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  • Bill Bragin
    Hello friends, It was a great weekend of dj gigs for me with Beat the Donkey last weekend, and I hope some of you will be in Miami when GlobeSonic hits the
    Message 1 of 68 , May 2 10:53 AM
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      Hello friends,
       
      It was a great weekend of dj gigs for me with Beat the Donkey last weekend, and I hope some of you will be in Miami when GlobeSonic hits the TransAtlantic Festival next weekend.  We have added another gig, so Acidophilus and Sultan32 will dj on the beach with visuals by Quanteye on Friday, May 8 on a bill with Antibalas and DJ le Spam & the Le Spam All-Stars on Friday, and the on Sat we'll do the beahc gig with visuals by Undoproject, on a bill with Yerba Buena and DJ Dolores & Orchestra Santa Massa.  Capping it off, We'll be back with Quanteye for an afterparty at the Sandbar....details below.  Also, keep your eyes out for GS on the road at teh Amsterdam Roots festival on a bill with Carlinhos Brown, Bemebeya Jazz, and Dj Dolores, plus more to come.  ALso pelenty of local gigs - check www.globesonic.com for details.
       
      But nuff about me, here's what's happening at Joe's Pub.  And remember, if you can't make it out to the benefit with Audra McDonald, but still wish to support our work, you can make a contribution of any size by sending a check payable to "The Public Theater" to:
       
      Bill Bragin
      The Public Theater
      425 Lafayette Street
      New York, NY  10003
       
      We have very special performances at the Pub this week as part of the Public Theater's New Works festival, as part of a special initiative called New Hybrids Now. Lots of very interesting hard-to-describe-hyphenated interdisciplinary pieces, dance, theater, performance, burlesque, video art and more, so read below and check them out.  Coming up on May 11 and 12 will be New Musicals now, excerpts from exciting new musical theater pieces in progress.  And also check the end of this email for free readings that are part of New Work Now, including Lisa Kron's "Well" which will be part of next year's Public Theater season, and many other interesting new plays by playwrights like Alice Tuan and David Greenspan, with casts that include folks like Danny Hoch and Stephen Adly Guirgas, and directors like Jo Bonney. See the end of this email for more details or visit www.publictheater.org/mainshow_newworknow.html
       
       
      And as always, apolgies for whatever ridiculous ad yahoogroups threw on the email today.
       
      Special Event
      AUDRA McDONALD: 2nd Annual Benefit for Joe's Pub at The Public Theater
      Wednesday, May 28 at 7pm
      When Joe's Pub at The Public Theater opened in 1998, Audra McDonald was part of this historic event. Now, Ms. McDonald returns for one-night only to perform at the Second Annual Benefit Concert for The Public Theater's programming at Joe's Pub. In his New York Times review of Audra's engagement at Joe's Pub last spring, Stephen Holden described her as " the definitive voice of a musical movement." She is reprising this special concert of material by some of her favorite composers who traverse the borders of opera, musical theatre, pop music and art songs, including Adam Guettel, Michael John LaChiusa, Jeff Blumenkrantz, and others. Benefit tickets include reserved seating to Audra McDonald's concert, a post-concert reception and a light supper. In addition, supporters will receive a reserved seat to The Public's Shakespeare in Central Park production of Henry V, starring Liev Schreiber and directed by Mark Wing-Davey. Seating for the benefit at Joe's Pub is limited so please call our Reservation Line at 212.539.8778 as soon as possible.

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      Visit our website at: www.JoesPub.com
      Location: 425 Lafayette Street between East 4th St. & Astor Place.
      Take N train to Broadway & 8th St. or 6 train to Astor Place.
      For information & reservations please call 212.539.8778
      or, for Telecharge listed events you can call 212.239.6200.
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      Joe's Pub Schedule of Events

      late night @ joe's pub...
      Doors at 11pm

      Thursday: DJ Beverly Bond
      DJ Beverly Bond spins an unforgettable set. Phenomenal guests such as Red Alert, ?uestlove, and Lord Finesse share the turntables always serving up a set of underground hip-hop, soul, and even an occasional house track to a music industry crowd.

      Friday: Luv Pub
      It's a live and loud Friday crowd with DJ Danny O keeping the party flowing until 4am spinning a serious set with everything
      from Disco to Hip Hop.

      Saturday: Decadence
      Brian Gefter and Michael Romer of Gaslight Entertainment host Decadence with a DJ Kasper spinning to a packed house. To book your party at Decadence call 212-539-8778.

      Sunday: Dub Supreme
      Explorations in Dub continue with Selector Ras Kush and the Black Redemption Sound System bring the sound of roots combined with the most eclectic in roots steppers dubwise selections.

      Monday: Balkan Beat
      Zlatne Uste Balkan brass band and those two Serbian anarchists Milos and Vlade on the decks are leading their gypsy friends on a long drunken journey deep into the night with their entrancing beats.

      Tuesday: Eclectic Ride with The Real Live Show
      Celebrating Their Album Release and My Family Featuring Oliver Lake on Saxophone, Jene Lake on Drums, Jahi Sundance Lake on Turntables and Meshell N'degeocello on Bass
      KYA Entertainment and Belinda Becker present Eclectic Ride. A night of soul samples and good beats. This week we welcome back DJ Reborn to the decks. Wunmi, a Joe's Pub favorite, will be performing at this late night soiree. For reduced admission email erparty@....

      Wednesday: Slow Your Roll
      Pavan, Mike & Justin Show You How To SLOW YOUR ROLL
      Our Wednesday offering is a throwback to times when we didn?t use a velvet rope to measure all things fabulous. On our plate is a 70's inspired night of straight up rock & roll baby. With hometown bands on showcase each week, and DJ Mike Williams throwing down anything not Top 40, you might feel the need to put those cowboy boots to work. Cornerstone Records will be sponsoring the event once a month with a band off their industry sampler of signed and un-signed hype, the Cornerstone Player. The only thing a table reservation will get you is a bucket of beers, so Smirnoff Ice drinkers be warned.
      5/7 Lonehawk and The Witness

      Friday, May 2 * Kelli Sae CD Release *
      Show at 9:30pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      "Sae it's so!" The powerfully soulful Kelli Sae returns to New York with a special performance celebrating the release of her new album, HEROINE (OGW Entertainment). Wonderfully sultry and startlingly gritty vocals lace Sae's deeply soulful R&B dance grooves, pulsating latin beats and heart wrenching ballads into an experience that demands your attention. As lead singer for internationally successful bands Incognito, Count Basic and Phillip Saisse Acoustic trio, singer/songwriter/producer Kelli Sae has created a signature sound that has reached millions around the world. For this show, Sae is joined by an 8-piece band to introduce HEROINE - pure and uncut. "The depth and realness of her performance and songwriting is undeniable and downright intoxicating. You're pulled into Sae's world within seconds..." -Billboard Magazine www.kellisae.com

      Saturday, May 3 * Bethany Yarrow and Judith Owen *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Judith Owen has been described as one of the "great talents of her generation" by Richard Thompson, with whom she performed last summer at Joe's Pub as part of his 1,000 Years of Popular Music. Celebrating the release of her new album 12 Arrows, the Welsh-born singer, songwriter and piano player has a witty, theatrical flair that plays perfectly off the deep, emotional nature of her music. The L.A. Times calls Judith "whip-smart and endearing," while Variety Magazine describes her as having "an early Randy Newman charm...she's a rocker and a jazz chanteuse, a charmer and a seducer." www.judithowen.net
      Bethany Yarrow has taken traditional American folk songs and mixed them with soul and trip-hop beats, turning them into grooving, hipster, electronic concoctions called "deep folk music". With a voice like Grace Slick, an ace band, and trippy video projections behind her, it doesn't look or sound like any kind of folk music you've heard before. www.bethanyyarrow.com

      Saturday, May 3 * Victoria Hanna: Transletters *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      Defying definition, the inspired work of Jerusalem-based vocal artist Victoria Hanna depicts her ongoing experimentation with the vocal and conceptual boundaries of language. A Storahtelling Company project, TransLetters is an interdisciplinary artistic collaboration between Hanna, New York-based multimedia and installation artist Ori Kleiner and Integrated Media Artist Amichai Wolf, drummer Tamir Muskat and guest musicians. TransLetters is an experiment in deconstructing the Hebrew alphabet as an elemental code, exploring its mystical nature and relation to modern modes of communication. "Victoria Hanna is something else...she held the room rapt with her acrobatic voice at turns lovely haunting and frightening....." Time Out NY "Experimental vocalist Victoria Hanna blends deft vocal acrobatics with a sonic backdrop of electro hebrew trance..dazzling n.y.c.audiances with her cabaret shows.." Paper magazine Supported by the New York - Israel Cultural Cooperation Commission www.storahtelling.org

      Sunday, May 4 * Turtle Island String Quartet *
      Shows at 7 & 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      Since its inception in 1985, Turtle Island String Quartet has been a singular force in the creation of bold, new trends in chamber music for strings, "stand[ing] tradition on its civilized ear." (People Magazine). Yo Yo Ma has proclaimed TISQ to be "a unified voice that truly breaks new ground - authentic and passionate - a reflection of some of the most creative music-making today." Turtle Island fuses the classical quartet esthetic with 20th century American popular styles, redefining them with zest, imagination and brilliant technique. The journey has taken Turtle Island through forays into folk and bluegrass, swing, be-bop, classical Indian forms, funk, R&B, new age, rock, hip-hop, bossa nova and salsa...a repertoire consisting of hundreds of ingenious arrangements and originals, blending adventurous ingredients to create an "American Vernacular" style of new textures and forms. "This group has set a standard beyond the reach of its few contemporaries...In the multifarious idiom they have all but invented, Turtle Island remains the ne plus ultra."~ The Los Angeles Times www.tisq.com

      Monday, May 5 * The Petersons, with special guest John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch) *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      The Petersons, described by The New York Times as "a hipster theater mock-rock group with a devoted following" returns to Joe's Pub. The show-a unique blend of live music and irreverent satire (a situation-rock-comedy, if you will)-will delight even the most jaded sketch-comedy aficionado. The Petersons are Adam Stein, Keira Naughton, Matt Saldivar, Evan Robertson and Pete Simpson, and they promise to come prepared with a completely new show and special guest each night. Last week's guest was Paul Newman (!), and other previous guests include Tony Award winners James Naughton and Robert Sean Leonard, Emmy Award nominee Michael C. Hall, cabaret phenomenon Rene Risque, singer/songwriter Mike Doughty (formerly of Soul Coughing), and more. Come visit The Petersons-the door's always open. "One of the funniest, most original shows in town"- Time Out New York www.petersonic.com

      Monday, May 5 * Balkan Beat *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Reso/cash, Price $10
      Zlatne Uste Balkan brass band and those two Serbian anarchists Milos and Vlade on the decks are leading their gypsy friends on a long drunken journey deep into the night with their entrancing beats.

      Tuesday, May 6 * Deana Carter *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $30
      Deana Carter is the daughter of legendary guitarist known for his work on Dylan's 'Nashville Skyline' and Simon and Garfunkel's 'Sounds of Silence' and thereby has a genetic way of knowing and defining country music on her own terms. With the release of her new CD 'I am Just a Girl' Deana Carter shows a mature confidence and no-nonsense sweetness that not only shows that she is not afraid of real life extremes but that she can write songs that command your attention because of their evolving instrumentation that lends the songs a cadence and melody that is unique and characteristic of Deana Carter herself.

      Tuesday, May 6 * Mike Errico *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $10
      A native New Yorker, Mike Errico grew up listening to R&B and soul music. "As a reward for going to the dentist, my parents would buy me records. I got to the point where I was loosening my own molars for Songs in the Key of Life - it's a double album, you know." It's not surprising, then, that Errico's vocals are inherently soulful, with a smooth and easy cadence. Often infused with clever humor and an underlying sense of hope, Errico's snapshots in the guise of pop songs are as undeniably insightful as they are instantly memorable. Mike's new record, Skimming, will be released in the late summer on the Velour label. "[Errico] belongs to the younger generation, shredding folk styles with punk attitude. A fluid singer also
      influenced by soul and hip-hop, he ... should appeal to fans of Ani DiFranco and Dan Bern, other writers who lay their hearts bare, but rub a little salt in the wound to make it sting." - New York Times www.errico.com | www.velourmusic.com

      Wednesday, May 7 * Barbara Robinette Moss and Linda St. John *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Reso/cash, Price $7
      Acclaimed artist, Barbara Robinette Moss will read from her Pulitzer Prize nominated memoir, "Change Me Into Zeus's Daughter", (Scribner 1999) which chronicles her family's chaotic, impoverished survival in the red-clay hill of Alabama. Her memoir has been praised as one that "reaches for the zenith of tis genre because she is a born story teller with a lyric gift nearly unequaled within this current literary trend." In 1996, Barbara won the William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. Celebrated "outsider" artist and critically acclaimed author, Linda St. John will read from her memoir, "Even Dogs Go Home To Die " (HarperCollins 2001). This book has been described as one of the most original, moving, funny, heart breaking, and breath taking memoirs of recent years. She will also preview her current work in progress, " "Love and Minimum Wage." Slides of Linda's paintings will accompany the reading.

      Wednesday, May 7 * Lucia Pulido *
      Show at 9:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Following the release of Cantos Religiosos y paganos de Colombia (Intuition), vocalist Lucia Pulido and percussionist Satoshi Takeishi offer songs from their repertoire of traditional Colombian music along with a sampling of their recent collaboration with composer Ivan Benavides (Bloque, Sidestepper, Carlos Vives), joined by cellist Erik Friedlander and others. A dynamic fusing of traditional sounds with minimalist textures and electronic manipulation, the mood of the new work is more layered and complex, more ethereal, more spatial, and yet at the same time very earthy and Colombian. Drawing attention to her "gutsy" voice, The New York Times ways that, "Ms. Pulido holds on to the rawness of the original melodies while giving them a sophisticated new context."

      Thursday, May 8 * Bill Shannon "CrutchMaster": What is What Live *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Interdisciplinary performance and media artist Bill Shannon and Creative Time Inc. celebrate the culmination of their collaborative project whatiswhat.com with the performance of What is What Live: a "point and click" video presentation and spoken word performance featuring digitized video footage from Shannon's street performances, controlled in real time by the artist to correspond with his spoken delivery of a theoretical vocabulary. This vocabulary was invented by Shannon to frame sociological phenomena specific to the unique experiences of his daily life. Discover the meanings of phenomena such as "The Condition Arriving", "Peripheral Fluctuation", "Faker Squared" and "Weight Contingent Counter-Transference". Find out what a Rhythmic Crumpling Tutted Puppet looks like and how the sculptural integrity of disabled utilitarianism creates suspicions of exploitation. What is What Live will answer all this and more. The video footage derives from NYC street performances sponsored by Creative Time and is documented on a website designed by Eric Rosevar. www.whatiswhat.com | www.creativetime.org.

      Thursday, May 8 * Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group: Pot Liquor *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Reggie Wilson/Fist & Heel Performance Group is an electric company of dancers, shouters (singers), and actors who infuse the movement and vocal languages of the blues, slave and spiritual cultures of the diaspora with post-modern art. POT LIQUOR is a performance of hollars, yells, calls and responses by the four shouters who comprise the vocal component of the Performance Group. "...stamping, breathing, moaning, grunting, slapping, and clapping...a gutsy live performance of traditional songs." The Village Voice community.webtv.net/reggiesfist/ReggieWilsonFistand

      Friday, May 9 * Orisha, Mambo to Hip-Hop: The Journey *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Premier of a multimedia commissioned work Featuring: Djinji Brown, Lumumba Bandele, Orlando "Puntilla" Rios, La Bruja, Jose Mangual, Jr. and special invited artists. Accompanied by video clips of the CD recording session of Cuba artists: Estrellas Cubana, Yoruba Andabo, Clave y Guaguanco, Anonimo Consejo and Los Eguns Hablan. A project of When the Spirits Dance Mambo Productions Inc./Caribbean Cultural Center. www.whenthespiritsdancemambo.org

      Friday, May 9 * Michele Rosewoman and Quintessence *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Since 1986, Quintessence has been pianist/composer Michele Rosewoman's main forum for bringing together some of the most inventive voices in contemporary jazz, and with Mark Shim/tenor saxophone, Miguel Zenon/alto& soprano saxophones, Lonnie Plaxico/bass and Gerald Cleaver/drums, this unit is no exception. Quintessence reflects Rosewoman's deep roots in traditional, contemporary and avant-garde jazz idioms, sacred Cuban folkloric music, as well as r&b and funk - and showcases her distinct ensemble concept and forward-looking compositional approach. They will perform new unrecorded music, including "Advance Dance," which was created with generous support from Chamber Music America's New Works Creation and Presentation Program, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. "No other pianist-composer in jazz brings the music of the African diaspora together quite like Michele Rosewoman. One of the most compelling inside-out pianists in jazz...Rosewoman is way past collecting influences. Simply put, she's one of the most creative and fully realized jazz artists on the scene today." -CD NOW www.michelerosewoman.com

      Saturday, May 10 * Angela Johnson *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Angela Johnson, most noted for vocal work with Cooly's Hot Box, delivers a refreshing breath of R&B and aoul music with touches of funk on her recent solo debut "They Don't Know" (Purpose). This sista's tracks resonate with the inspiration of the vintage soul canons as well as classic rock, and let's not forget the Church! "They Don't Know" fulfills Angela's desire to express herself in a different way outside her noted work for Cooly's Hot Box and further reveals her depth as a songwriter, arranger and producer. www.angelajohnson.com

      Saturday, May 10 * Tamar-kali: Pseudo Acoustic Siren Songs *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Pseudoacoustic Siren Songs from Tamar-Kali and her "Geechee Goddess Warrior Soul" with strings. flamingyoni.com

      ** Tickets to both 5/10 events can be purchased at the discounted price of $24! (available at box office only)

      Sunday, May 11 * Keigwin Kabaret w/ Larry Keigwin and Friends: Mama's Boy! *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Acclaimed choreographer/dancer Larry Keigwin with special guest host Mark Price present a fresh cabaret night combining dance, performance art, burlesque, contortion and lots of skin. The program will include Keigwin's latest work Female Portraits masterfully performed by the powerful Nicole Wolcott, Ashley Gilbert and Verena Tremel. Keigwin will also premiere a new solo for young hottie Julian Barnett to Chopin piano pieces. A smart and sassy, minimalist dance by Charlotte Griffin and the newest solo by emerging choreographer Kara Tatelbaum will fill your dance appetite. The line-up also includes stars of the downtown scene, such as Dirty Martini, and The World Famous *BOB*. Also not to be missed is the adorable ukulele act by Bradford Scobie and the sexy contortion tricks by Jonathan Nosan. The intimacy of Keigwin Cabaret will remind us of our position as watcher, as well as our inevitable position as being watched. Are you a voyeur or exhibitionist?

      Sunday, May 11 * New Musicals Now! Excerpts from Accidental Nostalgia by Cynthia Hopkins and Taking Step Three Thirteen by Matthew Doers *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      The Public Theater presents excerpts from two new musicals as part of their prestigious and exciting New Work Now! series. Accidental Nostalgia by Cynthia Hopkins A one-woman operetta about the pros and cons of amnesia. Memory, heritage and possibilities for change in one's identity are explored through a woman who suffers from severe memory loss and investigates her own history, only to find it might be better left un-remembered. Taking Step Three Thirteen Music, Lyrics, and Book by Matthew Doers Musical Director Luqman Brown, Musical Performance Funkface A goth-soul musical retelling of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, in which the young vigilante hero commits a murder and finds love and redemption amongst the pimps, prostitutes and tenements of Hell's Kitchen.

      Monday, May 12 * The Civilians: Gone Missing *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Company-devised, and directed by Steven Cosson, The Civilians' Gone Missing is an eclectic cabaret about things lost and found, with eight original songs by Michael Friedman charting a musical landscape of loss ranging from a Bacharach-esque break-up song to a 19th-Century German Art Song. The six performers play over 30 characters, intertwining stories of lost objects with those of the "finders," from a retired NYPD cop with a lifetime of darkly funny stories, to a psychic who is called to find everything from a lost cat named Fluffy to a drowned corpse. With Damian Baldet, Trey Lyford, Jennifer Morris, Brian Sgambati, Alison Weller, and Colleen Werthmann. In their first year Time Out New York called The Civilians "The Best Alternative to Reality TV" and named them one of 25 up-and-comers of New York City theater saying, "As the latest creators of documentary theater, the downtown troupe The Civilians are giving Moisés Kaufman, Anna Deavere Smith et al a musicalized run for their money."

      Monday, May 12 * New Musicals Now! Excerpts from No God But Yearning by Donna Di Novelli & David Rodwin and Stranger by Michah Schraft & Michael Freidman *
      Show at 9:30 PM , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      The Public Theater presents excerpts from two new musicals as part of their prestigious and exciting New Work Now! series. No God But Yearnin Text by Donna Di Novelli, Music by David Rodwin et al A multi-composer song cycle that looks at the planting of anemones; a bar room toast; an act of eco-terrorism; the naming of a cottage; the elemental cry of an S.O.S; and calls them all prayer. Stranger Book and Lyrics by Micah Schraft, Music by Michael Freidman Directed by Trip Cullman When an eccentric Upper East Side family is visited by a seductive young stranger they all fall under his spell. When he suddenly leaves, things fall apart. Elsewhere, the disparate threads of a destroyed family weave together an unexpected miracle.

      Tuesday, May 13 * Jessy Moss *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      As a child, Australian singer-songwriter-rapper-producer Jessy Moss would scribble regularly in a diary that eventually became a repository for lyrics. Jessy began "mucking around" with turntables as a teen, when she and her friends would take turns freestyling rhymes over Wu-Tang tracks. Fierce and feisty, but also plaintively vulnerable, her songs mix singing with rapping, samples with live instrumentation, to state for the record some of Jessy's more colorful life experiences. After generating considerable local intrigue, Jessy's debut album, Street Knuckles - a "knuckle," she says, is slang for a "little story" - is due in June on Dreamworks. Jessy says the album is about "retribution and forgiveness," among other things, and laughs when she follows up with: "Well, maybe a little bit more about retribution than forgiveness!" www.jessymoss.com

      Tuesday, May 13 * Will Power: A Benefit for Third Wave Foundation *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Actor, rapper, playwright, and spoken work artist Will Power is a pioneer in the emerging genre of hip-hop theatre, with a critically acclaimed solo show, "The Gathering". Power will be joined by a variety of artists performing a mixture of spoken work, song, and theater at this benefit for the Third Wave Foundation, a national foundation that supports young women 15 to 30. Through financial support, public education, and relationship building, Third Wave supports groups and individuals that address the interlocking oppressions that silence and limit young women and helps nurture and sustain young women and their allies working towards racial, economic, and social justice. www.thirdwavefoundation.org

      May 14th, 15th, and 16th * Sandra Bernhard *
      Shows at 7:30pm (and 9:30pm on the 16th only) , Tickets by: Sold-Out

      May 14th and May 15th * Julia Fordham *
      Shows at 9:30 Pm , Tickets by: Sold-Out

      Sunday, May 18 * Sequitur: Power: A Cabaret *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Sequitur's first cabaret show mixed up "a potent cocktail of sultriness and socialism", according to Justin Davidson at Newsday. Ever since, the new music group blends premieres from today's most intriguing composers with classic songs from Kurt Weill to Cole Porter. Both The New Yorker and Time Out New York have reckoned Sequitur "the perfect match" for theatrically-minded composers. With mezzo-soprano Mary Nessinger and baritone Richard Lalli. www.sequitur.org

      Sunday, May 18 * Red Thunder - Unplugged *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Robby Romero, of the influential Native Rock band Red Thunder, makes his first New York appearance since 1996 in a special unplugged performance in conjunction with the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations. At the Forum, Romero, UN Ambassador of Youth for the Environment, will introduce his film, "America's Last Frontier," which puts a personal face on the importance of human rights regarding the resources of Indigenous Peoples, addressing the world's last wild places and how the Indigenous people of the Gwich'in Nation are working to protect their territories from proposed oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Red Thunder is a powerful combination of the best of contemporary music and native traditions unchanged for a thousand years, summoning the magic and power of the spiritual world into their own unique brand of music. From the Arctic to the streets of New York, Robby Romero and Red Thunder continue their journey to bring Native Rock from the heart of Indian Country to the main street of the world, including featured appearances on VH-1 and in the HORDE tours. "The guitar, vocals and songs of Red Thunder boasts a powerful vocal style and stirring, somewhat folky songs that treat sensitive matters of spirituality with firm certainty." - San Francisco Chronicle www.Eaglethunder.com

      Monday, May 19 and May 26th * LaChanze *
      Shows at 7 & 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20 in advance and $25 at Door
      Tony-nominated actress, LaChanze, known for her star turns on Broadway ("Ragtime," "Company," "Once on This Island"), and unequaled performances off-Broadway ("The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin," "The Vagina Monologues"), will bring her tremendous talents to the truly intimate setting of Joe's Pub. Jerry Dixon is director; with musical direction by Fred Carl. "With a smile as big as all outdoors, LaChanze, coos, cuddles and seduces her audiences with flirty abandon. All this, plus she sings like a meadowlark" -- VARIETY. " www.lachanze.com

      May 20th and 21st * An Evening with Linda Thompson feat. John Doyle and Teddy Thompson *
      Shows at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      In 1985, LINDA THOMPSON made a startling exit from the folk-rock music scene she helped to invent. Her self-imposed banishment came in response to two intractable realities: her divorce from the guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson, the scene's leading light, and a rare anxiety-based syndrome called hysterical dysphonia, the vocalist's equivalent of merciless stage fright. The durable beauty of her recordings with Richard has assured her status as folk rock royalty for more than 20 years. Now she comes to reclaim her territory. Her aptly titled comeback is, of course, several years in the making, the sustained vision of the artist and her producer, Edward Haber, who also assembled the retrospective compilation of her work, Dreams Fly Away, in 1996. Chief concert recording engineer for WNYC, the New York outlet for National Public Radio, Haber captures, rather than manufactures, sound. There are no special effects here, no audio pyrotechnics. Just that voice, and exquisite musicianship. Her dysphonia is under control these days; in fact, she has appeared on stage in recent years with the Royal National Theatre. Her children are grown - her middle child, Teddy Thompson, is a serenely gifted musician in his own right, and on Fashionably Late, serves as her extraordinary music partner. She remains obsessed with the deep British folk music that she and her circle reanimated with the electricity of rock and roll. Like all great folk singers - Sandy Denny in particular, Richard's partner in Fairport Convention in whose shadow she sometimes felt herself to stand - Linda Thompson has an ancient voice, wilting, wounded and wise.

      Tuesday, May 20 * Danny Wood *
      Show at 10pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Danny Wood, former member of globally celebrated New Kids On The Block, will perform songs from his debut solo CD, Second Face (Empire Music Werks/BMG).

      Wednesday, May 21 * John Trudell - Spoken Word *
      Show(s) at 10pm, Tickets by: Reso/ cash, Price $15

      Thursday, May 22 * Adam Green - An Intimate Evening *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      After a year of recording and touring with bands such as The Strokes, Badly Drawn Boy and Ben Kweller, Adam Green will settle down for a special one-night performance premiering his new solo album, FRIENDS OF MINE, which follows up his 2002 solo debut, GARFIELD (Rough Trade US). He'll be joined onstage for the first time by a full string section and backing band. Adam, who the Associated Press wrote "could easily grab the torch from Jonathan Richman to serenade the next generation" is also known for his work with The Moldy Peaches. www.adamgreen.net

      Thursday, May 22 * Stew (of the Negro Problem) *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      With a gift for hook-filled melodies, taut poetic narratives, and sardonic sense of humor, the brilliant "Afro-Baroque" songwriter Stew has earned critical raves for albums recorded under his name, as well as with his ensemble, The Negro Problem. The LA Times has exclaimed that Stew's songs, combining elements of cabaret, soul and subversive pop are "gorgeous...deeply felt, wildly sophisticated and at times, hilarious." All Music Guide called Stew's The Naked Dutch Painter and Other Songs "One of the first singer/songwriter masterpieces of the 21st century," while Entertainment Weekly selected that collection as its Best Album of 2002, gushing: "Stew's lush sense of melody and witty, journalistically detailed lyrics..make his second solo album, with its reminiscences of psychotropic drug dalliances and portraits of well-read women who carry switchblades, a true treat for those who care about innovative, thought-provoking pop...wonderful!" www.stewsongs.com

      Friday, May 23 * Camille Yarbrough with Her Full Band Ancestor House *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      "Hip Hop Foremother" Camille Yarbrough has been highly revered as an artist and cultural activist in the African American community for decades. In the late 90's, Camille was introduced to an even wider audience through British DJ Fatboy Slim as mainstream media curiously unveiled that the "ol' school" singer's original song, "Take Yo Praise" (from the critically acclaimed 1975 album, Iron Pot Cooker on Vanguard Records), was the source of the chart-busting hit song "Praise You." Cultural critic Kevin Powell states, "There would be no Lauryn Hill, no Erykah Badu, no Me'shell Ndegeocello if it were not for the presence and model of Camille Yarbrough." CD NOW adds, "The most important rediscovery of the year, Camille Yarbrough's one album, obscure since 1975, fills out the spoken word of Mt. Rushmore of Last Poets, Watts Prophets, and Gil Scott Heron, completing the chrysalis phase of poetry moving into rap in the half-decade before hip hop." www.ancestorhouse.net

      May 24th and 25th * New Uke New York *
      Shows at 6:30 Pm , Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15 or $25 for Both Shows
      Joe's pub proudly announces the third annual 'New Uke New York' Ukulele Festival Featuring a weekend of the top Hawaiian influenced artists in the New York metropolitan area. Stay tuned to the Joe's Pub website or emails for artist line-up for this ever popular music festival.

      Saturday, May 24 * The Bootleg Remedy *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Reso/cash, Price $15
      Hailed as one of "New York City's greatest old-timey music revivalists" (All Music Guide) and just plain "rousing" (The New Yorker), The Bootleg Remedy mixes its upbeat arrangements of Western Swing, Bluegrass, and Dixieland tunes with cinematic and provocative original material. The Brooklyn-based band formed in the year 2000 and has recorded two CDs (self-titled and Cutting Time, respectively), the latter of which was especially lauded for its "precision, fun and energy" (Dirty Linen). The band has performed across the United States and in Europe. More information can be found at www.bootlegremedy.com

      Sunday, May 25 * Nina Hagen: Talkschau *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      "Talkschau" is a live talkshow starring new wave icon Nina Hagen as hostess. Already a hit in Germany, Ms Hagen brings the show to New York with the help of producer Daniel Nardicio for one night only. Backed by the Fisherman Xylophonic Orchestra, enjoy interviews and performances by her special friends and guests.

      Tuesday, May 27 * Raul Midon *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12 in Advance $15 at Door
      Multi-instrumentalist Raul Midon straddles latin, pop & jazz, with a hair-raising, show-stopping voice and dazzling guitar technique. He toured with Shakira, was featured with Paquito D'Rivera, & sang background vocals on 60 records and most recently, Midon & his music are featured on DJ/Producer Louie Vega's upcoming record "Elements of Life." Building on his buzz-generating recent shared bills at Joe's Pub, tonight Midon gets to stretch out and showcase the talents that have been dropping-jaws everywhere he performs. "Comparisons to Stevie Wonder may seem ridiculous but not when you're talking about Raul Midon," -- The Miami Herald. www.midon.com

      Wednesday, May 28 * Jay Farrar *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets: Sold-Out

      Thursday, May 29 * The Scott Walker Songbook: David Driver Sings Scott Walker *
      Shows at 7:30 & 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15 in Advance, $18 at Door
      Making an encore performance of his sold out debut, David Driver sings the songs of Scott Walker, easily the most respected and least known artist of his generation. Walker is ripe for re-discovery, and David Driver (seen most recently alongside Deborah Harry and Elvis Costello in Roy Nathanson's "Fire at Keaton's Bar and Grill" and in Greenberg and Goldwasser's "People Are
      Wrong!") is the singer for the job. Walker's gritty glam lyrics, passionate crooning, and Dada arrangements are late-twentieth-century music's road not taken. Strewn with glitter and refuse, the Scott Walker songbook is at once dark and ecstatic, sordid and innocent, deconstructive and deeply conventional. It includes the classics "Montague Terrace (In Blue)," "It's Raining Today," "Thanks for Chicago, Mr. James," and Walker's most startling and beautiful accomplishment, the surreal epic, "Plastic Palace People." "David Driver has a fantastic voice." -Elvis Costello "...like Jerry Vale dreaming of Chet Baker." -The Village Voice

    • Bill Bragin
      I will sing to those who will listen. It is important to talk to the convinced. I am often asked if when Sweet Honey sings, Aren t you singing to
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            "I will sing to those who will listen.  It is important to talk to the convinced.  I am often asked if when Sweet Honey sings, "Aren't you singing to yourself?"  The progressive community of this country is one of the most fragile in the world.  We suffer from illusions of being in greater shape than we are because we think it follows that if we are Americans, we must be great!  We are in great need of understanding our vulnerability, our need for validation, maintenance, nurturing and celebration.  We need to learn how to be longtimers and not forever be limited by operating ahistorically and responding to crisis after crisis..."
            "...It is important to gather together to nurture and feed as a community committed to being a presence in a society beyond our own meager lives.  When moving in new territories as an organizer I use the model I learned in the Black church and as a field secretary for SNCC.  First, there is a home base; there is a place that you can go back to for shelter, rest, and re-orientation.  It is from there that you move into the world offering your message and work sometimes to people who will throw rocks at you, throw you in jail, or slam doors in your face.  Facing the work of this intensity, we do not have to apologize for needing to return to home base.  There must be a strategy for going out, organizing, speaking and raising issues and then coming into yourself and your community for a check-in.  It is important to have a safety zone to refuel where you can eat your dinner with others who will understand and will protect your need to be vulnerable."
            - Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon (Sweet Honey in the Rock) from her Foreword "Nurturing Resistance" to Reimagining America: The Arts of Social Change
         
        I just came back from the WOMEX conference in Germany, where I was completely energized by being party of an international community of people who were celebrating the diverse cultural contributions of people who draw from their local roots and send them out to the world.  To a person, every conversation that came up with a non-American pleaded for the US to do the right thing with this election.  It's shocking that Americans are so out of touch from world opinion, (or worse, that they are in touch with it and simply don't care) that they (re)-elected this administration.  I try to console myself with the knowledge that the Northeast of the US, which I call my home, rejected Bush soundly, and in Manhattan and the Bronx, Bush received less than 17% of the vote. I also console myself with the knowledge that over 600 of you came out to see Tinariwen, a Tuareg guitar band, maybe just to shut me up and stop nagging, but also because we have a curiosity and openness to different cultural expressions.  Thanks to all the incredible media support and friends who spread the word on this one.  it was an amazing send-off, and reaffirms why I do what I do.  While I am profoundly disappointed with my country, I am proud of my community.  In these days and years ahead, we must continue to return to our "home base" to be refueled and energized by the creative spirits which surround us, so that we can continue to fight against the oppressive regime that is causing so much damage to our country and to the world.
         
        So, in the spirit of returning to home base and refueling, we are thrilled to have Dr. Reagon's daughter, Toshi Reagon, a warrior herself, performing for two shows on Saturday night.  Toshi led the orchestra for the recent production of her mother's collaboration with Robert Wilson, The Temptation of St. Anthony at BAM, featuring lots of Joe's Pub faves including Carl Hancock Rux and Helga Davis, and we all know how incendiary and celebratory Toshi's concerts can be.  Come expecting to be refueled, and reenergized with a spirit of love and righteous anger.  And don't be surprised if it's a family affair at the early set.
         
        A few other notes, and I want to hit send, cause I know you all missed getting this last week while I was away.  It's more important than ever to keep an international perspective, so we don't get too myopic these days, so I am going to particularly mention some shows that take a global perspective.  Before I go there, let me steer you to the newly renovated Joe's Pub website - now with searchability by artist, date, genre, keyword - lots easier to find what you are looking for and buy tix, and we got some photos and press quotes - all kinds of goodies.  It's still a work in progress, and the email blast is next on the hit list, so look forward to getting your feedback. visist www.publictheater.org .
         
        Brazilian Music!  Unfortunately, tomorrow night's show with Monica Salmaso, which was on track to selling out, had to be cancelled due to illness.  We are looking for someone to play tomorrow night at 9:30, but no one confirmed yet. We'll try to get her back next time she comes to the US.
         
        We have added a few great Brazilian shows - Rob Curto, accordionist formerly of Forro in the Dark, has a great new forro band, and will be joined by several exponents of Nordestino styles, including Scott Kettner of Maracatu NY and Nation Beat and Jorge Martins of Cascabulho - expect a hardcore Brazilian dance party of baiao, coco and maracatu rhythms on Monday, November 15. On Sunday, November 21, the incredible Brazilian soul singer Ed Motta will perform two shows - he's a star in Brazil, and a concert I produced at Central Park SummerStage, where he opened for one of his idols, Roy Ayers, and ended up collaborating on about 4 songs, goes down as one of the favorite shows I've worked on.  He's an amazing talent, and if you know a Brazilian music or rare groove/soul fan, just ask them - this one is essential.  Finally, on Nov 24, the Brazilian indie-pop duo Mosquitoes finally make their way to Joe's Pub.  We've been trying to get them here for a while, and are thrilled it's finally happening.
         
        Mexico Now!  Joe's Pub is proud to be a part of Arts International's citywide celebration of contemporary Mexican performing and visual arts, and for our part, we have some of the finest in Mexican alternative and electronic music.  On Monday, November 15, Monterrey's Plastilina Mosh make a rare NYC appearance, bringing a sound that has been described as "the Beastie Boys meets Beck meets Cafe Tacuba".  They will do two shows at 9:30 and 11:30 . The following Monday, we present the NY debut of two groups from Guadalajara's Nopal Beat movement - Sweet Electra and God is My Name - Nopal Beat is to Guadalajara what Nortec is to Tijuana, with a bit more of a downtempo and deep house flavor.  And just added, one of our favorites, Ely Guerra, who celebrates her new record Sweet and Sour, Hot y Spicy .  Ely's previous solo shows at Joe's Pub have been magical, and we look forward to finally seeing her here with the full band.  Special thanks to Arts International, KCRW radio and La Banda Elastica for their support.
         
        Roots reggae!  We don't have a chance to present live reggae as much as we'd want, and are thrilled to have one of roots reggae's finest exponents - Morgan Heritage, in a special intimate show celebrating their newest album - their gospel inflected harmonies, and conscious messages are positive and uplifting.  Tickets are close to sold out, so don't wait.  Next Wednesday, Sally Timms, of the Mekons fame, brings her countrified solo project along with Johnny Dowd, followed by the Irish pub rocker Joe Hurley with his all-star band the Gents :James Mastro (Ian Hunter, John Cale), Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith), Kenny Margolis (Cracker).  And Saturday, Nov 13, Pharaoh's Daughter brings you on a pan-Mediterranean journey.
         
        And speaking of global journeys, I had the great pleasure of spinning in two European countries last week - Fabian and I brought the GlobeSonic party to Essen's Salsoteca last Wednesday, as an unofficial kick-off to WOMEX, and it was a great place to gather all our friends together before the conference kicked into full gear, and show off our new visuals from Casey Meade of Projectile Arts.  Special thanks to Christine, Alexander and Jan of WOMEX for helping set it up.  I also stopped through London on my way back, and at the last minute, Jonathan Walton of Oi Va Voi invited me down to spin with him at a great party, Costa Urbana at the Notting Hill Arts Club - great room, great crowd, great vibe, and felt frightfully like our home at nublu.  It was a terrific way to unwind from the conference craziness, and inspired by the rocking last day set by Mahala Rai Banda, I focused on Gypsy brass bands, and horn-drenched banda/cumbia/reggaeton jams, and I was very happy to see our good friends Susheela Raman and Sam Mills stop by to say hey. 
         
        Speaking of nublu, GlobeSonic will be back for the next in our monthly residency at Nublu on Saturday, November 13, and you can be sure I'll be dropping a bunch of new tracks I picked up last weekend - just going through the dozens of Cd's I picked up and already discovered some gems to share.  And we'll also have a special live set by Real Live Show, in a special birthday set. Real Live, who will be at Joe's Pub on November 30, bring a high energy show with two dope MC's Stimulus and Dionysus, backed by some of the funkiest instrumentalists on the NY scene. They've got a new CD Class Is In Session, released on Studio Distribution, now available at fine stores nationwide and online at www.studiodistribution.com/artist.php?id=67222   We look forward to seeing what sparks fly when we bring our two crowds together. 
         
        GlobeSonic
        Resident DJ's: Acidophilus and Derek Beres (and Fabian Alsultany in absentia this month)
        Live set from Real Live Show
        Saturday, November 13
        10 pm - close
        $5, free with email
        nublu
        62 ave c (between 4th and 5th Streets)
        NYC - a blue city in a blue state
         
        Lastly, those of you who get my e-blasts regularly know what I think of the brilliant songwriter Stew, who has made himself an artistic home at The Public Theater.  Not only do we present him in Joe's Pub and at the Joe's Pub in the Park at the Delacorte, but we have also commissioned a theater piece, which he is currently developing.  Stew spent a few weeks this summer at the Sundance Theater Lab, where we was the hit of Park City, and he's coming back to NY in week, to my old stomping grounds at Symphony SpaceStew will be bringing his entire 8 piece band to New York for the first time, playing songs never before performed in New York. Selections will be played from all of his 8 albums (including The Negro Problem!). A must see show for old-school fans and new ones alike. Musical co-direction by Heidi Rodewald. Two completely different shows: 7:30 and 9:30. Buy tix to both and receive a free drink!

        Tickets: $21; Seniors, Students: $18
        Venue: Leonard Nimoy Thalia; 95th street and Broadway 

        Tix: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=411&pid=5380672
         
        And Symphony Space has offered a special deal to people on my list: Buy a full-price ticket to one show and mention discount code TMUSTEW and receive a $10 ticket to the second show!
         
        Stew is an amazing writer and performer, and his music is filled with humor, anger, pain, joy and insight.  These shows should be very special.  Hope to see you there.
         

        All the best,
         
        Bill Bragin
        Director of Joe's Pub
        The Public Theater
        425 Lafayette Street
        New York, NY  10003
         
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        For show descriptions for the upcoming month, and weekly late night events, see below.

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        ASLYN / Thurs, November 4 [SOLD OUT]

        E.S.T. / Thurs, November 4

        Monica Salmaso / Fri, November 5

        Isaac Mizrahi / Fridays, November 5 & 12

        Toshi Reagon & Big Lovely / Sat, November 6

        Susan Egan in Concert: BroadwayWorld's Front and Center Series / Sun, November 7

        Cause Celeb! How To: Advice From The Stars! with special guests Charles Busch and Michael Musto / Sun, November 7

        Cerveris / Uncle Moon / Mon, November 8

        The Petersons / Mon, November 8

        Blood of Haiti/New World Movement Benefit for Relief Victims of Haiti / Mon, November 8

        Morgan Heritage: Full Circle CD Release / Tues, November 9

        Ihsan / Heston / Tues, November 9

        Sally Timms / Johnny Dowd / Wed, November 10

        Joe Hurley / Wed, November 10

        URB Magazine Private Party feat. Medusa, Airborne Audio, Jean Grae, DJ Kool Marv / Wed, November 10

        Vienna Teng w/ special guests Tammany Hall NYC (6:30pm) & Beth Wood (9pm) / Thurs, November 11

        Isaac Mizrahi / Fri, November 12

        Eric Andersen/ Fri, November 12

        Adam Pascal: Civilian CD Release / Sat, November 13 [SOLD OUT - 2nd show added 11/27]

        Pharaoh's Daughter / Sat, November 13

        The Peace Within Concert feat. Dorothy Scott, Sloan Wainwright, Julie Gold, Corky Siegel & Jean Feraca / Sun, November 14

        Katie Elevitch w/ special guest Jeff Brodnax / Sat, November 14

        Rob Curto's Forró Party Band: Musica Do Nordeste w/ guests Scott Kettner (Maracatu NY) & Jorge Martins (Cascabulho) / Mon, November 15

        KCRW.COM Presents:
        Plastilina Mosh (part of the Mexico Now Festival) / Mon, November 15

        The Just for Laughs Experience 2004 feat. Ted Alexandro, Bill Burr, Joey Elias, The Doo-Wops, hosted by Brent Butt / Tues, November 16

        Hot Karl: Before I Get Famous / Tues, November 16

        Glen Phillips with special guest Kyle Riabko / Wed, November 17

        ***Lord Have Mercy album release party feat. Pumpkinhead, Wordsworth, Punch and DJ J. Period / Wed, November 17

        Ian McLagan (of Small Faces) & The Bump Band / Thurs, November 18

        Kelly Joe Phelps / Thurs, November 18

        Richard Shindell with special guest Eliza Gilkyson / Fri and Sat, November 19-20

        Marion LoGuidice / Fri, November 19

        Odetta / Sat, November 20

        Ed Motta / Sun, November 21

        Jackie Hoffman and Kristine Zbornik: Together Again for the First Time / Mondays, November 22 & 29, December 6, 13, 20 & 27

        Sweet Electra and God is My Name (part of Mexico Now festival) / Mon, November 22

        Rich Price / Tues, November 23

        The Shorebirds / Tues, November 23

        Marta Topferova / Marta Gomez / Wed, November 24

        Mosquitos / Wed, November 24

        ***Francis Dunnery and David Sancious / Sat, November 26

        Brian Vander Ark / Fri, November 26

        Adam Pascal: Civilian / Sat, November 27

        Res / Sat, November 27

        Jackie Hoffman and Kristine Zbornik: Together Again for the First Time / Mondays, November 29, December 6, 13, 20 & 27

        ***Ely Guerra [part of the Mexico Now Festival] / Sun, November 28

        Edison Woods / Sarah Slean / Tues, November 30

        The Real Live Show / Tues, November 30

        Nancy Sinatra / Wed, December 1

        Fleurine feat. Jesse van Ruller & special guest Brad Mehldau: Fire CD Release / Thurs, December 2

        Tony Joe White / Thurs, December 2

        Luciana Souza: Celebrating Neruda / Sat, December 4

        Juliana Hatfield / Sat, December 4

        Jackie Hoffman and Kristine Zbornik: Together Again for the First Time / Mondays, December 6, 13, 20 & 27

        The Luminescent Orchestrii and Choir / Mon, December 6

        Isle of Klezbos / Tues, December 7

        BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet / Tues, December 7

        Raul Midon / Wed, December 8

        Keren Ann / Wed, December 8

        Nora York / Thurs, December 9

        ***Pheobe Legere: How the Accordian Saved the World / Thurs, December 9

        Lina Koutrakos / Fri, December 10

        One Ring Zero w/ special guests Rick Moody, Jonathan Ames, AM Homes & more / Fri, December 10

        Howard Fishman / Sat, December 11

        Rene Risque & The Art Lovers: The Annual Christmas Show and Hanukkah, Too / Sat, December 11

        Dan Moses Schreier and Dan Hurlin: The Shoulder CD Release / Sun, December 12

        ***Lapis Lazuli feat. Kurt Wolf (of Pussy Galore, Boss Hog, and Foetus Inc.) with special guest Retada / Sun, December 12

        Heather Greene / Mon, December 13

        Jackie Hoffman and Kristine Zbornik: Together Again for the First Time / Mondays, December 13, 20 & 27

        ***North Star Fund's 25th Anniversary Kickoff feat. William Cepeda and his International Septet / Tues, December 14

        YahZarah / Kameko: Evolutionary Alternative / Tues, December 14

        Jane Siberry w/ special guest Adrienne Pierce / Wed - Fri, December 15 - 17

        Tammy Faye Starlite: Tammy Does Loretta / Thurs, December 16

        BETTY: Snowbiz / Fri - Sun, December 17 - 19

        Mike Errico Holiday Show / Sat, December 18

        ***Jamie McGonnigal Presents: Miracle on Lafayette
        An Evening to Benefit God's Love We Deliver / Sun, December 19

        Jackie Hoffman and Kristine Zbornik: Together Again for the First Time / Mondays, December 20 & 27

        Imani Uzuri: Winter Solstice Holiday Concert / Mon, December 20

        Easter Rising written by Michael Arden / Tues, December 21

        Heeb Storytelling with Todd Barry, Jill Sobule and more / Wed, December 22

        Jackie Hoffman and Kristine Zbornik: Together Again for the First Time / Mon, December 27

        ***Steve Forbert / Sat & Sun, January 1 & 2

        ***Chris Smither / Fri, January 7

        globalFEST, feat. Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Eva Ayllon, Juana Molina, Lokua Kanza, Mory Kante, Noche Flamenca, feat. Soledad Barrio & Martin Santangelo, Ollabelle, Paris Combo, Rokia Traore, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Warsaw Village Band, Yoshida Brothers & DJ Rekha / Sat, January 8

        Antony and the Johnsons / Sun, January 9

        Marlo Marron / Sun, January 16

        Carolyn Hudson: Living In My Skin CD Release / Mon, January 17

        Katie Melua / Wednesday, January 19

        Lucy Kaplansky / Thursday-Friday, January 20-21

        Min Xiao-Fen: The Blue Pipa Trio Celebrates the Year of the Rooster / Sat, January 22

        ***Ralph's World / Sun, February 6

        ***Rhonda Vincent / Jim Lauderdale / Fri, March 18
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        UPCOMING PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTIONS
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        Thurs, November 4
        ASLYN
        7pm, SOLD OUT

        Thurs, November 4
        E.S.T.
        E.S.T. (the Esbjörn Svensson Trio) is phenomenal, acclaimed by Downbeat as "one of the hottest jazz acts in Europe today." A jazz trio, which sees itself as a pop band that plays jazz, E.S.T. breaks with the tradition of leader and sidemen in favor of equality within its members. Playing rock venues as well as the usual jazz clubs, in their native Sweden their music can be found in the pop-charts and their videos playing on MTV Scandinavia. Openness, curiosity, and a little bit of chance are all a part of pianist Esbjörn Svensson's artistic foundation. With their unique soundscape, combining jazz with drum 'n' bass, electronic elements, funk, and pop and rock as well as European Classical music, E.S.T.'s audience spans from the classic jazz-fans to the youngest Hip Hop fans. The 2002 release "Strange Place for Snow" has broken all records as far as awards are concerned: The German Jazz Award, the German Critics Award for "Best Jazz Album of the Year", the Guiness Jazz in Europe Award, the Choc l'annee by the French Jazzman magazine, and the Victoire de la Musique (French Grammy) in the category "Best International Act" proving that this band is "the trio of the decade" (London Times). Their latest album Seven Days of Falling is proving to be another sensation. "Toeing a surprisingly fine line between acoustic-jazz accessibility and electronic-music ingenuity, E.S.T. is a forward-thinking Swedish trio that adds subtle, dark ambient texture (and then some) to the traditional piano-trio format...well-constructed tunes with catchy, often-lilting melodies...they bring in some simple folk music balladry, add some classical music complexity, and even touch on the creeping influence of electro rock à la Radiohead." -Amazon www.hopper-management.com 9:30pm, $15 advance/$20 at door

        Fridays, November 5 & 12
        ISAAC MIZRAHI
        "Isaac is a fabulous singer and a consummate musician." -Mrs. Sarah Mizrahi.
        Following the success of his recent appearances at Joe's Pub, featured on his show on Oxygen TV, fashion designer and TV personality Isaac Mizrahi sings his head off for four special fall shows. Featuring jazz pianist and rising star Ben Waltzer and his quintet, it's not something you can afford to miss. www.target.com 7:30pm, $20

        Fri, November 5
        MONICA SALMASO
        With beauty and rapport as her primary criteria, Monica Salmaso, the lyric soul of Brazil, demonstrates that she is an artist who not only strives to reach the audience, to move it emotionally, but who also does so with only the finest material. Part of what sets Salmaso apart is her canny choice of material, with an emphasis on ballads that showcase her "gorgeous, quintessentially Brazilian voice." -New York Times. She draws her repertoire from many of Brazil's greatest songwriters, such as Dorival Caymmi, Chico Buarque, Djavan, Ary Barroso, though some of her most effective pieces are folk songs that she renders timeless. At a time when many Brazilian music lovers are worried about the rise of throw away pop music dominating the radio, Salmaso shows that there's still plenty of room on the airwaves for beauty. "Her voice is a fluent and beautifully colored instrument." -Billboard www.monicasalmaso.mus.br 9:30pm, $20

        Sat, November 6
        TOSHI REAGON & BIG LOVELY
        Singer Toshi Reagon calls to mind classic R&B artists, like Stevie Wonder or Prince, and old school rock groups like Led Zeppelin; she can take any style, update it, and make it her own with incredible ease. Despite (or because of) her genre-bending, Toshi fits comfortably on a stage with any of the Lilith artists, at Carnegie Hall, in a dirty rock club or in a hip, downtown boite. Of her innovative rock crossed with soul-influenced, blues-tinged folk, Interview magazine raved, "Anyone who thinks rock is a dead medium need only listen to the music of Toshi Reagon and her almighty band Big Lovely." Most people would just tell you that to truly understand how Toshi can seamlessly transcend all of these genres, you have to check her out live. "Oh, that voice ...devotees know they've born witness to one of the great voices of this generation." -Village Voice www.toshireagon.com 7:30 & 9:30pm, $20

        Sun, November 7
        SUSAN EGAN in Concert: BroadwayWorld's Front and Center Series
        7pm, SOLD OUT

        Sun, November 7
        Cause Celeb! How To: Advice From The Stars! with special guests CHARLES BUSCH and MICHAEL MUSTO
        CAUSE CELEB! is a cult downtown hit alternative cabaret series that features interpretive readings of celebrity autobiographies. Created by Nancy Balbirer and Charlotte Booker, each themed evening draws from the most sensational (and often salacious) passages of starry tomes, to
        hilariously dramatic effect. November 7th's theme is HOW TO: ADVICE FROM THE STARS! and includes sage tidbits from some of Hollywood's Greats, Near-Greats and Not-So-Greats. Learn how to have the perfect bowel movement from Marilu Henner! Jot down diet tips from Liz Taylor! Impress friends with Tommy Lee's rules for pleasuring a woman and much, much more! Come see the show Next Magazine proclaimed "Easily the most fabulous 'must-see' of New York nightlife!" With seven performers including Ms. Balbirer and Ms. Booker, and special guest stars Charles Busch (as Arlene Dahl) and Michael Musto (as Paris Hilton). 9:30pm, $15

        Mon, November 8
        CERVERIS / UNCLE MOON
        Singer/songwriter Michael Cerveris' career straddles the disparate worlds of theatre and indie rock. Tonight, joined by a powerful rock band plus string quartet, Cerveris focuses on material from his ferocious and fragile solo debut album, dog eared, which "...turns pathos into pop redemption" (Amplifier). The Tony Award-winning actor and rock musician Cerveris -- former frontman of British band Retriever (Hinterlands) and the U.S. group Lame, as well as touring guitarist/vocalist on Bob Mould's '98 US/UK "Dog and Pony Show" sojourn -- originated the title role in the Broadway hit Tommy and in the late 90s, he starred in the smash cult hit Hedwig and the Angry Inch on London's West End, in New York Off-Broadway, and in Los Angeles, and most recently, on Broadway in Sondheim and Weidman's "Assassins". On his new deeply personal and passionate album, recorded with friends including Corin Tucker and Janet Weiss of Sleater-Kinney, Laura Cantrell, The Posies' Ken Stringfellow and Sonic Youth's Steve Shelley, Cerveris highlights his versatile hook-filled songwriting, emotionally resonant vocals and subtle arrangements. "...this is the very model of the modern Breakup Record.with its emphasis on acoustic guitars, uncertain melodies and hushed, tremulous singing, Dog Eared most recalls the work of the late Elliott Smith." -Time Out NY www.cerveris.com
        Uncle Moon weaves an eclectic variety of music drawing on the unique possibilities of instrumentation consisting of guitar, accordion, violin, saxophone and double bass and as a result has been called everything from "Kurt Weill at the Grand Ol' Opry" to "the closest that performance art music has come to moonshine." Performing special arrangements of material by a melange of artists that include Django Rheinhardt, Thelonius Monk, Velvet Underground, and The Butthole Surfers, as well as their impressive original material Uncle Moon provides a sound experience that audiences will not soon forget. 7pm, $15

        Mon, November 8
        THE PETERSONS
        The Petersons, upstate New York's favorite rock and roll family, are back to blow the roof off Joe's Pub. The metaphorical roof, that is...the actual roof's far too valuable. The Petersons are Adam Stein, Keira Naughton, Matt Saldivar, Evan Robertson and Pete Simpson, and they always come prepared with a completely new show and surprise special guests. Previous drop-ins include Academy Award winner Paul Newman, Tony Award winners James Naughton and Robert Sean Leonard, Emmy Award nominee Michael C. Hall, superstar John Cameron Mitchell, and many many more. Described by The New York Times as "a hipster theater mock-rock group with a devoted following," The Petersons will bring you the gift of laughter, the gift of musical bliss, and most important of all...the gift of eternal salvation. If you don't believe it, come on down and see for yourself. "One of the funniest, most original shows in town" -Time Out New York 9:30pm, $15

        Mon, November 8
        BLOOD OF HAITI/NEW WORLD MOVEMENT BENEFIT FOR RELIEF VICTIMS OF HAITI
        Haitian Hip Hop Artists come together Jules, Mecca, Martilee, Negnoir Army, Lyon Paw, Ella Turenne and others. Hosted by Won-G. And a screening of documentary by Danny Glover: "Sove Nou".
        The First Land Movement is an organization aimed at working to bring the hip hop community together to raise support for issues concerning the world community. The movement's ultimate goal is to help raise money that will buy food, books and other supplies to help rebuild communities across the Globe. The First Land Movement will raise awareness through benefit concerts, rallies, fundraisers and other events. Performances, however, are just one aspect of raising money for these causes. Corporate and private donors are also urged to help the cause. www.negoirrecords.com | www.firmcleo.net 11pm, $15 and accepted donations, clothing, food, etc.

        Tues, November 9
        MORGAN HERITAGE: Full Circle CD Release
        Morgan Heritage is more than just a legendary reggae band. They're a revolution, a family, a force of nature, and a crew of five independent artists on a musical mission. With "Full Circle," their seventh album for VP Records, Morgan Heritage connects with reggae's past while blazing an uncharted path into a musical future beyond categorization. "...the favorite reggae band of today's skater kids, eschewing trendiness for roots sounds and Rasta messages, and sealing the deal with achingly beautiful sibling harmonies second to none in Jamaican music." -All Music Guide. 7pm, $20

        Tues, November 9
        IHSAN / HESTON
        Manhattan born, Jersey bred, and Brooklyn steeped Ihsan rhymes, sings, chants, and rocks the crowd to the sway of her hips. Having performed and dominated the New York spoken - word and underground club scenes, Ihsan has spread her wings to write her self-titled debut album which features her signature hits "Black" and "Bones." On it, Ihsan combines the bluesy funk quality of Jill Scott with the expansive imagination of Erykah Badu, and reminds listeners what good music is all about. Don't miss this chance to let Ihsan teach you how to groove at Joe's Pub.
        World-soul artist, Heston, brings it back to NY after a crazy summer! From sharing the stage with Angie Stone and George Clinton at Atlanta's famed Midtown Music Festival to opening a performance with Van Hunt and Kanye West at the On-The-Bricks Festival in front of 35,000 people, Heston has been spreading the love and his music to the masses. Following the incredible response both nationally and internationally from his self-titled EP, Heston is completing production on his forthcoming album - due out in early 2005. Heston is excited to get back to the intimate setting at one of his favorite clubs - Joe's Pub. This event is proudly supported by Sista Factory www.sistafactory.com 9:30pm, $12

        Wed, November 10
        SALLY TIMMS / JOHNNY DOWD
        Sally Timms, best known for her involvement with the Mekons, continues to define alt-country in her newest recording In The World of Him (Touch and Go). The album, recorded with Johnny Dowd showcases songs written by men and sung from their perspective - featuring songs by Ryan Adams, Mark Eitzel, Kevin Coyne and more. "Timms blends rapture and disenchantment in a way that recalls those old cliches about why caged birds sing. Her voice, a secretive murmur refined by her native English accent, is the stuff of lullabies. But her knowing stance pulls back from that intimacy with a sweet sadness." -New York Times http://nytimes.com/2004/09/27/arts/music/27choi.html
        "There's intense and there's Johnny Dowd. He's Nick Cave with a hangover. Hank's lonesome whistle spat through Waits's grinder, with Beefheart on the side, coming on like a flu-ridden Texan undertaker singing broken folk laments for a dead dog he never cared much for anyway...his cracked larynx, jagged guitar and spooky organ possessed of something quite unnerving, eking out gothic tales laced with tar-black humour." -Time Out London 7pm, $12/$20 for combination ticket with Joe Hurley 9:30pm show

        Wed, November 10
        JOE HURLEY
        As the leader of longtime NYC favorites Rogue's March, Joe Hurley has released several critically acclaimed CDs, and performed with the likes of Marianne Faithfull, Amy Rigby, Sally Timms, Martha Wainwright,and Shane MacGowan. The combination of Hurley's heartfelt vocal quality and his flair for cinematic storytelling has been recognized and captured on record by producers such as Tony Visconti( Bowie), Rob Fraboni (Stones) and PJ Harvey. For this special night at Joe's Pub, Hurley will be backed by The Gents, a sublime cast of NYC allstars, including Tony Shanahan (Patti Smith), James Mastro (John Cale, Ian Hunter), Kenny Margolis (Cracker) and Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate) -- Joe and The Gents will be playing songs culled from his forthcoming CD an eclectic mix of stripped-down ballads, music-hall flavored sing-alongs, and flat-out stinging r&r...Expect very special guests. "Joe Hurley is one of New York's most entertaining frontmen - His distinctive vocals can be raucous as all get-out, and as sorrowful as a baritone can be" -Village Voice www.roguesmarch.com 9:30pm, $12/$20 for combination ticket with Sally Timms 7pm show

        Thurs, November 11
        VIENNA TENG w/ special guests Tammany Hall NYC (6:30pm) & Beth Wood (9pm)
        With her graceful melodies and evocative lyrics, Vienna -- "a love child of Chopin and Sarah McLachlan" (San Jose Mercury News) -- has garnered critical acclaim and a rapidly growing legion of fans throughout the world. Her first album "Waking Hour" took Vienna from anonymity to fame in a few short months, and her newest release "Warm Strangers" produced by David Henry (REM, Cowboy Junkies, Josh Rouse) and mixed by Roger Moutenot (Roseanne Cash, Guster, Joseph Arthur) promises to take her to the next level. "Sharp and poetic...smart and layered songcraft." -Washington Post www.viennateng.com
        Formed in Manhattan in 1997 by singer/songwriter Steve O'Reilly and guitarist/producer Matt Anthony and later joined by drummer Dave Femia and Bassist Rod Quevedo, Tammany Hall NYC hasn't stopped making great music. "At a time when more-calculating-than-thou Pop cynicism has taken over the radio, singer Steve O'Reilly's naked emotion hits like a shot of whiskey." -San Fransisco Bay Guardian www.tammanyhallnyc.com
        Having grown up in Lubbock, Texas, Beth Wood is classically trained in piano, violin, harp and voice. After spending two years studying voice and piano at Brevard College in North Carolina, Beth moved on to The University of Texas, where she picked up a degree in Literature and her first guitar. Teaching herself guitar, she joined a band and became part of the Austin music scene. After a few years of playing around Austin in her band, and then in a duo, Beth kissed her day-job goodbye and returned to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina to pursue music full-time. The natural beauty of her surroundings provided inspiration while the supportive community helped Beth to become a stand-out in the Asheville songwriters' community. Now an established singer/songwriter, she occasionally resides in Arlington, Texas, while continuously touring to support her five independent releases. www.bethwoodmusic.com 6:30 & 9pm, $15

        Fri, November 12
        ISAAC MIZRAHI
        [see 11/5 for full info] 7:30pm, $20

        Fri, November 12
        ERIC ANDERSEN
        Eric Andersen's songs, voice, and guitar have created a career, spanning over 30 years, that includes 21 albums of original songs, and numerous tours of North America, Europe, and Japan. His songs have been recorded by artists all over the world, including Judy Collins, Fairport Convention, Peter Paul and Mary, Rick Nelson, Linda Ronstadt, The Grateful Dead, and Francoise Hardy. "Andersen is one of America's finest lyric-poet songwriters...he stands with his contemporaries Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell - as one of the few remaining pioneers of the 60's singer/songwriter movement continuing to do important work." -Aquarian Weekly 9:30pm, $20

        Sat, November 13
        ADAM PASCAL: Civilian CD Release
        7pm, SOLD OUT
        *2nd show added November 27!

        Sat, November 13
        PHARAOH'S DAUGHTER
        This evening will open with a composition by oud player, Basya Schechter, funded in part by NYSCA, and featuring a small Arabic orchestra, musically directed by Bassam Saba, virtuoso ney, oud and violin player in Simon Shaheen's ensemble. The rest of the program features Pharaoh's Daughter, who debuted this year at Summerstage, and who the Village Voice describes as "totally beautiful...stitching torah to indo to jazz to pop...balancing spirituality with cultural pluralism." 9:30pm, $12 in advance/$15 at the door

        Sun, November 14
        THE PEACE WITHIN CONCERT feat. Dorothy Scott, Sloan Wainwright, Julie Gold, Corky Siegel, and Jean Feraca
        The "Peace Within" project rocks Public Radio with four 4 powerful singer-songwriters. Dorothy Scott is a versatile singer/songwriter who delivers naked soul and honesty with an intoxicatingly passionate vibe, and has been compared to Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and Jeff Buckley. Sloan Wainwright holds a beautiful musical style that melds the best of rock, folk, jazz and blues to a soulful hybrid. Julie Gold is best known as the writer of "From A Distance: (winning the Grammy for song of the year in 1990. Corky Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world's greatest blues harmonica masters. Special guest, Jean Feraca from Wisconsin Public Radio, will open the show with her award winning essay "Crossing the Great Divide" , which speaks of the power of radio to connect people across boundaries. The "Peace Within" concert series is a nation wide project which is designed to strengthen and support public and independent radio stations across the nation. 7pm, $20

        Sun, November 14
        KATIE ELEVITCH w/ special guest Jeff Brodnax
        Recently chosen as a Village Voice Choice by music editor Chuck Eddy and called a "positively riveting talent" by The Big Takeover, Katie Elevitch is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose songs and live band shows lure you into a sonic devotional journey across lush landscapes of groove heavy rock, soul, folk and jazz. Her debut album, Now Is The Destination, which will be released this December, was produced by Tony Maimone and was proclaimed "the kick-ass side of fuck yeah" by Obie-award winning playwright and Giant Step recording artist, Carl Hancock Rux. With Jonathan Maron (Groove Collective) bass, Tim Vaill, drums and Riley McMahon, guitar. www.KatieElevitch.com | www.NowIsTheDestination.com
        The former front man of world-renowned black rock band 24-7 Spyz and the funk-based band Egypt, Jeff Brodnax creates luscious, symphonic scale songs of love and loss using only the barest of necessities: his voice and guitar. Jeff currently soothes souls in the NYC subway tunnels. www.cdbaby.com/brodnax 9:30pm, $10

        Mon, November 15
        ROB CURTO'S FORRó PARTY BAND: Musica Do Nordeste w/ guests Scott Kettner (Maracatu NY) and Jorge Martins (Cascabulho)
        "Música do Nordeste" -- an evening of Brazilian music from special Northeast region. Featuring Rob Curto's energetic Forró Band and special guests Scott Kettner, members of his groups Maracatu NY and Nation Beat ensemble, and Jorge Martins of Cascabulho, from Recife, Brazil. This show will be a special collaboration combining elements of Forró, the accordion-driven dance music of the northeast of Brazil, with Maracatu and other rhythms from the state Pernambuco, home of Jorge Martins from the popular band Cascabulho. Maracatu, originally linked to the election of a "King of the Congo" by the African slaves in Brazil is a super-energetic, percussive and syncopated form of music, which remains popular in Brazil and, along with Forró is becoming recognized throughout the world. Don't miss this special performance. 7:30pm, $12

        Mon, November 15
        KCRW.COM Presents:
        PLASTILINA MOSH
        part of the Mexico Now Festival
        With comparisons to Beck, Air and Buffalo Daughter, Plastilina Mosh's breezy post-mod hip-pop music, mixing English and Spanish lyrics, perfectly reflects a kind of bordertown internationalism...in one word "sleazydiscofunkpunk-newwavehiphop". The Monterrey, Mexico duo - Juan José "Jonaz" González and Alejandro Rosso - come together in an unusual group with an uncommon name which comes from the sonic combination of two dissimilar words that exemplify the members' personalities: visceral opposites. Their breakthrough single "Niño Bomba" was the first rock-en-Español clip ever added to MTV's rotation. Over the years, they have worked with a who's who of the Latin and Anglo alternative worlds, from Café Tacuba to the Beta Band's producer Chris Allison, to Beastie Boys' Money Mark. After along break, P-Mosh's released their third album, "Hola Chicuelos", which again captures P-Mosh's freshness and sense of humor, with guest appearances by Asian massive percussionist Karsh Kale, Brazilian singer Pat C, amd Maurizio Terracina of Zurdok. "Boombastic beats, over-the-top rapping in Spanglish, and a fair share of salsa, funk, and lounge-jazz thrown in to boot...Beck can't rock the house as convincingly and fiercely as Plastilina Mosh...edgy but not humorless, keeping one foot on the dance floor and one in the mosh pit." -Pitchfork. www.plastilinamosh.com.mx
        This concert is presented in association with the Mexico Now, a citywide festival of contemporary Mexican arts and culture, which presents the work of over 100 Mexican filmmakers, architects, writers, dance, theater, music, and visual artists at 30 of New York City's leading arts venues in November 2004. Mexico Now is a project of Arts International, the nation's only nonprofit organization solely devoted to international arts exchange. More information available at www.mexiconowfestival.org. Flights provided courtesy of the Secretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de México. 9:30 & 11:30pm, $20

        Tues, November 16
        THE JUST FOR LAUGHS EXPERIENCE 2004 feat. Ted Alexandro, Bill Burr, Joey Elias and The Doo-Wops, hosted by Brent Butt
        Join us for a raucous evening of comedy featuring a line-up of stand-out stand-ups from Montreal's Just For Laughs, the world's largest and most prestigious comedy festival. Hosted by Brent Butt, star of the hit CTV sitcom Corner Gas, and featuring the talents of Bill Burr, from Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show", Ted Alexandro, NY comedy club circuit veteran whose numerous television appearances include "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Late Show with David Letterman", the unique blend of song and satire from rising Canadian comedy team The Doo Wops, and Montrealer Joey Elias, who lost a bet 12 years ago and was forced onto the comedy stage. Now, he has no less than seven appearances at the Just For Laughs Festival and appeard on the 2003 cross-Canada tour. He made a colossal splash during his outstanding performance at the 2002 Just For Laughs Gala. He has recently appeared on MTV's Road Rules. A truly "best of" evening that is not to be missed. www.hahaha.com 7pm, $15

        Tues, November 16
        HOT KARL: Before I Get Famous
        When hip-hop began its attack on mainstream culture in the mid-80's, it found itself in some pretty strange neighborhoods. It started to influence kids that the music was never intended for. Shows like Yo! MTV Raps and national tours from Run DMC brought rap music to uncharted territories never thought of during its birth in the hood. This is when the suburbs discovered rap music. And so did Hot Karl. As Karl continues his attempt to "make hip-hop fun," he never focuses on the morbid and fake world of guns, jewels and money that is the current trend in urban music. "I'm only going to speak about things I know," Karl explains. "My keeping it real is much different than most other MC's." Destined to be voice of the suburbs, Hot Karl attempts to introduce his upbringing and signature humor to the mainstream through rap. His forthcoming album on BBE/Headless Heroes features production and guest appearances from DJ Quik, Will.I.Am, 9th Wonder, Ayatollah, C-Minus, MC Serch, Jamey Staub, Reggie Watts and Mayru. 9:30pm, $10 advance/$12 at door

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