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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
MARCH - APRIL 2012
MONDAY through SUNDAY - MARCH 26th through APRIL 1st



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - APRIL 1st

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NYC: SWINGABILLY NIGHT AT THE IRIDIUM
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Scobar presents Swingabilly Night at IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Sunday, April 1st with the rockin' swing rhythms of Delco Nightingale (Erin Berry - vocals, Greg Phoenix - guitar, Brendan Skwire - upright bass, Eddie Everett - drums). Performances are at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Delco Nightingale is a Philadelphia-based four piece combo bringing a rockin' new twist to swing era classics. They've been playing their unique hybrid of rockabilly and big band era swing for nearly four years now, to a growing audience on the East Coast and beyond. 2011 brought the band's first trip out west to play not only the 14th annual Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekender, but also the 2nd annual Turner Classic Movies Film Festival in Hollywood, CA. Their finely-tuned, high energy stage performances reflect not only their love and mastery of the genres, but the self-confidence of a band that knows they've got something fresh and vital to offer to their listeners. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH GABRIELLE STRAVELLI

Bistro Award winning vocalist, Gabrielle Stravelli, will be playing her weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch on January 29th at LE PESCADEUX (90 Thompson Street, NYC - 212-966-0021), a lovely French restaurant in the heart of Soho. She will be joined by Saul Rubin on guitar and Pat O'Leary on bass in this charming boite that offers a great, well-priced menu and cozy atmosphere. They will play three sets from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. Reservations are strongly suggested. No cover, no minimum.


NYC: FOOLS FOR LOVE BENEFIT FOR PROSPECT THEATER COMPANY

Julie Miller is producing a cabaret event at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Sunday, April 1st at 7:00 pm as a benefit to raise funds for PROSPECT THEATER COMPANY to fund it's development of new musicals. The show is a concert of original songs celebrating April Fools Day, written for this event by some really amazing songwriters: Deborah Abramson, Jeremy Desmon & Vadim Feichtner, Drew Fornarola & Scott Elmgreen, Adam Gwon, Kait Kerrigan & Brian Lowdermilk, Peter Mills & Steve Weiner, Thomas Mizer & Curtis Moore, Benj Pasek & Justin Paul, Nathan Tysen & Chris Miller, Amanda Yesnowitz & Brian Cimmet, and Jay Alan Zimmerman. Performers include Karl Josef Co, Kyle Eberlein, Kelechi Ezie, Charles Lowery IV, Jaygee Macapugay, Barry Shafrin, Sarah Statler, Nikki Switzer, and others to be announced. The show is curated and directed by Nick Brennan and Cara Reichel. Tickets are $25-$35 and available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/ . There is a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CARY HOFFMAN'S "MY SINATRA," NOW AT SOFIA'S DOWNSTAIR'S

Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS Special into a very true, hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero Frank Sinatra and the perils of wanting to become somebody else at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799) on Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 3:00 pm through April 1st. Hoffman captivates the audience with his very personal journey of what it was like growing up fatherless with three musician uncles, who played on some of Sinatra's greatest recordings, turning Sinatra into a fantasy father. Hoffman authentically sings just like his hero, as he weaves over 20 classic Sinatra songs, creating a musical score about his lifelong obsession. There is a $60 cover.


NYC: DC JAZZ VOCALIST SHARON CLARK AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Sharon Clark returns to the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for one-night-only in "Sunday in New York," her second trip to the city in recent weeks, on Sunday April 1st at 9:30 pm. Following her New York debut in February, the DC-based Clark, who is gaining major notoriety in jazz festivals and on concert stages around the world, settles in for the night with a brand new show that showcases her ability to daringly weave together jazz standards and pop-oriented songs. Backed by her music director Chris Grasso on piano and joined by the well-respected New York sidemen Tony Jefferson on drums and Neal Miner on bass, Clark breaks out standards by Jobim, Van Heusen, Romberg and Hammerstein, and Eubie Blake among others, while she heats up songs of a newer vintage performed by the Beatles, Michael Jackson, and Dusty Springfield. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: PAMELA LUSS WITH HOUSTON PERSON "BY REQUEST"

A Monthly Series featuring Pamela Luss with Houston Person continues on Sunday, April 1st at 4:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). "By Request" is a show created by fans and friends of Corinna Sowers-Adler who have shared the stories and memories behind songs they have requested to be sung by Corinna.Blessed with a beautiful voice, remarkable timing, and sumptuous intonation, Pamela has enjoyed successful engagements - and drawn capacity crowds - in many of the top Jazz and Cabaret Clubs. Pamela began working with Houston Person in 2007. His famously beautiful saxophone tone had graced two of her previous three albums. The relationship continued and developed into her fourth album, Sweet and Saxy, which is a full-length collaboration between the younger singer and the veteran tenor saxophonist with Houston also as producer. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: CLAUDINE JELLISON RETURNS TO THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Claudine Jellison returns to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 ) on Sundays, April 1st & 8th at 7:00 pm with her show "Yes, and ... ". The show is a homecoming of sorts, a joyous musical return for an entertainer who traded a successful career as a cabaret singer and actress for the more prosaic but challenging world of public education. Now she's found her way back to New York nightlife, bringing along with her a collection of songs that range from renowned classics by Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to more contemporary turns by Stevie Wonder and Billie Joel. Claudine also shares stories about culture, family, French cheeseburgers, flying, lullabies, Peter Pan in Russia, good friends and lessons learned, both during and after school. Assisting her on this return are cabaret veterans David Gaines, musical director on the piano, and Tom Hubbard on the bass. Director is multi-award winner, Barry Kleinbort. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": MUSIC OF DORIS DAY
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, April 1st, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, featuring the music of the Doris Day. David will also conduct an In-Studio Interview with David Hajdu, including a chat about "the forgotten songwriter" Nick Hathaway. 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: MARK JANAS' SALON: "THESE FOOLISH THINGS!"

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, April 1st from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "These Foolish Things - Fools in Love, Class Clowns or Any Kind of Fool or Foolish". Co-Host will be Matson & Bistro Award Winning Singer/ Songwriter/ Actor/ Producer D.C. Anderson. Guest Host/ Pianist will be David Caldwell. 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. There is a $10 cash cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


DC: GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST LEE RITENOUR AT BLUES ALLEY

Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour will performd at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 29th through April 1st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Growing up in L.A. in the 60s, Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious "Alumnus of the Year" award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit "Is It You," which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. It's been a long road since Ritenour's legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house. From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists.

CHI: SIMPLY SCOTTY AT 3160 MONTHLY

Scott Gryder returns to CLUB 3160 (3160 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL - 773-327-5969) for "SIMPLY SCOTTY" on Sunday, April 1st. Scott appears at the club on the first Sunday of every month from 7:00 to 10:00 pm. From pop hits and showtunes to cabaret and character pieces, Scott takes to the mic, entertaining from his self-compiled book of zany, heartfelt music as a "one-man parade of song." And, as music director, Nick Sula makes musical magic on the piano, with special guests Freddie The Puppet and Guillermo Chupacabra. Singers welcome! There is no cover, just a 2-drink minimum.


L.A.: KRITZERLAND: TAKE ME ALONG: THE SONGS OF BOB MERRILL

Kritzerland at Sterlings presents TAKE ME ALONG: The Songs of Bob Merrill, on Sunday, April 1st starting at 7:00 pm at STERLING'S AT THE FEDERAL (5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA - 818-754-8700). As always, the cast includes some of the best voices in town, including Julie Garnye (National tour, Cats; Hair in Concert, Children of Eden in Concert); Juliana Hansen (Millie, Thoroughly Modern Millie, first national tour); Melody Hollis (Broadway: Susan in Irving Berlin's White Christmas); Kristofer McNeeley (National/Broadway: Jersey Boys; Reprise's Sunday in the Park); Jeffrey Todd (Bat Boy; South Coast Rep's Lucky Duck, Emperor's New Clothes); with special guest Lainie Kazan. Music Director: Christy Crowl. Cover charge is $28 with includes a $10 food/drink allowance. Reservations required - NOTE: NEW VENUE


S.F.: SONG OF THE MONTH AT MARTUNI'S

The legendary Song of The Month Open Mic returns to MARTUNI'S (4 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-241-0205 ) on Sunday, April 1st at 3:45 pm (signup at 3:30 pm), hosted by San Francisco jazz vocalists Benn Bacot & Mark Baum with Alan Choy on piano. SOTM was originated by Shane Kelly in 1999 at Martuni's and past hosts have included Linda Kosut, Lua Hadar, Bruce Phillips, Coley Grundman, & Hattie Mullaly to name a few. Participants are urged to bring at least two charts in their key, one of a new or challenging song and just in case there's time for a second song, one they would be comfortable performing. Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: RUSSELL THOMPKINS JR. & THE NEW STYLISTICS  

Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, with Kenneth R. Thompkins, Musical Director, will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday through Friday, March 28th through 30th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 31st at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, April 1st at 7:00 pm. Russell's distinctive falsetto was the driving force and the backbone of the original Stylistics who garnered: 7 gold albums, 5 gold singles, 2 double gold singles, 8 platinum albums, 1 double platinum album, 4 platinum singles, a Grammy nomination in 1974 for "You make Me Feel Brand New," a plaque on the Walk of Fame in center city Philadelphia in 1974, as well as various awards and trophies from around the world. In May of 2004, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. There is a $42.50 - $47.50 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: APRIL FOOLS WITH MISS COCO PERU

Marc Huestis presents "APRIL FOOLS WITH MISS COCO PERU" at THE VICTORIA THEATRE (2961 16th Street, San Francisco, CA - TKTS: 415-863-0611) on Sunday, April 1st with shows at 7:00 & 9:30 pm. Ms. Peru will present her smash hit comedy show "There Comes a Time." Miss Coco Peru, star of stage & screen (Trick, Girls Will Be Girls), brings her smash hit sold-out show "There Comes A Time" to SF's Victoria Theatre for a one-night only evening of sublime April Foolishness! Coco (aka Clinton Leupp) will present a ribald tour of the greatest hits of her life. From her appearance at her friend Bea Arthur's memorial at New York's Majestic Theatre ("my Broadway debut!"), to her crazy turn as the original "Angel Schunard" in the backer's audition of Rent, Miss Coco Peru expertly turns darkness into illumination, in wryly pointed observations of life that only can she deliver. The show will be introduced by SF nightlife maven Sasha Soprano and is brought to you by SF impressario Marc Huestis. Tickets are $29.95.


AUS: SIMON TAYLOR - 10 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

Simon Taylor loves psychology. His enthusiasm for the human mind turns into a comedy show about morality, happiness, language and love. He will be brining his show 10 Things I Know About You to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) From Wednesday, March 28th through Sunday, April 22nd (no shows on Mondays). 10 Things I Know About You is a witty exploration of the secrets the subconscious keeps from us. Love is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. Simon discovers that people can be attracted to others because of their personality or simply because they share similar letters in their names. Romantic revelations put a unique spin on the common view of attraction and falling in love. People can be moral enough to empathise with a starving child on TV, all the while eating a slice of chocolate cake. Simon entertains the hope that we are fundamentally moral as he peels back the intentions behind acts of charity. Everyone wants to be happy. Western life is full of material things and countless opportunity, but what really makes us smile is hidden away in the back of our mind. 10 Things I Know About You reveals the simple truth about being happy in a modern world. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.


AUS: PYRAMIDS & PIMMS AT THE BUTTERFLY
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

PYRAMIDS & PIMM'S, written and performed by Caroline Ferguson & Yvonne Malik will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 9:30 pm, March 28th through April 22nd as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Directed by Ross Daniels (Punked, Spontaneous Broadway). What happens when a bogan, belly dancer from Reservoir with severe delusions of grandeur, and a Toorak grand dame, who still believes in the White Australia policy, are thrown together with no escape? On the surface it seems Davina and Lay-lah have nothing in common... or do they? Find out in PYRAMIDS & PIMM'S! Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: HEEP IN HEEPS FUNNY
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

HEEP (Steve Hurd, Justin Evans, Michael Evans and John Potter) are three of Melbourne's hottest young comedians and one old failed ALP candidate taking to the stage of the legendary THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 27th through April 1st in an unconvincing tax dodge. Coming from four wildly diverse backgrounds, HEEPs Funny combines music, stand-up and sketch comedy into a truly original cabaret comedy performance - one which will provide you with an afternoon's worth of fond memories (likely to be of when an ATO agent raided the show and cuffed two of their members.) A variety act in the truest sense, HEEP will take you on a journey of wonder, hilarity and deepest regret. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.

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SATURDAY - MARCH 31st
MARCH IS CABARET MONTH

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NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC AT MAMA'S IN MARCH
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

MAC AWARD NOMINEE

Karen Mack & Michael Holland return with their very popular award-winning "Gashole Hole-O-Matic 2011" All Request Show to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, March 3rd, 10th, 24th & 31st at 8:00 pm. This is the show where the audience gets to pick the song list from hundreds available. Also featured are more road stories, ridiculous prizes, more mash-ups, more prizes, lots more new music, more insanity and custom cocktails. Join NYC musical comedy duo Mack and Holland as they bring their multi-award winning mix of harmony and humor to the best (and worst!) of past, present and future pop. From ABBA to Queen to Kylie, expect lush vocals and comic mayhem in what is always a spontaneous and one-of-a-kind musical experience!. There is a $20 cover, 2 drink minimum, no drink maximum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE


NYC: PAMELA LUSS WITH HOUSTON PERSON MONTHLY AT THE MET

A Monthly Saturday Series featuring Pamela Luss with Houston Person kicks off on Saturday, March 31st at 7:00 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). The monthly series is titled "Just The Two of Us and Friends" and shows will vary each month. The show is called "All About Love." Blessed with a beautiful voice, remarkable timing, and sumptuous intonation, Pamela has enjoyed successful engagements - and drawn capacity crowds - in many of the top Jazz and Cabaret Clubs. Pamela began working with Houston Person in 2007. His famously beautiful saxophone tone had graced two of her previous three albums. The relationship continued and developed into her fourth album, Sweet and Saxy, which is a full-length collaboration between the younger singer and the veteran tenor saxophonist with Houston also as producer. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: CARY HOFFMAN'S "MY SINATRA," NOW AT SOFIA'S DOWNSTAIR'S

Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS Special into a very true, hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero Frank Sinatra and the perils of wanting to become somebody else at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799) on Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 3:00 pm through April 1st. Hoffman captivates the audience with his very personal journey of what it was like growing up fatherless with three musician uncles, who played on some of Sinatra's greatest recordings, turning Sinatra into a fantasy father. Hoffman authentically sings just like his hero, as he weaves over 20 classic Sinatra songs, creating a musical score about his lifelong obsession. There is a $60 cover.


NYC: LE SCANDAL CABARET CONTINUES AT THE BEECHMAN

NYC's longest running burlesque variety show, LE SCANDAL CABARET, continues on Saturdays, at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 ). In its ninth year, Le Scandal features variety acts, circus performers, live music and a bevy of burlesque beauties. New performers every week! Expect sword swallowers, belly dancers, rope trick cowboys, contortionists, torch singing fan dancers and comedic aerobats, all set to the live music of the Le Scandal Orchestra. For tickets, visit Smarttix at http://www.smarttix.com/ or 212-484-4444. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE & INSIDE STRAIGHT

Christian McBride & Inside Straight will appear at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 27th through 31st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In the twenty-three years since his arrival on the international jazz scene, 39-year-old bassist, bandleader, Grammy Award winner and Philadelphia native Christian McBride has performed and recorded with a staggering array of musical artists -- from Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Kenny Garrett to Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock and Sting -- in addition to leading his own acoustic/electric jazz quintet Inside Straight and 2011 Grammy Award winning Big Band. McBride has also been at the forefront of jazz education, serving as artist-in-residence at the Monterey and Detroit International Jazz festivals and artistic director for various cultural institutions including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE CAFE CARLYLE PRESENTS "AN EVENING WITH BETTYE LAVETTE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome back R&B legend Bettye LaVette to the legendary venue in a return three-week engagement Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 13th through March 31st at 8:45 pm. Ms. LaVette will once again showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career in a soul-shattering evening. She'll be accompanied by a band led by her musical director Alan Hill. Bettye LaVette has been honing her skills since her first single was released at the tender age of 16 in 1962. Yet it wasn't until four decades later when she was signed to Anti- Records in 2004 that Bettye began to garner a wide audience. Before that, she seemed to be the best kept secret in the world of rhythm & blues. With the release of My Own Hell to Raise in 2005 and the follow up, Scene of the Crime out in 2007, public awareness of Bettye began to grow. As a result, she was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. Hers was such a riveting performance the producers of the show proceeded to ask Bettye to sing at President Obama's Inaugural Celebration in front of the world. With two Grammy nominations under her belt and performances to sold-out venues all over the globe, Bettye is an undisputed world class interpreter of any genre of song. There is a $70 cover, Tuesdays through Thursdays and $80 on Fridays & Saturdays.

NYC: NELLIE McKAY "SILENT SPRING - IT'S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents Nellie McKay and her provocative new show "Silent Spring - It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature" Tuesdays through Saturdays, March 20th though 31st at 8:00 pm, with additional late shows on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic book Silent Spring - the first major expose of pesticides in the environment - McKay has put together a special show about its author Rachel Carson, the trailblazing environmentalist. Joined by a four piece band, McKay will tell her story using music by Charles Mingus, Irving Berlin, Dave Frishberg, Hoagy Carmichael, Neil Young and more. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


BOS: STANLEY SAGOV & THE REMEMBERING THE FUTURE JAZZ BAND

An Evening with Stanley Sagov & The Remembering The Future Jazz Band with Special Guest jazz/rock guitarist Larry Coryell is headed to THE REGATTABAR at the Charles Hotel (1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA - 617-395-7757) on Saturday, March 31st with shows at 7:30 & 10:00 pm. The Remembering the Future Jazz Band features some of the premier musicians in Boston: Dr. Stanley Sagov on piano and keyboards, John Lockwood on acoustic bass, Bob Gullotti on drums, Robert Douglas Gay on alto sax and Mike Peipman on trumpet, Stan Strickland on tenor sax, flute and vocals and special guest vocalist, Wannetta Jackson. Stanley Sagov is a dazzling jazz pianist and composer who is skilled on a number of musical instruments. Sagov also commands a full time career as a medical doctor, amazing his colleagues in both music and in medicine with his ability to lead such an intense dual life both as a physician and as a musician. Sagov's new CD, Fever, is highlighted by singer Wannetta Jackson who takes the lead on the title track and then brings in the ever-enchanting Stan Strickland for an intensely intimate live performance this past September. Tickets are $35.

ONT: JAZZ CROONER ANDY DE CAMPOS AT HUGH'S ROOM

Toronto's own crooner Andy De Campos, has just announced his appearance at Toronto's famed HUGH'S ROOM JAZZ CLUB (2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-531-6604) on Saturday, March 31st at 8:00 pm. Accompanied by Canada's finest little Big Band, The Seventet (Richard Whitehouse - piano, Tien Yeung - bass, Steve MacDonald - tenor sax and flute, Phil Skladowski - baritone sax and flute, Christopher Butcher - trombone, Howard Leathers - trumpet, Anthony Terpstra - drums), he'll lead a night of dinner and dance featuring music from Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Big Crosby, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin, Nat King Cole and all the other classic jazz favourites! The evening of great jazz standards tunes will include a special guest, Bruce Andrew Stewart, appearing as "The King". Andy De Campos is very much in demand in the Toronto music scene. He attributes his clear phrasing to Sinatra, his warm resonance to Nat King Cole, his prolonged breath control to Matt Monro and a styled huskiness to Bobby Darin. There is a $25 cover.

DC: GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST LEE RITENOUR AT BLUES ALLEY

Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour will performd at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 29th through April 1st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Growing up in L.A. in the 60s, Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious "Alumnus of the Year" award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit "Is It You," which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. It's been a long road since Ritenour's legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house. From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists.

MW: DONNA WEINSTING & LARA BUCK AT THE KRANZBERG

Donna Weinsting and Lara Buck Antolik bring equal opportunity humor and song to both sides of the aisle to KRANZBERG ART CENTER (501 North Grand Street, St. Louis, MO - 314-795-8778) when they present "Bold, Bawdy, Blonde - and Funny" on Friday & Saturday, March 30th & 31st at 8:00 pm. Donna Weinsting is a Kevin Kline award winner, and one of the go-to actors in St. Louis. Lara Buck wrote and performed with her own sketch company, HomeGroan. She appeared at Caroline's Comedy Club, and Off Broadway for two years in the satiric musical revue Political Idol. She has played almost all of the women in politics, and some of the men. Her favorite roles include Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin, Joan Rivers, Charo, and Dennis Kucinich. Tickets are $25.


L.A.: JUDY GARLAND LIVE! SINGING THE SONGS ... THAT GOT AWAY!

In a new cabaret concert specifically designed for the beautiful cabaret room at the historic and legendary FRENCH QUARTER WEST RESTAURANT (7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-654-0898) impressionist Peter Mac presents "Judy Garland in The Songs That Got Away." Performances are every Friday & Saturday during February & March at 8:00 pm. Musical direction by Bryan Miller. The evening is crafted through a sparkling selection of songs that Ms. Garland ( herself) never had the chance to sing both during and after her lifetime. Expect the unexpected! ABBA, Disney, Sondheim, pop standards and more! The tribute artist is renowned for his homage to the rainbow girl, garnering special raves for his determination to bring to life the style, wit and musical legacy of an artist rather than caricature her familiar frailties as a human being. There is a $15-$30 cover available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

SF: RUSSELL THOMPKINS JR. & THE NEW STYLISTICS  

Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, with Kenneth R. Thompkins, Musical Director, will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday through Friday, March 28th through 30th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 31st at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, April 1st at 7:00 pm. Russell's distinctive falsetto was the driving force and the backbone of the original Stylistics who garnered: 7 gold albums, 5 gold singles, 2 double gold singles, 8 platinum albums, 1 double platinum album, 4 platinum singles, a Grammy nomination in 1974 for "You make Me Feel Brand New," a plaque on the Walk of Fame in center city Philadelphia in 1974, as well as various awards and trophies from around the world. In May of 2004, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. There is a $42.50 - $47.50 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: SIMON TAYLOR - 10 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

Simon Taylor loves psychology. His enthusiasm for the human mind turns into a comedy show about morality, happiness, language and love. He will be brining his show 10 Things I Know About You to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. From Wednesday, March 28th through Sunday, April 22nd (no shows on Mondays). 10 Things I Know About You is a witty exploration of the secrets the subconscious keeps from us. Love is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. Simon discovers that people can be attracted to others because of their personality or simply because they share similar letters in their names. Romantic revelations put a unique spin on the common view of attraction and falling in love. People can be moral enough to empathise with a starving child on TV, all the while eating a slice of chocolate cake. Simon entertains the hope that we are fundamentally moral as he peels back the intentions behind acts of charity. Everyone wants to be happy. Western life is full of material things and countless opportunity, but what really makes us smile is hidden away in the back of our mind. 10 Things I Know About You reveals the simple truth about being happy in a modern world. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.


AUS: HEEP IN HEEPS FUNNY
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

HEEP (Steve Hurd, Justin Evans, Michael Evans and John Potter) are three of Melbourne's hottest young comedians and one old failed ALP candidate taking to the stage of the legendary THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday through Sunday, March 27th through April 1st in an unconvincing tax dodge. Coming from four wildly diverse backgrounds, HEEPs Funny combines music, stand-up and sketch comedy into a truly original cabaret comedy performance - one which will provide you with an afternoon's worth of fond memories (likely to be of when an ATO agent raided the show and cuffed two of their members.) A variety act in the truest sense, HEEP will take you on a journey of wonder, hilarity and deepest regret. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.

AUS: KELFI & FIKEL AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

Fiona Della Ca and Kellie Higgins are Kelfi & Fikel (Slide Cabaret Festival, Canal Cafe Theatre UK), a quirky new musical comedy duo. They will be appearing at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursdays through Saturdays, March 29th through April 21st at 9:30 pm as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Their original songs and sketches are irreverent, crude and unapologetic. You can't help but laugh, blush, or at least tap your foot as they team up their warped characters in off-the-wall scenarios. With Higgins at the piano, their beautiful voices wonderfully compliment each other, so, despite whatever profanities or obscenities might be coming out of their mouths, they are at least easy on the ear. Kelfi & Fikel have been likened to French and Saunders, the Mighty Boosh, Cook and Moore, and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie on acid. The relationship between Della Ca & Higgins (real-life friends since primary school) is unpredictable, daring and a joy to behold. If you enjoy a character-based, naughty cabaret, with more one-liners than you can poke a stick at, come and check out the uniquely twisted perspective of Kelfi & Fikel in their Melbourne Comedy Festival debut. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: TOM VAUGHN MAKES HIS LAURIE BEECHMAN DEBUT
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Tom Vaughn debuts at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday, March 20th; Friday, March 30th; and Wednesday, April 11th, all shows at 7:00 pm. after debuting "Trail of Cheers" at the Metropolitan Room in January 2012. The evening features arrangements of standards and Broadway classics, folk-pop ballads and Tom's original music. Joining Tom is special guest, Broadway actress and MAC and Bistro Award winner, Raissa Katona Bennett. Musical Direction is by Jeff Cubeta. The band also features guitarist Chris Conly, Jacob Silver on bass and Mary Rodriguez on drums. Tom most recently portrayed the roles of "Sister Hubert" in NUNSENSE AMEN and "Miles Gloriosus" in A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, produced by Fire Island Pines Arts Project. Additional regional credits include, Kiss me Kate, Rigoletto, and On the 20th Century. Tom's background vocals can also be heard on the Lucie Arnaz CD "Latin Roots" musically produced by Ron Abel and Lucie Arnaz. There is a $25 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. $20 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: LINDA MIRONTI WITH "A KISS FROM A BROAD"
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $3 OFF THE COVER

Linda Mironti's new cabaret show, "A Kiss From A Broad" will be presented at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Fridays, March 23rd & 30th at 7:00 pm. Ine the show, Linda explores life today from her eclectic repertoire including a sprinkling of selections from today's pop hits to Neapolitan songs. Linda Mironti's first voice teacher was her Grandmother Angelina, who taught her Italian folk songs the, joy of singing and how to make gnocchi. Linda followed her passion for music through college and to New York City. In the 80's she was called to Italy where she starred in TV shows, recordings and concert tours from Milan to Sicily. On her return to New York City in the mid 90s she was able to include her favorite Italian songs in her performances. The show is directed by Helen Baldassare with musical direction by Bobby Peaco with Robyn Lobe on percussion. There is an $18 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: CHANNING IS TIPSY AT DIXON PLACE

DIXON PLACE (161A Chrystie Street, NYC - 212-219-0736) presents "MargOH! Channing is Tipsy on Friday, March 30th at 9:30 pm. MargOH! is going off-off-off-Broadway by bringing her highly acclaimed drunkglama show downtown. "MargOH! Channing is Tipsy" is written and performed by drag superstar MargOH! Channing (BT Shea). The show deconstructs drag through storytelling, song, and drunkglama dysfunction. MargOH! reminisces about her family, gay lovers and the ups and downs of her career while tackling such subjects as rape, incest, race, political correctness, sexual orientation, the power of Liza and most of all survival. Tipsy features MargOH!'s long time Gayiance' MAN-ee Champagne (Jeff Catlow-Shea), Diamond Daquiri (Crystal Rona Peterson) as back up diva's, The MargOH!-tini's and the Jarad Astin Trio. The show is directed by Thom Fogarty. MargOH!'s hilarious stage shows and bombastic vocal stylings have become something of an event on the downtown scene and are always must-sees for her ardent fans. Tickets are $15 ($12 in advance)


NYC: LONI ACKERMAN IS "NEXT TO AB-NORMAL" AT THE MET

Loni Ackerman brings her new cabaret show "Next to Ab-Normal" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Friday, March 2nd 30th at 7:00 pm. In the show, Broadway veteran Loni Ackerman recalls personal stories of her unusual New York upbringing (including her childhood associations with such "family friends" as Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon,) as well as revisiting songs she sang in New York hits like "Starting Here, Starting Now" or in one of her lengthy associations with the shows of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Directed by Barry Kleinbort, with musical direction by Paul Greenwood, Ms. Ackerman's repertoire also includes standards, contemporary songs, even one of her own compositions which became the theme song for a "very special" French film made during her time in Paris. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JERRY PHELPS PRESENTS "SAD SONGS SAY SO MUCH"

Jerry Phelps returns for encore performances of his show "Sad Songs Say So Much," on Fridays, March 30th & April 20th at 9:15 pm and Sunday, May 27th at 3:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 ). In his show Phelps shows us the way wrist-slashing ballads can move us, speak for us and sometimes make us laugh at our own pain. The show features the songs of Sondheim, India.Arie, Brett Kristofferson, Stevie Wonder, and many more. MAC and Bistro Award-winning Songwriter Brett Kristofferson serves as musical director and MAC Award winner Angela Shultz directs. There is a $10 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: THE SARAH PARTRIDGE QUARTET AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

The Sarah Partridge will perform for one night only on Friday, March 30th at 9:30 pm at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). Sarah has entertained audiences at many notable haunts on both coasts such as, New York's fabled Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel, The Hideaway, Delmonico's, The Jazz Standard, Blues Alley in Washington, D.C. and L.A. jazz spots like Catalina's Bar & Grill, The Jazz Bakery Spazio, The Vic and the former Hollywood landmark, the Cinegrill. Until his death in early June of 1997, Sarah could often be found sharing the bandstand with her pal, legendary jazz giant, Doc Cheatham. She was a fixture at his Sunday afternoon jazz brunches at New York's Sweet Basil Restaurant. They also teamed at other local clubs such as Metropolis and New Jersey's, Trumpets. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE & INSIDE STRAIGHT

Christian McBride & Inside Straight will appear at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 27th through 31st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In the twenty-three years since his arrival on the international jazz scene, 39-year-old bassist, bandleader, Grammy Award winner and Philadelphia native Christian McBride has performed and recorded with a staggering array of musical artists -- from Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Kenny Garrett to Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock and Sting -- in addition to leading his own acoustic/electric jazz quintet Inside Straight and 2011 Grammy Award winning Big Band. McBride has also been at the forefront of jazz education, serving as artist-in-residence at the Monterey and Detroit International Jazz festivals and artistic director for various cultural institutions including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: NELLIE McKAY "SILENT SPRING - IT'S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents Nellie McKay and her provocative new show "Silent Spring - It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature" Tuesdays through Saturdays, March 20th though 31st at 8:00 pm, with additional late shows on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic book Silent Spring - the first major expose of pesticides in the environment - McKay has put together a special show about its author Rachel Carson, the trailblazing environmentalist. Joined by a four piece band, McKay will tell her story using music by Charles Mingus, Irving Berlin, Dave Frishberg, Hoagy Carmichael, Neil Young and more. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: CARY HOFFMAN'S "MY SINATRA," NOW AT SOFIA'S DOWNSTAIR'S

Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS Special into a very true, hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero Frank Sinatra and the perils of wanting to become somebody else at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799) on Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 3:00 pm through April 1st. Hoffman captivates the audience with his very personal journey of what it was like growing up fatherless with three musician uncles, who played on some of Sinatra's greatest recordings, turning Sinatra into a fantasy father. Hoffman authentically sings just like his hero, as he weaves over 20 classic Sinatra songs, creating a musical score about his lifelong obsession. There is a $60 cover.


NYC: THE CAFE CARLYLE PRESENTS "AN EVENING WITH BETTYE LAVETTE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome back R&B legend Bettye LaVette to the legendary venue in a return three-week engagement Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 13th through March 31st at 8:45 pm. Ms. LaVette will once again showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career in a soul-shattering evening. She'll be accompanied by a band led by her musical director Alan Hill. Bettye LaVette has been honing her skills since her first single was released at the tender age of 16 in 1962. Yet it wasn't until four decades later when she was signed to Anti- Records in 2004 that Bettye began to garner a wide audience. Before that, she seemed to be the best kept secret in the world of rhythm & blues. With the release of My Own Hell to Raise in 2005 and the follow up, Scene of the Crime out in 2007, public awareness of Bettye began to grow. As a result, she was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. Hers was such a riveting performance the producers of the show proceeded to ask Bettye to sing at President Obama's Inaugural Celebration in front of the world. With two Grammy nominations under her belt and performances to sold-out venues all over the globe, Bettye is an undisputed world class interpreter of any genre of song. There is a $70 cover, Tuesdays through Thursdays and $80 on Fridays & Saturdays.

DC: GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST LEE RITENOUR AT BLUES ALLEY

Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour will performd at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 29th through April 1st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Growing up in L.A. in the 60s, Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious "Alumnus of the Year" award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit "Is It You," which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. It's been a long road since Ritenour's legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house. From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists.

MW: DONNA WEINSTING & LARA BUCK AT THE KRANZBERG

Donna Weinsting and Lara Buck Antolik bring equal opportunity humor and song to both sides of the aisle to KRANZBERG ART CENTER (501 North Grand Street, St. Louis, MO - 314-795-8778) when they present "Bold, Bawdy, Blonde - and Funny" on Friday & Saturday, March 30th & 31st at 8:00 pm. Donna Weinsting is a Kevin Kline award winner, and one of the go-to actors in St. Louis. Lara Buck wrote and performed with her own sketch company, HomeGroan. She appeared at Caroline's Comedy Club, and Off Broadway for two years in the satiric musical revue Political Idol. She has played almost all of the women in politics, and some of the men. Her favorite roles include Nancy Pelosi, Sarah Palin, Joan Rivers, Charo, and Dennis Kucinich. Tickets are $25.


L.A.: JUDY GARLAND LIVE! SINGING THE SONGS ... THAT GOT AWAY!

In a new cabaret concert specifically designed for the beautiful cabaret room at the historic and legendary FRENCH QUARTER WEST RESTAURANT (7985 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-654-0898) impressionist Peter Mac presents "Judy Garland in The Songs That Got Away." Performances are every Friday & Saturday during February & March at 8:00 pm. Musical direction by Bryan Miller. The evening is crafted through a sparkling selection of songs that Ms. Garland ( herself) never had the chance to sing both during and after her lifetime. Expect the unexpected! ABBA, Disney, Sondheim, pop standards and more! The tribute artist is renowned for his homage to the rainbow girl, garnering special raves for his determination to bring to life the style, wit and musical legacy of an artist rather than caricature her familiar frailties as a human being. There is a $15-$30 cover available at BrownPaperTickets.com.

SF: RUSSELL THOMPKINS JR. & THE NEW STYLISTICS  

Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, with Kenneth R. Thompkins, Musical Director, will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday through Friday, March 28th through 30th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 31st at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, April 1st at 7:00 pm. Russell's distinctive falsetto was the driving force and the backbone of the original Stylistics who garnered: 7 gold albums, 5 gold singles, 2 double gold singles, 8 platinum albums, 1 double platinum album, 4 platinum singles, a Grammy nomination in 1974 for "You make Me Feel Brand New," a plaque on the Walk of Fame in center city Philadelphia in 1974, as well as various awards and trophies from around the world. In May of 2004, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. There is a $42.50 - $47.50 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: SIMON TAYLOR - 10 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

Simon Taylor loves psychology. His enthusiasm for the human mind turns into a comedy show about morality, happiness, language and love. He will be brining his show 10 Things I Know About You to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. From Wednesday, March 28th through Sunday, April 22nd (no shows on Mondays). 10 Things I Know About You is a witty exploration of the secrets the subconscious keeps from us. Love is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. Simon discovers that people can be attracted to others because of their personality or simply because they share similar letters in their names. Romantic revelations put a unique spin on the common view of attraction and falling in love. People can be moral enough to empathise with a starving child on TV, all the while eating a slice of chocolate cake. Simon entertains the hope that we are fundamentally moral as he peels back the intentions behind acts of charity. Everyone wants to be happy. Western life is full of material things and countless opportunity, but what really makes us smile is hidden away in the back of our mind. 10 Things I Know About You reveals the simple truth about being happy in a modern world. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.


AUS: HEEP IN HEEPS FUNNY
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

HEEP (Steve Hurd, Justin Evans, Michael Evans and John Potter) are three of Melbourne's hottest young comedians and one old failed ALP candidate taking to the stage of the legendary THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. on Tuesday through Sunday, March 27th through April 1st in an unconvincing tax dodge. Coming from four wildly diverse backgrounds, HEEPs Funny combines music, stand-up and sketch comedy into a truly original cabaret comedy performance - one which will provide you with an afternoon's worth of fond memories (likely to be of when an ATO agent raided the show and cuffed two of their members.) A variety act in the truest sense, HEEP will take you on a journey of wonder, hilarity and deepest regret. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.

AUS: KELFI & FIKEL AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

Fiona Della Ca and Kellie Higgins are Kelfi & Fikel (Slide Cabaret Festival, Canal Cafe Theatre UK), a quirky new musical comedy duo. They will be appearing at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursdays through Saturdays, March 29th through April 21st at 9:30 pm as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Their original songs and sketches are irreverent, crude and unapologetic. You can't help but laugh, blush, or at least tap your foot as they team up their warped characters in off-the-wall scenarios. With Higgins at the piano, their beautiful voices wonderfully compliment each other, so, despite whatever profanities or obscenities might be coming out of their mouths, they are at least easy on the ear. Kelfi & Fikel have been likened to French and Saunders, the Mighty Boosh, Cook and Moore, and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie on acid. The relationship between Della Ca & Higgins (real-life friends since primary school) is unpredictable, daring and a joy to behold. If you enjoy a character-based, naughty cabaret, with more one-liners than you can poke a stick at, come and check out the uniquely twisted perspective of Kelfi & Fikel in their Melbourne Comedy Festival debut. Call for cover/minimum information.


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THURSDAY - MARCH 29th
MARCH IS CABARET MONTH

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NYC: 2012 MAC AWARDS GALA AT BB KINGS
FEATURED CABARET ORGANIZATION EVENT
A MARCH IS CABARET MONTH EVENT

MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets) is proud to present THE 26TH ANNUAL MAC AWARDS: The Year Of The Songwriter at BB KING'S BLUES CLUB (237 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-997-4144) on Thursday March 29th at 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:00 pm). Hosted by Jason Graae, the event will honor Ervin Drake & David Friedman for Lifetime Achievement. Board of Directors Awards will be presented to Francesca Blumenthal, John Bucchino and Julie Gold. Performers and presenters already announced include Lucie Arnaz, Scott Barbarino, Kenny Bell, Anna Bergman, Liz Lark Brown, Mary Foster Conklin, Scott Coulter, Baby Jane Dexter, Natalie Douglas, Kevin Dozier, Bernie Furshpan, Terese Genecco, Kim Grogg, Sean Harkness, Thomas Honeck, Karen Mason, Sharon McNight, Julie Miller, Sidney Myer, Mark Nadler, Christine Pedi, Phil Ramone, Don Rebic, Julie Reyburn, Sarah Rice, Ricky Ritzel, Johnny Rodgers, Billy Stritch, KT Sullivan, Steven Ray Watkins, Lennie Watts, and Amy Wolk. Musical director will be Tracy Stark; stage manager is Amy Wolk. The show is directed by Lennie Watts. Produced by Julie Miller. For more information see http://www.macnyc.com/ .

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NYC: KIM SMITH AT CAFE SABARSKY

On Thursday, March 29th, Kim Smith will be returning to CAFE SABARSKY AT NEUE GALERIE (1048 Fifth Avenue, NYC - 212-288-0665) for a night of neo-Weimar blood-spattering and glitter flinging. Showtime is 9:00 pm (dinner served at 7:00 pm). With the wonderful Ji Young Lee at the piano, Kim will be exploring his signature mix of musical genres, featuring compositions by Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender, Hans Eisler, and songs made popular by acts like The Supremes, Kylie Minogue, and Bjork, among many others. There is a $110 cover, which includes dinner.

NYC: AWARD WINNING GREGORY GENERET AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Gregory Generet, along with special guest, Jazz Trombonist, Wycliffe Gordon, will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, March 28th; Thursday, March 29th; Wednesday, April 2nd; Thursday, April 3rd; all shows at 7:00 pm. Generet is a native New Yorker where his love for music started at an early age and the stoops and streets introduced him to the legendary Motown sound. But it was from the older inhabitants of his Brooklyn neighborhood that he was encouraged to listen to Jazz. He has performed throughout New York City with sold out shows at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Highline Ballroom. He has performed in Paris and Italy. Honing his skills along the way with the talented likes of Mike Renzi, Laurence Hobgood, Eric Reed and Onaje Allan Gumbs. After receiving three Emmy Awards for his work at CBS Network, Generet focused on his own work and in 2009 he released his debut CD (re)Generet-ion. Taking on the theme of romance, he has re-imaged the term "Standard" by adding his own vocal flexibility and appreciation for the clarity that is innate to Jazz aficionados. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: BUSTED: THE MUSICAL RETURNS TO THE LAURIE BEECHMAN

Theatre Askew presents a return engagement of BUSTED: THE MUSICAL, written and performed by Bianca Leigh at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Thursdays, March 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th at 7:00 pm. Chicago meets TransAmerica in BUSTED: THE MUSICAL, actress Bianca Leigh's recounting of the events surrounding her arrest for alleged solicitation against the backdrop of the "Black Monday" stock market crash of 1987. While cooling her 6-inch heels in the clink awaiting arraignment, Bianca looks back at her past and tries to make sense of how a skinny Jersey boy with dreams of becoming a great Shakespearean actress ended up as a high-priced dominatrix. Directed by Theatre Askew artistic director Tim Cusack, BUSTED features original songs by Tony-winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), Obie-winners Taylor Mac (The Lily's Revenge) and Ellen Maddow (The Talking Band), Jeff Domoto (Cornbury: The Queen's Governor), Super Buddha (Debbie Harry, Scissor Sisters), Matty Pritchard and Isam Rum (The Din), and William TN Hall. The production features musical direction by William TN Hall and costuming by Arthur Oliver. There is an $18 cover plus a $15 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: 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 . 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: BROADWAY SESSIONS THURSDAYS AT THE LAURIE BEECHMAN

"Broadway Sessions" is an evening of musical performances, games, comedy and open mic featuring new Broadway guests each week. The show takes place every Thursday evenings at 10:30 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). It is hosted by Ben Cameron (Wicked, Aida, Footloose) and features composer/musical director Will Van Dyke on piano. Get up close and personal with Broadway's brightest as the stars bare their souls, interact with the crowd and celebrate all things BROADWAY. Open Mic party goes til 12:00 am featuring. There is a $5 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CARY HOFFMAN'S "MY SINATRA," NOW AT SOFIA'S DOWNSTAIR'S

Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS Special into a very true, hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for his hero Frank Sinatra and the perils of wanting to become somebody else at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799) on Thursdays & Fridays at 7:30 pm; Saturdays at 8:00 pm; and Sundays at 3:00 pm through April 1st. Hoffman captivates the audience with his very personal journey of what it was like growing up fatherless with three musician uncles, who played on some of Sinatra's greatest recordings, turning Sinatra into a fantasy father. Hoffman authentically sings just like his hero, as he weaves over 20 classic Sinatra songs, creating a musical score about his lifelong obsession. There is a $60 cover.


NYC: "INTRODUCING HEY RIM JEON" CD RELEASE

The "Introducing Hey Rim Jeon" CD Release party will be held at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Thursday, March 29th at 6:00 pm. Since she began performing publicly in Korea at the age of nine, pianist and composer Hey Rim Jeon's outstanding musical talents have led to significant recognition in the international jazz community. Described as a "brilliant pianist" by legendary saxophonist Benny Golson, Ms. Jeon has been featured on NBC's "Weekend Today in New York," and KBN, Korea's National TV network channel. Her latest album "Mona Lisa Puzzle," won the Best Jazz Album category in the 2009 New England Urban Music Awards and reached CD Baby's top 10 modern creative jazz albums list. With Richie Barshay (drums) and Luques Curtis (bass). There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE & INSIDE STRAIGHT

Christian McBride & Inside Straight will appear at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 27th through 31st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In the twenty-three years since his arrival on the international jazz scene, 39-year-old bassist, bandleader, Grammy Award winner and Philadelphia native Christian McBride has performed and recorded with a staggering array of musical artists -- from Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Kenny Garrett to Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock and Sting -- in addition to leading his own acoustic/electric jazz quintet Inside Straight and 2011 Grammy Award winning Big Band. McBride has also been at the forefront of jazz education, serving as artist-in-residence at the Monterey and Detroit International Jazz festivals and artistic director for various cultural institutions including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE CAFE CARLYLE PRESENTS "AN EVENING WITH BETTYE LAVETTE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome back R&B legend Bettye LaVette to the legendary venue in a return three-week engagement Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 13th through March 31st at 8:45 pm. Ms. LaVette will once again showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career in a soul-shattering evening. She'll be accompanied by a band led by her musical director Alan Hill. Bettye LaVette has been honing her skills since her first single was released at the tender age of 16 in 1962. Yet it wasn't until four decades later when she was signed to Anti- Records in 2004 that Bettye began to garner a wide audience. Before that, she seemed to be the best kept secret in the world of rhythm & blues. With the release of My Own Hell to Raise in 2005 and the follow up, Scene of the Crime out in 2007, public awareness of Bettye began to grow. As a result, she was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. Hers was such a riveting performance the producers of the show proceeded to ask Bettye to sing at President Obama's Inaugural Celebration in front of the world. With two Grammy nominations under her belt and performances to sold-out venues all over the globe, Bettye is an undisputed world class interpreter of any genre of song. There is a $70 cover, Tuesdays through Thursdays and $80 on Fridays & Saturdays.

NYC: NELLIE McKAY "SILENT SPRING - IT'S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents Nellie McKay and her provocative new show "Silent Spring - It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature" Tuesdays through Saturdays, March 20th though 31st at 8:00 pm, with additional late shows on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic book Silent Spring - the first major expose of pesticides in the environment - McKay has put together a special show about its author Rachel Carson, the trailblazing environmentalist. Joined by a four piece band, McKay will tell her story using music by Charles Mingus, Irving Berlin, Dave Frishberg, Hoagy Carmichael, Neil Young and more. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


DC: GRAMMY AWARD WINNING GUITARIST LEE RITENOUR AT BLUES ALLEY

Grammy award winning guitarist Lee Ritenour will performd at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, March 29th through April 1st with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Growing up in L.A. in the 60s, Ritenour received a rich cross section of exposure to jazz, rock and Brazilian music. From one of his first sessions at 16 with the Mamas and Papas to accompanying Lena Horne and Tony Bennett at 18, his forty year eclectic and storied career is highlighted by a Grammy Award win for his 1986 collaboration with Dave Grusin, Harlequin; 17 Grammy nominations; numerous #1 spots in guitar polls and the prestigious "Alumnus of the Year" award from USC. He has recorded over 40 albums, with 35 chart songs, notably the Top 15 hit "Is It You," which has become a contemporary jazz radio classic. It's been a long road since Ritenour's legendary Tuesday night appearances at the famed Baked Potato became part of the musical landscape for five years. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, George Benson, Al Jarreau, and even Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell could be seen in the audiences that would pack the house. From rock to blues to jazz, his diverse music became foundation of over 3,000 sessions as a young guitarist with a broad spectrum of artists.

SF: RUSSELL THOMPKINS JR. & THE NEW STYLISTICS  

Russell Thompkins Jr. & The New Stylistics, with Kenneth R. Thompkins, Musical Director, will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Wednesday through Friday, March 28th through 30th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, March 31st at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; and Sunday, April 1st at 7:00 pm. Russell's distinctive falsetto was the driving force and the backbone of the original Stylistics who garnered: 7 gold albums, 5 gold singles, 2 double gold singles, 8 platinum albums, 1 double platinum album, 4 platinum singles, a Grammy nomination in 1974 for "You make Me Feel Brand New," a plaque on the Walk of Fame in center city Philadelphia in 1974, as well as various awards and trophies from around the world. In May of 2004, they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. There is a $42.50 - $47.50 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: SIMON TAYLOR - 10 THINGS I KNOW ABOUT YOU
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

Simon Taylor loves psychology. His enthusiasm for the human mind turns into a comedy show about morality, happiness, language and love. He will be brining his show 10 Things I Know About You to THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. From Wednesday, March 28th through Sunday, April 22nd (no shows on Mondays). 10 Things I Know About You is a witty exploration of the secrets the subconscious keeps from us. Love is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. Simon discovers that people can be attracted to others because of their personality or simply because they share similar letters in their names. Romantic revelations put a unique spin on the common view of attraction and falling in love. People can be moral enough to empathise with a starving child on TV, all the while eating a slice of chocolate cake. Simon entertains the hope that we are fundamentally moral as he peels back the intentions behind acts of charity. Everyone wants to be happy. Western life is full of material things and countless opportunity, but what really makes us smile is hidden away in the back of our mind. 10 Things I Know About You reveals the simple truth about being happy in a modern world. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.


AUS: HEEP IN HEEPS FUNNY
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

HEEP (Steve Hurd, Justin Evans, Michael Evans and John Potter) are three of Melbourne's hottest young comedians and one old failed ALP candidate taking to the stage of the legendary THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Tuesday through Sunday, March 27th through April 1st in an unconvincing tax dodge. Coming from four wildly diverse backgrounds, HEEPs Funny combines music, stand-up and sketch comedy into a truly original cabaret comedy performance - one which will provide you with an afternoon's worth of fond memories (likely to be of when an ATO agent raided the show and cuffed two of their members.) A variety act in the truest sense, HEEP will take you on a journey of wonder, hilarity and deepest regret. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.

AUS: KELFI & FIKEL AT THE BUTTERFLY CLUB
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

Fiona Della Ca and Kellie Higgins are Kelfi & Fikel (Slide Cabaret Festival, Canal Cafe Theatre UK), a quirky new musical comedy duo. They will be appearing at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursdays through Saturdays, March 29th through April 21st at 9:30 pm as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Their original songs and sketches are irreverent, crude and unapologetic. You can't help but laugh, blush, or at least tap your foot as they team up their warped characters in off-the-wall scenarios. With Higgins at the piano, their beautiful voices wonderfully compliment each other, so, despite whatever profanities or obscenities might be coming out of their mouths, they are at least easy on the ear. Kelfi & Fikel have been likened to French and Saunders, the Mighty Boosh, Cook and Moore, and Snugglepot and Cuddlepie on acid. The relationship between Della Ca & Higgins (real-life friends since primary school) is unpredictable, daring and a joy to behold. If you enjoy a character-based, naughty cabaret, with more one-liners than you can poke a stick at, come and check out the uniquely twisted perspective of Kelfi & Fikel in their Melbourne Comedy Festival debut. Call for cover/minimum information.


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CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
TUESDAY - MARCH 27th
MARCH IS CABARET MONTH

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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 February 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: CABARET STARS IN GMHC/AIDS WALK BENEFIT
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT

Jeff Harnar, KT Sullivan, Steve Ross, Eric Michael Gillett, Georga Osborne and Karen Akers join together at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Tuesday, March 27th at 7:00 pm in a special benefit on behalf of the GMHC/AIDS WALK (http://www.aidswalk.net/newyork ) which will be held on Sunday, May 20th. There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JOAN RIVERS RETURNS TO THE BEECHMAN IN 2012

Comedy legend Joan Rivers returns with her her live stand-up act to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday, March 27th at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $45 and should be purchased at www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. Rivers presents an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashions. Rivers delivers a raunchy, politically incorrect evening of stand-up comedy. Pre-show, Lance Cruce entertains at the piano. A portion of the proceeds going to Joan Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. A full dinner menu and bar are available. There is a $15 per person food/drink minimum.

NYC: CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE & INSIDE STRAIGHT

Christian McBride & Inside Straight will appear at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, March 27th through 31st with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. In the twenty-three years since his arrival on the international jazz scene, 39-year-old bassist, bandleader, Grammy Award winner and Philadelphia native Christian McBride has performed and recorded with a staggering array of musical artists -- from Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Kenny Garrett to Diana Krall, Herbie Hancock and Sting -- in addition to leading his own acoustic/electric jazz quintet Inside Straight and 2011 Grammy Award winning Big Band. McBride has also been at the forefront of jazz education, serving as artist-in-residence at the Monterey and Detroit International Jazz festivals and artistic director for various cultural institutions including the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE CAFE CARLYLE PRESENTS "AN EVENING WITH BETTYE LAVETTE"

THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) is pleased to welcome back R&B legend Bettye LaVette to the legendary venue in a return three-week engagement Tuesdays through Saturdays from March 13th through March 31st at 8:45 pm. Ms. LaVette will once again showcase her inimitable style, gut wrenching vocals and songs from throughout her five decade career in a soul-shattering evening. She'll be accompanied by a band led by her musical director Alan Hill. Bettye LaVette has been honing her skills since her first single was released at the tender age of 16 in 1962. Yet it wasn't until four decades later when she was signed to Anti- Records in 2004 that Bettye began to garner a wide audience. Before that, she seemed to be the best kept secret in the world of rhythm & blues. With the release of My Own Hell to Raise in 2005 and the follow up, Scene of the Crime out in 2007, public awareness of Bettye began to grow. As a result, she was invited to perform at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2008. Hers was such a riveting performance the producers of the show proceeded to ask Bettye to sing at President Obama's Inaugural Celebration in front of the world. With two Grammy nominations under her belt and performances to sold-out venues all over the globe, Bettye is an undisputed world class interpreter of any genre of song. There is a $70 cover, Tuesdays through Thursdays and $80 on Fridays & Saturdays.

NYC: NELLIE McKAY "SILENT SPRING - IT'S NOT NICE TO FOOL MOTHER NATURE"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents Nellie McKay and her provocative new show "Silent Spring - It's Not Nice To Fool Mother Nature" Tuesdays through Saturdays, March 20th though 31st at 8:00 pm, with additional late shows on Fridays & Saturdays at 10:30 pm. To mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic book Silent Spring - the first major expose of pesticides in the environment - McKay has put together a special show about its author Rachel Carson, the trailblazing environmentalist. Joined by a four piece band, McKay will tell her story using music by Charles Mingus, Irving Berlin, Dave Frishberg, Hoagy Carmichael, Neil Young and more. There is a $40-$60-$75 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


DC: GUITARIST DAVY MOONEY AT BLUES ALLEY

New York-based Jazz Guitarist, Vocalist, and Composer Davy Mooney will appear at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, March 27th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Mooney was born and raised in New Orleans, and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. His new CD 'Perrier St', featuring jazz great Brian Blade on drums and many other luminaries, is slated to be released on Sunnyside Records in the Spring of 2012. Some recent career highlights of his are: Since moving back to NYC in late 2009 following the completion of a two-year stint in the city of his birth with the Thelonious Monk Institute Septet - during which he composed much of the music featured on 'Perrier St'. Mooney has performed at the Blue Note Jazz Club, Smalls, the 55 Bar, and many other New York venues leading the Davy Mooney Quartet. There is a $20 cover.


SF: FAITH PRINCE & JASON GRAAE AT THE RRAZZ

Faith Prince and Jason Graae will present their show "Best Of Friends - Best Of Times" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) on Sunday, March 25th at 3:00 pm and Monday & Tuesday, March 26th & 27th at 8:00 pm. Alex Rybeck serves as Musical Director. Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since she swept the theatre awards winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in the critically-acclaimed revival of Guys and Dolls. In 2008, she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for A Catered Affair. Other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Bells Are Ringing (Tony, DD, OCC noms), Nick & Nora (OCC Award), Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Tony, DD noms), Little Me, The Dead, Noises Off. Jason Graae has starred on and off-Broadway in "A Grand Night For Singing", "Falsettos", "Stardust", "Snoopy!","Forever Plaid", "Olympus on My Mind","Hello, Muddah, Hello Fadduh" (Drama Desk Nomination),etc. There is a $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


AUS: HEEP IN HEEPS FUNNY
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

HEEP (Steve Hurd, Justin Evans, Michael Evans and John Potter) are three of Melbourne's hottest young comedians and one old failed ALP candidate taking to the stage of the legendary THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on Tuesday through Sunday, March 27th through April 1st in an unconvincing tax dodge. Coming from four wildly diverse backgrounds, HEEPs Funny combines music, stand-up and sketch comedy into a truly original cabaret comedy performance - one which will provide you with an afternoon's worth of fond memories (likely to be of when an ATO agent raided the show and cuffed two of their members.) A variety act in the truest sense, HEEP will take you on a journey of wonder, hilarity and deepest regret. Call for exact showtimes and cover/minimum information.

AUS: PYRAMIDS & PIMMS AT THE BUTTERFLY
MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL

PYRAMIDS & PIMM'S, written and performed by Caroline Ferguson & Yvonne Malik will be presented at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Sundays at 9:30 pm, March 28th through April 22nd as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Directed by Ross Daniels (Punked, Spontaneous Broadway). What happens when a bogan, belly dancer from Reservoir with severe delusions of grandeur, and a Toorak grand dame, who still believes in the White Australia policy, are thrown together with no escape? On the surface it seems Davina and Lay-lah have nothing in common... or do they? Find out in PYRAMIDS & PIMM'S! Call for cover/minimum information.

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MONDAY - MARCH 26th
MARCH IS CABARET MONTH

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NYC: TIM DI PASQUA AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Award-winning singer/songwriter Tim Di Pasqua will be singing and playing other people's songs in a one-night-only concert benefiting THIRD EYE THEATRE COMPANY at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm. Joining Tim will be Award-winning Bassist Michael Blanco. Well known for songs like YOU, I WANT TO GO HOME from his musical Synchronicity, Big Hairy Man, Maybe You Didn't Hear Me and his BACKSTAGE BISTRO Award winning ONE THING (Song of the Year) Tim will present an evening filled with some of his favorite songs from some of his favorite songwriters. From Stephen Sondheim to Stevie Wonder; from Joni Mitchell to Janet Jackson; from James Taylor to Jimmy Webb; from Brenda Russell to Billy Joel, Tim celebrates the night with songs and songwriters that have inspired him throughout the years. All proceeds will go to THIRD EYE THEATRE Co., a not-for-profit professional theater Tim helped create. Tim is an actor/singer/songwriter/pianist and the recipient of four Backstage Bistro Awards and The New York Nightlife Award for his group SOUTHERN COMFORT (with Tom Andersen and Scott Coulter). Tim has four recordings of his original songs including MONSTER UNDER THESE CONDITIONS, PURPOSE OF LOVE Volumes One and Two, THE TIM DI PASQUA SONGBOOK, and SYNCHRONICITY - A New Musical. THIRD EYE THEATRE has presented another show of Tim's NOTES ON NEW YORK - The Musicalized Observations Of Tim Di Pasqua, in 2007. Tim is also the Musical Director and Arranger for Jim Van Slyke's THE SEDAKA SHOW celebrating the music of Neil Sedaka. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: BRONWYN'S "SHAKESPEARE SOIREE!"

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, March 26th, Bronwyn will present another "Shakespeare Soiree!" with co-host Barbara Mundy, and Jerry Scott at the Piano. Shakespeare verse for all in the WillyTheShake and Speak Box! Take the Shakespeare challenge and relate your song or monolog to a Shakespearean character or theme! Theme this week: ROMEO AND JULIET, but any and all Shakespeare is perfect. 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: DARYL SHERMAN AT DON'T TELL MAMA IN MARCH

Manhattan nightlife mainstay, singer/pianist Daryl Sherman will offer up her inimitable potpourri of songs romantic, quirky, topical, tropical, heart wrenching, hilarious and swinging at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm. Sherman is internationally acclaimed for a stellar 14-year run at the Waldorf-Astoria where she played Cole Porter's Steinway. Last June, she headlined the annual Cole Porter Festival in his hometown of Peru, IN. Sherman has performed at The Algonquin's Oak Room, Feinstein's, Rose Hall with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Dizzy's Coca Cola and 59E59 Theaters where she was lauded for her band singer role in a centennial tribute to Artie Shaw. As a sparkling mainstay of Manhattan's nightlife, there's hardly jazz joint, supper club, Chinese restaurant or hotel that Daryl has missed. Her many recordings are in regular national rotation on Cable TV's Music Choice and Sirius/XM Radio. She was presented the 2010 MAC Award "Best Major Recording" for her Johnny Mercer Centennial CD - which was used in a Mercer documentary produced by Clint Eastwood. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JANE MONHEIT SWINGS COLE PORTER'S ANYTHING GOES

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presents jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, performing swinging new Mary Ann McSweeney arrangements of the beloved Cole Porter classic, Anything Goes at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm. Broadway's Robert Creighton will be Jane's special guest. Monheit's stellar backup band for the evening includes Mary Ann McSweeney (bassist/arranger), Jim Ridl (pianist), Ted Nash (saxophone), Alvester Garnett (drums). Monheit is an extraordinarily gifted jazz vocalist whose sincere and romantic interpretations of exceptional songs has made her a favorite in both the jazz and cabaret worlds. Monheit has garnered numerous accolades in the past decade. Her first album, "Never Never Land," was voted top debut recording for over a year. Subsequent albums either charted high, or in several cases, debuted at number one, and yielded two Grammy nominations in the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocals category. Monheit has been celebrating the tenth anniversary of her remarkable recording career with her most mature, heartfelt album yet, "Home," a collection of standards that represents a passionate return to her roots as a jazz musician. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: CABARET CARES WITH TOM GAMBLIN, WARREN SCHEIN AND ROBERT GINO
FEATURED CABARET BENEFIT EVENT


Cabaret Cares, which holds benefits Help Is On the Way Today, a non for profit organization that helps children and youth living with HIV and AIDS in New York City, will have it's next show on Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). Tom Gamblin, Robert Gino and Warren Schein will lead a cast that includes friends Darron Cardosa, Mark Friedman, and Fran Leonardis. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: JIM CARUSO'S "CAST PARTY" MONDAYS AT BIRDLAND

Every Monday night at 9:30 pm, Broadway impresario Jim Caruso hosts "Cast Party", a combination open-mic, networking event and party at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) during which the biggest stars on Broadway relax on their night off by performing their favorite songs in an informal setting. Cast Party is a mix of music, impromptu performance and cocktail party revelry, where showbiz superstars, stunning jazz talents and cabaret glitterati hit the stage alongside up-and-comers to serve up jaw-dropping music and general razzle-dazzle. It's the ultimate spot to mix and mingle with talented show folk and their fans. There is a $20 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

DC: CHRIS THOMAS KING AT BLUES ALLEY

Chris Thomas King will be performing at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, March 26th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. King is a New Orleans Grammy Award-winning musician and actor who is initially known for his audacious fusion of blues and hip-hop. King reached a whole new audience with his film debut in the Coen Brothers film, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, not only appearing on the award-winning soundtrack, but establishing himself as a serious dramatic actor as well. He has been a determined progressive, hoping to reinvigorate the blues as a living African American art with a more contemporary approach and adamantly refusing to treat it as a museum piece whose "authentic" forms needed careful preservation. King eventually modified that approach to a certain degree, attempting to create a more explicit link between blues tradition and the general musical present. There is a $22 cover.

L.A.: GEOFFREY LEIGH TOZER IN ADDICTED TO SWANK

Geoffrey Leigh Tozer and His Swank Pharaohs hold forth at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Mondays in January & February at 9:00 pm with his award-winning cabaret show "ADDICTED TO SWANK: Stories & Songs From The Siriusxm Radio Show, Swanktown." The stories take place in the mythical Royal Palm Court Lounge high atop the majestic Hotel Alto Nido overlooking beautiful downtown Swanktown at the corner of Easy Money Street and Looking Good and Feeling Good Too Way. Meet the Mayor of Swanktown Mr. Lucky, the hotel physician Dr. Peculiar, ladies man sine qua non Cosmo D. Gigolo and the ever ravishing fortune teller Slow Kitty. Goeffrey recently headlined at the Sixth Annual Los Angeles Storytelling Festival. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: FAITH PRINCE & JASON GRAAE AT THE RRAZZ

Faith Prince and Jason Graae will present their show "Best Of Friends - Best Of Times" at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) on Sunday, March 25th at 3:00 pm and Monday & Tuesday, March 26th & 27th at 8:00 pm. Alex Rybeck serves as Musical Director. Faith Prince has been dazzling Broadway audiences since she swept the theatre awards winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in the critically-acclaimed revival of Guys and Dolls. In 2008, she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for A Catered Affair. Other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Bells Are Ringing (Tony, DD, OCC noms), Nick & Nora (OCC Award), Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Tony, DD noms), Little Me, The Dead, Noises Off. Jason Graae has starred on and off-Broadway in "A Grand Night For Singing", "Falsettos", "Stardust", "Snoopy!","Forever Plaid", "Olympus on My Mind","Hello, Muddah, Hello Fadduh" (Drama Desk Nomination),etc. There is a $40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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