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cHURCH OF MONIKA: Step up to the greatest show on the midway
Jul 12, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm| Free
Join us as Cezar Del Valle, author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index Volume III, hosts the cHURCH OF MONIKA and discusses his new book about the history of theatre in Coney Island.
Cezar will discuss the concert saloons, vaudeville houses and film shows that preceded the Coney Island we know today. He will discuss not only the architecture, of which very few buildings are still extant, but the entertainment culture in Coney Island going back to the late 1800s. From the Coney Island Sideshow to entertainers like Harpo Marx, who made their debut in Coney Island, Cezar will explore forgotten and hidden aspects of Brooklyn’s history. He will also discuss how the history of the neighborhood can still be seen in surprising ways. For example, in events like the Coney Island Flicks on the Beach, one can see hints of the event’s predecessor: an open air theater that showed films at on the beach in the early 1900s.
Cezar Del Valle is an artist and freelance writer who has been involved in theatre for almost forty years. Since 1996, he has conducted a series of popular theatre talks and walks. He has written numerous articles on theatre history. The first two volumes of the index were chosen at Outstanding Book of the Year in 2010 by the Theatre Historical Society of America. Cezar’s artwork has been exhibited at galleries, museums, and art centers throughout the United States and is part of the permanent collections of the Tampa Museum and the Kinsey Institute among others.