Alt Cabaret Oasis Pangea Stands Up In Protest
Downtown supper-club Pangea is gearing up for the momentous events coming up in November with a number of shows from some of our signature artists that remind us how important it is to treat each other with dignity and fairness. In October the East Village Mecca for cutting edge cabaret, song and performance, which The NY Times calls, "a bohemian oasis not unlike the fabled Max's Kansas City from days gone by," presents premieres by Tammy Faye Starlite, Salty Brine, and Rachelle Garniez. And special encores by Raquel Cion, Sidney Myer, Jeremy Lawrence.
Bay Area-based playwright and performer John Fisher makes his Pangea debut with the return of his tour de force solo play "A History of World War II: The D-Day Invasion to the Fall of Berlin - Live Onstage!" seen last year at United Solo (winner Best Actor), and encored at this year's festival. Written and performed by Fisher, this striking piece looks at familiar events through the eyes of artists, gays and Jews to give us a boldly humanized look at the devastation of geo-political conflict on the lives of ordinary people. Artistic director of San Francisco's famed LGBTQ theater Theatre Rhinoceros, Fisher's work has garnered six San Francisco Bay Area Critics' Circle Awards and the GLAAD Media Award. Two nights only... Fri Sept 28 and Fri Oct 5, both at 7pm. Cover is $25
A marvel of in-character improv who channels rock legends like Marianne Faithful, Warhol circle icon Nico, The Stones and her own alter ego, the country singer Tammy Faye, Pangea mainstay Tammy Faye Starlite is not to be missed. Her fall show, "She Comes in Colors," covers the once-maligned, but now re-assessed Stones studio experiment "Their Satanic Majesties Request" and follows up on her other acclaimed Stones unturnings. Hailed as "jaw-dropping" and "revelatory" by The NY Times, Starlite's mastery of satire, commentary, provocation and get-down-juicy singing is unprecedented. She's backed by her regular mates Keith Hartel, Richard Feridun, Ron Metz, David Nagler and Jared Michael Nickerson. "She Comes in Colors" hits all the Thursdays in October -- Oct 4, 11, 18, 25, all at 7pm. Cover is $25.
One of New York's most inventive and critically acclaimed performing artists, Pangea resident artist Salty Brine returns with a brand new multi-genre performance experience. As yet untitled this new invention mixing theatre, musicals and nightclub is the next installment of his Living Record Collection, a series of shows that cross-pollinate famous rock and pop albums with literary works and Salty's own personal journey on the high seas of life. The perennial Time Out NY Critic's Pick and 2018 Bistro Award winner builds has now invented 17 shows for the series, the last of which Pangea melded "Madame Butterfly" and '90s alternative rock album "Pinkerton" by Weezer . This 18th show in the series will be the fifth show immersively staged at Pangea. The next installment Living Record Collection performs on Wednesdays Oct 10 & 24, Thur Nov 29, Thur Dec 13, all at 7pm. Cover is $20
Back by popular demand -- Sidney Myer is "Live at Pangea!" The gimlet-eye raconteur, who is as old-school as he is au courant, will delight with his everyman persona, deft turn of phrase and easy way with the arcana of American cabaret. Truly a treat, with music direction by Tracy Stark. Two nights only and virtually sold out as we speak. Mon Oct 15 and Sun Oct 21, both at 7pm. Cover is $20
The alt cabaret sensation Raquel Cion is back with her acclaimed "Me and Mr. Jones: My Intimate Relationship with David Bowie" for six encore performances. Written and performed by Cion, directed by Cynthia Cahill, with music director Karl Saint Lucy on piano, this time and dimension-traveling evening is propelled by a lifetime of "soul love" between the Brooklyn-based performer and David Jones. In grand musical and physical gestures, Cion - backed by a four-piece combo -- explores deep cuts of Bowie's diverse catalog as she rides out her destiny, fathoming mid-life, cancer and beyond. Fri/Sat Oct 19 & 20; Fri/Sat Nov 16 & 17, all at 9:30pm. Cover $20.
In observance of the two-year anniversary of the US election... Jeremy Lawrence redeploys his critically acclaimed "Lavender Songs -- A Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret" a chilling evocation of Weimar Berlin's queer underground as it faced imminent danger. Directed by Jason Jacobs, the show premiered in November 2016 and was extended twice in 2017. Pangea is proud to bring it back for its fourth must-see engagement. "Intimate, illuminating and surprisingly moving," says Time Out NY Mondays Oct 22 and 29, and Nov 5, all at 7pm. Cover is $20
The 2018 Bistro Award-winning singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and storyteller Rachelle Garniez serenades us with an evening of originals dedicated to her hometown... a little burg we like to call New York. Filled with tales and tunes inspired by childhood memories, days spent street-corner busking and meditations on all the glitter and grime, "NYC Serenades" is the latest addition to Garniez's growing line-up of break-out shows by the singer who's been called "a certified free spirit" by The New Yorker, a "diva with a difference" by Billboard, and "a master of surprise" by Entertainment Weekly. Wed Sept 26, Tues Oct 23, both at 7pm. Cover $20.
Mad Jenny (Jenny Lee Mitchell), Aldo Perez and Matt Kanelos continue an extended run of the new late-night lounge show they've co-conceived called "Jazz Bastards," which launched in August. Playing the last Friday of the month, this immersive hipster honkytonk blends touches of vaudeville and some excellent free-form jazz. The combo-cast includes the musically gifted Big Apple Circus clown Glen Heroy, and the acrobatically inclined drummer Nick Parker. With Perez on guitars and vocals; the deep-dive piano-experimentalist Matt Kanelos, and the getaway driver Mad Jenny on killer clarinet this midnight run starts at 9:30. The last Friday of the month Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 30, Dec 28, all at 9:30pm. Cover is $15
Since 2015, when it started presenting music in its 60-seat jewel-box showroom, Pangea has showcased many of the legends of the East Village performance art scene... as well as an exciting roster of fast-rising shooting stars. The one-of-a-kind restaurant-bar and cabaret features a deliciously priced Italian-Mediterranean menu. Its distinctive mural drawings by Jody Morlock, with their cavorting hieroglyphic urbanites (completed in December 2015), continue to set the tone. www.pangeanyc.com