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  • Bill Bragin
    Thanks again to everyone who supported our benefit with ticket purchases or just donations. Please don t respond to this email - I am leaving town momentarily
    Message 1 of 68 , Jun 5, 2003
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      Thanks again to everyone who supported our benefit with ticket purchases or just donations.
       
      Please don't respond to this email - I am leaving town momentarily for a week away.  When I return, I will be djing the Opening Night benefit for Celebrate Brooklyn, following their concert by Joan Armatrading, in my Acidophilus mode, but spinning lots of classic soul, funk, and 80's as well as some world music.  Should be great fun.  If you want to support this great organization, pelase consider becoming a Friend of CB. You get great perks including reserved seats, access to the Friends Tent, receptions with the artists and tix to a benefit concert. Here is the link www.brooklynx.org/celebrate/friend.asp.  It's a great schedule this summer.
       
      Also a great schedule at my old stomping grounds, Central Park SummerStage.  check www.summerstage.org for their schedule.
       
      Have a great week, and see you at Joe's Pub when I return - maybe at Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson, in a reading of her solo play.
       
       

       
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      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
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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
      6/8 Selector Ras Kush creates a night of dub that spans from roots to steppers.

      Coming June 15th - New Weekly Party!
      SPICE
      Damon Degraff hosts a night of sexy caribbean beats with DJ Eric La Peau keeping the vibe smooth. Sponsored by Clarendon.

      Monday
      6/16 Nina Hagen: Talkschau
      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 including Jane County and Shequida. Ticket price includes afterparty with Nina and the cast and a surprising guest DJ.

      6/23 BALKAN BEAT feat. Fanfare Ciocarlia
      Those crazy Serbian anarchists are at it again. Vlada and Milos host another frenzy night featuring Fanfare Ciocarlia. Giving a whole new definition to "speed metal", Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia sets off a musical fireworks display, with an unbelievable talent for intricate rhythms and dizzying tempos. Hit performers of the recent Gypsy Caravan tour, these twelve Romany Gypsies play music has been handed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. There is no sheet music. Traditional dances from Romania and rhythms from Turkey, Bulgaria, and Macedonia collide with current melodies from movies from Hollywood to Bollywood as well as international radio hits adapted to Fanfare Ciocarlia's very own style. "Alarmingly fast, the volume startlingly loud, seeming to posses enough muscle to meet any challenge. " -Rootsworld www.fanfare-ciocarlia.com

      Tuesday: Eclectic Ride
      NYC's best underground soul artists perform the music in honor of the phenomenal artists that have gone before. 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 more information email erparty@....
      6/10 Dom and Black Ant
      6/17 Freedom and Star 69

      Wednesday: 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.

      Fri & Sat, June 6 & 7 * Henry Threadgill *
      Shows at 7:30 & 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Composer, multi-instrumentalist, organizer, and bandleader, Henry Threadgill has been a seminal figure in the vanguard of contemporary instrumental music since the early '70s. He has created a body of work that is firmly routed in America's black music tradition and incorporates forms and instruments historically associated with chamber or orchestral music. Threadgill's music has been performed by the highly acclaimed instrumental ensembles, including Air, Sextett, Very Very Circus, Society Situation Dance Band, X-75, Make a Move, and his current group Zooid. To growing number of musicians, listeners, and critics, Henry Threadgill's music is the most exciting in today's jazz avant-garde, the freshest breeze capable of ruffling the music's neo-conservative mainstream.

      Sun, Jun 8 * They Might Be Giants' Quarterly Report: Apollo 18 *
      Shows at 7 & 9:30 pm, Tickets: Sold Out.

      Mon & Tues, June 9 & 10 * Sarah Harmer *
      Shows at 9:15pm on 6/9 and 7pm on 6/10, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $18
      Blessed with one of the most natural, distinctive voices of the decade, Sarah is a multi-talented down to earth Canadian singer/songwriter whose music offers a rich fusion of roots, pop and folk.

      Tues, June 10 * Billy Martin's Turntable Sessions with DJ Olive, Min Xiao Fen and Zafer Tawil *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      The Turntable Sessions are an ongoing project of Medeski Martin and Wood drummer Billy Martin and Limor Tomer, exploring the world of controlled improvisation, featuring some of New York's top hip-hop, jazz and experimental musicians. Each Session features a different DJ performing duets over the course of the evening with several different guests, from horn and string players to keyboardists and vocalists, allowing the audience to have an intimate and direct experience with the DJ, as he or she creates a sonic environment and interacts with an acoustic instrument or voice. Tonight, illy B collaborates with DJ Olive, the Audio Janitor; Chinese pipa player Min Xiao Fen; and Palestinian drummer and violinist Zafer Tawil. www.amuletrecords.com

      Wed & Thurs, June 11 & 12 * Erin McKeown: Grand CD Release with Special Guests Nellie McKay (6/11) and Felix McTeigue (6/12) *
      Shows at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      Combining the acerbic wit of Randy Newman, the innovative stylings of Bjork and Liz Phair, and the intricate arrangements of Elvis Costello, she has built a substantial fan base in the true troubadour fashion of touring. Erin's latest record displays a wonderful and diverse palate, pulling its mood from straight up pop n' roll, to New Orleans jazz to folk, fractured blues and more. "A postmodern sensibility and enough crafty phrase-twisting to make Elvis Costello blush." -Providence Phoenix www.erinmckeown.com
      Wunderkind Nellie McKay is quickly becoming a growing cult sensation for her quirky songs steeped in the classic pop of Tin Pan Alley and the Brill Building, filtered through a post-Eminem sensibility. Time Out NY raves that McKay "Infiltrates her material with a roguish lyrical bite reminiscent of Randy Newman. One of New York's most intriguing performers she is a dynamite piano player and pitch-perfect vocalist. Stylistically, McKay is like a living, breathing White Album." -Time Out NY www.antifolk.net/artists/nelliemckay/
      NYC based Felix McTeigue combines literate lyrics with a left-of-center sensibility, and has an ability to pack so much honesty and humor into songs that are at first glance disarmingly simple. A disciple of the Ron Sexsmith school of songwriting, Felix's music has been called a cross between Neil Young and Willie Nelson. www.felixwebsite.com

      Wed, June 11 * Joel Harrison: Free Country *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      ACT recording artist Joel Harrison's new project, "Free Country" unleashes Appalachian and Old Country tunes in utterly original ways, inspiring the London Times to call it "the most singular musical vision you are likely to encounter this year." Guitarist and vocalist Harrison presents a sonic view of America unlike any other. Timeless tunes are reborn via magnificent arrangements and unpredictable improvisation - a whole new genre is created, with a stellar ensemble featuring David Binney - sax, sampler; Rob Thomas - violin; Rob Burger - accordion, piano; Jen Chapin - voice; Stephan Crump - acoustic bass; Dan Weiss - Drums and Todd Isler - hand percussion "Drags American roots out of the campfire singalong into the solar system." - Village Voice www.joelharrison.com

      Thurs & Fri, June 12 & 13 * The Chanteuse Club: Hosted by Maggie Moore, with Joy Askew, Gail Ann Dorsey and Kate Pierson *
      Shows at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Following their acclaimed NY debut at Joe's Pub in January, The Chanteuse Club returns with an acoustic evening of solo performances. Ringleader Maggie Moore, of the hit Off-Broadway musical Hedwig and the Angry Inch, is joined by Kate Pierson of the world famous pop group the B-52's; Gail Ann Dorsey, bassist and vocalist for David Bowie; and vocalist/keyboardist Joy Askew (Echo, Joe Jackson and Peter Gabriel), to create a rare, intimate acoustic evening of music separately and together, accompanied by Rob Arthur on piano. Join the Chanteuses for what promises to be an unforgettable evening of songs performed by four very different artists, who each take their turn bringing you some of their favorite covers and originals.

      Fri, June 13 * Yeardley Smith (of the Simpsons): The Good Life *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      "What do you do when you wake up one morning and realize your life isn't going exactly according to plan?" Apparently, some people write their own show. If they are as witty and original as actress Yeardley Smith (perhaps best-known as the voice of Lisa Simpson on The Simpsons), then lots of people are glad they did and come to hear them read it at Joe's Pub! Currently being developed at Voice & Vision Theater, The Good Life follows Yeardley's darkly comic journey through the extremes of her life both in and out of show-biz. It is slated for performance later in June at The Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival (at 45 Bleecker Theatre). Come and hear this lively reading of a work-in-progress. Directed by Jean Wagner with dramaturgy by Wendy Weckwerth.

      Sat, June 14 * Tom Burris with Special Guest Jim's Big Ego *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $10
      Known for impeccable song-craft and shows with an almost manic energy, singer-songwriter Tom Burris plays music from his recent release, For Sale (Tomato). Former leader of Boston cult faves Jabbering Trout, Tom's solo work showcases his rare lyrical control, musical inventiveness, and unique point of view, in hummable story songs about sailors and outlaws, farmers
      and pregnant teens. As Burris's producer John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer and Ben Folds Five), puts it: "Tom has the killer combo of beautiful, heartfelt songs delivered by a compassionate and compelling voice." www.tomburris.com
      Jim's Big Ego is an inventive trio of upright bass, guitar and drums from the hub of Boston based around the genius of songwriter, poet and cafe lurker Jim Infantino. The band creates a sound that can best be described as "UnPop" - not your ordinary top 40 stuff, but a combination of infectious songs and smart lyrics that aims to move your head as well as your hips and heart. www.bigego.com

      Sat, June 14 * Devendra Banhart *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      Born in Texas. 1981. Then, to Caracas, Venezuela. Teen years spent in Encinal Canyon, California. San Francisco for art school. Known to play weddings, and Ethiopian restaurants. Finally settles in New York. Is poor as shit. Feels that Mississippi John Hurt, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Karen Dalton, Vashti Bunyan and Fred Neil are the most important musicians there ever was, thank god for them. Welcome to Devendra Banhart's world. "His eerie, wavery voice and stream-of-consciousness songs reach back to the childlike surrealism of some of psychedelia's most beloved oddballs, like Marc Bolan and Syd Barrett." -New York Times

      Sun, June 15 * M2S: Morelenbaum2 / Sakamoto: Paula Morelenbaum, Jaques Morelenbaum & Ryuichi Sakamoto *
      Shows at 7 & 9pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $35
      "I cant remember hearing better amplified sound in a small club. It was a wonder." -9/02, Ben Ratliff, New York Times. Recorded in a single day, A Day in New York catches the collaboration of the trio Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto at its finest only hours after the last live performance of an acclaimed international tour following the release of Casa, its recording of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Jaques and Paula Morelenbaum, who are husband and wife, have long associations with Jobim, Veloso, Gilberto and Sakamoto. The recording of their first CD under the group name Morelenbaum2/Sakamoto, Casa in Jobim's home in Rio de Janeiro came about after an impromptu jam session at the end of an international tour for Sakamoto. In touring the world to support their release of Casa, the trio, joined by guitarist Luiz Brasil and percussionist Marcelo Costa, discovered that they had reached a new level of collaboration in Jobim's music. The new recording not only features classics from Antonio Carlos Jobim, but also honors two other Brazilian legends João Gilberto and Caetano Veloso. Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Tango" makes an appearance here as well. The group makes a return to Joe's Pub for two special shows. www.adayinnyc.com

      Mon, June 16 * Akiko Yano Trio *
      Shows at 7:30 & 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      Japanese Pop Star, Akiko Yano, performs with her longtime trio band which consists of legendary Anthony Jackson on contrabass guitar and Cliff Almond on drums. The trio was formed in 1996, and have been touring all over Japan every year since. Scheduled trio performance in February turned into a last-minute duo performance due to the heavy snow storm, so this will be their first performance ever together outside of Japan. It is a great chance to see and hear Akiko jammin' with her band... definitely a must-see show!

      Tues, June 17 * Omar * with special guest DJ Scribe *
      Shows at 7:30 & 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20 in advance, $23 at door
      Omar has been hailed as a pioneer of nu-classic soul. Heralding the rise of a homegrown British soul scene when he emerged in the early 90's, over the past decade Omar has received massive critical acclaim both in Europe and the U.S. He is the only British artist to be unanimously recognized as a major influence to an entire generation of black American acts including D'Angelo, Maxwell, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu (who has called him "one of my favorite artists ever" and duets with Omar on the current album), and even Stevie Wonder, with whom he has also collaborated. Now signed to France's Naive Records, Omar's fifth and aptly titled album "BEST BY FAR" showcases his vision of mixing soul with classical, funk and jazz arrangements, infusing slamming beats and gorgeous strings with with the spiritual depth of soul music. "A songwriter who values classic form, a singer whose phrases are instincively seductive" -GQ www.omarmusic.net

      Wed, June 18 * Hem: A Performance to benefit The New York Civil Liberties Union *
      Show at 6:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $30
      In 2002, Hem "established itself as one of the most promising new acts of the decade." Thus wrote one critic in praise Hem's debut album "Rabbit Songs". The album and Hem's live performances across the country -- have drawn raves from the music press and have led the band to a major-label record deal with Dreamworks. The band's music is full of lush textures,steeped in centuries of American tradition, yet entirely contemporary. As the Boston Phoenix put it, Hem's music "is full of quiet interweaving melodies that are elegant, eloquent, and anodyne. It evokes a pastoral yesteryear that was simpler, more beautiful." Hem is donating all of its proceeds from the show to the New York Civil Liberties Union. The New York Civil Liberties Union is one of the nation's foremost defenders of civil liberties and civil rights. Founded in 1951 as the New York affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union, the NYCLU is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization with nearly 30,000 members across the state. The NYCLU defends and promotes the fundamental principles and values embodied in the Bill of Rights, the U.S. Constitution, and the New York Constitution, including freedom of speech and religion, and the right to privacy, equality and due process of law for all New Yorkers.

      Wed, June 18 * Kaki King with special guest Teitur *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $12
      Thumping basslines, tapping melodies, and slapping percussion on her guitar, Kaki King is a one-woman force sent to wreak acoustic havoc on her audience and guitar. At 23, she is already a riveting performer, combining jaw-dropping technique with unique compositions, feaured on her new release Everyody Loves You (Velour). Though her style and tunings are suggestive of Michael Hedges, Kaki is more about the L train than placid landscapes. Her playing has a passion and an edge that keeps her tenuously balanced, one foot in the acoustic world, the other in rock'n'roll. "The most striking young musician to emerge in decades...The stunned audience went ballistic at her spectacular musicianship. " -LA Weekly www.kakiking.com
      25-year-old singer-songwriter Teitur, whose debut album Poetry&Aeroplanes, produced by Rupert Hine (Suzanne Vega), is due soon on Universal Records, comes from the Faroe Islands (18 small islands in the middle of the northern Atlantic Ocean, between Iceland, Norway and Scotland). His sensitive, melodic songwriting, influnced by Sting, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen and
      American Music Club, puts him in the ranks of the new wave of Scandanavian tunesmiths like Sondre Lerche. "Very idiosyncratic while the songs have a classical simplicity and beauty." -Kashmir Klub, London www.teitur.com

      Thurs, June 19 * Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber is "the world's second fully improvisational acid funk band," bringing together a bevy of guitarists, keyboardists, percussionists and vocalists for exploratory groove-based group improvisations ranging from jazz-rock fusion to trip-hop, jungle and ambient house music. "A multi-ethnic troop of New York birth but no fixed genre, Burnt Sugar expand, contract and groove like liquid mercury...under the baton of producer/guitarist Greg Tate, the voices, guitars, strings, keys, horns and percussion also summon overlapping echoes of George Clinton, the electric Miles Davis of Get Up With It, Lee Perry's dark magic at Black Ark Studios, plantation blues and gangsta hip hop (minus the gats and 'hos):Ellington to the future via the Grateful Dead's Anthem of the Sun " -Rolling Stone, 2002's Ten of the Best, From Under the Radar. www.burntsugarindex.com

      Thurs, June 19 * Daphne Rubin-Vega *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Fresh off her run at The Public Theater in Pulitzer Prizewinner
      Suzan-Lori Park's Fucking A, Daphne Rubin-Vega (Rent, The Rocky Horror Show, Free to Be You and Me) returns to Joe's Pub to rock out her melodic, driving and sexy tunes. Join us in welcoming back a Pub favorite.

      Fri & Sat, June 20 & 21 * Barb Jungr: Sings Bob Dylan & Jacques Brel *
      Shows at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $25
      Britain's Queen of chansons and European cabaret, often referred to as "A British Piaf" and "Britain's answer to Juliette Greco," Barb Jungr sings the works of two legendary songwriters with extraordinary passion and commitment. Following her January Joe's Pub performance, Stephen Holden of the New York Times proclaimed, "she digs beneath the songwriter's chameleon persona to ferret out a song's emotional core, and what she discovers can be revelatory." David Finkle of Backstage is another fan, raving: "Were someone twisting my arm to nominate the most important new act I've seen this year, I'd blurt out Barb Jungr... [her CD] only hints at her onstage brilliance. She's the best kind of actor because she thrives on taking risks - on knowing the rules and when to break them. A spontaneous, perfect set." www.barbjungr.com

      Fri, June 20 * The Big Gay Comedy Show Hosted by Kate Rigg with Deidre Sullivan, The Big Gay Comedy Show Dancers and More * Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $18
      Kick off gay pride week with this year's Bryant Park rally host and delicate oriental fag hag Kate Rigg, hilarous edgy lesbo comedienne Deidre Sullivan and New York City's finest and so queer comedians going down(town) to make funny. THE BIG GAY COMEDY SHOW. X-tra long laughs. Multiple jokes.

      Sat, June 21 * Fanfare Ciocarlia (the Legendary Gypsy Brass Band from Romania) *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      Giving a whole new definition to "speed metal", Romanian brass band Fanfare Ciocarlia sets off a musical fireworks display, with an unbelievable talent for intricate rhythms and dizzying tempos. Hit performers of the recent Gypsy Caravan tour, these twelve Romany Gypsies play music has been handed down from generation to generation since time immemorial. There is no sheet music. The instruments, bearing the marks of the previous decades have lost their shine and gained their own patina. On them, traditional dances from Romania and rhythms from Turkey, Bulgaria, and Macedonia collide with current melodies from movies from Hollywood to Bollywood as well as international radio hits adapted to Fanfare Ciocarlia's very own style. "Alarmingly fast, the volume startlingly loud, seeming to posses enough muscle to meet any challenge." -Rootsworld www.fanfare-ciocarlia.com

      Sun, June 22 * Imani Uzuri: Songs for Nina, feat. Marvin Sewell, Graham Haynes & Val *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Underground phenomenon Imani Uzuri, a spiritual, soulful vocalist, honors the legacy of Nina Simone with an evening of Uzuri's own eclectic fare plus material associated with Simone, such as "Wild is the Wind", "Ne Me Quitte Pas" and "Black is the Color..." joined by cornetist Graham Haynes, guitarists Marvin Sewell (Cassandra Wilson) and Thom Loubet, cellist Nioka Workman and Val on MPC electronics. Imani has collaborated with the likes of keyboard legend Herbie Hancock, rapper Talib Kweli, drum-n-bass pioneers 4-Hero, producer/DJ King Britt.

      Sun, June 22 * Terry and Katie Present: DANCE OFF! *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      With Lisa LeAnn's departure to Texas for her professional Rodeo Career, Terry Dean Bartlett (STREB!/Lisa LeAnn & Terry Dean Put on a DANCESHOW/Miami Project) & Katie Workum (Smartset/Miami Project/DANCESHOW) take up the reigns, and continuing the DANCESHOW tradition of Lisa LeAnn & Terry Dean ,which The New York Times called " ...an updated realization of a much-maligned high school tradition: the talent show." Introducing DANCE OFF! at Joe's Pub - a new Modern Dance Series presenting short works and premieres from the best of the Downtown and Williamsburg Dance Scene, starring: Terry Dean Bartlett, Katie Workum, David Parker, Paul Matteson, Leigh Garrett, and more dance stars too.... "The organizers are hip, young, and ballsy...their events inject audiences with a buzz that smacks of "new thing"...." -Village Voice

      Mon, June 23 * Taking Step Three Thirteen: A Goth-Soul Confession *
      Shows at 7 & 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Fresh from its preview at the Public Theater's New Work Now! Festival, Taking Step Three Thirteen -- a Goth Soul Musical interpretation of Dostoyevsky's "Crime and Punishment," with music, lyrics and book by Matthew Doers -- returns to the Public for two premiere performances in Joe's Pub. Amidst the pimps, prostitutes and tenements of Hell's Kitchen a desperate young vigilante commits murder. Compelled by guilt, his confession to the woman he loves leads to redemption. This 70 minute concert presentation features the band Funkface as "The Siberia Band" and an incredibly talented cast of five actors and singers performing original songs ranging from classic soul, gothic rock and trip hop. This performance features the "work in progress" multi-media elements, including projections, narrative photography and comic illustrations, that are being developed for the full theatrical presentation. Live on stage a DJ (Musical Director Luqman Brown from Funkface) brings the show's sound design from behind the curtain to a dynamic on stage performance as he mixes beats, loops and backing tracks with voice-over narration and sound effects. Come discover one of the most original new musicals before it hits the theater! A Plastic Theater Company Production. www.takingstepthree13.com

      Tues, June 24 * Lucy Woodward with special guest Toby Lightman *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Lucy Woodward's debut single, "Dumb Girls" has become a breakout hit with half a million downloads on AOL and now tearing up Top 40 radio. Armed with undeniable talent, Woodward blends a varierty of influences -- blue-eyed soul, rock, pop -- into a style all her own. Her album, While You Can (Atlantic), produced by John Shanks (Michelle Branch, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Nicks) and Kevin Kadish - marries Woodward's strong and sexy vocals with a delightfully melodic modern sound. "This sexy, self-made New Yorker has it all - a great voice, strong-willed songs, and an amazing look...Lucy's the real deal...put your cash down on Lucy as a favorite to win Best New Artist Grammy!" -Women Who Rock. "10 Women to Watch in 2003" Singer-songwriter Toby Lightman, just signed to Lava Records, opens. www.lucywoodward.com

      Tues, June 24 * Michael McDonald *
      Show at 9:30pm, Sold-Out

      Wed, June 25 * Maria Muldaur... Remembering Peggy Lee *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $20
      The enchanting chanteuse Maria Muldaur pays respect to the great Peggy Lee in her full-length NY jazz concert debut, following her performance earlier in the week as a featured vocalist at the JVC Jazz Festival's "There'll be Another Spring: A Tribute to Miss Peggy Lee". Maria Muldaur's musical roots run as deep and varied as Greenwich Village, where she first made her mark in the 60's with the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Best known for her enduring 1974 million-seller, the seductive "Midnight at the Oasis," Muldaur has continued singing her own sultry brand of blues, folk, gospel, rock and jazz ever since. Her latest album, A Woman Alone wih the Blues (Telarc) makes Peggy Lee's cool sexy songs her own, insinuating the songs with sensuality and smoldering blues feel. "This collection...shows [Maria Muldaur] in top form, singing in a knowing and polished way, while not forsaking her quirkiness and sense of humor. She does justice to Lee's classic "Fever," bringing her own sense of phrasing and subtle steaminess to it." -Seattle Times www.mariamuldaur.com

      Wed, June 25 * Rene Risque and The Art Lovers *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Sexy and outrageous rock & roll cabaret driven home by a misguided "international pop star, lover" whose provocative lyrics flaunt his lifestyle of extremes and boast of his luxuriously degenerate exploits. www.renerisque.com

      Thurs, June 26 * Jessy Moss / Nellie McKay *
      Show at 7pm, 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" is slang for a "little story" - is due in July on Dreamworks.
      Wunderkind Nellie McKay is quickly becoming a growing cult sensation for her quirky songs steeped in the classic pop of Tin Pan Alley and the Brill Building, filtered through a post-Eminem sensibility. Time Out NY raves that McKay "Infiltrates her material with a roguish lyrical bite reminiscent of Randy Newman. One of New York's most intriguing performers she is a
      dynamite piano player and pitch-perfect vocalist. Stylistically, McKay is like a living, breathing White Album. She will knock your socks off and steal your soul." www.antifolk.net/artists/nelliemckay | www.jessymoss.com

      Thurs, June 26 * Jenny Douglas-McRae with special guest, poet Gha'il Rhodes Benjamin: A Sista Factory Showcase *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Sista Factory proudly presents Jenny Douglas-McRae at joe's pub for a Support System showcase. A soulful evening of original compositions, some classics and a really good time. Jenny Douglas-McRae has been a performing artist in New York and through out the world for the music industries legendary and up and coming artists. Some of the artists are: Janet Jackson, Glenn Lewis, Patti Austin, Joe Cocker, Cher, Lalah Hathaway, John Mellencamp, Toto, Tina Turner, Elton John, Amel Larrieux, Nona Hendryx, Hugh Masekela, Enrique Iglesias, Gregory Hines, Moby, Donny Osmond, Keith Sweat and Melisa Morgan. www.sistafactory.com

      Fri, June 27 * Jaleo with Louis Winsberg *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Reso/ cash, Price $15
      The road to Gipsy is an imaginary score. Jaleo's music takes you from the ancestral Indies to present Andalusia for an amazing crossover between flamenco, jazz, and Indian Music. Structured around original compositions of Louis Weinsberg, who is joined by flamenco guitars, singers and dancers with Indian percussion and keyboards for a magical and intimate performance.

      Sat, June 28 * Julee Cruise *
      Shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $22 in advance, $24 at Door
      The sensual chanteuse best known for her collaborations with Angelo Badalamenti on the soundtracks of David Lynch's cult classics Blue Velvet and Twin Peaks, and most recently featured at The Public Theater in the musical Radiant Baby, performs music from her recent electronic-inflected album, The Art of Being a Girl. "A work of audio theater...the record approaches the dark wit and snide whimsy of Bongwater, leapfrogging such genres as trip-hop, bossa nova, salsa and Cruise's own trademark brand of surf music for Goth chicks. Thorugh all of it, the singer flashes an alien smirk that's somehow able to convey pathos, cyncism and ethereal beauty all at once." -Time Out NY

      Sun, June 29 * Tord Gustavsen Trio *
      Show at 7:30pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15
      Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen's debut ECM recording, Changing Places,
      signals the arrival of a gifted jazz pianist/composer and an important addition to the label's history-making pantheon of Scandinavian improvisers. A pianist of unusual sensitivity and a writer of beguiling tunes of deceptive simplicity, several of which sound like standards-in-the-making, Gustavsen leads a trio that already has a strong identity of its own. With Harald Johnsen: double-bass and Jarle Vespestad: drums, Gustavsen is creating new music within time-honored frameworks, in classic piano trio whose quiet, explicitly melodic music implies earthy dance pulses as the album's atmospheric orientation is drawn from sources including Scandinavian folk, Caribbean rhythm, gospel music, hard bop and cool jazz. "An impressive debut..The band's subtle funkiness makes the CD both instantly memorable and worthy of repeated plays." -The Independent (UK)

      Sun, June 29 * Two Chicks and a Casio *
      Show at 9:30pm, Tickets by: Reso/cash, Price $10
      One woman goes on a date. Two friends write a song about it. A band is born. Two Chicks and a Casio, a witty, cabaret-style, girlie duo, combine music and comedy to tell stories of the perils of dating. This clever, unique, retro band (highlighting a 1985 Casiotone) has received raves from New York to LA and will debut at Joe's Pub featuring songs from their newest CD, "Back to Bitter". Surprise guest artists playing an array of unusual instruments will help the chicks rock the Pub.

      Mon, June 30 * Ennis Sisters: Canada Day Eve as Part of Upper North Side Canadian Music Series *
      Show at 7pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15 or $25 if combined with Jarvis Church
      Top 10 videos and singles in their native Canada are the norm for Maureen, Karen, and Teresa Ennis, a/k/a the Ennis Sisters. Add a 2002 Juno Award (the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy) for Best New Country Artist, and you've got an act ready to conquer America, with this promising young group's infectious melodies, killer harmonies, and down-to-earth charm. Often compared to the Dixie Chicks and the Corrs, Newfoundland's Ennis Sisters are poised to create their own legacy with the release of It's Not About You, (Rounder) the Ennis Sisters' U.S. debut. A Canada Day Eve celebration with the Ennis Sisters, as the next installment of the Upper North Side Canadian Music Series at Joe's Pub. www.ennissisters.com | www.uppernorthside.org

      Mon, June 30 * Jarvis Church plus special guest Divine Earth Essence: Canada Day Eve as Part of Upper North Side Canadian Series *
      Show at 9pm, Tickets by: Box Office and Telecharge, Price $15, $25 if combined with Ennis Sisters
      Nelly Furtado describes Jarvis Church's music as "Marvin Gaye from Mars". Vibe calls his album "a witty and soulful debut". And of the many titles that Jarvis juggles - Grammy-nominated producer, acclaimed songwriter, outstanding performer and singer - the title that can best describe him is musical. Jarvis combines rock, reggae, world music and hip hop in his winning debut album, Shake it Off. A recording artist for more than a decade - as leader of the Canadian band the Philosopher Kings - Jarvis gained notoriety for discovering and nurturing the career of Nelly Furtado. He combines the smooth falsetto stylings of Prince with the classic essence of Marvin Gaye, laid out on a bed of music that defies categorization.
      Possessing a captivating voice and limitless range, to witness a live performance from singer/songwriter/producer Divine Earth Essence is to wake up your senses, as she has been known to blow the roof off! Echoing the rich musical heritage of her idols Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton and Aretha Franklin, Divine is a multi-dimensional talent. A Canada Day Eve celebration continuing the Upper North Side Canadian Music Series at Joe's Pub.www.jarvischurch.com
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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
      Message 68 of 68 , Nov 4, 2004
            "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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        more beautifully,
        more devotedly than ever before."

        Leonard Bernstein



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        Joe's Pub Schedule of Events

        *********************Joe's Pub Schedule of Events*********************
        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.
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        For show descriptions for the upcoming month, and weekly late night events, see below.

        *** = newly-added show
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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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