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Newsletter March 8, 2018

 

 

Coney Island USA Spring Gala is Saturday, March 24th at Kitchen 21! Tickets on sale now!
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Join us for a stellar celebration of all the things that make Coney Island unique!

Our annual spring gala is the flagship fundraiser for our non-profit arts organization. This year’s event will take place at Kitchen 21 on the boardwalk. Like our home at 1208 Surf Avenue, Kitchen 21 was formerly a Childs Restaurant. Newly restored, the landmarked building is the perfect backdrop for showcasing the performers, artists, personalities, and spirit of Coney Island. It stands as a symbol of the neighborhood’s colorful past and bright future.

International burlesque star Angie Pontani hosts the 2018 gala, featuring jazz by Brian Newman; live dancing by Rebel Night Jivers; sideshow acts by “Purveyor of Amazement” Todd Robbins and Fibi Eyewalker; burlesque by Gigi Bonbon (Miss Coney Island 2018), Poison Ivory (Miss Exotic World 2016), and Edie Nightcrawler; and walkabout performances by Little Brooklyn plus others to be announced.

Evening Highlights
• Open bar (wine, Coney Island Brewing Co. beer, Deep Eddy Vodka and Wine)
• Hors d'oeuvres by Kitchen 21
• Confectionery masterpiece by Kate Sullivan/Cake Power and Renshaw, the professionals choice
• Silent auction
• Mini Mermaid Parade
• Face painting by Juliet Jeske
• Tarot readings by Beelzebabe
Denny Daniels' Museum of Interesting Things
Miss Cherry Delight and Noah D'Klein's Mystery in a Box, available for purchase

VIP Exclusives
• Open bar (wine, Coney Island Brewing Co. beer, special drinks by Sailor Jerry, Widow Jane, and Spiked Seltzer)
• Hors d’oeuvres and additional fare by Kitchen 21
• Virtual reality tour through turn-of-the-century Luna Park in the Great Fredini’s Time Machine
• Sweet Table by Jennifer Champagne of Champagne Sweets
• Gift bags

Tickets (21+) 

General Entry, $100
Admission; wine and beer; hors d’oeuvres; cake

VIP, $250
VIP admission; wine, beer, special drinks; hors d’oeuvres and other food; cake; Sweet Table; gift bag

Patron, $500
VIP admission, wine, beer, special drinks; hors d’oeuvres and other food; cake; Sweet Table; Coney Island USA Mermaid Parade Judge membership; gift bag

Benefactor, $1000
VIP admission; wine, beer, special drinks; hors d’oeuvres and other food; cake; Sweet Table; special tour of Coney Island USA’s landmark building; Coney Island USA Justice of the Beach membership; gift bag

Group Tables, $1250
Group tables of six in our VIP section.

All sales are final. Tickets are Will Call only; they will not be shipped.

Kitchen 21 directions here.

Stay up-to-the-minute with our 2018 gala: visit the event page on Facebook!

Click here to purchase tickets!

Kitchen 21
3052 W. 21st
Brooklyn, New York 11224


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Bloody Brains in a Jukebox: A Rock Opera! Sneak Preview, Free Admission! Friday, March 9th, Saturday, March 10th, 8pm!
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FREE ADMISSION SNEAK PREVIEW!

Open Workshops of our weirdo new Rock Opera in Progress for Production in 2019!

Act One Songs
Friday, March 9 & Saturday, March 10

Act Two Songs
Thursday, March 29 & Friday, March 30

8 PM

FREAK BAR
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

36th Annual Mermaid Parade Registration is now open!
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The 36th Annual Mermaid Parade is Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 1pm!
Click here for info and to register online!

Magic at Coney!!!, This Sunday, March 11th, 12pm
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Magical Promotions, together with Coney Island USA, presents an afternoon of fun and wonder for the entire family. Magic at Coney!!! is a magical variety show highlighting a vast array of magicians; featuring illusionists, escape artists, mentalists and close-up magicians from around the world. Admission is only $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12, online, or at the door. 

Click here for further info and to purchase tickets in advance.

Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue

Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth, This Sunday, March 11th, 4pm
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Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Playful Productions present a special showcase for young variety performers, ranging from absolute amateurs to world-class professionals. Juvenile jugglers, diminutive dancers, adolescent acrobats, and a host of other majorly talented minors present a full show of vernal vaudeville.

The program features an amazing array of young talent. These are the future stars of Cirque du Soleil, Coney Island Sideshow, and television. Where else can you see young unicyclists, tap dancers, magicians, clowns, and contortionists share the stage with Broadway-bound singers and classically trained musicians?

Since its inception in January 2004, the Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth program has grown markedly and conducted after-school programs throughout the Empire State. CavalKids have performed in Speigeltents at the South Street Seaport and at the Bard Summerscape Festival, at Abrons Arts Center, at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and for American Youth Circus Organization festivals.

Admission:  $10 youth under 21 / $15 adults

Click here for further info and to purchase tickets in advance.

Sideshows by the Seashore
1208 Surf Avenue

Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival, March 23-25
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The Coney Island Ritual Cabaret Festival marks International Culture Lab’s (ICL) third consecutive year probing the fantastical dancing partnership of ritual and entertainment on Coney Island USA’s burlesque stage. In March 2017, ICL and CIUSA presented the Coney Island Butoh and Theatre Festival and in March 2016, the Coney Island Butoh and Beyond Festival.

This year ICL has assembled an array of local performance artists, musicians, and dancers, all of whom have been tasked with presenting original works that define “ritual cabaret” through the lens of their own particular aesthetic, discipline and lineage.

Click here for further info and to purchase tickets in advance.

Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Avenue

Upcoming Highlights of 2018 Season!
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March 23,24,25
RITUAL CABARET

March 24
SPRING GALA
KITCHEN 21

March 29, 30
Free Workshop Readings of BLOODY BRAINS IN A JUKEBOX
A Rock Opera by Dick D. Zigun & Nikos Brisco

March 31, April 1
SIDESHOW OPENS

April 6
SIDESHOW HALL OF FAME

April 7,8
SUPERFREAK WEEKEND

April 13,14,15,20,21,22
BECOMING BETTIE PAGE
A New Play by Dick D Zigun & Chicava Honeychild featuring the Boogie Woogie Tunes of Champion Jack Dupree

April 21
PHANTOM CREEP THEATER

April 27,28,29
NERDLESQUE FESTIVAL

May 11
DICK ZIGUN 65th BIRTHDAY BURLESQUE

May 19
PINBALL PARTY

May 24
CONEY COMEDY FREAKSHOW with Brandon Scott

June 8 - September 3
Daily SIDESHOW

June 16
36th Annual MERMAID PARADE

June 23
PHANTOM CREEP THEATER

June 30
LASER SHOW

July 12, August 9
ANCHORS AWEIGH

July 28
LASER SHOW

August 11
PHANTOM CREEP THEATER

August 25
LASER SHOW

September 7
MISS CONEY ISLAND CONTEST

September 8
BEARD AND MOUSTACHE

September 14,15,16
FILM FESTIVAL

September 28
LASER SHOW

October 6
QUEER CONEY

November 2,3,4,9,10,11,16,17,18,23,24,25
THE EDUCATION OF AL CAPONE AS IF TOLD BY JIMMY DURANTE  by Dick D Zigun
Directed by Anabella Sciorra

BURLESQUE AT THE BEACH 2018

MAY
4, 5, 11 (Dick's 65th), 12, 18, 25, 26

JUNE
1,2,8,9,22,23,29

JULY
6,7,13,14,20,21,27

AUGUST
3,4,10,11,17,18,24,31

SEPTEMBER
1,7

OUTCAST WOMEN
May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20

The Coney Island Museum, Open Saturdays 12pm-6pm, Sundays, 2pm-6pm!

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Coney Island USA is thrilled to announce the opening of "Five Cents To Dreamland" at the Coney Island Museum. Presented in cooperation with the New York Transit Museum, this special exhibition brings together highlights from both permanent collections to explore Coney Island's history from a new and unique perspective!

Highlights from our Permanent Collection This includes Funhouse Mirrors, our cool collection of coolers and thermoses from 50's & 60's, rare hundred year old hold to light postcards and much more!

Admission is $5 for Adults, $3 for Seniors, Kids (under 12) and residents of Zip Code 11224. Free for Members!

The Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue

Call for entries 18th Annual Coney Island Film Festival!
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Our Call for entries is now open! Festival dates are September 14-16, 2018. Entry deadline is June 22nd.
Click here for further info!

Coney Island Pinball Museum! Open Saturdays and Sundays, 1pm-6pm!photo

A Curated Living Museum exhibit, featuring playable Vintage Pinball Machines from the 1970's & 80's curated to represent pinball art themes such as Sideshow, Magic, Roller Coasters, Stuntman Evel Knievel, Coney Island itself!

Free Admittance. Pinball - 50 cents per game.

#pinball4pinheads

3006 West 12st. (next to Sideshows by the Seashore entrance)

Have your next event in a Coney Island Landmark!

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Our landmarked building is a wonderful venue for your next party, wedding, function, film or photo shoot!

Click here for further info.

Book the Coney Island Circus Sideshow or Individual Performers!

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If you're looking for a truly unique experience that your guests will remember for a lifetime, then look no further! The Coney Island Circus Sideshow is available to entertain at any event or occasion.

Coney Island, USA has access to hundreds of performers in a variety of skill-sets. If you have an idea in mind, but don't see it here, just ask. Unusual acts are our specialty, including: wild west trick ropers, world record knife throwers, unique musicians, little people, natural-born human oddities and so much more! If you can dream it, we can book it!

Click here for further info.

The Donor Wall!
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Get your message seen by the millions of annual visitors to Coney Island, USA. No, we don't want you to tag our landmark building or scratch your name into our incredible freak bar, we want you to put up a plaque on our Donor Wall. The Wall will be part of the Freak Bar for thousands of years to come, and your message will be right up there for future Coney Islophiles to gape at.

Click here for further info!

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Coney Island USA Gift Shop and Freak Bar!

Open Saturdays and Sundays, 12pm - 6pm!

The Coney Island USA Gift Shop is located at 1208 Surf Ave. Or, you can shop online!

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Become a Member of Coney Island USA! New membership levels!

Your generosity ensures that Coney Island USA can continue to bring you innovative arts programming!

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The Authorized Coney Island Tour!

By Appointment

Developed in association with Dick Zigun, Founder Coney Island USA!

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