Not for the Feint of Heart Performance Art

I am awed by many things in New York – the women in spike heels lugging their lives on their shoulders who still manage to look captivating, the indefatigability of the squirrels in Washington Square Park come fall, and the strangely comforting bellow of the subway evangelical preachers.  But, one thing tops it all – the persistence and inventiveness of our performance artists.  Here are a few upcoming events that promise to delight and surprise, if you’re up for the adventure!

Floating Kabarette

Saturday, August 15

Ten performers – from trapeze to burlesque to music  – as well as a short film and free haircuts at Galapagos Art Space.  Hosted by diva Angela DiCarlo, with Narcissister, Jenny Rocha and Her Painted Ladies, Adam and Mia, and Anya Sapozhnikova.

Galapagos Art Space
16 Main Street [DUMBO]
10p; $free
718 222 8500

The Return of Rococo Party: A Baroque Bash

Saturday, August 15

The extravagance of 1770 rococo Paris meets the eclecticism of 2009 underground New York nightlife. Think Amadeus, Marie Antoinette, the Marquis de Sade, etc, but with a thoroughly modern twist.  This fifth Summer Edition installment of the party will feature burlesque, juggling, spectacles, magic, feats of strength, a unicycle or two, live art, and live techno baroque, and rococo rock music.  Powdered wigs, powdered faces, candelabras, masques, and big hair will all abound in the most baroque ball since the guillotine came down.

Featured performances by Nick Ignazzi (magic), MacheteLatte (blockhead), Lil Miss Lixx (burlesque), Kat Mandu (burlesque), and Michael Richter. Live music by: SnazzMammoth. and kmbs.
Teneleven
171 Avenue C, between 10th and 11th streets, Manhattan
8p; $5 cover, $2 with costume, masks will be available, best costume wins a prize
RSVP aardvark2000@gmail.com

JELVIS’s “Elvis Has Left… the Deli” Tour

Sunday, August 16

To commemorate the 32nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, join JELVIS the JEWISH ELVIS this Sunday on the 1st Annual Elvis Has Left… The Deli Tour! the world’s longest whirlwind daylong FREE musical tour of New York City’s finest delicatessens.

Tour starts at 11am at Barney Greengrass and ends at 4:30pm at Katz’s Delicatessen in the LES.  Artie’s Deli @ 11:30, Carnegie Deli @ 1:00.   Enjoy Jelvis’ (Willard Morgan’s) renditions of – you better believe it – “Have Another Bagel” (“Hava Nagila”), “Love Me Tender, I’m a Jew”, and “Are You Hungry Tonight” (“Are you Lonesome Tonight?”)!  You can also join Jelvis in the LES on his “Dill Pickle Procession” after the performance at Katz’s, and enjoy a visit to Guss’ Pickles before it relocates to Borough Park in the fall.

Honor the King’s Jewish heritage – evidently Elvis’s mother Gladys’s mother’s mother was Jewish – and observe his yahrzeit with a few Jewish-flavored tunes while sampling the best corned-beef and knishes in the world.  Jelvis will be raising money and awareness to fight hunger worldwide through Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

JELVIS’s “Elvis Has Left… the Deli” Tour
Delis [various locations in Manhattan]
August 16
FREE

Zeitgeist @ The Delancey

Tuesday August 18

Zeitgeist is a monthly collective designed to help create more collaborative conditions within the New York music and arts community.  Always looking for new acts, Zeitgeist hopes to attract other artists and like-minded individuals who want to participate.  Musicians, designers, comedians, performers pay attention – this is a venue for you!

This month’s show, featuring an all-female set list, entitled “The Fairer Sex,” is on Tuesday, August 18.  Entry costs $7.  Kathleen Mock @ 7:30, Grace McLean @ 8:30, Vanessa Boyd @ 9:30, Trio (acoustic set from Sarah Mucho and Kurt Leege) @ 10:30.

Starting in September, Zeitgeist moves to the 4th Tuesday of each month.  Upcoming shows include dancing, progressive grooves, a sword-swallower, and go-go girls!  Check out Zeitgeist on Facebook.

Zeitgeist
The Delancey Lounge, 168 Delancey St. [Lower East Side]
August 18
$7


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Danielle Levanas - Bargain Soul Huntress

Danielle was raised by a pack of coyotes in the Los Angeles hills. Since arriving in NY in 2001, she has had any number of strange jobs, including back-up singing for JELVIS (the Jewish Elvis), starting the non-profit LYDIA, and writing political cabarets. A huge advocate for travel as a way of life, you can find her at the Brooklyn Public Library when her bank account is empty, fantasizing about where to head off to next.