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Bard’s Popular Spiegeltent Returns for SummerScape 2009

NY – When Bard SummerScape opens for its seventh season on July 9, the
popular Spiegeltent – conveniently
located a short walk from the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center – will open
for the fourth year in a row, providing a thrilling and visually sumptuous
venue for a wide variety of entertainment, as well as a tasty menu of food and
drink, throughout the seven-week festival (July 9 – August 23).

The Spiegeltent (“Tent of Mirrors”) has something for
everyone, and will be available to SummerScape visitors every day there’s a
Festival event (with two exceptions*). 
Weekend Afternoon Family Fare is
attractively priced and sure to please children of all ages, with such popular
favorites as the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus returning for another madcap
season.  On Friday and Saturday
nights there’s Evening Cabaret
featuring colorful entertainment with a downtown edge, from the likes of
chanteuse Justin Bond and verbal chameleon Taylor Mac – and the
post-performance SpiegelClub, a
late-night bar and dance floor with music spun by New York City and local DJs.

Thursday Night Live (8:30–11
pm), hosted by SpiegelMaestro Nik Quaife and WKZE Radio Archaeology DJ Raissa
St. Pierre, features local Hudson Valley talent as well as New York City-area
bands, singers, musicians, and poets. 
You can enjoy Dining at the Spiegeltent – indoors or outside in the beautiful gardens –
with casual summer fare served each week at lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday
(1–3 pm) and dinnertime on Thursday through Sunday (5:30–8 pm*).  And, after a busy and stimulating
weekend at SummerScape, chill at the Sunday SpiegelLounge (5:30–11 pm), where friends can enjoy the ambiance
of the Spiegeltent in a convivial atmosphere featuring great music mixes,
drinks, and small plates – but no live music!  Program details for all Spiegeltent offerings follow below.

The Village Voice
remarked on the appeal of the Spiegeltent’s “wooden floors, mirrored walls,
stained-glass panels, and red velvet ceiling,” while the New York
calls it “agreeably funky.”  The Spiegeltent is the place for
families or couples seeking a sumptuous and remarkable environment to eat,
dance, enjoy comedy or cabaret, and refresh themselves throughout
SummerScape.  And join the closing
party on August 23!  Bard has led
the ranks of motivated presenters here and abroad in welcoming the new, edgier
generation of sexy neo-cabaret stars and wildly irreverent acrobats, jugglers,
and performance artists to their Spiegeltents.  Bard’s Spiegeltent is an essential stop for anyone visiting
the “adventurous and ambitious” (New York Observer) SummerScape festival.

The Spiegeltent will be closed for regular dining on July 11 and August 14.The
Spiegeltent will be open on Saturday evening, July 11 from 5:30 pm exclusively for the 2009 SummerScape Gala Benefit – a festive dinner before the performance of Linda
Childs’s Dance at the Sosnoff
Theater; and a post-performance party with the company and special guests as
well. Individual Gala tickets are $500 and $350.  A ticket for the performance AND the post-performance party
is only $175. On Friday, August 14, the Spiegeltent will host the Bard Music
Festival Opening Night Dinner. Contact Andrea Guide at 845-758-7414 for
information and tickets.

The Spiegeltent at SummerScape 2009 proudly


Saturdays and
Sundays at 3:30 pm, July 18 – August 9

Tickets $15 ($5
children from age three)

For audiences
of all ages.  Entertainers of every
stripe – singers, dancers, musicians, magicians, comedians, and combinations
thereof – perform afternoon shows for one and all.

Saturday, July 18 and
Sunday, July 19
“Amy G. on a Roll”

Amy G., the
roller-skating comedienne

extraordinaire, is just back from a world
tour that took her from the Sydney Opera House via the German variety circuit,
London’s West End, and France’s “Just for Laughs” Festival to a couple of runs
on Broadway at New York’s New Victory Theater (Daredevil Opera Company’s
“Cirkus Inferno” and Anti-Gravity’s “Crash Test Dummies”).  Amy G. is definitely on a roll. 
The showgirl clown takes the audience on a trip around the world and
into the heart of dreams. 
Featuring Amy G. on roller skates, ukulele, and the high seas of
adventure, with Vin Scialia on drums and straight face.

“Expert and inspired” (New
York Times
); “Virtuoso clowning” (Seattle
); “A comic actress of great
gifts” (New York Press)

Saturday, July 25 and
Sunday, July 26
Cirque Voilà!

Paul Wildbaum and Michael Menes, a.k.a. Cirque Voilà!, present the “Crème de la Crème” at the Spiegeltent
this year, in a show especially designed for family audiences.  The Master Clown (Wildbaum) trades
performance pieces with juggler and physical-theater master Menes.  Wildbaum’s tramp-style clown hails from
the traditions of vaudeville, magic, mime, and musical circus.  And Menes bends the laws of gravity and
physics as he challenges his audience’s imagination in strange and hilarious

Saturday, August 1 and Sunday,
August 2 – Bindlestiff Family Cirkus

sword-swallowing, pie-throwing, plate-twirling neo-vaudeville fun is provided
by this wacky group, back for the third SummerScape in a row.Cirkus
cofounders Stephanie Monseu and Keith Nelson head up a crew of talented
performers who continue to entertain and amaze audiences.

Saturday, August 8 and
Sunday, August 9 – Ben Robinson

bullet-catching master illusionist isn’t your run-of-the-mill magician.  He’s the entertainer of choice at events large and small, from birthday
parties to corporate retreats.  See
a master illusionist in action!


Casual summer
fare, à la carte
burgers from the grill, fresh salads, gourmet ice cream, micro-brews, and more,
sourced locally whenever possible. 
Dine from 5:30 till 8 pm indoors or al fresco in the Spiegeltent’s
lovely garden, with drinks and small plates available throughout the
evening.  Bard’s Box Office takes
dinner reservations: 845-758-7900.


entertainment with a downtown edge (PG-13)

Fridays and
Saturdays at 8:30 pm, July 10 – August 22

Tickets $25

entertainment with a downtown edge on Friday and Saturday evenings at the
Spiegeltent – dedicated to cabaret for hip audiences.  This year’s lineup includes such performers as the acclaimed
chanteuse Justin Bond;
Taylor Mac, a
“breathtakingly real and unconditionally unmissable” (Time Off) sequined, ukulele-playing performance
artist; Cynthia Hopkins
and her band, Gloria Deluxe, “a triumph of disciplined thinking, narrative fluidity, and
musical accomplishment” (New York Times); and Amy G., perhaps the world’s only roller-skating comic cabaret act.  Returning this year are the
“irreverent, sacrilegious, lascivious” (New York Times) Wau Wau Sisters and Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

Friday, July
10 – Justin Bond

A drag show
combining cabaret, witchcraft, punk attitude, and neo-folk glamour, this show promises tears, glitter, and a rollicking
good time!  Bond, star of John
Cameron Mitchell’s Shortbus and
half of the Tony-nominated performance-duo Kiki and Herb, has been touring with his band to wild acclaim and
rapturous applause.  “Mr. Bond’s
fabulosity is matched by a trenchant wit, and his over-the-top stories are
smartly edged with politics, sexual or otherwise” (New York Times).  “A
transatlantic cabaret messiah” (Time Out London)

Friday, July
17 – Wau Wau Sisters

Sassy, witty
burlesque and acrobatics – you can look,
but you better not touch!  Tanya
Gagné and Adrienne Truscott, the eye-popping Wau Wau Sisters, return to charm
and scandalize Spiegeltent audiences with their sassy, witty burlesque
routines.  Combining sexy allure
and drop-dead comic timing, these ladies are equal parts seduction and

Saturday, July
18 – Amy G.

The world’s best
(and probably only) comic cabaret act on roller skates has earned raves around
the world for her show “Round She Goes.”

“Possibly the funniest thing
I’ve seen on this or any other stage” (Adelaide Advertiser); “An out-and-out star, and in total command of an
audience, measured by her rollerjinks” (Irish Times); 
“Delights and astounds in equal measure.  Cheeky and winning … She’s bound to skate her way into
your heart” (Dublin Metro)

Friday, July
24 – Taylor Mac

A flamboyant
chameleon of music and sociopolitical tirades, the visual and vocal phenomenon uses gender-bending surrealism to
explore the human condition and challenge the contemporary culture of fear.

Saturday, July
25 – Cynthia Hopkins & Gloria Deluxe

Time Out New
: “For those who like
their alt-country heavy on the theatricality.”  Gloria Deluxe is
Cynthia Hopkins on accordion, guitar, and saw; Kristin Mueller on drums; Josh
Stark on upright bass; Philippa Thompson on violin, washboard, and spoons;
Karen Waltuch on viola; and everyone on vocals.  In the band’s first performance outside New York City, it
opened for Patti Smith at MASS MoCA, in one of the museum’s outdoor theaters.

Friday, July
31 – Lemon AndersEn

A hip-hop poet
known for his Tony Award-winning work in Russell Simmons’s Def Poetry Jam, Lemon Andersen appeared with Denzel
Washington in the recent film Inside Man.  He’s working on his memoir, which is being developed
by the American Place Theatre’s “Literature to Life” program and directed by
Wynn Handman.  Urban Latino magazine called Andersen the “next up-and-coming
star.”  He was born and raised in
Brooklyn, New York.

August 1 – Bindlestiff Family Cirkus –

Not your
Family-Fare Bindlestiff: this is frisky, naughty fun – Bindlestiff has brought the circus arts to every type
of stage and audience imaginable, and some unmentionable.  Its shows have ranged from family fare
to musical parodies and burlesque spectacles.  Bindlestiff has been keeping the variety arts alive through
performance and teaching in New York City and beyond for more than 15 years.

Friday, August
7 – Eszter Balint

Jon Pareles of the New York Times says of this singer/songwriter: “Her songs are full of
characters on the run.  Miss Balint
has her own film-noir sensibility as a songwriter.  She puts arty twists into back-alley Americana. … But the
cleverness is not the point.  She
slips inside her characters to project their restlessness and longing.”  Critics from the New Yorker and Billboard have praised her two albums, Flicker and Mud,
and she has made recordings with Michael Gira, Marc Ribot, John Lurie, and
others.  Also an actress, Balint
had a starring role in the seminal indie hit Stranger Than Paradise, directed by Jim Jarmusch, and was featured in Steve
Buscemi’s Trees Lounge.

August 8 – Ben Robinson

Not your
run-of-the mill “magician”!  Best known for catching bullets in his
teeth, Ben Robinson claims to have “expert knowledge of how people perceive
reality,” with which comes the “ability to chart and change people’s perceptions.”  New York-based Robinson has appeared on
Late Night with David Letterman,
at Lincoln Center, and as the entertainer at events large and small, from
birthday parties to corporate retreats to the base camp of Mount Everest.  See a master illusionist in action!


Fronted by
bandoneón wizard Hector Del Curto: “Tango lives or dies by the quality of its
accordion-like bandoneón – Hector Del Curto is a splendid player” (New York

Friday, August
21 and Saturday, August 22 – A Night in
the Old Marketplace

Music by Grammy Award–winning klezmer giant Frank London and his band, mixing Jewish, jazz, classical, rock, and
world beats in a unique adaptation of a Yiddish theater classic.  The kaleidoscopic love story – which
involves both raising the dead and trying to remake the world – is told through
irreverent, playful, poignant song. 
Glen Berger narrates the multimedia concert, performed by an eclectic
band of eleven outstanding singers and musicians, under the direction of
Alexandra Aron.

night live

On Thursdays at
8:30 pm, from July 16 – August 20, check up on the newest and hottest Hudson
Valley and NYC-area talent. 
Tickets $10 at the door.

Thursday, July 16

Courtney Lee Adams, Jr. – a captivating roots-rock singer, songwriter, and guitarist,
with PERROTTA – a Woodstock-based trio featuring dreamy vocals, guitars, and

Thursday, July 23

Country-tinged honky-tonk, bossa nova, mariachi, and everything in between.

Thursday, July 30

This Hudson-based drag queen’s repertoire covers the ’60s to the ’00s – with
MOTHER FLETCHER – who dishes out dancey ska, reggae, dub, and funk.

Thursday, August

West African music and dance from New Paltz, via Senegal and Guinea.

Thursday, August

HIS AMAZING PENCILINA – A one-man orchestra of sound, with BUCK-IT – a
punk-rock trio from Kingston, and LADY ESTHER GIN – the 7’4” Queen of the

Thursday, August

– A tuba-driven collective that’s a little bit marchin’, a little bit New
Orleans second line, a little bit Sun Ra…

For tickets, visit or call the Box Office at 845-758-7900


Friday and
Saturday late-night bar and dancing under the disco ball to DJ-spun tunes: pop,
hip-hip, funk, jazz, swing, ’80s and more, from 10 pm till 1 am, July 10 –
August 22.

$5 admission at
the door (waived for SummerScape ticket holders)


Sundays from 5:30
pm (tent closes at 11 pm)

July 12 – August

The Spiegeltent
is the place to wind down on summer Sunday evenings.

Free admission


Casual summer
fare, à la carte:
burgers from the grill, fresh salads, gourmet ice cream, micro-brews, and more,
sourced locally whenever possible. 
Dine indoors or al fresco, with drinks and small plates available
throughout the evening.  The Box
Office takes dinner reservations: 845-758-7900.

Don’t forget the SummerScape
Closing Party, on Sunday, August 23 from 8:30–11 pm!


For tickets and further information on all Bard SummerScape
2009 and Bard Music Festival events, call the Fisher Center’s Box Office at
845-758-7900 or visit

Seating for all Spiegeltent events is general admission.

High-resolution photos
available at

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