The talents of songwriters David Zippel and David Yazbek, theatre visionary Orson Welles and director Anne Bogart will be featured in the January line-up at Joe's Pub, the restaurant and cabaret space just off New York's Public Theater which has become the destination of the New York's theatre best singers, comediennes and songwriters.
Jan. 14, another tunesmith, David Yazbek, will play a date. Yazbek, whose latest project is a musical version of the film "The Full Monty," written with Terrence McNally, will perform his own material.
Later in the month, experimental director Anne Bogart will guide an new reading of Orson Welles' infamous radio play, "War of the Worlds." When "War of the Worlds," a mock-documentary account of aliens landing on Earth, first aired on Oct. 30, 1938, many took the fiction for the real thing, resulting in widespread panic. The Bogart reading will happen Jan. 10.
Other Joe's Pub events include: Jan. 13: Alec Mapa in "I Remember Mapa," his one-man show about life in the entertainment business as a gay Asian performer.
Jan. 16: "Chocolate Genius," sound designer Marc Anthony Thompson's (A Huey P. Newton Story) rock group.
Jan. 30: "Opera Goes Public," a new series featuring opera singers in discussion and performance. Jerry Hadley is the initial guest, speaking with Brian Zeger.
For information, call (212) 239-6200.
--By Robert Simonson