Mongrel Vaudeville is back after our winter hiatus! Featuring hostess "queer fat femme" Bevin Branlandingham and starring contortionist / sideshow performer Jared the Conjuror, fire artist Bleu Liverpool, performance artist Stav B all the way from London!, The Invert Family (feat. Bryn Kelly and members of the Low & the Lonesome), butoh dancer Azumi Oe, "woman trapped inside a woman's body" comedian Alison Grillo, sideshow group Middle to Nowhere, musician Alice en Wondermount, magician Stephen Henriquez, filmmaker Dark Brandon (Brandon Downing) and more! Mindreading! Feats of magic! Freaks and oddities!
Thursday, May 27th
doors at 8:00
221 N 9th St
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(between Driggs Ave & Roebling St)
L to Bedford, G to Metropolitan-Lorimer
Bevin Branlandingham is the Host and Producer of FemmeCast: The Queer Fat Femme Podcast Guide to Life. She is a flamboyant femmecee, writer, drag king, burlesque and comedy performer. She is Co-Head Madam of the Femme Family, the New York Chapter of the Femme Mafia, and on the steering committee for the Fat and Queer conference. In 2008 Bevin received a Commendation from the Mayor of Jersey City for her work with the LGBT community. Her writing has been published in numerous periodicals and she has performed throughout North America. Her mission is to make the world a safe place for people to love themselves, regardless of their differences. Her website (including blog, calendar of events and workshops) is found at QueerFatFemme.Com.
Sideshow ensemble Middle to Nowhere featuring R.J., Brandon and Emmaline! R.J. has performed for countless private events. He is also the “house” magician/entertainer for three different locations.
He has performed professionally for over five years but has been learning and practicing with his brother, Brandon Williams, since the age of 6. R.J. performs classic strolling magic and stage illusions, mentalism, hypnosis, escapology, fire breathing, fire eating and juggling.
Emmaline has been R.J's trustee assistant for 4+ years. Emmaline has been performing from the age of 8. From singing as backup with Elton John, Sting, Smoky Robinson, James Taylor and Patti LaBell, to dancing and singing at the New York Theater (now the David H. Koch Theater) for 10+ years. Emmaline performs illusions with R.J, glass walking, hula hoop dancing, and burlesque fire breathing, eating and spinning.
Brandon has practiced the human blocked head for years. Be warned never try what he does at home this could kill you. He has gotten so good and such a thrill he now has a twist added to the normal human blockhead. Along side with this Brandon has practiced magic with his twin brother R.J. since the age of 6. Brandon is used for close-up magic when needed, his specialty are card tricks. Brandon performs classic strolling magic, and Human Blockhead.
Alice En Wondermount Innovative Creative Acoustic/Electric Solo Instrumentalist; who fuses the genres with unique philosophical genius. Originally a classically trained violinist who transformed into a guitar sensationalist. Known for playing guitar in the public squares of New York City selling cds put together independently without industry influx. Also known for key performances at venues such as The Blue Note, Bitter End, Tonic etc. This musician will soon become one of the greatest musicians and will be well remembered for the generations to come for sincerity, genuine insight and exquisite expression of musical and artistic expression.
Bleu J. Liverpool is a Brooklyn-born and raised pyrotechnical artist pursuing her degree in Multi-Media arts & Cultural studies. She has for years performed on national and international stages. Various eclectic locations include music festivals within the Swiss Alps, D.I.Y. concerts held on Congress Bridge in Austin TX, Folk-Art festivals in Scotland, Yoruba spiritual ceremonies in New England and several "Danger" parties here in NYC. She has recently started collaboration with distinguished Nepalese violinist Mukija Gurung
and Brooklyn-born accomplished drummer Daniel "Kurf" Kurfirst. Together, the trio definitely cultivate intimacy and sincerity.
Azumi Oe was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. Since arriving in New York, She received Butoh training from Vangeline, Katsura Kan and Ko Muroboshi. Recently she performed as a principal dancer of the Vangeline Theatre at Abrons Arts Center, The Kitchen, Theatre for New City, Judson Memorial Church, Governors Island. She also explores solo work at the New York Dance Qube, Laguardia Performing Arts Center, and other places. Azumi is excited to collaborate with other dancers, musicians, film makers, and any kind of artist, with the hope of growing as a creator.
Alison Grillo is New York City’s Woman Trapped Inside a Woman’s Body. A stand-up comic with a unique personal story, Alison is also the producer/host of
Jokes ‘n’ Gender: The Talk Show Concept, performed monthly at the Broadway Comedy Club. Alison appears frequently in NYC’s top clubs, at various LGBT
events in the Northeast, and in improv shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade. She has been heard on the Barry Z Show (CBS Radio) and on Hunter College Radio
and featured on Slava Yaryshkin’s biographical Internet site, Stand-up Comedy 101. Her educational degrees include an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson
College and a B.A. in economics/political science from Drew University. She is also a graduate of the American Comedy Institute’s one-year program. Her short
fiction has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologized by Tin House Books and the University of Wisconsin Press.
Jared Rydelek aka Jared the Conjuror is a circus sideshow performer, contortionist, escape artist, juggler, fire eater and so much more. With a an extensive list of amazing feats, Jared can change any event into something incredible. He has been featured on The National Geographic Channel, E! Entertainment, German Television, Dawn Dishsoap commercials, and many other shows and publications. He holds three world records for contortion. Jared is based in new york city, where he can be seen performing on stage and as a street performer at many festivals. He is also one of a select few hand-picked street performers in Time Square!
Dark Brandon, aka Brandon Downing's books include
Lake Antiquity: Poems 1996-2008 (Fence,2009), The Shirt Weapon (Germ, 2002), and Dark Brandon (Faux Press, 2005). Dark Brandon: Eternal Classics, was released on DVD in 2007. Photographic work can be seen at www.brandondowning.org, while more recent video projects can often be found at www.youtube.com/user/bdown68
Steven Henriquez’s dynamic mix of Comedy & Magic has got fans all across America talking. As a full time magician based in New York, he performs various feats, from making a select card appear in his pocket, giving you the sensation of touching your body without laying a finger on you, and even swallowing an entire 6 foot balloon on stage. Steven Henriquez will have your jaws dropping, mouths watering, and your cheeks red with laughter from beginning to end.
more performer bios coming soon!