Kathleen Turner, John Early & Kate Berlant, Love Bites and More Coming Up at Joe's Pub
A lot of duo power is coming up these next couple weeks at Joe's Pub at the Public. Scroll down for details!
John Early and Kate Berlant will offer sneak peaks of their new Vimeo show 555 and offer up some of their live material. This weekend, Bernard Purdie & David Hanie will perform Jazz Stories, and Vincent D'Onofrio & Dana Lyn present Slim Bone Head Volt, which is now in development to become a longer form theatrical piece.
Coming up for Valentine's Day are Love Bites, all your fave love song duets, hosted Cathy Cervenka and Corn Mo. Xavier, every diva's favorite soul singer, back with his annual Ladies of Soul night.
Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00PM
Every month, New York's best and brightest women gather on stage for Women of Letters to celebrate the lost art of letter writing. Expect laughter, tears, and camaraderie as host Sofija Stefanovic welcomes guests reading "A letter to my Achilles's heel." Guests are revered teacher, writer and storyteller Michaela Blei, celebrated author of The Regulars Georgia Clark, acclaimed critic, journalist and memoirist Vivian Gornick, beloved podcaster, singer and author Chemda Hennessy, iconic actress and director Kathleen Turner and esteemed editor of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth.
John Early & KATE BERLANT: 555
Tuesday, January 31 - Friday, February 3 at 9:30PM
This is an exclusive live performance by Kate Berlant and John Early, followed by a screening of episodes from their new Vimeo series 555. 555, directed by Andrew DeYoung, is anthology miniseries of five short films that unfold in a stark, humid, surreality of Hollywood. Early is a comedian who recently created and starred in his own episode of Netflix's The Characters. You can see him in the TBS comedy Search Party, and he'll be appearing soon in The Masterpiece opposite Sharon Stone. Berlant is an actor, stand-up, and writer who was recently profiled by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. Kate is one of Variety's "Ten Comics To Watch for 2015" and was previously named a New Face at the 2014 Montreal Comedy Festival.
Thursday, February 2 at 7:30PM
Catie Curtis is more than a songwriting star. Her career spans 14 albums, with songs featured on shows Dawson's Creek, Chicago Hope and Felicity and movies like Finding Graceland and A Slipping Down Life. For over 20 years, she's been a popular headliner, appearing at PACs, concert halls, folk clubs, music festivals, Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall and the White House. Many people have told Curtis that her songs are like companions, soundtracks for their lives. In her '90s gay-rights classic, "Radical," she sang, "I'm not being radical when I kiss you/ And I don't love you to make a point." The intimacy with which she expressed her lesbian identity helped others through their own difficult journey to openness.
Friday, February 3 at 7:30PM
$20 Adv / $25 Door
Originally from Córdoba, Argentina, Pedro Giraudo has been a prominent figure in tango for over a decade, performing with the tango's best in the United States, and attracting his own following. In 2015, Giraudo officially launched a number of his own tango projects, namely, Pedro Giraudo Tango Orchestra, which debuted at Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing. Other formations are a quartet, a trio, and a chamber septet, each comprised of some of today's finest virtuoso tango musicians. The evening will feature a special guest appearance by vocalist Sofia Tosello.
Saturday, February 4 at 7:30PM
Jazz Stories combines the swinging exciting music with legend Bernard Purdie and company plus some great stories retold by David Haney. Haney talked to each of these artists and had them to recount the following stories for Cadence Magazine: Sonny Rollins, The Bridge Story; John McLaughlin's story about recording with MiLes Davis; Gunter Hampel remembers Thelonious Monk; Steve Swallow recalls his trip to Jamaica with Herbie Nichols; Dominic Duval on Charles Mingus; and of course Bernard Purdie breaks down the Purdie Shuffle. The evening will feature Bernard Purdie, David Haney, Adam Lane, Steve Swell, Nora McCarthy and Kat Modiano.
Saturday, February 4 at 9:30PM
To steal unapologetically from Steinbeck: Slim Bone Head Volt is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream. Slim Bone Head Volt is the gathered and scattered, tin and iron and rust and splintered wood, chipped pavement and weedy lots and junk heaps of an actor's brain and a musician's hands. Its inhabitant are, as The Man once said, "whores, pimps, gamblers and sons of bitches," by which he meant Vincent D'Onofrio. Had the man looked through another peephole he might have said, "Saints and angels and martyrs and holymen," and he would have meant Dana Lyn.
Lance Horne: NEW WORK, NEW WORK 2, THE NIGHT BEFORE MY WEDDING
Sunday, February 5 at 7:00PM
Lance Horne's New Work New Work 2: The Night Before My Wedding is an entirely new work devised from the unpublished love poems from Neil Gaiman to Amanda Palmer. Featuring an array of artists and an encompassing sonic world, the work will inhabit Joe's Pub for one night only and will feature ghost brides, sonnets, rapturous duets and evocative visuals. Guests are to be announced.
Horne, a multi-faceted musician, composer and musical director, makes his return to New York City, headlining a yearlong performance residency called New Work New Work at Joe's Pub.
Guests: John Avlon, Mitchell S. Jackson, Idra Novey & Janna Levin
Tuesday, February 7 at 7:00PM
$15 - 35
House of SpeakEasy opens the fifth season of Seriously Entertaining, a literary series, at Joe's Pub. Produced and hosted by its founders, award-winning historian Amanda Foreman and editor Lucas Wittmann, Seriously Entertaining presents highly-acclaimed writers from across the arts riffing 10 minutes on each show's given theme. The thrill and intimacy of these live performances deepens the audience connection to each writer's work and life. This February's theme is Failing Up featuring guests John Avlon (Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Beast), Mitchell S. Jackson (novelist), Idra Novey (novelist & poet) and Janna Levin (author and astrophysicist).
Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 7 & 8 at 9:30PM
Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York's downtown darling Bridget Everett returns the stage with her band the Tender Moments, and a bottle of chardonnay to sing all her favorite love songs and share the stories of the men that made her...feel? From tender moments to prison sex, come get inside her. New York Magazine describes Everett as, "a one-woman liberation movement for anyone with genitals."
Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30PM
Israeli singer-songwriter Bat ella befriended the iconic American Jewish songwriter and concert artist Debbie Friedman in the mid-1990's, witnessing the tremendous impact her music had on Jewish culture and spirituality in America. She attended her first concert at Carnegie Hall, where nearly 3,000 exuberant fans filled the aisles in celebratory dance as Friedman turned the concert into a Jewish revival. Bat ella sang with Friedman and upon returning to Israel, became committed to popularizing the icon's songs in the Jewish State. In 2015, she released L'chi Lach, an album of Friedman's greatest hits translated to Hebrew, and has been touring Israel introducing this repertoire to adoring, appreciative audiences, infusing the Jewish culture of Israel with this American cultural legacy.
Thursday, February 9 at 7:00PM;
Friday & Saturday, February 10 & 11 at 7:00PM & 9:00PM
In the mid-1970s record producers Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell created a new world of pop-music hailing from The City of Brotherly Love, called "Philadelphia Soul." Joe McGinty, leader of The Loser's Lounge, said, "The 'Philadelphia Soul' sound combined sophisticated arrangements a la Burt Bacharach with soulful grooves a la Motown to create an incredible string of hits by groups like the O'Jays, The Spinners, The Delfonics, and The Stylistics. Having grown up in South Jersey, the Philadelphia Soul sound has always been a huge influence to me." Sexy, funky, danceable and lush, the arrangements of The Philidelphia Soul sound are credited with being the precursor to disco as well as an influence on pop music at large to this day.
The Losers Lounge are a New York City-based live music collective that started out playing small clubs on the Lower East Side in 1993. Now in their 23rd year, the band currently performs five to six shows every other month at Joe's Pub, plus shows at Lincoln Center, selling out regularly. Known for their incredible reinterpretations of classic songs, McGinty and the band have grown The Losers into a unique performance experience that combines music, comedy and cabaret.
Thursday, February 9 at 10:00PM
The sun has set; another day's work is done. As the moon makes its climb, you're cordially invited to mark the occasion over a Nightcap | by Ike. Comic entertainer Ikechukwu Ufomadu plays host, his signature wit and wry humor weaving together an evening of special guests and musical interludes. Ufomadu is an actor and comic entertainer. He's creator and host of a number of live shows, including: Ike at Night (Under the Radar/The Public Theater, The Bushwick Starr), Ike Night (Ars Nova, San Francisco Sketchfest, JACK), Ike for the Holidays (St. Mazie, Manhattan Inn) and more. He performs stand-up at venues including UCB and Union Hall. As an actor, he's collaborated with several OBIE-winning experimental theatre companies including: Young Jean Lee's Theater Company, 600 Highwaymen and Hoi Polloi. He trained as an actor at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and in Studio Five's programs in Bali, Indonesia.
Sunday, February 12 at 7:00PM
This special Valentine's edition of the 13th annual Love Bites show is a celebration of the greatest pop/rock duets of all time. The evening will feature a cavalcade of NYC's favorite downtown performers, paired up to interpret these classic songs in their own unique style and voice. The lineup includes: Brian Charles Rooney & Yana Chupenko, Molly Pope, Watt White & Sophia Ramos, Angela Di Carlo & David Ilku, Daryl Glenn & Mardie Millit, Verena & Travis Moser, The HoHos, Mike Fornatale, Julian & Rachel Kopf Velard, Tony Z & David Driver, Paul Leschen & Leslie Goshko, Cathy Cervenka & Corn Mo & Katia Floreska, Ki Ki Hawkins & Mike Greco and surprise guests!
Sunday, February 12 at 9:30PM
$20 Adv / $25 Door
Two days before Valentine's Day, XAVIER and his supporting cadre of talented musical guests will help you get turned on a little early with their salute to soul music's leading ladies. Now in its fifth year, past guests have included Tony Award winner Lena Hall, Joan As Policewoman, Lady Rizo and more. Xavier has received un-coerced praise for his vocal skills from some of the biggest names in the business, including Madonna, D'Angelo, Mary J. Blige, The Rapture and more. He's also a Diesel U Music Award nominee and his UK debut on Virgin Records earned him a top ten hit.
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 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 Artistic Director 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 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 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, an expanding initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; and audience and artist development initiatives that range from Emerging Writers Group to the Public Forum series. The Public 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. The Public's work is also seen on tour throughout the U.S. and internationally and in collaborations and co-productions with regional and international theaters. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning acclaimed American musical Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and in spring 2017, Lynn Nottage's acclaimed new play Sweat. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 168 Obie Awards, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and five Pulitzer Prizes.