Ivan Bellman & the Trash Queen

I am sad to report that as much as I love TQ, we have not gotten to kick it so much on the social tip this go around. She is mad busy working and I am busy being mad about not working. So when Zack Glass (the son of my ersatz fairy-godmother, JoAnne Akabooboo) informed me via JUNK MAIL e-mail he was gigging at the TRASH BAR with a band called the ROYAL SEMI QUARTET my ears pricked up (as opposed to pricking up your ears, the gay allusions of which I hope are not lost ;). These portentous signs enhanced by promises of PBR drink specials and my Auntie’s namesake pub as photo-op backdrop drew us like moths to cashmere or, in this case, yuppies to Billyburg. Best of all I was going to clock in some QT with the TQ.

Banana Bag & Bodice’s BEOWULF On Tour

Our pals at Banana Bag & Bodice are taking their hit show BEOWULF on tour. Two dates in NYC, then off to Boston and Montreal. If you haven’t seen this rock opera spectacle with music by Dave (Three Pianos) Malloy, then take one of these opportunities to check them out: NEW YORK SUMMERSTAGE East River … Continue reading

Kate Weare & Monica Bill Barnes at the Joyce Theatre

Last night’s performance at the Joyce Theatre—the other half of the alternating double-bills they’re running this week—is a perfect illustration of what I was writing about yesterday when I faulted Camille A. Barnes’ choreography for relying too heavily on the music, and letting her own voice get lost against the structure and content of the … Continue reading

FIAF’s Crossing The Line Festival

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), New York’s premiere French cultural center, announced the program for the fourth annual edition of its acclaimed fall festival Crossing the Line, offering the city a unique and wide-ranging festival full of new ideas and fresh perspectives. (Pictured: Raimund Hoghe, Faustin Linyekula, photo credit: Rosa Frank)

Half Straddle’s Nurses in New England at Soho Think Tank

Half Straddle‘s Nurses in New England, playing through Sat., July 31 as part of the Soho Think Tank’s Ice Factory, is hardly without its charms. Tongue firmly in cheek, playwright Tina Satter sends up virtually every medical TV show cliche through this musical set in a small town hospital run, inexplicably, entirely by nurses. In … Continue reading

Hip Hop Theater Festival 10th Anniversary Mixtapes

All year, HHTF will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the New York City Festival coming in October 1 – 16, 2010. As a way to share the joy HHTF enlisted an eclectic mix of its favorite DJs to share original sounds and new favorites.

On Fillmore

On Fillmore is the duo project of percussionist Glenn Kotche, best known as Wilco’s drummer, and Darin Gray, an equally adventurous bassist who often collaborates with Jim O’Rourke. Their most recent release, Extended Vacation, beautifully balances experimental instrumental impulses with echoes of Martin Denny–styled exotica and skillfully shaded atmospheres that ripple and resonate. They’ll be on … Continue reading

The Bowls Project at Yerba Buena in SF

From Jul 6 – Aug 22, SF’s YBCA hosts The Bowls Project: Secrets of the Apocalyptic Intimate by Jewlia Eisenberg and Charming Hostess.  This performative installation piece, inspired by Babylonian Jewish women’s amulets known as “demon bowls,” explores the intersection between ancient and modern worlds. Housed within a stunning double-vaulted masonry dome created by celebrated architect Michael … Continue reading

One-Man Show at Joe’s Pub this weekend

John Heginbotham’s dying for you to come to his One-Man Show, running Friday and Saturday night at Joe’s Pub, as part of the DanceNOW [NYC] Dancemopolitan series.  Each night he rises from a terminal diagnoses by the disarmingly charming doctor and nurse team, played by Elizabeth DeMent and Aaron Mattocks with panache and ironic wit, … Continue reading

Painting the Town Rocha: Mad Men meet the Ladies @ Galapagos

Jenny Rocha and her Painted Ladies have developed a following in this town since their debut in 2006.  So has trumpeter, singer and bandleader Brian Newman.  The two have each featured for some time now as performers in the intermittent Floating Kabarette productions of the Galapagos Art Space in DUMBO, and both, in at least … Continue reading

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