The Illusionists 1903 Set for Arts Centre Melbourne in JanuaryThe Illusionists 1903 Set for Arts Centre Melbourne in January
by BWW News Desk - Sep 6, 2015

Featuring brand-new, world class illusionists handpicked from across the globe, The Illusionists 1903 promises to transport the audience back to the golden age of magic, a time when conjurers were the true rock stars of the day. The performance can be seen at Arts Centre Melbourne's State Theatre season from 2 - 10 January 2016.  (more...)

VIDEO: Broadway-Bound THE ILLUSIONISTS Perform Daring Escape on 'America's Got Talent'VIDEO: Broadway-Bound THE ILLUSIONISTS Perform Daring Escape on 'America's Got Talent'
by TV News Desk - Sep 3, 2015

CELEBRATED magic group, The Illusionists, returned to 'America's Got Talent' last night with a fresh and thrilling performance during the live results show from Radio City Music Hall (more...)

Company of Fools to Stage Readings of MAURITIUS This October at Sun ValleyCompany of Fools to Stage Readings of MAURITIUS This October at Sun Valley
by BWW News Desk - Sep 28, 2015

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Company of Fools (COF) will present two evening readings of the play MAURITIUS, by playwright Theresa Rebeck -- Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, at 6:30 pm at The Center in Ketchum. (more...)

BWW Review: Get Happy at GLOUCESTER BLUEBWW Review: Get Happy at GLOUCESTER BLUE
by Nancy Grossman - Sep 27, 2015

Gloucester Stage Company presents the New England Premiere of GLOUCESTER BLUE, written and directed by Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz. The latest in a series of Gloucester-based plays, this dark, funny play pits a pair of blue collar painters from The Fort section of town against a couple of tony one-percenters from Eastern Point. Esme Allen, Francisco Solorzano, Robert Walsh, and Lewis D. Wheeler pull out all the thrills and comedy along the twisty, turning road to a surprise ending. (more...)

UPLAND'S GOT TALENT, A FURRY FUNRAISER Set for 10/17 at The Grove TheatreUPLAND'S GOT TALENT, A FURRY FUNRAISER Set for 10/17 at The Grove Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Sep 22, 2015

The Grove Theatre invites you to enjoy a great evening of entertainment, 'Upland's Got Talent, A Furry Funraiser,' on October 17th, hosted by Jo Anne Worley and Fred Willard. (more...)

Broadway's THE ILLUSIONISTS Perform on NBC's 'America's Got Talent' TonightBroadway's THE ILLUSIONISTS Perform on NBC's 'America's Got Talent' Tonight
by TV News Desk - Sep 2, 2015

Celebrated magic group, The Illusionists, return to 'America's Got Talent' with a fresh and thrilling performance during the live results show tonight, Sept. 2 (8-9 p.m. ET) from Radio City Music Hall. (more...)

WONDERSHOW: THE WORLD'S MOST PERFECT DATE NIGHT Set for 10/27 at The Cutting RoomWONDERSHOW: THE WORLD'S MOST PERFECT DATE NIGHT Set for 10/27 at The Cutting Room
by BWW News Desk - Oct 7, 2015

World class conjurers join forces for an incredible night of magic, mischief and mystery unlike anything you've ever seen on Tuesday, October 27th at 7:30 p.m. at The Cutting Room (doors at 6:30 p.m.) (more...)

West End Magic Show IMPOSSIBLE to Play Mayflower Theatre in 2016West End Magic Show IMPOSSIBLE to Play Mayflower Theatre in 2016
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

IMPOSSIBLE, the most dangerous show the West End has ever seen, will arrive at the Mayflower Theatre in spring 2016 before embarking on its inaugural UK tour, visiting the Edinburgh Playhouse in March 2016. The show features the world's greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular that will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages. (more...)

Magician Michael Healey Returning to MaplewoodMagician Michael Healey Returning to Maplewood
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2015

Michael Healy has worked his magic over four continents and added a splash of wonder to many theatrical productions as a consulting wizard. Somehow, he also found the time to teach in the East Orange, South Orange and Maplewood school districts, retiring as Columbia High School's assistant principal earlier this year. The Theater Project is bringing him back to Maplewood for a holiday performance 2 PM Saturday, November 28 at the Burgdorff Center for the Arts, 10 Durand Rd, Maplewood. (more...)

IMPOSSIBLE Visits New Alexandra Theatre, Feb 16-20 2016IMPOSSIBLE Visits New Alexandra Theatre, Feb 16-20 2016
by Jenny Ell - Oct 30, 2015

IMPOSSIBLE, the most dangerous show the West End has ever seen, will arrive at the Mayflower Theatre in spring 2016 before embarking on its inaugural UK tour, visiting Liverpool, Birmingham, Sunderland, Stoke, Edinburgh and Manchester. The show features the world's greatest illusionists live on stage in a magic spectacular that will thrill and amaze audiences of all ages.  (more...)

WONDERSHOW: THE WORLD'S MOST PERFECT DATE NIGHT Set for Tonight at The Cutting RoomWONDERSHOW: THE WORLD'S MOST PERFECT DATE NIGHT Set for Tonight at The Cutting Room
by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2015

World class conjurers join forces for an incredible night of magic, mischief and mystery unlike anything you've ever seen today, October 27th at 7:30 p.m. at The Cutting Room (doors at 6:30 p.m.) (more...)

Company of Fools to Stage Readings of MAURITIUS This October at Sun ValleyCompany of Fools to Stage Readings of MAURITIUS This October at Sun Valley
by BWW News Desk - Oct 23, 2015

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Company of Fools (COF) will present two evening readings of the play MAURITIUS, by playwright Theresa Rebeck -- Today, October 23 and Saturday, October 24, at 6:30 pm at The Center in Ketchum. (more...)

BWW Review: Chad Beckim's Provocative LIGHTS RISE ON GRACE at StageworksBWW Review: Chad Beckim's Provocative LIGHTS RISE ON GRACE at Stageworks
by Peter Nason - Oct 22, 2015

This powerhouse play gets the right treatment with a strong cast and tight direction. (more...)

Centenary Stage Company to Host HALLOWEEN BONANZA, 10/31Centenary Stage Company to Host HALLOWEEN BONANZA, 10/31
by BWW News Desk - Oct 21, 2015

Centenary Stage Company celebrates the spooky season in grand fashion with a Halloween Bonanza to accompany Brad Ross' Unbelievable! on Saturday October 31 at 2pm in the Lackland Center in Hackettstown, NJ. Show off your inner ghoul or goblin and come dressed in your Halloween best. Centenary Stage Company will be holding a costume contest in the lobby of the Lackland Center. One lucky participant will win a pair of tickets to Centenary Stage Company's family holiday spectacular A Christmas Carol: The Musical running November 27 through December 13. Centenary Stage Company will also be holding an 'enter to win' raffle for a pair of tickets to the Young Audience Series production of Miss Nelson is Missing. Finally, get a head start of your 'trick-or-treating' as Centenary Stage Company will be providing Halloween treats for the kiddies. (more...)

UPLAND'S GOT TALENT, A FURRY FUNRAISER Set for Tonight at The Grove TheatreUPLAND'S GOT TALENT, A FURRY FUNRAISER Set for Tonight at The Grove Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2015

The Grove Theatre invites you to enjoy a great evening of entertainment, 'Upland's Got Talent, A Furry Funraiser,' tonight, October 17th, hosted by Jo Anne Worley and Fred Willard. (more...)

Tim Lawson and Simon Painter Present The Illusionists 1903Tim Lawson and Simon Painter Present The Illusionists 1903
by BWW News Desk - Nov 5, 2015

The team behind the biggest selling magic shows in the world are bringing their brand-new production, The Illusionists 1903, to Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne from Tuesday 8 December. (more...)

VIDEO: Amaze Your Friends With A Card Trick Taught By THE ILLUSIONISTS' Trickster, Jeff HobsonVIDEO: Amaze Your Friends With A Card Trick Taught By THE ILLUSIONISTS' Trickster, Jeff Hobson
by Michael Dale - Nov 30, 2015

On Broadway he's a master of Sleight of Hand and snappy quips. (more...)

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE Opens Tonight in LondonTHE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE Opens Tonight in London
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2015

THE ILLUSIONISTS - WITNESS THE IMPOSSIBLE - the world's best-selling touring magic show which has sold out in 71 cities across 17 countries - comes to London's West End for the first time, playing at the Shaftesbury Theatre now through Sunday 3 January (Press Night: Tonight 16 November, 7pm), starring the UK's hottest magician Jamie Raven. (more...)

Old Vic Announces Additional Acts for OLD VIC VARIETY NIGHT, Nov. 15Old Vic Announces Additional Acts for OLD VIC VARIETY NIGHT, Nov. 15
by BWW News Desk - Nov 12, 2015

The Old Vic today announces further acts for the first of its Variety Nights which will take place on Sunday 15 November 2015. (more...)

Cardone and Adam RealMan to Present THE NEW YORK HOUSE OF MAGIC, 11/30 at the Slipper RoomCardone and Adam RealMan to Present THE NEW YORK HOUSE OF MAGIC, 11/30 at the Slipper Room
by BWW News Desk - Nov 11, 2015

The ultimate vaudeville magician, Cardone and Coney Island sideshow star, Adam RealMan presents the City's hottest new magic show, THE NEW YORK HOUSE OF MAGIC. (more...)

COME FLY WITH ME! and More Slated for Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Cabaret SeasonCOME FLY WITH ME! and More Slated for Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Cabaret Season
by BWW News Desk - May 2, 2016

Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Cabaret Season will present the best of Sammy Cahn in 'Come Fly With Me!' The Sammy Cahn Songbook, the interactive Sleight of Hand show, The CardShark, and the energetic and inventive female trio, The GiGi's. (more...)

Thrillpeddlers to Offer CREEPSHOW CAMP This SummerThrillpeddlers to Offer CREEPSHOW CAMP This Summer
by BWW News Desk - Mar 4, 2016

Thrillpeddlers is proud to announce Creepshow Camps, Summer 2016. Running June 13 - August 12, 2016 (in 2-week Sessions) at The Hypnodrome in San Francisco. Young devotees of Horror, Sci-Fi and Suspense have a summer camp to call their own! (more...)

Mesmerizing Magician Dennis Watkins Set for Theatre at the CenterMesmerizing Magician Dennis Watkins Set for Theatre at the Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 24, 2016

Magician Dennis Watkins will bring his hilarious brand of magic and mentalism to Theatre at the Center in Munster on April 2 and 3 for a total of three performances. (more...)

Know Theatre to Stage Cincy Fringe Encores of 'CODY CLARK' and 'HITCHHIKERS'Know Theatre to Stage Cincy Fringe Encores of 'CODY CLARK' and 'HITCHHIKERS'
by BWW News Desk - Mar 11, 2016

Know Theatre is delighted to announce the penultimate Fringe Encore of the 2015/16 Season, a double bill featuring two vastly different theatrical experiences, each with a unique voice you'll definitely want to hear again -- or for the first time! (more...)

CPT Announces Spring Lineup - CALCULATING KINDNESS, London Premiere of THE JOKE and More!CPT Announces Spring Lineup - CALCULATING KINDNESS, London Premiere of THE JOKE and More!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 8, 2016

With a brand new youth theatre, three festivals, four major premieres, and (almost) 100 shows from some of the most inspiring contemporary theatre makers in the UK, Spring at CPT guarantees to cater for all your theatrical desires…    (more...)

THIRTEEN's Nature to Expose the Sly Tricks of 'Natural Born Hustlers on PBSTHIRTEEN's Nature to Expose the Sly Tricks of 'Natural Born Hustlers on PBS
by TV News Desk - Jan 5, 2016

This three-part series reveals the modus operandi of some of nature's greatest animal con artists as they outwit predators, line up their next meal, and get the girl. Natural Born Hustlers airs Wednesday, January 13, 20 & 27, 2016 at 8 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings). (more...)

BWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Dazzles in NashvilleBWW Review: MATILDA THE MUSICAL Dazzles in Nashville
by Jeffrey Ellis - Jan 28, 2016

Can there be a better way to capture Matilda's spirit so evocatively than in a sparkling new work for the musical theater? A musical journey through which we can chart her soulful, heartfelt ascent into a literary hierarchy in which readers can live vicariously? Matilda's forays into a fictional world of devil-may-care adventure, oftentimes aided by her gift for telekinesis or her penchant for clever tricks (like switching her father's hair oil with her mother's peroxide) - which is at once darker than other offerings of like ilk, yet somehow rather more confectionary than even the fluffiest of musical comedies - lend themselves exquisitely to Matilda the Musical, the critically lauded stage extravaganza that is somehow effervescently uplifting while remaining grounded. (more...)

Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret Announces Show LineupLannie's Clocktower Cabaret Announces Show Lineup
by BWW News Desk - Jan 25, 2016

Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret will be celebrating the month of love with some fun shows and lovely Valentine offerings. Plus, Lannie Garrett returns with her cult show, 'The Hilarious Patsy DeCline Show' on Saturday, February 27th at 8pm (continues Saturdays through April 9th). (more...)

Happy Trails! Say Goodbye to the Broadway Shows Closing in Early 2016Happy Trails! Say Goodbye to the Broadway Shows Closing in Early 2016
by BWW Special Coverage - Jan 2, 2016

There is still time to catch the Broadway shows closing in early 2016! Check out what shows are closing soon and be sure to see them while you still can! (more...)

Honolulu Theatre for Youth to Premiere THE TINY TREEHonolulu Theatre for Youth to Premiere THE TINY TREE
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2016

Honolulu Theatre for Youth continues its 61st season with the world premiere of THE TINY TREE, by local children's theatre playwright Annie Cusick Wood. With live music and song, a charming father-son astronaut duo and a fantastical setting on a planet far far away, the play is designed especially for tiny tots-but will also resonate powerfully with adults. (more...)

East Lynne Theater Announces Free & Discounted Shows in MarchEast Lynne Theater Announces Free & Discounted Shows in March
by BWW News Desk - Feb 29, 2016

Just because East Lynne Theater Company isn't currently producing weekly shows in Cape May doesn't mean the company is idle. During the winter, there are Murder Mystery Weekends at The Henry Sawyer Inn, touring shows on the road, and the New Jersey Theatre Alliance's (NJTA) 'Stages Festival' in March.  (more...)

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS: Taking Your Breath Away One Illusion at a TimeBWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS: Taking Your Breath Away One Illusion at a Time
by Ellen Dostal - Feb 25, 2016

Dazzling originality and elegant artistry blend together in the spectacular show, THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY, now playing at the Hollywood Pantages. Much more than a magic show, the artists who make up this 'Magnificent Seven' exhibit a stunning array of feats that will constantly leave you saying, 'How'd they do that?!' (more...)

Hippos and Comedians Launch That's Fife Comedy Festival ProgrammeHippos and Comedians Launch That's Fife Comedy Festival Programme
by BWW News Desk - Feb 18, 2016

Sitting astride two painted hippo sculptures, Scottish stand up comedy legend, Fred MacAulay, and Rosyth's finest physicist turned state-of-the-art comedy magician, Kevin McMahon, today (Thursday 18 February), unveiled a stunning programme of comedy talent for That's Fife.  Fife's side-splitting comedy festival will be staged at venues across the Kingdom from 1 to 30 April 2016, with Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, the central Hub of the festival.   (more...)

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Offer Pre-Show Magic Lesson from Magician Kostya Kimlat, 3/25Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Offer Pre-Show Magic Lesson from Magician Kostya Kimlat, 3/25
by BWW News Desk - Feb 17, 2016

?Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has partnered with nationally renowned magician, Kostya Kimlat to offer an exclusive evening of magic and Shakespeare to patrons attending the Theater's production of The Tempest on March 25, 2016. The pre-show party will feature an intimate sleight-of-hand magic lesson from Kostya Kimlat and two other official magicians of the Orlando Magic. The magic lesson will take place prior to the evening's $25 Under 35 performance. Ticket holders of any age are invited to add on the pre-show entertainment package for just $20 (per person). Add-on packages may be purchased by calling (407) 447-1700 ext. 1 or by emailing boxoffice@orlandoshakes.org. Limited number of spaces available and activity subject to change. (more...)

BWW Review: IMPOSSIBLE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, February 16 2016BWW Review: IMPOSSIBLE, New Alexandra Theatre Birmingham, February 16 2016
by Jenny Ell - Feb 17, 2016

Fresh from its hugely successful run in the West End, Impossible is a brand new stage spectacle featuring six of the best magicians and illusionists that this country has to offer. From death-defying stunts to close-up magic, the show manages to strike the perfect balance in scale and has the audiences enchanted and on the edge of their seats for the whole two and a half hour show. (more...)

The Downstairs Cabaret Announces 14 Shows as Part of 2016 Winter ProgramThe Downstairs Cabaret Announces 14 Shows as Part of 2016 Winter Program
by BWW News Desk - Feb 1, 2016

The Downstairs Cabaret is thrilled to announce 14 shows as part of its 2016 Winter Program, including several regional premieres, performing through the 3rd week in March. (more...)

Zach King Brings Christmas Bling to Klick with New Magic VideoZach King Brings Christmas Bling to Klick with New Magic Video
by BWW News Desk - Dec 8, 2015

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BWW Review:  THE ILLUSIONISTS, Magic Packaged Boy Band StyleBWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS, Magic Packaged Boy Band Style
by Michael Dale - Dec 3, 2015

You may find yourself smirking at the cheesiness of it all as much as gasping at the wonder of it all. (more...)

BWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS 1903 Brings Back The Wonder Of The Golden Age Of MagicBWW Review: THE ILLUSIONISTS 1903 Brings Back The Wonder Of The Golden Age Of Magic
by Jade Kops - Dec 24, 2015

Capturing the grandeur of the early 20th Century with old world showmanship, THE ILLUSIONISTS 1903 transports the audience back to the days of Vaudeville and live stage magic. (more...)

Thirteen's NATURE to Expose the Tricks of 'Natural Born Hustlers', 1/13Thirteen's NATURE to Expose the Tricks of 'Natural Born Hustlers', 1/13
by TV News Desk - Dec 23, 2015

This three-part series reveals the modus operandi of some of nature's greatest animal con artists as they outwit predators, line up their next meal, and get the girl.  (more...)

Sundance Sets 2016 Lineup of U.S., World Competition FilmsSundance Sets 2016 Lineup of U.S., World Competition Films
by Movies News Desk - Dec 2, 2015

Offering a first look at the year ahead in independent film, culture and new ideas, Sundance Institute announced today the 65 films selected for the U.S. Competition, World Competition and out-of-competition NEXT category set to premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, January 21-31 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Films that have premiered in these sections include Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station,Whiplash, Blackfish, The September Issue, The Cove, An Education, Animal Kingdom, Precious, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Obvious Child, Tangerine and Escape from Tomorrow. (more...)

CARNEY MAGIC to Play the Colony TheatreCARNEY MAGIC to Play the Colony Theatre
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

The Colony Theatre Company is thrilled to announce its first special event of 2016 - a one-night engagement with legendary magician JOHN CARNEY! (more...)

DISCOVERING MAGIC Set for The Players' Ring, 12/26-27DISCOVERING MAGIC Set for The Players' Ring, 12/26-27
by BWW News Desk - Dec 17, 2015

Absolutely Magic and Andrew Pinard will present Discovering Magic at The Players' Ring, 105 Marcy Street, Portsmouth NH as part of the Main Stage Series on December 26 (shows at 2, 5, and 8pm) and 27 (shows at 2 and 5pm). Tickets are $15 with discounts for students, seniors, and Players' Ring members. To reserve, visit www.playersring.org or call 603-436-8123. (more...)

BWW Review: THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMASBWW Review: THE TWELVE DATES OF CHRISTMAS
by Jeffrey Ellis - Dec 12, 2015

Rebekah Durham is not Reese Witherspoon, so no one is paying her a million bucks to star in some holiday-themed rom com - but make no mistake about it, they damn well oughta be! But for now, Nashville theater-goers are the lucky ones; we get to see her onstage in Tennessee Women's Theater Project's first-ever Christmastime production: Ginna Hoben's The Twelve Dates of Christmas, a thoroughly delightful and wonderfully entertaining one-woman show that offers up some universal truths for this or any other season. (more...)

Magic Show IMPOSSIBLE RecoupsMagic Show IMPOSSIBLE Recoups
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Jamie Hendry, the producer of IMPOSSIBLE, London's most dangerous magic and illusion show, has revealed that it has recouped its West End costs of £950,000 in just over one month, during its run at the Noel Coward Theatre. It has been several decades since a magic show of this scale has run in the West End, and bumper audiences over the busy summer period have driven the box office to even greater levels than had been anticipated. The London season will come to an end on Saturday 29th August, having played 41 performances. (more...)

West End Illusionist Show IMPOSSIBLE Announces RecoupmentWest End Illusionist Show IMPOSSIBLE Announces Recoupment
by BWW News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Jamie Hendry, the producer of IMPOSSIBLE, London's most dangerous magic and illusion show, has revealed that it has recouped its West End costs of £950,000 in just over one month, during its run at the Noel Coward Theatre. It has been several decades since a magic show of this scale has run in the West End, and bumper audiences over the busy summer period have driven the box office to even greater levels than had been anticipated. The London season will come to an end on Saturday 29th August, having played 41 performances.  (more...)

Broadway's THE ILLUSIONISTS to Perform on NBC's 'America's Got Talent', 9/2Broadway's THE ILLUSIONISTS to Perform on NBC's 'America's Got Talent', 9/2
by TV News Desk - Aug 27, 2015

Celebrated magic group, The Illusionists, return to 'America's Got Talent' with a fresh and thrilling performance during the live results show on Wednesday, Sept. 2 (8-9 p.m. ET) from Radio City Music Hall. (more...)

CARNEY MAGIC Returns to The Colony Theatre This MayCARNEY MAGIC Returns to The Colony Theatre This May
by BWW News Desk - Apr 30, 2016

A theatrical show that blends world-class Sleight of Hand expertise with intelligence, taste, and wit into a unique performance that is pure pleasure, intrigue, and fun. Carney Magic is back after playing to a sold out house earlier this year at The Colony Theatre in Burbank. (more...)

MAGIC MONDAY Returns This May at Santa Monica PlayhouseMAGIC MONDAY Returns This May at Santa Monica Playhouse
by BWW News Desk - Apr 25, 2016

Experience the thrill of magic and spellbinding illusions with a rotating cast of master magicians every week in the Magic Monday cabaret at the Santa Monica Playhouse from May 2 through June 27.  (more...)

Magic, Comedy, and Vegan Bites on Deck at the NYC Vegetarian Food FestivalMagic, Comedy, and Vegan Bites on Deck at the NYC Vegetarian Food Festival
by BWW News Desk - Apr 20, 2016

Magic and stand-up comedy will be part of the buffet at the sixth annual New York City Vegetarian Food Festival, popping up at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan on May 7-8. Ivan Stratienco, of Insane Illusions, will give Festival attendees a taste of his Sleight of Hand skills and magic tricks. The illusionist has more than 10 years experience performing in the tri-state area at both intimate parties and large-scale gatherings. Meanwhile, Myq Kaplan will return for his second Festival appearance. He is a 2010 Last Comic Standing finalist who has also appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien, the Late Show with David Letterman, and Comedy Central Presents. His debut CD, Vegan Mind Meld, was one of iTunes' top ten best-selling comedy albums in 2010, followed by Meat Robot in 2013, and his one-hour Netflix special Small Dork and Handsome in 2014. Both of the entertainers happen to be vegan, which will put them right at home at the Festival. Over a hundred vegan vendors will be on hand, as well as plant-based chefs, physicians, professional athletes, and inspiring speakers. The Festival is founded and presented by U.S. Veg Corp. The event-planning company has also branched out to Scottsdale, Arizona with the AZ Vegetarian Food Festival, and it plans to launch the CA Vegetarian Food Festival later this year in the Los Angeles area. U.S. Veg Corp co-founder Sarah Gross said the purpose for staging all of these events is to inject a maximum of fun into living a humane lifestyle. 'We vegans used to have such a serious and militant stereotype,' she said. 'And non-vegans thought we had to be masochistic to deny ourselves all those animal-based foods that are so much a part of the American diet. Our aim is to show that exactly the opposite is true.' New York's Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. Attendees can expect to snag free food samples from such exhibitors as Rescue Chocolate, Pure Genius Provisions, Beyond Sushi, Pilot Kombucha, and many others. They can also watch cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs including Jenne Claiborne, Isabelle Steichen, Jay Astafa, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Among the high-powered physicians scheduled to speak about their research into the health benefits of a vegan diet are Garth Davis, Thomas Campbell, Robert Ostfeld, and Michael Greger. Festival-goers with young children should also plan to check out the Kumquat Kids Area where there will be story-telling, arts and crafts, and family entertainment. 'Kids should also have fun learning about the importance of sustainable living so those ages 10 and under are always free,' says U.S. Veg Corp co-founder Nira Paliwoda. For more information about the Festival or to purchase tickets, go to http://nycvegfoodfest.com/. (more...)

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