2016 Extravaganaza Performers and Presenters

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Jesse Barnick – Bartitsu, The Victorian Art of Self-Defense
B. Ber – Occult: From the Farthest Reaches to the 19th C. Parlor
RJ Cote – Nautical Knot-Tying Workshop
Joe Kennedy – Genealogy: Exploring Your Family Tree
Nicole Oliva – Opera
Natalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruz – Musical Saw
The Piccadilly Weepers – Sea Shanties
Ed Reynolds – Open-Air Drawing

Jesse BarnickJesse Barnick
Jesse began training in the martial arts and sciences when he was eleven years old, and has passionately embraced the study of warrior cultures ever since. He has received instructor’s certifications in several martial disciplines and is a student of both classical eastern and western swordsmanship. He instructs as the curriculum leader for the Bartitsu Club of NYC, which is dedicated to the revival of Victorian martial arts, and is a committee member of an organization dedicated to the research and promotion of classical Aiki Budo. Jesse is certified in neuromuscular therapy; and was a former teacher of therapeutic massage, anatomy, and kinesiology.

 B. Ber

Mystic, Metaphysical Practitioner, Instructor, Designer, and Consultant, B’s diverse B. Bercareers are dedicated to service of others. A New York native decedent of the Chiat line of Belorussia/Ukraine Mystics, she is a born Taurus/Fire Monkey with abilities to see through the fabric of time, planes of existence, and energy and space. Through decades of study B achieved the level of Mystic, Lightworker and is fluent in diverse arts and sciences of Metaphysics:  illumination of life paths, working in harmony with multiple levels of universal communication and belief systems; and offering direction and proactive assistance to facilitate optimum results. B has a private Metaphysical practice and teaches Metaphysical Arts and Sciences in private master classes and through Alchemy Moderne, as well as in open workshops in New York City and lectures nation-wide. Redboxjade Company is B’s consultation, appraisal, and import venue. B is the host of MysticNYC radio and Radio Culinair weekly radio/podcasts explore and illuminates the diverse facets of both the Metaphysical and culinary worlds. A highly accomplished executive chef/consultant, B creates working regimes for private and commercial clients that restructure diets, eating, and life patterns for optimum health and existence. An award-winning horticulturalist and bio-designer, B creates balanced living environments for personal sanctuary. B holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts, DoH certification and is a Humanist Cleric. B is an avid naturalist, kayaker, conservationist and collector. Serving clients world-wide, B is based in New York City and in Woodland Valley, New York.


Veteran sailor Rene “RJ” Cote has been sailing since childhood, and has owned and operated sailboats for over 20 years. He also teaches sailing, and is the Vice President and Director of the “Teach and Take a Kid Sailing Program” program, which is run by the Foundation for Safe Boating and Marine Information. He is the owner and proprietor of Seabreeze Computer Services, an IT consulting firm. Originally from Connecticut, he currently resides in Harlem and enjoys sailing his 31-foot sloop, the Quantum Leap. For more information: www.seabreezecomputerservices.com

Joe Kennedy

Joe Kennedy is the Operations Manjoeager for the New York 19th Century Society. He has researched his own family history extensively and has presented on genealogy for the Society. He is an Information Technology Manager and contributor to several IBM Systems publications. He has a love of all technologies and how they shape and influence society. His interests also include literature. His family has lived in the New York City area since the early 1800s. He is a graduate of the New York Institute of Technology and coaches a High School Robotics team. He has a son and a daughter both studying the sciences at Rutgers University.

Nicole Oliva

nicoleNicole Oliva was born and raised in Long Island, New York and always had a love of the arts. At the age of four she started training in dance, at the age of nine she started training in figure skating, at fourteen she discovered her love of musical theatre which launched her singing career at fifteen and her acting career at eighteen. Nicole now has her BFA in Theatre Arts from Five Towns College  Over the years Nicole has been a part of many different live stage plays, musicals, operas, and concerts but also became involved in fashion and costuming. More specifically she has a love for Harajuku and Elegant Gothic Lolita Fashion. She recently wrote and starred in her own film (Doll Collector) that has won several awards in the independent film festival circuit. Most recently Nicole has been touring concerts around the east coast as well as working on several music videos. For more information: www.nicoleolivasoprano.wix.com/nicoleoliva

Natalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruznatalia

Natalia ‘Saw Lady’ Paruz has played the musical saw on TV, radio, and movies such as Time Out of Mind with Richard Gere, HBO’s Emmy winner The Jinx, Fox Searchlight’s Another Earth, Dummy with Adrian Brody, American Carny, I Sell the Dead, Miss Stevens, Carnaval Sodoma, and The Heart is a Drum Machine. Natalia performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, with the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Air Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Orchestra, Amor Artis Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra and at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall with PDQ Bach and with the Little Orchestra Society. 2007 marked her Carnegie Hall debut and 2008 marked her Madison Square Garden debut. Natalia was chosen by Time Out New York, the Village Voice, the New York Press and the New York Resident for their Best of New York lists. She has recorded on Capitol Records, Universal Records, and Atlantic Records with such artists as John Hiat and Elliot Goldenthal. For more information: www.sawlady.com

The Piccadilly Weepersweepers

The Piccadilly Weepers are musicians playing traditional shanties and work songs of the sea. Shanties were sung on sailing ships of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries to break up the monotony of the everyday tasks. They were usually bawdy, rude, descriptive, and imaginitive. Since the last commercial sailing ships faded in the early 20th century, the songs have been kept alive by folk singers and enthusiasts alike, leading to an international interest in the history of singing and sailing. The Piccadilly Weepers are currently Kellfire Bray on vocals and guitar, Bunko Ratliff on vocals and banjo, Larry Heinemann on vocals and mandolin, and Kenball Zwerin on vocals and bass. We are following the examples left us by such greats as Paul Clayton, Ewan MacColl & A.L. Lloyd, and the master Stan Hugill. For more information: www.piccadillyweepers.com

Ed Reynolds

Artist Ed Reynolds hosts the popular Drink & Draw at The Way Station  in Brooklyn.