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Bright Night 2011: Fun for the whole family!

Kidoinfo is giving away 4 family fourpacks to attend this year’s Bright Night celebration. See details below to enter.

This New Year’s Eve, don’t be surprised if you see two bald men in clown noses and tuxedos. It’s not a new fashion trend–it’s the headlining act of this year’s Bright Night Providence. bn_2011_frontplateThe show, called BAMBOUK, is a New Vaudevillian escapade that features a blend of juggling, magic and physical comedy, performed by two elegantly dressed bald men in clown noses.

Masters of the variety arts, the clown duo juggle plates, flip hats, ride a 6 foot unicycle, play the accordion, and juggle all manners of objects. Their show is a seamless blend of character comedy, circus skills, and theatrics that will tickle your funny bone and strum your heart strings.

Brian Foley and Mathew Duncan, the performers of BAMBOUK, are favorites in the NY downtown variety scene, and have shared stages around the world with award-winning circus artists from the Moscow Circus, Nanjing Acrobatic Troupe, Big Apple Circus and Cirque du Soleil. They’ve also opened for the Drifters, the Platters, and Charo. Together and individually they have been the featured physical comedians in stage productions, ice shows, cruise ships and theme parks since 1990. BAMBOUK has been seen multiple times in China, Japan, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean islands, and throughout the continental U.S. In 2009, they won the prestigious Sherman Brothers Award for Best Clown Duo, and are 2010 Golden Nose Award winners for Audience Choice Best Clown Act.

“These guys are out and out hilarious,” says Adam Gertsacov, Festival Director of Bright Night Providence. “I saw their Off-Broadway show a couple of years ago, and have been thinking about having them for Bright Night ever since. It’s the kind of show that’s silly enough for kids and smart enough for adults. It will leave the whole family laughing. “BallStyleLisa

“Bright Night will be great fun,” says one of BAMBOUK’s founders and performers Brian Foley. “We’re really looking forward to being part of the festivities. We love what the artists of Providence are doing, and are excited to be part of it.”

BAMBOUK will perform three shows in Providence as part of Bright Night. The shows will be performed at 6, 8, and 10 pm at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Your Bright Night ticket (a Tyvek wristband) will guarantee you admission to one of those three performances, plus more than 50 other performances at 12 other venues throughout the day and evening (on a space available basis).

Other artists on the Bright Night bill include local legends Big Nazo Puppets, bebop great Greg Abate, Grammy-winning storyteller/singer Bill Harley, magician Chris Carbone, storyteller Mark Binder, The Rhode Island Children’s Chorus, a special Bright Night Poetry Slam, discounts at Trinity Rep’s shows, and a host of other artists and events. A full schedule is available on the Bright Night website, http://www.brightnight.org.

Tickets to Bright Night are available online at www.ArtTixRI.com, and in person at all BankRI locations, the Providence Children’s Museum, and at the EastSide Marketplace. For more information about tickets call 401-621-6123 or visit the Bright Night website.

Tickets: $10 each if purchased on or before December 24. Starting December 25, tickets are $15 each or a family fourpack for $50. A limited number of tickets are available, so purchase early to insure getting your choice of times for the BAMBOUK show.

Want to win a family fourpack to attend the 2011 Bright Night Providence?
Tell us in the comments below: “What is your favorite tradition on New Year’s Day?”
We will randomly select 4 people to win a family fourpack (each valued at $50). Deadline is Wednesday at noon, December 22, 2010.

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  • We have the kids gather together and at the stroke of midnight, we have all the kids start jumping. There is an old belief that jumping at midnight will ensure that they grow up to be tall, strong kids. Even the adults take part in the jumping – hoping to grown an inch or so taller the following year. After laughing at the silliness of it all and getting exhausted by all that jumping, we gather around to a good meal to welcome the new year.

  • My family’s tradition was to take us to the theatre (usually it was a comedy or a musical)- then we’d ring in the New Year with Champagne and a delicious platter of “hors d’oeuvre” prepared by my mother. Now, here, we’ve celebrated New Year’s Eve in different fun ways, including First Night in Boston – and our celebration always includes being on the phone with our family members in Europe throughout the night and the 1st of the year.

  • My favorite childhood New Year’s day tradition was having friends over, playing games, and sitting around the piano and singing Auld Lang Syne.

  • Our favorite New Year’s Day tradition is to share a good meal with family and/or friends and share a piece of gratitude and ambitions for the New Year.

  • Our whole family gets together and throws a fancy kid dinner party, complete with kid friendly bubbly and finger food. All the kids have to be dressed up, we have them all wear glow in the dark bracelets and necklaces, we have them dance to music they like. We have a great time just watching them!!!

  • Our favorite tradition is to run out barefoot into the snow at exactly midnight while ringing bells, banging on pots and pans, and screaming, “Happy New Year!” The neighbors love to watch. Maybe they should join us!

  • Our favorite New Year’s Day tradition is to run down to the water to see friends and family take the plunge into the Westport River with all of the “Penguins”… maybe even take the jump ourselves, which I’ve been known to do!

  • Our favorite family New Years tradition is to eat pork chops and sauerkraut on New Years Day. It’s an old Pennsylvania Dutch tradition — the background of my paternal grandmother who was a major creative force in my extended family — and it brings good luck for the year to come.