Josh Radnor, Nicole Henry, Kat Edmonson and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub This Fall
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming performances from October 28 - November 8, 2015. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows!
Wednesday, October 28 at 7:30PM
$25 Adv / $30 Door
Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing and powerful emotional resonance. Her passionate, soulful voice and heart-felt charisma has earned her a 2013 Soul Train Award for "Best Traditional Jazz Performance," three Top-10 U.S. Billboard and HMV Japan jazz albums. Heralded by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Japan Times, El Pais, Jazz Times, Essence and more, Ms. Henry tells real stories through repertoire from the American Songbook, classic and contemporary jazz, contemporary standards, blues and originals.
Wednesday, October 28 at 9:30PM
$20 Adv / $25 Door
What happens when a bodacious burlesque star and a diminutive drag king fall in love? Showbiz magic! Kitten N' Lou, the world's show-busiest couple are an award-winning "fluorescent Fred and Ginger," who will dance, lip sync and strip their way through an evening of hilarious high-camp hijinks. This mélange of cabaret acts employs glitter and glitz not only to entertain, but to reveal... How do two individuals deal with the borderline-existential-crisis-crash of post-wedding married life? Who will pack the glitter? Where does the showbiz end and real life begin? Does it matter? Who are Kitten and Lou without "Kitten N' Lou?" Overexposed! was created by Kitten N' Lou in collaboration with RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 star, BenDeLaCreme.
Thursday October 29 at 7:00PM
$15 Adv / $20 Door
Beyond what we can see, can we be? Daniel Alexander Jones returns to Joe's Pub as his alter ego Jomama Jones with celebrated pianist Samora Pinderhughes, a stellar band, vocalists Laura Jean Anderson and Kelly Erin Sloan, and a few very special guests to investigate the heart of our matter. Singing original songs from her forthcoming album, Flowering, composed with Bobby Halvorson, and brand new compositions with Dylan Meek, and Pinderhughes, Jomama will explore the signs and signifiers found in the darkest part of the night that send us toward the blush of dawn. Pinderhughes's searching and motive arrangements will call the flowers to blooming. This night? Black Light!
OCTOBER GUESTS: JOSH RADNOR, NATE SILVER, CINDY GALLOP & INYANG BASSEY
Thursday, October 29; Friday, November 20 at 9:30PM
Thursday, December 17 at 7:00PM
Ever wonder what it's like to have a dreamy job? Comedian Catie Lazarus did too, so she created a candid, fun talk show about work. Her guests for the October installment are Josh Radnor (Actor/Director, How I Met Your Mother, Mercy Street, Liberal Arts), Cindy Gallop (Business Mogul/Coach, Make Love Not Porn, "Advertising Woman of the Year"), Inyang Bassey (Singer/Musician, Moby) and Nate Silver (Statistician/Writer, ESPN's fivethreeeight, ABC News) The New York Times called the show "beloved" and The New Yorker says, "her line of inquiry is decidedly unorthodox." Lazarus builds each show with great care, inviting guests from every walk of life, like Gloria Steinem, Taylor Schilling, Stephen Dubner, Lewis Black, Jill Abramson, Rachel Maddow, Josh Katz (former CIA agent), Lin-Manuel Miranda and Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog. Her shows also feature musical guests, original videos and live band (Beyondo, Shockwave and Jelly Donut of Freestyle Love Supreme).
Friday, October 30 at 7:00PM
Legendary composer David Amram and his Quintet perform Beat-era classics, and accompany actor John Ventimiglia (The Sopranos), poets Bob Holman and Frank Messina, and guitarist Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth) as they read the works of Jack Kerouac. Guest speaker: author and biographer Joyce Johnson. Musical guest: Tyrone Cotton. Proceeds support the Jack Kerouac Writer-in-Residence Project of Orlando, Florida, home to more than 50 writers since 2000.
Friday, October 30 at 9:30PM
Spend All Hallows Eve with CHRISTEENE, a human pissoir of raw unabashed sexuality; a gender-blending, booty-pounding, perversion of punk fully equipped with an arsenal of ferocious music intertwined with raw moments of strained intimacy and fiery stank. CHRISTEENE shows are known for featuring two sexually distinct Backup Boyz, macabre scenes involving butt plugs tied to bouquets of balloons being released from CHRISTEENE's arse, intimate and bizarre confessionals, wardrobes styled from the forgotten scraps of society and heated communications on the state of the world as we know it.
Saturday, October 31 at 7:00PM
$15 Adv / $20 Door
Vocalist and bandleader Michael Mwenso, who was born in Sierra Leone, began singing and playing piano at age eleven, a year after moving to London. Mwenso developed a relationship in his youth with the King of Soul, James Brown, when he would perform in London. Brown often allowed the young man to sing with him when on tour in Europe. At 16, Mwenso left school to lead his own bands and perform around the world with local jazz groups. He has achieved worldwide recognition for his achievements like the Royal Northern College of Music Award and the Arts Educational Young People's Award. In 2010, he was personally asked by Wynton Marsalis to join the programming team at Jazz at Lincoln Center and head the after-hours program at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, where he currently is employed.
Saturday, October 31 at 9:30PM
$30 Singles / $40 Voyeurs
Never Sleep Alone is an interactive comedy and music show starring sex and dating coach Dr. Alex Schiller. "Singles" mix in the front and become active participants in the show, joining Dr. Alex on stage for blind dates and interactive demonstrations "Voyeurs" watch from the back, and everyone sings along as the provocative and irreverent Dr. Alex leads her audience through a deliriously funny and wildly entertaining evening. The night continues at an after-party elsewhere, giving the audience the opportunity to apply the lessons on sexy strangers. The night is guaranteed to be filled with comedy, onstage speed-dating, random make-outs and the best costume party of your life. Plus Dr. Alex will be giving a very special prize for the sexiest and most intriguing costume.
Sundays, November 1 - December 20 at 2:00PM
$12 (Nov 1 & 8) / $15 (Nov 15, 22, 29 & Dec 6, 13, 20)
Fresh from touring the West Coast with Neil Young, singing activists Reverend Billy & The Stop Shopping Choir return with their new show The Earth Wants YOU! The choir will mark their residency with the release of a new album, Resist Extinction, premiering ten new songs on November 1. Directed by Savitri D, with musical direction by Nehemiah Luckett, the choir represents a diverse array of economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds - scientists, teachers, therapists, artists, builders, dog walkers, actors, writers and executives. The core of their work is its activism, which is the source material for their output. The group has been arrested many times, especially with Occupy Wall Street and Black Lives Matter, and are now working to ban the Monsanto herbicide "Roundup," which is sprayed in NYC parks and is carcinogenic.
Sunday - Tuesday, November 1-3 at 7:00PM
Estuary: an artist/mother story, is a musical exploration of the challenges and unanticipated realities of being an artist and a new parent, made in collaboration with critically acclaimed director Joanna Settle. The nascence of the piece began soon after Jamie Leonhart's son was born. The singer navigates the changes in her artistic work, her relationship with her husband and the new insane world of everything "baby" with equal parts humor and heartache. Leonhart is unflinching in her candor as she sings about conflict, loneliness and the anger that accompany the mother/artist collision. Estuary was created as a part of the New York Voices commission. Joe's Pub New York Voices series presents new works from critically-acclaimed performers commissioned by Joe's Pub and supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Sunday, November 1 at 9:30PM
When Lee Wexler lived in Greenwich Village in the mid-1980s, he set out to capture the gritty, beloved gathering place that was Washington Square Park through portrait photography and interviews. The park has since lost much of its spirit, and composer Ben Wexler is now opening the airtight container of his father's work with an aim to revive the park as it was. From his bench at the piano, the younger Wexler spins the recorded testimony of the park regulars into song: from the folk musicians to the crossdressers, the drug users to the elderly women, all under the same arch.
Monday, November 2 at 9:30PM
Singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins readily admits that several of the songs on his new album, My Stupid Heart (October 23, 2015), address his perceived relationship failures. In fact, many were written as he was falling out of his third marriage; in the title tune, he actually chides himself for being such a romantic. But it's also a bit of a joke, he says, because he firmly believes in following his heart - no matter where it leads. Though he may be wearing a little more emotional armor this time, he's also armed with new insights, so many of which are relayed in these songs. And when he steps onstage each night, he sings them with all the passion he's got in his anything-but-stupid heart.
Tuesday, November 3 at 9:30PM
Jorge Altamirano makes his debut at Joe's Pub singing his story about growing up gay in an immigrant Mexican family. HIStory is about love, diversity, acceptance and triumph over oppression. HIStory is a review of popular music from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s. HIStory will make you laugh, cry, cheer and take you back in time. HIStory will make you think.
WOMEN OF LETTERS: A LETTER TO MY COULD HAVE BEEN
Wednesday, November 4 at 7:00PM
Women of Letters is everyone's favorite literary salon! Every month, New York's best and brightest women come together on stage to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. For the November installment, expect laughter, tears, and camaraderie as host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes guests reading "a letter to my could have been." The lineup is Lucy Alibar (Playwright/Screenwriter, Beasts of the Southern Wild), Mallory Ortberg (Writer/Editor/Co-founder, The Toast), Nyemiah Supreme (Rapper and Star, Sisterhood of Hip Hop), Melissa Febos (Writer/former Dominatrix, Whip Smart) and Franchesca Ramsey (Comedian/Actress and Host, MTV's Decoded).
Wednesday, November 4 at 9:30PM
Donnie Fritts's Oh My Goodness, his most polished record to date, is an elevated and slight departure from the funky Muscle Shoals sound he's known for but with every bit his legendary powerhouse songwriting. "People don't make records with 71 year-old guys," he says, his humility always sitting shotgun by his talent. John Paul White, formerly of the Grammy Award-winning duo The Civil Wars and presently co-founder of Single Lock Records and owner of Sun Drop Studios in Florence, AL., befriended Donnie in 2013 when he asked him to play at the Muscle Shoals documentary premiere in Florence. Later, White insisted they cut an album together. What began as a minimalist work - Donnie's raspy voice and his 1970's-era Wurlitzer - morphed into a rich and deep work. Oh My Goodness is an amalgamation of fresh sound and honed talent backed by Nashville and Muscle Shoals legends, and rising brilliants alike.
Thursday, November 5 at 7:00PM
Writer Isaac Oliver, hailed as a "monstrous new talent" by New York Magazine and recently named one of The Advocate's "People to Watch in 2015," returns to Joe's Pub to celebrate the release of his book, Intimacy Idiot, a hilarious and heartfelt collection of true stories about sex, love, and connection in New York City. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing after.
Thursday, November 5 at 9:30PM
$15 Adv / $20 Door
Continuing her journey of self-discovery and artistic clarity, Bridget Barkan peels back the layers to reveal herself bare. Joined by the amazing Matt Ray, Danton Boller and David Berger for a musical ritual of covers and originals in a haunting fusion of jazz, soul and gospel. Bridget invites you under the mask, under the wig, under the joke, under her dress, under the veil.
Friday, November 6 at 9:30PM
In a world of auto-tune, Toby Lightman's pure and soulful voice cuts through the noise. She "oozes spirituality, if not outright womanly sensuality..." said Billboard. From her major label debut in 2004 to her current album Every Kind of People, Lightman has mastered her own sophisticated urban pop. With each song, recording or collaboration, she continues to hone, craft and perfect her unique sound.
Saturday, November 7 at 7:30PM & Sunday, November 8 at 5:30PM & 7:30PM
A stunningly sweet singer with a uniquely expressive voice, Kat Edmonson's music has a timeless sound. In a few short years, she has gone from singing in small rooms in her native Texas to concert halls and festivals around the world. Her 2009 debut, Take to the Sky, was filled with creative interpretations of standards and pop hits. Her brilliant 2012 follow-up, Way Down Low, featured both originals and covers in styles from pop and country to jazz and bossa nova. The Big Picture, her latest, builds upon her previous works, but offers even more of her writing, and more still of her unique sound. Edmonson draws from a wellspring of '50s and '60s pop, '70s AM radio, present-day pop-rock and movie soundtracks. The Big Picture is smart, sophisticated and fun and simultaneously classic and modern. A delicious batch of pop perfection, the dozen songs are tight, polished and more upbeat than anything she's done before.
ECHOES OF ETTA: LIVE AT JOE'S PUB ALBUM RELEASE
Saturday, November 7 at 9:30PM
Echoes of Etta, the multi award-winning Etta James tribute returns to Joe's Pub to celebrate the release of their first live in-concert recording. After a featured appearance on NBC's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, a successful tour of Southeast Asia, and an exclusive appearance at the Commissioner's Tailgate for Superbowl XLVIII, MRM Productions is proud to bring back William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray in their MAC Award-winning Show of the Year.
Blake's peerless vocal prowess as an R&B and Jazz singer has made him the darling of the New York nightlife scene, from Birdland to the Carlyle, Town Hall to Carnegie, Brandy's to the Duplex. Teamed with acclaimed music director, pianist, and Echoes co-founder Murray (The Chantels, Forever Dusty, 50 Shades! The Musical), Blake has found the perfect vehicle for his soulful three octave range and guileless lyric interpretation in what BroadwayWorld calls "One of the best tribute shows of this, or any year."
Sunday, November 8 at 9:30PM
Julie Foldesi's sound has ties to bluegrass, folk, country and pop, and this album is singularly hers. She is often compared to artists such as Brandi Carlile, Patty Griffin, Shawn Colvin, Joni Mitchell, etc. This evening will feature her band. This singer-songwriter and Broadway actress has long awaited this next CD release, having started recording the album as she found out she was pregnant with her now almost one-year old.
For tickets, go online at joespub.com, call 10AM-7:00PM daily at 212-967-7555 or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC (Opens daily at 2PM). There is a $12 food / two (2) drink minimum per person per show, unless otherwise noted.
Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe's Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public's mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe's Pub consistently presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community and artistic freedom. The organization also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that provides musicians the resources and tools needed to develop original theater works. Commissioned artists have included Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint and more. In 2011, the Pub received a top-to-bottom renovation, leading to improved sightlines, expanded seating capacity and a new menu from acclaimed Chef Andrew Carmellini. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe's Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public's programming downtown at its Astor Place home, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.
The Public Theater, under the leadership of Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. Celebrating his 10th anniversary season at The Public, Eustis has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Shakespeare Unit. 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; Public Works, a new initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, including Public Lab; 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; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company's core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Key elements of the revitalization included an expanded and refurbished lobby; the addition of a mezzanine level with a new restaurant lounge, The Library, designed by the Rockwell Group. The Public Theater is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning Fun Home and Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed American musicalHamilton. The Public has received 47 Tony Awards, 167 Obie Awards, 52 Drama Desk Awards, 48 Lortel Awards, 31 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and four Pulitzer Prizes. www.publictheater.org
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