Artists Take a Stand at Pangea in October

Downtown’s alternative supper club Pangea brings an eclectic, politically aware roster of performers to its stage this fall. Whether it’s the high priestesses Carol Lipnik or Tammy Faye Starlite, or a new breed of soothsayers like Natti Vogel or Zachary Clause, all are welcome!  The venue presents political animals Jeremy Lawrence and David Cale as well as throwbacks via singers Jeff Macauley and Linda Glick (see separate piece here on her show and history)… or the boundary-melting avant gardian  Claywoman, reprising his acclaimed concoctions, Pangea’s promotion piece proclaimes, “We all are ready to rise, to show up for the life-giving party that is bohemian, inclusive and tolerant New York!”

Iconoclast Tammy Faye Starlite brings Just a Kiss Away, a new rock ‘n roll valentine in which she probes the Mick Jagger/Keith Richards songbook. Focusing on a different Rolling Stones album every show, Starlite’s in-character improv, historical perspective, and witty social commentary also features the guitarists Richard Feridun and Keith Hartel for the run, with different special guest musicians every week . These are Thursday shows— October 5, 12, 19, 26, all at 7:30 PM. Cover  is $25.In observance of the one-year anniversary of the US election… Jeremy Lawrence redeploys his critically acclaimed Lavender Songs — A Queer Weimar Berlin Cabaret, a chilling evocation of Weimar Berlin’s queer underground as it faced imminent danger. Directed by Jason Jacobs, the show was extended twice in 2017.  “Intimate, illuminating and surprisingly moving,” said Time Out NY  “An important show! Now, as then, we can’t lose hope and must fight that power,” stated QLife. This show plays Tuesdays October 10, 17 and 24, all at 7 PM; cover is $20.

Then there are the TWEED Sundays (well, mostly Sundays):  Noted Downtown impresario Kevin Malony continues to curate array of solo performances at Pangea.  From his TWEED TheaterWorks series comes “another shocking visit from other-worldly” Conversations with Claywoman  with special guest  Cynthia Nixon on Wednesday, October 11 at 7 PM, with a $20 cover. A returnee from Malony’s Glisten! series is “meaty writer/performer” Obie Award-winning David Cale for another helping of his first all-singing show of original material titled  Songs for Charming Strangers with Matthew Dean Marsh on accordion and piano.  Sundays October 15, November 19, December 17 all at 7 PM. Cover charge is $20.

Making sure the conversation never degenerates, it’s Downtown Diva Carol Lipnik — with fellow songwriter Matt Kanelos on piano — as they return for a new round of Sunday seances, also part of the TWEED line-up.  Her new show Songs from a Stone Tower is a  dreamlike meditation on the growing siege mentality gripping our world, kicking back on Sundays October 22, November 5, December 3 at 7 PM. Cover is $20.

Zachary Clause takes you to The Baths to meet Bette Midler and Barry Manilow and all the others in Zachary Clause Does Bette Midler at the Continental Baths, 1971. The satirist’s publicity promises there is cause for applause for Clause and that he is “surely one of just a small handful who can really pull off a portrayal of these bigger-than-life queer icons.  It’s time to go down in NYC gay history, with music director Darren R. Cohen pointing the way.” Here are his three dates to bathe in his Baths nostalgia (bring your own towel): Friday, October 27, Saturdays November 4 and 11, all at 7:30 PM. Cover is $25.

Pangea’s publicist praises Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Natti Vogel and says this he “knows how to stir up trouble, to the delight of his naturally outraged Gen Y followers.  Check out this shoot-from-the-hipster singer-piano man as he continues to make waves!”  This is his first time at Pangea with a date of Saturday, October 14 at 7 PM. Cover is $20.

Actress and singer Linda Glick makes her Pangea debut in Teach Me Tonight, an eclectic evening blending styles and cultures from notable truth seekers.  The NYC-born Glick, who portrayed Nancy Pelosi on HBO’s Too Big to Fail and was Rita Lyons in The Lyons, gets her best answers from Coward and Porter, Randy Newman, Janis Ian, Charles Aznavour, Alberto Manzanero, and Billy Joel.  Her MD is Ian Herman.  The four appearances are on three Wednesdays (October 18, 25, and November) and one Friday (November 10), all at 7:30 PM.

Jeff Macauley‘s monthly Hollywood Party: Movie Songs 1928 – 1936 is breezy and inspired by movie magic and music on Monday, October 30, Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 15 with a $25 cover.  

 There is a $20 food and drink minimum for all shows. To purchase tickets online visit www.pangeanyc.com , or for info call 212/995-0900. Keep an eye on the horizon for Salty Brine who is steaming around the world to bring back his enchanting Welcome to the Jungle Book in November.

Pangea is located at 178 Second Avenue (between East 11 and East 12 Streets).