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PigPen Theatre Co., Akiko Yano Trio, Elliott Sharp and More Set for Joe's Pub, Now thru Nov 11


This week at Joe's Pub, tonight, November 5th through November 11th, get ready for Taylor Mac, a night with PigPen Theatre Co., Benjamin Walker's Find the Funny, Akiko Yano Trio, Bridget Everett and the Tender Moments, Alicia Jo Rabins: A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff, Henry Rollins: The Long March, Toshi Reagon and BigLovely, Alice Smith, Davis Rogan, Deleon, Jack Hitt: Making Up the Truth and Elliott Sharp's Terraplane. More details below!

TONIGHT at 7:00 PM
Taylor Mac's 1830s concert on Monday, Nov 5th has been changed (due to Sandy) to an updated version of his solo, "The Be(A)st of Taylor Mac", which will incorporate election eve mayhem, the Hurricane, new material, the passing of a kidney stone, and a deconstruction of the adage, "The Show Must Go On".

TONIGHT at 9:30 PM
$12 Advance / $15 Door
The explosively inventive work of the PigPen Theatre Co. features folk storytelling, puppetry, clever staging, live music, and has captured the imagination of critics and audiences alike since they were introduced to the New York stage in 2010 at FringeNYC with “The Nightmare Story”. Since then, the group has gone on to become the first company in history to win FringeNYC’s highest honor for a play two years running (2010 and 2011 with “The Mountain Song”) and have produced their work off-broadway, ranked as the The Huffington Post’s #5 theatrical event of 2011. Join us at Joe's Pub for a shows with the PigPen boys features lush harmonies, banjos, accordions, guitars, drums, pianos and more to bring to life their favorite songs from the debut album "Bremen", and their off-broadway production, "The Old Man and The Old Moon".

November 6th at 8:30PM
Benjamin Walker, the critically acclaimed star of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter presents and performs in Find the Funny – which he created and hosts. An event dedicated to providing performance opportunities to new and innovative comics, writers, musicians, and performers, Find the Funny is a monthly show that began downtown and has moved from venue to venue as it expanded and matured.

November 7th at 7:30PM
$30 Reserved / $35 Premium
Akiko Yano is back at her favorite place in NYC, with her long time friend-vertuoso-musicians, Will Lee on bass and Chris Parker on drums. Her latest album "Akiko", produced by T-Bone Burnett is now available worldwide. 

Bridget Everett & THE TENDER MOMENTS
November 7th at 9:30PM
Bridget Everett is a singing tour de force known for her funny yet gut-wrenching, outrageous and unpredictable performance work. She’s been dubbed “Wynona Judd meets Melissa Etheridge, via the local bar floozy, on a rocket ship out of Twin Peaks” by Michael Musto from the Village Voice. She has appeared frequently on Time Out New York’s annual list of top cabaret performers, ranking number one in 2010 on a list which included Alan Cumming and Elaine Stritch. Bridget has performed at Montreal’s Just for Laughs, New York Comedy Festival, HBO’s Aspen United States Comedy Arts Festival and the Adelaide International Cabaret Festival in Adelaide, Australia. She played Lynn Chenney in Taylor Mac’s Red Tide Blooming at P.S.122, was featured in Scott Wittman's production Jukebox Jackie, and was a regular on Logo’s Jeffrey Cole Casserole. She can also be seen as Cathy in the Sex and the City movie and as Shonda in the CBS hit comedy, 2 Broke Girls.

November 8th at 7:00PM
$15 Advance / $20 Doors
A Kaddish for Bernie Madoff is a new one-woman show by Brooklyn-based poet, composer, performer, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins about the spiritual implications of the financial collapse. Performed by Rabins on violin and voice through a range of looping pedals and processors - along with a live band - this musical essay traces a year of obsession with Bernie Madoff to investigate the intersection of mysticism and finance, the inevitability of cycles, and the true meaning of wealth. Alicia Jo Rabins is the creator, songwriter and bandleader of Girls in Trouble, an art-pop song cycle in the voices of obscure women from the Torah. Rabins tours internationally with Girls in Trouble and has released two critically acclaimed albums on Jdub Records. 

Henry Rollins: THE LONG MARCH
November 8th & 10th at 9:00 PM ; November 9th at 7:00 PM
$35 on Nov. 8th / Nov. 9th & 10th
Grammy Award-winning spoken word artist and punk icon Henry Rollins will bring his The Long March tour to New York City, stopping at Joe’s Pub at The Public for five nights. Rollins’ Joe’s Pub run will kick off the third North American leg of an international tour. The Long March tour began in the UK in January and has already included over 115 shows on four continents. The Long March is filled with interesting anecdotes and Rollins’ timely commentary on the state of the nation informed by his world travels and life experience. With the first New York date just days after November 6th, Joe’s Pub audiences will have the unique privilege of hearing Rollin’s fresh and exciting commentary with the outcome of the election still on our minds. Audiences will be captivated by Rollins’ charismatic stage presence and unique perspectives on the direction we are heading in as a country.

November 9th at 9:30PM
Toshi Reagon has been described as "a talented, versatile singer, songwriter and musician with a profound ear for sonic Americana--from folk to funk, from blues to rock" by critic/blogger Eva Yaa Asantewaa (InfiniteBody)." Toshi has had the pleasure of working with Lenny Kravitz, Lizz Wright, Ani DiFranco, Carl Hancock Rux, Nona Hendryx, Pete Seeger, Chocolate Genius and many other amazing artists. Toshi has been the recipient of a NYFA award for Music Composition, The Black Lily Music and Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance. She is a National Women's History Month Honoree, and is the 2010 recipient of OutMusic's Heritage Award.

NOVEMBER 9TH at Midnight
There comes a time in every artist’s life when they have to step into the spotlight on their own terms. For Janet, it was about Control. For Prince, it was about Emancipation. But for Alice Smith, it’s the art (and hard-won battle) of simply being herself. The NYC-bred singer/songwriter/producer, known for her 4-octave vocal range and stunning stage presence, made a name for herself with her critically-acclaimed 2006 debut album, For Lovers, Dreamers & Me. Her artful blend of bluesy, soulful vocals and mid-tempo grooves garnered a passionate following packed venues like NYC’s Mercury Lounge and Joe’s Pub. Her single “Dream” was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Urban/Alternative category. Today, Alice looks forward to finally giving her fans a hotly anticipated dose of new music. “I feel really inspired to get where I’m going musically. I'm excited to get back to work and continue examining what it is and what it takes to be a powerful woman, happy and fulfilled.” The new collection reveals the same passions of the “country at heart” singer. With notes of ‘60s pop, Burt Bacharach-style melodies and that intoxicating element of attitude, Alice’s upcoming collection has something for die-hard followers and new fans alike. Though she has always been an artist at heart, Alice is now a mother, and she’s been through some powerful experiences over the past few years. She emerges with new insights to realize through song. Still singing, of course, but today, stepping out independently, she has all the more reason to give ‘em something they can feel.

November 10th at 7:00pm
$12 Advance /$15 Door
Davis Rogan draws his musical inspiration from Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, as does every New Orleans Rhythm and Blues piano player. What separates Davis is his lyrics. The quick wit, rapid-fire wordplay, and the wry observations about life, humanity, and New Orleans could come from no one else. Though he is truly inimitable, Davis provided the inspiration for the character of Davis McAlary on the critically acclaimed HBO series "Treme." He has also written a number of original songs to the show, in addition to serving as a consultant and writer.

November 10th at 11:30PM
DeLeon uses their own distinctive style of rock to transform ancient Sephardic folk music into a sound that is both brand new and centuries old.. By re-imagining these ancient melodies as contemporary pieces, DeLeon has given the world at large a unique chance to experience the deeply mysterious and entrancing cadences of the ancient Sephardic tradition, and to do it while dancing. They've released two albums on JDub Records (DeLeon, Casata) and have toured the US, England, Canada and Mexico with other like-minded bands such as Gogol Bordello, Os Mutantes, Ozomatli and Balkan Beat Box.

November 11th at 7:00PM
$25 Reserved / $35 Premium
Making Up the Truth is the new solo show from Peabody Award-winning journalist and This American Life regular Jack Hitt, featuring Hitt's singular wit told through extravagant, almost unbelievable, true tales-from his childhood neighbor's sex change operation, to his NYC apartment super with a deadly secret identity. Making Up the Truth weaves these and other stories together with the latest findings in contemporary brain science as Jack tries to answer the question, "Why do these things always happen to me?" What he discovers is not dry theory but another unbelievable story-this time about all of us and the world of uncanny wonders that lies just beyond our brain's notice. This evening will feature special guest Nick Thompson, editor at the New Yorker.

Elliott Sharp’S TERRAPLANE
November 11th at 9:30PM
Elliott Sharp is an American multi-instrumentalist, composer, and performer. A central figure in the avant-garde and experimental music scene in New York City for over 30 years, Elliott Sharp has released over eighty-five recordings ranging from orchestral music to blues, jazz, noise, no wave rock, and techno music. He leads the projects Carbon and Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics, and Terraplane and has pioneered ways of applying fractal geometry, chaos theory, and genetic metaphors to musical composition and interaction. His collaborators have included Radio-Sinfonie Frankfurt; pop singer Debbie Harry; Ensemble Modern; Qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan; Kronos String Quartet; Ensemble Resonanz; cello innovator Frances Marie Uitti; blues legends Hubert Sumlin and Pops Staples; pipa virtuoso Min-Xiao Feng; jazz greats Jack deJohnette, Oliver Lake, and Sonny Sharrock; multimedia artists Christian Marclay and Pierre Huyghe; and Bachir Attar, leader of the Master Musicians Of Jajouka. Sharp is the subject of a new documentary "Doing The Don't" by filmmaker Bert Shapiro.

Visit us at for a complete list of shows and to purchase tickets, or call 212-967-7555 or visit in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM) located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.

ABOUT JOE’S PUB AT THE PUBLIC: Joe’s Pub is one of New York City’s most celebrated venues for emerging and legendary performing artists. Named for Public Theater founder Joe Papp, Joe’s Pub debuted in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting new artists while providing established artists with a safe, intimate space to develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents talent from all over the world as part of The Public’s programming downtown at its Astor Place home. Open seven days a week, dinner and drink service is available during every performance. /

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.

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