Category Archives: Original Videos

Videos originally created by, or in collaboration with, smile from The Lower East Side.

Highlights from House of Glory: Salvation 2022

This video is a slideshow of photo highlights from the pro wrestling event Salvation, presented by House of Glory, an independent pro wrestling organization based in Queens, New York. The program is available to watch via streaming video at Fite.tv

Wrestlers featured include Mantequilla, KC Navarro, Ringleader Midas, Ken Broadway, Charles Mason, James Evander, Lo-Ki, Biff Busick, Natalia Markova, Taya Valkyrie, Arez, Penta El Zero Mierdo, Jay & Mark Briscoe.

House of Glory Salvation Photo Highlights
photos by smile from The Lower East Side
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Get tested for COVID-19

If you have yet to be tested for COVID-19, you should make every effort to do so. There are many test sites throughout the United States now offering tests at no cost. The test itself only takes a few seconds. Check out the video to see a mobile test site set up by CORE in action in The Lower East Side to get a sense of what’s involved.

If you’re in New York State, you can find a local test site here.

CORE is also providing free testing at various locales across America.

Check with your local health department for the information most relevant to your area.

I’m Fiona

Krystal & smile

My second oldest, Krystal and her partner, Matt, recently became foster parents to two young brothers. They came into Manhattan for a visit and the kids got to ride the subway for the first time. While waiting for the train, the boys each took some photos with my phone. One of the boys was trying to get a good grip on the phone because his hands were small and while he was futzing around with it, he took a couple of quick video clips.You can hear my mother shouting advice at him and Krystal gives me a compliment that’s one of the nicest things anyone’s ever said to me. I’m proud of my heirs, and in their own way they’re proud of me too.

The Truth About Dr. Jekyll

The Quad Cinema is showing Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hyde as part of their Hammer Films retrospective, giving me another excuse to recycle some old material, a clip that was recycling old material to begin with. Back in 2006, I produced a video podcast (before the format had really been established or anyone knew what it was) called Potluck: Substance Over Style. The person I was supposed to interview backed out last minute, so I had to come up with an episode on the fly. I pulled out some old videotape of my mom, a couple of other old tapes and some digitized public domain film and put this together. By the way, my mother has never even seen Tim Burton’s Ed Wood, believe it or not.

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Remember that time I was a puppeteer?

Ten years ago this weekend, I was the host / emcee of The New York Infringement Festival, a series of plays and one person shows held over Labor Day weekend in Greenwich Village. Someone (I forget who) had created this large puppet called Bushiva to parade around Washington Square Park. I don’t know if they had any specific performance planned, at least, I wasn’t given any direction when I was asked to help operate the puppet.

Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans that weekend, and if you remember, the initial government response to the crisis was far from adequate. Consequently, there were a lot of activist groups and politically minded individuals demonstrating when we arrived with this giant George W. Bush head. I decided to give Bushiva a voice right there on the spot and started fielding questions from pedestrians, offering satirical commetary on the policies and practices of our then president.

I’m not sure who shot and edited the video below, which was posted to YouTube some years ago and I came across recently. Even though the general public’s questions prompting the responses aren’t included, you can still get the idea. It would be great to have a look at the raw footage since I’ve never seen it, but I’ll take what I can get.


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Bushiva

at YouTube.

Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine

“I’ll be right out, Mom!”

Peking Opera on The Lower East Side

There’s always something interesting going on in the Lower East Side on Manhattan — smile

Deleted Scene from True Blood Episode 51 aired June 24, 2012

After being confronted by his missing girlfriend’s parents, Alcide calls Sookie before going to see her at Merlotte’s in this deleted scene from HBO’s hit series, True Blood.

My best Nicolas Cage impression