City Pulse

By P.J. Gach

It’s Friday, November 19th, seven days before Black Friday, the biggest most frightening shopping day of the year. Have you been working out preparing yourself to take down the competition when the doors spring open at your fav store that day? Have you been saving your pennies, thinking about all the deals you’ll buy? If you’ve gotten yourself into some deep physical and psychological training to shop, shop, shop that day, don’t read this column, ’cause it’s all about where you can have fun, listen to some good music and enjoy yourself.

If you’re broke or watching your budget (who isn’t these days?) catch a band or three at The Luna Lounge in the Lower East Side. No cover, cheap drinks and a pool table. It’s also a great place to people watch and see fashion before it becomes trendy. Luna even has its own Internet radio station.

Luna Lounge
171 Ludlow Street

Irini Res teaches Ballet during the day and at night she sings jazz. You can catch her tonight at Cleopatra’s Needle, 92nd & Broadway from 8 PM – Midnight. Accompanying her is Ian MacDonald – piano, C. Francis Cross- percussion, Russel George – electric violin, Bob Kindred – tenor sax, and Ron McClure – bass. No cover, but there is a $10 drink minimum. I’ve had friends who dined at the Needle, and they loved the food, décor, the whole deal.
Irini Res
Cleopatra’s Needle
2485 Broadway (Broadway & 92nd)
Friday, Nov 19 8 PM – Midnight

Ani DiFranco
Do I really need to explain?
Two nights at the Beacon Theater
Friday, November 19, Saturday, November 20th
Beacon Theater
2124 Broadway

Jonesin’ for some house? Check out The Final Propaganda at the Sullivan Room, Saturday, November 20th. It’s going on from 10 PM – 5 AM. Sycophant Slags (Mr. C & Francis Harris), Dollz at Play (Xochitl West & Bea Diaz) $5 before 11 PM, $10 after

The Final Propaganda
Sycophant Slags
Dollz at Play
The Sullivan Room
218 Sullivan Street (bet. Bleecker & W. 3rd)
Saturday, November 20th 10 PM – 5 AM

Minnie Driver was a singer before she became an actress. Yes, she had a recording contract waay before she hit Hollywood. Check her out at the Bowery Ballroom Sunday, November 21st

Minnie Driver
Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey Street

The Silk Road Mocha Café’s basement hosts “Really Hot Tea” it’s an open mic that’s got a bit of everything – hip hop and all sorts of music, poetry, comedy and well…who knows what or who will show up. The fun starts at 8 Pm and it’s free
Silk Road Mocha Café
30 Mott Street (basement)

New York City is a hive of bars where you can hear any type of music seven days a week. If you’re looking for rock music that harkens the next big wave, there are only two bars where you can find it. These two bars are the “taste makers” if you will, once a band plays there, both you and they know that their inches away from becoming the next big thing. So if a band plays Sine-e or Mercury Lounge watch them very carefully.

The Yesterdays is one of those bands to watch. They’ve done their time, played The Continental and small places around the metro New York area. But this Sunday, they’re hitting their marks at the Mercury. They go on at 7 PM, and the door is a bargain, $5.00. I’ve caught them live and aurally, they got me. The band is comprised of Dave Silverman – guitar, vocals, Adam Swiderski – guitar, vocals, Brian Bair – percussion, and Peter Niessen- bass. They’re guitar driven, and melodic. Their songs are well crafted with tight hooks, lyrical and tough. According to their website, “The Yesterdays are not garage, indie, emo, screamo, power-pop, slo-core, no-wave, nu-metal or alt-anything. They are a rock band. And that’s all you really need to know.” Call them whatever label that makes you comfortable, but do give them a listen. You can check the band out at or you’ll become addicted.

The Yesterdays
The Mercury Lounge
217 E. Houston Street (SW corner of Ave A and Houston)
Sunday, Nov 21 7 PM

Electric Death was formed in the late 80’s. The hard rock and blues band, toured, got a following, and then took a break. Now, they’re back. The new lineup is Jorge Gonzalez – lead vocals, guitar, Tito Gonzalez – bass, and Carol Moon – drums/percussion. You can catch the re-formed band November 24th and December 15th, both shows are at 8:45 PM

Electric Death
Wednesday, November 24th 8:45 PM
Wednesday, December 15, 8:45 PM
The Continental
25 3rd Avenue

Now for some non-musical fun…

The Manhattan Mall’s Tree Lighting Ceremony is tonight from 5 PM – 7 PM, special guests include The Harlem Globetrotters. It’s at Broadway and 33rd Street. More information

Friday nights are always free at the Asia Society’s Museum, so check out the exhibits from 6 -9 PM at 725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street) 212-288-6400

This Friday night and every Friday night MOMA is free from 4 PM – 8 PM. Yes, Saturday is the grand re-opening, but it would be nice to see it a day before without all those crowds, right? MOMA is at 11 West 53rd Street, more information

Saturday, November 20th at the Harlem Meer, a section of Central Park is having a free poetry reading. You can recite your favorite poem (yours or someone else’s) from 3 – 5 PM Call 212-860-1370 or for more information.

Sunday, November 21st, The Museum of The City of New York is celebrating its 80th birthday and the 80th birthday of Mayor Ed Koch by letting you in free from 1 PM – 5 PM. Music, refreshments and birthday cake! The museum is located at 1220 5th Avenue at 103rd Street. for more information.

Grand Central is hosting a holiday laser light show at their grand terminal from November 23rd – December 31st. It will be shown from 11 AM – 9 PM daily, more information call 212-340-2210

Originally published November 2004
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