Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 12.23.10

Posted December 22, 2010 at 9:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ Springer to appear in celeb-packed VW show
Of course Jerry Springer agreed to join the cast of the Jan. 11 production of “Celebrity Autobiography,” at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. It’s not as if Springer, a Bird Key resident, has far to go for the performance. Shoot, he could bike to the hall, if he were so inclined.

Created by writer/performers Eugene Pack and Dayle Reyfel, “Celebrity Autobiography” is a Drama Desk Award-winning act featuring a rotating cast of actors and comedians performing passages from actual celebrity memoirs.

The show, which debuted more than 10 years ago, in Los Angeles, has enjoyed a long shelf life as an Off-Broadway production, thanks to the bounty of self-indulgent celebrity tomes penned every year.
Cast members have included Matthew Broderick, Kristen Johnston, Kristen Wiig, Joy Behar, Richard Belzer, Alan Cumming, Brooke Shields and Rachel Dratch, to name a few.

Springer and actors Tom Booker, Karen Ziemba and Annie Golden will perform material from the works of Suzanne Somers, Tommy Lee, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher and others.
“Celebrity Autobiographer” runs for two performances at 7 and 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11 at the Van Wezel.

+ Small hosts open studio at bayou bungalow
If only all house parties were as hip as the one Sabrina Small threw recently at her Whitaker Bayou pad.
Small, a member of the artist co-op s/ART/q, turned her otherwise serene home and studio into a rocking gallery space Dec. 11, complete with a bonfire lounge, wine-and-food stations, live music and a modern-dance act.

The event, which Small hosted to raise funds for an upcoming project with Fuzión Dance Artists, drew more than 200 people to the 1936 bungalow.

The highlight of the night was a Fuzión dance performance that entailed Small painting a cluster of white-clothed dancers in black paint –– an unusual move for the typically shy artist.

“I sort of begrudgingly agreed to do it,” Small says, “I’m not a performance artist, but it turned out great. I enjoyed it a lot more than I thought I would. It was fun to use the body as a canvas.”

Small and Fuzión founder Leymis Bolaños Wilmott will premiere the final art/dance collaboration March 25, on stage at the Cook Theatre at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts.

The piece, along with costumes by New York-based designer Jen King Elliot, will be inspired by artwork from Small’s Siamese twin series.

Below: Jen King Elliot and Sabrina Small

Below: Small painting Fuzión Dance Artists

‘One-Man Star Wars Trilogy’: Give your nerdy brother the ultimate Christmas present this year: tickets to Charles Ross’ “One-Man Star Wars Trilogy,” playing at the Historic Asolo Theater at 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 28 and Dec. 29. Not only is the recreation a comedic feat of genius, it’s also performed at George Lucas-endorsed “Star Wars” conventions. For tickets, call 351-8000.

Black Diamond Burlesque’s ‘New Year’s Eve Speakeasy’: Start the New Year off on a sexy foot with a party by Plush Entertainment, at the First Street Chop House. The revelry costs $60 per person and includes a champagne toast, party favors, two drinks, music by some of the area’s hottest DJs and entertainment by Black Diamond Burlesque. Doors open at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 31. For tickets, call 954-8800.

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