By Jared Chausow
By Katie Toth
By Elizabeth Flock
By Albert Samaha
By Anna Merlan
By Jon Campbell
By Jon Campbell
By Albert Samaha
At 10, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212.533.2111
'HANK MOBLEY FESTIVAL'
Half a dozen tenor saxophonists are convening for this tribute to a major cult figure from the golden age of hard-bop, who made the Blakey-to-Miles journey before Shorter and had a sound impossible to shake: Houston Person, Joe Lovano, Frank Wess, Eric Alexander, Seamus Blake, and Don Braden. Trumpeter Don Sickler serves as the music director, and makes sure you'll hear Mobley tunes as well. GIDDINS
Through Sunday at 7:30 and 9:30, Friday and Saturday also at 11:30, Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, 212.576.2232
The Soft Boys have re-disbanded, and he's once again touring solo: half acid-drenched unplugged garage-pop wit, half stand-up disembodied prophet's free-associating head, for whom absurdity and despair are closely linked, with a bonus 20 percent of world-class guitarist in there somewhere. Note that the less he tries to be wacky the funnier he is. With Vienna Teng. WOLK
At 7:30 and 10:30, Bottom Line Cabaret, 15 West 4th Street, 212.502.3471
Uhh-oooh-UHHHHH-oooh! One of new wave's most original voices and visual talents does a rare live show for Halloween. Scary!?! A send-up of her half-Yugoslavian heritage, Lovich's image has aged impeccably along with her singular dance-pop, and so should the woman herself. Since a sizable chunk of Manhattan is dying to be Lovich circa '81, it's only fair that the original can go on living. WALTERS
At 9:30, Joe's Pub, 425 Lafayette Street, 212.539.8770
Everyone knows she can sing with a range, imagination, and wit that places her in the great tradition, and with the release of A Little Moonlight (Blue Note), even she seems to believe it. As on the CD, she will appear here with her trioPeter Martin, Reuben Rogers, and the excellent drummer Greg Hutchinson; she needs no more. GIDDINS
At 8:30, Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, Seventh Avenue between 56th and 57th streets, 212.247.7800
'OLDEST LIVING CONFEDERATE WIDOW TELLS ALL'
And the title tells you all if you've read Allan Gurganus's bestselling novel. Except that it doesn't say the adapter is producer Martin Tahse, the director is that resourceful fellow Don Scardino, and the tart-tongued, tell-all heroine is played by the ultra-distinguished Ellen Burstyn, not seen on a local stage since 1995. We'll be listening. FEINGOLD
Previews begin today, opens November 17, Longacre Theatre, Broadway and 48th Street, 212.239.6200
'MY PEOPLE WERE FAIR AND HAD CUMIN THEIR HAIR (BUT NOW THEY'RE CONTENT TO SPRAY STARS FROM YOUR BOUGHS)'
The T-Rex title might better have been left unaltered, but curator Bob Nickas does have his finger on the pulse of the moment in this motley all-guy show of mostly small works about sucking, fucking, and "sexual energy as a key to the kingdom." The teenage-bedroom sensibility is additive, addictive, and negligent. Nickas calls it his protest against Bush. LEVIN
Through November 15, Team, 527 West 27th Street, 212.279.9219
SAMMY DAVIS JR.
The Rat Pack revival has sparked new interest in the last of the song-and-dance men (and, per Sandra Bernhard, "the world's hippest Jew"). Today, it's Sammy on TV and, opposite Eartha Kitt, in Anna Lucasta (1958); Sunday, watch his career turn in Porgy and Bess (1959) and his Miles Davis impersonation in A Man Called Adam. HOBERMAN
Today and Sunday, American Museum of the Moving Image, 35th Avenue and 36th Street, Astoria, Queens, 718.784.2007
The so-called "barefoot diva" has got those Cape Verdean blues again, mama. No one does post-colonial melancholy better than sixtysomething Évora and her plum-toned voice. The "deep-rooted ache of the heart" she sings of in the title song of her new album, Voz d'Amor, nicely summarizes the island's morna tradition, while her accompanying guitar, violin, accordion, and clarinet suggest a West African cabaret. GEHR
At 8, Beacon Theater, 2124 Broadway, 212.496.7070
JUNIOR SENIOR+ELECTRIC SIX
D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat, Junior Senior's opening salvo, offers more thrills per minute than anything released this year outside of the new Basement Jaxxwhen the least party-starting thing on it is the "Mony Mony" steal, you know you're dealing with professionals. Electric Six come damn close on Fire (Beggars)they didn't invent the night, as they claim, but they'll keep it going. Today with the Affair. MATOS
At 10 and Tuesday at 9, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 212.533.2111; Tuesday at Maxwell's, 1039 Washington Street, Hoboken, New Jersey, 201.653.1703
TIM ROLLINS & K.O.S.
With some 40 small studies, "Works on Paper 1983-2003" is a perfect mini-retrospective in miniature of their paintings on text pages or music scores. It compresses their condensations of literary meaning into an emblematic image (the golden horn that graces Kafka's Amerika, satin ribbons striping "Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl") or substance (animal blood, ashes, holy oil, mustard seed). And for once this gallery's multitask space works. LEVIN
Through November 15, A.R.T., 210 Eleventh Avenue, 212.691.5956
The search to define cultural and political identity, long a struggle for Israelis of all measure, begat this conglomeration of poetry and song. Writers, poets, actors, and translators will congregate to meld classical Israeli poetry and works-in-progress with experimental jazz and traditional Israeli pop hits. A live mix of images from visual artists and audience participation rounds out the simcha. SNOW
At 6, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, 212.294.8301