The ol’ bump and rhyme! Striptease and poetry come together at Coney

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Poetry and striptease — together at last!

A quirky cast of semi-nude dancers, bards and blues musicians will converge at Sideshows by the Seashore on Dec. 3 in writer-producer Michael Schwartz’s latest off-beat effort, “A Coney Island From The Behind.”

Schwartz will headline the smorgasbord variety show, whose title pokes fun at beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti’s famous collection of poems, “A Coney Island of the Mind,” which will feature stories and comedy based on his hard-knock childhood in 1970s Coney Island — the inspiration for his plays “Coney Island Last Stop” and “In the Shadow of The Third Rail.”

“It’s always been a place for wonder and magic,” said Schwartz. “This show is going to capture that spirit.”

Or at least provide for an unusual evening of entertainment. Additional acts include a reading of “The Coney Island Love Letters,” by Mermaid Hawley and Bill Brovold, a ragtime piano performance and a harmonica solo set by Hank Coyote Wagner.

“A Coney Island Of The Behind” at Sideshows by the Seashore [1208 Surf Ave. at W. 12th Street in Coney Island, (718) 372-5159], Dec. 3, 7 pm, $10. For info, visit

To reach reporter Daniel Bush, e-mail him at or call (718) 260-8310."
Updated 5:28 pm, July 9, 2018
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