Sunday, April 28, 2013
Doors at 7:00 pm
Show at 8:00 p.m
The Portland Umbrella Festival comes to a grand close as radical vaudevillian Jasper Patterson brings his New Eccentrics show to Portland. Aerial contortionist Laura Stokes of Ricochet and master buffon Faeble Kievman of Cirque En Deroute take a break from their own globe-hopping adventures to deliver solo works. And Portland comedy favorites The Bellini Twins send us off to Corvallis for Weekend #3
“The New Eccentrics are… nothing short of extraordinary!” – NY Theater Magazine
Jasper Patterson of the New Eccentrics
Director Jasper Patterson has brought vaudeville to the fringe and back again. For one night only he curates a selection of national circus arts to create a raucous avant-garde event which you are guaranteed to have never seen before.
Dave Clay of Handsome Little Devils
Dead Man Wonderland (Matrix Juggling)
Laura Stokes of Circus Ricochet
Santa Fe New Mexico
San Francisco California
The Bellini Twins
Night five (2nd weekend) of The Umbrella Festival of Circus and Comedy – see www.albertarosetheatre.com for full festival information.
TICKETS and INFO at www.albertarosetheatre.com $15 adult, $10 youth
DAnger Juggling! with The New Eccentrics
WINNER! BEST OF THE BAY!
Because what Tourettes brings is the deepest concentration of raw talent you’re likely to see in the Bay Area.” -KQED
STAND UP COMEDY *BURLESQUE * BEAT-BOXING * SLAM POETRY * FREESTYLE BATTLE * DIRTY HAIKU BOUT * CRAZY CONTESTS! * MIRTHFUL MAYHEM
Comedian ALEX KOLL–Alex has performed at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, garnering a “Best of New Faces” nod, and appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live At Gotham.” He has also performed at the SXSW festival, ComedyFest Vancouver, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and SF SketchFest. As a comedic filmmaker, Alex has created award-winning videos for IFC.com, SuperDeluxe.com, Rooftop Comedy and Revision3. He has performed in short films and commercials, and was the host for the popular “ROFL” comedy show on the Revision3.com web network. His sketch group Boomtime with fellow comedians Moshe Kasher and Brent Weinbach has been featured on PBS.
Danger Juggling by the NEW ECCENTRICS
Comedy by Emily Heller!
Dessert Porn Rap by MC CUPCAKE
Watchmen Burlesque by DORIAN FAUST
Special Appearance by CAPTAIN AMERICA Dave Clay
BBoy and BGirl Battle
ALL AMERICAN 5th of July Games!
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Hosted by JAMIE and SISSY DEWOLF
and The Maniac of Mouth, Wildman SIDESHOW SYZYGY!
Battle Beats by DJ F*CK OFF!
Onstage Freaking by MISS ECCENTRIC and MR. MASCOT!
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630 3rd St. @ Jefferson
ALL AGES * FULL BAR * $10
Sign up’s 8pm * Show 8:30pm
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URBAN MYTH Director’s Notes
The tradition of circus is grand and ancient. The name comes first, from popular performances during the Roman empire. Through time circus has reinvented itself to match changing attitudes in the public and history at large. The reason for this, is that circus has always been the art of the people; It’s origins are not in state sponsored theaters or art houses. Circus started in street festivals and public fairs and has made a living not off of patrons or endowments, but on the wonder it creates in the heart of the average person.
For this reason, the origins of circus are naturally subversive. The hero of the Commedia d’ell ‘arte, the precursor to modern circus clowning is the trickster Harlequin. Instead of instructing us in the morals of the day, he has thrilled audiences for hundreds of years by insulting the ruling class, courting absurdity, and defying authority. This has not gone unnoticed by the establishment, however. For ridiculing the corrupt actions of the monarchy, early circus troupes were banned from speaking in public places (which is the beginning of the “pantomime,” a silent entertainment where stock clown characters lead police on elaborate comic chases) and were even banished from France entirely by Louie XIV for their impertinence.
This pattern is a common one through history. Time and time again a ruling elite has set to put restrictions on public “folk” performances they deem as threatening to their authority. Capoeira, from Brazil and the Bomba from Puerto Rico are just two examples from the early colonization of Latin America, where dances brought from slave ships combined into a rich cultural and spiritual practice that was illegalized by the invading Spanish elite. This story has repeated itself again during the dark days of break-dance at the very beginning of this century, when breakdance was associated with criminal activity and b-boys were chased and arrested for practicing their art in urban public spaces.
I myself am part of one of these many reinventions of circus; this one started as street theater here in San Francisco in the 1970s. In the past decade aggressive legislation has grown in this country that seeks to criminalize public street performance. This is part of a current trend in America that seeks to increase private ownership of urban space and enforce limits on the types of expression allowed in those spaces. At this point in time, we find ourselves facing a future where we must reverse this kind of thinking. Art is the lifeblood of a city, and with such harsh limits on expression, culture can only turn inward and dwindle, or explode outward in fiery confrontation. With this Urban Myth, we hope we can evoke the history of positive uses for public space and what they are meant to be used for; art, celebration, wonder and magic.
The New Eccentrics invite you to participate in their first preview of MANIFESTO!
This is the show we’re taking to the Comic Book Theatre Festival and this show is to workshop the material and raise some funds for travel.
Lauded as “truly innovative and engaging,” The New Eccentrics come from the underground West Coast variety scene to present a Dada-cabaret, pop-up book/live graphic novel.
Their unique style stitches together surrealist puppetry, high fashion design, and the history of vaudeville trickery, creating a seamless magical world that brings the comic strip into the third dimension. With their feet planted in a vintage circus/variety tradition and their minds soggy with the frayed media of the YouTube generation, they expose the hidden structure of myth, illusion, and wonder, weaving them all together with immersive madcap chaos and blurring the line between reality and symbolism.
plus a few special guests tba….
Check out our Pop-up/danger juggling initiation at underground oakland vaudeville powerhouse Tourettes without Regrets!
Woohoo! The new Eccentrics have been accepted for the Comic Book Theatre Festival in NY, NY!
The Comic Book Theater Festival
The influence of comics on our culture continues to grow. From the pop fantasias of Hollywood blockbusters to the rawness and refinement of intimate memoirs—and everything in between—it’s impossible to deny the wide appeal of comics’ words and images. The theater, of course, is no less immune to its spell. This summer, The Brick will invite one of history’s newest art forms to meet one of its oldest—and, through collaborations between visual and dramatic artists, the form and content of comics will collide with the content and form of theater to create strange new hybrids across both media.
The New Eccentrics present
Written by Jasper Patterson and Sarah Al-Kassab
Directed by Jasper Patterson
Lauded as “truly innovative and engaging,” The New Eccentrics come from the underground West Coast variety scene to present a Dada-cabaret, pop-up book/live graphic novel. Their unique style stitches together surrealist puppetry, high fashion design, and the history of vaudeville trickery, creating a seamless magical world that brings the comic strip into the third dimension. With their feet planted in a vintage circus/variety tradition and their minds soggy with the frayed media of the YouTube generation, they expose the hidden structure of myth, illusion, and wonder, weaving them all together with immersive madcap chaos and blurring the line between reality and symbolism.
Thu 6/23, 8:45pm
Fri 6/24, 11pm
Sat 6/25, 7pm
Here are the entire lyrics to the song done with projector.
Thrown out into the streets into a god-forsaken land
I stole and I pilfered for my nutrition
‘Til I was caught in someone’s pocket,
But was praised for nimble hands
Instead of prison, I was apprenticed to a magician
Ten thousand hours he drilled me in the secrets of his trade
As enchantment soon turned to it’s antitheses
Turns out it’s mostly cheating folks out of the hard earned cash they made
While your soulless self puts up a cruel mimesis
(But I held out hope
Or was it fantasy?
True magic would exist
At least for me
On his deathbed my mentor pulled be closer
And this is what he whispered to me)
It turns out Magic
Exists in your mind
We’re all just suckers
Looking for the next good time
And I’ll love you
if you just put me on
So lie to me
Reality is just a con
Politicians priests and lawyers are just a bunch of grifters
Your belief can make your life go anyway
I’ve seen people make themselves
Saints, whores and drifters
But mostly I see monsters everyday
Jesus Fucking Christ!
(Repeat ad nauseum with audience)
But mostly I see monsters every day!