Sandra Bernhard, Ryan Raftery, Toshi Reagon and More Set for Winter 2014-15 Residencies at Joe's Pub

This winter, Joe's Pub at The Public presents a slate of residencies from long-time beloved artists like Justin Vivian Bond and Sandra Bernhard to emerging performers like Ryan Raftery. The winter also holds the return of personalities like Catie Lazarus and Ethan Lipton, bringing their brilliant yet undefinable talent to the Joe's stage.


Thursday-Saturday, December 18-20 at 11:30PM


Pam Ann's BAD AIR HOSTESS is a glamorous, heavy-drinking, drug-abusing, and fashion-obsessed international airhostess with more issues than Vogue. Pam Ann would rather flick the pages of fashion magazines in the galley, snort cocaine and scroll the Internet for 'love' than deal with her passengers. Pam Ann is destructive and reckless in her approach to life, always chasing the high but always left short of the runway. She says what other cabin crew would like to say and embraces terrorism! If you're easily offended or scared of flying this show is for you!


Wednesday-Saturday, December 17-20 at 9:00PM

Sunday-Tuesday December 21-23 at 9:30PM


It's that time of year again! The lords are leaping so pull your twinkles from the box, dust off your balls, and grab that bottle of lube you hid behind your tree for 'tis the season to light up the darkness, disinfect the manger and say hello to the "Star of Light!" Mx Justin Vivian Bond - backed by a cherubic coven of talented misfits in extravagant outfits: musical director Matt Ray, Nathann Carrera on guitar and Claudia Chopek on violin - promises to light up the darkness with songs, spirits, sass and a slew of special surprises!

Bring a friend, bring a blanket, bring a blowtorch! Snuggle up next to the holiday Bond Fire and celebrate with your favorite "Star of Light", Mx Justin Vivian Bond.


Friday-Tuesday, December 26-30 at 7:30PM & 9:30PM

Wednesday, December 31at 9:00PM & 11:00PM


Sandra Bernhard's new live show Sandra Bernhard is #blessed will spotlight her own unique, sharp blend of hysterical insight and outspoken views, with rock-n-roll, cabaret, stand-up and a little burlesque. Sandra Bernhard is #blessed also features Bernhard's band The Flawless Zircons, who perform with her at sold out venues in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and all points in between.

Of Bernhard's 2013 run at Joe's, Next Magazine wrote "Bernhard looked like 10 million bucks in a pair of black leather pants and a chic white blouse, her world was Sandyland and we were merely allowed to live in it. Her lacerating observations and spot-on social commentary remain as sharp and insightful as ever." The New York Times describes Bernhard, "just below the surface, you sense the same roving critical eye that misses nothing and the same sensibility compelled to puncture fantasies...Ms. Bernhard's ear is as perfectly attuned as ever to music that you're embarrassed to admit you might like."


Thursdays, January 15 & February 5 at 7:00PM
Tuesdays, January 20 & 27 at 7:00PM

Mike Daisey presents a dazzling work: four "bio-logues" about megalomania and desire constructed from the interleaved life stories of four insane geniuses: P.T. Barnum (January 15), Bertolt Brecht (January 20), Nikola Tesla (January 27) and L. Ron Hubbard (February 5). Over four nights, Daisey will explore the nature of genius and wrestle with the pride, insanity and chauvinism that bind these men together. By shining a light on these pivotal characters, Daisey reveals how the heights and depths of their gifts have much to teach us about ourselves. Each evening is unique and can be viewed independently; yet, all four together form an epic oral accounting of triumph and folly told with Daisey's dark and hilarious intensity.


Sundays, January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19 & May 17 at 9:30PM

The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre is the award-winning comedy/variety show hailed as "rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable" by The Wall Street Journal, "delicious and delightfully droll" by The New York Post, and "hilarious and sardonic" by the Village Voice. The show will return to Joe's in 2015 for another season of monthly shows that are known for Sayre's signature blend of outrageous comedy, politics, culture and everything in between.

The show's legions of fans and followers, known as the International Order of Sodomites (I.O.S.), gather to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Sayre - the show's creator, writer and host - serves as the Chairman of the Board of the I.O.S. and brings his singular wit to essential business of the day through such regular features such as "Letters to the Chairman" and "New Rulings from the Board."

Performing guests have included Lea DeLaria, Justin Vivian Bond, Marilyn Maye, Bridget Everett, Cole Escola, Lance Horne, Jack Ferver, Murray Hill and more. Honored icons have included Bea Arthur, Dolly Parton, Tennessee Williams and John Waters.


Tuesday, January 20 at 9:30PM


Seven of New York City's most soul-stirring trombone players gather for an astonishing testament to the power of reason. Playing music from their album as well as arrangements of classic tunes by the Famous Blue Jay Singers, Madison's Lively Stones, and the Mississippi Nightingales. The guiding force behind the trombone choir is Jacob Garchik, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and arranger. This show kicks off a six-month bi-monthly residency.

A vital part of NYC's downtown and Brooklyn music scene, Garchik has played with Henry Threadgill, Laurie Anderson, Anthony Braxton, Anthony Coleman, Joe Maneri, Frank London, James Tenney, Josh Roseman, Don Byron, Terry Reilly, George Lewis, Billy Martin, Slavic Soul Party, and the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. This choir is actualization of his 2012 solo album The Heavens: the Atheist Gospel Trombone Album.

The consummate collaborator, Garchik will return on March 26 with the premiere of his new band Ye Olde (with Mary Halvorson, Jonathan Goldberger, Brandon Seabrook, Vinnie Sperrazza and JG Thirlwell) and May 30 with the 14-piece, brass-driven Banda De Los Muertos.


Wednesday-Saturday, January 21-24 at 9:00PM

Sunday, January 25 at 7:00PM


Toshi Reagon and BIGLovely return for Toshi's 31st annual birthday celebration. Reagon's annual birthday shows have become staples of the New York performance ecosystem, marking the incredible artist's journey. Her amazing band, known as BIGLovely, includes some of New York's finest musicians: Judith Casselberry, Fred Cash, Stephanie McKay, Marcelle Davies Lashley, Adam Widoff and Robert Burke. This five-show engagement promises extra-special surprise guest appearances from her many friends and collaborators, plus gifts from Reagon for her fans.

Please note that the first performance, on January 21, benefits the Correctional Association of New York. The final performance, on January 25, will be The Sacred Music Show with Bernice Johnson Reagon.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 9:30PM
Monthly 2015 - DATES TBA

Ethan Lipton returns to Joe's, his home base in New York, for a year-long residency. Each month, Lipton will bring a different show to the stage - no two will be the same. Lipton will kick off the residency on February 24 with an encore performance of his musical No Place to Go, which The Public presented as part of their 2012 season and has toured the world. No Place To Go was originally created as part of the Joe's Pub commissioning program New York Voices.

While some shows will center on various songs from Lipton's fourth studio album (2015), Lipton plans to take advantage of this rare opportunity to get a "bit loose and freaky." One gig will resurrect every song Lipton and his Orchestra has ever recorded, including early live albums. Lipton will also welcome special guests (to be announced) and perform new covers over the course of the year. What he is particularly excited about is the space and time to bring back some of the shambling unpredictability, playfulness and experimentation of his early days of playing in scrappy venues like Low Bar and Zipper Factory. Dates for Lipton's residency will be announced shortly.


Sundays and Wednesday, February 15, 18 & 22 at 7:00 PM
Tuesday, March 3 at 9:30 PM


"Demented Rat Packer for the millennium," Ryan Raftery returns to Joe's to tell the story of a fateful day in the life of the most powerful woman in fashion, using popular music and an astounding measure of creative license. She has sat at the top of a $300 billion industry for twenty-six years. Her power and influence cannot be denied. But when she places a reality star and a certain rapper on the cover of her magazine, the backlash is harsh and for the first time, her credibility is called into question.


Monthly, February-May 2015

Dates TBA

Ever wonder what it's like to have a dreamy job? Comedian Catie Lazarus did too, so she created an utterly addictive, candid, fun talk show about work. Her guests have included Rachel Maddow, Joy Behar, Tom Colicchio, Frank Bruni, Henry Rollins, Mo Rocca and so many more. The show has been described as "beloved" by The New York Times, "hilarious" by BlackBook and "unorthodox" by The New Yorker because of the phenomenal conversations that Lazarus drives. Her insight, humor and genuine curiosity are palpable, encouraging her famous guests to be truly honest about their career paths. Each show is provocative, cathartic and fun, pulling audiences back over and over again. Dates and monthly guests will be announced shortly.

For tickets, go online at or call 10AM-7PM daily at 212-967-7555, or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office, 425 Lafayette Street, NYC. The Box Office window opens daily at 2PM.

ABOUT JOE'S PUB AT THE PUBLIC 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.

ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER AT ASTOR PLACE Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare and the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. 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, new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, 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. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities.

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