Learn About Brooklyn’s Sideshows Past and Present at Brooklyn Historical Society


    Back in the heyday of Coney Island, Brooklyn was home to some of the country’s most popular and colorful sideshow entertainment. The Brooklyn Historical Society is taking a look back at the history of circus arts as well as the reemergence of sideshows and burlesque in the borough with their program “The Circus Comeback: Brooklyn’s Nouveau Sideshows.”

    The founder of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and self-styled “Mayor of Coney Island” Dick Zigun will lead a conversation with performers — including Adam Realman, sword swallower and dean of Coney Island USA’s Sideshow School, and Stephanie Monseu, co-founder, artistic director and performer for circus non-profit Bindelstiff Family Cirkus.

    The program will take place July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Historical Society at 128 Pierrepont Street. The event is free for BHS members, and $5 for non-members. To learn more about the event or to reserve a space, click here.

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