We've made no secret of our adoration for the mesmerizing multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter-whistler Andrew Bird, so when it was announced that he'd be appearing at City Winery Friday night as part of John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders, we marked our calendar with a big red AB (yes, with a heart around it). It's been almost two years since Bird last left us spellbound at Radio City Music Hall, and though his appearance center stage on Friday was limited to three songs, he sat in on a handful of other numbers and debuted a new one. Here's video:

We hear that Bird, who will kick off this summer's Celebrate Brooklyn concert series at the Prospect Park bandshell on June 10th, is residing in NYC for a while, so Bird watchers should keep their eyes peeled for more intimate appearances like this. His brief performance on Friday wasn't the only highlight; if you've never been exposed to Harding's (a.k.a. Wesley Stace) Cabinet of Wonders, it's worth checking out. A casual highbrow variety show of sorts, the unique showcase features a mix of relaxed rock, short poetry and prose readings, and comedy. This installment featured musical performances from the lovely Tift Merritt, a funny reading and related prog-rock performance by author Jonathan Coe, a sampling of Paul Muldoon's poetry, and more tunes from Kristin Hersh, David Wax Museum, and Daniel Felsenfeld.

The comedy portion of the evening came in the form of an amusing duet between Harding and Eugene Mirman, who both recited their recent twitter entries while Mirman interpreted the tweets on the "ThereMirman." Our favorite part: Mirman playing the theremin while revealing, "I'm afraid if the Superbowl is being broadcast into space they will interpret this Black Eyed Peas song as an act of war." Here's a taste:

John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders returns to City Winery on April 22nd. The lineup includes: Allison Moorer, Mike Doughty, Tanya Donelly, Craig Wedren, Eugene Mirman, Rick Moody, and Mary Gaitskill.