Newsletter - May 4, 2021




Ask The Experts: Charlie Ahearn - Live on Zoom! This Wednesday, May 5, 7pm, ET

Charlie Ahearn’s art practice includes painting, photography and making films such as the super 8 kung fu Deadly Art of Survival, 1978, and the classic hip-hop film Wild Style, 1982. He has made many shorts such as his Coney Island Rules, 2015, at the Art Walls with Adam Rinn. It’s an homage to Coney culture. 

His silkscreen paintings series depicting hip hop culture’s germinal years was shown at PPOW Gallery in New York 2017 and in Beyond The Streets New York 2019, in Chendu China 2020. Ahearn resides in New York City.

Charlie will be showing some of his photos and clips of his films.

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Ticket sales end on Wednesday, May 5th at 5pm.

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed day of the event.

Video on Demand Replay Coney Island USA Virtual Spring Gala 2021, Now through May 6th! Get Tickets here!

If you missed our Spring Virtual Gala this past Thursday 4/29, there's good news! You can watch and donate, via a Video on Demand replay through May 6th at Rolling Live Studios!

A Night of High-Voltage Entertainment
Produced in Cooperation With Jesse Malin, The Bowery Electric, and Rolling Live Studios

Coney Island USA, with Jesse Malin, Bowery Electric, and Rolling Live Studios, invites you to join us virtually for Coney Island … Baby!, a very special event benefiting our famed not-for-profit multicultural arts organization. Coney Island … Baby! is an evening of rock ‘n’ roll, sideshow, burlesque, and spoken word performances — a powerful showcase of the music on which The Bowery Electric built its name and the glorious magic of Coney Island.

Donations made during this broadcast go directly to Coney Island USA! 
Ticket sales from this event will be used to cover The Bowery Electric's production expenses.

Support Coney Island USA with a donation, and show the world your Coney-Island style with one of these thank-you gifts, including a tee-shirt created in honor of this event:


For a $15 donation, we’ll send you a Coney Island sticker pack
For a $40 donation, you'll receive a tee-shirt featuring the amazing CIUSA Cycloptopus image
For $50 we'll send you the tee-shirt AND a Coney Island USA face mask
For $75, you'll receive the tee-shirt AND a skeleton mermaid tote bag
For $125 we'll send you a tee-shirt, tote, AND Freak Show tank top
For $150, you'll receive the tee shirt AND tank top, the tote, a CIUSA mask, AND a limited edition, autographed event poster.

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With Performances by:
Jesse Malin
Joseph Arthur
Zopa featuring Michael Imperioli
Kembra Pfahler and The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
Lynne Von Pang
Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz
Heather Litteer with Lenny Kaye and Paul Wallfisch
Gyda Gash
Dick Zigun
Nora Guthrie
Alison Gordy
Todd Robbins
New York Nico
Little Brooklyn
Laura Lee Pants
Gigi Bonbon
Sage Sovereign
Bob Cat and the 9 Lives
Bob Holman
And your emcee, Adam Realman

Tickets are $20 at Rolling Live Studios.

Ask The Experts: Marie Roberts - Live on Zoom! Wednesday, May 12, 7pm, ET

Marie Roberts is a painter and native New Yorker, living and working in Southern Brooklyn. She received a B.A in art from Brooklyn College and MFA in painting from Queens College, (CUNY),  is a Professor of Art at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Artist in Residence at the not for profit arts center Coney Island USA.

Roberts' work has been shown at venues that include the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, PS 1, MOCADA, Deutchbank Galleries, Salina Gallery, LIU, 32 Edgecomb Gallery, Yale School of Art, Gallery SoBab, Seoul, South Korea, and Rivington Gallery, London and Coney Art Walls, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 curated by Jeffrey Deitch.

Her work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Transit Authority NYC, The Village Voice, Merk, CNN, DiDomenico Partners, Laughing Lotus Yoga, and Feld Entertainment as well as private collections.

Roberts has been subject of several short documentaries, including "Sideshow Picasso" by Marilyn Agrelo, and the 2015 "This Side of Dreamland" by Joshua Glick and Patrick Reagan. She is included in Coney Island Lost and Found by Charles Denson; City Lights: Tales of New York by Dan Barry and in media as diverse as The New York Times, TLC's Cake Boss, AMC’s Ride With Norman Reedus and is an ethical vegetarian tending toward vegan.

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Ticket sales end on Wednesday, May 12th at 5pm.

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed day of the event.

Funhouse Philosophers Presents: An Online Workshop of Becoming Bettie Page (The Film Recreations)! Thursday, May 13, 7pm, ET and Thursday, May 20, 7pm, ET - Live on Zoom

Created by Chicava Honeychild & Dick D. Zigun

Starring Seedy Edie

Live On Zoom!
Thursday, May 13, 2021, 7pm, ET.
Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7pm, ET.

In 2018 Funhouse Philosophers showcased a first draft tryout of a new play about Pinup Icon Bettie Page. With no audience allowed in our theater we’ve recently filmed recreations of her Fetish Films for a future production of the finished play including these very films projected with a live stage show.

Adam Realman will Introduce these workshops and conduct an audience Q&A after the films are shown.

Click here for tickets to May 13th.

Click here for tickets to May 20th.

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed day of the event.

Funded in part by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.


Ask The Experts: Richard Eagan - Live on Zoom! Wednesday, May 19, 7pm, ET

In 1978, artist Richard Eagan was visited by a series of dreams about his beloved childhood playground, Steeplechase Park. These dreams led him back to Coney Island, where he met a young Dick Zigun and partnered with fellow artist Philomena Marano, forming the Coney Island Hysterical Society.

So began an association between Coney Island USA and the Hysterical Society which sparked a revival of interest in and eventually the redevelopment of New York City’s legendary amusement beach.

Richard’s unique Coney Island-inspired studio work can be seen at

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Ticket sales end on Wednesday, May 19th at 5pm.

A Zoom link to join us online, will be emailed day of the event.


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