Slide show: Rock ventriloquist Carla Rhodes plays dress-up

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    Photograph: Leslie Van Stelten
    Styling by Jet Olivia
    Makeup by Daniel K

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    Photograph: Leslie Van Stelten
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    Photograph: Leslie Van Stelten
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    Photograph: Leslie Van Stelten
    Styling by Jet Olivia
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    Photograph: Leslie Van Stelten
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Photograph: Leslie Van Stelten
Styling by Jet Olivia
Makeup by Daniel K

A century or so ago, a quarter might have bought you a night of vaudeville entertainent on the Lower East Side. Plus a change, plus c'est la mme chose: Once a month down at Stanton Street's Arlene's Grocery, an infation-adjusted $8 will still get you an evening of music, comedy and ventriloquism. But whereas an old-time variety show would probably have featured different acts, each with a speciality to ply, Carla Rhodes does it all by herself. In her long-running showcase The Continuing Story of Carla Rhodes, the multitasking neovaudevillian throws her voice like a curveball, bringing old-school ventriloquism skills to new-school puppets (including one of Keith Richards) and threading her act with comical anecdotes and rock songs (with help from a backup band, the Extravanganzas). Equal parts crash test and dummies, the show is scheduled to return on Sunday, March 13, at 8pm. To whet your appetite for a trip to the Grocery, here's a slide show of Rhodes in various states of disrepair.

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