A soulful songstress that dabbles in a mishmash of classic American musical genres, Joan Osborne blipped onto the nation's radar more than 15 years ago with the hit "One of Us" and remains steadfast well into the millennium. Immerse inner ears in an intimate acoustic set featuring Joan's pianist pal Keith Cotton and special guest Jeffry Braun. For this concert, The Ridgefield Playhouse will feature a complimentary preshow hors d'oeuvres spread from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and a full bar stocked with buyable libations. Groups should call ahead to reserve blocks of seats.
What do Scarface, The Terminator, and The Graduate all have in common? They're all inventive pizzas you can order at The West End, a swanky bookstore-turned-lounge that dazzles with live drag shows, dueling pianos, and standup comedy. Diners can share a pizza topped with caramelized apples, gorgonzola, and red onions, bite into a Bueller's burger?a half-pound baked burger smothered with pimiento cheese and the restaurant's signature sauce?or sample the fries dusted with sumac and parmesan, and drizzled with truffle oil. After dinner, guests can invite Amy Adams to their table in the form of a craft cocktail infused with muddled strawberries and fresh basil and named after their star. Downstairs, exposed bricks line the venue's cellar, which hosts live entertainment nightly, and can be reserved for private parties.
True to its name, Ensemble Du Monde celebrates the talents of musicians hailing from all over the world. And the chamber orchestra's repertoire is just as all-encompassing—concerts include pieces ranging from Baroque-era favorites to contemporary gems, with lesser-known and premiere works constantly feeding ears with delicious new sounds. That expansive selection has earned the ensemble performances at a wide variety of venues, including Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and at a live taping of Nickelodeon's Wonder Pets. Ensemble Du Monde also sponsors a Young Artists Concerto Competition to encourage the next generation of musical masters.
British writer, director, and comedian Stephen Merchant, the acclaimed co-creator of The Office and Extras, smuggles his ruthless rapier-pointed wit into American airspace, drawing a deluge of laughs and winces during his very first standup comedy tour. Winner of Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTAs, and countless thumb-wrestling matches, Stephen returns to his standup roots in spite of his global success during a tour intentionally titled Stephen Merchant Live: Hello Ladies… Freed of partner Ricky Gervais, the lanky comedian commandeers the stage during a rousing show, exposing fans to his radiating mad genius while narrowly avoiding scraping his scalp on the scaffolds.
Art of the Stand-Up Comic brings together a quintet of gut-busting talents who elicit laughter in one evening of tag-team hilarity. Carole Montgomery shows off the wickedly deadpan sarcasm that has won her gigs on Comedy Central, ABC, and MTV, whereas the author of The Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing, Jim Mendrinos, tickles ribs with wry observational rants. Voice actor extraordinaire Brian Scott McFadden has lent his talents to such films as Ice Age II and Robots and interlaces high-energy monologues with hilarious impressions and characters. Also taking the stage, the youngest female comic to ever perform on Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Liz Miele, mixes self-deprecating sarcasm with cutting insight, and Lori Sommer shows off the improvisational powers that led her to cofound the renowned Red Tie Mafia Improv Troupe.