Telly Leung, Greta Gerwig, Toshi Reagon and More Coming Up This Month at Joe's Pub
Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its upcoming nightly performances, running November 18-29, 2015. Scroll down or visit www.joespub.com for a complete list of shows!
Wednesday & Thursday, November 18 & 19 at 7:00PM
Melissa Errico returns to Joe's Pub with Sing the Silence, an entirely new, autobiographical cabaret show, written with Adam Gopnik. Sing the Silence is about how Errico's descent into a hundred days of total silence compelled her to inventory a lifetime of experience on stage and off. In the show, Errico mediates on the role that silence, imposed and chosen, plays in the lives of girls and women. The set list will include songs by women songwriters such as Georgia Stitt, Marcy Heisler, Jonatha Brooke, Susan Werner, Patricia Barber, Laura Nyro, Joni Mitchell and Dorothy Parker. Sing the Silence also features new original music, including the title song written for Errico by Gopnik and Scott Frankel, and the New York debut of music by Jeanine Tesori. There is also a sprinkling of the classic American songbook by Cole Porter, Rodgers & Hart, Sondheim and Mary Rodgers. Sing The Silence promises to be Errico's most personal and soulful performance.
Wednesday, November 18 & Tuesday, November 24 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."
Thursday, November 19 at 9:30PM
Dan Finnerty & the Dan Band caught America's attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash Old School, performing his now-infamous rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart, as well as his appearance as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in Starsky & Hutch and again as the inappropriate wedding singer in the record breaking hit The Hangover. The Dan Band plays to sold out crowds from Los Angeles to New York and has appeared on numerous shows including The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen, The Late Late Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, The Guys Choice Awards and caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who signed on to executive produce Dan's one hour concert special "The Dan Band: I Am Woman," directed by McG.
Friday, November 20 at 7:30PM
Singer-songwriter Dawn Landes has been writing songs for most of her life, and already has more than a decade of experience as a professional producer and engineer. Her new album Bluebird was produced in collaboration with good friend Thomas Bartlett (The National, Sharon Van Etten, Rufus Wainwright, Antony and the Johnsons and more), and features contributions from Tony Scherr, Rob Moose and Norah Jones. Bartlett's partan production keeps the vibe intimate, making it easy to connect with these naked and honest songs, which manage to rise above the context in which they were written. In the end, the fact that Bluebird is Landes' way of processing the overwhelming emotions she dealt with after her divorce doesn't matter - there are two sides to every story, and this is hers.
GUESTS: DAVID CROSS | GRETA GERWIG | SADIE DUPUIS
Friday, November 20 at 9:30PM
$20 Adv / $25 Doors
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 November installment are David Cross (Comedian, Arrested Development, Mr. Show), Greta Gerwig (Actor, Frances Ha, Mistress America) and Sadie Dupuis (Singer, Speedy Ortiz). 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).
Saturday, November 21 at 7:30PM
pomme is french for apple is both a duo and a play, written and performed by Liza Paul and Bahia Watson. Comprised of a series of fast-paced vignettes, pomme is french for apple features a dizzying cast of charming and outlandish characters, in settings as diverse as the Caribbean, downtown Toronto, southeast London, and the too-tight crotch of the pants. Pomme is a fresh, funny and irreverent look at womanhood in all its glory: its perils, its pleasures and all kinds of madness in between.
Saturday, November 21 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 at a nearby club, giving you the opportunity to apply the lessons you've learned at the show on sexy strangers. This presentation will be the last Never Sleep Alone in New York for several months. Those interested in participating in an on-stage blind date or demonstration at the show, please email DoctorAlex@NeverSleepAlone.com.
Sundays, November 22 - December 20 at 2:00PM
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.
Sundays, November 22 & 29 at 7:00PM
Toshi Reagon is a singer, musician, composer, producer and curator. She has been described by Vibe Magazine as "one helluva rock'n'roller-coaster ride" and by Pop Matters as "a treasure waiting to be found. Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that's dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music." Her music has been featured in film and television plus she has collaborated with several dance companies including Urban Bush Woman, Jane Comfort and LAVA. She is the founder of WORD*ROCK*&SWORD: A Festival Celebration of Women's Lives, an annual eight-day festival in New York City. She curates several events including her annual GoodFolk series with Joe's Pub and the Schomburg Center for Black Research in Black Culture's Women in Jazz Festival. Her band, BIGLovely, includes Fred Cash, Adam Widoff, Bobby Burke, Marcelle Davies Lashley and Stephanie McKay.
Sunday, November 22 at 9:30PM
$15 Standing Room / $20 Seated
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show hailed as "rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable" by The Wall Street Journal, has returned to its downtown roots this year for another season of shows. Each month, Sayre's International Order of Sodomites (I.O.S.) gathers to honor an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the gay community. Sayre is the show's creator, writer and host, serving as the Chairman of the Board of the I.O.S. The November 22 show is a tribute legendary composer Billy Strayhorn for his centennial.
Monday, November 23 at 7:00PM
On his night off from his starring role in Broadway's Allegiance, Telly Leung (Broadway's Rent, Godspell & Television's Glee) will be celebrating the release of his sophomore album, Songs For You. He will be joined by a full band, led by musical director Gary Adler (Alterboyz), singing songs from the new album - and also some favorites from his 2012 debut album, "I'll Cover You". Experience the "clear, sweet tenor" (Variety) of Telly Leung in his Joe's Pub solo debut!
Monday, November 23 at 9:30PM
Internationally recognized author and spoken word artist Shane Koyczan has emerged as a creator of poetry that dares to belong to the people and speak directly to them in their own voice. In 2013, he collaborated with animators to make the anti-bullying viral video "To This Day" which has had over 13 million views, and he performed a customized version "For the Bullied and the Beautiful" to acclaim at the 2013 International TED Conference in Long Beach, California. Shane shapes his words and delivers in multi mediums from authored, video, spoken word, operatic, and musically performed.
Tuesday, November 24 at 7:30PM
Romanian born singing sensation and perennial Joe's Pub artist, Sanda Weigl blends gypsy music, cabaret and jazz, reflecting her own life story in every moment of her vast and inventive repertoire. This performance marks the debut of her latest JAUNT INTO MY EERIE HEART- an a cappella story revealed through ancient Romanian Gypsy songs tethered by haunting video. Marie Pohl joins as the guest storyteller of fantastic fairy tales and translations.
Wednesday, November 25 at 7:30PM
If you thought modern country music had officially expired and was just stuck in a loop making lyrical references to the likes of John Deere, cheap whiskey and Bud Light beer cans, think again. As Ivy, Beck & Neill, Trisha Ivy, Mike Beck and Amanda Simpson Neill have taken pages from classic country figures like Gram Parsons, Emmylou Harris and Johnny Cash, added a modern flare reminiscent of The Dixie Chicks, and brought it all home with songs covering the miles from Nashville to Brooklyn and back again. Their debut Live at Rockwood Music Hall is filled with tales of tender blue-eyed soul, murder balladry, ill-fated lovers, the possibilities of redemption and the wealth of pure joy. It's a record that dives into the red dirt of the raw side of humanity with just a guitar, a length of chain, and a handful of harmonies to guide the way.
Wednesday, November 25 at 9:30PM
In 1976, paranoid and coked to the gills, David Bowie grabbed his favorite junkie, Iggy Pop, and headed to Berlin to "sober up." Joined by Brian Eno and Tony Visconti, the mission (in Europe's heroin capital) was a bit of a bust, but the music was anything but. Billy Hough and Susan Goldberg have created an all-new "Scream Along with Billy" extravaganza for their return to Joe's Pub, based on this remarkable epoch. "IDIOT/HEROES" explores this explosive period through the music it created: from Bowie, LOW (1977), HEROES (1977) and LODGER (1979); from Iggy THE IDIOT (1977) and LUST FOR LIFE (1977); with some of Eno's BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE (1977) thrown in for fun. "IDIOT/HEROES" will also recreate Bowie's provocative and groundbreaking 1979 appearance from Saturday Night Live with Joey Arias and Klaus Nomi.
Friday, November 27 at 7:30PM
Wallace Roney, himself, is historic. He is the only trumpeter that was personally taught by Miles Davis. Miles was his teacher and mentor for close to 10 years. In the historic performance at Montreux Jazz Festival, Wallace performed with Miles - a performance which is listed as one of the top 20 most important events in music history. Mr. Roney is heralded as an "improviser who loves complicated almost mathematical lines and who performs with catlike grace" by the New York Times, trumpeter, composer and bandleader Wallace Roney is one of the most exciting and innovative musicians on the creative music scene. His consummate artistry and eagerness to explore and transcend musical boundaries has led him to collaborate with such diverse musicians as Art Blakey, Miles Davis, Carole King, Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins, Prince, Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell, among numerous others.
Friday, November 27 9:30PM
2Scoops, the legendary, chart-topping, entirely fictional 90's R&B girl group is back with a brand new show! Long after cassingles, beepers and neon colors have gone out of style, these two girls from around the way still cling tight to everything about the music and style of the early 90's. Holding the world record for the most breakups of any group in history, they have most recently been Re-U-Nited here on the Joe's Pub stage. Don't miss Dana and Deena for a night of Christmas jamz, holiday magic, and sexy winter mayhem in 2Scoops: 4 the Holidayz. It's Black Friday, y'all. So get your shopping done early and kick off the Christmas season with your girls, 2Scoops! 2Scoops is written and performed by Adam Enright and Aaron Fuksa.
Saturday, November 28 at 7:00PM
$15 Adv / $20 Doors
Howard Fishman has been a perennial Joe's Pub favorite from day one. Whether he's launching a new album, debuting a new project, or bringing in a batch of songs with the ink still wet, our audiences know that whatever he does here will be fresh and unexpected, and that he'll be joined by some of the fiercest, most soulful musical talent in the city. Come see the latest from the iconic Brooklyn songwriter who the New York Times says "transcends time and idiom" and who Village Voice describes as "motley and fearless and something of a shock."
Saturday, November 28 at 9:30PM
Obie Award-winning composer Heather Christian (The World is Round, Mission Drift) is the daughter of a go-go dancer and a blues musician. A disgruntled classical pianist, she and her "orchestra", The Arbornauts (an eclectic assortment of multi-hyphenate musicians) turn Christian's dream-like hymns into a chamber punk collection of stories and meditations.
Sunday, November 29 at 7:00PM & 9:30PM
Billie Holiday and Edith Piaf, two women born in the same year on different shores, speaking different languages, led parallel lives in many ways, yet never met. They died 4 years apart in the cities they loved. Parallel Lives, curated by Nona Hendryx and an international roster of contemporary vocalists, is a global celebration to 'Lady Day' and the 'Little Sparrow.' Participating artists include Hendryx, Joey Arias, Women of the World, Liza Jesse Peterson, Etienne Stadwjck and more!
Revolutionary art-rock, new-wave goddess Hendryx is a celebrated vocalist, record producer, songwriter, musician and author. Tackling social issues, love and politics, Hendryx's legendary career spans six decades of sound and style evolution. Longtime fans know her as a founding members of Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles in which their tight harmonies (spiced with LaBelle's soaring gospel tinged lead vocals) served up a mix of modern hits, beautiful standards, and soulful covers of songs such as "Over the Rainbow." Morphing into the groundbreaking group Labelle, they delivered the inescapable "Lady Marmalade." As a solo artist, Hendryx, has recorded and collaborated with Prince, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, Living Color, Afrika Bambaataa to George Clinton and P-Funk, resulting in top ten hits and a Grammy. In her 2012 album Mutatis Mutandis, Hendryx lends the necessary gravitas to a striking rendition of Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit with a smoky vocal tessitura somewhere between funk and the end of the stratosphere.
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 his10th 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 musical Hamilton. 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