It’s politics as unusual as Pangea harbors a whole of host of truth-seeking yay-sayers and singers in April. Among the highlights are: Tammy Faye Starlite with her hotly anticipated new Nico show; Mad Jenny’s unchained “Cabaret in Captivity;” and a rear guard of the avant-garde, featuring standouts like Laura Kenyon, David Vernon, Mark Nadler and Carol Lipnik.
Produced by Kevin Malony, the popular series Happy, Cry, Pretty! is now a staple of the club. Cover is $20.
Here are more details on the above-listed events:
Tammy Faye Starlite has recently begun a 6-week major engagement resurrecting downtown rock starlet Nico as if she stumbled into Pangea for an unplanned (and un-rehearsed) set with some of her favorite musicians. A marvel of in-character improv, this show celebrates the 50th anniversary of Nico’s solo album, Chelsea Girl, with songs written by her Velvet Underground mates Lou Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison, as well as Jackson Browne and Tim Hardin. Tammy’s fellow time-travelers include the irresistible Eszter Balint, David Dunton, Richard Feridun, and Keith Hartel. Five more Thursdays — April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 — all at 7:30 pm Cover is $25.
Performance and recording artist David Vernon is, to some, otherworldly. At Pangea he’s right at home, offering his modern and iconoclastic interpretations of Broadway musical classics. Winner of the 2017 Bistro Award for Outstanding Vocalist, Vernon is joined here by music director Alex Leonard in what’s billed as “a transcendent evening that will have you asking yourself, ‘Where exactly IS Broadway these days?'” One night only: Saturday, April 15, 7 pm. Cover is $20.
Downtown Diva Carol Lipnik continues her weekly run of her new Goddess of Imperfection, a dreamlike meditation on the broken, uncertain state of the world. With fellow songwriter Matt Kanelos on piano, the show features a parade of musical surprises from week to week, including special guests, new material and old heirlooms plucked from Lipnik’s attic. She shifts to the first-Sunday-of-the-month in May. Sundays April 16, 23 & 30, all at 7 pm. Cover is $15.
Mark Nadler picks up where he left off in December, resuming his residency of monthly shows on select Saturdays. This time it’s Saturday, April 22 when Mr. Electric flips the switch, turning out divine standards and assorted rarities to suit the occasion. A modern-day vaudevillian of the highest order, Nadler mixes scholarship and sophisticated mayhem like there is no tomorrow. Stephen Holden of The New York Times calls it “a miniature master class in the interpretation of song lyrics.” Saturday, April 22, back-to-back shows at 7 pm & 9 pm. Cover is $30.
Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, Cabaret in Captivity features songs and texts written and performed in the Terezin Ghetto, some of which are newly discovered. Conceived by Untitled Theater Company #61; curated and hosted by Mad Jenny (Jenny Lee Mitchell), and with music direction by Maria Dessena, the evening features Craig Anderson, Jeremy Lawrence, Andrianna Smela, Seth Gilman, and Katarina Vizina, with a special appearance by Barbara Maier Gustern. Experience the music and the stories of the 30,000 European Jews who arrived here, never to leave again. A remarkable legacy, even if only a fraction of what was created there. Monday, April 24 at 7 pm; the cover is $20.
Coming up: The next unexpected landfall of the tsunami of fun, Salty Brine, as we expect him to wash up on our shores again in May.
Downtown’s intimate supper-club Pangea is the ultimate in alt! 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. Pangea is located at 178 Second Avenue (between 11th & 12th Streets).