Raven O Does Sinatra And Then Skips Town (And What To Do This Weekend In New York)

Two rare treats will make Sunday and Monday shine for those in the know. That will include you, if you read on.

This Sunday, March 23rd, that rare treat known as Raven O will perform at the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) at 9:30 p.m. His show — Raven O, Sinatra “My Way” — will be his take on classic Old Blue Eyes’ tunes. It will be a last chance for many to see the brilliant former front man of The Box before he shuffles off to Miami Beach. He’s lived here for 35 years and this move will leave us missing him. Tickets are $20 with a two drink minimum . V.I.P. packages are available, too.

This Monday, March 24th my very special friend Eric Schmalenberger along with Barbara Maier Gustern present “Songs That Propelled Us” at Joe’s Pub (425 Lafayette Street) from 9:30 p.m. This show, hosted by Tammy Faye Starlight, includes nearly every bold faced name in downtown performance art. There are so many performers that even if nobody else shows up it will be a great crowd. The players are Justin Vivian Bond, Michael Cavadias, Angela DiCarlo, Earl Dax, Eisa Davis, Mai Fujisawa, Miguel Gutierrez, Nicholas Gorham, Soozie Hwang and the Realastics, Our Lady J, Carol Lipnik, Heather Litteer, Amber Martin, Nancy Magarill, Carlos Ponton, Chris Rael, Lady Rizo, Viva Ruiz, Eric Schmalenberger, Sofia Tosello, Sonda Weigl . Pinky Weitzman with Not Waving But Drowning, Geo Wyeth, and Roseanna Vitro. Plus there will be surprise guests! The rest of the town will be empty. It’s all for a great cause as proceeds will benefit New York Voices, Joe’s Pub’s artist commissioning program, and the Ali Forney Center.

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