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Are you a Simon or a Paula?

Spoke the Hub puts the audience in the judge’s seat with its "Winter Follies," featuring more than two dozen dance, music and multimedia artists through Jan. 29.

"This annual showcase is kind of our own funky, downtown dance/theater version of ’American Idol’ (without the public humiliation and the mean-spirited Three Stooges panel of judges)," explained Spoke the Hub’s Artistic Director Elise Long. "’Professional’ performers can sign up to perform five minutes of whatever it is they do best, then the audience gets to vote on its favorite artist or group."

Among the scheduled performers is flamenco dancer Sol Koeraus (pictured), who will perform on Sunday.

The "Winter Follies" began on Jan. 27 and continues Jan. 28 and 29 at 7:30 pm (with new seatings every hour, for those who can’t stay for the entire performance marathon). At the end of each evening, the audience votes on the artist or group it would like to see more of in the coming year. The performers with the most votes at the end of the weekend receive the grand prize: 50 hours of free rehearsal space plus their own weekend production at the Gowanus Arts Building in the 2006 season.

It’s not a record contract, but it ain’t shabby.

"Winter Follies" admission is $15 for adults, $5 for kids. The performances will take place at the Gowanus Arts Building (295 Douglass St. between Third and Fourth avenues). For more information, call (718) 408-3234 or visit the Web site at

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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