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Raspyni Brothers plan to dazzle audiences

En garde, citizens! The Raspyni Brothers are coming back to town, and they’re bringing their garden weasels with them.

Jazzed from their win of a Lifetime Award of Excellence at the 60th Annual International Juggler’s Association Convention in North Carolina this past summer, this pair of world-class comedic jugglers is planning two dazzling do-or-die shows for local audiences.

If you saw their sold-out show last January at The Center for the Arts, you already know that the Raspynis go galaxies beyond tossing the usual bowling pins and an occasional machete. These two performers (who go by Dan Holzman and Barry Friedman in real life) are famous for their incredibly bizarre and daring juggling stunts, but they are extraordinary comedians, as well. They even made Robin Williams laugh.

Friedman’s foremost memory of opening for a comedian is one night in Canada on the Howie Mandel tour when he was performing his ping pong ball spitting routine. “As I sucked the first ball into my mouth from the bowl of water, my lips tightened, my eyes watered, and I felt like time had stopped. Howie had gotten to my bowl before the show and replaced the water with vinegar.”

Given that the Raspyni Brothers’ act is one of the most sought-after on the corporate entertainment scene these days, Friedman says he and Holzman are really looking forward to doing this community show at the center. “It’s a lot more fun doing a show for hometown folks instead of a bunch of mutual funds salespeople in a ballroom in Phoenix.”

But he’s got another reason to be excited about this show: Sunday’s matinee performance is a benefit for Save the Air in Nevada County (www.stainnc.org), an organization founded in 2006 by a group of community residents whose mission is “to promote and conduct sustainable practices that increase awareness, promote education and inspire action to improve Nevada County’s air quality by reducing ozone air pollution.” Since his son Zed suffers from asthma, this issue is a very personal one for Friedman, who lives locally.

Lots of late ticket buyers were disappointed last year, so early ticket purchase is highly recommended.

WHAT: The Raspyni Brothers

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 17, 8 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18, 2 p.m. (benefit for Save the Air in Nevada County)

WHERE: The Center for the Arts, 314 W. Main St.

ADMISSION: Tickets for $18, $15 seniors and children 12 and under, are available through The Center for the Arts box office, 314 W. Main St., Grass Valley, (530) 274-8384, ext. 14, Tuesday-Saturday 12-5 p.m.; at the center’s usual ticket outlets (BriarPatch Community Market and The Book Seller in Grass Valley, Yabobo in Nevada City, and Cherry Records in Auburn); or online at http://www.thecenterforthearts.org; also at the door, if available.

INFORMATION: Call 274-8384, ext. 14, or go online to info@thecenter


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