Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Save Coney Island

The rally cry goes on.

Tonight, The Bell House hosts Fight for Your Right to Coney!, a benefit for the People's Playground featuring the theatrical pirate rockers Jollyship the Whiz-Bang (pictured, photo credit: Dana Gramp), self-described as a "pyrate puppet rock opera constorium," as well as punk band Kissy Kamikaze, surf punk band Tyburn Saints, and an array of carnivalesque performers. Also that night, DJ Ole will be spinning.

Presented by boardwalk babe Lola Staar, the benefit proceeds go towards Save Coney Island, a grassroots organization committed to preserving the spirit of Coney Island and preserve historic structures and the amusement district.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 day of the show. $30 VIP admission includes a Save Coney Island tee shirt and gift bag. The Bell House is located at 149 7th St. For more information, go here.

On April 11, the call will be picked up by Southpaw, when the Park Slope venues hosts another Save Coney Island benefit, this year with performances by Gato Loco, 357 Lover, and Les Sans Cullotes, as well as a slew of burlesque beauties, including Nasty Canasta, Little Brooklyn, Miss Coney Island 2008 Gal Friday, Gigi La Femme, The World Famous Pontani Sisters and the "Burlesque Mayor of NYC" Jonny Porkpie, among other burlesque and sideshow acts.

The night will be hosted by The Great Fredini, Miss Astrid, and The World Famous Bob, as well as feature DJ's Huckwild, Fersh Prince of Darkness and Bill Coleman, raffles, prizes and drink specials.

Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, for the 8 p.m. show. Southpaw is located at 125 Fifth Avenue.

Photo: A burlesque performer hams it up at last year's Save Coney Island benefit at Southpaw.


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