Custom Locks “The Bartender’s Friend” in the Lower East Side’s Rockwood Music Hall.
Eight New Bike Racks I made for the good people at the El Bar, in Philadelphia. Made of chain the Owner had come across during one of her many wanderings.
Vintage Ice Tong Valentine. shown with Sammy Jane Blankley’s fantastic Pig’s Heart with Bird Wings. Available at www.streetglittergallery.com in Philadelphia
At this point Brian Sanders has amassed a small collection of my work. Much of it is on display and adorned with beautiful humans in JUNK’s Snowball this year.
Links for tickets at the bottom.
The latest installment of SNOWBALL,… is a must-see world-premiere holiday delight for the whole family. Combining a post-modern urban narrative with a charming “Winter Wonderland Furrytail,” the engaging two-act show (conceived and created by Brian Sanders, written and directed by Lee Ann Etzold) will keep you smiling, gasping, oohing and aahing at its heartwarming moral, Sanders’ stunning choreography, and his acclaimed dance troupe’s extraordinary finesse.
Set outside a row of dreary tenements on the fictional Grey Lane (effectively designed by Pedro da Silva), SNOWBALL weaves the tale of an inner-city neighborhood plagued by crime, poverty, juvenile delinquency, a greedy landlady (guest artist Christine Morano), her smarmy accountant (the hilarious and nearly unrecognizable John Luna), and her callous thugs. But a cathartic snowfall and a giant magical snowflake bring a change of attitude to the beleaguered residents–now transformed into the whimsical Gang of Fur’s dancing bunnies–who battle the evil landlady turned Ice Queen and embrace the love and hope we all deserve (in inventive costumes by Jill Keys).
Employing Sanders’ signature incorporation of found objects into the choreography, the dancers–representing a microcosm of the city’s ethnicities, classes, and ages (ranging from 14 to 59!)–perform imaginative acrobatic dance moves with a trashcan, dumpster, shopping cart, and traffic cone, while street dancing, stilt-walking, spinning, soaring, and scaling the heights of the balconies and fire escapes to a soundtrack of tail-shaking pop hits from the ‘80s. JUNK superstars Tommy Schimmel (who stars as Lil’ Tim Flake), Connor Senning, Billy Robinson, Teddy Fatscher, and Laura Jenkins thrill the audience with their ever-impressive athleticism, control, and humor, and Ann-Marie Gover, JUNK’s newest member, is equally strong and sympathetic as Gem (Tim’s heroic love interest), who takes a stand against the forces of evil and triumphs.
Audience members are invited to join in the fun by dancing along to the Flake-Out, participating in a fuzzy snowball fight, booing and hissing the Ice Queen, and cheering the romance of Gem and Tim—so be sure to get into the spirit and don’t disappoint those lovable bunnies! [Harold Prince Theatre at the Annenberg Center] December 4-15, 2013, www.annenbergcenter.org or briansandersjunk.com.
Posted by Debra Miller
New work for my show at the Bucks County Audubon Society these next two Saturdays 7th and 14th. 11 am - 3 pm Blacksmithing Demo, Santa, Food, Crafts for children, and Music.