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The Rights of Spring: The Swarm of Bees

(photo Deborah Beshaw)

Saturday May 13, 1 PM, at The Old Stone House, 336 3rd St., Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

A participatory giant puppet pageant in which a swarm of bees goes out to look for a new home, and ends up saving the world.

With the Gotham Easy Brass Band.


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The Village Halloween Parade, 2013

With Himalayas, humongo big band, and Hexcamaids, dancing formerly-mermaid-parade mermaids.

The  Suns and Sun People



Cardboard Masks!

Big Person


Big Sun


Big Sun and Nicole


The sun was made of two sheets of heavy “transparent” plastic dropcloth ironed together, with thin colored plastic hot-glued on, lighted with four strips of flexible LEDs, powered by two LED battery packs, and blown up with a battery pump for camping mattresses.

Advantages: nice and bright, packs up easily, doesn’t mind the damp,

Problems: hard to get rid of air leakage in inside corners.  caught the wind, sun-holders were wrestling with each other.  If I do it again, I’ll put it on a rod across the top.  LED strips weren’t made to bend repeatedly – they will develop shorts with repeated packing and unpacking?

The main problem that it was too bright – it killed any other puppet near it, even though NY streetlights are nice and bright.