It's always good news when Joe Pernice and The Pernice Brothers turn up. Catch them at Southpaw, 125 5th Ave. [St. John's Pl.] Bklyn 718.230.0236, on Friday night. Tickets, $12. Hear samples at iTunes.
Glen Phillips was 14 when he first fronted Toad the Wet Sprocket. Loved him then, love him now. On Friday, 8pm, he's at the NY Society for Ethical Culture, 2 W. 64th [CPW] 212. with The Weekly Review Traveling Road Show along with Griffin House, Missy Higgins, and Kim Richey. Tickets, $30. iTunes samples.
We never tire of a good gypsy tango klezmer punk band and we bet the same goes for you. The Luminescent Orchestrii is having a party to celebrate the release of their new CD, "Too Hot to Sleep, " Saturday, 8pm, at Makor, 35 W. 67th [CPW/Col], Tickets, $12.
At Barnes and Noble Union Square on Saturday, part of the New Yorker festival: Ian McEwan (Best living novelist? Discuss.) at 1pm (signing Saturday) and Ricky Gervais (The British version of The Office — funniest TV show ever? Discuss.) at 4pm signing his book for kids called Flanimals.
Andrew Jones' Village paintings are an invariable delight. Tonight through October 12th, there's an exhibition of his work called "Brownstone and Iron — Views of the Village" at Elliot Smith Contemporary Art, 327 W. 11th [Greenwich/Wash] 212.675.7164.
We'll be knocking back a few espressos at the Galleria illy while it's in Soho through December 15th. A shrine to the coffee producer — and rightly so — featuring art (some guys named James Rosenquist and Julian Schnabel), classes, and plenty of joe. It's at 382 W. Bway [Spring/Broome].
Gumby and Pokey celebrate their 50th anniversary — whether it's of their creation or as a couple is in the eye of the beholder — at The Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Ave [36th St.] Astoria 718.784.0077, now through January 6th. Gumby props, photos, storyboards, and consumer products.
Marjorie Fair performing at Mercury Lounge on 9/26.
Wicked fans: Gregory Maguire's new novel, Son of a Witch is due in stores next week. Mr. Maguire will be at the Chelsea B & N on 9/28, 7pm.
Good vibes coming from the new musical The Color Purple starring La Chanze (pictured, top middle) at the Broadway. Starts previews November 1.
A MUG reader writes to us:
I wanted to mention a slightly different Katrinabenefit. One of my girlfriend's best friends, Siege,is a photographer originally from New Orleans. Hismother and brother lost their trailer that Siege hadjust bought for them in the storm. Some people are organizing an online auction to help Siege buy her another trailer. The ebay auction startson September 21st. The URL is here, and has a message from Siege and more details. (Note: some images here are not work-safe.)