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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Last Night’s Town Hall in Brooklyn by Trav S.D.

In recent days we’ve been seeing footage of Town Hall meetings across the country as congresspeople meet with their constituents to hear what they have to say about our first month of …

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Humbuggery & Hat Tricks: How 400 Years of American Con Culture Paved the Way for Trump by Trav S.D.

In November, 2016 America elected a reality television star and periodically bankrupt heir to a real estate fortune to the most powerful office in the world, purportedly on the strength of h…

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Help Charles Lane Make His New Web Series by Trav S.D.

No one is happier than this commentator to see actor/director Charles Lane re-emerging from wherever he’s been for the past 20 years. Lane’s day in the sun was 1989-1993, when he…

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Monday, February 20, 2017

(Not My) President Day in NYC by Trav S.D.

There’s only one way to spend Presidents Day in the age of Drumpf — that’s by rejecting the present office holder utterly and vociferously, and refusing to include him in a…

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Tonight: A Black Lives Matter Burlesque Fundraiser by Trav S.D.

Filed under: African American Interest, British Music Hall, BROOKLYN, Contemporary Variety, PLUGS, SOCIAL EVENTS Tagged: benefit, Black History Through Our Eyes, Black Lives Matter, BROOKLYN…

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Today, I Am a Muslim Too (Pix from Today’s Rally) by Trav S.D.

Today was the “Day of Remembrance”, the 75th anniversary of the day FDR signed an executive order that resulted in the internment of 120,000 Japanese Americans during WWII. IR…

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Tonight: Songs of Liberty and Justice by Trav S.D.

Filed under: American Folk/ Country/ Western, Music, PLUGS Tagged: ACLU, Guitar Bar Jr, Hoboken, Songs of Liberty and Justice

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The Many Roles of Melvin Allan, I Mean, Allan Melvin by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of tv character actor and voice-over artist Allan Melvin (1923-2008). Don’t shout out just yet where you know him from — the odds are quite good that you kn…

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Why You MUST See “Paradise Alley” by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of stage and screen Renaissance man Hugo Haas (1901-1968). Haas is an intriguing cinematic figure whom I am only just now discovering for myself, and the process is g…

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Today’s General Strike Solidarity Rally in NYC by Trav S.D.

Theoretically today was a day of a general strike, which normally means a day when no one works or buys anything or conducts any business, but looking around the busy city I got the feeling …

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Keeping Up Appearances: The Comic Genius of Patricia Routledge by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of the brilliant British comic actress Dame Patricia Routledge (b. 1929). What a testament to the importance of luck in the creation of performance magic is Routledge&…

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Tomorrow: Granny’s Blue-Mers at Freddy’s by Trav S.D.

Filed under: BROOKLYN, Contemporary Variety Tagged: BROOKLYN, Freddy's Bar, Granny's Bluemers

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Tonight: Up the Rabbit Hole by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Burlesk, Contemporary Variety, PLUGS Tagged: Bunny Buxom, burlesque, Slipper Room, Up the Rabbit Hole

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Penny Arcade/ Tammy Faye Starlite in “The Anarchist” by Trav S.D.

Filed under: Art Stars, Indie Theatre, PLUGS Tagged: Austin Pendleton, David Mamet, Not My President, Penny Arcade, Tammy Faye Starlite, The Anarchist, theatre, WOW Cafe

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Stars of Vaudeville #1032: Pepito and Joanne by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Jose Escobar “Pepito” Perez (1896-1975). Originally from Barcelona, Pepito got his start as a clown in Spain in 1914. He came to the U.S. in 1922 and per…

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Some More Circus and Variety News by Trav S.D.

So much circus and variety news lately, this may have to become a regular feature! As we reported in our earlier bulletin, but may have gotten lost in the list of items, the theme of this y…

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine’s Day from the Littlest Lovers: Tom Thumb & Lavinia Warren by Trav S.D.

“There’s someone for everybody” goes the old matchmaker’s expression, and perhaps no words rang truer on February 9, 1863, the day that professional little person Tom…

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Stuart Erwin: Lummox, Lover and Bumpkin by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of actor Stuart Erwin (1903-1967). Originally from Squaw Valley, California, Erwin had a little stage experience before being cast in a small role in his feature featur…

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Stars of Vaudeville #1031: Florence Roberts by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Florence Roberts (1871-1927). This is yet another Florence Roberts, quite a different one from the professional old lady we wrote about here. This Florence Roberts…

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Stars of Vaudeville #1030: Aida Overton Walker by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of Aida Overton Walker (1880-1914). singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, comedienne and “Queen of the Cakewalk”. Born Ada Overton (she later embellished th…

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Stars of Vaudeville #1029: Helen Dauvray by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of actress Helen Dauvray (1859-1923). A prominent stage actress of her day (and one of the few female actor-managers), today she is best remembered for her private life…

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Family in 50 States #26: Oregon by Trav S.D.

This new series of posts came out of the realization that I have relatives and roots in all 50 U.S. states. My ancestors lived in 14 of them (all on the eastern seaboard or adjacent), and I …

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Family in 50 States #25: Arizona by Trav S.D.

This new series of posts came out of the realization that I have relatives and roots in all 50 U.S. states. My ancestors lived in 14 of them (all on the eastern seaboard or adjacent), and I …

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Monday, February 13, 2017

The Coney Island Secession Movement! by Trav S.D.

Yesterday, after I posted my piece about the various contemporary secession movements (hint: none of them are in the middle of the country), Dick Zigun, Coney Island’s Unofficial Mayor…

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Tomorrow: Rally To Revive CHARAS by Trav S.D.

Filed under: CULTURE & POLITICS, Indie Theatre, Protests, Valentine's Day Tagged: Charas, El Bohio, rally, theatre

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Stars of Vaudeville #1028: Helen McKellar by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of actress Helen MacKeller (1895-1966). Originally from Detroit, MacKellar began trouping in melodramas and vaudeville as a teenager. I see references to her in reviews…

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Why SNL of Late is NOT All That by Trav S.D.

Sometimes the difference between comedy and satire can seem slight, but when the latter is properly done, you can drive a truck through the gulf. Satire is comedy made by an angry moralist. …

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Secession Talk on Lincoln’s Birthday by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. How sad Lincoln would be to know that 152 years after his death, the country would still be divided, and for reasons not too different fro…

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Stars of Vaudeville #1027: Ralph Riggs and Katherine Witchie by Trav S.D.

Today is the birthday of dancer Ralph Riggs (1885-1951). With his wife Katherine Witchie (d. 1967) had an acrobatic dance act in vaudeville for many years. A description of their act from Th…

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Carrie Welton: A Novel by Trav S.D.

It may beyond the capacity of younger people to imagine, but there was a time within living memory when New England’s smaller cities (towns like Worcester, Providence, Hartford, Waterb…

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Friday, February 10, 2017

R.I.P. Rich Conaty by Trav S.D.

Well, I’m, very blue today to hear that Rich Conaty has passed. I’d heard that he was very sick, but I somehow missed the news that he’d left us. I’ll let my 2009 pro…

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