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2012 MetroStar and Bistro Award winner, Billie Roe returns to the cabaret stage at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) performing in tribute her all-time favorite songwriter Tom Waits. Shows are scheduled for Wednesday, May 15th at 7:00 pm; Thursday, May 16th at 7:00 pm; Friday, May 17th at 7:00 pm; and Saturday, May 18th at 9:30 pm. Through Waits' music Billie will examine the real life 'film noir' events of the dirty, dangerous and destitute world of NYC in 1978, the year when, in all her youthful innocence, she began her singing career in New York. Musical Direction by Tracy Stark, with Peter Calo on guitar, Saadi Zain on Bass, David Silliman on Drums, and Roxy Coss on Sax/flute. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
NYC: BEN RIMALOWER: PATTI ISSUES IN MAY AT THE DUPLEX
Patti Issues will be performed by Ben Rimalower at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Monday, May 6th at 7:00 pm; and Saturdays, May 11th, 18th & 25th at 9:30 pm. Patti Issues mark's Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas. When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort - like so many gay boys before him and after - in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
NYC: THE 5TH DIMENSION'S FLORENCE LARUE AT THE MET
Florence LaRue, the remaining original member of The 5th Dimension. performs at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 pm. Over the course of a phenomenal career that has produced 14 Gold records, 6 Platinum records, 6 GRAMMY Awards, and numerous other awards, Ms LaRue continues to surprise her fans with her talent, stamina and endless energy. Whether on stage performing, lecturing, or serving as a celebrity judge for beauty pageants, such as Miss Universe, Ms LaRue juggles her roles as speaker, vocalist, actress, mother, playwright and humanitarian with the same electric perfection that she devotes to ballads such as "One Less Bell" which bears the signature 5th Dimension sound. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
NYC: COURTNEY ACT: BOYS LIKE ME
She has opened for Lady Gaga, starred in Rent and sung a duet with Idina Menzel, now Australian Idol sensation COURTNEY ACT premieres her newest solo show in New York at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Saturday, May 11th; Thursday, May 16th; and Saturday, May 18th, all shows at 7:30 pm. In COURTNEY ACT: BOYS LIKE ME, the multi-talented drag idol sings her favorite songs and divulges the fascinating and funny dirty laundry list that is her sex life. There's that angry text from a straight boy's girlfriend, the twins in Montreal, and the US Marine, just to name a few of the titillating encounters she details in story and song. This tuneful, hysterical performance showcases Courtney's sharp observations of living life on the gender divide, and illustrates what happens when boys like her. Call for cover/minimum information.
NYC: SANDRA CATENA - SENSUOUS BELLY DANCE
Sandra Catena Presents: Sensuous Belly Dance at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, May 18th at 2:00 pm. Enjoy an afternoon of Sandra believes is the sexiest dance in the world, performed by four of Manhattan's Premier Belly Dancers. There will be belly dance solos and choreographed group pieces to the most exciting world music. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
NYC: IMPRESARIO NOW! AT THE BEECHMAN
Impresario Now! 90% Theater, 90% Musicale, Very Mozart Most of the Time will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Saturdays, May 11th & 18th at 3:00 pm. The score is a very "now" version of Mozart's original 1786 comic songspiel. The classic four tunes are sing in really good English, and in this unique version, Mozart's rarely seen non-singing characters morph into a troupe of singers vying for roles by auditioning with a selection of Mozart's greatest hits. Dueling sopranos, battling baritones, a libidinous backer and one very broke producer. The same old story, brand new. You'll meet, and learn to love and loathe, Vinnie Birdwhistle, Heartbroken Tenor; sopranos Isolde Goldentrill and Swanhilda Silverspiel - one on the way up, one on the way out; Drusilla Kronensprech, a Mezzo with a Method, as well as Donaldo Largesse Angelgelt, Swifty Frank, and his Faithless Companion Buddenbrooks Buff, Fredrich Goldentrill - Barihunk Trouble Incarnate - and Tristana Straight, all weird in their own way. You won't see Wolftreudle Birdwhistle and you'll find out why. Laughs probable, applause compulsory. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
NYC: SARAH KIMBALL IN "BLUE"
Sarah Kimball's "Blue," a new cabaret show, will be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, May 18th at 4:00 pm. This show grew from Sarah's love of the Joni Mitchell song and album of the same name. With the help of director Lina Koutrakos, and musical director, Rick Jensen & bass player, Tom Hubbard, and through the music of Mitchell, Elton John, Annie Lennox, Leonard Cohen, Toots Thielemans, and others, Sarah will weave an intricate spell of blue smoke and thunder, of balmy breezes and dazzling vistas, exploring the deepest of blues to the brightest of skies. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
NYC: BOSSABRASIL FESTIVAL AT BIRDLAND
In its 8th year, BossaBrasil Festival returns to BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) with multi Grammy-winning composer, guitarist and vocalist Dori Caymmi and special guest vocalist, guitarist Joyce on Tuesday through Saturday, May 14th through 18th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The show also features Tutty Moreno (Drums), Rodolfo Stroeter (Bass), Dario Eskenazi (Piano)Following the path laid by his late father legendary Brazilian musician, Dorival Caymmi, Dori Caymmi has written for and performed with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Quincy Jones, Dionne Warwick, Gilberto Gil and Sarah Vaughan. Dori's special guest and frequent collaborator Joyce became an instant sensation for her sultry, subtle 1980 album "Feminina" which established her as one of the few Brazilian women recognized for composing as well as vocals and guitar. Produced by Pat Philips & Ettore Stratta. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.
NYC: WILL CALHOUN TRIO FEATURING DONALD HARRISON & GUESTS
The Will Calhoun Trio with Donald Harrison performs at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Friday through Sunday, May 17th through 19th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Not many artists have the vision and artistic energy to be Grammy winners and contribute to so many genres - jazz, rock, hip-hop, ambient, and more - while concurrently producing, touring, creating new projects, working on films, and continually pushing the envelope. Will Calhoun has this creative vision, and he is doing an extraordinary job keeping music a spiritual and motivating force in his life. In addition to his work with landmark fusion rock band Living Colour, Calhoun has recorded and/or performed with a diverse array of artists, including B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jaco Pastorious, Harry Belafonte, Pharoah Sanders, Jack DeJohnette, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Marcus Miller, Dr. John, Carly Simon, Herb Alpert, Oumou Sangare, Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood, Wayne Shorter (on the 1995 Grammy-winning CD High Life), Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, The Allman Brothers, and more. As a producer, player, and songwriter, he has also worked on Herb Alpert's Grammy-nominated album Colors (1999), and Mos Def's The New Danger (2004). There is a $20-$35 cover.
NYC: KENNY GARRETT AT THE IRIDIUM
Saxophonist Kenny Garrett will appear at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) Thursday through Saturday, May 16th through 19th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation. As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett's extraordinary abilities. There is a $35 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
NYC: AARON TVEIT MAKES CABARET DEBUT AT 54 BELOW
54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) is delighted to welcome Aaron Tveit to their stage for 4 performances: Friday, May 3rd at 11:00 pm; Thursday, May 9th at 9:30 pm; Fridays & Saturdays, May 10th & 11th and 17th & 18th, all shows at 11:00 pm. Mixing Broadway with pop, childhood favorites with contemporary sounds, and superstar vocals with charismatic good looks, Tveit's cabaret debut will have them talking for years. Broadway embraced Aaron when he memorably created roles in Next to Normal and Catch Me if You Can, in addition to his performances in Hairspray and Wicked. Television audiences can soon tune in regularly for the debut of his new USA Network series, Graceland, coming this June, and movie goers were recently starstruck by his work in Les Miserables. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
NYC: REBECCA LUKER SINGS JEROME KERN AT 54 BELOW
Rebecca Luker Sings Jerome Kern will be presented at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Thursday, May 9th at 7:00 pm. Additional performances are scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday, May 15th & 16th at 7:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, May 17th & 18th at 8:00 pm. Broadway audiences fell in love with Rebecca Luker when she created the role of Lily in The Secret Garden. Since then, she's delighted New York with Tony nominated roles in The Music Man, Showboat, and Mary Poppins, as well as her acclaimed performances in Nine and The Sound of Music. Her solo CD's, Greenwich Time and Leaving Home, are available on PS Classics. A long time champion of new composers, Rebecca has trumpeted new works in her appearances at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and on her recordings. This May, 54 Below is thrilled to present Rebecca in a reprise engagement of her brilliant evening of music, all penned by the singular Jerome Kern. There is a $30-$40 with a $25 food/drink minimum.
NY STATE: ARTISTS IN PARTNERSHIP 11TH ANNUAL CABARET FESTIVAL FEATURED CABARET FESTIVAL EVENT
Artists in Partnership Presents 11th Annual Cabaret Festival honoring the Great American Songbook in Long Island, NY Friday through Sunday, May 17th through May 19th at THE LONG BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY (111 West Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY - 516-432-6342 - http://www.aip-arts.org/ ). All performances are FREE to the public. The festival will feature performances by renowned local and New York City-based artists.
SATURDAY, MAY 18th 2:00 pm - "CABARET CONVERSATIONS" - Established artists along with musical director and pianist Tedd Firth demonstrate and comment on the cabaret genre as they honor the famous and infamous vocalists - the "divas" of the Cabaret World. Susan James will facilitate the discussion while artists Michael Hughes, Stacy Sullivan, Colleen McHugh and Tedd Firth perform in various song styles along with commentary by critic Rob Lester. 7:30 pm - FABULOUS LADIES - Shirley Crabbe presents "The Incomparable Ethel Waters" with David Budway at the piano. 9:00 pm - "TO LENA ... A Tribute to the Lady and Her Music" with Natalie Douglas with Mark Hartman on piano.
As with all live entertainment events, cast subject to change without notice.
This event is made possible with public funds from the Long Beach Public Library and a special Burst Grant from NY State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg. The library is handicapped accessible, located two blocks from the LIRR station in Long Beach, a 50-minute train ride from New York City's Penn Station.
Artists in Partnership, Inc. is a 501c3 cultural arts organization located in Long Beach, NY. The mission of AIP, "empowering artists and engaging the community," is a unique collaboration supporting literary, visual and performing artists by showcasing their talents, creating new avenues of expression, developing multi-generational and cross-cultural projects, providing fiscal sponsorships, and allying with local organizations, businesses and city government to attain these goals. see http://www.aip-arts.org/
TOR: MARK McLEAN AT JAZZ BISTRO
Exciting, New York City based drummer/ composer/ arranger Mark McLean will perform with his "Playground" ensemble at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Thursday through Saturday, May 9th through 11th with sets at 7:00 & 9:00 pm. The ensemble features Kelly Jefferson on sax, Ted Quinlan on guitar, Xavier Davis on piano and Fender Rhodes and Marc Rogers on acoustic and electric bass. Also, Mark will be welcoming three special guests: Wade O. Brown on May 9th; Denzal Sinclair on May 1th0 and Lester McLean on May 11th. Mark and his group will be performing material from his recent well-received CD, Playground. The Music Charge will be $20.
DC: LATIN JAZZ LEGEND ARTURO SANDOVAL
Latin Jazz Legend Arturo Sandoval will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, May 16th through 19th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Granted political asylum in July 1990 and US citizenship in 1999, Sandoval and his family now call Miami, Florida home. A protege of the legendary jazz master Dizzy Gillespie, Sandoval was born in Artemisa, a small town in the outskirts of Havana, Cuba, on November 6, 1949, just two years after Gillespie became the first musician to bring Latin influences into American Jazz. Sandoval began studying classical trumpet at the age of twelve, but it didn't take him long to catch the excitement of the jazz world. He has since evolved into one of the World's most acknowledged guardians of jazz trumpet and flugel horn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer. Call for cover/minimum information.
DC: DARCY JAMES ARUGE SECRET SOCIETY AT THE ATLAS
Jazz at the Atlas series at the ATLAS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC - 202-399-7993) presents Darcy James Aruge Secret Society on Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 pm. One of today's most talked-about jazz musicians Darcy James Argue, returns to the Atlas with Brooklyn Babylon, the highly anticipated sophomore album from him and his innovative 18-piece big band Secret Society. Conceived with Croatian-born visual artist Danijel Zezelj, the album is a mash-up of progressive jazz, Balkan folk music, and the sounds of Brooklyn's diverse contemporary music scene. Call for cover/minimum information.
BALTO: CRAIG POMRANZ PERFORMS AT GERMANO'S
CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) hosts NY crooner, Craig Pomranz when he makes his Baltimore debut on May 18th at 7:30 pm. An internationally acclaimed performer a singer reminiscent of Johnny Mathis and Chet Baker, Pomranz celebrates love with songs from Laura Nyro to Billie Holiday to Cole Porter. Stephen Bocchino is Craig's formidable musical director. There is a $15 cover.
MW: UTE LEMPER AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB
German cabaret icon, Ute Lemper, will perform at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday & Saturday, May 17th & 18th at 8:00 pm. Her show takes the audience on a journey through Berlin (Brecht, Weill) to the poetic universe of the French chansons (Brel, Piaf, Ferre) and to the Argentinean world of Tango (Astor Piazzolla) all while telling the stories of love lost, survival and passion. Ute Lemper is renowned all over the world for making her mark on the stage, in films, in concert and as a unique recording artist. Theatrical credits include a recreation of the Marlene Dietrich-created Lola in The Blue Angel, the original European Sally Bowles in the Paris production of Cabaret, the title role in Peter Pan, the Viennese cast of Cats, and Velma Kelly in Chicago for which she won the Laurence Olivier Award in London. SOLD OUT - call for possible cancellations.
CHI: THREE DATES WITH "MY FAIR AUDREY" AT DAVENPORTS
Hilary Ann Feldman brings her new show "My Fair Audrey" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 pm. Hilary is joined by pianist Beckie Menzie in this musical tribute to this unique and beautiful star. From WWII refugee to Academy and Tony Award winner, from UNICEF beneficiary to UNICEF Ambassador, Audrey Hepburn was not only a beloved celebrity but also a celebrated human being. Actress, fashion icon, wife, mother, multi-lingual ambassador and humanitarian, Audrey is as adored today as she was half a cenury ago. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
CHI: A NIGHT OF EARTHA KITT WITH KT McCAMMOND AND BOB MOREEN
KT McCammond and Bob Moreen celebrate the life and career of the Eartha Kitt at KATERINA'S CLUB (1920 West Irving Park Road, Chicago, IL - 773-348-7592) on Saturday, May 18th at 6:30 pm. They will perform Eartha's great signature songs and discover some new and not so well known gems. Never the ingenue, KT began a musical theater career in 5th grade, appearing as Nancy in Oliver. Since then she has appeared as Sheila in A Chorus Line, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, a Kit Kat Girl in Cabaret and many other naughty girls. But her soul's passion is to sing and she became especially drawn to the work of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Eartha Kitt. Call for cover/minimum information.
N.O.: AUDRA MCDONALD MAKES NEW ORLEANS DEBUT
Audra McDonald, the five-time Tony Award winner and recent star of Porgy and Bess on Broadway and TV's Private Practice, makes her New Orleans debut with two shows only on Saturday, May 18th at 7:30 & 9:30pm at LUPIN HALL AT NOCCA (2800 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA -800-838-3006). The series, which previously featured Patti LuPone, Sutton Foster and Megan Mullally, is produced by Mark Cortale, long time producer/manager of Jeffery Roberson aka Varla Jean Merman, and is hosted by Sirius/XM radio star Seth Rudetsky at the piano. The series is sponsored exclusively by the New Orleans Hotel Collection and Gambit. Audra McDonald became a three-time Tony Award winner by the age of 28 for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, and Ragtime, placing her alongside Shirley Booth, Gwen Verdon and Zero Mostel by accomplishing this feat within five years. She won her fourth in 2004 for her role in A Raisin in the Sun, a role she reprised for a 2008 television adaptation, earning her a second Emmy Award nomination. On June 10, 2012, McDonald scored her fifth Tony Award win for her portrayal of Bess in Broadway's The Gershwin's Porgy and Bess thus tying a record held by Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris for most Tony Awards won by an actor. The Broadway @ NOCCA series announced in April that it will initiate a new, $2,500 per-year scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded annually to one graduating NOCCA senior who will be going on to a conservatory or college and specializing in Musical Theater performance. Each annual award recipient will be selected by the school's faculty, based on merit and need. The first recipient of the Broadway @ NOCCA scholarship will be awarded onstage by Tony-winner Audra McDonald immediately after her performance at Broadway at NOCCA on May 18th, 2013. For tickets please visit http://www.broadwaynola.com/.
L.A.: CABARET ON THE GREEN AT THE DATE PALM COUNTRY CLUB
Palm Springs entertainer Les Michaels will launch a new show at AJ'S ON THE GREEN RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE (36200 Date Palm Drive, Cathedral City, CA - 760-202-1111). Cabaret On The Green will take place on Saturdays in May from 7:30 to 10:00 pm. Dinner reservations for tables in the main room are highly advised or open seating is available in the lounge. Overlooking a lake at the Date Palm Country Club, AJ's is an ideal location for live entertainment with seating for 140 and a baby grand piano that will be played by Joel Baker who has worked along side Les for nearly four years and is considered 'a singer's best friend' for his ability to accompany them in any style but mostly Standards, Jazz, Broadway, and The Great American Songbook. There is no cover charge so food and drink purchase is customary.
L.A.: GIA MORA BRINGS ONE-WOMAN SHOW EINSTEIN'S GIRL TO THE GARDENIA
Nationally recognized actor and vocalist Gia Mora announces the return of her newest solo show, Einstein's Girl, to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Friday & Saturday, May 17th & 18th at 9:00 pm. Einstein's Girl explores the science of love ... theoretically speaking. Mora turns her signature wit and intellectual prowess on an unlikely pair of human languages: love and mathematics. In her hilarious show, she investigates interpersonal relations in the digital age through song and story. Composer and multi- instrumentalist Charlie Barnett will accompany Mora on piano. Mora brings a twenty-first century twist to the art of cabaret combining original music, jazz standards, stand-up comedy, and a crash course in cutting edge science. Gia Mora is a triple-threat performer and writer. Past solo performances include headlining at Don't Tell Mama in New York; The Gardenia and House of Blues in Los Angeles; Bethesda Blues & Jazz and Blues Alley in Washington, DC; Lannie's Clocktower Cabaret in Denver; and An Die Musik and Germano's in Baltimore. She is a four-time Helen Hayes Award nominee, and her recent musical theatre credits include world premieres at Ford's Theatre and the Kennedy Center. She is signed to Modern Songbook Records and will release her second CD in 2013. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum or dinner.
SF: MITZI GAYNOR - "RAZZLE DAZZLE! MY LIFE BEHIND THE SEQUINS"
Emmy Award winner and Golden Globe nominee, Mitzi Gaynor, lights up the stage at FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063) with her acclaimed multimedia musical-comedy memoir "Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins". Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8:00 pm, and at 7:00 pm on Sunday. The show is an intimate evening of laughs, love and music. In this glittering one woman tour-de-force, the star of such blockbuster Hollywood musicals as Les Girls, Anything Goes, There's No Business Like Show Business and Rodgers & Hammerstein's South Pacific presents a personal peek into her star-studded life and career through side-splitting stories and intimate reflections interwoven with classic songs, remarkable video montages and breathtaking Bob Mackie costume creations. This unforgettable love letter to a great era of show business features Mitzi's captivating brand of storytelling, including her hilarious anecdotes regarding some of her famous friends and costars - from Gene Kelly, Ethel Merman, Rossano Brazzi and Marilyn Monroe, to readying herself to meet The Duke of Windsor, her whirlwind romance with Howard Hughes, and the joyous 52 year marriage to the love of her life, Hollywood producer Jack Bean. Use of stunning video footage (culled from Mitzi's television, concert and film work) and a cavalcade of familiar Hollywood, Broadway and Pop hits further explain and illuminate Mitzi's story and express her adoration for her audiences. Razzle Dazzle! My Life Behind the Sequins is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be "up close and personal" with the electrifying magic and incredible spirit of a true entertainment icon. Tickets are $65-$95 - includes a $30 Food and Beverage credit good towards dinner at either Anzu Restaurant or food and drinks in the showroom.
SF: GOAPELE AT YOSHI'S
Singer/songwriter Goapele performs at YOSHI'S (1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Thursday through Sunday, May 16th through 19th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm (7:00 & 9:00 pm Sunday). Goapele broke out of Bay Area at the beginning of the last decade determined to make a difference in the world of music. Seamlessly blending genres while refusing to be limited by the "neo-soul" tag, the eloquent singer/ songwriter completed her first release Closer in 2001 and never looked back. Embraced from the beginning by critics and fans alike, Goapele carved the perfect niche for herself as she created music that fused jazz, soul and hip-hop with her own beautiful poetry. Call for cover/minimum information.
SF: AMANDA KING AT THE SOUND ROOM
Amanda King makes her Oakland, CA debut at a new venue, THE SOUND ROOM (2147 Broadway, Oakland, CA - 415-994-3501) on Saturday, May 18th at 8:00 pm. She has invited Erica Roman to join her for the second set. Erica is a singer/songwriter whose jazz vocal stylings blend classic tunes with modern inflection. Amanda King is a classic chanteuse who performs little known gems from the 1930s and 40s, as well as jazz standards and popular songs from the Great American Songbook. Combining the best of the jazz and cabaret worlds by focusing on the words, the music, and the swing, Amanda masterfully interprets the music she adores. In the last three years Amanda has appeared at venues throughout San Francisco and the greater Bay Area including, the Empire Plush Room, Jazz at Pearl's, Bliss Bar and the Herbst Theater. She also appeared at the Fillmore Jazz Festival, the North Beach Festival, and the Castro Street Festival where she became an instant hit. In December of 2008 Amanda performed with the prestigious San Francisco Chamber Orchestra singing Gershwin songs arranged for the orchestra by Bay Area jazz icon Jeff Neighbor, Amanda's regular bassist. The Sound Room is the home of Bay Area Jazz and Arts, Inc (BAJA). BAJA is a nonprofit organization that nurtures music, art, and creative ventures through live performance and educational programs.
AUS: MICHAEL BURKE IN CUBEHEAD AT THE BUTTERFLY
Life is like a Rubik's Cube, sometimes you can get so close to resolution only to find you have to start again. Join Michael Burke at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB ((256 Collins Street, Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday through Sunday, May 14th through 19th. The show tells of the journey of the extraterrestrial Cubehead and the human Michael, in their search for something more than just spinning around. Call for cover/minimum information.
LON: AUSTRALIAN MUSICAL STAR MAKES WEST END DEBUT AS LIZA (ON AN E)
Following several sell-out seasons and an acclaimed tour of Australia, Trevor Ashley, one of the foremost musical theatre stars from Down Under, will make his West End debut as the irrepressible, incomparable and infamously iconic Liza Minnelli in LIZA (on an E) at the VAUDEVILLE THEATRE (90 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9RZ - 0844 412 4663 - http://www.lizaonane.com/ ) from Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th May, in a strictly limited six show season. Showtimes are Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 4:00 & 8:00 pm. From her marriage to Australia's song-and-dance darling, Peter Allen, to her notorious pill-popping and ubiquitous showbiz family, 'Liza' will dish the dirt on her extraordinary life like you've never seen her before, accompanied by a live on stage band, as she raises the rafters and brings the entire house down with power-packed performances of all her greatest hits. The critically acclaimed and (at least a little bit) controversial Liza (on an E) is an evening that will have you laughing, crying and screaming for more as the supremely talented Ashley channels Liza (and her alter egos), with guest appearances by her mother. Raucous, ruinous and just the right (or wrong) side of risque, it's a rollercoaster ride of riotous proportions. Call for cover/minimum information.
LON: SHANA FARR IN LONDON WITH WHISTLING AWAY THE DARK
THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888) presents NYC based Shana Farr with her acclaimed show WHISTLING AWAY THE DARK on Tuesday through Saturday, May 14th through 18th at 8:00 pm, with additional late shows on Friday & Saturday at 10:30 pm. WHISTLING AWAY THE DARK, award-winning Shana Farr's inspired tribute to Julie Andrews, has been performed for sold-out audiences in New York City and all over the United States. Now she brings this rich collection of lyrics and melodies, interwoven with stories about a young English girl's rise to become America's sweetheart and influence the great songwriters of Broadway and Hollywood, to The Crazy Coqs for her London debut. Presenting an evening of standards by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Lerner & Loewe, the Gershwins, and the Sherman Brothers with beautiful, lesser known songs by Henry Mancini, Arthur Schwartz, Noel Coward, Jimmy van Heusen and more, Ms. Farr brings her own voice and interpretations to these timeless songs. Call for cover/minimum information.
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