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Hot NYC Holiday Edition: The Next Rat is Sat. Dec. 9!

GraceGotham-Stumblebum-80It’s the 2017 holidays in NYC!

That means Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Milad-un-Nabi, Dhanu Sankranti… and, G_d help you, dinners with your relatives. (Secular humanism won’t ease that existential angst, will it, smart guy?) So come and be entertained: celebrate, see a show and numb yourselves with the Rat!

Now in its 5th Year, Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret features an inspired, curated monthly roster of thrilling music, smart comedy, amazing dance, clever storytelling, sexy burlesque, art and theatrical vaudeville spectacle. A great show in a legendary East Village venue: a night out like no other!

Featuring the Talents of:

MAD CHARACTER COMEDY:
The talented hilarious Melissa Aquiles is on the bill! Her insane interactive show “Hire Me” was chosen for the PIT’s SoloCom Festival, and she can be seen in the upcoming Denied from New York variety show. Who will she be at the Rat??

HOT PROFESSIONAL DANCE:
The Fishnet Follies, a “boutique act” created specially for the Rat, comprise members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret dance troupe. They bring their dazzle, costumery, Tap, Frug, “circus” contortion, and acclaimed Light Show to the Rat every month! See why they wowed Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Triad, the Duplex and worldwide resorts from Belize to China!

PHYSICAL THEATRICAL COMEDY:
Pamela Wess – She slew them at the acclaimed Bindelstiff Open Stage (Dixon Place), and she’s the driving force behind “On Women Who Validate Themselves Through Sex” (Official Selection of LA Comedy Festival, Las Vegas Film Festival,and Iron Mule Short Comedy Festival – winner of Audience Award). What will this inspired performer-entertainer-writer-director bring to the Rat??

SMART MUSICAL COMEDY:
Noam Osband – He made Reddit’s front page when he serenaded jammed pedestrians on the Brooklyn Bridge (https://www.reddit.com/r/videos/comments/6062en/how_to_clear_out_the_bike_lane/). From religious bowling to Hitler’s vegetarianism, from his “First Kiss Confessions” true-life web series to “The Ballad of Eva Braun,” Noam brings his experience as a documentary filmmaker, educator and anthropologist to his comedy, and his rambunctious brilliance is nothing short of hysterical.

DARK ‘GERMAN’ XMAS PARODY:
Gregor of Berlin (Gregory Levine) – appearing “by contractual obligation,” he’ll regale you with horrid tales of Teutonic childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, show biz. (Seen in The Duplex, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Capital Fringe, Frigid Festival, Travel Channel and in the Guinness World Records).

GORGEOUS MUSIC:
(It’s a Surprise!)

…and MORE!

HOSTED by Stand Up Comic/Storyteller, Canadian Import Jillian Thomas(MTV Live, The Toronto Show, The Buzz, Listen Missy, & Much Music’s Love Court). Not to mention the annual East Village Oscar Awards Party, and Canada’s longest-running cannabis-cafe comedy-club show!

Produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~Beer, Wine, Japanese Sake and Hard Cider Sold in Theater~
(Must be 17+ or accompanied by Guardian to Attend Show / 21+ with ID to Drink)

WHERE and WHEN:
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Pl. (8th St.) bet. 1st Ave. and Ave. A

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017 – 10:30pm
$10 TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://tickets.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix&vqitq=70877a58-6e42-4b4e-90bb-eee351a4bb06

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

What a Show It Was! (Nov. 11, 2017)

Rat-BalloonSignThe Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret SWUNG this Saturday, baby! After negotiating some tricky twists (i.e., previous users of the theater Under St Marks, who loitered on stage, were obliviously uncooperative when their show was done and the Rat’s load-in time began, and left a tech mess for us to straighten out, thus causing a later start), we pulled off a terrific show. And this with Yours Truly flying solo, both as producer and host!

Thanks first to our performers: Julie Lauren Stevens Kosnik (your singing STUNNED people, darlin’!), Boris Khaykin (funny as hell, and what a way to pick up and play with what came before), Bill Chambers as “Henry Rollins” (reading excerpts from his children’s book!!) had people laughing so hard tears ran — tears!. The 29th Street Revue was bizarrely funny creating their live-time musical theater. The Fishnet Follies* (Andrea Elizabeth PaleshKatarina LottAshley Rose) danced and slew like stilettos! And I’m told I was both funny and pro-smooth hosting as Rocco the WitSec Entertainer.

Thanks next to our own diligent Rat crew and Horse Trade Theater Group staff: William Glenn in the sound/light booth, rolling with plenty of punches on a very tight timeframe. Stage Manager-par-excellence Clay West, always cool-headed and multi-tasking for real — you’re the best. Helen Blash slaking thirsts in the bar, and Carter at the door — and voluntarily doing double-duty helping with tech. Thanks!

Thanks to Lucia Mueller for filming it! Can’t wait to see the record!

Thanks to Erez Ziv and everyone at Horse Trade Theater Group / Frigid NY, who have the Rat’s back, and who do more than you’ll ever know to keep independent art, performing arts and theater alive in NYC! Go see a show at HT’s theaters: UNDER St. Mark’s Theatre and Kraine Theater.

And as always: Thanks most of all to YOUSE GUYS: all of you who came out to see, hear, applaud and enjoy and be a part of Live Nightlife Arts and Entertainment! We couldn’t do it without you. Grazie e buona sera!

See you next month on Sat. Dec. 9, 10:30pm, when Jillian Thomas returns as host!

www.tenfootrat.com

*(Follies cast members rotate monthly. See them as part of Guilty Pleasures Cabaret twice monthly.)

What to Do in NYC Tonight !

FourthAnniversaryMontageLooking for NYC Music Comedy Dance Cabaret on Saturday? *
Then the Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret beckons at 10:30pm, in the legendary Under St. Marks Theater!

Now in its 5th Year, the Rat proudly presents:
GORGEOUS MUSIC:
from Julie Lauren Stevens Kosnik. Soaring operatic arias and Broadway tunes belted with brio – she’s made the walls of musical theaters shake and even astonished and halted NYC subway travelers in their tracks. Julie is a Rat favorite and we’re delighted to have her back!

HOT DANCE:
The Fishnet Follies, a “boutique act” created specially for the Rat, members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret dance troupe will bring their dazzle, costumery, Tap, Frug, “circus” contortion, and acclaimed Light Show to the Rat every month! See why they wowed Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Triad, the Duplex and worldwide resorts from Belize to China!

HILARIOUS STANDUP:
Boris Khaykin‘s comedy has been featured on HuffingtonPost and he’s appeared on Collegehumor Live. He’s a member of comedy group North Coast (featured on MTV and VH1).
TimeOutNY listed Boris one of Brooklyn Comedy Festival’s Biggest Stars.

CRAZY FUNNY SHOW-WITHIN-SHOW:
What is The 29th Street Revue? Part sketch comedy, part musical theater, the Revue’s members (huge cast, inc. PIT Theater luminaries Kassi Dougherty and Melissa Parker Caron) will generate a hilarious show-within-a-show before your eyes and ears – with live piano accompaniment enhancing the experience!

MONTHLY ART-ENTERTAINMENT BRILLIANCE:
The Rat’s not complete without the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers. A pitch-perfect parody of Apple expo egomania, the tale of Vincenzo the Chain-Smoking Monkey, “Neil Diamond,” re-animating a “dead” Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly — expect the unexpected. Bill is seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and punk/hardcore shows all across Eastern Europe and NY.

PSEUDO-GERMAN SCHEISS:
Appearing “by contractual obligation,” “Herr Gregor of Berlin” (Gregory Levine) will regale you with horrid tales of Teutonic childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, the cruelty of show biz. (Seen in The Duplex, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Capital Fringe, Frigid Festival, Travel Channel and in the Guinness World Records for Longest Continuous Variety Show).

~Beer, Wine, Japanese Sake and Hard Cider Sold in Theater~
(Must be 17+ or accompanied by Guardian to Attend Show / 21+ with ID to Drink)

WHERE and WHEN:
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Pl. (8th St.) bet. 1st Ave. and Ave. A

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 – 10:30pm
$10 (Discounts available. Contact us.)

TICKETS $10 – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
(Discounts Available)

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group / FRIGID New York

 

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* astute observers of the internet will recognize the Machiavellian nature of this phraseology. Kudos to you!

Boris Khaykin to Play Nov. 11 Show!

BorisTake2We are thrilled to announce a new performer added to the Nov. 11 bill:  Boris Khaykin!

His comedy has been featured on HuggingtonPost and he’s appeared on Collegehumor Live.

Boris is a member of hiphop improv comedy group North Coast –featured on MTV and VH1.  He headlines festivals and colleges nationwide.

TimeOutNY listed Boris one of Brooklyn Comedy Festival’s Biggest Stars.   http://boriskhaykin.com/

Click for NEXT SHOW and TICKET INFO

NYC’s Hot Art Music Comedy Show, Live on Nov. 11th!

Rat-Poster-USM-Fence-TIME-Deleted-NO-GarbageThe Rat is coming at you Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 PM!

Now in its 5th Year, Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret features an inspired, curated monthly roster of thrilling music, smart comedy, amazing dance, clever storytelling, sexy burlesque, art and theatrical vaudeville spectacle.  A great show in a legendary Village venue: a night out like no other!

This month’s show hosted by Gregory Levine!

Sat. Nov. 11 Show Features:

GORGEOUS MUSIC:
from Julie Lauren Stevens Kosnik. Soaring operatic arias and Broadway tunes belted with brio – she’s made the walls of musical theaters shake and even astonished and halted NYC subway travelers in their tracks. Julie is a Rat favorite and we’re delighted to have her back!

HOT DANCE:
The Fishnet Follies, a “boutique act” created specially for the Rat, members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret dance troupe will bring their dazzle, costumery, Tap, Frug, “circus” contortion, and acclaimed Light Show to the Rat every month! See why they wowed Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Triad, the Duplex and worldwide resorts from Belize to China!

CRAZY FUNNY SHOW-WITHIN-SHOW:
What is The 29th Street Revue? Part sketch comedy, part musical theater, the Revue’s members (inc. PIT Theater luminaries Kassi Dougherty andMelissa Parker Caron) will generate a hilarious show-within-a-show before your eyes and ears – with live piano accompaniment enhancing the experience!

MONTHLY ART-ENTERTAINMENT BRILLIANCE:
The Rat’s not complete without the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers. A pitch-perfect parody of Apple expo egomania, the tale of Vincenzo the Chain-Smoking Monkey, “Neil Diamond,” “Henry Rollins,” re-animating a “dead” Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly — expect the unexpected. Bill is seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and punk/hardcore shows all across Eastern Europe and NY.

PSEUDO-GERMAN SCHEISS:
A melange of lies! “Herr Gregor of Berlin” (Gregory Levine) will regale you with horrid tales of Teutonic childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, the cruelty of show biz. (Seen in The Duplex, Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Capital Fringe, Frigid Festival, Travel Channel and in the Guinness World Records for Longest Continuous Variety Show).

…and MORE!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~Beer, Wine, Japanese Sake and Hard Cider Sold in Theater~
(Must be 17+ or accompanied by Guardian to Attend Show / 21+ with ID to Drink)

WHERE and WHEN:
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Pl. (8th St.) bet. 1st Ave. and Ave. A

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 – 10:30pm
$10 (Discounts if you qualify. Contact us.)

TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
(Discounts Available)

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

NYC’s Hot Art Cabaret Returns on Oct. 14!

FourthAnniversaryMontageA slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other.

SATURDAY OCT. 14, 10:30pm SHOW FEATURES:

DARK SWEET BOHEMIAN MUSIC:
Jackson Sturkey – the sense of shadowy saloons and old theaters, absinthe in glamorous basements and sepia sheet-music, Jackson’s music and persona will charm and delight you as he captures the essence of the Hot Art Cabaret.

SHARP COMEDY:
Veronica Garza – Veronica’s known for The She-Woman Lady Lovers Variety Show & Workshop (for podcasters), co-hosts The Muddy Waters Show at The Fulton Grand, has appeared on MTV and TMZ — and her jokes were featured on NPR! You will agree with the Rat’s bookers: she’s one hilarious badass.

HOT PROFESSIONAL DANCE TROUPE:
The Fishnet Follies, a “boutique act” created specially for the Rat, members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret dance troupe will bring their dazzle, costumery, Tap, Frug, “circus” contortion, and acclaimed Light Show to the Rat every month! See why they wowed Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Triad and resorts from Belize to China!

MONTHLY ART-ENTERTAINMENT BRILLIANCE:
The Rat’s not complete without the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers. A pitch-perfect parody of an egomaniacal Apple tech expo, the tale of Vincenzo the Chain-Smoking Monkey, re-animating a “dead” Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly — expect the unexpected. Bill is seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and punk/hardcore shows all across Eastern Europe and NY.

MOE & MARY:
Favorites of Fringe and Frigid theater festivals around the world, Mary Crosbie and Moe Rosen are the Canadian husband-and-wife team often called a “dark postmodern Burns and Allen”: Hilarious, silly, horrifying and loveable, this vaudevillian duo will make you suspect a tesseract opened up to the Golden age of Radio – until you start listening to their insane and insanely funny “conversations.”

LIVE FROM SPAIN: HERR GREGOR!
A melange of lies!  Gregory Levine as “Herr Gregor of Berlin” will regale you with horrid tales of Teutonic childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, the cruelty of show biz. (Seen in the Capital Fringe, FRIGID Festival, Travel Channel, Duplex, Feinstein’s/54 Below and Guinness World Records for Longest Continuous Variety Show). THIS MONTH: Coming to you live from his vacation in Barcelona, Spain, via Facebook Live… if we can force him to.

HOSTED by Stand Up Comic/Storyteller, Canadian Import Jillian Thomas(MTV Live, The Toronto Show, The Buzz, Listen Missy, & Much Music’s Love Court). Not to mention the annual East Village Oscar Awards Party, and Canada’s longest-running cannabis-cafe comedy-club show!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~Beer, Wine, Japanese Sake and Hard Cider Sold in Theater~
(Must be 17+ or accompanied by Guardian to Attend Show / 21+ with ID to Drink)

WHERE and WHEN:
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Pl. (8th St.) bet. 1st Ave. and Ave. A

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 – 10:30pm
$10 (Discounts if you qualify. Contact us.)

TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix
(Discounts Available)

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

Sept. 9: The Rat’s 4th Anniversary Show and Saturday Debut!

-WORK-RatMontage-50Per-NeilDiamond-GPC-JokerNurse - 50 - CopyUPDATE: Performer Added! (See below for Scout Durwood)

The Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret is celebrating four years — AND is movin’ on up to the Second Saturday Night of each month! Come celebrate with us on Saturday, Sept. 9 at 10:30pm and enjoy our inspired, curated monthly roster of thrilling music, smart comedy, amazing dance, clever storytelling, art and theater.

A slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other.

Sat. Sept. 9 Show Features:

MUSICAL COMEDY:
Self-proclaimed “International Woman of Whimsy,” the razor-sharp comedian, actress, burlesquer and performance artist Scout Durwood appears on MTV’s “Mary & Jane.” Will she grace the Rat with excerpts of her new album, “Take One Thing Off”?

HOT CRAZY DANCE (New Feature):
Come see the launch of “Fishnet Follies”! A “boutique act” created specially for the Saturday Night Rat, members of the acclaimed international Guilty Pleasures Cabaret professional dance troupe will bring their dazzle, costumery, Tap, Frug, “circus” contortion, and acclaimed Light Show to the Rat every month! See why they wowed Feinstein’s/54 Below, the Triad and resorts from Belize to China!

CLEVER, WARM, SUBVERSIVE LATE-NITE:
Actor, comic entertainer and talk-show host IKE (Ikechukwu Ufomadu) brings his witty sophisticated act to open our 5th Year, after playing The Public Theater with a full run of “Ike at Night,” as well as Joe’s Pub, and Ars Nova; and his Christmas show “Ike for the Holidays” at Manhattan Inn. TimeOut NY, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times raved. Come experience Ike!

BEAUTIFUL BLUES BELTING:
Audience favorite Azusa Dance (aka SHESHE DANCE) always captures the room with her rip-roaring vocals. Featured in an upcoming documentary, witness why this wonderful song stylist won over the famously tough Showtime at The Apollo — twice!

MONTHLY ART-ENTERTAINMENT BRILLIANCE:
The Rat’s not complete without the funny, clever, eccentric work of Bill Chambers. A pitch-perfect parody of an egomaniacal Apple tech expo, the tale of Vincenzo the Chain-Smoking Monkey, re-animating a “dead” Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly — expect the unexpected. Bill is seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and punk/hardcore shows all across Eastern Europe and NY.

“GERMAN” CHARACTER COMEDY:
A melange of “Berlinner” nightclub humor and Continental kitsch, Gregory Levine as “Herr Gregor of Berlin” will regale you with horrid tales of Teutonic childhood, decadence, morphine, prostitution, and of course, the cruelty of show biz. (Seen in the Capital Fringe, FRIGID Festival, Travel Channel, Duplex, Feinstein’s/54 Below and Guinness World Records for Longest Continuous Variety Show).

HOSTED by Stand Up Comic/Storyteller, Canadian Import Jillian Thomas (MTV Live, The Toronto Show, The Buzz, Listen Missy, & Much Music’s Love Court). Not to mention the annual East Village Oscar Awards Party, and Canada’s longest-running cannabis-cafe comedy-club show!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~Beer, Wine, Japanese Sake and Hard Cider Sold in Theater~
(Must be 17+ or accompanied by Guardian to Attend Show / 21+ with ID to Drink)

WHERE and WHEN:
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Pl. (8th St.) bet. 1st Ave. and Ave. A

Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 – 10:30pm
$10

TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online:
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix

_______________________
Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group

Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret Returns Wed. Aug. 2!

Galatea-NecktieUPDATE: Performer added! Shayna Blass (see below).
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It’s BACK! The Rat (Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret) brings you its signature mix of great music, smart comedy, dance, theater, burlesque, art and storytelling: A slice of NYC nightlife in a classic East Village venue. A night out like no other.

Wed. Aug. 2, 2017 Show Features:

AMAZING BLUES VOCALS:
Azusa Dance (aka SHESHE DANCE). This bold beautiful blues belter conquered the Showtime at The Apollo — twice! The Rat is delighted to have Azusa back, with all her amazing talent, energy and love. You won’t believe your ears.

DANCE / BURLESQUE:
Galatea Stone is back, perpetrating her artful performance for the Rat! Described as a “beautiful oddity” and “striking polymath,” her monthly show, WE ARE LEGION, has been called “deliciously strange” and a “much needed [and] necessary slap in the face for creative ideas.”

CLASSIC CABARET STYLIST:
Chanteusse Shayna Blass will be performing with instrumental backup. Shayna has garnered acclaim from the Washington Post, among others for roles including Lulu in “Cabaret” and Yentl in, yes, “Yentl.”  We eagerly anticpate the goosebumps she elicits.  (http://www.shaynablass.com/videos/)

SHARP COMEDY:
Standup comic Kevin Michael Smith will be making his Rat debut. Trivia: Besides co-producing and performing in the weekly show “Polished Comedy” at Beauty Bar in Manhattan, Smith has played joints as far-flung as Barcelona… and, oh, yeah, he served in the military in Afghanistan. Come honor his service by laughing at his material!

BIZARRE HILARITY:
Artist-in-Residence Bill Chambers is the Rat’s X-factor: He might tell a morbidly funny tale of NYC apartment hunting, animate a dead Teddy Ruxpin a la Mary Shelly, arrange a special appearance by “Neil Diamond” or “Children’s Author Henry Rollins.” (Seen in the Frigid Festival, Canuck Cabaret, and punk rock shows all across the Former Communist Bloc).

PSEUDO GERMAN SCHEISS:
And the Rat cast would not be complete without Gregor of Berlin (Gregory Levine). Master of nihilistic nightclub humor and Continental kitsch, Herr Gregor will regale the audience with horrid tales of Teutonic childhood, morphine, prostitution, and of course, life in European show biz (Seen in the Fringe and Frigid Festivals, the Travel Channel, the PIT, Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and Guinness Book of World Records for Longest Continuous Variety Show).

HOSTED by Stand Up Comic/Storyteller, Canadian Import Jillian Thomas (MTV Live, The Toronto Show, The Buzz, Listen Missy, & Much Music’s Love Court). Not to mention the annual East Village Oscar Awards Party and Canada’s longest-running cannabis-cafe comedy-club show!

WITH
Atmospheric Retro Candy Gal Debby Bell! Purveyor of salty sweet treats and delights!

produced by Rob Dub and Gregory Levine

~Beer, Wine, Japanese Sake and Hard Cider Sold in Theater~
(Must be 17+ or accompanied by Guardian to Attend Show / 21+ with ID to Drink)

WHERE and WHEN:
Ten-Foot Rat Cabaret
at Under St. Marks Theater
94 St. Marks Pl. (8th St.) bet. 1st Ave. and Ave. A

Wednesday, August 2, 2017 – 9:30pm-11pm
Doors open 9:15pm
$10 (Discounts if you qualify. Contact us.)

TICKETS – At the Door, or Reserve Online: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=6a76f521a578eef47b8e34e8e55b6f01&t=tix

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Special Thanks to Horse Trade Theater Group