Wednesday, July 20, 2005

You Are Blind As A Bat And I Have Sight 

Everyone's aware that Passaic's own Joe Piscopo will be in our midst tomorrow, right? Joe's performing "A Tribute to Hoboken's 150th Anniversary" Thursday night at 8 p.m. at the St. Ann's Italian Festival. It's unclear how much of that tribute will involve music, or comedy, or bodybuilding. Surely there'll be some Sinatra schtick.

The St. Ann's feast is also famous for booths of good, often cheap Italian food. There's this one booth I've been to in past years with some of the best meatballs I've had this side of mom's. If I find them this year, I'll point them out. I recall another booth offering small servings of penne vodka for a buck, which is notable if only because it's a buck.

Another potential entertainment highlight of the festival, which starts tonight and runs through next Tuesday, is Tavares ("It Only Takes A Minute," "More Than A Woman," "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel") on Sunday. Original members? Who knows, but it was always a family act—the five Tavares brothers (Ralph, Antone, Feliciano, Arthur, and Perry)—so there's hope. They're on Sunday night at 8.

Then Monday it's Beginnings - A Tribute To Chicago. Since I've already had one friend ask whether the Chicago in question was the band, the city, or the musical, I'll give you a hint: it's the one that used to feature Peter Cetera. Let's hope Beginnings' name is indicative of the period of Chicago®'s music they'll draw upon most heavily for their set.

You can probably find the festival if you follow the noise, the pedestrians, and the smell of zeppoli—but in case you can't, it's located on the blocks surrounding 7th & Jefferson in Hoboken.

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