NEVER SLEEP ALONE, Toshi Reagon's GOOD FOLK LOVERS ROCK and More Set for Valentine's Day Lineup at Joe's Pub, Now thru 2/15
Lovers and lonelies in New York City will swarm to Joe's Pub at The Public this February for several Valentine's Day themed shows that run the gamut: Dr. Alex's returns to help the world get laid with Never Sleep Alone. Roots legend Toshi Reagon and special guests pay tribute to the sultry R&B queen Sade. Country husband and wife duo Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis celebrate a new CD. Xavier hosts a tribute to the original ladies of soul, and "mama bear of alt cabaret" (TONY) Bridget Everett returns with her band The Tender Moments for a very special, very tender Valentine's Day engagement. Read on for more details. Bleeding hearts welcome...
NEVER SLEEP ALONE
February 15, 11:30pm
$25 Singles / $30 Voyeurs
Sexual evangelist Dr. Alex Schiller returns to bring the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction. Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Dr. Alex insists that her audience be filled with the sexy and seeking. "Singles" in the single section must be willing to interact with strangers, mix in the front and become active participants in the show. "Voyeurs" watch from the back as the provocative and irreverent Dr. Alex dispenses sex advice from her book Never Sleep Alone and leads her audience through a wildly entertaining evening. Willing singles are invited to join Dr. Alex on stage for free champagne, blind dates and interactive demonstrations. The night continues at an exclusive after-party and the secret location is announced at curtain call. If you're interested in participating in a live, on-stage date or demonstration, email: NSAshow@gmail.com
BRIDGET EVERETT & THE TENDER MOMENTS
FEBRUARY 12, 9:30pm
Bridget Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She's been dubbed "Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks" by Michael Musto from the Village Voice. She has appeared frequently on Time Out New York's annual list of top cabaret performers, ranking number one in 2010 on a list which included Alan Cumming and Elaine Stritch. Bridget co-hosted Our Hit Parade, a sold-out monthly revue of current pop hits, with Kenny Mellman (Kiki and Herb) and Neal Medlyn at Joe's Pub. She starred in the original musical At Least It's Pink based on her life which she co-wrote with director Michael Patrick King (writer/director of Sex and the City) and Mellman which played Ars Nova for 12 weeks. Bridget has performed at Montreal's Just for Laughs, New York Comedy Festival, HBO's Aspen United States Comedy Arts Festival and the Adelaide International Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia. She played Lynn Chenney in Taylor Mac's Red Tide Blooming at P.S.122, was featured in Scott Wittman's production JUKEBOX JACKIE, and was a regular on Logo's Jeffrey Cole Casserole. She can be seen as Cathy in The Sex and the City movie and as Shonda in the CBS hit comedy, 2 Broke Girls. Bridget co-wrote and performed an evening of original music called Bridget and Neal Are F*cking and Adam is Watching with Medlyn and Adam Horovitz (Ad-rock: Beastie Boys).
Bruce Robison & KELLY WILLIS
February 13, 7:00pm
Critically acclaimed husband-and-wife duo Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis will release a new collaborative album, Cheater's Game, on February 12 (Premium Records). The long-awaited album features seven new songs and six cover songs. Of the material, Kelly comments, "The songs that we chose to cover were important in that they reflect what we love about country music." Writers include Razzy Bayley, Hayes Carll, Don Williams, Dave Alvin, Robert Earl Keen and Lawrence Shoberg. Since emerging onto the scene in 1995, Bruce has been widely recognized as a world-renowned songwriter with several #1 hits, including "Wrapped" (George Strait), "Angry All The Time" (Tim McGraw & Faith Hill) and "Travelin' Soldier" (Dixie Chicks). He has also recorded eight studio albums. Cheater's Game is the first album from Kelly since 2007's acclaimed Translated From Love. Of the album, Entertainment Weekly declared, "...a treat in any emotional language," while Interview Magazine asserted "...Kelly Willis ultimately blows away the year's biggest noisemakers." Since her debut in 1990, Kelly has released six albums, including 1999's What I Deserve, of which Time Magazine called the "country record of the year."
Valentine's DAY EVE LADIES OF SOUL TRIBUTE WITH XAVIER AND FRIENDS
February 13, 9:30pm
$15 Advance / $18 Doors
Xavier and his supporting cadre of talented musical guests will help you get turned on a day early with their salute to soul music's leading ladies. Guests include: Lady Rizo, Celina Carvajal, Anastacia McCleskey, Jesse Adelman, enSUBTITLES, Andre Springer and more! Boys Choir Of Harlem alumnus Xavier has received praise for his vocal skills from some of the biggest names in The Business including Mary J. Blige, Anita Baker, Lena Horne, D'Angelo, TV on the Radio, The Rapture, and Ashford & Simpson. He's also a Diesel U Music Award nominee and his U.K. debut on Virgin Records earned him a top ten hit. Xavier has collaborated on recordings with Scissor Sisters, New Power Generation, Basement Jaxx vocalists Vula & Sharlene, Stephin Merritt, Sxip Shirey, and LL Cool J.
February 14, 9:30pm
Federico Aubele returns to a smoky realm of acoustic guitar licks, heavy rhythms and sinister dub atmospherics for his fourth studio album, Berlin 13. The record pulls from the personal transformation Aubele experienced in his time living in Berlin and the vibe of a city strongly associated with electronic music. "Moving to Berlin was a great experience for me, though not an easy one. It forced me to face a lot of my demons. When everything that you take for granted Disappears and you find yourself in a whole new scenario, you need to redefine all things in your life," Aubele says. "Sort out what you want to keep and what you need to leave behind. It can be painful, but it is a great experience once you assimilate it. It reminds me of that Bukowsky phrase that goes: what matters most is how well you walk through fire" The inclusion of the number 13 in the title refers to the Tarot Cards: the 13th card is "Death". While many may draw a negative connotation with this card, it can actually signify a deep renewal and transformation in a person's life. "I learned how to read the Tarot Cards when I was still living in Buenos Aires. It's a fascinating system for self-exploration. The 13 can mean a deep crisis that eliminates everything that prevents you from moving forward. That is exactly what I experienced in Berlin". Berlin 13 features collaborations with Natalia Clavier, Ka, Mauro Refosco and Jesse Harris.
TOSHI REAGON PRESENTS GOOD FOLK LOVERS ROCK:
A POST-VALENTINE'S DAY SADE LOVE FEST
February 15, 9:00pm
Toshi Reagon presents Good Folk is a seasonal artistic collaboration. The artists involved are powerful, and brilliant. Each person is planted in the present, with knowledge of where they came from. Each person carries that line with them, changes it and springs it forward. Enjoy this conversation between three unique voices that somehow move together in the world. Lovers Rock Sade tribute will feature Ganessa James, Allison Miller, Kimberly Nichole, Alex Nolan, Morley, Toshi Reagon and Sun Singleton.
Visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows and to purchase tickets, or call 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM) located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.
ABOUT Joe's Pub AT THE PUBLIC: Joe's Pub is one of New York City's most celebrated venues for emerging and legendary performing artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting new artists while providing established artists with a safe, intimate space to develop new work. Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home. Open seven days a week, dinner and drink service is available during every performance.
ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER AT ASTOR PLACE: Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on Social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. www.publictheater.org
Pictured: Toshi Reagon
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