Jackie Hoffman, Lea DeLaria, New York City Christmas Concert & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week
Joe's Pub has announced performances for this week (Dec. 16-22,) including BASQUIAT, 5TH ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS: A CONCERT TO BENEFIT ASTEP, Mike Errico HOLIDAY SHOW, Ethan Lipton & HIS ORCHESTRA, Jackie Hoffman: HEBE FOR THE HOLIDAYS, THE HOT SARDINES, THE ANNA COPA CABANNA SHOW, STARSKY + COX: YULE LIVE, Lea DeLaria: F*#K! IT'S CHRISTMAS!, REVEREND BILLY & THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR, and JUSTIN VIVIan Bond AND FRIENDS: LET IT SHOW!.
December 16 at 7:30 PM
During the late 70's early 80's, when the world needed change, no one saw the collective of artists from New York's East Village paving the way. At the center of this movement was Jean-Michel Basquiat, a painting and graffiti artist hell-bent on becoming 'famous'. His persona would lead him to be called the 'Wild Child' of the art world, the Radiant Child. Ambition, abandonment and drugs fueled his overnight success, but his work would lead him to be labeled the 'Black Picasso' of his time, a label that served more as a weight than a banner. The music in this piece evokes the time and place in a raw and gutsy no-holds-barred approach in combining Punk, Rock, New Wave, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Rap. It draws us into the thrill and grittiness that was the pre-gentrified New York City of the 1980's. Composer - Chris Blisset, Lyricist - Matt Uremovich, Book - Larry Tobias, Conceived and Directed - Paul Stancato. Featuring:Eric L. Summers, Tituss Burgess, Felicia Finley, Lena Hall, Julius Thomas III, Ken Ronbinson,Roger DeWitt, Nikki Kimbrough, Ben Mapp, Chad Carstarphen, Eddie Varley, Ruben Ortiz & Jimmy Lambert
5TH ANNUAL NEW YORK CITY CHRISTMAS:
A Concert to Benefit ASTEP
December 16 at 9:30 PM
$65 Reserved / $100 Premium
Back by popular demand, the evening will feature Broadway's most sought-after talent singing fresh, original approaches-pop, soul, R&B, rock and more-of holiday songs off New York City Christmas the album, available for purchase at the concert. ALL proceeds from tickets to the show and album sales go to supporting ASTEP's mission to connect performing and visual artists with underserved youth in the U.S. and around the world to awaken their imaginations, foster critical thinking, and help them break the cycle of poverty. ASTEP's New York City Christmas album is a collection of holiday songs created by Drama Desk nominated orchestrator, Lynne Shankel (Bare, Altar Boyz, Cry-Baby), and performed by the best musicians and singers from Broadway. Tonight's special guests includeSierra Boggess (THE LITTLE MERMAID, MASTER CLASS), Derrick Cobey (THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS), Chester Gregory (SISTER ACT, CRY-BABY, HAIRSPRAY), David Josefsberg (HONEYMOON IN VEGAS, ALTAR BOYZ),Elizabeth Judd (BARE: THE MUSICAL, SPIDERMAN), Andy Karl (ROCKY, JERSEY BOYS, WICKED, ALTAR BOYZ), Derek Klena (WICKED, DOGFIGHT), Alice Lee (BARE:THE MUSICAL), Telly Leung (GODSPELL, GLEE, ALLEGIANCE), Lindsay Mendez (WICKED, DOGFIGHT), Kenita Miller (Papermill ONCE ON THIS ISLAND), Tony nominee Orfeh (LEGALLY BLONDE, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER), Anya Singleton (recording artist), Michael Tacconi (BARE: THE MUSICAL), Kay Trinidad (ALLEGIANCE), Sally Wilfert (ASSASSINS, MAKE ME A SONG),AureLia Williams (Papermill ONCE ON THIS ISLAND).
Mike Errico HOLIDAY SHOW
December 19 at 7:00 PM
The Mike Errico Holiday Show is a highlight in a year that has been filled with them. While maintaining a career as a recording artist and producer for TV and film, he has been teaching at Yale University and NYU's Clive Davis School of Recorded Music, where his guests have included Amanda Palmer, Benny Blanco, Jonathan Coulton, Ryan Miller, and others. In keeping with a long-standing Holiday Show tradition, Mike will distribute gifts, known as "Holiday Omens." Recipients will be invited to interpret the Omen's personal significance in the coming year. Hilarious, poignant or cautionary, they have proven to be alarmingly accurate.
Ethan Lipton & HIS ORCHESTRA
December 19 at 9:00 PM
Dubbed 'Best Lounge Act of 2009' by New York Magazine, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra play an edgy brand of jazz/folk/alternative nosh with a chewy singer-songwriter center. With melancholy wit and a cockeyed worldview, sepia-toned frontman Lipton and band mates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Vito Dieterle(sax) deliver songs steeped in mixed-message sincerity and soul. The band has appeared at Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MOCA, Bryant Park, the Camden Opera House, Tangier (LA), Vermont Arts Exchange, and has been featured on NPR and radio stations around the country. "Ethan Lipton is to lounge lizardry what Peter Sellers's Inspector Clouseau is to policing, presenting his singular, funny-miserable take on life via jazzy, brass-festooned songs. It's good stuff." -Time Out NY
Jackie Hoffman: HEBE FOR THE HOLIDAYS
December 20 - December 24 at 7:30 PM
Jackie Hoffman's long awaited return to Joe's Pub has finally arrived! The club has undergone a 40K dollar renovation, Jackie has a brand new show, Hebe For The Holidays. Twitter, the Hamptons and Manhattan for Millionaires have entered Jackie's world, and she's not having it one bit. If you want the perfect antedate to the Global conversation of love, embrace the hopelessness and let Jackie suck the joy out of your holiday season with an evening of anger and song. Directed by Michael Schiralli, Musical Director Bobby Peaco.
THE HOT SARDINES
December 20 at 9:30 PM
Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys front woman whose voice recalls another era, and you have the Hot Sardines, an NYC outfit (with a tap dancer) that's been called "consistently electrifying live" (Popmatters). The Sardine sound - wartime Paris via New Orleans, or the other way around - is steeped in the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot-stomping jazz. Pianist-bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and Paris-born singer Miz Elizabeth (who owe their collaboration to meeting via Craigslist) describe their band as "born in the 1920s, but raised in the '00s," reflecting a philosophy that hot jazz, dixieland and Tin Pan Alley tunes are all pop music, not historical artifact to be handled with kid gloves. In 2013 The Sardines headlined the TCM Classic Cruise, played Great GoogaMooga Festival, the Spiegeltent and the Blue Note Jazz festival, and continue to turn regular haunt The Standard Hotel into a "saloon in the sky" (The Wall Street Journal).
THE ANNA COPA CABANNA SHOW
December 20 at 11:30 PM
ANNA COPA CABANNA and The MG5 present THE COPA CABANNA DANCERS: Bettina May, Mr Miss America, The Mighty Thaddeus, and Sweet Sweet Sarah Belle Guest Starring: Hula Hoop Harlot Melissa- Anne!,Joy Dragland, Zohra Atash (Azar Swan), Breedlove. PLUS- Prizes! The Wheel of Wonderment! Tumbling! Australian Trivia! and CLIMACTIC tributes to Deep Purple, 80s Romantic Comedy, Eric Stolz, and ROLLER BOOGIE! If you are a fan of the 70s and 80s TV Variety shows, you will love THE ANNA COPA CABANNA SHOW! Australian showgirl Anna Copa Cabanna's Rock and Roll Variety Show draws inspiration from Laugh-in, Solid Gold, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, and The Carol Burnett Show!. THE ANNA COPA CABANNA SHOW's primary goal is transporting the audience to a world of glamor, humor, overly earnest but beautiful dancing, and classic rock and roll! The TRUTH- in a sequin leotard. Anna Copa Cabanna has performed her choreography, played her xylophone, and roller boogied in venues around the world. She was the face and twirling body of THE DEBASER on The Pixies "Doolittle Tour", sings in an ACDC cover band and celebrated Loser's Lounge. And is the official go go dancer of the New York Rock and Roll Underground. Along with her lounge/punk band The MG5, Anna breathes new life into classic tunes you LOVE, while her sparkling originals reflect upon New York City's politics, small dogs, F trains, and malnourished boys with her little xylophone and voracious voice.
STARSKY + COX: YULE LIVE
December 21 at 9:30 PM
It's a Winter Solstice tradition for our swinging, singing "psychics to the stars" (Vanity Fair) Stella Starsky and Quinn Cox to apparate at Joe's Pub on this darkest of nights to summon the return of light. Only this time they will be dragging some cosmic dirt from The Shadows, revealing true identities, casting cats out of bags and skeletons from closets. In order for you to be reborn, our haute horoscopic heroes must first fix death square in the eye, conjure, and then kill off, a few demons. With divine assists from mincing snowmen, misfit toys, elvish dentists, queer adenoidal reindeer, musical director Matt Ray and Starsky + Cox's signature starry list of special guests. Starsky + Cox are internationally best-selling authors, TV personalities, metaphysicians, and intraplanetary performers who have staged eponymous shows in New York City at Joe's Pub (Public Theater), Ars Nova and The Zipper Factory, and at Harvard's Oberon (American Repertory Theater) in Cambridge. They are authors of Sextrology and Cosmic Coupling and contributors to Glamour, Paris Vogue, Allure, Elle, Cosmopolitan and myriad other publications. Real-life consultants, Starsky + Cox boast many outspoken fans including Leo women J.K. Rowling, Charlize Theron and Tori Amos who wrote a song inspired by them, "Goodbye Pisces", which they often perform. Starsky + Cox have been featured on television's "Live", MTV's "The Guy Code" VH1's "Big Morning Buzz" and are regular guests on "Chelsea Lately" on E! They are founders, with John Cameron Mitchell, of the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown and have produced and appeared with the most divinely talented artists in this or any other galaxy.
Lea DeLaria: F*#K! IT'S CHRISTMAS!
December 21 at 11:30 PM
You better watch out, you better not cry you better not pout I'm telling you why, Lea DeLaria is coming to town [in] F*#K! ITS CHRISTMAS! It's a whacky way to have some holiday fun. F*#K!! ITS CHRISTMAS is chock full of the great music and outrageous comedy that we have come to expect from Lea. F*#K! ITS CHRISTMAS! with Special Guests Tony winner Gabriel Ebert (Matilda) Jackie Hoffman (The New Normal, Addams Family) Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie) and Maggie Cassella(Because I Said So) So F*#K, you must see F*#K! ITS CHRISTMAS! [Why?]Because, Lea can't wait to stuff your stocking. [#manhavewegotasecretsantaforyou]
REVEREND BILLY & THE STOP SHOPPING CHOIR
December 22 at 2:30 PM
Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir sprang, full throated from the forehead of New York City a decade ago. They have been performing their remarkable show in fields, parking lots, theaters, malls, churches, government buildings and bank lobbies all over the world ever since. Serious political satire and driving gospel music invite audiences into a state of euphoric soul searching. In recent years the company has turned their attention toward climate change and the crisis of the earth. The Stop Shopping Choir's third full length CD Earthalujah! is just completed. Reverend Billy is the recipient of an Obie award, The Alpert award for theater and has been arrested more than 50 times. Directed by Savitri D., music director Nehemiah Luckett. The Stop Shopping Choir is a 35 voice choir accompanied by the 5 piece Not Buying it Band.
JUSTIN VIVIan Bond AND FRIENDS: LET IT SHOW
December 22 and 23 at 9:30 PM
Celebrate the return of the light with Justin VivIan Bond and friends with an evening of Holiday inspired songs and stories. Expect surprises! (Bring your own lumps of coal and watch them turn into diamonds) Keywords: star-struck, babies, booze, ox and ass. Oh Come All Ye Faithful! Special guests include Thomas Bartlett, Amber Martin, Nath Ann Carrera and Brett Every.