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BY SCOTT STIFFLER | THE PORTLAND CELLO PROJECT: A BENEFIT CONCERT FOR HOUSING WORKS
Some celebrated masters of music’s most moody, contemplative instrument are combining forces to raise funds for one of NYC’s most worthy causes. Housing Works provides housing, healthcare, job training and advocacy for New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS. Their Downtown Bookstore Cafe regularly hosts a variety of imaginative and entertaining special events — and on June 25, it’s the site of a benefit concert from The Portland Cello Project. The indie orchestra with a cult following is known for its unpredictable and unconventional playlist. You’re as likely to see an improvised version of Britney Spears’ “Toxic” as you are a centuries-old classical selection.
Mon., June 25, 8pm (doors open 7:30pm), at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby St., btw. Houston & Prince Sts.). Tickets ($15; guarantees admission but not seating) are on sale now at housingworks.org/events. For more info, call 212-334-3324. All ticket sales benefit the Housing Works mission of fighting to end AIDS and homelessness.
A MIDSUMMER SERENADE with THE BOND STREET EUTERPEAN SINGIN SOCIETY
Thurs., June 21, 7pm, at Merchant’s House Museum (29 E. 4th St., btw. Lafayette & Bowery). Reservations required. For tickets ($20, $10 for MHM members, seniors & students), call 212-777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org/calendar. Regular Museum Hours: Thurs.-Mon., 12-5pm. Admission is $10, $5 for students/seniors.LINDA LAVIN HOSTS THE VINEYARD’S EMERGING ARTISTS LUNCHEON
Currently slaying them as an indomitable matriarch who won’t let the imminent death of her husband prevent her from redecorating the living room, Lavin’s upcoming one-shot lunchtime gig has her doing a solid for the theater that premiered Nicky Silver’s “The Lyons,” and helped propel the witty, acerbic play to its current Broadway run.
Uncompromising, tough as nails and lovable despite her, well, reprehensible behavior, Lavin’s performance as Rita Lyons should have won her the Tony. That’s our sour grapes, not hers. She’s too classy to complain. Case in point? Lavin will host the Emerging Artists Luncheon — at which playwright Erika Sheffer will receive Vineyard Theatre’s 5th annual Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. That residency-based award comes with a cash prize and artistic development support over the 2012-13 season. Sheffer isn’t the only one who will emerge from the event a winner. Proceeds will benefit The Vineyard’s artistic and education programs.
Thurs., June 21, 12-2pm, at the National Arts Club (15 Gramercy Park South). For info, and to purchase tickets, contact Veronica Bainbridge at 212-353-3366, x242 or email at email@example.com. For info on “The Lyons” (highly recommended), visit thelyonsbroadway.com. Also visit vineyardtheatre.org.