Wednesday, July 23rd

O.K., we give up: call the Jitney! Otherwise it’s turning into a summer of musical spoofs—this one, Political Idol, featuring a John McCain character singing “John McCain” to the tune of “Purple Rain” and one actor playing Barack Obama, Charles Rangel and Condi Rice. Hey, anyone know if the Mineshaft is still open?

[Political Idol, the Triad Theatre, 158 West 72nd Street, 7 p.m., 212-352-3101]

mbryan@observer.com

Wednesday, July 23rd