Photo by Norman Blake
Coney Island’s cheap, sure, but keeping it around ain’t. That’s why multitudes of tireless seaside talent—mermaids, roller girls, and so on—will be swallowing swords, spinning from ropes, and generally raising hell next Wednesday at the Coney Island USA Spring Gala, at the Angel Orensanz Center.
Some two dozen performers are expected, including the wholly creepy current Miss Coney Island—the snake charmer Serpentina, Reverend Billy, and swing dance band Lady Luck and the Suicide Kings. Funds raised benefit the proprietors of the Coney Island Museum, the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, the Mermaid Parade, Burlesque at the Beach and more. The $100 tickets help ensure Coney’s cheapness lives on…Small price to pay.
Coney Island USA Spring Gala
May 21, 2008
7pm to 11pm
Angel Orensanz Foundation
172 Norfolk Street
New York, NY 10002
Gala tickets: $100 ($80 tax deductible)
VIP Tickets: $250 ($200 tax deductible) include VIP seating, gift bag, open-bar, table service and meet and greets with performers.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on May 14, 2008