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CABARET EVENTS ARCHIVES
DECEMBER 2011
MONDAY through SUNDAY - DECEMBER 18th through 24th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SATURDAY - DECEMBER 24th

CHRISTMAS EVE
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NYC: RONNY WHYTE CHRISTMAS EVE AT THE KITANO

The Ronny Whyte Trio, featuring Boots Maleson on Bass and David Silliman on Drums, will perform at THE KITANO HOTEL'S GARDEN CAFE (66 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-885-7119) on Christmas Eve, Saturday December 24th with sets at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Mr. Whyte is a premiere interpreter of Classic American Popular Song, an outstanding jazz pianist and ASCAP award winning songwriter. This will be their 4th Christmas Eve at the Kitano. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

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: BLACKHURST, CARUSO & STRITCH "A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS"

BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) is proud to announce the return of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch for 7 performances, Tuesday through Sunday, December 20th through 25th at 6:00 pm (Sunday at 7:00 & 10:00 pm. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson's "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" among other favorites. The singers will be joined by the Birdland Jazz Quartet. Klea Blackhurst can currently be seen on television, featured as Shelby Cross, former prosecutor and hypercritical pundit on the new IFC Channel comedy series, "The Onion News Network." Jim Caruso recently made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the Tony Award-winning smash hit Liza's At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. For his nightclub work, Caruso has won six MAC and two BackStage Bistro Awards for his sold-out New York shows at Birdland, the Algonquin Hotel, and Arci's Place. Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent nightclub act "Billy Stritch sings the Mel Torme Songbook" earned rave reviews from the New York music critics. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE NATE BIRKEY QUARTET AT 55 BAR CHRISTMAS EVE

The Nate Birkey Quartet (Nate Birkey - trumpet, vocals; Mark Soskinl, piano; Bill Moring, bass; Tim Horner, drums) will perform as special Holiday Show from 7:00 to 9:00 pm on Saturday, December 24th at 55 BAR (55 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-929-9883). Birkey has released seven albums for the California-based Household Ink Records. With the 2008 releases of Almost Home and Christmas - his first recordings made with his New York City quintet, Birkey takes another step upward and outward. Deftly mixing standards tastefully delivered, warm and imaginative originals in various genre leanings, and material from less-trodden sources, Birkey has an engaging way with a song, as a fluid improviser and vocalist of understated grace. There is no cover charge.

NYC: FREDDY COLE AT BIRDLAND THIS WEEK

Freddy Cole (Piano/Vocals) will be appearing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th, with performances at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. Cole's career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own. 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: AARON WEINSTEIN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Aaron Weinstein makes his Colony debut at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th with shows at 8:30 pm. Aaron Weinstein is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation. As a featured soloist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Blue Note the Iridium, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Mr. Weinstein performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including: Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Scott Hamilton, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. He has written arrangements for artists including Janis Siegel, Michael Feinstein, Billy Stritch, and Hilary Kole, is a New York Nightlife Award winner and recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he was awarded a full four-year talent-based scholarship. 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.

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FRIDAY - DECEMBER 23rd

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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: BLACKHURST, CARUSO & STRITCH "A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS"

BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) is proud to announce the return of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch for 7 performances, Tuesday through Sunday, December 20th through 25th at 6:00 pm (Sunday at 7:00 & 10:00 pm. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson's "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" among other favorites. The singers will be joined by the Birdland Jazz Quartet. Klea Blackhurst can currently be seen on television, featured as Shelby Cross, former prosecutor and hypercritical pundit on the new IFC Channel comedy series, "The Onion News Network." Jim Caruso recently made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the Tony Award-winning smash hit Liza's At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. For his nightclub work, Caruso has won six MAC and two BackStage Bistro Awards for his sold-out New York shows at Birdland, the Algonquin Hotel, and Arci's Place. Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent nightclub act "Billy Stritch sings the Mel Torme Songbook" earned rave reviews from the New York music critics. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

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: VINTAGE JAZZ HOLIDAY CONCERT AT SMALL'S

Donald Schaffer Entertainment in association with Ward Morehouse III presents The Lapis Luna Six with a special Holiday Concert at SMALL'S JAZZ CLUB (183 West 10th Street, NYC) on Friday, December 23rd from 7:30 to 9:45 pm. The band is made up of Shawn Aileen Clark on vocals, John Merrill on guitar, Chris Pistorino on bass, Dan Blankinship on trumpet, Tom Beckham, vibraphone on Brian Floody on drums and percussion. There is a $20 cover.

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: FREDDY COLE AT BIRDLAND THIS WEEK

Freddy Cole (Piano/Vocals) will be appearing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th, with performances at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. Cole's career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own. 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.

DC: JENNIFER BLADES IN "CHRISTMAS PRESENT"

As part of it's 2011-2012 Bravo Lyric Opera Cabaret Series, CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) presents Jennifer Blades in "Christmas Present" on Friday, December 23rd at 7:30 pm. At a time when most of us are scrambling to cross holiday gifts off our shopping list, spend an evening celebrating the gifts the season gives to us. As a follow-up to last year's wildly successful Desire, Despair, Deceit, and Delight, Jennifer Blades brings her inimitable style to musical gems from classic to cutting-edge. Revisit your childhood letters to Santa (The Marvelous Toy, All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth); experience the fiery passion of a holiday romance (Christmas Love Song, Hard Candy Christmas); feel the warm glow of a child's smile (Away in a Manger, New Words); have a romp in the snow (White Christmas, Sleigh Ride); or simply be filled with the glow of peace and joy that the holidays bring (Life, Love, and Laughter, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day). Whatever your musical desires this holiday season, the combination of Jennifer Blades' luscious vocalism and the flamboyant piano stylings of James Harp is sure to make this Christmas Present one that you will want to open again and again. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: AARON WEINSTEIN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Aaron Weinstein makes his Colony debut at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th with shows at 8:30 pm. Aaron Weinstein is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation. As a featured soloist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Blue Note the Iridium, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Mr. Weinstein performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including: Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Scott Hamilton, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. He has written arrangements for artists including Janis Siegel, Michael Feinstein, Billy Stritch, and Hilary Kole, is a New York Nightlife Award winner and recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he was awarded a full four-year talent-based scholarship. 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.

SF: KIM NALLEY WITH TAMMY HALL & SPECIAL GUESTS

Kim Nalley with Tammy Hall & Special Guests will present "A Gospel Christmas" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 ) on Thursday & Friday, December 22nd & 23d at 8:00 pm. This yearly Christmas tradition features acclaimed vocalist Kim Nalley performing all your favorite holiday songs accompanied by the swelling soulful Hammond B-3 Organ played by the incomparable Tammy Hall with Josh Workman (guitar), Jeff Chambers (electric bass) and Kent Bryson (drums). Several special guest and a few sing-a-longs in at this rollicking joyous concert are anticipated. There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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THURSDAY - DECEMBER 22nd

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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 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: BLACKHURST, CARUSO & STRITCH "A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS"

BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) is proud to announce the return of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch for 7 performances, Tuesday through Sunday, December 20th through 25th at 6:00 pm (Sunday at 7:00 & 10:00 pm. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson's "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" among other favorites. The singers will be joined by the Birdland Jazz Quartet. Klea Blackhurst can currently be seen on television, featured as Shelby Cross, former prosecutor and hypercritical pundit on the new IFC Channel comedy series, "The Onion News Network." Jim Caruso recently made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the Tony Award-winning smash hit Liza's At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. For his nightclub work, Caruso has won six MAC and two BackStage Bistro Awards for his sold-out New York shows at Birdland, the Algonquin Hotel, and Arci's Place. Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent nightclub act "Billy Stritch sings the Mel Torme Songbook" earned rave reviews from the New York music critics. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: VINTAGE JAZZ AND CLASSICAL SWING MUSIC THURSDAYS

Donald Schaffer Entertainment in association with Ward Morehouse III presents The Lapis Luna Quartet with Vintage Jazz and Classical Swing Music every Thursday night from 8:30 to 11:30 pm at the ROSE ROOM OF THE PLAZA HOTEL (Fifth Avenue at Central Park South, NYC - 212-759-3000) in an open-ended run. Lapis Luna brings you the captivating jazz of the 1930s, '40s, and '50s with a classical glittering sound. Standards, enchanting ballads, obscure swing-era gems, and vintage melodies the way they were meant to be heard: vibrant, funny, romantic, and cool. The band is made up of Shawn Aileen Clark on vocals, John Merrill on guitar, Chris Pistorino on bass, and Brian Floody on drums and percussion. There is no cover, but there are marvelous drinks and champagne. Reservations recommended.


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: MARIEANN MERINGOLO "IN THE SPIRIT" AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

MAC & Bistro Award Winning Vocalist Marieann Meringolo will bring her Annual Holiday Show "In The Spirit" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm. She is joined by her trio: Doyle Newmyer, Musical Director/Piano, Boots Maleson on Bass and Brian Woodruff on Drums. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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. Appearing this week will be Tony Award Winner Alice Ripley (Next To Normal), Joan Almedilla (Miss Saigon), Drama Desk Nominee Christina Bianco (Forbidden Broadway, Newsical: The Musical), and more!s There is a $15-$25 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.

NYC: FREDDY COLE AT BIRDLAND THIS WEEK

Freddy Cole (Piano/Vocals) will be appearing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th, with performances at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. Cole's career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own. 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.

DC: "A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES"

A Reading by Donald Hicken, "A Child's Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas, will be performed at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Thursday, December 22nd at 7:30 pm. Dylan Thomas' prose/poetic recalling of his boyhood in the coastal village of Swansea is a humorous, touching and deeply human story of one particularly fabled Christmas seen through the eyes of the children who populate the poet's memory. Renowned director Donald Hicken narrates this delightful Christmas classic. Following the reading, he will be joined by Baltimore School for the Arts colleagues, Nancy Krebs and Becky Mossing, who will the audience singing seasonal favorites. There is a $10 cover (a tax-deductible donation to The Baltimore School for the Arts).

FL: AARON WEINSTEIN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Aaron Weinstein makes his Colony debut at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th with shows at 8:30 pm. Aaron Weinstein is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation. As a featured soloist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Blue Note the Iridium, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Mr. Weinstein performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including: Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Scott Hamilton, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. He has written arrangements for artists including Janis Siegel, Michael Feinstein, Billy Stritch, and Hilary Kole, is a New York Nightlife Award winner and recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he was awarded a full four-year talent-based scholarship. 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.

SF: KIM NALLEY WITH TAMMY HALL & SPECIAL GUESTS

Kim Nalley with Tammy Hall & Special Guests will present "A Gospel Christmas" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 ) on Thursday & Friday, December 22nd & 23d at 8:00 pm. This yearly Christmas tradition features acclaimed vocalist Kim Nalley performing all your favorite holiday songs accompanied by the swelling soulful Hammond B-3 Organ played by the incomparable Tammy Hall with Josh Workman (guitar), Jeff Chambers (electric bass) and Kent Bryson (drums). Several special guest and a few sing-a-longs in at this rollicking joyous concert are anticipated. There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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NYC: A RITZMAS DARYL AT THE MET

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 THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with their timeless and timely smash-up of two classic musical versions of "A Christmas Carol" on Wednesday, December 21st at 9:30 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: "JOSHING AROUND" AT THE BEECHMAN

What happens when TWO Josh's are mysteriously booked with the same show on the same night? You'll find out when THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) presents "JOSHING AROUND" starring Joshua Warr (MAC Award Nominee) & Joshua Desjardins (MAC Award lover), on Wednesday, December 21st at 7:00 pm. Karen Musey is special guest, with Musical Direction by Dan Micciche. The show is directed by Tony Bradford. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BLACKHURST, CARUSO & STRITCH "A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS"

BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) is proud to announce the return of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch for 7 performances, Tuesday through Sunday, December 20th through 25th at 6:00 pm (Sunday at 7:00 & 10:00 pm. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson's "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" among other favorites. The singers will be joined by the Birdland Jazz Quartet. Klea Blackhurst can currently be seen on television, featured as Shelby Cross, former prosecutor and hypercritical pundit on the new IFC Channel comedy series, "The Onion News Network." Jim Caruso recently made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the Tony Award-winning smash hit Liza's At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. For his nightclub work, Caruso has won six MAC and two BackStage Bistro Awards for his sold-out New York shows at Birdland, the Algonquin Hotel, and Arci's Place. Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent nightclub act "Billy Stritch sings the Mel Torme Songbook" earned rave reviews from the New York music critics. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: GABRIELLE STRAVELLI MAKES HER FLUTE BAR DEBUT

Vocalist Gabrielle Stravelli will perform for the first time at THE FLUTE BAR (40 Rast 20th Street, NYC - 212-529-7870), on Wednesday, December 21st from 8:00 to 11:00 pm. The Flute has an amazing selection of Champagnes, as well as full bar and light food. The room is warmed by a fireplace and has an intimate, but chill atmosphere. There is no cover, no 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: WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT THE IGUANA WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

Dana Lorge hosts "Wednesday Night at the Iguana" every week at 8:00 pm at IGUANA'S VIP LOUNGE (240 West 54th Street, NYC - 212-765-5454). This week's event, on Wednesday, December 21st, features guest performers are Gil Benson, Carrie Jackson, Warren Schein, Gary Crawford, Sarah Rice, Corky, Joan Jaffe, Tony Middleton, Nancy Redman-Comedienne, Lauren Robert, Bobbie Horowitz, Sunny Leigh, Jillian Laurain, Jenny Litt and David Alfer with Barry Levitt on piano, Saadi Zain on bass, Howie Gordon on drums. There is a $13 cover, no minimum.

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: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: YULETIDE CELEBRATION

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 21st and features the Annual Yuletide Celebration with Daryl Sherman, Jann Parker, Joyce Breach, Alex Leonard, Ronny Whyte, Boots Maleson, David Silliman. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

NYC: FREDDY COLE AT BIRDLAND THIS WEEK

Freddy Cole (Piano/Vocals) will be appearing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th, with performances at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. Cole's career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JERRY COSTANZO AND HIS TRIO AT FEINSTEIN'S

Saxophonist Andy Farber joins Jerry Costanzo and His Trio (Tedd Firth; Piano, Jennifer Vincent; Bass, Jimmy Madison; drums) at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) on Wednesday, December 21st at 10:30 pm. Andy Farber is an award winning jazz composer, arranger and saxophonist and has spent years performing with the likes of Jon Hendricks and Wynton Marsalis. Since 1994, Farber has been part of the Jazz at Lincoln Center stable of writers and performers. Through Jazz at Lincoln, Farber has toured with the Jazz at Lincoln Orchestra, written originals compositions and arrangements and been a guest artistic director. His work as an arranger, conductor and instrumentalist can be heard on numerous recordings, commercials and television/film scores. There is a $20 cover plus $6 service charge plus a 1-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: AARON WEINSTEIN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Aaron Weinstein makes his Colony debut at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th with shows at 8:30 pm. Aaron Weinstein is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation. As a featured soloist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Blue Note the Iridium, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Mr. Weinstein performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including: Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Scott Hamilton, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. He has written arrangements for artists including Janis Siegel, Michael Feinstein, Billy Stritch, and Hilary Kole, is a New York Nightlife Award winner and recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he was awarded a full four-year talent-based scholarship. There is a $60 cover. 3-course prix fixe dinner available at $55, as well as an a la carte menu.


SF: TWISTED XMAS; A DRUID'S VIEW OF THE HOLIDAYS

Sharon McNight takes an irreverent look at the traditions of the season in her show "Twisted Xmas; A Druid's View Of The Holidays" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Tuesday & Wednesday, December 20th & 21st at 8:00 pm. Over the past decades, during the holidays, while Debby Boone touted a "White Christmas" and Bruce Vilanch roasted his chestnuts over an open fire, Sharon McNight offered an alternative choice from the expected songs. She has stockpiled myriad and outrageous, wacky musical commentaries on the 12 days of everything from Santa, Jesus, Teddy Bears, Elves, Snow, and of course ... Bette Davis. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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NYC: GRETCHEN REINHAGEN WITH BOTH SIDES NOW
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $8 OFF THE COVER

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 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 ONLINE.

NYC: BLACKHURST, CARUSO & STRITCH "A SWINGING BIRDLAND CHRISTMAS"

BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) is proud to announce the return of "A Swinging Birdland Christmas," starring Birdland regulars Klea Blackhurst, Jim Caruso and Billy Stritch for 7 performances, Tuesday through Sunday, December 20th through 25th at 6:00 pm (Sunday at 7:00 & 10:00 pm. In the tradition of beloved seasonal specials, Blackhurst, Caruso and Stritch will perform swinging arrangements of "Christmas Waltz," Kay Thompson's "Holiday Season," "Sleigh Ride," and "I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm" among other favorites. The singers will be joined by the Birdland Jazz Quartet. Klea Blackhurst can currently be seen on television, featured as Shelby Cross, former prosecutor and hypercritical pundit on the new IFC Channel comedy series, "The Onion News Network." Jim Caruso recently made his Broadway debut alongside Liza Minnelli in the Tony Award-winning smash hit Liza's At The Palace!, singing, dancing and celebrating the music and arrangements of the late, great Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. For his nightclub work, Caruso has won six MAC and two BackStage Bistro Awards for his sold-out New York shows at Birdland, the Algonquin Hotel, and Arci's Place. Billy Stritch is one of the premier singer-pianists on the New York and national jazz and cabaret scene. His most recent nightclub act "Billy Stritch sings the Mel Torme Songbook" earned rave reviews from the New York music critics. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

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: THE WISHBONE PROJECT CD RELEASE AT IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB

The Wishbone Project, a newly formed quintet led by Kat Gang and Nate Mayland, will perform at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Tuesday, December 20th at 10:00 pm. Kat and Nate, who have discovered in each other the rare gem of inspiration have created a distinct sound by exploring the unique blend of the trombone and voice. The similar range and crystal timbre of both allow for either to take the lead while the other complements, or for the two of them launch into fiery harmonized bebop lines. Their songs are lyrical and reminiscent of jazz standards, yet are full of modern elements that life and performance in NYC has infused in them. Kat Gang 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. Kat lived and worked singing jazz all over England for seven years. A native of Chicago via Madison, Wisconsin, Nate Mayland has been freelancing as a trombonist and composer in NYC since 2001. Sharing the stage and studio with such diverse artists as Bernadette Peters to Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes, from Harry Connick, Jr. to Eddie Santiago, from South Pacific to The Chico O'Farrill Jazz Orchestra, his ear for harmony and melody has been shaped into an edgy yet reverent tool with which he returns to the world all that he has absorbed. There is a $25 cover cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: FREDDY COLE AT BIRDLAND THIS WEEK

Freddy Cole (Piano/Vocals) will be appearing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th, with performances at 9:00 & 11:00 pm. Cole doesn't apologize for sounding like his brother, Nat "King" Cole. There are certain unmistakable similarities. He plays piano and sings and performs live with guitar and upright bass, just like Nat. Yet his voice is raspier, smokier, jazzier even. But he has emerged from the awesome shadow cast by his elder brother. In truth, his phrasing is far closer to that of Frank Sinatra or Billie Holiday than that of his brother and his timing swings a little more. Cole's career continues to ascend as he has moved into the front ranks of America's homegrown art form with a style and musical sophistication all his own. 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: AARON WEINSTEIN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Aaron Weinstein makes his Colony debut at THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) on Tuesday through Saturday, December 20th through 24th with shows at 8:30 pm. Aaron Weinstein is quickly earning a reputation as one of the finest jazz violinists of his generation. As a featured soloist, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Wolftrap Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Blue Note the Iridium, and abroad at jazz festivals in England, France, Switzerland, Iceland, and Israel. Mr. Weinstein performed and recorded with an array of jazz icons including: Les Paul, Bucky Pizzarelli, John Pizzarelli, Scott Hamilton, Dick Hyman, Dave Frishberg, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross. He has written arrangements for artists including Janis Siegel, Michael Feinstein, Billy Stritch, and Hilary Kole, is a New York Nightlife Award winner and recent graduate of the Berklee College of Music where he was awarded a full four-year talent-based scholarship. There is a $60 cover. 3-course prix fixe dinner available at $55, as well as an a la carte menu.


L.A.: UPRIGHT CABARET'S 6TH ANNUAL BROADWAY CHRISTMAS REVUE

This holiday season, Upright Cabaret will transform the CATALINA BAR & GRILL (6725 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA - 323-466-2210 ) into a wonderland of song celebrating Upright Cabaret's 6th Annual Broadway Christmas Revue on Tuesday, December 20th, with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm! Experience the artistry of Upright's finest performers as they don their gay apparel to interpret some of your favorite holiday classics in the coziest upscale venue in Los Angeles. With performances by Tony Award-nominated Broadway star Sam Harris (The Life, The Producers), Lesli Margherita (Zorro), Jake Simpson (Star Search Grand Champion), Kelli Provart (Aida), Carla Renata (The Life, Avenue Q), Arielle Jacobs (In The Heights), Will Collyer (Big) and Jim Holdridge (Life Could Be A Dream) with Christina Ballestero, Matthew Ballestero, Erin Dowling, Sheila Karls, Karissa Noel, Caitlin O'Brient, Danielle Sadd and more. American Idol stars Diana DeGarmo (Hairspray, Hair, 9 to 5) and Ace Young (Hair, Grease) are set to guest host for both shows. There is a $25 cover and up. More information at http://www.UprightCabaret.com/ .

SF: TWISTED XMAS; A DRUID'S VIEW OF THE HOLIDAYS

Sharon McNight takes an irreverent look at the traditions of the season in her show "Twisted Xmas; A Druid's View Of The Holidays" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Tuesday & Wednesday, December 20th & 21st at 8:00 pm. Over the past decades, during the holidays, while Debby Boone touted a "White Christmas" and Bruce Vilanch roasted his chestnuts over an open fire, Sharon McNight offered an alternative choice from the expected songs. She has stockpiled myriad and outrageous, wacky musical commentaries on the 12 days of everything from Santa, Jesus, Teddy Bears, Elves, Snow, and of course ... Bette Davis. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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MONDAY - DECEMBER 19th

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NYC: NICOLE HENRY AT THE METROOLITAN ROOM

Nicole Henry returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - http://www.metropolitanroom.com/ ) on Monday, December 19th at 9:30 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.

NYC: "COSMO REPORT" TO BENEFIT BC/EFA

Marianne Challis will be reprising her highly-accclaimed "COSMO REPORT: HOLIDAY EDITION" on Monday, December 19th at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788). COSMO REPORT was produced originally at FEINSTEIN'S for four nights. Known as a sophisticated chanteuse with rib-tickling comedy chops, the self-styled 'middle-aged party girl' is joined by Musical Director/ Pianist Tedd Firth. The evening is directed by frequent collaborator Scott Barnes. Marianne, who began her career in musical theatre, has starred at the New York City Opera in "South Pacific" and Carnegie Hall's Sondheim Salute. As a cabaret artist Marianne has performed to sold-out crowds at The Royal Room in Palm Beach, The Laurie Beechman Theatre, Playhouse on the Green in Bridgeport, CT and at Feinstein's and The Metropolitan Room. She won a 2008 Bistro Award for Outstanding Female Vocalist.There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. All proceeds will go to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS.

NYC: "ARE YOU WORKING ON SOMETHING NEW, TOO?"
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

TNT Music presents "Are You Working On Something New, too?", the second edition of New Songs by New Writers to benefit BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Monday, December 19th at 7:00 pm. The show will feature songs by Adam David Cohen, Andrew Zachary Cohen, Clare Cooper, Mark T Evans, Patrick Gallagher, William TN Hall, Kevin Hammonds, Matthew Hardy, Timothy Huang, Anna K. Jacobs, Eric Kubo, Kevin Laub, Paul Libman, Robert Maggio, Stuart McMeans, Jim Merritt, Steven Silverstein, Jennifer Stafford and Micah Young. They will be performed by Bianca Leigh, Tara Moran, Christopher Shyer, Brendon Stimson, Steven Strafford and Cassie Wooley. The series is co-ordinated by William TN Hall with musical direction by Mark T Evans. The show is directed by Adam Fitzgerald. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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 19th, Bronwyn will present co-host & Special Guest Michael Dionne, 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: FIERCE ROARS BACK TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

The Imperial Court of New York and FIERCE! invite you to attend FIERCE! at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, December 19th starting at 6:00 pm with cocktails and silent auction and show at 7:00 pm. Performers include Eric Michael Gillett, cabaret star with Broadway roles in Kiss Me Kate, Sweet Smell of Success and Frogs; Tituss Burgess, the original Sebastian in The Little Mermaid; Colman Domingo of Passing Strange and Scotsboro Boys; Rebecca Naomi Jones, American Idiot and Passing Strange; Curtis Wiley, The Lion King (Tour), Smokey Joe's Cafe, TUT (NYMF); Cabaret luminary Terese Genecco; Uraina Collazo; Jim Speake; Karen Thompson. And from the Imperial Court of New York: Chad Ryan (Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera), Witti Repartee, Philomena and Anya. Musical Director is Tracy Stark with Allison Miller on drums and Brian Shaw on saxophone. Emcee is Robin Kradles. There os a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. The show will benefit FIERCE!, a membership-based organization dedicated to LGBT and HIV related causes.


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.

MW: CELEBRATE THE HOLIDAYS WITH ROB DORN'S WONDERLAND

Chicago singer and actor, Rob Dorn, returns to THE WILMETTE THEATRE (1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL - 847-251-7424) with the holiday concert "Rob Dorn's Wonderland" on Monday, December 19th at 7:30 pm. The fourth annual holiday event, "Rob Dorn's Wonderland" explores the holidays of the past through personal Christmas stories and a special tribute to the great Chicago holiday specials of the early 1960s. Rob Dorn will include songs from his CD aptly titled "Wonderland" including "Holly Jolly Christmas", "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch", "Winter Wonderland" and more. Musicians will be guitarist John Behling, bassist Beau Sample, with a special guest appearance by Hannah Dorn. Dorn has been working in the entertainment industry for more than twenty five years as an actor, vocalist, writer, director and producer. For several years, Rob produced and toured with the vocal group, "Three Hits and a Miss." Together they performed in sold out concert shows across the country in such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall and the famed McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, California. Tickets are $20.

SF: CONNIE CHAMPAGNE AS JUDY GARLAND

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas with Connie Champagne as Judy Garland at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Sunday, December 18th at 4:00 pm and Monday, December 19th at 8:00 pm. Celebrate this season the Garland-way, with an evening of holiday songs, special guests and Santa Claus ... in the spirit of Judy's 1963 television special. There is a $32.50 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 18th

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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". Show is scheduled for Sunday, December 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: GRETCHEN REINHAGEN WITH BOTH SIDES NOW
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Gretchen Reinhagen brings her new show BOTH SIDES NOW to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on 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: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH GABRIELLE STRAVELLI

Gabrielle Stravelli presents a weekly Sunday jazz brunch at LE PESCADEUX (90 Thompson Street, NYC - 212-966-0021), a lovely French restaurant in the heart of Soho that offers a great, well-priced brunch menu and cozy atmosphere. We play three sets from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested, especially if you plan on brunch with us on New Year's Day. (closed on Sunday, December 25th) No cover, no minimum.


NYC: MICHELE ZALKIN SINGS AT DON'T TELL MAMA

Michele Zalkin will present an afternoon of song at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ) on Sunday, December 18th at 3:00 pm. Michele will be presenting a show filled with songs of the season and from the Great American Songbook. She is joined on stage by her musical director Jerry Scott. Joan Jaffe directs. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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 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: JULIE REYBURN BRINGS "WINTER SONGS" TO ETCETERA, ETCETERA

Mark Janas' Salon is sponsoring it's first official evening of cabaret on Sunday, December 18th presenting two performances of Julie Reyburn's acclaimed show "Winter Songs" at 7:00 & 9:15 pm at ETCETERA ETCETERA (352 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-399-4141). This is the same show she performed recently at FEINSTEIN'S. This special show showcases songwriting talents of some of NY's own lyricists and composers including: Brett Kristofferson, Mary Liz McNamara, Peter Napolitano & Matthew Martin Ward, Scott Evan Davis and Bill Zeffiro. Some of the selections were even written specifically for this show! Special guest is Lennie Watts who also serves as Director. The Music Director is Mark Janas and the producer is Fr. Jeff Hamblin. There is a $10 cash cover at the door and a $15 food/drink minimum.


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: EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN HOLIDAY BENEFIT FOR WBAI

WBAI Producer and Host David Kenney hosts a Benefit for the non-commercial listener sponsored radio station on Sunday December 18th at 1:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). The Holiday Show will feature talents from Broadway, Cabaret and Recordings. Many of the performers have been friends of the Everything Old Is New Again Weekly Radio Show and have appeared numerous times on the broadcast. Scheduled to perform are Tom Andersen, John Bucchino, Eric Comstock, Robert Cuccioli, Melissa Errico, Barbara Fasano, Mary Foster Conklin, Marissa Mulder, Karen Oberlin and Kendra Shank. All the performers will sing their favorite Classic Holiday songs. Throughout the benefit members of the audience with have a chance to win prizes and giveaways donated from various record labels and book publishers. David Kenney has been the producer & host of Everything Old Is New Again on WBAI 99.5FM for 33 years. It can be heard weekly on Sundays at 9:00 pm. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: ANNUAL HOLIDAY OPEN MIC WITH KENNETH GARTMAN

Kenneth Gartman returns to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Sunday, December 18th at 8:00 pm to host his 3rd Annual Holiday Open Mic: CHRISTMAS WITH KENNETH. This 90 minute holiday open mic aspires to be one of the funniest and possibly most offensive shows of the holiday season featuring some of Cabaret and Broadway's great talents. You'll hear some of your favorite traditional tunes and enjoy a holiday sing-along as well. In addition to hosting, Gartman will be tickling the ivories with Matt Vander Ende on Drums and John Convertino on Bass. There is no cover (donations will be accepted) plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: BLUE NOTE JAZZ BRUNCH FEATURES JACK DONAHUE

On Sunday, December 18th, jazz vocalist Jack Donahue will be appearing at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) at their famed Jazz Brunch, with sets at 12:30 & 2:30 pm. He will be joined by his band: Randy Ingram, piano; Peter Brendler, bass; Jared Schonig, drums. The show will celebrate the release of Jack's new live recording: "Parade: Live in New York City". Donahue received both the 2008 and 2009 "Best Male Jazz Vocalist" awards from MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets), an Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) award for "Best Male Vocalist", and a Bistro Award. Donahue's last two CD releases, A Small Blue Thing (Two Maples Music) and StrangeWeather (PS Classics), were released to wide critical acclaim. $24.50 includes brunch, show and a drink.


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.

RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": ALL HOLIDAY SONGS
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 18th, David will another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway. This week featuring ALL HOLIDAY SONGS. Some of the songs of the season that you will hear: "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" JUDY GARLAND; "My Favorite Things" CAROLE KING; "Last Christmas" THE PUPPINI SISTERS; "The Christmas Song" NAT KING COLE; "My Simple Christmas Wish" ALIX KOREY ; "Baby, It's Cold Outside" LIZA MINNELLI & ALAN CUMMING; "Always Christmas In New York" RONNY WHYTE; "What Child Is This" MAHALIA JACKSON ; "Ave Maria" LEONTYNE PRICE; "Surabaya Santa" KRISTINE ZBORNIK ; "It's Christmas And We're Jewish" KAREN BENJAMIN & ALAN CHAPMAN; "White Christmas" BING CROSBY; "All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth" ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS ; "Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep" MAUREEN McGOVERN; "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve" KAREN OBERLIN ; "Grateful" ART GARFUNKEL; And More! 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/

NYS: THE ESPOSITO FAMILY CHRISTMAS CONCERT IN MIDDLETOWN

The annual Esposito Family Christmas Concert will take place this year on Sunday, December 18th, with performances at 2:00 & 5:30 pm at JOHN'S HARVEST INN (633 Route 17M, Middletown, NY - 845-343-6630). Nothing ushers in the holiday season quite like the annual Esposito Family Christmas Concert! Every year, Jenna, her father, Fortune, her sister, Kelly, Kelly's husband, Rob, and Rob's brother, Brian (how's THAT for a family show!) join together to celebrate the season with favorite carols and holiday tunes, and last year's concert was made all the more special by the debut of Charlie Broelmann, Kelly and Rob's son, on the drums! Now 4 years old, Charlie has been practicing all year, and can't wait to perform in this year's concert! $35 for dinner & show. Children under 5: FREE! Children 5-11: Pay their age for dinner buffet plus a $5 cover.

NJ: MUSIC AT THE MANSION IN DECEMBER

The next installment of the "Music at the Mansion" series produced by NiCori Studios and Productions is happening on Sunday, December 18th at 3:00 pm at THE OAKESIDE BLOOMFIELD CULTURAL CENTER (240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ - 973-429-0960). This month's performers include vocalist Annie Kozuch, Concert Pianist Carolyn Enger, and the singer/songwriter Rosemary Loar. These monthly events are hosted by Corinna Sowers-Adler. $10 cash cover at the door includes light refreshments.


DC: SWING WITH STRING THEORY AT GERMANO'S

String Theory, made up of Gus Russo (guitar), Lucas Lechowski (violin). Charlie Trapp (bass), Stacey Schwartz (vocals, percussion), Gary Lee Gimble (pedal steel guitar), Josh Rettenmayer (guitar), will perform on Sunday, December 18th at 6:30 pm at CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515). In the tradition of the swinging jazz combos that took Europe by storm in the early twentieth century, String Theory recreates a sound that never really went out of style. With two acoustic guitars, two violins, a viola, a pedal steel guitar and female vocalist, the band takes on Django Reinhardt, Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman, Hoagy Carmichael, and others. The band is made up of seasoned local players with a wide range of experience. Surprise guest artists and Cabaret favorite, Rachel Jones on viola. Call for cover/minimum information.

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: 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.


SF: CONNIE CHAMPAGNE AS JUDY GARLAND

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas with Connie Champagne as Judy Garland at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Sunday, December 18th at 4:00 pm and Monday, December 19th at 8:00 pm. Celebrate this season the Garland-way, with an evening of holiday songs, special guests and Santa Claus ... in the spirit of Judy's 1963 television special. There is a $32.50 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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