In addition to her skills as a chameleonic singer and actor, Amber Martin is a consummate host who has spent years at the hub of the downtown alt-performance world. Every Monday at Sid Gold’s, Chelsea’s swank retro piano bar, she invites a different pal to perform an hour-long set of music and/or stories. The chummy party vibe continues afterward, when people are encouraged to stick around to mingle or even sing a song or two themselves.
Jason Kravits is a character actor (The Practice) and clever songwriter who won notice earlier this year with "Harrison," which imagined a Hamilton-like musical about the short-termed president William Henry Harrison. His extremely funny full-length show at the Duplex is devoted to improvisational comic songwriting based on audience suggestions—a high-wire act that is guaranteed to put a grin on your face.