Happy Monday everyone, Just wanted to pass along a few quick things... First - during the last few months I was at Joe s pub, we were working on developing aFeb 11, 2008 1 of 1View Source
Happy Monday everyone,
Just wanted to pass along a few quick things…
First – during the last few months I was at Joe’s pub, we were working on developing a 2.0 version of the website, a project spearheaded internally by John Seroff – who introduced Joe’s pub to much of its media-rich approach to the website and email blasts during his time as marketing and press guru, and developed by Amanda Steinberg and her Soapbox Collective. The new website features a snazzy new visual design, a very handy pop-out radio player to make it even easier to discover new favorite artists and plan your upcoming entertainment life, and new comments features so you can share your thoughts about your favorites with other Joe’s pub fans, plus other features described below. I’m very proud to see this new website finally launch. As with most new websites, there may be a few kinks that pop up, especially as the excitement leads to spikes in traffic, but I encourage you to give it a spin – sign on and let your voice be heard.
Second – on Friday night, I went to see the first preview of Passing Strange on Broadway, and I’m thrilled to report that the show is as amazing as ever. There have been a number of changes to the show, so even if you saw it at The Public, it’s definitely worth paying a new visit to this show regardless of how many times you’ve already seen it. Besides, it’s so rich it continues to reward repeat visits as some of the many layers reveal themselves. The cast from the Public has all made the move to Broadway together, keeping intact one of the finest ensembles you’d want to see on stage, and the Belasco Theater is appropriately intimate for the piece to maintain its power, even as it expands into larger Broadway scale. And of course, you can’t beat Stew & Heidi’s songs – many of which have been revised either through subtle changes to the arrangements, or in some cases, more extensive reinvisioning.
Coinciding with the start of performances, the website www.passingstrangeonbroadway.com has been revised, adding a short video and 4th song for free download (Amsterdam, Keys, Arlington Hill and Come Down Now are all available), plus very cool graphics that allow you to follow the youth’s journey from LA to Amsterdam to Berlin and back (don’t forget to click to check out some of the different stops along the way – you’ll find discount codes hidden in Berlin’s Nowhaus, for example…)
Third – I saw the new version of Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy’s fantastic multimedia rock / theater / animation show The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island at the Vineyard this weekend (you may have seen their collaboration the Rosenbach Company at Joe’s Pub a while back. This is a newly revised version directed by the Ridge Theater’s Bob McGrath of a show that Lisa and I originally fell in love with at The Kitchen a few years back. It’s visually stunning, funny, thought provoking and has terrific music. Discount tickets are available by clicking here. Between this show, and Passing Strange, I think I have to finally admit, there’s some really fantastic theater out there in the world.
Finally – my friend Larisa Fuchs, creative party-host extraordinaire from Gemini and Scorpio – is throwing what promises to be a hot Valentine’s night extravaganza at Galapagos – featuring a number of artists you may know from Joe’s Pub, including Sxip Shirey, and Hour of Charm alums including human beat box Adam Matta, Project Jenny Project Jan and more. And since I’m now deep in the swing dance community with my new job ;) I should also point out Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra playing 1920’s hot jazz, plus Lindy Hop/Charleston lessons.
That’s more than enough to tell you about.
How ‘bout Obama winning his second Grammy, along with winning Maine ?
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater is excited to announce the launch of its revamped venue website at http://www.joespub.com.
New features include:
- Fully downloadable mp3 tracks, embedded YouTube performances, multiple pictures, artist website links and one-on-one audio interviews for each show;
- Pop-out Joe's Pub Radio application allows you to take music and interviews on-the-go, to play in the background while you surf the web;
- Artist comments allow ticket buyers and fans to interact, discuss performances before and after the show and speak directly to musicians and venue staff;
- Artist performance videos embedded on the front page;
- Explore galleries of sketches and pictures from our in-house artist Michael Arthur and in-house photographer Kevin Yatarola;
- Aesthetic and practical improvements to the general user interface;
- …and, of course, performance and ticket sales information for all of the shows at one of the nation's foremost performance spaces, Joe's Pub.
We believe that this new site, with its rich collection of media (over 1500 full-length, downloadable tracks, hundreds of videos, more than 250 exclusive artist audio interviews) and interactive capability will foster an open community for fans of the venue and our host of artists.
Please stop by, take a look around and feel free to comment about the artists you love and upcoming shows that you're excited about!
To forward this e-mail to a friend or colleague, use this link.
Since A Chorus Line, The Public Theater has been at the forefront of bringing groundbreaking musical theater to Broadway. From a long line of truly original productions including Hair, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk, and Caroline, or Change comes the next big thing, Passing Strange. Whether you saw it here first, or are kicking yourself because you missed it, we want you to be one of the first to see Passing Strange on Broadway for as low as $21.50!
The new musical
He rocked the indie music scene. He electrified The Public Theater.
Now Stew lands on Broadway, and the revolution begins.
With the explosive odyssey Passing Strange, the world is about to discover Stew, the visionary singer-songwriter whose passionate search for "the real" led him all over the globe. Now it's taken him to Broadway where you can experience his thrilling reinvention of the musical.
"A brilliant work" (The New Yorker) from "an exciting new voice in musical theater" (The New York Times), Passing Strange is one hell of a trip. You're invited to come along for the ride of a lifetime.
SPECIAL SAVINGS FEBRUARY 8 - MARCH 30
$48 ORCH/MEZZ, $21.50 BALCONY
Tues. at 7; Wed. at 2 & 8; Thurs. at 8;
Sat. at 2; Sun. at 3
$58 ORCH/MEZZ, $26.50 BALCONY
Fri. and Sat. at 8
For the most original new Broadway musical,
visit BroadwayOffers.com or call (212) 947-8844 and use code PS4NYSF
or bring this email to the Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th St .
For the buzz, music downloads and more, visit
A $1.50 facilities fee has been included in the price of each ticket. Tickets regularly priced at $111.50. Offer available for selected performances only and excludes seats in center orchestra. Not valid Feb 28. Other blackout dates may apply. Prior sale excluded. Limit 8 tickets per order. Offer not valid in conjunction with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Subject to availability and prior sale. Performance schedule subject to change. Telephone and internet orders subject to standard Telecharge.com service fees. All sales final. No refunds or exchanges. Offer may be revoked at any time
Gemini & Scorpio, http://www.geminiandscorpio.com,
Party Gals Around Town ("Village Voice Best of 2006")
Our 5th Annual Valentine's Day Party: "Get Off...Line V: Roaring 20th"
A trip through the 20th century and beyond with scorching live music, silent film, blazing burlesque, hot dance and performance art to make you swoon.
Thur, Feb 14, Valentine's Day
Full club event at Galapagos Art Space, 70 N 6th St , Williamsburg , BK
Doors 7:30pm for free dance class; toast & performances at 8:30pm; 21+
Bootleggers and speakeasies...wild dancers and smart mouths...art that sizzles and music that roars... With over a dozen performers giving you the best of the last 100 years and what you haven't yet imagined, and two rooms of dancing through the night with amazing DJs dropping beats from the whole century. Plus: human statues, fire performers, hoopers, oh my. Dust off your sequins: costume theme is "vintage glamour."
Free Charleston/Lindy dance class before the event!
Free champagne toast to kick off the night!*
Silent films with live score! (Sxip Shirey)
Live authentic 1920s hot jazz orchestra! (Michael Arenella & his Dreamland Orchestra)
Dreamy standards! (Nat & Kat Duo)
Glorious burlesque! (Molly Crabapple & Veronica Varlow)
Dazzling dance numbers! (Angela Harriell's Love Show Dancers)
Mini-variety show inside the variety show! (The Gong Show)
Spandexed hijinks! (Amelia Zirin-Brown and Amber Martin)
Live electro-karaoke laptop mayhem! (Project Jenny, Project Jan)
Future space music with beatboxing, theremin & bike wheel! (Adam Matta)
Time-travel DJs spanning a century with their beats! (Dhundee, Vintage DJ, Zemi17, Moldover)
And hosted by uber-fabulous MC Christopher Hardwick!
More artists are being added daily; please check http://www.geminiandscorpio.com/events.html for most current lineup and performer details.
$15 presales with code ACT; $20 door; $5 at door after midnight
First 300 presales get a vintage valentine at the door