- Last Updated: 12:37 AM, June 5, 2012
- Posted: 11:01 PM, June 4, 2012
Spiegelworld, a sort of randyworld, sexyworld, circusworld traveling hodgepodge, worked the South Street Seaport years back. Until Sept. 2 its tent, which took three days to put up, is in a West 45th empty lot. Vulgar, crappy and cheap, it’s madly entertaining.
Backstage? Organized confusion. Chinese takeout containers, empty supermarket soda boxes, aged towels, a fake dollars money tree, stacked chairs, stacked props, stunning skinny blondes in skimpy shorts with unskimpy hairpieces and eye makeup you could see as far away as Argentina.
Dude with orange shoes, orange coat, another’s cowboy belt had holstered fake guns, another schlepped a green Miss Liberty crown.
Costumes on hangers. Paper taped on a wall listed “Foot juggling,” “German Wheel Guy” lineup. Next-door trailer was makeup. Acrobats stretched on floor mats. A lady with earphones announced “15 minutes” to showtime. Everyone busy. Nobody spoke to me. Nobody paid attention.
A French-speaking pair did tricks. The roller skaters, German. Ethiopians Yonas Alemu, a flipper, and Tariku Degefa, the catcher, were heart-stopping. Ditto “stick balancer” Rigolo. A girl with feathers rode inside a bubble. A totally naked guy ran around. Those fakola dollars became someone’s skirt. There were clowns. Jokes like: “Mormons have everything — tabernacles, wives, just no president.”
There’s booze, the F-word, bar mitzvah-style chairs, and a word of caution: Leave the kiddies home.
THE Plaza — 59th Street entrance, escalator down — is starring Todd English’s Food Hall. Casual, no reservation, this mobbed seven-day-a-week giant emporium serves until 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Just letting you know . . . Why’s Obama here again?! No time to govern, work on economy or hit places like Wisconsin, which couldn’t care less. New York’s where he collects re-election money and all he cares about. Just letting you know.
FIFTH Avenue’s Loida Lewis hosted a Kirsten Gillibrand fund-raiser. The senator looked like a movie star. Stockingless, sleeveless sheath, spike heels, ponytail hair. With $11 million already raised she joked: “I’m from a small district. When I began it was Kirsten who? Nobody knew who I was.” Now “I’m up every morning 6 a.m., dress quickly, get to sleep as soon as I can,” and her few days vacation with husband and two children, 4 and 8? New York’s Lake George.
OCTOBER brings Crown’s “The Redgraves: A Family Epic” by Donald Spoto. It deals with troubled Sir Michael’s affair with a theatrical producer and designer named Norris, controversial Vanessa’s leftist political harangues, ailing Lynn’s ravage after a mastectomy, their mother Rachel’s dementia, tragic Natasha Richardson’s death and Corin’s many problems. To quote Shakespeare: “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” As Page 297 states: “So it was for the Redgrave family.”
SATURDAY, Schoenfeld Theatre, Tyne Daly at “The Best Man” matinee . . . Grandchild Mercedes Ellington’s fund-raiser Friday, Lehman College, is for Duke Ellington’s final resting place, Woodlawn . . . Keanu Reeves: “I’m a meathead. There are smart people and dumb people. I happen to be dumb.”. . . Angela Bassett: “As a child, I heard you’d get pregnant if you slow-danced. So I’d dance with my butt sticking out.”
I’VE visited Mother Dolores in Connecticut’s Abbey of Regina Laudis. Dolores Hart, beautiful age 20 blond movie star opposite Elvis, is now a 70ish nun. After her recent HBO documentary comes the autobio “Ear of the Heart.” She says:
“God’s created each of us totally different. You must find someone, something, in your world that makes you always you.”
I know for her it appears to be a pet. Mother Dolores’ jointy black beret sported a shiny luminous pin sprouting real red feathers. She told photographer Bettina Cirone: “It represents my 22-year-old bird,” whose image her cell displays like she’s sharing a family photo.
“Remember, only love alone counts. Love gets you up in the morning. If it’s just walking a puppy, so be it.”
JUNE’s entertainment month. Susie Essman and J.B. Smoove from “Curb Your Enthusiasm” at Carolines. Patti LuPone and (in July) Ben Vereen at 54 Below . . . Anyone know Gwyneth Paltrow earned a paltry $500 a week in “Proof” at London’s West End. Hilary Swank earned $75 a day for her Oscar-winning “Boys Don’t Cry.” Ewan McGregor got minimum wage for his lead in “Moulin Rouge!” And Jack Nicholson’s first “Batman” netted him $60 mil. And Penelope Cruz donated one whole movie salary to Mother Teresa’s Children’s Sanctuary in Calcutta.
HEARD this in some crowd: “Gold’s now very high. Know how I know? I was robbed by my dentist.”
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