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Here is an index of past Cabaret and Live Entertainment Events from around the world with links to more complete details where available. Items will be added as days events are completed.
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CABARET EVENTS ARCHIVES
DECEMBER 2011
MONDAY through SUNDAY - DECEMBER 11th through 17th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SATURDAY - DECEMBER 17th

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NYC: BABY JANE DEXTER: STILL BAD, STILL BLUE

Baby Jane Dexter's brand new show, Still Bad, Still Blue debuts at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for eight performances only, beginning Friday, November 25th and running on consecutive Fridays & Saturdays through December 23rd (performance on December 17th is at 9:30 pm). Sharing the stage will be her respected musical partner Ross Patterson. Elissa Patterson serves as artistic consultant. Still Bad, Still Blue is another powerful, inspiring and light-hearted potpourri of unique songs and arrangements given Ms. Dexter's one of a kind haunting spin. The show features an eclectic song list including gems by the likes of Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields, Abbey Lincoln, Clyde Otis, Bessie Smith, Irma Thomas, Stephen Sondheim - and many more. This new show will contain some potent musical moments along with her trademark blend of profound and artistically whimsical bon mots. Critics and peers have honored her through the years and she has received six major MAC Awards, two Nightlife Awards and two Back Stage Bistro Awards. A veteran of legendary clubs like Reno Sweeney and The Ballroom, Ms. Dexter has performed at all the major New York venues and throughout the country over the years. As always, Baby Jane challenges as much as she inspires. That is the hallmark that has sustained her extraordinary night club career. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: WHAT CHRISTMAS TIME MEANS TO ME WITH SUZANNE CARRICO
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Suzanne Carrico will celebrate the Christmas season & her holiday CD, WHAT CHRISTMAS TIME MEANS TO ME, at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 ), with one show only on Saturday, December 17th at 4:00 pm. She will be joined by her musical director Don Rebic. Also joining her will be talented director, life & duet partner Booth Daniels. On the CD are tunes ranging from the popular ("Silver Bells," "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Irving Berlin & "Baby It's Cold Outside/Let It Snow" by the wonderful Frank Loesser, Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn) to the spiritual ("What Child is This," "Little Drummer Boy," "Do You Hear What I Hear" & "Gesu Bambino") to an original tune by Musical Director Don Rebic, "Merry Christmas to Us All." This is a holiday show for the whole family - and of course, Christmas cookies will be served. There is a $20 cover ($10 Cover for Kids) plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: NESHA WARD RETURNS WITH SECOND ONE-WOMAN SHOW

After traveling the country with the National Tour of "The Color Purple", 2009 MAC Debut Nominee Nesha Ward returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ) with her new show, "Potentially...", on Saturday, December 17th at 5:00 pm; and Sunday, December 18th at 3:30 pm. Once again, Lennie Watts serves as Director with William TN Hall as Musical Director. Nesha will be singing songs from Michael Jackson to Michael Buble, from Marvin Gaye to Stephen Sondheim, from Ahrens & Flaherty to Amy Winehouse. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA'S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, December 17th ans January 14th & 28th at 8:30 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $22 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: "MAN OH MAN: A MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO THE FAIREST SEX"

Rachel Hundert is attempting the impossible: understanding men (by singing their songs). Her show, "Man Oh Man: A Musical Tribute to the Fairest Sex", will be presented on Saturday, December 17th at 8:00 pm at ETCETERA ETCETERA (352 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-399-4141 - ). In it, she will take you on a musical journey from Al Jolson, to Stevie Wonder, to The Wiz on Broadway. By exploring the male psyche through their music, Ms. Hundert will attempt to capture the essence of a man. Musical Director/Pianist is Eric Martin. There is a $25 cover, reservations available at http://www.smarttix.com/ .

NYC: LETTUCE REJOICE WITH HEDDA LETTUCE

Hedda Lettuce makes her annual holiday return to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, December 17th; Wednesday, December 21st; Friday, December 23rd; and Wednesday, December 28th, all shows at 7:00 pm. Hedda's crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have made this festive celebration a hit for the past ten years. Look forward to hearing such songs as, 'Here Comes Tranny Clause', the classic song, 'Sleigh Ride', in Hedda'shands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and 'Do You Hear What I Hear' is now, 'Do You Think That He's Queer,' about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to therecently departed Amy Winehouse. Too soon perhaps? Not for the sardonic Miss Lettuce. There is a $22 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JACKIE BEAT: THE NUTCRACKER AT THE BEECHMAN

Jackie Beat brings her anti-holiday show to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th at 7:30 pm, with an additional performance on Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 pm. Jackie Beat's mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This new holiday show is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material including "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis" about the gift that keeps on giving: STD's! and some classic Christmas Jackie including her cocaine-fueled rewrite of "Let It Snow," the pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah-loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "I Saw Daddy Doin' Santa Claus." There is a $20-$22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations at http://www.spincyclenyc.com/ or 212-352-3101.


NYC: KATHLEEN LANDIS & FRANK DAIN "WORKING IN HARMONY"

Acclaimed pianist Kathleen Landis, who for many years performed several nights a week at the CAFE PIERRE can be found at NINO'S TUSCANY (117 West 58th Street, NYC - 212-757-8630) on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, in December from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am. She is joined by crooner Frank Dain, "Working In Harmony". Perfect for after cabaret or theater, the restaurant features a special late-night menu. Reservations recommended - Mention Kathleen & Frank for best seating. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: CHRISTMAS SING-ALONG WITH JERRY SCOTT

Award winning piano bar host Jerry Scott will hold his annual Christmas Sing-Along on Saturday, December 17th from 9:00 to Midnight at PARNELL'S (350 East 53rd Street, NYC - 212-753-1761). This event is a sell-out every year, and reservations are a must. Singers welcome to this New York style Open Mic event every week.


NYC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH" QUARTET

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth" Quartet will be performing at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, December 13th through 17th, with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The legendary 86 year-old drummer Roy Haynes has been the pulse of jazz percussion for more than five decades, directing the course of jazz improvisation with his intelligent and joyous drumming and has played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and many others, lending his unflagging energy and marvelous invention to thousands of performances and recordings. The only living musician who shared the stage with Charlie Parker on Birdland's opening night (December 15, 1949), Roy Haynes celebrated Birdland's 60th Anniversary headlining with his 'Fountain of Youth' Quartet, where he continues to forge new paths in jazz with his "hard swing" style. Hayes is joined by Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Martin Bejerano on piano and David Wong on bass. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AND BARBARA COOK RETURN TO FEINSTEIN'S

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) will close their Fall 2011 season with the return engagement of the club's founder Michael Feinstein and Tony Award winning Broadway legend Barbara Cook, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from November 29th through December 30th. The show will play the following schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 and 10:30 pm. Their show will feature gems from the great American songbook by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Rodgers & Hart, in addition to Broadway hits and holiday classics. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. He serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, which ensures the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage. Formerly one of Broadway's favorite performers, Barbara Cook launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another. Her silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. She is receiving the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. To celebrate Barbara Cook's 2011 Kennedy Center Honor, the club is rolling back prices to when the club opened in 1999 for the month of December: $60 cover and no minimum.

NYC: ANDREA MARCOVICCI IN LANDMARK 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Singer/actress Andrea Marcovicci will celebrate her landmark 25th anniversary at the famed THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331). Her new show "No Strings" runs from Tuesday, November 15th through Friday, December 30th, featuring Music Director Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 pm, plus late shows Friday and Saturday at 11:00 pm. For the second year in a row, Andrea will offer a special holiday performance on Monday, December 26th at 7:30 pm. "No Strings" takes the audience on a wonderful trip around the world. It's a journey about life on the road: a warm, funny, heartfelt, and candid tale of Andrea's time spent traveling from city to city and what that bittersweet time has meant to her as a singer, an actress, a wife and mother. Song highlights include "Sunday in New York," "Two For the Road," "How are Things in Glocca Morra?," "Under Paris Skies" and "A Foggy Day." She will introduce the brand-new song "The Night I Fell In Love With Paris" written by Tom Toce, and perform "Back At The Algonquin," written especially for her by Enid Futterman and Michael Cohen. In addition, Andrea will recreate her celebrated rendition of "These Foolish Things." Cover charges and minimums vary by night of week and time of show - call for exact information.

NYS: SUE & EDD'S SIXTH ANNUAL FABULOUS CHRISTMAS SHOW

Get in the holiday mood with Sue & Edd's SIXTH ANNUAL FABULOUS Christmas Show on Saturday, December 17th at 8:00 pm at thr COMMUNITY CHURCH OF WURTSBORO (134 Sullivan Street, Wurtsboro, NY - RESV: 845-888-2798). Arrangements/ Musical Director: Paul Stephan with Tom Hubbard on bass. There'll be some old favorites, some new takes on holiday classics, and some great new songs by composers Nick Levin and Warren Boutros plus special guest, Alissa Hunnicutt doing a VERY SPECIAL puppetry piece to Paul and Sue's original Christmas song, "Christmas Angel". Tickets are $10.


DC: THE REDD BROTHERS CHRISTMAS SHOW WITH AMY SHOOK

The Redd brothers, Chuck and Robert, bring their Christmas jazz jam to the CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Saturday, December 17th at 7:30 pm. The show features the "Silver Bells" of the vibes - Traditional and popular songs of the season performed exquisitely by two masters of the jazz idiom! They are joined by the marvelous Amy Shook on bass. Call for cover/minimum information.

MW: "LOVE AND THE CLOCK" WITH CRAIG POMRANZ

Direct from his Sold-Out Los Angeles performances, Craig Pomranz performs at KRANZBERG ART CENTER (501 North Grand Boulevard, St. Louis, MO - 314-795-8778) on Saturday, December 17th at 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm. Craig's NEW show, "Love and the Clock" will illustrate that time and tide wait for no man, as horologically he explores the tick tock of love and how the clock rules the heart with songs as diverse as Stephen Sondheim's "Night Waltz" and Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time." Craig Pomranz, with vocals reminiscent of Johnny Mathis, Chet Baker and Jimmy Scott, has been described as one of the dreamiest voices in the music industry. A fixture on the international nightclub scene, Craig has distinguished himself consistently in his live shows by performing music from the Great American Songbook that is not over-recorded, contemporary pop, as well as more unusual songs he has collected from songwriters through the years. Audiences can expect witty banter with his music director Stephen Bocchino, fast-paced entertainment, and moments of deeply moving beauty. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

MW: HOLIDAY SHOW WITH FORBIDDEN BROADWAY DIVA CHRISTINE PEDI

There's No Bizness Like Snow Bizness, featuring Sirius XM Radio Host and Forbidden Broadway Diva, Christine Pedi, will be presented at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, December 15th through 17th at 7:30 pm (plus an additional matinee show on Saturday at 2:30 pm). All your favorite divas - Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Patti LuPone - are stuffed into one big holiday package. With a voice as big and the sea (and a tale as big as a kite), then tied with a big bow as long time Forbidden Broadway diva and Sirius/XM Radio talk show host Christine Pedi ushers in the holiday season with her award winning comedic flair, spot-on impressions and songs of good cheer. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.


FL: NICOLE HENRY AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Nicole Henry returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th with shows at 8:30 pm. Nicole Henry has toured thirteen countries and released three international Top 10-selling jazz CDs. Her latest, The Very Thought of You, reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Jazz Chart. Nicole's first two CDs climbed to #2 and #1 in Japan, earning her "Best New Jazz Artist" and "Best Vocal Jazz Album" HMV Awards. Born in Philadelphia, Nicole resides in Miami and has been singing jazz since 2002, receiving praise from publications such as NY Times, Billboard, Jazz Times, Japan Times and Jazz Hot France. She has performed with the Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway Orchestras and tour highlights include Jazz at Juan les Pins on the French Riviera, Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Nango & Tendo Jazz Festivals in Japan, and Lincoln Center and Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York. There is a $60 cover. 3-course prix fixe dinner available at $55, as well as an a la carte menu.

SW: GRENADINE MCGUNKLE'S DOUBLE-WIDE CHRISTMAS!

A high camp holiday musical extravaganza featuring the comedy troupe Running With Scissors will be performed Fridays & Saturdays, December 2nd through 24th at 7:00 pm at ONE EYED JACKS (615 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA - 504-606-9903) [The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon will host the opening performance on Friday, December 2nd. For tickets to that show only, please call 504-525-4498] After a two-year hiatus, Running With Scissors is moseying back to the Everlasting Arms Motor Park for another heaping helping of holiday hijinks in Grenadine McGunkle's Double-Wide Christmas! It's seven o'clock on Christmas Eve, and the unofficial queen of the trailer park, Grenadine McGunkle (Dorian Rush), is running around like a chicken with her head cut off. Company's due to arrive in less than an hour for Grenadine's interfaith potluck barbecue, and our poor little ol' gal hasn't even started the green bean casserole yet! Grenadine McGunkle's Double-Wide Christmas features: Dorian Rush as Grenadine McGunkle, maven of the motor park ; Elizabeth Pearce as Madge McGillicuddy, nicotine aficionado and accompanist; Lisa Picone & Ashley Ricord as Crystal & China, alleged entertainers; Bob Edes Jr. as Mailman Johnny Shoemake, who delivers the mail ; Jack Long as Helen Highwater, a girl who should really know better; Brad Caldwell as Punkin, a confirmed bachelor; Brian Peterson as Gladys Finkelstein, everyone's favorite neighbor. Tickets are $20.


L.A.: FOR THE RECORD: HOLIDAY ROAD

"HOLIDAY ROAD", conceived and directed by Shane Scheel and Christopher Bratten, opens on Thursday, November 17th at 9:00 pm at SHOW AT BARRE (1714 North Vermont, Los Angeles, CA), with performances Thursdays through Sundays through December 30th. HOLIDAY ROAD features music and moments from John Hughes holiday classics like Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, Planes Trains and Automobiles as well as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day ...Off, Weird Science, and Uncle Buck. Play list includes: Holiday Road, Christmas Vacation, Somewhere In My Memory, Don't You (Forget About Me), If You Leave, Weird Science, I'm So Excited, True, Danke Schoen, Twist and Shout, Try A Little Tenderness and many more. The cast includes Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA), Anneliese van der Pol (That's So Raven), Kristolyn Lloyd (The Bold and the Beautiful), Jackie Tohn (Bravo's Platinum Hit), Von Smith (American Idol), Arielle Jacobs (Broadway's In The Heights), James Snyder (Broadway's Cry Baby), Anderson Davis (Broadway's South Pacific, Les Miserables), Jackie Seiden (Broadway's Hairspray), Rogelio Douglas Jr. (Broadway's In The Heights, The Little Mermaid), Jessica Keenan Wynn (Hollywood Bowl Hairspray), Darryl Semira (Broadway's Mamma Mia), Steve Mazurek, Dionne Gipson, Melissa Mitchell, Daniel LeClaire, Brenna Whitaker, Danielle Truitt and Stevie Mackey. Tickets are $35 in advance plus a 2-drink minimum.

L.A.: "THE JUDY GARLAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL" AT THE GARDENIA

Peter Mac brings his holiday show "The Judy Garland Christmas Special" to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th at 9:00 pm. Judy is at home for the holidays at The Gardenia, with kids Liza, Lorna, and Joey, and showbiz friends and cabaret stars popping by to wish all a Merry Christmas, 1963 .... oops, 2011. Portrayals, not caricatures, tributes, not send-ups, Mr. Mac's Judy Garland shows have earned him four 2011 Broadway World Los Angeles Award nominations. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Franc D'Ambrosio will be appearing at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Sunday, December 13th through 18th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday) with "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Franc D'Ambrosio is a multifaceted vocalist, best known for his role as the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." Franc's resume also includes an Academy Award nominated film ("The Godfather III"), three Emmy award nominated television shows, two Grammy considerations (Best Male Vocalist 1999 for "Panis Angelicus" & Traditional Pop Vocal Album 2005 for "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway") and a National Theatre Award nomination for his stage work (Barry Manilow's "Copacabana"). There is a $30-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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NYC: BABY JANE DEXTER: STILL BAD, STILL BLUE

Baby Jane Dexter's brand new show, Still Bad, Still Blue debuts at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for eight performances only, beginning Friday, November 25th and running on consecutive Fridays & Saturdays through December 23rd (there will be no performance December 2nd). Sharing the stage will be her respected musical partner Ross Patterson. Elissa Patterson serves as artistic consultant. Still Bad, Still Blue is another powerful, inspiring and light-hearted potpourri of unique songs and arrangements given Ms. Dexter's one of a kind haunting spin. The show features an eclectic song list including gems by the likes of Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields, Abbey Lincoln, Clyde Otis, Bessie Smith, Irma Thomas, Stephen Sondheim - and many more. This new show will contain some potent musical moments along with her trademark blend of profound and artistically whimsical bon mots. Critics and peers have honored her through the years and she has received six major MAC Awards, two Nightlife Awards and two Back Stage Bistro Awards. A veteran of legendary clubs like Reno Sweeney and The Ballroom, Ms. Dexter has performed at all the major New York venues and throughout the country over the years. As always, Baby Jane challenges as much as she inspires. That is the hallmark that has sustained her extraordinary night club career. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: PEG MCCORMICK MOVES DOWNTOWN FOR DUPLEX DEBUT MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Peg McCormick moves downtown to make her debut at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438 - http://www.theduplex.com/ ) on Friday, December 16th at 7:00 pm with her show REBOOT! Her show deals with the many reasons, consequences and benefits that lead us to start over, begin again, erase, rewind, or reboot our lives. Featuring the songs of Sugarland, Coldplay, Dolly Parton, and The Cardigans, just to name a few. Suzanne Carrico serves as director. Tracy Stark is musical director joined by Donna Kelly on drums and percussion. Peg's theatrical career began in Houston playing the role of Doc, one of the seven dwarfs, in a children's production of Snow White. She subsequently went on to perform with TUTS, Houston Grand Opera, AD Players, North Shore Music Theatre, TheatreLAB and Turtle Lane Playhouse. In New York she has appeared in cabaret venues such as Danny's Skylight, Dillon's and Don't Tell Mama. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $5 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: SUE & EDD'S SIXTH ANNUAL FABULOUS CHRISTMAS SHOW

Get in the holiday mood with Sue & Edd's SIXTH ANNUAL FABULOUS Christmas Show on Friday, December 16th at 7:00 pm MADISON AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH (Madison Avenue at 31st Street, NYC) as part of the Paul Stephan's Concert Series.. Arrangements/ Musical Director: Paul Stephan with Tom Hubbard on bass. There'll be some old favorites, some new takes on holiday classics, and some great new songs by composers Nick Levin and Warren Boutros plus special guest, Alissa Hunnicutt doing a VERY SPECIAL puppetry piece to Paul and Sue's original Christmas song, "Christmas Angel". $10 recommended donation.


NYC: BRONWYN'S CHRISTMAS SHOW AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Bronwyn Rucker's Annual Christmas Show will be held on Friday, December 16th at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 ). Joining Bronwyn on stage will be The Fabulous Holiday Spirits, The Uncredible Bastard Amber and Extremely Handsome J.Michael Reeds, plus the Legendary Joe Franklin! Marc McBarron Kessler will be at the piano. You will have, without a doubt, "The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!" This most unusual and unique annual holiday event always sells out, so be sure to make reservations in advance so as not to be disappointed. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JACKIE BEAT: THE NUTCRACKER AT THE BEECHMAN

Jackie Beat brings her anti-holiday show to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th at 7:30 pm, with an additional performance on Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 pm. Jackie Beat's mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This new holiday show is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material including "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis" about the gift that keeps on giving: STD's! and some classic Christmas Jackie including her cocaine-fueled rewrite of "Let It Snow," the pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah-loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "I Saw Daddy Doin' Santa Claus." There is a $20-$22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations at http://www.spincyclenyc.com/ or 212-352-3101.


NYC: KATHLEEN LANDIS & FRANK DAIN "WORKING IN HARMONY"

Acclaimed pianist Kathleen Landis, who for many years performed several nights a week at the CAFE PIERRE can be found at NINO'S TUSCANY (117 West 58th Street, NYC - 212-757-8630) on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, in December from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am. She is joined by crooner Frank Dain, "Working In Harmony". Perfect for after cabaret or theater, the restaurant features a special late-night menu. Reservations recommended - Mention Kathleen & Frank for best seating. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: ALICE RIPLEY'S DAILY PRACTICE AT THE BEECHMAN

Tony Award winner Alice Ripley will perform solo concerts titled Alice Ripley's Daily Practice at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday, December 6th, Friday, December 9th, Sunday, December 11th & Friday, December 16th, all shows at 10:30 pm. The concerts will feature what's being billed as an eclectic mix of well known songs and new compositions. Ripley's other stage credits include Side Show, The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce's The Dead, Sunset Boulevard and The Who's Tommy. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH" QUARTET

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth" Quartet will be performing at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, December 13th through 17th, with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The legendary 86 year-old drummer Roy Haynes has been the pulse of jazz percussion for more than five decades, directing the course of jazz improvisation with his intelligent and joyous drumming and has played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and many others, lending his unflagging energy and marvelous invention to thousands of performances and recordings. The only living musician who shared the stage with Charlie Parker on Birdland's opening night (December 15, 1949), Roy Haynes celebrated Birdland's 60th Anniversary headlining with his 'Fountain of Youth' Quartet, where he continues to forge new paths in jazz with his "hard swing" style. Hayes is joined by Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Martin Bejerano on piano and David Wong on bass. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AND BARBARA COOK RETURN TO FEINSTEIN'S

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) will close their Fall 2011 season with the return engagement of the club's founder Michael Feinstein and Tony Award winning Broadway legend Barbara Cook, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from November 29th through December 30th. The show will play the following schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 and 10:30 pm. Their show will feature gems from the great American songbook by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Rodgers & Hart, in addition to Broadway hits and holiday classics. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. He serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, which ensures the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage. Formerly one of Broadway's favorite performers, Barbara Cook launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another. Her silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. She is receiving the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. To celebrate Barbara Cook's 2011 Kennedy Center Honor, the club is rolling back prices to when the club opened in 1999 for the month of December: $60 cover and no minimum.

NYC: ANDREA MARCOVICCI IN LANDMARK 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Singer/actress Andrea Marcovicci will celebrate her landmark 25th anniversary at the famed THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331). Her new show "No Strings" runs from Tuesday, November 15th through Friday, December 30th, featuring Music Director Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 pm, plus late shows Friday and Saturday at 11:00 pm. For the second year in a row, Andrea will offer a special holiday performance on Monday, December 26th at 7:30 pm. "No Strings" takes the audience on a wonderful trip around the world. It's a journey about life on the road: a warm, funny, heartfelt, and candid tale of Andrea's time spent traveling from city to city and what that bittersweet time has meant to her as a singer, an actress, a wife and mother. Song highlights include "Sunday in New York," "Two For the Road," "How are Things in Glocca Morra?," "Under Paris Skies" and "A Foggy Day." She will introduce the brand-new song "The Night I Fell In Love With Paris" written by Tom Toce, and perform "Back At The Algonquin," written especially for her by Enid Futterman and Michael Cohen. In addition, Andrea will recreate her celebrated rendition of "These Foolish Things." Cover charges and minimums vary by night of week and time of show - call for exact information.

NE: BACA LIFE IS A CABARET OPEN MIC
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT

The next BACA (Boston Association of Cabaret Artists) LIFE IS A CABARET open mic will be held on Friday, December 16th at SPRINGSTEP, MEDIUM STUDIO (98 George P. Hassett Drive, Medford, MA) from 7:30 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 7:15 pm). BACA Open Mics are held on the 3rd Friday of each month. This month Jim Rice is on piano. Admission is $10 for members, $13 for non-members.


DC: A VERY 'MARY' CHRISTMAS AT GERMANO'S

Sopranos Mary Grace Mazzulli and Mary DeLacy Kidwell present the sounds of the season with their show "A Very 'Mary" Christmas" at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Friday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. The duo will be accompanied on piano by Lou Smith, a graduate of the Maryland School for the Blind. The show is an evening of traditional and contemporary holiday music. Call for cover/minimum information.

MW: HOLIDAY SHOW WITH FORBIDDEN BROADWAY DIVA CHRISTINE PEDI

There's No Bizness Like Snow Bizness, featuring Sirius XM Radio Host and Forbidden Broadway Diva, Christine Pedi, will be presented at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, December 15th through 17th at 7:30 pm (plus an additional matinee show on Saturday at 2:30 pm). All your favorite divas - Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Patti LuPone - are stuffed into one big holiday package. With a voice as big and the sea (and a tale as big as a kite), then tied with a big bow as long time Forbidden Broadway diva and Sirius/XM Radio talk show host Christine Pedi ushers in the holiday season with her award winning comedic flair, spot-on impressions and songs of good cheer. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.


FL: DECEMBER JAZZ FRIDAY CONCERT AT THE FOOSANER MUSEUM OF ART


Jazz vocalist Lorri Hafer and Haferhouse Jazz will be the featured performers at the December Jazz Friday Concert at the FOOSANER MUSEUM OF ART (1463 Highland Avenue, Melbourne, FL - 321-242-0737) on Friday, December 16th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Lorri is currently a radio personality on the Music Of Your Life Radio Network . Joining Lorri will be her husband Mike Hafer on piano, their son Paul Hafer on bass, and Dave Dunscombe on drums. The group will feature songs from the Great American Songbook and a few Christmas favorites as well . Admission is free for museum members, and $10 for non members.

FL: NICOLE HENRY AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Nicole Henry returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th with shows at 8:30 pm. Nicole Henry has toured thirteen countries and released three international Top 10-selling jazz CDs. Her latest, The Very Thought of You, reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Jazz Chart. Nicole's first two CDs climbed to #2 and #1 in Japan, earning her "Best New Jazz Artist" and "Best Vocal Jazz Album" HMV Awards. Born in Philadelphia, Nicole resides in Miami and has been singing jazz since 2002, receiving praise from publications such as NY Times, Billboard, Jazz Times, Japan Times and Jazz Hot France. She has performed with the Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway Orchestras and tour highlights include Jazz at Juan les Pins on the French Riviera, Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Nango & Tendo Jazz Festivals in Japan, and Lincoln Center and Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York. There is a $60 cover. 3-course prix fixe dinner available at $55, as well as an a la carte menu.

SW: GRENADINE MCGUNKLE'S DOUBLE-WIDE CHRISTMAS!

A high camp holiday musical extravaganza featuring the comedy troupe Running With Scissors will be performed Fridays & Saturdays, December 2nd through 24th at 7:00 pm at ONE EYED JACKS (615 Toulouse Street, New Orleans, LA - 504-606-9903) [The Mystic Krewe of Satyricon will host the opening performance on Friday, December 2nd. For tickets to that show only, please call 504-525-4498] After a two-year hiatus, Running With Scissors is moseying back to the Everlasting Arms Motor Park for another heaping helping of holiday hijinks in Grenadine McGunkle's Double-Wide Christmas! It's seven o'clock on Christmas Eve, and the unofficial queen of the trailer park, Grenadine McGunkle (Dorian Rush), is running around like a chicken with her head cut off. Company's due to arrive in less than an hour for Grenadine's interfaith potluck barbecue, and our poor little ol' gal hasn't even started the green bean casserole yet! Grenadine McGunkle's Double-Wide Christmas features: Dorian Rush as Grenadine McGunkle, maven of the motor park ; Elizabeth Pearce as Madge McGillicuddy, nicotine aficionado and accompanist; Lisa Picone & Ashley Ricord as Crystal & China, alleged entertainers; Bob Edes Jr. as Mailman Johnny Shoemake, who delivers the mail ; Jack Long as Helen Highwater, a girl who should really know better; Brad Caldwell as Punkin, a confirmed bachelor; Brian Peterson as Gladys Finkelstein, everyone's favorite neighbor. Tickets are $20.


L.A.: FOR THE RECORD: HOLIDAY ROAD

"HOLIDAY ROAD", conceived and directed by Shane Scheel and Christopher Bratten, opens on Thursday, November 17th at 9:00 pm at SHOW AT BARRE (1714 North Vermont, Los Angeles, CA), with performances Thursdays through Sundays through December 30th. HOLIDAY ROAD features music and moments from John Hughes holiday classics like Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, Planes Trains and Automobiles as well as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day ...Off, Weird Science, and Uncle Buck. Play list includes: Holiday Road, Christmas Vacation, Somewhere In My Memory, Don't You (Forget About Me), If You Leave, Weird Science, I'm So Excited, True, Danke Schoen, Twist and Shout, Try A Little Tenderness and many more. The cast includes Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA), Anneliese van der Pol (That's So Raven), Kristolyn Lloyd (The Bold and the Beautiful), Jackie Tohn (Bravo's Platinum Hit), Von Smith (American Idol), Arielle Jacobs (Broadway's In The Heights), James Snyder (Broadway's Cry Baby), Anderson Davis (Broadway's South Pacific, Les Miserables), Jackie Seiden (Broadway's Hairspray), Rogelio Douglas Jr. (Broadway's In The Heights, The Little Mermaid), Jessica Keenan Wynn (Hollywood Bowl Hairspray), Darryl Semira (Broadway's Mamma Mia), Steve Mazurek, Dionne Gipson, Melissa Mitchell, Daniel LeClaire, Brenna Whitaker, Danielle Truitt and Stevie Mackey. Tickets are $35 in advance plus a 2-drink minimum.

L.A.: "THE JUDY GARLAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL" AT THE GARDENIA

Peter Mac brings his holiday show "The Judy Garland Christmas Special" to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th at 9:00 pm. Judy is at home for the holidays at The Gardenia, with kids Liza, Lorna, and Joey, and showbiz friends and cabaret stars popping by to wish all a Merry Christmas, 1963 .... oops, 2011. Portrayals, not caricatures, tributes, not send-ups, Mr. Mac's Judy Garland shows have earned him four 2011 Broadway World Los Angeles Award nominations. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Franc D'Ambrosio will be appearing at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Sunday, December 13th through 18th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday) with "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Franc D'Ambrosio is a multifaceted vocalist, best known for his role as the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." Franc's resume also includes an Academy Award nominated film ("The Godfather III"), three Emmy award nominated television shows, two Grammy considerations (Best Male Vocalist 1999 for "Panis Angelicus" & Traditional Pop Vocal Album 2005 for "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway") and a National Theatre Award nomination for his stage work (Barry Manilow's "Copacabana"). There is a $30-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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NYC: "CHARLES WEST ... FEELING GOOD" AT MAMA'S

Lampkin Music Group is proud to present the NYC cabaret debut of actor/singer Charles West in "Charles West ... Feeling Good!" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) with performances on Wednesdays, November 16th & 23rd at 9:15 pm, Thursdays, November 17th & December 15th at 11:15 pm and Friday, December 9th at 9:15 pm. Music Direction is by Steven Ray Watkins; Direction by Mark Hawbecker; Musical Arrangements by Steven Ray Watkins and Charles West and Written by Mark Hawbecker and Charles West. Charles is currently standby for El Gallo in the NYC production of "The Fantasticks". He has appeared on Broadway in "The Scarlet Pimpernel", and "Cyrano, the Musical" and played Chris in the 1st National tour of "Miss Saigon". Recently, Charles has appeared with John Anthony Gilvey, author of the recent book,"Jerry Orbach, Prince of the City: His Way from "The Fantasticks" to "Law & Order" at Borders; while also appearing as a guest on The Johnny Mandolin Show radio show. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: THE METROPOLITAN ROOM HOLIDAY STAFF SPECTACULAR
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

The Metropolitan Room Staff comes together for the fourth edition of the Staff Spectacular on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 ). One of cabarets most talented staffs will drop the drinks and pick up the mics for one night to help raise funds for Help Is On The Way Today, a not for profit organization that helps and assists children living with HIV and AIDS. Metropolitan Room Host Robert Ima emcees the evening. Performing will be Lorinda Lisitza, Tom Gamblin, Eddie Jacques, Timothy Springs, Marla Green, Julia R. Cook, Brad Wills, Jasmine Carrington, Darron Cardosa, Liz McKendry, Tanya Holt and more. The cover for the evening is $10 or a toy or gift for a child ages 2-18 (all items must be new) plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JACKIE BEAT: THE NUTCRACKER AT THE BEECHMAN

Jackie Beat brings her anti-holiday show to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th at 7:30 pm, with an additional performance on Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 pm. Jackie Beat's mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This new holiday show is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material including "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis" about the gift that keeps on giving: STD's! and some classic Christmas Jackie including her cocaine-fueled rewrite of "Let It Snow," the pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah-loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "I Saw Daddy Doin' Santa Claus." There is a $20-$22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations at http://www.spincyclenyc.com/ or 212-352-3101.


NYC: ALEXANDRA FREDERICK AT ALOUETTE "JAZZ TUESDAYS"

Vocalist Alexandra Frederick and Guitarist Tsuyoshi Furutsu present a French-themed evening of chansons and jazz standards - featuring the music of Piaf, Legrand, Charles Trenet, Eartha Kitt, Marlene Dietrich, and other greats at ALOUETTE FRENCH BISTRO (2855 Broadway, NYC - 212-222-6808) on Tuesday, December 13th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. This week with French Christmas carols, as well as the usual lineup of standards and le Cabaret. Brought to you by the former directors of Tavern on the Green, Alouette is offering a prix fixe dinner, in addition to the regular a la carte option. Or there is a small bar area where you can come by for a glass of wine and/or dessert. (No cover/no minimum).


NYC: NO NAME PRESENTS THE UPTOWN CABARET

Host Alexandra de Suze and Musical Director Rich Campbell host a monthly evening of performances by singers, songwriters and musical lovers alike at INDIAN ROAD CAFE (600 West 218th Street, NYC - 212-942-7451). This months show is on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 pm. Inspired by the Fabulous Jennifer Wren's Big Night Out and Eric Vetter's No Name and a Bag of Chips, No Name Presents: The Uptown Cabaret is an opportunity to play; to enjoy your music; your art; an opportunity to share this joy with your fellow singers, composers and lyricists. Bring in your favorite Holiday songs! Bring that new audition song! Bring that song that you'd never get to sing otherwise! Bring that new material for your BMI class and test it out in a safe and fun place. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: KATHLEEN LANDIS & FRANK DAIN "WORKING IN HARMONY"

Acclaimed pianist Kathleen Landis, who for many years performed several nights a week at the CAFE PIERRE can be found at NINO'S TUSCANY (117 West 58th Street, NYC - 212-757-8630) on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays, in December from 9:30 pm to 12:30 am. She is joined by crooner Frank Dain, "Working In Harmony". Perfect for after cabaret or theater, the restaurant features a special late-night menu. Reservations recommended - Mention Kathleen & Frank for best seating. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: NEW WEEKLY SHOW FROM SCOTT SIEGEL "THE BROADWAY HOOTENANNY"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents "THE BROADWAY HOOTENANNY," a new weekly show produced, created and hosted by Scott Siegel in an open-ended run on Thursdays at 11:00 pm (except the 1st Thursday). Jesse Kissel serves as Musical Director. THE BROADWAY HOOTENANY will offer approximately four different stars each week who will sing Broadway's greatest songs. Among the many stars who are signing up to sing are Nancy Anderson (Drama Desk and Olivier nominee), Alan Campbell (Tony Award nominee, Sunset Blvd.), Ben Davis (Tony winner, Baz Luhrman's La Boheme), Natalie Douglas (Award-winning vocalist), Daisy Eagan (Tony Winner, The Secret Garden), Kevin Earley (Death Takes a Holiday), Willy Falk (Miss Saigon), Lauren Kennedy (Vanities), Brad Oscar (Tony Winner, The Producers), Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark), Paul Schoeffler (Rock of Ages), Ryan Silverman (The Phantom of the Opera), Martin Vidnovic (Two-Time Tony Nominee), Terri White (Follies), plus the stars of Scott Siegel's critically acclaimed 11 O'Clock Numbers at 11 O'Clock show that ran for eight months at Feinstein's, Christina Bianco, Carole J. Bufford, and Scott Coulter. There is a $15-$25 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.

NYC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH" QUARTET

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth" Quartet will be performing at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, December 13th through 17th, with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The legendary 86 year-old drummer Roy Haynes has been the pulse of jazz percussion for more than five decades, directing the course of jazz improvisation with his intelligent and joyous drumming and has played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and many others, lending his unflagging energy and marvelous invention to thousands of performances and recordings. The only living musician who shared the stage with Charlie Parker on Birdland's opening night (December 15, 1949), Roy Haynes celebrated Birdland's 60th Anniversary headlining with his 'Fountain of Youth' Quartet, where he continues to forge new paths in jazz with his "hard swing" style. Hayes is joined by Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Martin Bejerano on piano and David Wong on bass. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AND BARBARA COOK RETURN TO FEINSTEIN'S

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) will close their Fall 2011 season with the return engagement of the club's founder Michael Feinstein and Tony Award winning Broadway legend Barbara Cook, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from November 29th through December 30th. The show will play the following schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 and 10:30 pm. Their show will feature gems from the great American songbook by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Rodgers & Hart, in addition to Broadway hits and holiday classics. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. He serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, which ensures the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage. Formerly one of Broadway's favorite performers, Barbara Cook launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another. Her silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. She is receiving the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. To celebrate Barbara Cook's 2011 Kennedy Center Honor, the club is rolling back prices to when the club opened in 1999 for the month of December: $60 cover and no minimum.

NYC: ANDREA MARCOVICCI IN LANDMARK 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Singer/actress Andrea Marcovicci will celebrate her landmark 25th anniversary at the famed THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331). Her new show "No Strings" runs from Tuesday, November 15th through Friday, December 30th, featuring Music Director Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 pm, plus late shows Friday and Saturday at 11:00 pm. For the second year in a row, Andrea will offer a special holiday performance on Monday, December 26th at 7:30 pm. "No Strings" takes the audience on a wonderful trip around the world. It's a journey about life on the road: a warm, funny, heartfelt, and candid tale of Andrea's time spent traveling from city to city and what that bittersweet time has meant to her as a singer, an actress, a wife and mother. Song highlights include "Sunday in New York," "Two For the Road," "How are Things in Glocca Morra?," "Under Paris Skies" and "A Foggy Day." She will introduce the brand-new song "The Night I Fell In Love With Paris" written by Tom Toce, and perform "Back At The Algonquin," written especially for her by Enid Futterman and Michael Cohen. In addition, Andrea will recreate her celebrated rendition of "These Foolish Things." Cover charges and minimums vary by night of week and time of show - call for exact information.

NYC: SOUNDS OF THE SEASON CELEBRATES THE HOLIDAYS

Celebrate the Holidays with Broadway's best at the WHITE PLAINS PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (11 City Place, White Plains, NY - 914-323-1600), one night only on Thursday, December 15th at 8:00 pm. Sounds of the Season will feature holiday classics including "Merry Christmas Darling," "O Holy Night," "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "Let It Snow and "White Christmas," as well as more contemporary seasonal tunes, accompanied by a swinging trio and performed by some of the most dynamic vocalists from NYC. Included in the cast: Carey Anderson (Mamma Mia, Avenue Q), Carole Demas (Grease's original Sandy, TV's The Magic Garden), Eric Michael Gilllett (Kiss Me, Kate, Sweet Smell of Success, The Frogs), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Sarah Rice(Sweeney Todd's original Johanna) and Brian Charles Rooney (Threepenny Opera). Further, we'll be joined by multiple award-winning cabaret vocalistsLisa Asher, Carole J. Bufford, Natalie Douglas, Terese Genecco, Lina Koutrakos, Karen Mack, Colleen McHugh and Gabrielle Stravelli plus Special Guest Star Linda Lavin! Ms. Lavin will be on hand to share her own favorite tunes of the season, accompanied by acclaimed Musical Director Billy Stritch. The show is directed by Phil Geoffrey Bond with Musical Direction by Avenue Q's Maryann McSweeney. Tickets are $28.

BOS: "TINSEL & TUNES": A NEW MUSICAL CHRISTMAS CABARET

Four of Boston's very best cabaret artists will gather to present "Tinsel & Tunes" at CLUB CAFE (209 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA - 617-536-0966) on Thursday, December 15th at 7:30 pm. Performers include Lynda D'Amour, Brian De Lorenzo, Jan Peters & Randy Zinkus with musical direction by Mr. Tom LaMark. The production is conceived and directed by J. McDonald. The singers offer traditional and not-so-traditional Christmas music and also share funny and poignant monologues with their personal thoughts about the Christmas season. Additionally, there is an audience sing-a-long and a moving moment in the show where the cast sings in only candle light. The song list includes sentimental favorites like "White Christmas" and "It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas" plus so many others. Tickets are $30 and available at http://www.toldyousoproductions.com/ or call 617-990-7415.


DC: THE MIKE GAMBONE TRIO: JAZZ FOR THE HOLIDAYS

The Mike Gambone Trio: Jazz for the Holidays will perform on Thursday, December 15th at 7:30 pm at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515). Powered by the deep, propulsive grooves and steady swing of drummer Mike Gambone and bassist Bob Brooks, and colored with a deep sense of harmonic and rhythmic complexity by guitarist Jon Rogerson, the MG3 trio features three of Baltimore's most talented, young musicians. Gambone, who toured fulltime with Baltimore's own, "The Bridge," has graced stages from coast to coast. Brooks, who plays both upright and electric bass, performs with the Country Devils and is an in demand freelance musician who's versatility and impeccable musical instincts make him one of the busiest bassists in town. Rogerson, who tours with his own namesake band, as well as with DC's own, Andrew Zipf, completes this uniquely, inventive jazz-trio. In celebration of the holiday season, MG3 have brought together their varied experiences and unparalleled feel for jazz composition and recreated the timeless classic songs of the season in their own uncommonly adventurous image. Call for cover/minimum information.

MW: HOLIDAY SHOW WITH FORBIDDEN BROADWAY DIVA CHRISTINE PEDI

There's No Bizness Like Snow Bizness, featuring Sirius XM Radio Host and Forbidden Broadway Diva, Christine Pedi, will be presented at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, December 15th through 17th at 7:30 pm (plus an additional matinee show on Saturday at 2:30 pm). All your favorite divas - Barbra Streisand, Joan Rivers, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Patti LuPone - are stuffed into one big holiday package. With a voice as big and the sea (and a tale as big as a kite), then tied with a big bow as long time Forbidden Broadway diva and Sirius/XM Radio talk show host Christine Pedi ushers in the holiday season with her award winning comedic flair, spot-on impressions and songs of good cheer. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.


FL: NICOLE HENRY AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Nicole Henry returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th with shows at 8:30 pm. Nicole Henry has toured thirteen countries and released three international Top 10-selling jazz CDs. Her latest, The Very Thought of You, reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Jazz Chart. Nicole's first two CDs climbed to #2 and #1 in Japan, earning her "Best New Jazz Artist" and "Best Vocal Jazz Album" HMV Awards. Born in Philadelphia, Nicole resides in Miami and has been singing jazz since 2002, receiving praise from publications such as NY Times, Billboard, Jazz Times, Japan Times and Jazz Hot France. She has performed with the Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway Orchestras and tour highlights include Jazz at Juan les Pins on the French Riviera, Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Nango & Tendo Jazz Festivals in Japan, and Lincoln Center and Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York. There is a $60 cover. 3-course prix fixe dinner available at $55, as well as an a la carte menu.

L.A.: FOR THE RECORD: HOLIDAY ROAD

"HOLIDAY ROAD", conceived and directed by Shane Scheel and Christopher Bratten, opens on Thursday, November 17th at 9:00 pm at SHOW AT BARRE (1714 North Vermont, Los Angeles, CA), with performances Thursdays through Sundays through December 30th. HOLIDAY ROAD features music and moments from John Hughes holiday classics like Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, Planes Trains and Automobiles as well as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day ...Off, Weird Science, and Uncle Buck. Play list includes: Holiday Road, Christmas Vacation, Somewhere In My Memory, Don't You (Forget About Me), If You Leave, Weird Science, I'm So Excited, True, Danke Schoen, Twist and Shout, Try A Little Tenderness and many more. The cast includes Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA), Anneliese van der Pol (That's So Raven), Kristolyn Lloyd (The Bold and the Beautiful), Jackie Tohn (Bravo's Platinum Hit), Von Smith (American Idol), Arielle Jacobs (Broadway's In The Heights), James Snyder (Broadway's Cry Baby), Anderson Davis (Broadway's South Pacific, Les Miserables), Jackie Seiden (Broadway's Hairspray), Rogelio Douglas Jr. (Broadway's In The Heights, The Little Mermaid), Jessica Keenan Wynn (Hollywood Bowl Hairspray), Darryl Semira (Broadway's Mamma Mia), Steve Mazurek, Dionne Gipson, Melissa Mitchell, Daniel LeClaire, Brenna Whitaker, Danielle Truitt and Stevie Mackey. Tickets are $35 in advance plus a 2-drink minimum.

L.A.: "THE JUDY GARLAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL" AT THE GARDENIA

Peter Mac brings his holiday show "The Judy Garland Christmas Special" to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th at 9:00 pm. Judy is at home for the holidays at The Gardenia, with kids Liza, Lorna, and Joey, and showbiz friends and cabaret stars popping by to wish all a Merry Christmas, 1963 .... oops, 2011. Portrayals, not caricatures, tributes, not send-ups, Mr. Mac's Judy Garland shows have earned him four 2011 Broadway World Los Angeles Award nominations. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: THE WOMEN OF WINDHAM HILL WINTER SOLSTICE CONCERT

The Women of Windham Hill Winter Solstice Concert will be held o Thursday, December 15th at 8:00 pm at YOSHI'S (510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA - 510-238-9200). For Veteran Label Mates Liz Story, Barbara Higbie & Lisa Lynne, this will mark their first Bay Area appearance together. The Windham Hill recording label is synonymous with the best of today's new age, jazz, and pop instrumentals. An annual holiday tradition brings some of the labels most celebrated artists to perform a Seasonal concert of solos, duets and full group performances. Three time Grammy nominee Liz Story, multi-instrumentalist, singer and Grammy nominee Barbara Higbie, and highly original Billboard charting Celtic Harpist Lisa Lynne promise an exquisite sonic experience. They will be joined onstage by multi-instrumentalists George Tortorelli and Aryeh Frankfurter. This is the latest concert in the series that Higbie is putting together as Yoshi's first-ever Artist in Residence. There is a $20 cover.

SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Franc D'Ambrosio will be appearing at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Sunday, December 13th through 18th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday) with "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Franc D'Ambrosio is a multifaceted vocalist, best known for his role as the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." Franc's resume also includes an Academy Award nominated film ("The Godfather III"), three Emmy award nominated television shows, two Grammy considerations (Best Male Vocalist 1999 for "Panis Angelicus" & Traditional Pop Vocal Album 2005 for "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway") and a National Theatre Award nomination for his stage work (Barry Manilow's "Copacabana"). There is a $30-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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NYC: MARISSA MULDER RETURNS WITH THE SONGS OF JIMMY VAN HEUSEN
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Marissa Mulder returns with her show, "Look to Your Heart", featuring the songs of Jimmy Van Heusen, to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, December 14th at 9:30 pm. Just like Marissa, Jimmy Van Heusen grew up in Syracuse New York, where he began playing the piano at age five. He composed some of his biggest hits in his head before he was even a teenager. Jimmy Van Heusen was a multi Oscar winning composer. He wrote more than 400 songs, including " Polka Dots and Moonbeams", "Imagination", "Call me Irresponsible", and "All the Way." He wrote hit after hit for Bing Crosby and he wrote more songs recorded by Frank Sinatra than any other composer. She will be joined by Bill Zeffiro on piano, John Loerkhe on bass and Rex Benincasa on drums. Directed by Karen Oberlin. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: SUE & EDD'S SIXTH ANNUAL FABULOUS CHRISTMAS SHOW

Get in the holiday mood with Sue & Edd's SIXTH ANNUAL FABULOUS Christmas Show on Sunday, January 11th at 3:00 pm and Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788). Arrangements/ Musical Director: Paul Stephan with Tom Hubbard on bass. There'll be some old favorites, some new takes on holiday classics, and some great new songs by composers Nick Levin and Warren Boutros plus special guest, Alissa Hunnicutt doing a VERY SPECIAL puppetry piece to Paul and Sue's original Christmas song, "Christmas Angel". There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: A RITZMAS DARYL AT MAMA'S


Just in the 'Nick' of time, cabaret legend Ricky Ritzel and cabaret legend (in his own mind) Daryl Glenn are back (for the very first time!) at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) with their timeless and timely smash-up of two classic musical versions of "A Christmas Carol" with performances on Wednesdays, December 7th and 14th at 7:00 pm. They are joined by newcomer Alison Nusbaum. Join these crazy kids as they warble their way through every single marvelous song (except that one dreadful one, which they cut!) from Leslie Bricusse's "Scrooge" and Jule Styne and Bob Merrill's "Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol". There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: BURLY-Q! AT AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE

From the Director of Forbidden Broadway and in the time-honored tradition of When Pigs Fly and Hellzapoppin', "BURLY-Q! A Gay Burlesque" will be presented at PLAYERS THEATRE (115 MacDougal Street, NYC - RESV: 212-563-2565) on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 pm & Wednesday, December 14th at 3:00 & 7:00 pm. The show pays tribute to the best of burlesque comedy with a decided twist! It is written by Peter Morris, Phillip George, Fred Barton, Tom Orr and David Caldwell with additional material by Brad Ellis, Ethan Fein, Matt Eisenstein, Dick Gallagher, Matt Ward and Steven Silverstein. The cast includes Fred Barton, Andrew Briedis, Tom Gamblin, Jay Rogers, Will Taylor, Jake Warnecke, and Hernando Umana. Music Director is Jeff Williams, Directed by Philip George. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: GLORIA REUBEN WITH A "A CLASSIC CHRISTMAS"

Gloria Reuben brings her show "A Classic Christmas" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 pm. Gloria's passion for music and storytelling have led her to create this night of heartfelt holiday songs, to honor the magic, beauty and soul of the holiday season. Reuben is an actress, singer and social activist who, over the past twenty years has amassed impressive credentials in television, film, theater and music. Many will remember Gloria as the HIV+ health care professional Jeanie Boulet on the hit NBC series ER, a role that garnered her two Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe nomination. She has had multiple regular starring roles in a variety of other television series, most recently the hit TNT show Raising The Bar. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: KAT GANG CONTINUES AT THE PLAZA'S ROSE ROOM WEDNESDAYS

Kat Gang brings her unique vocal style to the ROSE ROOM OF THE PLAZA HOTEL (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, NYC - 212-759-3000) every Wednesday at 9:00 pm, for an open-ended engagement. She will be singing Traditional Jazz Standards, Cole Porter, Gershwin and others from the Great American Songbook. Kat has a soul steeped in jazz. Born in Boston she began her music theory training as a teenager at Berklee and then fell in love with the energy of New York City and went on to gain her BFA from NYU. After that she continued studying music at the Royal Academy in London. Kat lived and worked singing jazz all over England for seven years. She has performed twice at the GRAMMY Awards with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, has acted in various feature-length independent films, and currently is back in New York performing frequently and exploring the depth of jazz fusion and improvisation with her versatile, extraordinary ear and voice. The Rose Room has a policy of no cover or minimum for its music, fabulous cocktails, wine and champagne.

NYC: JACKIE BEAT: THE NUTCRACKER AT THE BEECHMAN

Jackie Beat brings her anti-holiday show to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th at 7:30 pm, with an additional performance on Saturday, December 17th at 10:00 pm. Jackie Beat's mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This new holiday show is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material including "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis" about the gift that keeps on giving: STD's! and some classic Christmas Jackie including her cocaine-fueled rewrite of "Let It Snow," the pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah-loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "I Saw Daddy Doin' Santa Claus." There is a $20-$22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Reservations at http://www.spincyclenyc.com/ or 212-352-3101.


NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: JILL McMANUS

MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY continues at ST. PETER'S CHURCH - SANCTUARY (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-2200) every Wednesday. This long-running series was created by Edmund Anderson and is now produced by Ronny Whyte and Joan Uttal Anderson, Production Consultant. The next show is on Wednesday, December 14th and features Jill McManus, Piano with Ed Schuller on Bass. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

NYC: SINGING EXPERIENCE 2011 HOLIDAY SHOW "HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS"

The Singing Experience (http://www.SingingExperience.com/ ) 2011 Holiday Show "Home for the Holidays" will take place at THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - RESV: 212-315-3500) on Wednesday, December 14th at 7:30 pm. Featured in the cast are Janet Angier, Jay Ciniglio, Stacey Choen, Bill Byszel, Ivan Farkas, Pearl Lerner Kane, Shannon Kerner, Jerry Laird, Carol Shedlin, Laura Slutsky, Ron Subber And Special Guest Artist: Victoria Robinson. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH" QUARTET

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth" Quartet will be performing at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, December 13th through 17th, with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The legendary 86 year-old drummer Roy Haynes has been the pulse of jazz percussion for more than five decades, directing the course of jazz improvisation with his intelligent and joyous drumming and has played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and many others, lending his unflagging energy and marvelous invention to thousands of performances and recordings. The only living musician who shared the stage with Charlie Parker on Birdland's opening night (December 15, 1949), Roy Haynes celebrated Birdland's 60th Anniversary headlining with his 'Fountain of Youth' Quartet, where he continues to forge new paths in jazz with his "hard swing" style. Hayes is joined by Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Martin Bejerano on piano and David Wong on bass. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AND BARBARA COOK RETURN TO FEINSTEIN'S

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) will close their Fall 2011 season with the return engagement of the club's founder Michael Feinstein and Tony Award winning Broadway legend Barbara Cook, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from November 29th through December 30th. The show will play the following schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 and 10:30 pm. Their show will feature gems from the great American songbook by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Rodgers & Hart, in addition to Broadway hits and holiday classics. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. He serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, which ensures the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage. Formerly one of Broadway's favorite performers, Barbara Cook launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another. Her silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. She is receiving the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. To celebrate Barbara Cook's 2011 Kennedy Center Honor, the club is rolling back prices to when the club opened in 1999 for the month of December: $60 cover and no minimum.

NYC: ANDREA MARCOVICCI IN LANDMARK 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Singer/actress Andrea Marcovicci will celebrate her landmark 25th anniversary at the famed THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331). Her new show "No Strings" runs from Tuesday, November 15th through Friday, December 30th, featuring Music Director Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 pm, plus late shows Friday and Saturday at 11:00 pm. For the second year in a row, Andrea will offer a special holiday performance on Monday, December 26th at 7:30 pm. "No Strings" takes the audience on a wonderful trip around the world. It's a journey about life on the road: a warm, funny, heartfelt, and candid tale of Andrea's time spent traveling from city to city and what that bittersweet time has meant to her as a singer, an actress, a wife and mother. Song highlights include "Sunday in New York," "Two For the Road," "How are Things in Glocca Morra?," "Under Paris Skies" and "A Foggy Day." She will introduce the brand-new song "The Night I Fell In Love With Paris" written by Tom Toce, and perform "Back At The Algonquin," written especially for her by Enid Futterman and Michael Cohen. In addition, Andrea will recreate her celebrated rendition of "These Foolish Things." Cover charges and minimums vary by night of week and time of show - call for exact information.

FL: NICOLE HENRY AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Nicole Henry returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th with shows at 8:30 pm. Nicole Henry has toured thirteen countries and released three international Top 10-selling jazz CDs. Her latest, The Very Thought of You, reached #7 on the U.S. Billboard Jazz Chart. Nicole's first two CDs climbed to #2 and #1 in Japan, earning her "Best New Jazz Artist" and "Best Vocal Jazz Album" HMV Awards. Born in Philadelphia, Nicole resides in Miami and has been singing jazz since 2002, receiving praise from publications such as NY Times, Billboard, Jazz Times, Japan Times and Jazz Hot France. She has performed with the Duke Ellington and Cab Calloway Orchestras and tour highlights include Jazz at Juan les Pins on the French Riviera, Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival, Nango & Tendo Jazz Festivals in Japan, and Lincoln Center and Feinstein's at Loews Regency in New York. There is a $60 cover. 3-course prix fixe dinner available at $55, as well as an a la carte menu.

L.A.: "THE JUDY GARLAND CHRISTMAS SPECIAL" AT THE GARDENIA

Peter Mac brings his holiday show "The Judy Garland Christmas Special" to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) Wednesday through Saturday, December 14th through 17th at 9:00 pm. Judy is at home for the holidays at The Gardenia, with kids Liza, Lorna, and Joey, and showbiz friends and cabaret stars popping by to wish all a Merry Christmas, 1963 .... oops, 2011. Portrayals, not caricatures, tributes, not send-ups, Mr. Mac's Judy Garland shows have earned him four 2011 Broadway World Los Angeles Award nominations. Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.AREA: MUSIC AT NOON PRESENTS TISH ONEY AND JOHN CHIODINI

Jazz vocalist/ arranger/ composer Tish Oney joins guitarist/ composer John Chiodini for their CD release concert Wednesday, December 14th at 12:00 noon at PASADENA PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH (585 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA - 626-793-2191). Recently returning from touring the east coast, Tish and John will perform originals and classic jazz music from their current CD, "Sweet Youth," which earned distribution on the Blujazz label and is now being played nationally on jazz radio. Oney and Chiodini represent a dynamic performance duo the likes of which have not been heard since Ella Fitzgerald collaborated with Joe Pass. Admission is free.


SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Franc D'Ambrosio will be appearing at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Sunday, December 13th through 18th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday) with "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Franc D'Ambrosio is a multifaceted vocalist, best known for his role as the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." Franc's resume also includes an Academy Award nominated film ("The Godfather III"), three Emmy award nominated television shows, two Grammy considerations (Best Male Vocalist 1999 for "Panis Angelicus" & Traditional Pop Vocal Album 2005 for "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway") and a National Theatre Award nomination for his stage work (Barry Manilow's "Copacabana"). There is a $30-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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NYC: MAUREEN TAYLOR IN TOO MARVELOUS! TRIBUTE TO LAUREN BACALL
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Maureen Taylor returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for 3 performances of her show "Too Marvelous! Tribute To Lauren Bacall". Shows are scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 pm and Sundays, December 11th & 18th at 4:00 pm. The show is directed by Jay Rogers. Music Director is John DiPinto, with Terese Genecco on drums and Marc Schmied on bass. Maureen received much acclaim for her show "TAYLOR MADE: BOB MERRILL". Now she takes up the life of Lauren Bacall; she has presence, charisma, the force and the authority that only the richest life experience can convey. She was no ordinary girl then, just as today she is no ordinary woman. In fact, she is an extraordinary one! There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: SHANA SISK MAKES SOLO CABARET DEBUT AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Shana Sisk brings her solo debut cabaret show "BohoUptownGrl; My Life on Display for a Date" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturday, December 10t at 6:00 pm and Tuesday, December 13th at 9:15 om. Shana Sisk explores her online dating profiles, and brings those unique attempts at personal cataloging to life through storytelling and song. Featuring the musical direction and piano stylings of Joel Waggoner, and direction of Linda Amiel Burns, this show promises to be a journey of comedy, tragedy, and everything in between. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: NORM HATHAWAY BIG BAND AT THE IRIDIUM
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SCOBAR presents the Norm Hathaway Big Band's "Holiday Swing" with vocalist Nicole Pasternak and new arrangements by renowned composer Vince Corozine at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Tuesday, December 13th with performances at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. The show features upbeat new arrangements of old favorites by composer, arranger, and musical director Vince Corozine. The featured vocalist of the evening is Nicole Pasternak, who brings your holiday favorites to life, plus a rare vocal performance of Baby It's Cold Outside by Norm himself. Norm Hathaway has performed with Jack Benny, Jimmy Durante, and Smilin' Jack Smith, and the Leo Romanelli and Moxie Whitney Orchestras, as well as Royal Canadian Navy Bands. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: A MOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS AT THE BEECHMAN

A MOLLY JOLLY CHRISTMAS, poet/security guard Molly "Equality" Dykeman's first Christmas variety show will be performed at the THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesdays, December 6th & 13th; Friday, December 9th at 7:30 pm; and Thursday, December 22nd at 7:30 pm. The show poses three main questions: Will Molly be able to muck her way through musical numbers, choreography, and a glittering array of guest stars in the Percocet-fogged haze that is her mind? Will Molly finally land the lady ... or ladies ... of her dreams? Will the chef at the Laurie Beechman Theatre agree to serve her beloved nachos? There is an $18 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. Order tickets at http://www.spincyclenyc.com/ or 212-352-3101.

NYC: GRETCHEN REINHAGEN WITH BOTH SIDES NOW
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Gretchen Reinhagen brings her new show BOTH SIDES NOW to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 pm; Sunday, December 18th at 6:00 pm; and Tuesday, December 20th at 7:00 pm. The show is directed by Barry Kleinbort. Musical Director is Tracy Stark. "Both Sides Now" explores the two sides of Gretchen's musical career to date: the gems of the Musical Comedy world, such as songs from her award winning tribute to Kaye Ballard (including material not previously performed for New York audiences), as well as more contemporary and/or rock/blues tunes, such as those from her MAC nominated cover of Janis Joplin's "Pearl" album. The show will also feature a significant amount of new material for Reinhagen, including an original song from Musical Director, Tracy Stark, and of course the iconic title song, written by Joni Mitchell. Reinhagen calls this show "Side A and B of the record." There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $12 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLIN.

NYC: BURLY-Q! AT AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE

From the Director of Forbidden Broadway and in the time-honored tradition of When Pigs Fly and Hellzapoppin', "BURLY-Q! A Gay Burlesque" will be presented at PLAYERS THEATRE (115 MacDougal Street, NYC - RESV: 212-563-2565 - ) on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00 pm & Wednesday, December 14th at 3:00 & 7:00 pm. The show pays tribute to the best of burlesque comedy with a decided twist! It is written by Peter Morris, Phillip George, Fred Barton, Tom Orr and David Caldwell with additional material by Brad Ellis, Ethan Fein, Matt Eisenstein, Dick Gallagher, Matt Ward and Steven Silverstein. The cast includes Fred Barton, Andrew Briedis, Tom Gamblin, Jay Rogers, Will Taylor, Jake Warnecke, and Hernando Umana. Music Director is Jeff Williams, Directed by Philip George. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Jazz legend Annie Ross continues her unprecedented, record-breaking, multi-year run at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), every Tuesday night in December at 9:30 pm. Ms. Ross has been an abundant contributor to the art of jazz for over 50 years. Born in the UK, she has been a permanent resident of the USA for many years and a US citizen since 2001. Annie Ross is one of the pioneers of vocalese and the composer of "Twisted", one of the most well known examples of that art, as well as "Farmers Market", "Jackie" and many others. A founding member of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross, considered the greatest jazz vocal ensemble of all time, her influence is present in all subsequent practitioners of vocalese. "Twisted" has been recorded by a host of vocalists, including some not normally associated with jazz, including Joni Mitchell and Bette Midler. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ROY HAYNES "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH" QUARTET

The Roy Haynes "Fountain of Youth" Quartet will be performing at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, December 13th through 17th, with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. The legendary 86 year-old drummer Roy Haynes has been the pulse of jazz percussion for more than five decades, directing the course of jazz improvisation with his intelligent and joyous drumming and has played with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Bud Powell, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and many others, lending his unflagging energy and marvelous invention to thousands of performances and recordings. The only living musician who shared the stage with Charlie Parker on Birdland's opening night (December 15, 1949), Roy Haynes celebrated Birdland's 60th Anniversary headlining with his 'Fountain of Youth' Quartet, where he continues to forge new paths in jazz with his "hard swing" style. Hayes is joined by Jaleel Shaw on alto saxophone, Martin Bejerano on piano and David Wong on bass. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN AND BARBARA COOK RETURN TO FEINSTEIN'S

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) will close their Fall 2011 season with the return engagement of the club's founder Michael Feinstein and Tony Award winning Broadway legend Barbara Cook, Tuesdays through Saturdays, from November 29th through December 30th. The show will play the following schedule: Tuesday & Wednesday at 8:30 pm and Thursday through Saturday at 8:00 and 10:30 pm. Their show will feature gems from the great American songbook by Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington and Rodgers & Hart, in addition to Broadway hits and holiday classics. Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. He serves on the Library of Congress' National Recording Preservation Board, which ensures the survival, conservation and increased public availability of America's sound recording heritage. Formerly one of Broadway's favorite performers, Barbara Cook launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another. Her silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. She is receiving the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. To celebrate Barbara Cook's 2011 Kennedy Center Honor, the club is rolling back prices to when the club opened in 1999 for the month of December: $60 cover and no minimum.

NYC: ANDREA MARCOVICCI IN LANDMARK 25th ANNIVERSARY SHOW

Singer/actress Andrea Marcovicci will celebrate her landmark 25th anniversary at the famed THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331). Her new show "No Strings" runs from Tuesday, November 15th through Friday, December 30th, featuring Music Director Shelly Markham on piano and Jered Egan on bass. The performance schedule is Tuesday through Saturday at 8:30 pm, plus late shows Friday and Saturday at 11:00 pm. For the second year in a row, Andrea will offer a special holiday performance on Monday, December 26th at 7:30 pm. "No Strings" takes the audience on a wonderful trip around the world. It's a journey about life on the road: a warm, funny, heartfelt, and candid tale of Andrea's time spent traveling from city to city and what that bittersweet time has meant to her as a singer, an actress, a wife and mother. Song highlights include "Sunday in New York," "Two For the Road," "How are Things in Glocca Morra?," "Under Paris Skies" and "A Foggy Day." She will introduce the brand-new song "The Night I Fell In Love With Paris" written by Tom Toce, and perform "Back At The Algonquin," written especially for her by Enid Futterman and Michael Cohen. In addition, Andrea will recreate her celebrated rendition of "These Foolish Things." Cover charges and minimums vary by night of week and time of show - call for exact information.

L.A.: KATHY DEITCH BRINGS HER BLOG TO LIFE

Kathy Deitch's blog comes to life in the LA premiere of COOL GIRL IS DEAD on Tuesday, December 13th at 8:00 pm at RENAISSANCE HOLLYWOOD HOTEL AND SPA (1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA - 323-491-1000). Featuring music that ranges from Stephen Schwartz to Adele, this developmental reading of her one woman show will be sure to have something that everyone can relate to. Call for cover/minimum information.


L.A.: SHOSHANA BY REQUEST AT SHOW AT BARRE

SHOW AT BARRE (1714 North Vermont, Los Angeles, CA) presents Broadway (Wicked, Hairspray, Godspell) and recording artist Shoshana Bean in a very special concert engagement: SHOSHANA BY REQUEST, on Tuesday, December 13th at 8:00 pm. Ms. Bean is no stranger to the Barre stage. In early 2011, her four month Tuesday night residency played to standing room only crowds. For one night only, Shoshana is taking requests. Ticket buyers can email their request to requests@showatbarre.com or they can make requests on the Show At Barre Facebook page. While she is a songwriter in her own right and often performs concerts of her original songs, she is also known for interpreting the songs of other composers. There is a $20 cover.


SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO: IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS

Franc D'Ambrosio will be appearing at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Sunday, December 13th through 18th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday) with "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas". Franc D'Ambrosio is a multifaceted vocalist, best known for his role as the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera." Franc's resume also includes an Academy Award nominated film ("The Godfather III"), three Emmy award nominated television shows, two Grammy considerations (Best Male Vocalist 1999 for "Panis Angelicus" & Traditional Pop Vocal Album 2005 for "Franc D'Ambrosio's Broadway") and a National Theatre Award nomination for his stage work (Barry Manilow's "Copacabana"). There is a $30-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.



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NYC: NANCY STEARNS CD RELEASE SHOW AT DON'T TELL MAMA
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $2 OFF THE COVER

Nancy Stearns returnd to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Monday, December 12th at 7:00 pm to celebrate the release of her new CD, "Weather Or Not." The CD is based on her spring 2011 show of the same name. Nancy will share songs of the seasons, the weather, and all the moods and colors that come with their changes. She and her musical partners, Gregory Toroian, on piano, and Tom Hubbard, on bass, will perform standards and lesser known gems by Irving Berlin, Vernon Duke, Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, as well as Randy Newman, James Taylor, New York's own Daryl Sherman and Francesca Blumenthal, and others. The show is directed by Helen Baldassare. Since 2001, Nancy has performed solo shows annually at Don't Tell Mama, and more recently, at the Metropolitan Room. She has recorded six of those shows. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $12 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: BRONWYN'S FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES AND SCANDALS!

Bronwyn Rucker hosts "FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES and SCANDALS" open-mic at IDO SUSHI (29 Seventh Avenue South, NY - 212-691-7177) every Monday night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. On Monday, December 12th, Bronwyn will present co-host & Special Guest Cait Murphy, and Jerry Scott at the piano. Calling all singers, songwriters, actors, poets, comics, magicians, comics, madmen and lovers! Everyone is invited to drop in, sing a song, meet new friends and have a fun time in the Village. No cover.

NYC: SARAH MUCHO WITH THE SOMETIME BOYS HOLIDAY SHOW

Sarah Mucho, with The Sometime Boys and friends present Xmas, a mix of non-traditional holiday songs as well as traditional songs with a fresh spin and a few originals at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438). Performances are on Monday, December 12th (with special guest Michael Isaacs); Sunday, December 18th (with special guest Mark Bailey); and Tuesday, December 20th (with special guests Gerard and Tara Lynne of Dolly Trolly). They'll be joined by talented friends Erik James (piano and accordion), Bistro/MAC Award winner Jonathan Tomaselli (vocals) and Santa Sid Myer. The Sometime Boys are; MAC Award winner Sarah Mucho (vocals, guitar, harmonica), Kurt Leege (lead guitar), Jay Cowit (drums and percussion), Pete O'Connell (bass) and Rebecca Weiner Tompkins (violin). Their debut album Any Day Now was released in the fall of 2010. Sarah will also be collecting unwrapped toys for Toys For Tots at the show. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: "KIDDING ON THE SQUARE" WITH EMILY BERGL MONDAYS AT OAK ROOM

Actress Emily Bergl be performing on Mondays at the THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM (59 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-419-9331) with her cabaret, "Kidding on the Square" November 21st through December 19th at 7:30 pm with a surprise set of new songs each night. She will be accompanied by Jonathan Mastro, composer and musical director of the hit revival of "Our Town," directed by David Cromer. Ms. Bergl starred as Beth Young on ABC's "Desperate Housewives," and currently plays Tammi Bryant on TNT's "Southland." She most recently appeared on the New York stage in Nora Ephron's "Love, Loss and What I Wore," and in Second Stage's "Becky Shaw," and has starred in several Broadway productions. "Kidding on the Square," directed by Sarna Lapine, is a vintage cabaret told from the perspective of a modern girl. Drawing upon her work as an actress, Ms. Bergl creates a variety of colorful characters to bring the elegant melodies of the 1920's and 30's to life, blending classic hits from Noel Coward to Fats Waller with modern favorites from Madonna to the Scissor Sisters. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: ZACH JAMES & FRIENDS "GETTING THROUGH THE HOLIDAYS"

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce the return of Zach James, currently starring as Lurch in Broadway's The Addams Family, along with many friends, to celebrate the holidays at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Monday, December 12th at 7:00 pm. Special Guest Stars include Jackie Hoffman, Val Fagan, Martin Sola, Lucy Sorensen, Eddie Cooper, Karla Faggard, Jasmin Norwood, Bertha Mason, Hausfrau of the Heartland & Cindy Sunday, The Songbird of Christ! "Getting Through The Holidays" will find James, along with a bevy of Broadway and classical singers, story-tellers and comedians with Jonathan Rose at the piano. Zachary James has appeared on Broadway in the original casts of Coram Boy, the Tony Award winning revival of South Pacific at Lincoln Center and as Lurch in the new musical, The Addams Family. In the theatre world he has performed with The Bucks County Playhouse (Abner in Lil Abner), The York Theatre (Petr in The Toymaker), Theatre By The Sea (Miles Gloriosus in Forum), Pocono Playhouse, The Kitchen Theatre, Westport Country Playhouse and The Public Theatre. As the Founding Director of Metropolis Opera Project, Zach collaborates with composers, playwrights and librettists to develop and present new American opera to a new demographic of opera-goer. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MELORA HARDIN DEBUTS AT FEINSTEIN'S

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the debut of Melora Hardin, from the hit NBC television series "The Office", on Sunday & Monday, December 11th & 12th at 8:30 pm. Hardin's show will be comprised of her original songs, classic Broadway standards, pop hits and holiday favorites, including selections from her latest album All The Way To Mars. Melora Hardin, is probably most recognized for her portrayal of Jan Levinson, Steve Carell's rigid former-corporate boss and love interest, on the hit NBC series, "The Office," in which she reprised her role during Carell's final season. She is also known for playing Tony Shaloub's dead wife in the hit USA Network series "Monk." Most recently starred as the female lead role in the WWE feature, "Knucklehead," opposite Mark Feuerstein and "The Big Show." Having last been seen as love-interest to Jimmy Smits' character on NBC's short-lived legal drama, "Outlaw," Hardin will next star in the new TBS television series, "The Wedding Band" with Brian Austin Green. There is a $40-$60 cover with a $25 food/drink minimum.

L.A.: ALISTAIR TOBER HOLIDAY SHW IN HOLLYWOOD

THE COTERIE AT THE RENAISSANCE HOLLYWOOD HOTEL (1755 North Highland Avenue, Los Angeles, CA - 323-491-1000) is proud to present Alistair Tober in an intimate holiday concert performance on Monday, December 12th at 8:00 pm. Modern Day Crooner and Universal Fontana Recording Artist, Alistair Tober performs classic Jazz standards, original songs inspired by The Great American Songbook and Holiday favorites backed by his 5 piece band. Special guests to be announced. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-item minimum.

SF: CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH RUSS LORENSON & FRIENDS

Skip the Christmas caroling this year and spend a cozy winter's evening at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Monday, December 12th at 8:00 pm. Join Russ Lorenson and his special guests Veronica Klaus, Carly Ozard, and Terry McLaughlin, as they celebrate six years of jazzy Christmases, San Francisco style! With songs by such great composers and lyricists as Irving Berlin, Johnny Mercer, Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn, and Frank Loesser, there's something for everyone in this swinging evening of jingle jazz. This year's lineup includes three powerhouse guest performers, all well-known to San Francisco audiences. A holiday tradition in the San Francisco Bay Area, Russ can be heard on "The Bay Area's Official Christmas Station - 96.5 KOIT-FM" with his recording of "Christmas in San Francisco" from Thanksgiving to New Year's. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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NYC: JIM & KIM - IT TAKES TWO, LETTERS TO SANTA
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

Kim Grogg and Jim Speake in will be appearing in "Jim & Kim - It Takes Two, Letters to Santa", a benefit for the US Postal Service's Letters To Santa program, at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, December 3rd at 4:00 pm; Sunday, December 4th at 7:00 pm; Saturday, December 10th at 4:00 pm; and Sunday, December 11th at 7:00 pm. The show is directed by Lennie Watts and the musical director is Steven Ray Watkins. There's no better way to celebrate the season than by giving back. Kim Grogg and Jim Speake do just that in benefit performances that support the US Post Office Letters to Santa program. Jim & Kim-It Takes Two: Letters to Santa will keep your toes tapping with songs written by Carole King, Stephen Sondheim, David Friedman, Neil Sedaka, Marc Shaiman, Barry Manilow, Whitesnake and others. With a few songs of the seasons rounding out the show, they guarantee you will go home with a happy heart! Kim Grogg is an actress, singer, director, choreographer and teacher. She has worked on over 100 theatre productions. Kim is also a print model. Jim Speake is a native of Alabama who moved to NY in 2000 from Atlanta, Ga. In Atlanta, he was founder and President of Speake Garden Furnishings and also Vice President of the Atlanta Lyric Theatre. In New York he has appeared in numerous off off Broadway and cabaret shows. His live recording of My Generation is his first CD release. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: MAUREEN TAYLOR IN TOO MARVELOUS! TRIBUTE TO LAUREN BACALL
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Maureen Taylor returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for 3 performances of her show "Too Marvelous! Tribute To Lauren Bacall". Shows are scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 pm and Sundays, December 11th & 18th at 4:00 pm. The show is directed by Jay Rogers. Music Director is John DiPinto, with Terese Genecco on drums and Marc Schmied on bass. Maureen received much acclaim for her show "TAYLOR MADE: BOB MERRILL". Now she takes up the life of Lauren Bacall; she has presence, charisma, the force and the authority that only the richest life experience can convey. She was no ordinary girl then, just as today she is no ordinary woman. In fact, she is an extraordinary one! There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: RICHARD HOLBROOK RETURNS TO MAMA'S IN DECEMBER
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Crooner Richard Holbrook will be performing a new holiday show "Richard Holbrook: Holiday Memories" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Sundays, December 4th & 11th at 8:30 pm. The show will include a variety of seasonal songs written by such composers as Johnny Marks, Steve Allen, Leslie Bricusse, Stephen Sondheim, Burton Lane, Johnny Mercer, Mel Torme, Ronny Whyte, Roger Schore, David Foster, and Marilyn & Alan Bergman. He will be accompanied by the Tom Nelson Trio. Tom Nelson is the musical director and Richard Barclay will direct. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: SUE & EDD'S SIXTH ANNUAL FABULOUS CHRISTMAS SHOW

Get in the holiday mood with Sue & Edd's SIXTH ANNUAL FABULOUS Christmas Show on Sunday, January 11th at 3:00 pm and Wednesday, December 14th at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788). Arrangements/ Musical Director: Paul Stephan with Tom Hubbard on bass. There'll be some old favorites, some new takes on holiday classics, and some great new songs by composers Nick Levin and Warren Boutros plus special guest, Alissa Hunnicutt doing a VERY SPECIAL puppetry piece to Paul and Sue's original Christmas song, "Christmas Angel". There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: TONY DeSARE AT BEMELMAN'S BAR SUNDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER

Tony DeSare is featured at BEMELMAN'S BAR at the CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-744-1600) every Sunday night from 9:00 pm to midnight. With a singing style that ranges from dreamy pop to boogie-woogie and R&B, Tony DeSare's interpretations of classic standards and sophisticated original compositions have earned him a reputation as one of the country's hottest young performers. Put in a class with Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, and Harry Connick, Jr., DeSare's versatility enables him to headline at major jazz rooms like Birdland and the Blue Note, post nightclubs like the Cafe Carlyle, or in major concert halls around the world. Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: MARK NADLER PREMIERES "CRAZY 1961" AT BEECHMAN

International cabaret star Mark Nadler includes 61 songs and 61 newsworthy events in his new show, "Crazy 1961," a celebration of the year of his birth at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909), with performances on Thursdays, December 1st & 8th at 7:00 pm and Sundays, December 11th & 18th at 1:00 pm. Nadler, premiered the show in June at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in Australia (where he has headlined for four seasons), mixes scholarship and showmanship in this show. Backed by Scott Johnson on guitar, Mark Lopeman on reeds, Robert Sabin on bass, and Sherrie Maricle on drums, Nadler will include songs by written and/or performed in 1961 by Neil Sedaka, Elvis Presley, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini, Noel Coward and Mr. Ed. There is a $15 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE FINAL CABARET CARES OF 2011 AT THE BEECHMAN
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

Cabaret Cares, the Award Winning Benefit Series, returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Sunday, December 11th at 7:00 pm with the final show of 2011. The show features six performers singing holiday duets: Danny Bolero, Stacey Todd Holt, Doreen Montalvo, Liz McKendry, Alison Nusbaum and T. Oliver Reid. Each performer will have their own solo number as well as team up with other performers for duets and group numbers. Musical director is Tracy Stark. Cabaret Cares raises funda for the non for profit Organization Help Is On The Way Today which assists children and young people living with HIV and AIDS in New York City. There is a $15 cover plus a gift for a child, plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: A GLITTER ROCK HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA AT STONEWALL INN

Hilarious musical comedy duo The Parodivas (Jason B. Schmidt & Darlene Rae Heller) bring their signature song parodies and campy comedic stylings to UPSTAIRS AT THE STONEWALL INN (53 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-488-2705) on Sunday, December 11th at 6:00 pm. The evening will feature The Parodivas' ridiculous holiday song parodies as well as performances by The Glamazons and singer/ songwriter Shanna Sharp. Zany comedy, sparkly holiday cheer, special prizes, fun drink specials and of course G-L-I-T-T-E-R will be on hand. The Parodivas are a NYC-based musical comedy duo who parodies everything from Peter Frampton (seriously) to Lady Gaga (obviously) all while taking shots from their famous flasks and embarrassing themselves with choreography. They've performed in comedy clubs and cabarets all over the city including: Gotham Comedy Club, Ha! Comedy Club, The Duplex, The Laurie Beechman, Don't Tell Mama, The PIT, The Triad, 92YTribeca and many, many more. There is a $15 cash cover at the door.

NYC: ALICE RIPLEY'S DAILY PRACTICE AT THE BEECHMAN

Tony Award winner Alice Ripley will perform solo concerts titled Alice Ripley's Daily Practice at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday, December 6th, Friday, December 9th, Sunday, December 11th & Friday, December 16th, all shows at 10:30 pm. The concerts will feature what's being billed as an eclectic mix of well known songs and new compositions. Ripley's other stage credits include Side Show, The Rocky Horror Show, James Joyce's The Dead, Sunset Boulevard and The Who's Tommy. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": ROSEMARY CLOONEY
CABARET ON THE RADIO - ON THE WEB

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, on the Radio over WBAI 99.5 FM and on the Internet at http://www.wbai.org/, usually heard from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on Sundays hosted by David Kenney. Each week David presents the usual blend of big-band jazz, swing, standards, showtunes, contemporary cabaret and celebrity interviews plus MEGA-MEDLEY MADNESS. This Sunday, December 11th, David will another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway. This week David will feature the music of Rosemary Clooney. Some of the songs from her career that you will hear: "You Started Something"; "If Swing Goes, I Go Too"; "Will You Still Be Mine"; "Come On-A My House"; "Tenderly"; "Sisters"; "The Singer" and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm"For more information, see http://www.oldisnew.org/ . You are invited to e-mail your comments and suggestions for future shows to oldisnew@earthlink.net. You can listen to past shows at any time by going to the WBAI Archives at http://www.archive.wbai.org/ .

NYC: STEVE ROSS TO PERFORM FOR CLOSING NIGHT OF WINTER RHYTHMS


URBAN STAGES (259 West 30th Street, NYC - 212-421-1380 ) will close its WINTER RHYTHMS BENEFIT SERIES on Sunday, December 11th at 5:00 pm with a special performance by Steve Ross. In 1981, he was the first person to perform at THE ALGONQUIN OAK ROOM in forty years and in 1992, he made his Off-Broadway debut with a tribute to Fred Astaire called, I WON'T DANCE. More recently, Steve has toured shows like "I REMEMBER HIM WELL, THE SONGS OF ALAN JAY LERNER" and given solo performances from New York City to Sydney. For Urban Stages' Closing Night Benefit, Mr. Ross brings an exciting array of the American Songbook to the stage. There is a $50 cover. All Proceeds Benefit Urban Stages' Outreach Program, Bringing Theater, Art and Education to Schools and Libraries Across New York City.

NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "HOLIDAY PARTY!"

SALON - that unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas returns to ETCETERA ETCETERA (352 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-399-4141) on Sunday, December 11th from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "Holiday Party!". Co-Hosts will be Mick Bleyer, Vanessa Parvin, Sierra Rein and Adam West Hemming. The Salon Spotlight will feature Daryl Glenn, Alison Nusbaum & Ricky Ritzel. Remember, any material, on or off theme, is always welcome at Salon. There are no reservations; seating is on a first come/ first served basis, with one intermission. For details see http://www.markjanasthesalon.com/ . There is a $10 cash cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MELORA HARDIN DEBUTS AT FEINSTEIN'S

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the debut of Melora Hardin, from the hit NBC television series "The Office", on Sunday & Monday, December 11th & 12th at 8:30 pm. Hardin's show will be comprised of her original songs, classic Broadway standards, pop hits and holiday favorites, including selections from her latest album All The Way To Mars. Melora Hardin, is probably most recognized for her portrayal of Jan Levinson, Steve Carell's rigid former-corporate boss and love interest, on the hit NBC series, "The Office," in which she reprised her role during Carell's final season. She is also known for playing Tony Shaloub's dead wife in the hit USA Network series "Monk." Most recently starred as the female lead role in the WWE feature, "Knucklehead," opposite Mark Feuerstein and "The Big Show." Having last been seen as love-interest to Jimmy Smits' character on NBC's short-lived legal drama, "Outlaw," Hardin will next star in the new TBS television series, "The Wedding Band" with Brian Austin Green. There is a $40-$60 cover with a $25 food/drink minimum.

D.C.: TODD HARRISON TWINING IN A "CABARET OF CHEER"

Composer, vocalist and musician, Todd Harrison Twining will present his new holiday show "Cabaret of Cheer" at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Sunday, December 11th at 7:30 pm. Todd hopes to puts us in the holiday spirit in this this delightful cabaret of favorites perfect for the whole family.


CHI: THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR AT MAYNE STAGE

Very Vocal productions presents THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR - A Holiday Cabaret Concert" on Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 pm at MAYNE STAGE (1328 West Morse Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-381-4554). Featured performers are John Vincent Mahady, Joan Curto, Tom Michael, Beckie Menzie and Laura Freeman. Tickets are $20 & $25.

L.A.: OCCUPY CHRISTMAS AT HOLLYWOOD STUDIO BAR

James Mooney and Friends presents "Occupy Christmas!" at the HOLLYWOOD STUDIO BAR & GRILL (6122 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-9917) on Sundays, December 11th & 18th at 7:30 pm. James & Co. are "Taking Back Christmas!"as they celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, fun, friends and Sing-A-Longs. Each show has a different cast, including Deirdre Moncy, Samantha Scanlan, Amands Davis, Dedrick Bonner, Peggy Judy and many more! There is a $10 cover.


L.A.: FOR THE RECORD: HOLIDAY ROAD

"HOLIDAY ROAD", conceived and directed by Shane Scheel and Christopher Bratten, opens on Thursday, November 17th at 9:00 pm at SHOW AT BARRE (1714 North Vermont, Los Angeles, CA), with performances Thursdays through Sundays through December 30th. HOLIDAY ROAD features music and moments from John Hughes holiday classics like Home Alone, Christmas Vacation, Planes Trains and Automobiles as well as The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty In Pink, Ferris Bueller's Day ...Off, Weird Science, and Uncle Buck. Play list includes: Holiday Road, Christmas Vacation, Somewhere In My Memory, Don't You (Forget About Me), If You Leave, Weird Science, I'm So Excited, True, Danke Schoen, Twist and Shout, Try A Little Tenderness and many more. The cast includes Barrett Foa (NCIS: LA), Anneliese van der Pol (That's So Raven), Kristolyn Lloyd (The Bold and the Beautiful), Jackie Tohn (Bravo's Platinum Hit), Von Smith (American Idol), Arielle Jacobs (Broadway's In The Heights), James Snyder (Broadway's Cry Baby), Anderson Davis (Broadway's South Pacific, Les Miserables), Jackie Seiden (Broadway's Hairspray), Rogelio Douglas Jr. (Broadway's In The Heights, The Little Mermaid), Jessica Keenan Wynn (Hollywood Bowl Hairspray), Darryl Semira (Broadway's Mamma Mia), Steve Mazurek, Dionne Gipson, Melissa Mitchell, Daniel LeClaire, Brenna Whitaker, Danielle Truitt and Stevie Mackey. Tickets are $35 in advance plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: "AMERICA'S SISTER" AND NEW HOST OF "THE GOSSIP QUEENS"

Named among Variety and Comedy Central's Top 10 Comics to Watch, Loni Love moves into the RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Thursday, December 8th at 8:00 pm, Friday & Saturday, December 9th & 10th at 9:30 pm and Sunday, December 11th at 7:00 pm. Loni Love is not only one of the most hilarious and lovable comics performing stand-up on the comedy club and college circuits but also a busy TV host, guest and actress who has also appeared in films and dramatic plays. Love is a regular panelist on E!s hit show "Chelsea Lately" and TruTV's Presents: The World's Dumbest." Comedy Central's "America's Sister" is also one of four hosts on the syndicated talk show "The Gossip Queens. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


S.F.AREA: BIRD'S NEST JAZZ PRESENTS "WINTER MOON CONCERT"

BIRD'S NEST JAZZ at WATERPARK LOFTS (2875 Glascock Street #109, Oakland, CA - 510-534-6163) presents jazz in an intimate setting monthly from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Seating is first come, first served. On Sunday, December 11th the club will present "Winter Moon Concert" with Shanna Carlson, Linda Kosut, Cathi Walkup & The Mike Greensill Trio (Mike on piano, Aaron Germain, bass and Vince Lateano, drums). The show will celebrate the 29th anniversary of the Appollo 17 moon landing - and a full moon to boot. It will also be celebrating the season with holiday and non-holiday songs and an wonderful trio. $26 donation includes food & beverage. Call for directions.


SF: VENETIAN EVENINGS CONTINUES SEASON WITH STACEY KENT

The eighth season of Bay Area Cabaret continues at the THE FAIRMONT VENETIAN ROOM (950 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - TKTS: 415-392-4400 & http://www.bayareacabaret.org/ ) on Sunday, December 11th at 5:00 pm when Grammy nominated and internationally renowned jazz singer Stacey Kent, makes her first San Francisco appearance in many years. Performing in concerts around the globe from London, to New York, to Taipei and Paris, Stacey has received countless accolades and awards, including BBC Best Jazz Vocalist and a Chevalier from France's Minister of Culture. With more than eight albums to her credit, the platinum-selling vocalist now celebrates her brand new release, "Hushabye Mountain". Along with her legions of fans, Clint Eastwood and American Idol judge/ Aerosmith front-man Steven Tyler list Stacey among their favorite vocalists. About her best-selling Richard Rodgers tribute album, the San Francisco Chronicle said, "Kent uses a purring tone, exquisite phrasing and counterintuitive instincts to reimagine Rodgers in illuminating ways." Kent's repertoire ranges from songs in French to familiar American standards. Be sure to catch her Bay Area Cabaret debut. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: LACHLAN MACLEOD IN A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

Novelty songwriter Lachlan MacLeod won't come down your chimney, nibble at your carrots or wear a big red suit, but he will get you into the holiday spirit with an evening of side-splitting, pant-wetting, tear-inducing songs celebrating the good, the bad and the ugly that is Christmas at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Thursday through Sunday, December 8th through 11th at 9:00 pm (8:00 pm on Sunday). Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: GIN & RAZORBLADES AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB!

Jennifer Vuletic, star of Mamma Mia, Menopause the Musical, is currently starring in Cafe Rebetika at the Vic Arts Centre Playhouse and soon to be seen in Danie Schlusser's Histrionics at the Malthouse, brings you Gin & Razorblades at the THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) for four short nights, Thursday through Sunday, December 8th through 11th at 7:00 pm (6:00 pm on Sunday). Her soaring range and wicked humour channel delightfully through her latest creation, the tragically hilarious Ivanka. "GIN & RAZORBLADES" is a cabaret for the cynical, the damaged, the misanthropic and the suicidal. It's for those who like their love songs and their songs of rage with a big swig of Gin and a triple olive serving of sardonic humour. As Ivanka - the Eastern Bloc's Miss Havisham - introduces you to her life, she also introduces you to the music and lyrics of Michael Stanley and Jennifer Vuletic. She leads you on a side-splittingly merry manic-depressive romp from Romania - land of her birth and other catastrophes - all the way to the present day and whatever mean streets, flea pits and barfly-riddled gin joints she happens to be in. Call for cover/minimum information.

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