Posts Tagged ‘Holiday’

Bruce Vilanch In Another Musical “The MeshugaNutcracker!” (2017)

Monday, April 23rd, 2018


This is a collection of Jewish cultural stories and moral lessons centered on the multi-level meaning of Hanukkah, celebrated through a combination of music from The Nutcracker with revised lyrics, and traditional Hanukkah melodies. Presented by an ensemble cast of capable singers and dancers (two of whom co-wrote the show), this amusing, educational G-rated production is best appreciated by Jewish families with young children.

The MeshugaNutcracker! is a full-length musical comedy that features the wonderfully silly sensibilities of the folklore of Chelm (the fictional town of fools) underscored by an invigorating, Klezmer-ized orchestration of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite”, now with original lyrics that celebrate Chanukah. Judah Maccabee’s triumphant saga and accounts of perseverance during the Holocaust as well as the celebration of the first Chanukah in the new state of Israel emerge with a genuine sense of wonder as the Chelmniks tell eight stories that pay tribute to the holiday. Add in dancing dreidels, singing sufganiot, and surprise guest stars and you have the perfect recipe for a holiday gathering. Some might call it crazy…we call it The MeshugaNutcracker! Read More

Krewe de Kinque Raises $4000 For The Richmond/ Ermet AIDS Foundation

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

San Francisco Times
Masquerade Party Thrown By Krewe De Kinque
Published: March 31, 2011

Krewe de Kinque is a fun fundraising social group that believes Mardi Gras is not just one week in the year; but rather the spirit of celebration continues all year long in the form of parties and fundraisers. Over the seven-plus years, Krewe de Kinque has raised thousands upon thousands of dollars for needy causes, such as the Katrina flood catastrophe and the Haiti earthquake disaster, to name a few.

The Krewe just completed their biggest fundraiser that they put on each year, “Bal Masque,” which translates to “Masked Ball,” which was held at Trigger this year on March 5 in the Castro, featuring comic Bruce Vilanch as Grand Marshal. The theme was “Studio 69: a Night of Decadence and Dance,” which was the KdK takeoff on the notorious Studio 54 back in the decadent days of disco in the Big Apple. Read More

Interview: Bruce Vilanch To Be Grand Marshal at KDK Mardi Gras Fundraiser

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011
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San francisco Bay Times
Bruce Vilanch
To Be Grand Marshal at KDK Mardi Gras Fundraiser
By Sister Dana Van Iquity
Published: March 3, 2011

Beaming Klieg lights and a rainbow runway will lead guests to Trigger nightclub for Krewe de Kinque’s 8th Annual Mardi Gras masked ball benefit, “Studio 69 – A Night of Decadence & Dance,” on Sat., March 5 to benefit The Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation. Reigning King VII John-John and Queen VII Sister Dana will step down to reveal new monarchs. Read More