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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Coney Events: A Political Wax Work



Poster by Jason Lonon
Is it Halloween already, because there is a creep in the air.  Is that patriotism I smell or are they rubbing wax on this election because one candidate has the look of latex while the other is doing a good impersonation of a Disney animatronic president.  Yet, I feel the ghosts of dead presidents are awakening only to wreak havoc on the holiday before the election – or perhaps the election itselfWhich brings me to what I’m really referring to.  Presidential hopeful or not, a demented tour of the old Presidential Wax Works could prove quite rewarding or simply quite creepy.  Don’t take it from me, take it from the work's 70’s old night watchman.  But be warned: Please leave your sanity at the door.

The last leg of Dirty Works At The Wax Works starts tomorrow, Wednesday, 24th 2012!

Photos by Laure Leber
As the Coney Island USA’s Creepshow at the Freakshow puts it:
DIRTY WORK AT THE WAX WORKS is a demented story told by the 1970's Night Watchman of Coney Island's infamous Presidential Wax Works. If you take his after hours, crackpipe smoking, hallucinated tour though the Hall of Presidents, don't be too shocked or offended, if you hear excessive swearing and encounter excessive graphic violence including:  

A Shooting Gallery Re-Enactment of the Kennedy assassination.

Zombies eating Richard Nixon's brain and a Funeral interrupted by a Booger hanging off of George Washington's nose.


DIRTY WORK AT THE WAX WORKS is October's perfect mash-up of Halloween Horror & Horrifying Presidents!

Vote for our Creepiest Carny Ever!
Or Vote for our League of Zombie Fighting Creepshow Commanders in Chief!
Vote for the Worst Presidents and Best Halloween Ever!

Come see what the
New York Press called "not only the best and wildest haunted house in town, but the smartest as well."


Dates and Times: Show starts on the hour. Click date, to buy tickets in advance. All tickets are $10 in
advance or at the door. Advance purchase recommended.


Wednesday, October 24,
6pm - Midnight (last ticket sold at 11pm)
Thursday, October 25,
6pm - Midnight (last ticket sold at 11pm)
Friday, October 26,
6pm - Midnight (last ticket sold at 11pm)
Saturday, October 27,
6pm - Midnight (last ticket sold at 11pm)
Sunday, October 28,
6pm - Midnight (last ticket sold at 11pm)
Monday, October 29,
6pm - Midnight (last ticket sold at 11pm)
Tuesday, October 30,
6pm - Midnight (last ticket sold at 11pm)
Wednesday, October 31,
Halloween!, 6pm - Midnight (last ticket sold at 11pm)

Under 16 must be accompanied by parent. No one under 10 will be admitted!

Click here for the 2012 Press Release.

See a Fox News NY piece, of the 2008 version of this script, by clicking here.

Creepshow At The Freakshow!

Dirty Work At The Wax Works

October 24-31, All Tickets $10 In Advance Or At The Door
Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.

Sideshows By The Seashore  (between Stillwell Ave. and West 12th Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Phone: 718-372-5159
Email: info@coneyisland.com
By Subway - D, N, F, Q to Stillwell Ave. - Coney Island
www.coneyisland.com



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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Coney Events: Stuff Yourself Silly!


From the Coney Island USA website:
Adam the First Real Man Presents: Stuff Yourself Silly...A Variety Show With All The Fixins.

Spend Thanksgiving Eve in Coney Island with a cornucopia of extraordinary talent.
Get your fill of unusual acts and death defying feats with some of New York's most talented and outrageous variety performers.

Featuring:
Ventriloquist Pete Michaels
Contortionist Amazing Amy
Twisted Shockmeister Scott Baker
Belly Dancing and Accordion duo Bellow Dancer
Singer Princess Pat
Illusionist Eric Wilzig
Champion Western Artist Chris McDaniel
Fire Eater Angelica
Hula Hooper Justina Flash

"Its what they'll be talking about at thanksgiving dinner, don't feel left out!"

Freak Bar opens at 6:30pm.

Stuff Yourself Silly
A Variety Show With All The Fixins
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
8pm
$13 in advance or at the door
ADVANCE TICKETS ON SALE NOW! THERE ARE NO EXTRA SERVICE FEES TO PURCHASE ONLINE.
located at Coney Island USA - Sideshows By The Seashore
1208 Surf Ave.


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Monday, November 15, 2010

Coney Island USA Building Brightens Up All Night , All Year!

Image courtesy of The Great Fredini (CIUSA message board)

After always being somewhat quiet in the dark for a long time, the Coney Island USA building finally brightens up to a delight all night every night of the year.  Coney Island USA  artistic director; Dick Zigun describes the enhancements to the structure on the Coney Island USA message board:

We are two weeks away from finishing a major upgrade to the exterior of our building:

The entire facade has been power washed;  the fancy tin cornice at the top of the building is being cleaned, primed and painted;2nd floor windows frames are also being painted;  anti-bird spikes are being installed and the exterior lights (which have not worked for twenty years) have all been repaired.

The Surf Avenue facade will be illuminated every evening, 365 days a year; the West 12th Street lights will be on when we are open for business any evening.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Your Easy Vote Can Help Coney Island USA Win $25K

Chase is giving a helping hand to twenty lucky non-profit organizations with $5 million in charitable donations. And on the list is the cultural organization; Coney Island USA. With your easy clickable vote you could help Coney Island USA win $25,000. That's just one click at Chase Communities Facebook page. Become a fan and click away. Hurry, because the voting ends December 11th, 11:59pm ET.

Help support the Mermaid Parade, the Sideshow, The Museum, the Film Festival and all of Coney Island USA's innovative arts programming.



It's that easy! Click here!


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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Coney Events: Chol Hamoed At Coney Island

Direct from Coney Island USA:
Come celebrate the holiday of Sukkot at Coney Island USA's Sideshows by the Seashore with two great nights of “Jewish-Centric” sideshow, magic and variety entertainment. ’Meshuggena Magic for the Whole Mishpacha’ is the brainchild of Dick Zigun, Founder of Coney Island USA, and a nice Jewish Boy; as well as Adam Rinn, a Bar Mitzvahed magician, entertainer and Dean of Coney Island USA’s Sideshow School.

Wednesday, October 7, 4:30pm Show with Adam Rinn and Scott BakerWednesday October 7, 7:00pm Show with Adam Rinn and BenjiliniJeremy the Magician and David ‘the Kid’ Jaison will perform close up magic in the bar area during intermission

Thursday October 8, 4:30pm and 7:00pm. Both shows will feature Adam Rinn and Chris McDaniel, Jeremy the Magician and David ‘the Kid’ Jaison will perform close up magic in the bar area during intermission


Chol Hamoed at Coney Island!
Wednesday, October 7th & Thursday October 8th

Ticket prices are as follows:
$9.00 Adults
$5.00
Children under 12
at Sideshows By The Seashore
corner of Surf and West 12th street


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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Last Week To Place Bids On The Coney Funny Face Auction

From Coney Island USA:
Due to overwhelming demand for our fabulous Funny Faces, CIUSA is opening the online Funny Face auction for one more week only. Ladies and gentleman, this is your absolute last chance to claim your favorite, one of a kind Funny Face. Besides the joy you’ll feel in snagging your favorite smiling guy/s, you can also take heart in knowing that all proceeds from this auction will go directly towards supporting Coney Island USA’s unique arts programming and the fight to preserve the historic amusement district of Coney Island. So, ladies and gentleman bid early and often at
www.coneyisland.com/funnyface. Auction ends Tuesday, September 29th at 9pm ET.

These are the last Funny Faces of their kind and your last chance to take them home! Good luck and happy bidding!

Image courtesy of
marinazurkow (Flickr.com)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Reminder: Funny Face Auction Closes Today

Today at 1pm is the deadline for bidding on the Funny Face Project auction.

Just a friendly reminder that online bidding for the Funny Face Project will close at 1pm sharp on Wed. September 16th. Keep in mind that the final bid showdown will continue live that night from 7-10pm at the closing night reception of the Funny Face Project at the Jonathan O’Hara Gallery (41 East 57th Street, Suite 1302 between Park and Madison Avenues).

But wait, if online bidding closes at 1pm and live bidding continues that night, how can you ensure that you’ll be the last bid standing and take home your favorite fabulous Funny Face?


Image courtesy of Fred Kahl

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Coney Events: The Second Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition

Image courtesy of Norman Blake

From the Coney Island USA press release:

Donny Vomit Presents
The Second Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache Competition
Tomorrow, Saturday Sep. 12th at
Sideshows By The Seashore Theater
With Special Guest Jennifer Miller the Bearded Lady

Brooklyn’s hairiest competition is coming soon. The Second Annual Coney Island Beard And Moustache Competition will be taking place on September 12th at the Sideshows By The Seashore Theater. In celebration of facial hair of the strange the odd, weird and bizarre. No stache is too short no beard is too big.

The festivities will begin at 6pm at The Freak Bar with music by banjo virtuoso Curtis Eller. Strait Razor Shaves by Tonsorial Artist Michael W. Haar. Photo registration will also take place for all contestants. The Variety and Awards show will begin at 8pm featuring New York’s finest talent including Donny Vomit the Gentleman Oddity, Albert Cadabra the Great Deceiver. Special guest performer Jennifer Miller the Bearded Lady will also be in attendance. A great time to be had by all.

This year will be awarding best natural beard, best styled beard. Best natural moustache, Best styled moustache, Best in show. New this year is Worst in Show and Best Female Fake Beard or Stache.



Donny Vomit Presents
The Second Annual Coney Island Beard and Moustache
Saturday Sep. 12th
8pm
Tickets $10
at the Sideshows By The Seashore Theater
1208 Surf Ave, Coney Island
Registration and Pre-Show 6pm Variety and Awards Show


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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Ask The Experts: Behind The Myth Of New York

Elizabeth L. Bradley, deputy director of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, will discuss the creation, evolution, and prevalence of the New York "attitude" through Washington Irving’s imaginary historian, Diedrich Knickerbocker.



Here is the remaining schedule for the 'Ask the Experts' Series:

13 - D.B. Denholtz, Masterpieces of Sideshow Photography: From Daguerreotype to Snapshot (1852-1987)



Ask The Experts
Elizabeth L. Bradley: The Great Knickerbocker Hoax
Sunday, August, 30

4 pm
$5, Free for Coney Island USA members
at the Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Avenue


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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Last Two 'This Or That' Shows Left

Just two more Friday shows left for America's Favorite burlesquey zany show.

Come see the Julie Atlas Muz, the Great Fredini, the This or That Girls Bambi and Bunny, Brian Fisherman, and some of the most outrageous acts you've ever seen in the smash show people are raving about! Several lucky audience members will compete in America's Favorite Burlesque Gameshow! Be prepared to have a great time!www.thisorthat.tv



Burlesque on the Beach
This or That: America's Favorite Burlesque Gameshow
Friday, August 28, 2009

10 pm

$15
at Sideshows By The Seashore
corner of Surf and West 12th street


Last show Friday, September 25, 2009


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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Coney Events: Step Back To The 1930's

Slumming on the Coney Island boardwalk back in the 1930's was filled with an exuberant you can't find today. From the Marx Brothers, Gipsy Rose Lee, to your fill of amusement rides and sideshows. The Pinchbottom bothers and a few sisters brings you a sideshow extravaganza specially created for the Coney Island USA Sideshow by the Seashore.


From Coney Island USA:

When Hugo J. Porkenbush, house doctor to the Coney Island Sideshow, accidentally incapacitates all the performers, he has to find replacement acts -- and fast! So he recruits a pair of Boardwalk grifters (Nasto& Tiggo) to shanghai "volunteers" for the show. But when, instead of hapless victims, they abduct a bevy of burlesque performers from the Mermaid Parade, the show goes on... a lot further than anyone expected! Starring: NASTY CANASTA, JONNY PORKPIE, and TIGGER! as THE PINCH BROTHERS plus ALBERT CADABRA, DONNY VOMIT, GAL FRIDAY, JULIE ATLAS MUZ, LITTLE BROOKLYN



Burlesque by the Beach
Pinchbottom Presents: A Day on the Boardwalk, A Night at the Sideshow
Friday, Auguest 21, 2099

10 pm
$15

at Sidehows by the Seashore
Coner of Surf Avenue and West 12th Street



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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Get Your Tickets To Warriors 30th Year Reunion And Screening

Here's another chance to get your tickets before this second event brought by popular demand goes sold out too. It's been thirty years since the popular "Warriors" film was released taking NYC by storm. The film has gone on to be a b-picture, underground classic of sorts. And it all started right here in Coney Island. Join the rumble again!

From Coney Island USA:
Warriors Come Out To Plaaaaay! Can You Dig It!!!!??? Don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity on the films 30th Anniversary!! Be a part of history where the film was shot in the heart of the Coney Island Amusement District, and all for a good cause!

11:15pm Festivities Include:
• Cast Appearances by Michael Beck (Swan), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), Brian Tyler (Snow), Thomas G. Waites (Fox), Terry Michos (Vermin), Apache Ramos (Orphan)
• 11:15pm - 11:45pm - A Discussion and Q+A with the cast prior to the screening
• 11:45pm - 1:20am - Special Screening of The Warriors at Sideshows By The Seashore!

Please Note: There is No Private Meet and Greet with the cast at the 11:15pm Show. Autograph Signing will only occur from 7:30pm - 8:30pm outside the Sideshow on West 12th Street (fee set by cast member). No autographs will be signed in the building. Tickets for the 11:15pm show are $20 (non-refundable)
Click here to buy tickets for the 11:15pm show, ADVANCE SALE ONLY!

For those with 7:30 screening tickets, here's a briefing:
7:30pm sold out! With Festivities Including:• Cast Appearances by Michael Beck (Swan), Dorsey Wright (Cleon), Brian Tyler (Snow), Thomas G. Waites (Fox), Terry Michos (Vermin)• 7:30 - 8:30pm - Autograph Signing outside Sideshows By The Seashore on West 12th street (Additional Fee set by cast member). Please Note: This is the only time autographs will be signed. No autographs will be signed in the building. Exclusive Events for 7:30pm Ticket Holders Only:• 8:30pm - 9pm - Meet and Greet inside with the cast!• 9:00pm - 10:35pm - Special Screening of The Warriors at Sideshows By The Seashore! • 10:35pm - 11:05pm - A Question + Answer discussion with the cast right after the film!

The Warriors 30th Year Reunion and Screening
A Benefit/Fundraiser for Coney Island USA
Saturday, August 29
7:30 pm [sold out] & 11:30 pm
Demand, show added 11:15 pm
at Coney Island USA
1208 Surf Ave.
Videotaping/Filming is strictly prohibited inside the building.



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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Coney Events: God Damned Women Of Burlesque

Women burst into flames to show there firey side. Well, they may or may not burst but they'll sure make you do.

Join Jo Boobs as she presents Gal Friday, Julie Atlas Muz, Dr. Lucky, World Famous *BOB*, and special guest Devilicia of Boston's Black Cat Burlesque in an exploration of the firey side of women. It's going to be a hellacious show, with surprise performers and a finale that will damn the entire audience!


Burlesque at the Beach
Jo Boobs Presents: God Damned Women
Friday, August 14, 2009
10 pm
$15
at the Sideshows by the Seashore
located on the corner of Surf Avenue and West 12th Street

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Friday, August 07, 2009

Ask The Experts: Ghosts On Fire In Coney Island

Image by Gary Schwartz
Growing up in Coney Island gives you the gift of wonderful stories and experiences. Michael Schwartz takes you on a wonderful journey through his life with short stories and poems from an his upcoming book, an excerpt of a graphic novel set in different historic eras in Coney, you'll hear a couple of songs, he'll even do a character monologue, a scene, followed by a Q & A. An afternoon sure to be of pure delight whether you share an appreciation for Coney Island or not.

Ask Coney Island USA has greatly provided us for years now, their 'Ask the Experts' series takes you in depth with those who know very well about Coney Island. This Sunday afternoon:
MICHAEL SCHWARIZ: GHOSTS ON FIRE An Afternoon of Sex, Stickball, Mrs Stahl's Knishes, the Cyclone and the Sea, short stories, poems and colorful characters. Michael Schwartz, Coney Island resident, author, playwright and performer, will entertain with a series of vignettes, stories and performances about Coney Island.


Ask the Experts
Michael Schwartz: Ghosts On Fire
Sunday, August 9, 2009

4 pm
$5, FREE for Coney Island USA members!
at the Coney Island Museum
1208 Surf Ave.between Stillwell and West 12th st.

Here is the remaining schedule for the 'Ask the Experts' Series:
August 16 - Panel Discussion, Why Small Museums Matter
August 23 - Uncle Monsterface
August 30 Elizabeth Bradley, Knickerbocker: Behind the Myth of New York
September 13 - D.B. Denholtz, Masterpieces of Sideshow Photography: From Daguerreotype to Snapshot (1852-1987)


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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Coney Events: Hip Hip Hooray Burlesque

Over the top show-stomping hips drag across hysterical stage at this Burlesque sideshow hoopla!


Burlesque at the Beach:

Over the top showgirls, drag stars, choreographed production number, hysterical comedy, & bumps-n-grinds! Victor Victoria on (melted) ice!

Starring Darlinda Just Darlinda, Sequinette, Dave End, Taylor Mac, Marni, Poison Eve, Dirty Martini, David Bishop and hosted by World Famous *BOB*
myspace.com/dreamcometruegirl
http://www.missdirtymartini.com



Burlesque at the Beach
Hip Hip Hooray, a Musical Tribute To Everything Gay
Firday, August 7

10 pm

$15
at the Sideshows by the Seashore
corner of Surf avenue and West 12th Street

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Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Coney Events: School Of Burlesque Master Class

Come see students of Burlesque academia twitch their higher yearnings at none other than Coney Island USA's Burlesque at the Beach.


Burlesque at the Beach
New York School of Burlesque Master Class Student Showcase
Thursday, August 6, 2009
9 pm
$10
at Sideshows By The Seashore
located at the corner of Surf and West 12th street

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Coney Events: Strange Girls Found In Coney Today

Direct from Coney Island USA:
The Peach Tartes are very kinky girls--the kind of girls you want to know... Wave your freak flag high and celebrate Coney Island with us (it's our all-time favorite!) We're gonna get wild now and bring you everything from Little Egypt and Living Dolls to Siamese Twins and Snake Charmers! It's such a freaky scene!


Burlesque at the Beach
The Peach Tartes Let Their Freak Flag Fly!
July 24, 2009

10PM
$15
at the Sideshows By The Seashore
corner of Surf and West 12th street

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Coney Events: Hotsy Totsy Burlesque

More flashy flying burlesque paraphernalia to take the Sideshow stage at Coney Island.

From Coney Island USA:

HOTSY TOTSY BURLESQUE Twirling Tassels, flying underpants and a swell time! Hotsy Totsy Burlesque fuses theater with burlesque creating an irreverent burlesque soap opera. High camp, thrills, glamour and death defying g-strings! Presented by Joe the Shark and Cherry Pitz and featuring Adam "The First Real Man" and Nelson Lugo, Apathy Angel, Jenny C'Est Quoi, Magdelena Fox, Rosey La Roughe, Vernonica Varlow, Victoria Privates and Donny Vomit. Go-Go by Bobbie.



Burlesqu at the Beach
Hotsy Totsay Burlesque
Thursday, July 23, 2009
9 pm
$10
at Sideshows By The Seashore
corner of Surf and West 12th street

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