Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Pulitzer Prize winner and The Public’s Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog, The Book of Grace) continues her longstanding relationship with The Public Theater with a devastatingly beautiful, dramatic work set over the course of the Civil War. A masterful new piece from one of our most lyrical and powerful writers, FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS is a deeply personal epic about love and hope in a world of impossible choices.
The Fortress of Solitude
The Fortress of Solitude is the extraordinary coming-of-age story about 1970s Brooklyn and beyond — of black and white, soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. And the story of what would happen if two teenagers obsessed with superheroes believed that maybe, just maybe, they could fly…
Drama Club: Seagulls
Public Forum's season continues with DRAMA CLUB: SEAGULLS, a reading and discussion of a rarely seen one-act play by Caryl Churchill. When Valery uses her telekinetic powers to thwart a shoplifter, she becomes a global celebrity. But where did her powers come from, and what happens if they fade? Cynthia Nixon will lead the cast.
Public Forum Duet: Alison Bechdel & Jonathan Lethem
The celebrated Public Forum Duet series returns with authors Alison Bechdel (Fun Home, Are You My Mother?) and Jonathan Lethem (The Fortress of Solitude, Dissident Gardens). Bechdel and Lethem will talk about storytelling, graphic novels, and what it’s like to see their lives turned into a musical. The evening will feature performances of songs from Fun Home and The Fortress of Solitude.
Here Lies Love
Living For Today
Head on downtown to Joe's Pub for the seventh annual LIVING FOR TODAY: "Shing-a-Ling: A Night with the Broadway Urchins" on Monday, October 27 at 7pm for a concert that will make you "feel the sturm und drang in the air!"
NY Theremin Society: Ghost in the Machine
The quintessential instrument of horror and suspense, the Theremin will be played by Theremin virtuosos Dorit Chrysler and Rob Schwimmer on the Halloween Eve.
God Hates This Show starring Erin Markey
The preeminent Off-Broadway bound Westboro Baptist Church musical returns! GOD HATES THIS SHOW is a holy ghost filled cabaret/arena rock show set in a sadistic flame filled haunted house/lounge located in the heart of Hell's Magnificent Mile where the fashion is flawless, the heat is pretty hot, and the demons can't wait to show you a good time.
Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra
Ticket Price: $20
Dubbed 'Best Lounge Act of 2009' by New York Magazine, Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra play an edgy brand of jazz/folk/alternative nosh with a chewy singer-songwriter center. With melancholy wit and a cockeyed worldview, sepia-toned frontman Lipton and band mates Eben Levy (guitar), Ian Riggs (bass) and Vito Dieterle(sax) deliver songs steeped in mixed-message sincerity and soul. The band has appeared at Celebrate Brooklyn, MASS MOCA, Bryant Park, the Camden Opera House, Tangier (LA), Vermont Arts Exchange, and has been featured on NPR and radio stations around the country
Never Sleep Alone
Finally, a show designed to help you hook up! Sexual evangelist and Best-Selling author Dr. Alex Schiller brings the hot, the single and the curious together for a night of delirious laughter, awesome music and socio-sensual interaction. Dr. Alex insists that her audience be filled with the sexy and seeking. And she suggests you put your table/seat number, stats and sexual preference in the comments section below.
Tim Realbuto: Wunderkind
Former child “star” and current NYC based award-winning writer and performer Tim Realbuto (Ghostlight; The Emperor’s Club) has just turned 30 and is struggling with where he fits in the world, where he has been and where he is going. In this deeply personal, poignant, and hilarious show Tim will tell the (mostly) true story of how he grew up in show business and went from former child actor to the adult writer of the popular new Broadway-Bound musical Ghostlight. Some of Tim’s famous Broadway friends will help him along the way, playing different characters from his past, as well as the voices in his head.
Penny Arcade: Longing Lasts Longer
Penny Arcade returns to Joe's Pub after three years of nonstop touring in Europe's capitols just when the new tide of political correctness threatens to sink radical comedy under the weight of New York City's suburbanization.
The Girl with the Polka Dot Eyes
Tony Award-winner, Alice Ripley stars in a concert version of a new musical about the life of Liz Renay: actress, author, stripper, convicted felon and John Waters muse (Desperate Living). Written by Maggie Moore with musical direction by Peter Kiesewalter.
Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess / Mad Satta
Jessy Carolina & The Hot Mess is a New York City based ensemble specializing traditional jazz music from the turn of the 20th century up to the 1930s. The group features Jessy Carolina on vocals and washboard, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton on piano, banjo, and vocals, Jordan Hyde on guitar, Jay Sanford on bass, Mario J. Maggio on clarinet and saxophone, an Satoru Ohashi on trumpet and trombone.
Nano Stern’s Indi-Folk-Rock-Jazz fusion is deeply rooted in traditional Chilean music and inspired by legends Violeta Parra, Victor Jara and Inti-Illimani. Humble, enlightened, genuine and charismatic, Nano Stern is a guitar virtuoso, with a powerful singing voice, whose rise to fame has been meteoric and his stature in Chile has risen to the point of being woven into Chile's cultural history.
The Hot Sardines
Recently named "one of the best jazz bands in New York today" by Forbes magazine, the Hot Sardines is born of a unique musical recipe: take hot jazz and sultry standards from the 1920's, 30's, and 40's, sprinkle in the rich Dixieland sounds of New Orleans, add a dash of wartime Paris flavor, and infuse a wealth of vibrant musical surprises that hold audiences captive long after the show ends.
Anna Maria Jopek
Anna Maria Jopek (AMJ), a unique voice in world music, a composer, singer, and arranger with an impressive carier, has sold one million records and collaborated with the most outstanding musicians, including Pat Metheny, Bobbi Mc Ferrin, Ivan Lins, Youssou N'Dour, Makoto Ozone and Richard Bona among others. From Toronto to London, from Berlin to Tokyo, she gives around one hundred concerts each year (in venues such as the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Blue Note Tokyo, the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv).
Women of Letters
In a world of the short and swift, of texts and Twitter, there’s something of special value about a carefully composed letter. In homage to this most civilized of activities, Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire are bringing bestselling Australian literary salon Women of Letters to New York as a monthly event. A celebration of a diverse range of strong female talent, bringing together New York’s best and brightest writers, entertainers and artists.
Echoes of Etta
Ticket Price: $30
MRM Productions is very proud to present the multi-award winning Echoes of Etta: A Tribute to Etta James, featuring William Blake and Michael Thomas Murray, back at Joe’s Pub for the shows first residency.
DANCENOW Joe’s Pub Dancemopolitan Shared Artist Series
3 Artists: Vastly Different, Slightly Awkward and Very Funny
Gregory Dolbashian rocks the pub with a new solo, Deborah Lohse takes to the pub stage as ‘TruDee’, with her unapologetic truth serving storytelling, song and dance, while Jordan Isadore and guests offer up ‘Thousands Place’, a new work based on Isadore’s memories of the Y2K, the peak of his coolness, to examine how his interests withstood the rapidly shifting millennium.
An eclectic mixture of folk, jazz, and originals, this show draws from Matt Ray's three albums as well as mines material from the American songbook and introduces brand new songs. One part crooner, one part plain-spoken folk storyteller, Matt reminds us of what music can and should be: Real, dynamic, soulful, and honest. He regularly works with Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Bridget Everett, and Lady Rizo.
The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret
This balls-to-the-wall drag cabaret is hosted by Martha Graham Cracker, who is, perhaps, the world's tallest and hairiest drag queen. Backed by a four-piece live band, Martha Graham Cracker, hailed as "The Drag Queen King" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, performs new arrangements and mashups of songs by artists ranging from Prince and Crowded House to Motley Crue and Nina Simone, and a bit of everything in between.
Straight White Men
When Ed and his three adult sons come together to celebrate Christmas, they enjoy cheerful trash-talking, pranks, and takeout Chinese. Then they confront a problem that even being a happy family can’t solve: when identity matters, and privilege is problematic, what is the value of being a straight white man?
Twang Twang Shock A Boom
Experience one of the most breathtaking musical projects Austin has ever seen. The ebullient acoustic trio of Davíd Garza (newly enshrined in the Austin Music Hall of Fame), Jeff Haley, and Chris Searles cranks out quirky, organically hilarious tunes with the bare-bones setup of guitar, upright bass, and a guitar case standing in for drums.
Courtnee Roze: The Musical / The Kwame Binea Shakedown
Courtnee Roze "The Musical" founder, facilitator, lead vocalist and percussionist. "The Musical" is an international visual that documents the journey and life of Courtnee Roze. "The Musical" celebrates the triumph, the hardship, the versatility, barriers broken, and accomplishments of this multi-talented individual."
Kwame was influenced by the rhythms of traditional Ghanaian and West African music as well as reggae, folk, and American soul and blues.
Drama Club: Protest
Marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Public Forum will present DRAMA CLUB: PROTEST by Vaclav Havel. A dissident writer (based on Havel himself) asks a friend to sign a petition. What do intellectuals owe to their societies—and to each other? Author Salman Rushdie, playwright-actor Wallace Shawn, and David Remnick (editor of The New Yorker) will read Havel’s play, then talk about his political and literary legacy.
Downtown Sings Peggy Lee: A Book-Launch Celebration
In honor of the November release of his hotly anticipated biography, IS THAT ALL THERE IS?: THE STRANGE LIFE OF PEGGY LEE (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster), author James Gavin will present an array of downtown cabaret and jazz idols in tribute to the legendary blond seductress of pop-jazz. The cast will include Justin Vivian Bond, Kenny Mellman, Nellie McKay, Barb Jungr, Carol Fredette, Tammy Faye, Spencer Day, Baby Jane Dexter, Julian Fleisher, Lenny Kaye, Andy Bey, Jane Monheit & Michael Kanan,
Pericles, Prince of Tyre
The Public Theater’s MOBILE SHAKESPEARE UNIT, part of the Public Theater’s long-standing commitment to making Shakespeare accessible to all, returns with a tale of riddles, revenge, and perilous adventure. PERICLES, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays in his own time, is the story of a prince whose life is threatened after he solves the puzzle of a murderous king. Forced to flee across the seas, he embarks on an odyssey that will see him fall in love, lose a daughter, and eventually recover everything he thought he’d lost.
David J: Who Killed Mister Moonlight?
Who KIlled Mister Moonlight? (Bauhaus, Black Magick and Benediction). A candid memoir of life revolving around David J. Haskins' tumultuous experiences with the pioneering post punk / gothic / art band, Bauhaus. The author will read from the book and perform a small selection of Bauhaus songs accompanied by renowned pianist Paul Wallfisch.
Since her debut in 2004, Nicole Henry has established herself as one of the jazz world's most acclaimed vocalists, possessing a potent combination of dynamic vocal abilities, impeccable phrasing, and powerful emotional resonance.
Ticket Price: $15
Dream-pop artist Nasimiyu brings her composer/producer/multi-instrumentalist zing to her forthcoming EP, "dirt." The genre falls somewhere on the earthier, dirtier, brassy-er side of the indie pop spectrum.
For more than 20 years, the Belgian artist Arno has been performing in Europe and achieved great notoriety - many have compared him to Tom Waits and Serge Gainsbourg.
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls and released many albums.
Sven Ratzke: Diva Diva’s
Dutch cabaret star Sven Ratzke returns to Joe's Pub with his latest show, Diva Diva's, celebrating great divas of the 1960's like Shirley Bassey. Ratzke is joined on stage by his long-time collaborator and music director, jazz pianist Charly Zastrau.
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre
The Meeting* hosted by Justin Sayre, the acclaimed comedy/variety show hailed as “rambunctious, uproarious and unpredictable” by The Wall Street Journal, “delicious and delightfully droll” by The New York Post, and “hilarious and sardonic” by The Village Voice, has returned to its downtown roots this year for another season of shows.
Gaby Moreno with David Garza (solo acoustic)
Gaby Moreno's captivating blend of blues, jazz soul and R&B has made her a rising star on the international music scene. Recently she's been touring with Hugh Laurie, and she's toured tirelessly across the globe for the past couple of years, including sold out dates in Canada, USA and Europe alongside such artists as Tracy Chapman, Ani DiFranco and Van Dyke.
A Night with Yemen Blues: Insaniya Album Launch w/ opener Ahmed Alshaiba
In 2010, singer & composer Ravid Kahalani founded the rare combination of top musicians we now call Yemen Blues. From the start, Yemen Blues created an original sound that became a new language in contemporary music. The intense musicians hail from NYC, Uruguay & Tel Aviv. This includes the core members: Rony Iwryn, Itamar Doari, Itamar Borochov & Shanir Blumenkranz. Each member comes from a different background and brings their own sound and arrangements to Ravid's compositions. The result of this amazing group is a powerful energy that mixes Yemenite, West African & Jazz influences.
Daughters of the great Cuban percussionist Anga Diaz, the 19 years-old twin sisters of IBEYI quickly charmed the producer of Asa's albums. Lisa-Kaïndé plays the piano and sings, her voice evoking the greats. Her sister Naomi sings back-up vocals and plays percussion. The duo writes their own material in Spanish, French amd English. Everything begins for Ibeyi today.
Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments
Hot on the heels of her critically acclaimed and completely sold out production of Rock Bottom, New York’s downtown darling Bridget Everett returns the stage with her band, The Tender Moments, and a bottle of chardonnay to sing all her favorite love songs and share the stories of the men that made her...feel? From tender moments to prison sex, come get inside her.
After a year of traveling and performing all over the country, singer/songwriter Shaina Taub, winner of the 2014 Jonathan Larson Grant, returns home to New York to present an evening of her original songs.
Fredericks Brown / Jennah Bell
This power-packed duo is one of the most exciting young acts in the contemporary soul & blues world. New Zealand-born vocalist Deva Mahal and keys player Stephanie Brown crossed paths in New York and unearthed a common passion for storytelling – creating compositions with lyrics that combine imagery and narrative to deliver a startling blend of strength and intimacy.