MONDAY | 5.19
TOO TOUGH TO DIE
Joey Ramone lives
His corpse lies in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and the street that the city named after him sits 13 blocks south of tonight's venue, but Joey Ramone still has his birthday celebrated in New York City. The 2008 Joey Ramone Birthday Bash will be the eighth since his death in 2001, and, as always, the focus is on the survivors: Manitoba's Wild Kingdom, featuring most of the remaining Dictators; the Shangri-Las' Mary Weiss, passing up the opportunity to feature songs from last year's surprisingly good Dangerous Game in favor of heritage tunes like "Leader of the Pack" et al.; and Television's Richard Lloyd, unveiling his new band, the, er, SmuftyDogs. Truly bold/reckless attendees can play the CBGB drinking game—for every mention of John Varvatos's semi-hostile takeover of the Ramone's old playground, help yourself to a drink. Last man standing wins. At 7, the Fillmore at Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza, 212-777-6800, $25
Preaching to the choir
Burlesque isn't so virginal, but then was Mary, really? "I've never been one to disagree with Catholic doctrine," says La JohnJoseph, who, as the Madonna, preaches against abstinence-only education ("It doesn't work—I'm a virgin mother, for goodness' sake!"). La JJ can't prove that Mary was unsullied, but with America's Next Top Mary, we see she certainly didn't lead a boring life. Highlights include Julie Atlas Muz (as God) doin' it with Jo Boobs; Dirty Martini giving birth to a chicken; Legs Malone in a "morning-after" routine; Darlinda Just Darlinda seducing baby Jesus; and Tigger! doing "something hilarious and acrobatic." At 10, Galapagos Art Space, 70 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, 718-782-5188, galapagosartspace.com
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