First of May Announcement

For more than 20 years, Bindlestiff Family Variety Arts, Inc. has been enriching New York City’s variety arts culture by producing and presenting unparalleled circus, sideshow and variety arts performances. Since 2011, Bindlestiff has awarded funding to artists in New York City’s circus and variety arts field, supporting the development of original full-length productions.

Bindlestiff is pleased to announce the winners of the fifth annual Bindlestiff First of May Award. Two $500 awards and one $1,000 award were given this year. Receiving $500 each are Jennifer Harder, for duo vaudeville production “The Wild” and Deborah Lohse for  physical comedy and dance hybrid “Dances for Lovers”. Adam Kuchler, a solo clown and prop manipulator, received $1,000 to develop an as-untitled one-man show.

Recipients of previous Bindlestiff  First of May Awards include Clown Baggage by Matt Wilson, Unmasked, created and directed by Lady Aye and Mistress B, Solomon the Perplexer, created and written by Tanya Solomon and directed by Corn Mo, Justin Weber’s Wacky of Wallabozoo, and Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy.

NoFit State Circus – BIANCO


St. Ann’s Warehouse presents NoFit State Circus:  BIANCO

The internationally renowned NoFit State Circus lands under the Brooklyn Bridge with its jaw-dropping and untamed BIANCO, an immersive contemporary circus experience for all ages. Enter the alluring spaceship tent and an intoxicating landscape of extraordinary aerial spectacles above, behind, and all around you, accompanied by the kinetic soundtrack of a live rock band. A bar in the tent serves refreshments throughout the show. Come join the party!

Tickets and more information here:

Variety Cruise Lines: Deserted Island Adventure Variety Show




One great variety show, two nights only!
May 20th at 9:30 & May 21st at 7:30
Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

Deep in the heart of The Great Lakes, disaster strikes! The ultra-luxurious cruise line Variety has lost yet another vessel to Poseidon’s grasp. Join Captain Albert Kirchner and his first mate JaMarcus as they try to pacify the survivors until help arrives. Featuring performances from Magic Brian, Miss Ekaterina, Victor Verhaeghe, Jeff Mackin, Benjamin Ickies, Olivia Porter and more!

Loud cruise ship attire stongly encouraged.

Tickets here:

Circo de la Luna


A Moonstruck Circus Journey  

charged by the music of Flamenco, Salsa and Tango.

Circo de la Luna  is a contemporary circus with a celestial theme blending vivid Spanish and Latin culture with the magic of the galactic world above created by NYC-based aerialist Amanda Topaz in Partnership with Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernandez. 


Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin


Tanya Solomon is a recipient of the Bindlestiff First of May Award. We love her, and you will too!

May 12 & 13 at 8 pm
May 14 at 2 pm

New York City College of Technology Theatreworks presents:
“Tanya Solomon: Truth Assassin”

In this one-woman magic show, the astonishing and the absurd converge in a delightfully unsettling theatrical experience. You will leave feeling like a carnival has arrived in the night, unveiled the preposterousness of reality, and turned it upside down.

Logic and laws of nature guaranteed violated
Ages 13 and up

Written and performed by Tanya Solomon
Directed by Corn Mo

Tanya Solomon, a regular in New York City’s variety scene, has been a cast member of Bindlestiff Family Cirkus and Coney Island Sideshows by the Seashore, and produces Force Majeure Vaudeville. She has been a professional clown, a sideshow artist, and a variety host, and has specialized in magic for the past several years.

Corn Mo is a musician and performing artist who has toured with Nick Offerman, They Might Be Giants, Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, his own bands .357 Lover and Tragedy, and many others.

Theatreworks is the resident theatre company at New York City College of Technology, CUNY. Its Artists in Residence program is a unique opportunity for professional artistic organizations to work with undergraduate entertainment technology students to realize production values and work with technology unavailable to these artists in most other venues.

Photo by Adrian Buckmaster
Image design by Dorothy Trojanowski

Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival

Two days of off-road one wheeling in the hills of the Empire State

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Beebe Hill State Forest

(in the Columbia County town of Austerlitz)

Off-road one-wheel enthusiasts will gather for the third annual Empire State Mountain Unicycle Festival, to ride spectacular and scenic trails.

Join us on June 10 for a MUNI roll in Mass!
This year we have added a “pre festival” ride on Friday, June 10 in Lenox, MA


Bindlestiff First of May Award – 15 days until the deadline!

Only two more weeks to send in your submissions for Bindlestiff First of May Award – $500 to $1,000 development grant for full-length variety arts production!

Previous recipients include Clown Baggage by Matt Wilson, Unmasked, created and directed by Lady Aye and Mistress B and Solomon the Perplexer, created and written by Tanya Solomon and directed by Corn Mo, Justin Weber’s Yo-Yo and prop manipulation production, and Dandy Darkly’s Trigger Happy.

Submissions are now open to solo artists or troupes wishing to apply for this year’s award. For submission details, visit

Flying Machine Factory

Flying Machine Factory, a musical circus in one act
Friday March 25, 2016
The Muse Brooklyn, 350 Moffat
Doors 7:30, Show 8:00pm
$10 at the door, Birds free

Perform in the Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth!

Perform in the Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth!

Performers under 21 are invited to take the stage in this special circus and variety showcase. Jugglers, clowns, aerialists, magicians, musicians, dancers, acrobats, or other performers, if you’ve got an act, show it off! If you’re thinking of pursuing a professional career, we can help you develop and promote your act. If circus is just a hobby, that’s fine too. There is no audition, and the only required rehearsal takes place the day of the show.

When: Saturday, April 9, 4pm
Where: Coney Island USA, Brooklyn, NYTo find out more or sign up to perform, email Viveca Gardiner,

We look forward to seeing you in the spotlight!