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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
AUGUST 2012

MONDAY through SUNDAY - August 20th through 26th



CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - AUGUST 26th

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NYC: SUNDAY JAZZ BRUNCH WITH GABRIELLE STRAVELLI

Bistro Award winning vocalist, Gabrielle Stravelli, will be playing her weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch at LE PESCADEUX (90 Thompson Street, NYC - 212-966-0021), a lovely French restaurant in the heart of Soho. They will play three sets from 12:30 to 4:00 pm. 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. Reservations are strongly suggested. No cover, no minimum.


NYC: THE KAREN OBERLIN QUARTET: FOUR SUNDAYS IN AUGUST

Karen Oberlin, 2011 Nightlife Award winner for Jazz Singer of the Year, will spend hot summer Sunday nights at the exquisite, legendary BEMELMAN'S BAR at the CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) on the heels of her New York Times critically-acclaimed July run at Feinstein's. For three sets, Oberlin will be joined by New York's best jazz musicians, performing a wide range of musical feasts for three sets of fun, starting at 9:00 pm until midnight. Come for music, drinks and great fun, in your own order of importance. Call for cover/minimum information.


RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": TRIBUTE TO COLE PORTER, PART 2
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, August 26th, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, featuring a rebroadcast of a TRIBUTE TO COLE PORTER, Part 2 . 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: "ALL ABOUT STEVE!"

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, August 26th from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "Happy Birthday, Mr. Bernstein!" Co-Host will be Salon's Original Blogette, Sierra Rein. 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.


NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS JAZZ BRUNCH

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) introduces musical weekend brunches to make the weekend a little more enjoyable - Jazz Brunch on select Sundays and Sing, Harlem, Sing! Gospel Brunch on select Sundays. On Sunday, August 26th at 1:00 pm, "Jazz Sunday Brunch At 54 Below" presents The Bugnon sound is a white hot, slow burning mixture of contemporary jazz, funk and R&B with a dash of gospel thrown in for good measure. Alex grew up in Montreux, Festival, and has gone on to delight audiences worldwide as both pianist and composer with his sophisticated musical style - an exotic blend or rhythms with haunting, soulful refrains. His many recordings have graced the Top 40 R&B charts many times over, and he is the recipient of two Soul Train Music Awards. Join Alex and his swingin' trio for an afternoon of smooth tunes and sultry melodies.

There is a $30 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum or a $45 prefix menu.

NYC: BACKSTAGE AT 54 BELOW

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) presents "Backstage", a weekly Sunday evening event, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, where the theatre community can convene to relax and unwind - have a cocktail, dine, and maybe get up and sing. This casual, social evening is a chance for members and friends of the theatre community to enjoy a few hours of fun and frolic at the end of an 8-show week. Each week, Broadway cast members and audiences alike gather to mix and mingle at 54 Below, Broadway's most intimate haunt, located in the heart of the theatre district. This week's featured guests: Chandra Lee Schwartz (Broadway's current Glinda in Wicked) & Bridget Everett (Downtown Superstar). Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Susie Mosher (the love child of Joanne Worley & Paul Lynde) guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform and answer the question on everyone's minds, "what happened in the show tonight?" Members of the Backstage repertory company, featuring some of New York's most exciting musical theatre talent, is on hand each week to sing everything from Schwartz to Sondheim. You might even get up and sing yourself if you're feeling brave, or relax with a cocktail and some sliders – the night belongs to you! No Cover charge with a $15 food/drink minimum. After this Sunday, BACKSTAGE is moving to it's new timeslot - every TUESDAY at 10:30pm.

NYC: TITUSS BURGESS "BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE IT"

Tituss Burgess presents "Because I Feel Like It", a brand new show at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for one night only, on Sunday, August 26th at 9:00 pm. Broadway knows him from his starring roles in The Little Mermaid, Guys and Dolls, Jersey Boys and Good Vibrations. Television audiences recognize him from "30 Rock," and cabaret audiences applaud him for his soaring tenor voice. There is a $20-$30 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYS: FORT SALEM THEATER PRESENTS ORIGINAL MUSICAL ABOUT MARRIAGE

As its final offering of the summer, MAINSTAGE AT FORT SALEM THEATER (11 East Broadway, Salem, NY - 518-854-9200) raises the curtain on Significant Others Friday, August 17th, and the show runs weekends through August 26th with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. The presentation consists of three original one-act musical comedies about marriage, partnership, conflict, separation and reconciliation, written by Al Budde and Jay Kerr, the Salem team that spawned Corn! The Musical, StarCrossed, and Senior Moments. Take a little bit of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys and Hollywood's Grumpy Old Men and add some music and you have the bones of Until Death Do Us Part, the final one-act in the musical evening. Broadway veterans Bill Carmichael and Jim Raposa, each of whom had performed before at Fort Salem, cleared a part of their summer schedules to do the "new" show in Salem. Carmichael, with his wife Susan Burk, the dance director he met the first day of Ragtime rehearsals, operates Emerson House, a B&B in Vergennes. Raposa, with his wife Claudia Shell-Raposa, whom he met on Broadway on his first day of rehearsals for Cats, teaches dance and drama at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Rosie Spring plays Raposa's wife in the first musical, To Have and to Hold, and Kathleen Devine is Carmichael's stage spouse. Significant For tickets or more information, visit the website http://www.fortsalemtheater.com/ or call the box office: 518-854-9200.

NJ: D.C. ANDERSON HEADLINES THE RETURN OF "MUSIC AT THE MANSION"

NiCori Studios and Productions announces a new installment in the monthly concert series, "Music at the Mansion", on Sunday, August 26th, at 3:00 pm at THE OAKESIDE BLOOMFIELD CULTURAL CENTER (240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ - 973-429-0960). Performers to include Cabaret Performer Jenny Lynn Stewart, 4th Wall Theatre's cast of "Next To Normal" and Award Winning Broadway/Cabaret Singer D.C. Anderson. "Music at the Mansion" is a series showcasing talented performers from NYC and NJ. The series is hosted by NYC Cabaret singer and Bloomfield resident Corinna Sowers-Adler and features Terri Gorgone on piano. This program is made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 per person and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 to make reservations.


DC: TERENCE BLANCHARD AT BLUES ALLEY

Grammy winner Terence Blanchard will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, August 23rd through 26th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Blanchard was born in New Orleans. In his teens he attended the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts, where he studied and played with saxophonist Donald Harrison. Harrison and Blanchard replaced Wynton and Branford Marsalis in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Blanchard is well known as a performer and musical composer for films, including several by Spike Lee. For Lee's film Mo' Better Blues Blanchard was musical arranger and a trumpet coach for actor Denzel Washington. Despite his interest and participation in film, television and theater, though, Blanchard regards himself first and foremost as a jazz musician, whose quintet features some of the brightest young talents in jazz. Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: MICHELE BROURMAN IN "MY FAVORITE YEAR"

Les Michaels' Sundays In Summer Cabaret Concert Series continues on August 26th at 2:00 pm at THE ARTHUR NEWMAN THEATRE at the JOSLYN CENTER THEATRE (73-750 Catalina Way, Palm Desert, CA - TKTS: 760-325-2731) with singer/ songwriter and winner of the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Award, Michele Brourman. Ms. Brourman has written numerous contemporary standards that have been recorded by Michael Feinstein, Olivia Newton-John, Cleo Laine, Margaret Whiting, Rita Coolidge, Donny Osmond, and Sheena Easton. For the cabaret-set, her songs have been recorded by and performed by some of the best in that genre including Heather MaCrae, Karen Mason, Sharon McKnight, Sally Mayes, Billy Stritch, and her frequent collaborator Amanda McBroom. For "My Favorite Year", Michele Brourman will be joined by singer Pat Whiteman. Naturally, Michele will take on the accompanist duties since they are her songs after all, but she does sing and we'll be hearing her as well as Pat. There is a $10 cover.

L.A.: BARBARA ) PERFORMING ARTS CENTER BIG BAND JAZZ

The next Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center Summer Jazz Concert will be held Sundays, October 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at BMPAC at BARBARA MORRISON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (4305 Degnan Boulevard #101, Leimert Park, CA - 323-296-2272). The Barbara Morrison Performing Arts Center (BMPAC) All-Stars Big 18-piece Big Band directed by Saxophonist John Stephens featuring some of the most talented players on the West Coast, along with the legendary Jazz and Blues singer, Barbara ). The Barbara ) Performing Arts Center is the only venue in Los Angeles serving up a big dose of Big Band Jazz and Blues every Sunday this summer. There is a $10 cover charge. Food and Drinks will be available for purchase.

L.A.: "JUDY GARLAND LIVE IN CONCERT" AT FRENCH QUARTER WEST

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 Live in Concert". Performances are every Saturday night at 8:00 pm and Sunday night at 6:00 pm. This new two-hour theater musical play takes the audience through Judy Garland's life from her days in Vaudeville, to her illustrious film career at MGM, her legendary concert comebacks in the 50s and 60s, her CBS television series and beyond. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: BACKWARDS ANORAK - A HIP HIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

University of Ballarat Arts Academy graduates Vincent Milesi and Michelle Brasier are back in Melbourne with a return season of their hit debut show at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm. In "Backwards Anorak - A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy", Milesi (Keep it Positive) and Brasier (The Divine Miss Bette) wonder how aliens would blend in with Melburnians today: they'd never seen a tram. They'd never ridden a fixie. They'd never even mulled their own wine. The show began as a tryout in March and is back as a headliner in August, making it one of the fastest shows to be promoted to headliner at The Butterfly Club in the last decade. Call for cover/minimum information.


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SATURDAY - AUGUST 25th

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NYC: RAISSA KATONA BENNETT RELEASES NEW CD AT FEINSTEIN'S

In her third engagement at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095), MAC & Bistro Award winner and Broadway's Raissa Katona Bennett (Christine in "Phantom of the Opera") celebrates the release of her latest CD, Another Kind of Light on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:00 pm. Produced by the award-winning Ron Abel, with music direction by David Caldwell, the CD releases courtesy of LML Music on August 14th. Another Kind of Light, includes never-before-recorded songs by prominent songwriters, including two songs written for her by Michael John LaChiusa. Bennett performs a mix of jazz, pop and theatre songs, and puts a contemporary spin on well-known standards - songs that intelligently explore the human condition. The evening is directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with Sean Harkness on guitar; Ray Marchica on drums; Ritt Henn on bass; and music director David Caldwell on piano. Other song debuts were contributed by Ron Abel & Chuck Steffan, and David Caldwell. Also represented are Christine Lavin; Alan Menken & David Spencer; Alan & Marilyn Bergman; Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens; Michael Mooney & Stephen Hoffman; Scott Frankel & Michael Korie, and Amanda McBroom & Michele Brourman. There is a $30-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: HOLE-O-MATIC RETURNS - SATURDAYS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 22nd
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Karen Mack & Michael Holland return with their very popular award-winning "Gashole Hole-O-Matic 2012" All Request Show to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) every Saturday night through September 22nd 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: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, August 11th & 25th at 8:30 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: DAVID BRENNER IN SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Returning to New York for his first major engagement in nearly 20 years, the comedian, political pundit and author David Brenner plays an exclusive three-night engagement at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, August 22nd, 23rd, and 25th, all shows at 7:00 pm. By choosing the intimate concert venue as the setting of his long-awaited New York homecoming, Brenner returns to familiar territory: the club is the former location of the Gotham Comedy Club, which, with Catch a Rising Star, Pips and The Improv, were main stages for Brenner early in his career. Of the four, only Gotham (a sister club of the Metropolitan Room, now located on 23rd Street) remains today. Brenner has been a mainstay in Las Vegas where he began appearing in 1971. His opinionated comedy and commentary about world and current events land him regularly on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. Brenner is the author of five books whose titles are way too long to mention here. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: STIX BONES HOSTS JAZZ NIGHT AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

On Saturday, August 25th at 9:30 pm, Stix Bones hosts Jazz Night at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) with a spectacular performance that takes you on a musical journey from Swing to Smooth Jazz. The show showcases the musical prowess of Jazz Artist/Drummer Stix Bones. Hailing from the borough of Brooklyn, Stix received his Bachelors Degree in Jazz Performance from Purchase College, State University of New York. It was there he was given the name BONES because to his band mates he showed himself to be a Brother of Noble Excellence. Stix independently released his first full-length Smooth Jazz album entitled "Groove Like This". The album has graced the airwaves of more than 40 jazz radio stations in the US, Jazz internet and satellite stations across the globe. It has charted in the top 10 on the digital jazz charts and made it to the top 20 jazz charts in France. Stix Bones whose musical influences are a mix of Hip Hop and Jazz has built a respectable name amongst Jazz & Hip Hop artist and is credited as truly a Brother of Noble Excellence. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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: FAITH PRINCE & JASON GRAAE - "THE PRINCE & THE SHOW BOY"

Tony Award winner Faith Prince and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner Jason Graae bring their show "The Prince and the Showboy" to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm. It promises to be a delightful evening of music and hijinks. Veterans of thirteen Broadway shows between them, this pair takes to the cabaret stage singing their most requested and memorable Broadway tunes. The show features a heartfelt tribute to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, who has been a significant influence on each of them, both personally and professionally. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SING, HARLEM, SING! SATURDAY GOSPEL/R&B BRUNCH

Sing, Harlem, Sing! created by Vy Higginsen and directed by Ken Wydro, comes to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturdays, August 11th through September 15th at 1:00 pm. The show comes with a soulful score filled with classic R&B, jazz, gospel and rock n' roll hits from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s. Higginsen and Wydro, the creative team behind the award-winning 1983 gospel musical, Mama, I Want To Sing, Sing Harlem Sing! celebrates African-American music, urban radio, and the energy of one of the world's most legendary neighborhoods. There is a $30 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum or a $45 prefix menu.


NYC: THE RICHIE BEIRACH QUINTET AT BIRDLAND

The Richie Beirach Quintet, featuring Randy Brecker (trumpet), George Mraz (bass), Billy Hart (drums), and Gregor Huebner (violin), will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Richard "Richie" Beirach's career as a jazz pianist began when he studied both classical and jazz at the Berklee College of Music. In 1972 he joined a group led by legendary saxophonist Stan Getz and went on to collaborate with trumpeter Chet Baker and French saxophonist Henrik Frisk. Since the early 1970's Beirach has also maintained an evolving partnership with saxophonist Dave Liebman in the groups "Lookout Farm," "Quest," and as a duo. Several of his compositions, such as "Leaving" and "Elm," are fixtures in the jazz repertoire. Richie's style is influenced by pianists Art Tatum and Bill Evans, as well as his earlier classical music training, a blend that is perfectly complimented by his quintet, which appears annually at Birdland. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYS: FORT SALEM THEATER PRESENTS ORIGINAL MUSICAL ABOUT MARRIAGE

As its final offering of the summer, MAINSTAGE AT FORT SALEM THEATER (11 East Broadway, Salem, NY - 518-854-9200) raises the curtain on Significant Others Friday, August 17th, and the show runs weekends through August 26th with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. The presentation consists of three original one-act musical comedies about marriage, partnership, conflict, separation and reconciliation, written by Al Budde and Jay Kerr, the Salem team that spawned Corn! The Musical, StarCrossed, and Senior Moments. Take a little bit of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys and Hollywood's Grumpy Old Men and add some music and you have the bones of Until Death Do Us Part, the final one-act in the musical evening. Broadway veterans Bill Carmichael and Jim Raposa, each of whom had performed before at Fort Salem, cleared a part of their summer schedules to do the "new" show in Salem. Carmichael, with his wife Susan Burk, the dance director he met the first day of Ragtime rehearsals, operates Emerson House, a B&B in Vergennes. Raposa, with his wife Claudia Shell-Raposa, whom he met on Broadway on his first day of rehearsals for Cats, teaches dance and drama at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Rosie Spring plays Raposa's wife in the first musical, To Have and to Hold, and Kathleen Devine is Carmichael's stage spouse. Significant For tickets or more information, visit the website http://www.fortsalemtheater.com/ or call the box office: 518-854-9200.

NE: LEON REDBONE AT BULL RUN

BULL RUN RESTAURANT (215 Great Road, Shirley, MA - 978-425-4311) presents Leon Redbone on Saturday, August 25th at 7:00 pm. The careers of performers who reside in the limelight are usually short-lived and over-overexposed. So it's refreshing to encounter Leon Redbone, who has for decades remained so musically resonant and personally elusive. Though his iconic guise of white fedora, jacket and sunglasses has been thoroughly satirized (anybody remember the "Leon Redbone workout" Far Side cartoon?), it's easy to overlook what a genuinely gifted artist he remains - a role he inevitably tries to downplay. There is a $38 cover.


DC: TERENCE BLANCHARD AT BLUES ALLEY

Grammy winner Terence Blanchard will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) Thursday through Sunday, August 23rd through 26th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Blanchard was born in New Orleans. In his teens he attended the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts, where he studied and played with saxophonist Donald Harrison. Harrison and Blanchard replaced Wynton and Branford Marsalis in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Blanchard is well known as a performer and musical composer for films, including several by Spike Lee. For Lee's film Mo' Better Blues Blanchard was musical arranger and a trumpet coach for actor Denzel Washington. Despite his interest and participation in film, television and theater, though, Blanchard regards himself first and foremost as a jazz musician, whose quintet features some of the brightest young talents in jazz. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: ARIANA SAVALAS AT THE ROYAL ROOM

THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) presents Ariana Savalas on Fridays & Saturdays, August 17th & 18th, 24th & 25th and 31st & September 1st at 8:00 pm. Growing up in Los Angeles, singer/ songwriter/ actor/ dancer Ariana Savalas was constantly entertained by the fascinating stories about her famous father, legendary film, television actor and Academy Award nominated Telly Savalas (for "Birdman of Alcatraz"). Now at 22 years of age, Ariana is a seasoned recording artist and live performer specializing in songs, songwriters and artists from the 1930s-1950s. Following a successful tour of Europe, Ms. Savalas landed the title role of the feature film Miriam, for which she received much critical acclaim. She continues to juggle her time between film, the recording studio and live performance. This is her second appearance in the Royal Room following a smash run last summer. Call for cover/minimum information.


MW: BROADWAY/CABARET STAR KAREN MASON AT CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA

Indianapolis Power & Light Company presents Karen Mason: Show Queen at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday & Saturday, August 24th & 25th at 8:00 pm. Whether she is lighting up the stage in a hit Broadway musical or wowing audiences with her critically acclaimed cabaret performances and concerts, Karen Mason is a showstopper. In this show, Karen share songs from her vast Broadway career including her starring roles in Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, and Wonderland. Karen is also a ten-time MAC award winner, winning the Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.


L.A.: "JUDY GARLAND LIVE IN CONCERT" AT FRENCH QUARTER WEST

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 Live in Concert". Performances are every Saturday night at 8:00 pm and Sunday night at 6:00 pm. This new two-hour theater musical play takes the audience through Judy Garland's life from her days in Vaudeville, to her illustrious film career at MGM, her legendary concert comebacks in the 50s and 60s, her CBS television series and beyond. Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: BARBARA COOK WITH "LET'S FALL IN LOVE" AT THE RRAZZ

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) presents Broadway legend and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree Barbara Cook. Her show "Let's Fall In Love" is comprised of her signature mix of songs, pop standards, jazz classics and Broadway staples. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday). Barbara Cook - considered "Broadway's favorite ingenue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical - 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 received the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. Barbara's many Broadway credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award), and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). Last year she returned to Broadway for the first time in 23 years and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim On Sondheim. Her latest CD is You Make Me Feel So Young, recorded last year live at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. There is a $55-$75 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: VERONICA KLAUS SINGS "THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK"

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) presents the return of San Francisco chanteuse Veronica Klaus with an encore of her critically acclaimed show featuring the music of Peggy Lee on Friday & Saturday, August 24th & 25th at 10:00 pm. She will celebrate her new CD "Something Cool." Veronica's keen sensibility and eclectic taste guarantee an evening of intriguing musical selections, encompassing a broad range of material from jazz and pop to originals and obscure gems. Klaus crafts an evening of music with selections like Rodgers & Hart's "Lover," "I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City," "Moments Like This," and "Fever." The Tammy Hall Trio provides accompaniment with the Hall's multi-dynamic piano mastery, Daniel Fabricant's bass providing swinging jazz to Latin licks and Kent Bryson's tuneful timely drums and percussion. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: "SHE STOLE MY CAREER: A TRIBUTE TO THE DIVAS OF BROADWAY"

Bay Area actor/singer Caleb Haven Draper will present a musical salute to the ladies he loves, strives to be like, and at times, fears in his show "She Stole My Career: A Tribute to the Divas of Broadway" at MARTUNI'S (4 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-241-0205) on Saturday, August 25th at 7:00 pm. He will be joined on stage by the Tom Shaw Trio. Call for cover/minimum information.


AUS: BACKWARDS ANORAK - A HIP HIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

University of Ballarat Arts Academy graduates Vincent Milesi and Michelle Brasier are back in Melbourne with a return season of their hit debut show at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm. In "Backwards Anorak - A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy", Milesi (Keep it Positive) and Brasier (The Divine Miss Bette) wonder how aliens would blend in with Melburnians today: they'd never seen a tram. They'd never ridden a fixie. They'd never even mulled their own wine. The show began as a tryout in March and is back as a headliner in August, making it one of the fastest shows to be promoted to headliner at The Butterfly Club in the last decade. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: PAUL L MARTIN AT THE CRAZY COQS

Paul L Martin, London's best-loved musical comedy raconteur, comes out of retirement for an exclusive two week engagement of his new show "50 Shades of Gay" at Piccadilly's new art deco venue, THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). Performances are Mondays through Saturdays, August 13th through 25th at 7:45 & 9:30 pm. Award-winning performer Paul L Martin has performed his witty musical cabaret all over the world and shared stages with Elton John, Dame Cleo Laine, John Barrowman, Matt Lucas and Boy George. Creator of the London Cabaret Awards and founder of agency Excess All Areas, Paul has championed London cabaret for the past 20 years. Joining him on stage is his fabulous three-piece band. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: RAISSA KATONA BENNETT RELEASES NEW CD AT FEINSTEIN'S

In her third engagement at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095), MAC & Bistro Award winner and Broadway's Raissa Katona Bennett (Christine in "Phantom of the Opera") celebrates the release of her latest CD, Another Kind of Light on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:00 pm. Produced by the award-winning Ron Abel, with music direction by David Caldwell, the CD releases courtesy of LML Music on August 14th. Another Kind of Light, includes never-before-recorded songs by prominent songwriters, including two songs written for her by Michael John LaChiusa. Bennett performs a mix of jazz, pop and theatre songs, and puts a contemporary spin on well-known standards - songs that intelligently explore the human condition. The evening is directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with Sean Harkness on guitar; Ray Marchica on drums; Ritt Henn on bass; and music director David Caldwell on piano. Other song debuts were contributed by Ron Abel & Chuck Steffan, and David Caldwell. Also represented are Christine Lavin; Alan Menken & David Spencer; Alan & Marilyn Bergman; Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens; Michael Mooney & Stephen Hoffman; Scott Frankel & Michael Korie, and Amanda McBroom & Michele Brourman. There is a $30-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: CAROLINE JONES IN "DANCE WITH ME"

New York City-based singer, songwriter, guitarist and producer Caroline Jones will bring her show "Dance with Me" to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) on Friday, August 24th at 7:00 pm. Trained classically by Andy Anselmo, founder of New York's The Singer's Forum vocal academy, Caroline performs throughout the New York area and has appeared at Lincoln Center and Julliard, Madison Square Garden, New World Stages, and Feinstein's at the Loews Regency, among many others. She recently showcased at the Wanderlust Festival of Vermont and performed with Dave Matthews, Paul Simon, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, and The Wailers. Under the management of Tommy Mottola and Chris Apostle, she began recording her original songs with producer Chris Toland at Sony and Avatar studios in New York as a student at The Professional Children's School. In January 2011, Caroline released her debut album, Fallen Flower to iTunes, eMusic, Thumbplay, Napster, Spotify, Amazon, and Bandcamp. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: THE METROPOLITAN ROOM PRESENTS "THE SOPHISTICATES"

New York's THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) will become even more exciting beginning Friday, August 10th at 11:30 pm when it introduces one of NYC's most talked-about burlesque revues, "The Sophisticates." Starring master of ceremonies Bastard Keith and burlesque headliner Madame Rosebud, and featuring a rotating constellation of guest stars, on the second and fourth Friday of the month. Specializing in classic burlesque, each night features a new line-up of four highly distinguished striptease artists performing two numbers each throughout the evening. Madame Rosebud has performed coast to coast and overseas with stops at the London Burlesque Festival, the New York Burlesque Festival, and competing at the Burlesque Hall of Fame Weekend. Shows on August 10th, 24th and September 14th will include Bea B. Heart, Jubilee Diamond, Dirty Martini, Perle Noire, Tansy, Bettina May, Maine Attraction and Kristina Nekyia. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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NYC: THE RICHIE BEIRACH QUINTET AT BIRDLAND

The Richie Beirach Quintet, featuring Randy Brecker (trumpet), George Mraz (bass), Billy Hart (drums), and Gregor Huebner (violin), will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Richard "Richie" Beirach's career as a jazz pianist began when he studied both classical and jazz at the Berklee College of Music. In 1972 he joined a group led by legendary saxophonist Stan Getz and went on to collaborate with trumpeter Chet Baker and French saxophonist Henrik Frisk. Since the early 1970's Beirach has also maintained an evolving partnership with saxophonist Dave Liebman in the groups "Lookout Farm," "Quest," and as a duo. Several of his compositions, such as "Leaving" and "Elm," are fixtures in the jazz repertoire. Richie's style is influenced by pianists Art Tatum and Bill Evans, as well as his earlier classical music training, a blend that is perfectly complimented by his quintet, which appears annually at Birdland. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: FAITH PRINCE & JASON GRAAE - "THE PRINCE & THE SHOW BOY"

Tony Award winner Faith Prince and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner Jason Graae bring their show "The Prince and the Showboy" to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm. It promises to be a delightful evening of music and hijinks. Veterans of thirteen Broadway shows between them, this pair takes to the cabaret stage singing their most requested and memorable Broadway tunes. The show features a heartfelt tribute to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, who has been a significant influence on each of them, both personally and professionally. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYS: FORT SALEM THEATER PRESENTS ORIGINAL MUSICAL ABOUT MARRIAGE

As its final offering of the summer, MAINSTAGE AT FORT SALEM THEATER (11 East Broadway, Salem, NY - 518-854-9200) raises the curtain on Significant Others Friday, August 17th, and the show runs weekends through August 26th with performances Friday and Saturday nights at 8:00 pm, with a Sunday matinee at 2:00 pm. The presentation consists of three original one-act musical comedies about marriage, partnership, conflict, separation and reconciliation, written by Al Budde and Jay Kerr, the Salem team that spawned Corn! The Musical, StarCrossed, and Senior Moments. Take a little bit of Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys and Hollywood's Grumpy Old Men and add some music and you have the bones of Until Death Do Us Part, the final one-act in the musical evening. Broadway veterans Bill Carmichael and Jim Raposa, each of whom had performed before at Fort Salem, cleared a part of their summer schedules to do the "new" show in Salem. Carmichael, with his wife Susan Burk, the dance director he met the first day of Ragtime rehearsals, operates Emerson House, a B&B in Vergennes. Raposa, with his wife Claudia Shell-Raposa, whom he met on Broadway on his first day of rehearsals for Cats, teaches dance and drama at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester. Rosie Spring plays Raposa's wife in the first musical, To Have and to Hold, and Kathleen Devine is Carmichael's stage spouse. Significant For tickets or more information, visit the website http://www.fortsalemtheater.com/ or call the box office: 518-854-9200.

DC: TERENCE BLANCHARD AT BLUES ALLEY

Grammy winner Terence Blanchard will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) Thursday through Sunday, August 23rd through 26th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Blanchard was born in New Orleans. In his teens he attended the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts, where he studied and played with saxophonist Donald Harrison. Harrison and Blanchard replaced Wynton and Branford Marsalis in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Blanchard is well known as a performer and musical composer for films, including several by Spike Lee. For Lee's film Mo' Better Blues Blanchard was musical arranger and a trumpet coach for actor Denzel Washington. Despite his interest and participation in film, television and theater, though, Blanchard regards himself first and foremost as a jazz musician, whose quintet features some of the brightest young talents in jazz. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: ARIANA SAVALAS AT THE ROYAL ROOM

THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) presents Ariana Savalas on Fridays & Saturdays, August 17th & 18th, 24th & 25th and 31st & September 1st at 8:00 pm. Growing up in Los Angeles, singer/ songwriter/ actor/ dancer Ariana Savalas was constantly entertained by the fascinating stories about her famous father, legendary film, television actor and Academy Award nominated Telly Savalas (for "Birdman of Alcatraz"). Now at 22 years of age, Ariana is a seasoned recording artist and live performer specializing in songs, songwriters and artists from the 1930s-1950s. Following a successful tour of Europe, Ms. Savalas landed the title role of the feature film Miriam, for which she received much critical acclaim. She continues to juggle her time between film, the recording studio and live performance. This is her second appearance in the Royal Room following a smash run last summer. Call for cover/minimum information.


MW: BROADWAY/CABARET STAR KAREN MASON AT CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA

Indianapolis Power & Light Company presents Karen Mason: Show Queen at THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) on Friday & Saturday, August 24th & 25th at 8:00 pm. Whether she is lighting up the stage in a hit Broadway musical or wowing audiences with her critically acclaimed cabaret performances and concerts, Karen Mason is a showstopper. In this show, Karen share songs from her vast Broadway career including her starring roles in Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, and Wonderland. Karen is also a ten-time MAC award winner, winning the Major Female Vocalist of the Year for six consecutive years. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.


DC: SARA GLANCY IN "SONGS FROM BEFORE I WAS BORN"

Recent NYU theatre grad and Carver alum, Sara Glancy, returns to CABARET AT GERMANO'S (300 South High Street, Baltimore, MD - 410-752-4515) on Friday, August 24th at 7:30 pm after two sold out performances, with her new cabaret "Songs From Before I Was Born," a musical journey through the Great American Songbook, dedicated to her grandmother, Catherine Glancy. Sara will sing the sweet tunes of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin and more. Act II is devoted to the rockin' 60s. There is a $10 cover.


CHI: RON COHN IN "FORBIDDEN FRUIT" AT DAVENPORT'S

Ron Cohn will bring his latest cabaret concert, called "Forbidden Fruit", to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Friday, August 24th at 8:00 pm. Cohn is a man with many hats: attorney, director, teacher, manager, publicist, and producer with an impressive list of credits as an acting and performance coach as well. This time around, Ron will focus on another facet of his many talents: singing. In "Forbidden Fruit", Ron will bring together a song-filled show with the humor of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Noel Coward, Jerome Kern, Rogers and Hart and more. Some are well-known standards but be prepared for some lesser-known and rare gems including a few that were considered a bit racy and risque for their time but would pale by today's standards. Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: "LIZA: LIVE IN CONCERT" AT FRENCH QUARTER WEST

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 "LIZA: LIVE IN CONCERT". Performances are every Thursday & Friday night at 8:00 pm. Liza has plenty of her signature hits on tap Including Maybe This Time, Cabaret and New York, New York. She walks down memory lane reminiscing about her famous parents, working with Bob Fosse, first husband ; Peter Allen. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: BARBARA COOK WITH "LET'S FALL IN LOVE" AT THE RRAZZ

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) presents Broadway legend and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree Barbara Cook. Her show "Let's Fall In Love" is comprised of her signature mix of songs, pop standards, jazz classics and Broadway staples. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday). Barbara Cook - considered "Broadway's favorite ingenue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical - 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 received the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. Barbara's many Broadway credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award), and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). Last year she returned to Broadway for the first time in 23 years and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim On Sondheim. Her latest CD is You Make Me Feel So Young, recorded last year live at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. There is a $55-$75 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: VERONICA KLAUS SINGS "THE PEGGY LEE SONGBOOK"

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) presents the return of San Francisco chanteuse Veronica Klaus with an encore of her critically acclaimed show featuring the music of Peggy Lee on Friday & Saturday, August 24th & 25th at 10:00 pm. She will celebrate her new CD "Something Cool." Veronica's keen sensibility and eclectic taste guarantee an evening of intriguing musical selections, encompassing a broad range of material from jazz and pop to originals and obscure gems. Klaus crafts an evening of music with selections like Rodgers & Hart's "Lover," "I Lost My Sugar in Salt Lake City," "Moments Like This," and "Fever." The Tammy Hall Trio provides accompaniment with the Hall's multi-dynamic piano mastery, Daniel Fabricant's bass providing swinging jazz to Latin licks and Kent Bryson's tuneful timely drums and percussion. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: BACKWARDS ANORAK - A HIP HIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

University of Ballarat Arts Academy graduates Vincent Milesi and Michelle Brasier are back in Melbourne with a return season of their hit debut show at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm. In "Backwards Anorak - A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy", Milesi (Keep it Positive) and Brasier (The Divine Miss Bette) wonder how aliens would blend in with Melburnians today: they'd never seen a tram. They'd never ridden a fixie. They'd never even mulled their own wine. The show began as a tryout in March and is back as a headliner in August, making it one of the fastest shows to be promoted to headliner at The Butterfly Club in the last decade. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: PAUL L MARTIN AT THE CRAZY COQS

Paul L Martin, London's best-loved musical comedy raconteur, comes out of retirement for an exclusive two week engagement of his new show "50 Shades of Gay" at Piccadilly's new art deco venue, THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). Performances are Mondays through Saturdays, August 13th through 25th at 7:45 & 9:30 pm. Award-winning performer Paul L Martin has performed his witty musical cabaret all over the world and shared stages with Elton John, Dame Cleo Laine, John Barrowman, Matt Lucas and Boy George. Creator of the London Cabaret Awards and founder of agency Excess All Areas, Paul has championed London cabaret for the past 20 years. Joining him on stage is his fabulous three-piece band. Call for cover/minimum information.


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THURSDAY - AUGUST 23rd

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NYC: RAISSA KATONA BENNETT RELEASES NEW CD AT FEINSTEIN'S

In her third engagement at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095), MAC & Bistro Award winner and Broadway's Raissa Katona Bennett (Christine in "Phantom of the Opera") celebrates the release of her latest CD, Another Kind of Light on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:00 pm. Produced by the award-winning Ron Abel, with music direction by David Caldwell, the CD releases courtesy of LML Music on August 14th. Another Kind of Light, includes never-before-recorded songs by prominent songwriters, including two songs written for her by Michael John LaChiusa. Bennett performs a mix of jazz, pop and theatre songs, and puts a contemporary spin on well-known standards - songs that intelligently explore the human condition. The evening is directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with Sean Harkness on guitar; Ray Marchica on drums; Ritt Henn on bass; and music director David Caldwell on piano. Other song debuts were contributed by Ron Abel & Chuck Steffan, and David Caldwell. Also represented are Christine Lavin; Alan Menken & David Spencer; Alan & Marilyn Bergman; Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens; Michael Mooney & Stephen Hoffman; Scott Frankel & Michael Korie, and Amanda McBroom & Michele Brourman. There is a $30-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: DAVID BRENNER IN SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Returning to New York for his first major engagement in nearly 20 years, the comedian, political pundit and author David Brenner plays an exclusive three-night engagement at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, August 22nd, 23rd, and 25th, all shows at 7:00 pm. By choosing the intimate concert venue as the setting of his long-awaited New York homecoming, Brenner returns to familiar territory: the club is the former location of the Gotham Comedy Club, which, with Catch a Rising Star, Pips and The Improv, were main stages for Brenner early in his career. Of the four, only Gotham (a sister club of the Metropolitan Room, now located on 23rd Street) remains today. Brenner has been a mainstay in Las Vegas where he began appearing in 1971. His opinionated comedy and commentary about world and current events land him regularly on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. Brenner is the author of five books whose titles are way too long to mention here. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-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: MARLENE AND BUCKY AT JAZZ AT KITANO

On Thursday, August 23rd, Marlene Verplanck sings at THE KITANO HOTEL'S GARDEN CAFE (66 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-885-7119). Performing with Marlene are her special guests Bucky Pizzarelli, Tex Arnold and Jay Leonhart. Marlene performs across North America and much of Western Europe, while a growing roster of solo CDs continues to win critical acclaim. Millions of people first heard Marlene's crystal-clear voice anonymously, on radio and television, when she espoused the merits of dozens of commercial products. But, actually, she got her start in the big-band business, as a very young vocalist with Charlie Spivak and Tex Beneke. During a brief stint with the last Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, she met her late husband, musician-arranger Billy VerPlanck. Appearances at Carnegie Hall, Michael's Pub and the Rainbow Room brought rave notices, and national TV shows, including "Entertainment Tonight," "The Today Show" and CBS's "Sunday Morning," featured profiles of the increasingly popular singer. Call for cover/minimum information.


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: THE RICHIE BEIRACH QUINTET AT BIRDLAND

The Richie Beirach Quintet, featuring Randy Brecker (trumpet), George Mraz (bass), Billy Hart (drums), and Gregor Huebner (violin), will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Richard "Richie" Beirach's career as a jazz pianist began when he studied both classical and jazz at the Berklee College of Music. In 1972 he joined a group led by legendary saxophonist Stan Getz and went on to collaborate with trumpeter Chet Baker and French saxophonist Henrik Frisk. Since the early 1970's Beirach has also maintained an evolving partnership with saxophonist Dave Liebman in the groups "Lookout Farm," "Quest," and as a duo. Several of his compositions, such as "Leaving" and "Elm," are fixtures in the jazz repertoire. Richie's style is influenced by pianists Art Tatum and Bill Evans, as well as his earlier classical music training, a blend that is perfectly complimented by his quintet, which appears annually at Birdland. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: FAITH PRINCE & JASON GRAAE - "THE PRINCE & THE SHOW BOY"

Tony Award winner Faith Prince and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner Jason Graae bring their show "The Prince and the Showboy" to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm. It promises to be a delightful evening of music and hijinks. Veterans of thirteen Broadway shows between them, this pair takes to the cabaret stage singing their most requested and memorable Broadway tunes. The show features a heartfelt tribute to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, who has been a significant influence on each of them, both personally and professionally. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "THE BROADWAY BALLYHOO" WEEKLY REVUE FROM SCOTT SIEGEL
Barbara & Scott Siegel Celebrate Their Wedding Anniversary!

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents "THE BROADWAY BALLYHOO," a weekly show now in it's 9th month, 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 from Broadway & Cabaret each week, who will sing Broadway's greatest songs. Featured performers for Thursday, August 23rd are Molly Pope (Acclaimed, Award-winning Actress/Vocalist), Tyler Maynard (The Little Mermaid, Altar Boys), Lucas Steele (3 Penny Opera, Myths and Hymns), Sean Buhr (Broadway's Rising Stars). There is a $15-$25 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.

DC: TERENCE BLANCHARD AT BLUES ALLEY

Grammy winner Terence Blanchard will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) Thursday through Sunday, August 23rd through 26th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Blanchard was born in New Orleans. In his teens he attended the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts, where he studied and played with saxophonist Donald Harrison. Harrison and Blanchard replaced Wynton and Branford Marsalis in Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Blanchard is well known as a performer and musical composer for films, including several by Spike Lee. For Lee's film Mo' Better Blues Blanchard was musical arranger and a trumpet coach for actor Denzel Washington. Despite his interest and participation in film, television and theater, though, Blanchard regards himself first and foremost as a jazz musician, whose quintet features some of the brightest young talents in jazz. Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: "LIZA: LIVE IN CONCERT" AT FRENCH QUARTER WEST

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 "LIZA: LIVE IN CONCERT". Performances are every Thursday & Friday night at 8:00 pm. Liza has plenty of her signature hits on tap Including Maybe This Time, Cabaret and New York, New York. She walks down memory lane reminiscing about her famous parents, working with Bob Fosse, first husband ; Peter Allen. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: BARBARA COOK WITH "LET'S FALL IN LOVE" AT THE RRAZZ

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) presents Broadway legend and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree Barbara Cook. Her show "Let's Fall In Love" is comprised of her signature mix of songs, pop standards, jazz classics and Broadway staples. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday). Barbara Cook - considered "Broadway's favorite ingenue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical - 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 received the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. Barbara's many Broadway credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award), and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). Last year she returned to Broadway for the first time in 23 years and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim On Sondheim. Her latest CD is You Make Me Feel So Young, recorded last year live at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. There is a $55-$75 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: BACKWARDS ANORAK - A HIP HIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

University of Ballarat Arts Academy graduates Vincent Milesi and Michelle Brasier are back in Melbourne with a return season of their hit debut show at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm. In "Backwards Anorak - A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy", Milesi (Keep it Positive) and Brasier (The Divine Miss Bette) wonder how aliens would blend in with Melburnians today: they'd never seen a tram. They'd never ridden a fixie. They'd never even mulled their own wine. The show began as a tryout in March and is back as a headliner in August, making it one of the fastest shows to be promoted to headliner at The Butterfly Club in the last decade. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: PAUL L MARTIN AT THE CRAZY COQS

Paul L Martin, London's best-loved musical comedy raconteur, comes out of retirement for an exclusive two week engagement of his new show "50 Shades of Gay" at Piccadilly's new art deco venue, THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). Performances are Mondays through Saturdays, August 13th through 25th at 7:45 & 9:30 pm. Award-winning performer Paul L Martin has performed his witty musical cabaret all over the world and shared stages with Elton John, Dame Cleo Laine, John Barrowman, Matt Lucas and Boy George. Creator of the London Cabaret Awards and founder of agency Excess All Areas, Paul has championed London cabaret for the past 20 years. Joining him on stage is his fabulous three-piece band. Call for cover/minimum information.


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WEDNESDAY - AUGUST 22nd

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NYC: RAISSA KATONA BENNETT RELEASES NEW CD AT FEINSTEIN'S

In her third engagement at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095), MAC & Bistro Award winner and Broadway's Raissa Katona Bennett (Christine in "Phantom of the Opera") celebrates the release of her latest CD, Another Kind of Light on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:00 pm. Produced by the award-winning Ron Abel, with music direction by David Caldwell, the CD releases courtesy of LML Music on August 14th. Another Kind of Light, includes never-before-recorded songs by prominent songwriters, including two songs written for her by Michael John LaChiusa. Bennett performs a mix of jazz, pop and theatre songs, and puts a contemporary spin on well-known standards - songs that intelligently explore the human condition. The evening is directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with Sean Harkness on guitar; Ray Marchica on drums; Ritt Henn on bass; and music director David Caldwell on piano. Other song debuts were contributed by Ron Abel & Chuck Steffan, and David Caldwell. Also represented are Christine Lavin; Alan Menken & David Spencer; Alan & Marilyn Bergman; Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens; Michael Mooney & Stephen Hoffman; Scott Frankel & Michael Korie, and Amanda McBroom & Michele Brourman. There is a $30-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: CHARLOTTE PATTON IS "LOOKING FOR LOVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY"
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Charlotte Patton returns to THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) with her acclaimed show "Looking for Love in the 21st Century" on Wednesday, August 15th at 9:30 pm; Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00 pm; and Wednesday, September 19th at 7:00 pm. The show is directed by Karen Oberlin with musical direction by Barry Levitt. "Looking for Love in the 21st Century" tells a story of looking for Mr. Right on the internet dating sites with a format of stand-up comedy and songs by composers including Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, Steven Lutvak, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, and Dave Frishberg. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: DAVID BRENNER IN SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Returning to New York for his first major engagement in nearly 20 years, the comedian, political pundit and author David Brenner plays an exclusive three-night engagement at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday, August 22nd, 23rd, and 25th, all shows at 7:00 pm. By choosing the intimate concert venue as the setting of his long-awaited New York homecoming, Brenner returns to familiar territory: the club is the former location of the Gotham Comedy Club, which, with Catch a Rising Star, Pips and The Improv, were main stages for Brenner early in his career. Of the four, only Gotham (a sister club of the Metropolitan Room, now located on 23rd Street) remains today. Brenner has been a mainstay in Las Vegas where he began appearing in 1971. His opinionated comedy and commentary about world and current events land him regularly on MSNBC, CNN and Fox News. Brenner is the author of five books whose titles are way too long to mention here. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: CORNELIUS BATES & VANESSA FALABELLA AT THE MET

Brazilian vocalist Vanessa Falabella and 2011 MAC Nominee (Best Male Debut Cornelius Bates) will perform at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, August 23th at 9:30 pm. Vanessa Falabella has a repertoire as great as her charm and charisma, singing everything from traditional samba and bossa nova, to jazz, MPB (Brazilian popular music), soul, and R&B. She has performed at New York's top venues. She has performed and recorded with Marcus Viana, Cyro Baptista, The Rain Forest Band, Cesar Camargo Mariano, Sadao Watanabe, Gato Barbieri, Hiram Bullock, among others. She opened for Bob Dylan's Brazilian Tour, performed at the Taste of Jazz Festival in Miami, and has traveled the world as a featured performer. In Brazil, she has recorded soundtracks for some of the famous Brazilian television "novelas" as well as commercials including a Brazilian presidential campaign. Cornelius Bates is an artist for our times and an artist for all times. Born in Memphis, Tennessee and educated at Howard University in Washington, DC, Cornelius now calls New York City home. From his travels to Africa, Brazil, Europe, and all over America, he has laced together a feeling in his vocal presentation that draws upon the soulfulness of many cultural influences and connects with the heart of his audiences across a wide spectrum. Cornelius' musical influences include Nat King Cole, Johnny Hartmann, Al Jarreau, and Tony Bennett, as well as the Brazilian sounds of bossa nova and samba. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: HEDDA LETTUCE WITH THE CARPETS MATCH THE DRAPES

Every Wednesday night at 8:00 pm, through August 29th, Hedda Lettuce premiers her new show THE CARPETS MATCH THE DRAPES at XL NIGHTCLUB (512 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-239-2999). New songs, new monologues and a full band accompany the Queen Of Green. Hedda Lettuce, the six-time Drag Queen of the Year Award-winner (HX magazine), has received national acclaim for her poised characters, startling satire and original music. Hedda lures you into the funniest scenarios on stage with her ultra-candid, shimmering wit. Drag-debutant, Miss Lettuce, has established herself as New York City's premiere queen in classic cabaret venues such as Caroline's on Broadway, FEZ and her classic movie night at the Clearview Chelsea. She has worked on such networks as Comedy Central, MTV and HBO, and in a handful of off-broadway plays. Hedda's comedy projects include her stand-up tour deforce, The Hedda Lettuce Show; The Dixie Chicks with Dicks, the country-singing drag trio; and Lettuce Rejoice, the annual Chelsea holiday spectacular. There is a $20 cover (also entitles customers to watch "Hot Mess" revue at 10:00 pm in the same room)


NYC: EVERY WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT XL: BUNNY & BIANCA IN HOT MESS

Lady Bunny and Bianca Del Rio present "Bunny and Bianca's HOT MESS" at XL NIGHTCLUB (512 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-239-2999) every Wednesday night through August 29th at 10:00 pm. Lady Bunny has handpicked some of the city's most talented drag divas for a weekly Wednesday night extravaganza. The ladies include Bianca Del Rio (widely regarded as the quickest wit on the NYC drag scene), Milan (Rupaul Drag Race 4 favorite), Skyla Versai (the talented newcomer from Lips), Sugga Pie Koko (the comedian of the group), the live vocal styling of Epiphany and special guests each week! The show time is perfect as either a starting point or for those who prefer to make an earlier night of it mid-week. With both solo and production numbers complete with matching costumes, HOT MESS ups the ante for weekly drag reviews. Naughty comedienne Lady Bunny is moonlighting from her critically acclaimed cabaret show That Ain't No Lady! She also appears as the Dean of Drag on RuPaul's Drag U. Tickets are $10.

NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: ALLEN FARNHAM & TOMOKO OHNO DUET

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. The show on Wednesday, August 22nd features Allen Farnham & Tomoko Ohno Duet (two pianos). Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.


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: THE GREEN ROOM PRESENTS JOHN MILLER

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 9:30 pm, 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) becomes a post-theatre lounge with live music, creative cocktails, and small food plates. Wednesday, August 23rd features John Miller, who has played bass and recorded with, among others, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Eric Clapton, Tommy Flanagan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Cheap Trick, Elvis Costello, Leonard Cohen, Ray Charles, Mose Allison, BB King, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Cy Coleman, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Smashing Pumpkins, Burt Bacharach, Aerosmith, James Brown, John Pizzarelli, Lea Salonga, Kelli O'Hara, Betty Buckley, Pete Seeger and the NY Philharmonic. John has served as Music Coordinator for over 100 Broadway shows including: Jesus Christ Superstar, Leap of Faith, Newsies, Once, Porgy and Bess, Jersey Boys, Priscilla, Rock of Ages, Follies and Godspell. There is no cover and no minimum.


NYC: THE RICHIE BEIRACH QUINTET AT BIRDLAND

The Richie Beirach Quintet, featuring Randy Brecker (trumpet), George Mraz (bass), Billy Hart (drums), and Gregor Huebner (violin), will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Richard "Richie" Beirach's career as a jazz pianist began when he studied both classical and jazz at the Berklee College of Music. In 1972 he joined a group led by legendary saxophonist Stan Getz and went on to collaborate with trumpeter Chet Baker and French saxophonist Henrik Frisk. Since the early 1970's Beirach has also maintained an evolving partnership with saxophonist Dave Liebman in the groups "Lookout Farm," "Quest," and as a duo. Several of his compositions, such as "Leaving" and "Elm," are fixtures in the jazz repertoire. Richie's style is influenced by pianists Art Tatum and Bill Evans, as well as his earlier classical music training, a blend that is perfectly complimented by his quintet, which appears annually at Birdland. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: FAITH PRINCE & JASON GRAAE - "THE PRINCE & THE SHOW BOY"

Tony Award winner Faith Prince and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner Jason Graae bring their show "The Prince and the Showboy" to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm. It promises to be a delightful evening of music and hijinks. Veterans of thirteen Broadway shows between them, this pair takes to the cabaret stage singing their most requested and memorable Broadway tunes. The show features a heartfelt tribute to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, who has been a significant influence on each of them, both personally and professionally. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NJ: BOB EGAN'S SHOWCASE NIGHT AT THE STOCKTON INN

The next Bob Egan's Showcase Night will be held at STOCKTON INN (1 North Main Street, Stockton NJ - 609-397-1250) on Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:30 pmBob hosts his talent showcases featuring six to eight performers each show. This evening's show features Ren Porter with Jeff Fadden, Patsy Montleone, Bryan Lesnick, Michael Traupman, Gaggy D'Angelo, Alexa Bothelo, Alex Lucy and Justine Worden. Piano bar and open mic follows the show. $10 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

LA: JEFF MACAULEY IN IT WAS ME: THE LYRICS OF NORMAN GIMBEL

Bistro Award winning singer Jeff Macauley brings his tribute to the lyrics of Norman Gimbel, It Was Me, to THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Wednesday, August 22nd at 9:00 pm. Norman Gimbel won an Oscar for "It Goes Like It Goes" from Norma Rae and is responsible for some of the most recognizable and best-loved lyrics of the last half-century. In a career that goes back to the early '50s, Mr. Gimbel, working with such composers as Charles Fox, Michel LeGrand, David Shire and Antonio Carlos Jobim, gave words to such standards as Meditation, Sway, So Nice, The Girl From Ipanema, I Will Wait For You, Watch What Happens, I Will Follow Him, Killing Me Softly With His Song, Bluesette, and Canadian Sunset, as well as the themes to Wonder Woman, Laverne & Shirley and Happy Days. In his previous shows, Jeff Macauley explored the rich world of early musical films in "Hollywood Party: Movie Songs 1928-1934," and paid tribute to the most popular female singer of the '40s and a beloved Hollywood icon in "MWAH! The Dinah Shore Show." After examining the popular songs of the '20s through the '40s, Jeff is now taking a look at the popular music of the '50s, '60s and '70s through the extensive catalog of Norman Gimbel under the musical direction of the superbly talented Shelly Markham. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum or dinner.

L.A.: BLUES! BLUES! BLUES! AT BARBARA ) PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Blues Vocalist Sherry Pruitt and Bluesman Big Terry Derouen present Blues! Blues! Blues! on Wednesdays in August at THE BARBARA ) PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (4305 Degnan Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA - 323-296-2272). There is no Cover Charge, but donations are welcome. Refreshments wil be available for purchase.


SF: BARBARA COOK WITH "LET'S FALL IN LOVE" AT THE RRAZZ

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) presents Broadway legend and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree Barbara Cook. Her show "Let's Fall In Love" is comprised of her signature mix of songs, pop standards, jazz classics and Broadway staples. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday). Barbara Cook - considered "Broadway's favorite ingenue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical - 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 received the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. Barbara's many Broadway credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award), and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). Last year she returned to Broadway for the first time in 23 years and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim On Sondheim. Her latest CD is You Make Me Feel So Young, recorded last year live at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. There is a $55-$75 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: BACKWARDS ANORAK - A HIP HIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

University of Ballarat Arts Academy graduates Vincent Milesi and Michelle Brasier are back in Melbourne with a return season of their hit debut show at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm. In "Backwards Anorak - A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy", Milesi (Keep it Positive) and Brasier (The Divine Miss Bette) wonder how aliens would blend in with Melburnians today: they'd never seen a tram. They'd never ridden a fixie. They'd never even mulled their own wine. The show began as a tryout in March and is back as a headliner in August, making it one of the fastest shows to be promoted to headliner at The Butterfly Club in the last decade. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: PAUL L MARTIN AT THE CRAZY COQS

Paul L Martin, London's best-loved musical comedy raconteur, comes out of retirement for an exclusive two week engagement of his new show "50 Shades of Gay" at Piccadilly's new art deco venue, THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). Performances are Mondays through Saturdays, August 13th through 25th at 7:45 & 9:30 pm. Award-winning performer Paul L Martin has performed his witty musical cabaret all over the world and shared stages with Elton John, Dame Cleo Laine, John Barrowman, Matt Lucas and Boy George. Creator of the London Cabaret Awards and founder of agency Excess All Areas, Paul has championed London cabaret for the past 20 years. Joining him on stage is his fabulous three-piece band. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: RAISSA KATONA BENNETT RELEASES NEW CD AT FEINSTEIN'S

In her third engagement at FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095), MAC & Bistro Award winner and Broadway's Raissa Katona Bennett (Christine in "Phantom of the Opera") celebrates the release of her latest CD, Another Kind of Light on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:00 pm. Produced by the award-winning Ron Abel, with music direction by David Caldwell, the CD releases courtesy of LML Music on August 14th. Another Kind of Light, includes never-before-recorded songs by prominent songwriters, including two songs written for her by Michael John LaChiusa. Bennett performs a mix of jazz, pop and theatre songs, and puts a contemporary spin on well-known standards - songs that intelligently explore the human condition. The evening is directed by Eric Michael Gillett, with Sean Harkness on guitar; Ray Marchica on drums; Ritt Henn on bass; and music director David Caldwell on piano. Other song debuts were contributed by Ron Abel & Chuck Steffan, and David Caldwell. Also represented are Christine Lavin; Alan Menken & David Spencer; Alan & Marilyn Bergman; Stephen Flaherty & Lynn Ahrens; Michael Mooney & Stephen Hoffman; Scott Frankel & Michael Korie, and Amanda McBroom & Michele Brourman. There is a $30-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: SUE & EDD TRIBUTE STEVE & EYDIE AT DON'T TELL MAMA
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After working with her talented singing partner Edd Clark for 7 years doing an Annual Christmas Show (Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas), and having many ask when they will do a non-Christmas show, Sue Matsuki & Edd Clark are going to make it happen. The "Sue & Edd Tribute Steve & Eydie" will be presented on Tuesdays, August 14th & 21st at 7:00 pm at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788). The pair will pay tribute to legendary singing team, Steve & Eydie with the incredible John DiPinto as Musical Director. There will be a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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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 August 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: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799). Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & 30s for your dining and dancing pleasure. In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. A big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 60,000 scores in his collection. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food drink minimum.

NYC: THE GREEN ROOM PRESENTS JOHN BUCCHINO

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after 9:30 pm, 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) becomes a post-theatre lounge with live music, creative cocktails, and small food plates. Tuesday, August 21st, The Green Room is thrilled to welcome esteemed musical theatre composer John Bucchino to 54 Below. The man behind Grateful, It's Only Life and Broadway's A Catered Affair will be at the piano playing an array of standards, classics and maybe an original tune or two in his own unique style. There is no cover and no minimum.


NYC: THE RICHIE BEIRACH QUINTET AT BIRDLAND

The Richie Beirach Quintet, featuring Randy Brecker (trumpet), George Mraz (bass), Billy Hart (drums), and Gregor Huebner (violin), will perform at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Richard "Richie" Beirach's career as a jazz pianist began when he studied both classical and jazz at the Berklee College of Music. In 1972 he joined a group led by legendary saxophonist Stan Getz and went on to collaborate with trumpeter Chet Baker and French saxophonist Henrik Frisk. Since the early 1970's Beirach has also maintained an evolving partnership with saxophonist Dave Liebman in the groups "Lookout Farm," "Quest," and as a duo. Several of his compositions, such as "Leaving" and "Elm," are fixtures in the jazz repertoire. Richie's style is influenced by pianists Art Tatum and Bill Evans, as well as his earlier classical music training, a blend that is perfectly complimented by his quintet, which appears annually at Birdland. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: FAITH PRINCE & JASON GRAAE - "THE PRINCE & THE SHOW BOY"

Tony Award winner Faith Prince and L.A. Drama Critics Circle Award winner Jason Graae bring their show "The Prince and the Showboy" to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Tuesday through Saturday, August 21st through 25th at 8:30 pm, with late shows on Friday & Saturday at 11:00 pm. It promises to be a delightful evening of music and hijinks. Veterans of thirteen Broadway shows between them, this pair takes to the cabaret stage singing their most requested and memorable Broadway tunes. The show features a heartfelt tribute to Broadway legend Jerry Herman, who has been a significant influence on each of them, both personally and professionally. There is a $30-$40 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


L.A.: VOICE OF THE VALLEY CABARET OPEN MIC COMPETITION

The Carol Channing - Harry Kullijian Foundation for The Arts, whose objective is to promote arts education through public awareness, community involvement and increased support of public schools, is sponsoring "Voice Of the Valley" - a seven-week cabaret open mic competition. The event will be held on Tuesdays, July 17th through September 4th at 7:30 pm at THE LOUNGE AT AGUA CALIENTE RESORT CASINO (32-250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, CA). It will culminate with a final sing-off when the winning singer is cast in "A Magical Night On Broadway" at THE SHOW on September 8th with a list of Broadway's 'Who's Who' and hosted by JoAnne Worley. Ms. Worley is a veteran of the musical theater stage and her years on televisions "Rowan And Martin's Laugh In" which launched her career and others such as Lily Tomlin, Goldie Hawn, Ruth Buzzi, Henry Gibson, Arte Johnson and many others. "Voice Of The Valley" is the concept of the Foundation's Executive Director, David Green who worked with Les Michaels from Life Is A Cabaret to help develop the format and rules. Les has hosted cabaret open mic nights for ten years in Palm Springs and Los Angeles and will share hosting duties with Mr. Green. Pianist Joel Baker is the musical director for the competition and open mic that follows. Singers wishing to enter should first sing at the open mic at 9:00 pm that is also open to singers who just want to sing for fun. All singers should bring sheet music, no recorded tracks please. To see the complete rules or details regarding time, place, dates, and more, go to http://www.lesmichaels.com/VOTD

SF: BARBARA COOK WITH "LET'S FALL IN LOVE" AT THE RRAZZ

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) presents Broadway legend and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree Barbara Cook. Her show "Let's Fall In Love" is comprised of her signature mix of songs, pop standards, jazz classics and Broadway staples. Performances are Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm (7:00 pm on Sunday). Barbara Cook - considered "Broadway's favorite ingenue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical - 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 received the 2011 Kennedy Center Honors, along with Meryl Streep, Neil Diamond, Yo-Yo Ma and Sonny Rollins. Barbara's many Broadway credits include the creation of three classic roles in the American musical theatre: Cunegonde in Leonard Bernstein's Candide, Marian the Librarian in Meredith Willson's The Music Man (Tony Award), and Amalia in Bock and Harnick's She Loves Me (Drama Desk Award). Last year she returned to Broadway for the first time in 23 years and received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in Sondheim On Sondheim. Her latest CD is You Make Me Feel So Young, recorded last year live at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. There is a $55-$75 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: BACKWARDS ANORAK - A HIP HIKERS GUIDE TO THE GALAXY

University of Ballarat Arts Academy graduates Vincent Milesi and Michelle Brasier are back in Melbourne with a return season of their hit debut show at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Tuesday through Sunday, August 21st through 26th at 8:00 pm. In "Backwards Anorak - A Hip Hikers Guide to the Galaxy", Milesi (Keep it Positive) and Brasier (The Divine Miss Bette) wonder how aliens would blend in with Melburnians today: they'd never seen a tram. They'd never ridden a fixie. They'd never even mulled their own wine. The show began as a tryout in March and is back as a headliner in August, making it one of the fastest shows to be promoted to headliner at The Butterfly Club in the last decade. Call for cover/minimum information.


LON: PAUL L MARTIN AT THE CRAZY COQS

Paul L Martin, London's best-loved musical comedy raconteur, comes out of retirement for an exclusive two week engagement of his new show "50 Shades of Gay" at Piccadilly's new art deco venue, THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888). Performances are Mondays through Saturdays, August 13th through 25th at 7:45 & 9:30 pm. Award-winning performer Paul L Martin has performed his witty musical cabaret all over the world and shared stages with Elton John, Dame Cleo Laine, John Barrowman, Matt Lucas and Boy George. Creator of the London Cabaret Awards and founder of agency Excess All Areas, Paul has championed London cabaret for the past 20 years. Joining him on stage is his fabulous three-piece band. Call for cover/minimum information.


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NYC: RICHARD HOLBROOK SINGS BURTON LANE: A CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION
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Richard Holbrook Sings Burton Lane: A Centennial Celebration will be presented at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Monday, August 20th at 9:30 pm; Monday, August 27th at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, September 12th at 9:30 pm; and Thursday, September 13th at 9:30 pm. This musical tribute covers Burton Lane's career as a composer beginning with his success at M-G-M as a motion picture songwriter of over thirty films leading up to his great triumph on Broadway with Finian's Rainbow and On A Clear Day You Can See Forever. The musical selections included in this show are songs written by Burton Lane with celebrated lyricists as Ira Gershwin, Frank Loesser, Harold Adamson, Ralph Freed, and of course, Alan Jay Lerner and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg. He will be accompanied by the Tom Nelson Trio. Richard Barclay will direct the show. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


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

Bronwyn Rucker hosts "FROLICS FOLLIES GAIETIES VANITIES and SCANDALS" open-mic at IDO SUSHI (29 Seventh Avenue South, NY - 212-691-7177) every Monday night from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Bronwyn is joined by Jerry Scott at the piano with special guest Pat Casey. 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: WILLIAM BLAKE RETURNS WITH "ECHOES OF ETTA"

The Broadway at Birdland concert series presents the return of William Blake in "Echoes of Etta," a musical tribute to Etta James, at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - ) on Monday, August 20th at 7:00 pm. Blake, along with music director Michael Thomas Murray at the keys, Oscar Bautista on guitar, Steve Kelly on drums, Mike Preen on bass, Matthew Polashek on sax, and The Peaches (Ashley Betton, Shira Elias, and Stephany Mora) on backup, will return to once again celebrate the musical legacy of Etta James in "Echoes of Etta." From her first #1 hit "The Wallflower (Roll With Me, Henry)" to her quintessential "At Last," this concert gives a glimpse into the extraordinary career of an amazing artist. Blake is a native of Dallas and has been performing professionally since the age of 19. In 2004, William released his first studio album, DayDreamer. Shortly after the release, William auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol and went on to compete in Hollywood. In early 2007, he made the move to New York City to continue his musical career and has since performed at such notable NYC venues as Don't Tell Mama, Uncle Charlie's, The Metropolitan Room, Feinstein's at the Regency, and Birdland Jazz Club. In 2010, William was honored to receive an invitation to sing at Carnegie Hall in "Standard Time with Michael Feinstein." He also shared the stage with Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Lucie Arnaz, and many others in "The Best of Jim Caruso's Cast Party" at Town Hall last February. In May 2011, he enjoyed the release of his first live album, Live From New York City (2012 MAC Award Nominee with Cavern Records), which was recorded at Birdland in September 2010 (now available on iTunes). There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: DINE & DANCE WITH VINCE GIORDANO AND THE NIGHTHAWKS

Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks play every Monday & Tuesday night from 8:00 to 11:00 pm at at SOFIA'S RESTAURANT at the EDISON HOTEL (221 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-719-5799). Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks is an eleven-piece band playing music of the 1920s & 30s for your dining and dancing pleasure. In 1976 Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks (originally known as the New Orleans Nighthawks) was formed. A big-band historian and collector, Giordano has more than 60,000 scores in his collection. 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.

MW: "TIME AFTER TIME: THE VERY BEST OF THE 80S"

"Time After Time: The Very Best Of The 80s" will be presented at THE WILMETTE THEATRE (1122 Central Avenue, Wilmette, IL - 847-251-7424 - ) on Monday, August 20th at 7:30 pm. Scheduled to perform: Bethany Thomas, Mike Arthur, Mekole Wells, Michael Richardson, Julia Merchant & Meredith Freyre. The show is directed by Emmy winner Scott Gryder. Musical director is Jeffrey Roscoe with Michael B. Favreau on woodwinds, Nathan Kawaller on bass, and percussionist Vance Okraszewski. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: HILARY ANN FELDMAN IN I GET A KICK OUT OF NEW

Hilary Ann Feldman brings her show "I Get A Kick Out Of New" to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Monday, August 20th at 8:00 pm. There really are great songs being written today. You may not hear them on the radio or in the latest Broadway show, but they're out there in abundance. Clever and witty, lyrical and touching... just like the great songs of old. Hilary presents a trove of these modern treasures... along with some old classics polished up new! Musical director is Becky Menzie. Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND AT THE RRAZZ

The Tommy Igoe Big Band will perform at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Mondays through August 27th at 7:30 pm, featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians, including members of Tower of Power, Santana and The Doobie Brothers. Drummer Tommy Igoe's Big Band is the hottest big band in NYC, and has been playing to sold out audiences every Friday night at the famed BIRDLAND for the past five years. He brings the same musical acumen to San Francisco, and endeavors to change the face of nightlife on Mondays. Igoe brings his big band pedigree (his father Sonny Igoe was the drummer for Benny Goodman and Woody Herman during the 40s-50s) to create a big band for the 21st Century. This is not nostalgia, but a forward-looking spin on a uniquely American format. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

LON: PAUL L MARTIN AT THE CRAZY COQS

Paul L Martin, London's best-loved musical comedy raconteur, comes out of retirement for an exclusive two week engagement of his new show "50 Shades of Gay" at Piccadilly's new art deco venue, THE CRAZY COQS AT BRASSERIE ZEDEL (20 Sherwood St, Piccadilly, London W1F 7ED - 020 7734 4888 - ). Performances are Mondays through Saturdays, August 13th through 25th at 7:45 & 9:30 pm. Award-winning performer Paul L Martin has performed his witty musical cabaret all over the world and shared stages with Elton John, Dame Cleo Laine, John Barrowman, Matt Lucas and Boy George. Creator of the London Cabaret Awards and founder of agency Excess All Areas, Paul has championed London cabaret for the past 20 years. Joining him on stage is his fabulous three-piece band. Call for cover/minimum information.


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