Pangea Gets NAUGHTY & NICE This December and New Year's Eve
Rare New Talents And Several Holiday Favorites Make Pangea Naughty And Nice In December
Lauren White & THE Quinn Johnson TRIO, SERENA JOST, SOFIA SARLAT, AND Jennifer Roberts ARE FIRST-TIME DELIGHTERS IN PANGEA DEBUTS
A melodious potpourri of musical holiday gifts is being placed under the tree at the alt cabaret oasis Pangea in December. And atop the tree is our star, Raven O who alights at Pangea at the pinnacle of the month, New Year's Eve.
NEW YEAR'S EVE WITH RAVEN O
So last things first... on New Year's Eve, Downtown trendsetter Raven O holds nothing back. With Ben Allison on bass, the O-so-colorful avatar of neo-nightclub stirs up his witch's brew of sultry song and restless commentary in back-to-back shows that will be as border-crossing, and boundary-breaking as they are intimate. Both shows -- at 8pm and 10:30pm --are generously priced: $125 for the early show and $165 for the late show. The evening includes, in both cases, a delicious 3-course dinner, and a half-bottle of Cava per person. Tax and gratuity are inclusive. (Additional beverages are not included, and are billed separately with 20% gratuity added.) visit www.pangeanyc.com for tickets.
THE RUN-UP TO CHRISTMAS
They're at it again! On two consecutive Mondays, the adored and adorable duo, Barbara Bleier and Austin Pendleton, bring us another one of their priceless shows. Full of diamonds created from coal, "What's In Your Stocking" raids the storehouse of rare saloon songs, showbiz anecdotes, and witty repartee that has made these two night owls Pangea signature stars. Relax, let go of your cares, and put yourself in the thrall of two of the most endearing saloon singer-raconteurs you'll ever meet. Mondays Dec 10 and 17, both at 7pm. Cover just $25.
Wiz kid from Texas Tim Cahill has been charming the pants off his audiences lately in what is turning out to be a meteoric rise after years of incubation. His hot and hilarious "It's About Tim(e)" -- retooled and twisted for the holidays -- returns for an encore with co-conspirator Jim Harder on the piano hotseat. This is a masterful remastering of the American songbook by our two new squires of Second Avenue. Saturday Dec 15 at 7pm. Cover is $25.
THE PANGEA DEBUTS
Mystic-voiced singer-cellist Serena Jost plays songs from her recent solo album, "Up to the Sky" with a high-flying band of accomplished players. An original member of the break-out cello group Rasputina, Jost comes from a long line of gown-wearing, horse-riding yodelers, and was nurtured in the woods of Switzerland as well our own Great Lakes. Jost has been called "neither quite rock nor folk" by Time Out NY... to us she's everything! Tues Dec 4 at 7pm. Cover is $ 20.
New York cabaret and theater veteran Jennifer Roberts returns to New York with a tribute to Sheldon Harnick that will be as bright as it is illuminating. With upper-crusters Jon Weber on piano and Steve Doyle on bass - and arrangements by Tedd Firth - we know this will be an unalloyed gem! Wed Dec 5 at 7pm. Cover is $ 25.
In three years Sofia Sarlat and Ryan Slatko have been merging their stratospheric skills on the tiny stage of 53 Above at The Broadway Comedy Club... Now they move downtown to more spacious quarters in their Pangea late-night debut. The millennial rat packers whose sassy jazzed up approach to holiday standards will have you laughing and marveling in sheer wonder. They're "A Holiday Duo" on Fri Dec 14 at 9:30pm. Cover is $25.
The Los Angeles-based singer-actress Lauren White brings us her new project, "Out of the Past," a slick compendium of songs from notorious film noir classics. With jazz pianist Quinn Johnson leading his eponymous trio, this is a dark show with flashes of bright color that will get the adrenaline pumping. After all White didn't just come out of the blue. Sunday Dec 23, 7pm. Cover is $25.
IT'S TIME TO PARTY
We know of no better way to get into that end-of-year frame of mind then to bask in the glow of Sidney Myer, the gimlet-eyed singer-raconteur, who is as old-school as he is au courant. This revered cabaret insider, who has launched and nurtured countless singers, has been getting into the act of late, performing his first full show in years. The sell-out sensation "Live at Pangea!" which has been extended three times already, is back by popular demand, one last time in 2018. With music direction by Tracy Stark, this is truly a treat not to be missed! Thur Dec 27 at 7pm. Cover is $25
And on December 28 it's time to say goodbye! The indescribable vocalist and storyteller Rachelle Garniez brings us a brand new edition of her "Farewell Party" countdown of the amazing musicians who left us in the last 365. With bassist Derek Nievergelt and violinist Karen Waltuch at her side, the Bistro Award-winning Garniez will have you wailing in the streets after her 3rd annual say-goodbye scéance. Don't check out before Friday Dec 28, at 7pm. (Cover $25) otherwise we'll kill you!
Later that night!... it's the return of the Bastards, our new favorite guilty pleasure. You can't go wrong by catching these hilarious miscreants who never get it right -- Jenny Lee Mitchell, Aldo Perez and Matt Kanelos (the show's creators) plus the musically-challenged, spoon-playing clown Glen Heroy, and the malaprop drummer Nick Parker - as they end their extended run of last-Fridays! This is your absolute last chance to catch these jazz vaudevillians who are the ill-born progeny of PDQ Bach and Al Capone... in 2018!!! Friday Dec 28, at 9:30pm. The cover is a steal -- $15
Downtown supper-club Pangea, which The NY Times recently called "a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Max's Kansas City from days gone by," has been programming music and performance music in its 60-seat jewel-box showroom since 2015.
For information or to order online, visit www.pangeanyc.com or call 212/995-0900. Pangea is located at 178 Second Avenue (between 11th & 12th Streets).