Friday, December 10: Big Daddy Charles and the Charlatans, with the Back Alley Sextet, Le Chat Noir, 5 cents Big Daddy Charles hails from the Mississippi Delta, where he learned to play the gobble–pipe with the coolest cats on the Bayou. He is backed by the Charlatans, a quartet of swinging jazzmen with enough mojo to blast their horns while making the butter and egg flies swoon. Only a tin ear would pass this up.
Saturday, December 10th: Diego Rivera Mural Unveiling, 15th and Chestnut Mexican muralist Diego Rivera has been making a splash in New York and abroad with his colorful, vibrant, and celebratory imagery of Mexican culture. Though we applaud the idea of livening the city with mural art (and hope it continues in the future), we wish to see this commie’s scandalous Red portraiture whitewashed at once.
Now–December 27th, The Three Penny Opera, Walnut Street Theater, 15 cents When Bertoldt Brecht, the newest enfant terribles of the Germany theatre world, released his latest work three years ago, it was hard for us to connect with the street ruff portrayed in the play. Now that Mackie Masse’s situation is familiar to most, the radically modern stage mechanics employed by the director will be the only thing that’s difficult to wrap your head around.