Today’s “Fab 5″/ Selected NYCity Events – WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31, 2014.
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Garland Jeffreys — Pop/Rock
Charles Busch and Laura Benanti — Cabaret
Dee Dee Bridgewater — Jazz
New Year’s Eve Concert For Peace — SpecialEvent/ Holiday Music
New Year’s Eve 2015 in Times Square — SpecialEvent
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“Last month, the Village Voice published its list of the sixty best songs ever written about New York City. Coming in at No. 7 was Jeffreys’s “Wild in the Streets,” a hissing, insinuating, insistent piece from 1973. No argument here, but you could print up a list of the Brooklyn native’s catalogue, tack it to the wall, step back ten paces, and throw a dart, and you’d be almost guaranteed to hit another great New York City song. Jeffreys, who is seventy-one, is still a dynamo, and he gets a jump on the New Year’s Eve celebrations with an early show at Joe’s Pub.” (NewYorker)
Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.
Charles Busch and Laura Benanti
“Broadway’s Supper Club” also has a pair of special entries in the New Year’s Eve stakes: Charles Busch, drag artist, occasional vocalist, and playwright, who consistently comes up with original monologues that are as hysterically funny as they are thought-provoking and touching, thus speak to the “ Miriam Passman ” in all of us.
Laura Benanti is the latest Tony winner to master the difficult art of the one-woman show, as she proved in last year’s 54 Below show, “In Constant Search Of The Right Kind Of Attention,” which was also, thankfully, recorded and released as a CD. And she’s the only 35-year-old around who could possibly sing “I’m Glad I’m Not Young Anymore” without anyone wanting to smack her.” (WSJ)
54 Below, 254 W. 54th St.
Dee Dee Bridgewater (through Jan 02)
“A one-woman New Year’s Eve party no matter what time of year she hits a stage, Bridgewater balances her boundless energy and fervor with impeccable vocal artistry. Although she’s drawn attention for earnest tributes to both Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday, the Tony-winning performer has an inimitable style.”(NewYorker)
Iridium, 1650 Broadway, at 51st St.
New Year’s Eve Concert For Peace
Founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1984, the annual New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace is a signature Cathedral event, gathering old friends and new for more than a quarter of a century. The music, the candles, and the spirit of peace send audiences out into the chill January night with renewed hope for the world we share. This year’s concert, hosted by Harry Smith, features guests Judy Collins and Jason Robert Brown.
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, at 112th St.
At 7 p.m. / Reserved tickets are now sold out. A limited number of FREE general admission seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the evening of the concert.
316-7490 / stjohndivine.org
Oh, Yes. There is one more thing happening here on Manhattan’s WestSide this evening.
New Year’s Eve 2015 in Times Square
“A million people from around the world have gathered, the clock is nearing midnight, and all eyes are locked on the sparkling Waterford Crystal ball descending above them. It’s a familiar annual scene: New Year’s Eve in Times Square. And this year will be no different. The free festivities, sponsored by the Times Square Alliance, will have the requisite energetic crowd, as well as balloons, confetti, live performances from musicians like Taylor Swift, and more.
The celebration will officially begin at 6 p.m. and continue until 12:15 a.m. But for prime locations (and the best views), arrive early in the afternoon. The New Year’s Eve ball can most easily be seen along Broadway, from 43rd to 50th Streets, and along Seventh Avenue, as far north as 59th Street. More information, including access points, street closings, transportation and dining, is at timessquarenyc.org.” (NYT)