, whether it is five dollars or five thousand dollars. With your help, Circus, Sideshow, Vaudeville and Burlesque continue to thrive despite the rising costs of insurance, gas, props, publicity, legal fees, moving costs, storage, venue rentals...
Donations can be give on-line at http://www.bindlestiff.org or by sending a check or money order to Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc., PO Box 1917, New York, NY 10009. You can also donate online at http://www.bindlestiff.org/donate.html
Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization devoted to the preservation and evolution of the variety arts.
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus PO Box 1917 New York, NY 10009 1-877-BINDLES