The 26-year-old rising jazz star settles into the Blue Note, 131 W. 3rd [6th/MacDougal] 212.475.8592, through Sunday with two shows a night. ($20 bar, $30 table)
Southpaw, 125 5th Ave. [St. John's Pl.] Bklyn 718.230.0236, is Park Slope's cool, relatively new music venue. Worth checking out not only for the space, but its rocking roster. Dub Is A Weapon plays December 20 at 9pm, $10.
What's more holidayish than Johann Strauss' operetta? It plays through January 4 at the Amato Opera, 319 Bowery [1st/2nd] 212.228.8200.
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They Might be Giants
The two Johns will bring their inimitable act to Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Pl. [15th/Irving] 212.307.7171, on December 26 and 27, 8pm. ($25 adv, $30 door)
Listen to My Heart
David Friedman, another composer (like John Bucchino), who, in another age, would have had a major Broadway career, gets a revue of his work called Listen to My Heart at Upstairs at Studio 54, 254 W. 54th [7th/8th] 212.239.6200. Gorgeous, adult tunes and sentiments.
25 CDs for $10
ARChive of Contemporary Music, 54 White [Bway/Church] 212.226.6967, just had a big sale, but they've still got 10,000 CDs, LPs, cassettes, and singles that they have to clear out. Today only, 11-6, pick up any 25 items for $10.
Wow, those pipes sound better than ever. Ms. Lauper (pictured) has a new album called At Last, a collection of standards for which she clearly has an innate affinity. She'll be performing tomorrow night at the Beacon.
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New York Metro Mass Choir
This NYC choir "celebrates the human spirit through the performing arts, bringing together people from all walks of life and religious perspectives. Seeking to provide a spiritual common ground, the Metro Mass Choir creates opportunities for various cultural and spiritual expressions of faith, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, gender or sexual orientation." They also do all kinds of community work, including building housing in Brooklyn, the Dear Santa campaign, and Habitat for Humanity. How can you not love an organization like that? Funding for the choir comes from private donations and is tax deductible. To donate, call 866.662.4647 or email email@example.com for more info. They also have a new CD called "The Sound of Inspiration". Call 866.662.4647 to order ($20).
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