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When the Coney Island Girlie Freak Show premiered last month at BB King’s, Dick Zigun announced that in Summer 2010, Coney Island’s Sideshows By the Seashore would run seven days a week instead of five. The schedule will be expanded in anticipation of a busier than ever season in Coney Island after Memorial Day’s grand opening of the new Luna Park.

Heather Holliday spits a bit of Fire on stage at Coney Island USA. © 2009 Norman Blake. All rights reserved. NB Photo Flash via flickr

Heather Holliday spits a bit of Fire on stage at Coney Island USA. © 2009 Norman Blake. All rights reserved. NB Photo Flash via flickr

From June 12 through Labor Day, there will be two completely different sideshows at CIUSA. “The rough schedule is up on our calendar of events,” says Zigun. “During that time period the CONEY ISLAND CIRCUS SIDESHOW will feature Donny Vomit and Heather Holliday and the CONEY ISLAND GIRLIE FREAKSHOW will feature Angelica and Serpentina.”

That means two different female fire-eaters will be in residence at Coney Island USA. It’s a double wow! Heather Holliday, who is known as the world’s cutest sword swallower and the Princess of Peril, added a stunning fire act to her repertoire last season.

We welcome back Anjelica, who took a break from the ten-in-one last summer. Her fire act is hypnotic, sensuous and lovely all at once. Not to be missed! These amazing shots by Coney Island photographer Norman Blake capture the wonder of the “blow out,” the most dangerous and difficult feat of the fire breather’s art.

Anjelica performing during the opening night party at the 2007 Coney Island Film Festival. © 2007 Norman Blake. All rights reserved. NB Photo Flash via flickr

Anjelica performing during the opening night party at the 2007 Coney Island Film Festival. © 2007 Norman Blake. All rights reserved. NB Photo Flash via flickr

The Coney Island Girlie Freak show at BB King’s featured Angelica, Serpentina, Kryssy Kocktail, Pain Proof Rubber Girls and guest artist Bearded Lady Jennifer Miller.

The Coney Island Sideshow opens for the season on Saturday, April 3rd, 1-8 pm. The sideshow cast will also perform at CIUSA’s 30th Anniversary Gala on March 25th in Manhattan. Advance tickets are available online.

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Julie Finds a Friend © 2007 Norman Blake. All rights reserved. NB Photo Flash via flickr

Julie Finds a Friend © 2007 Norman Blake. All rights reserved. NB Photo Flash via flickr

ATZ is celebrating Valentine’s Day with one of our fave portraits by contributing photographer Norman Blake. That’s Coney Island mermaid Julie Atlas Muz getting a smooch from a sea lion after her annual swim in the New York Aquarium’s tank on Mermaid Parade Day.

This Valentine’s Day and all year long, you too can get a sea lion kiss at Coney Island’s New York Aquarium! From ATZ’s inbox…

Catch one of the aquarium’s daily Sea Lion Celebrations in Aquatheater, and afterwards, book a Sea Lion Encounter to ask questions and get up close with our sea lion celebrities. Visitors will receive a meet-and-greet session with one of the aquarium’s California sea lions. Encounters occur every day after the Sea Lion Celebration show. Participants will learn about these magnificent animals, ask questions, and finally get a sea lion kiss. Sea Lion Encounters cost $20.00 per participant.

The Aquatheater demonstrations are included with general admission to the aquarium and take place twice daily. Winter shows are at 11:30 am and 3 pm. “Our pinnipeds (the scientific term for sea lions, seals, and walruses) also make great teachers,” says Jon Forrest Dohlin, Aquarium Director. “You’ll learn how to make seafood choices that are healthy for the planet, why predators like the great white shark are essential to maintaining a balanced food chain, and how the WCS [Wildlife Conservation Society] is helping to save threatened marine life and habitats around the globe.”

The New York Aquarium is open 365 days a year. Admission is $13.00 for adults, $9.00 for children ages 3-12 and $10.00 for senior citizens 65 and older. A general admission ticket allows you to explore the New York Aquarium and attend all animal feedings and demonstrations. Admission on Fridays beginning at 3 pm is pay-what-you-wish!

New York Aquarium, Surf Avenue at West 8th Street, Coney Island, 718-265-FISH

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