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Here is an index of past Cabaret and Live Entertainment Events from around the world with links to more complete details where available. Items will be added as days events are completed.
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CABARET EVENTS ARCHIVES
DECEMBER 2012

MONDAY through SUNDAY - December 10th through December 16th


CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - DECEMBER 16th

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NYC: RICHARD HOLBROOK: CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK
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Richard Holbrook will present his holiday show "Christmas in New York" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Sunday, December 9th at 9:00 pm and Sunday, December 16th at 8:30 pm. This program will include seasonal selections by such composers as Cole Porter, Stephen Sondheim, Burton Lane & Dorothy Fields, Steve Allen, Mel Torme, Leslie Bricusse, Johnny Mercer, and Marilyn & Alan Bergman. In addition, there will also be holiday songs written by such celebrated New York songwriters as Ronny Whyte & Roger Schore, Francesca Blumenthal, Portia Nelson, and Carleton Carpenter. He is accompanied by The Tom Nelson Trio (Tom Nelson on piano; Tom Kirchmer on bass; and Peter Grant on drums). Tom Nelson is musical director and Richard Barclay directs. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $15 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.


NYC: THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING STEARNSEST

Stearns Matthews will present his newest solo show, The Importance of Being Stearnsest, at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Tuesday, November 6th at 8:30 pm, Monday, November 19th at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 pm. The evening will feature direction by multiple award winner Lennie Watts and music direction by James Kenon Mitchell. The Importance of Being Stearnsest is a study in trying to "keep on keepin' on" in a world where it seems like there are naysayers at every turn - and the conclusion that at the end of the day, what matters is being the strongest version of oneself. The show will feature music by Noel Coward, Joe Raposo, Stephen Sondheim, Brian Lasser, Jerry Herman and Chuck Berry, to name a few. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DONN TRENNER AND SHAYNEE RAINBOLT ARE "TWO FOR THE ROAD"

Emmy-nominated musical director, conductor, arranger and jazz pianist Donn Trenner, in his first New York major engagement in 25 years, collaborates with the MAC and Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt on four Fridays in September at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). That critically acclaimed engagement returns to the Metropolitan Room in New York City for Four encore performances: Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 pm; Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday December 15th & 16th at 4:00 pm. A bebop pianist of distinction Trenner played with the likes of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, and Ben Webster, appearing on over 100 jazz albums from 1950 onward. A leading musical director, Trenner appeared nightly on the famed Steve Allen Show, leading the Donn Trenner Orchestra. He was also Ann-Margret's musical director for 18 years, and he worked extensively touring with Shirley MacLaine, and was musical director for Nancy Wilson. A Bistro Award winner, two-time MAC Award winner, and four-time MAC Award nominee, Shaynee's first two CD's were released on 33Jazz Records out of the UK (www.33jazz.com). Her third CD, "Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt SINGS Russell Garcia," won the MAC Award for best Jazz Recording. Her most recent show honored the legendary composer/ arranger/ conductor Russell Garcia on the occasion of his 95th birthday, touring Australia, New Zealand, and the US. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: QUEEN ANDREYAH BLACK TRIO IN BENEFIT CONCERT

A Christmas Worship Music Benefit Concert, "Praise Yeshua", will take place at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Sunday, December 16th at 7:00 pm featuring the Queen Andreyah Black Trio. This 'Songs of Zion for a Cause' benefit concert will support the efforts of this not for profit ministry to continue to minsiter in Uganda and other nations. The prophetic-psalmist, Evangelist Andreya M. Black, will usher her audience into the glorious presence of celebrating Immanuel. The Queen Andreyah Black Trio will illuminate her special renditions of holiday classics, Messianic songs and her original compositions. They are accompanied by the world renown musicians: Martin Christie on piano with Gary Fritz on percussion. These concerts seek to benefit and empower women and families through the Andreyah Black Ministries, Int. (http://www.andreyablack.com ). The profits will provide travel expenses to Africa and provide African children with educational scholarships and a healthier life. There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME

Jackie Beat continues her mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition in her show COME, THEY TOLD ME at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday & Thursday, December 12th & 13th at 7:30 pm; Friday, December 14th at 10:00 pm; Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 & 11:00 pm; and Sunday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This comic celebration is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material and some classic Christmas Jackie including the right-wing pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah- loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis." There is a $22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: LET US REJOICE 2012 AT THE METROPOLITAN

The Holidays are upon us, and Lettuce Rejoice 2012 has arrived at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440)! Hedda's crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have madethis festive celebration a hit for the past eleven years. Performances are Sundays, December 16th (9:30 pm) and 23rd (4:00 & 9:30 pm); Wednesday, the 19th at 7:00 pm; and Saturday, December 22nd & 29th at 9:30 pm. Trademark parody abounds with songs like 'Here Comes Tranny Clause'. The classic song 'Sleigh Ride', in Hedda's hands turns into a gay mans quest for sex on Grinder, and 'Do You Hear What I Hear' is now, 'Do You Think That He's Queer,' about a fag hag desperately seeking a sexual relationship with a gay man. Plus, a holiday homage to the recently departed Amy Winehouse. There is a $22 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "A FAMILY AFFAIR!"

SALON - that unique, Multiple Award Winning, Weekly Open Mic Event, created and hosted by Mark Janas returns to ETCETERA ETCETERA (352 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-399-4141) on Sunday, December 16th from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "A Family Affair!". Co-Host will be Melissa Errico. In the Salon Spotlight: Kim Grogg & Jim Speake, with Steven Ray Watkins! 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.


RADIO: "EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW": MICHAEL FEINSTEIN
CABARET ON THE RADIO - ON THE WEB

EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, on the Radio over WBAI 99.5 FM and on the Internet at http://www.wbai.org/, usually heard from 9:00 to 11:00 pm on Sundays hosted by David Kenney. Each week David presents the usual blend of big-band jazz, swing, standards, showtunes, contemporary cabaret and celebrity interviews plus MEGA-MEDLEY MADNESS. This Sunday, December 16th, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, featuring The Music of Michael Feinstein. 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: FRANK WILDHORN BRINGS TWO HOLIDAY CONCERTS TO BIRDLAND

Broadway at Birdland is proud to announce the continuation of the partnership with multi-Grammy and Tony nominated composer Frank Wildhorn with two holiday-themed "Frank & Friends" concerts at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Sunday, December 16th at 6:00 pm and Monday, December 17th at 7:00 pm. These evenings will celebrate the holiday songs and favorite performers from the composer's wide range of work in popular, theatrical and classical music. All profits will go to THE ACTORS FUND , a nationwide human services organization that helps all professionals in the performing arts and entertainment. On Sunday, December 16th, Wildhorn will welcome Las Vegas/Cafe Carlyle headliner Clint Holmes, along with special guests yet to be announced. On Monday, December 17th, Frank's cast will include Broadway leading ladies Laura Osnes, Janet Dacal, Adrienne Warren, Christiane Noll, jazz vocalist Jane Monheit, Michael Lanning and Andry Senor, Jr. Multi-Grammy and Tony Award nominated composer/producer Frank Wildhorn's works span the worlds of popular, theatrical, and classical music. In 1999, Frank became the first American composer in 22 years to have three shows running simultaneously on Broadway: Jekyll & Hyde, The Scarlet Pimpernel, The Civil War.Among the artists who have recorded and performed Frank's works: Whitney Houston (#1 international hit "Where Do Broken Hearts Go?"), Natalie Cole, Kenny Rogers, Sammy Davis, Jr., Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Hootie & the Blowfish, The Moody Blues, Johnny Mathis, Linda Eder, Freddie Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Stacy Lattisaw, Molly Hatchet, Blues Traveler, Trace Adkins, Patti LaBelle, Jeffrey Osborne, BeBe Winans, Amy Grant, Anthony Warlow, to name a few. There is a $35 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: DARIUS DE HAAS: IF ONLY FOR ONE NIGHT

Darius de Haas will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Tuesday, December 4th; Sunday, December 16th; and Tuesday, December 18th, all shows at 7:00 pm. Darius has sold out critically acclaimed concerts at Lincoln Center, enthralled audiences from Carnegie Hall to London's Royal Festival Hall as well as appeared on Broadway (Rent, Carousel, Dreamgirls). But now he returns to his first love, the intimate cabaret stage, in a musically soulful, soaring evening. His most personal show, If Only for One Night melds and celebrates his musical influences from the worlds of pop, jazz and Broadway. There is a $20-$30 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MX. JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND WITH HOLIDAY SHOW

Justin Vivian Bond will perform for one night only at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sundays & Mondays, December 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th at 9:30 pm. This holiday season's offering from New York favorite will find Mx Bond dressed for snow to deliver a holiday Mx of songs from V's critically acclaimed records Silver Wells and Dendrophile along with a unique take on more traditional holiday fare, some spoken word (aka spell casting), razor-sharp social commentary, and the kind of glamour that makes you feel free to do just about anything. Mx Bond is no Angel, but if you're lucky you just might find yourself back in time. Brett Every on piano and Nath Ann Carrera on guitar. With Amber Martin. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NJ: "MUSIC AT THE MANSION" CONTINUES IN MAY

NiCori Studios and Productions in association with Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center announces the holiday installment in the monthly concert series, "Music at the Mansion", on Sunday, December 16th, at 3:00 pm at THE OAKESIDE BLOOMFIELD CULTURAL CENTER (240 Belleville Avenue, Bloomfield, NJ - 973-429-0960). Performers include singer/songwriter Jeff Penque and songstress Karen Fairweather; cabaret singer Bob Diamond; and Broadway singer/actress Mimi Bessette. "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 Deborah Martin on piano. Seating begins at 2:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or by calling 973-429-0960 for reservations.


DC: MARCUS JOHNSON "RECORDING LIVE CD"

Marcus Johnson will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, December 13th through 16th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Marcus released his 12th CD titled, "This is How I Rock", in 2011. This album boldly signifies an evolution: Johnson's deliberate crossing into the pop/rock genre with a jazz spin, inspired by some of pop music's most celebrated songs, songs that remained a significant influence in the life of the award-winning keyboardist, composer and producer and motivated his desire to pay tribute to some of the greatest pop hits. Marcus has performed at clubs throughout the United States and has been a featured performer at many jazz festivals, including his hometown Capitol Jazz Festival, the Bermuda Jazz Festival, Atlantic Artscape, the Latin Meets Jazz Festival and the Huntington Beach Jazz Festival. Marcus continues to shine on the keys, behind the board, inside the boardroom, and within the community. Call for cover/minimum information.


CHI: THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR AT DAVENPORT'S

Laura Freeman, Beckie Menzie and Marianne Murphy-Orland sing their favorite holiday tunes and spread cheer in "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" at DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Sunday, December 16th at 7:00 pm. The show will help you laugh at the stresses of the season and bask in the joy of the holiday traditions with favorites like "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," "Oh Holy Night" and "Merry Christmas, Darling." There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


SF: MARIA MULDAUR AND HER CHRISTMAS JAZZ ALL-STARS AT THE RRAZZ

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) presents the return of Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist, Maria Muldaur on Saturday & Sunday, December 15th & 16th at 7:00 pm. She is joined by her A-team of top-notch Jazz players, the Christmas Jazz All-Stars. In celebration of their new CD "Christmas at the Oasis" - recorded last year at The RRazz Room - Maria and the all-stars will present her special collection of swingin', rockin', hip, rare gems in the Blues and Jazz idioms. Maria Muldaur is best known world wide for her '74 mega-hit "Midnight at the Oasis," which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Despite her considerable Pop Music success, her 39-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. In the 39 years since "Midnight at the Oasis," Maria has toured extensively worldwide, and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children's albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards. There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE HISTORY OF SONG & DANCE 101 AT THE BUTTERFLY

The History of Song & Dance 101 will be "taught" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday through Sunday, December 11th through 16th at 8:00 pm. How can the likes of Puccini's La Boheme and Psy's Gangnam Style have blossomed from the same species? Mandy van Zanen and Erin Fischer take you on a journey from the music and dance styles of the 19th century to today ... backwards! Uncover the roots of all things aural, as you sing and dance our way through time. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: "YOU JUST HAVEN'T MET ME YET" WITH HANNAH DAY

A brand-new Cabaret by Hannah Day, You Just Haven't Met Me Yet, will be performed at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursday through Sunday, December 13th through 16th at 7:00 pm. The Crazy Lady is back with a vengeance and she is not alone. Join this band of ridiculous women as they hit love on the head and explore how it appears in various forms in modern society. Or so they think. But remember, don't judge; you just haven't met them yet. Call for cover/minimum information.

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SATURDAY - DECEMBER 15th

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NYC: JIM SPEAKE SINGS 'TILL THE COWS COME HOME
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Jim Speake returns his acclaimed show "Sings 'till the Cors Come Home" to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, December 15th at 5:00 pm. Singing songs written by Kander and Ebb, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Cy Coleman, Barry Manilow, Stephen Bishop, Gilda Radner, Neil Sedaka, Peter Allen, Billy Joel, Dale Evans and Stephen Sondheim, Jim illustrates life experiences both serious and comic. Lennie Watts directs, with musical direction by Steven Ray Watkins with the Cow Band. The inimitable Sidney Myer will make a special appearance. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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NYC: BABY JANE DEXTER SPELLS OUT THE RULES OF THE ROAD

Baby Jane Dexter's brand new show, The Rules of the Road, debuts at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for twelve performances only beginning Friday, November 16th and running on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays through December 22nd. All shows at 7:00 pm. Sharing the stage will be her respected musical partner Ross Patterson. The Rules of the Road is the latest emotionally empowering and highly-charged show from this influential and beloved cabaret artist who never disappoints. Her shows are filled with memorable anecdotes from life and a brilliant performing career as well as totally unforgettable song choices that have helped make her the local legend she remains today. This brand new show will include compelling songs by Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and George Gershwin as well as by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke, Rufus Wainwright and Abbey Lincoln. As always in her shows, there will be her trademark unexpected twists and turns that laugh at life as well as leaving her audiences emotionally moved. Critics and peers have honored Baby Jane Dexter through the years and she has received six major MAC Awards, two Nightlife Awards and two Back Stage Bistro Awards. A veteran of legendary war horses like Reno Sweeney, The Ballroom, Eighty Eight's, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center and Weill Recital Hall, Ms. Dexter has performed at an endless array of major venues throughout the country over the years. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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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 Saturday nights December 8th, 15th & 22nd 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: FRANK DAIN RETURNS WITH THE MAGIC OF MATHIS

Singer Frank Dain will reprise The Magic of Mathis with two performances at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, December 8th & 15th at 6:00 pm. The Magic of Mathis brings fresh interpretations to such Johnny Mathis signature tunes as "Chances Are," "It's Not for Me to Say," "Wild Is the Wind," "Misty" and "The Twelfth of Never." Contributing creative arrangements is Dain's frequent collaborator, Musical Director Kathleen Landis, a popular pianist who is missed by many people at the Cafe Pierre, where she entertained audiences for years. The Magic of Mathis will also include some more obscure songs, as well, such as "99 Miles from L.A.," "Yellow Roses on Her Gown," "I'll Be Easy to Find" and "Photograph," all part of Mathis's remarkable 56-year career. The show, which ran very successfully at Metropolitan Room in September, has been directed by Lennie Watts. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DONN TRENNER AND SHAYNEE RAINBOLT ARE "TWO FOR THE ROAD"

Emmy-nominated musical director, conductor, arranger and jazz pianist Donn Trenner, in his first New York major engagement in 25 years, collaborates with the MAC and Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt on four Fridays in September at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). That critically acclaimed engagement returns to the Metropolitan Room in New York City for Four encore performances: Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 pm; Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday December 15th & 16th at 4:00 pm. A bebop pianist of distinction Trenner played with the likes of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, and Ben Webster, appearing on over 100 jazz albums from 1950 onward. A leading musical director, Trenner appeared nightly on the famed Steve Allen Show, leading the Donn Trenner Orchestra. He was also Ann-Margret's musical director for 18 years, and he worked extensively touring with Shirley MacLaine, and was musical director for Nancy Wilson. A Bistro Award winner, two-time MAC Award winner, and four-time MAC Award nominee, Shaynee's first two CD's were released on 33Jazz Records out of the UK (www.33jazz.com). Her third CD, "Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt SINGS Russell Garcia," won the MAC Award for best Jazz Recording. Her most recent show honored the legendary composer/ arranger/ conductor Russell Garcia on the occasion of his 95th birthday, touring Australia, New Zealand, and the US. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: CHRIS BARRETT IN CONCERT SATURDAYS THROUGH DECEMBER

Great news for lovers of the traditional piano bar experience! One of the best in the business, Chris Barrett, is back behind a NYC piano on a regular basis! Starting on Saturday, September 22nd and running every Saturday night through the rest of the year, Chris can be found entertaining young and old at SAN MARTIN RESTAURANT (143 East 49th Street, NYC - 212-832-0888) between 8:00 & 10:30 pm. Chris Barrett's performances are in the tradition of the great late-night boites of a fondly remembered era, when the likes of Hugh Shannon, Bobby Short, and Buddy Barnes manned the keyboard. There is a $10 music charge.

NYC: ANN OSMOND & DENNIS YERRY IN "OPTIMISTIC VOICES"

Jazz cabaret duo Ann Osmond & Dennis Yerry will perform at the THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, December 15th at 1:00 pm. This encore presentation of their NYC debut show "Optimistic Voices ... through thick and through thin" celebrates the indomitable human spirit as it searches for love and meaning along the bumpy road of life. From Gershwin to Sondheim to Jobim to Stevie Wonder, their eclectic program includes music spanning many decades and styles. Ann Osmond is a singer and actor with roots in the theatre and Dennis Yerry is an accomplished jazz pianist and composer. Compelling arrangements and a vocal blend that is a rare treat add up to a signature sound that brings fresh energy to much-loved songs. he duo, formed two years ago, has built an enthusiastic following, performing to sell-out crowds throughout the Hudson Valley. They made their NYC debut at the Metropolitan Room earlier this year. he duo, formed two years ago, has built an enthusiastic following, performing to sell-out crowds throughout the Hudson Valley. They made their NYC debut at the Metropolitan Room earlier this year. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: STIX BONES HOSTS JAZZ NIGHT AT THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

On Friday, December 15th at 11:00 pm, Stix Bones hosts Jazz Late 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: JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME

Jackie Beat continues her mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition in her show COME, THEY TOLD ME at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday & Thursday, December 12th & 13th at 7:30 pm; Friday, December 14th at 10:00 pm; Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 & 11:00 pm; and Sunday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This comic celebration is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material and some classic Christmas Jackie including the right-wing pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah- loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis." There is a $22 cover plus a $15 food/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: BROADWAY KIDS REALITY AT STAGE 72

Johnny Rabe (Ralphie), star of "A Christmas Story The Musical," along with Luke Spring, the tap dancing whiz kid, Grace Capeless and Sarah Min-King Park will perform and then hold a Q&A session on Saturday, December 15th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at STAGE 72 (formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590). This talented group of kids will show off their stuff - singing, dancing and more, then answer questions in a Q & A moderated by Peter Filichia theatre critic, writer and host of the Theatre World Awards. Special guest is 16 year old Nick Ziobro, winner of the 2012 Michael Feinstein Songbook Initiative competition, who will bring a different perspective talking about his love of the Great American Songbook and its music, what it took and will take to attain his visions for the future as a cabaret star and recording artist. He currently serves as Youth Ambassador of the Great American Songbook. Chris Ranney is Musical Director. The event is presented by Pat Addiss (producer A Christmas Story the Musical) and Sandi Durell. There is a $25 cover, which includes snack, beverage and a gift.

NYC: "CELEBRATING HIS BIRTHDAY" A TRIBUTE TO FRANK SINATRA

JM&A Productions announces the Premiere of "Celebrating His Birthday, a Tribute To Frank Sinatra" on Saturday December 15th. The show will have one performance only at 8:00 pm at IGUANA'S VIP LOUNGE (240 West 54th Street, NYC - 212-765-5454). The show features Gary Russo, who received both Local and National recognition when, as a construction worker, he would entertain on his lunch hour by singing Sinatra songs to the passersby. Gary also is the author of the book "Don't Die With Your Song Unsung," an inspirational book for many who want to follow their dreams. Gary is currently working on releasing his first CD. Also featured is Michelle DellaFave, a former Dean Martin "Golddigger" and "Ding A Ling" Sister. Michelle has shared the stage with such talents as Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and did two USO tours with Bob Hope. Michelle's CD "Cool Burn" is available on CDBaby.com. Contemporary Jazz Singer Carl Alfino will join this talented group putting his own smooth stylings on Sinatra classics. Special Guest Tamela D'Amico has been described as "Sinatra In Heels." Her performance credentials include Feinstein's, Catalina Jazz Club and The Metropolitan Room. There is a $25 cover - tickets available at http://www.sinatrabirthday.eventbrite.com/ .

NYC: UNITY CENTER CABARET CHRISTMAS MATINEE

THE UNITY CENTER CABARET CHRISTMAS MATINEE will be presented on Saturday, December 15th at 2:00 pm at UNITY CENTER (213 West 58th Street, NYC). Featured in the show are Stephen Leyhew, Stacey Sullivan, John Meyer, Dana Lorge, Julie Reyburn, Adam Shapiro, Marissa Mulder, Daryl Glen, Jill Melanie Wirth David F. Slone, Esq., Greg Dubin: the Great Dubini, Arje Shaw, Christine Connors Warren Schein, Jillian Laurain, Evan Laurence, Don McGrath, Elle B. Wilson, Tanya Moberly, Corinna Soweres-Adler & JoJo Demeroff. The event is hosted by Bobbie Horowitz, with musical directions by Bill Zeffiro. There is a suggested "love offering" of $15.


NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN WITH "A GERSHWIN HOLIDAY"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein, Tuesdays through Saturdays, November 27th through December 22nd, at 8:00 pm with additional 10:30 pm shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Celebrating the release of his new book The Gershwins and Me and CD of twelve Gershwin songs, Michael will perform "A Gershwin Holiday." For the show, Michael will sing classic Jazz Age songs by George and Ira Gershwin from "Strike Up the Band" to "Love Is Here to Stay," while sharing unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song. The Gershwins and Me will be available for sale at the show. Nick Ziobro, the winner of The Michael Feinstein Initiative's 2012 Great American Songbook High School Competition, will join the engagement as special guest vocalist. Pianist and arranger Alan Broadbent, winner of two Grammy Awards, will lead an all-star quintet. Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. There is a $60 cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH THE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN AT THE CARLYLE

The holiday season at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) features Steve Tyrell, who has become a fixture at the club for the past 7 years. His new show and tribute to Sammy Cahn, "Christmas at the Carlyle: The Songs of Sammy Cahn", features songs from the famed songwriter whose music continues to inspire generations today. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:45 pm with added shows Thursday through Saturday at 10:45 pm, through December 30th. The Songs from Sammy Cahn will feature Cahn's beloved classics including "It's Magic", "Come Fly With Me", "Call Me Irresponsible", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Tender Trap", "Let It Snow", and "The Christmas Blues". There is a $105-$150 cover ($130-$185 on Friday & Saturday).


DC: MARCUS JOHNSON "RECORDING LIVE CD"

Marcus Johnson will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, December 13th through 16th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Marcus released his 12th CD titled, "This is How I Rock", in 2011. This album boldly signifies an evolution: Johnson's deliberate crossing into the pop/rock genre with a jazz spin, inspired by some of pop music's most celebrated songs, songs that remained a significant influence in the life of the award-winning keyboardist, composer and producer and motivated his desire to pay tribute to some of the greatest pop hits. Marcus has performed at clubs throughout the United States and has been a featured performer at many jazz festivals, including his hometown Capitol Jazz Festival, the Bermuda Jazz Festival, Atlantic Artscape, the Latin Meets Jazz Festival and the Huntington Beach Jazz Festival. Marcus continues to shine on the keys, behind the board, inside the boardroom, and within the community. Call for cover/minimum information.


FL: THE FOUR FRESHMEN BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

The Four Freshmen return to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Wednesday through Saturday, December 12th through 15th at 8:00 pm. It wouldn't be December in the Royal Room without the ninth annual visit from The Four Freshmen, the nation's longest lasting vocal harmony group who are celebrating more than a half-century of crowd-pleasing performances. From their first hit song, "It's a Blue World," to being voted Down Beat Magazine's Vocal Group of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, the group presents classic jazz-pop songs with cutting-edge vitality. The Four Freshmen have released more than 40 albums and 70 singles and been nominated six times for a Grammy. Cover charge is $100 for prix fixe dinner and show; $50 for show only.

MW: CABARET HOLIDAY SHOW MARTINIS & MISTLETOE

THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169 - ) Presents Martinis & Mistletoe, featuring Shannon Forsell, Brenda Williams & The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet on Wednesday through Saturday, December 12th through 15th at 8:00 pm. Start with the rich sounds and sultry, smooth vocals of local divas, Shannon Forsell and Brenda Williams; stir in the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet with their lush, sophisticated arrangements; toss in holiday classics such as "The Christmas Song," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," along with a dab of instrumentals from the infamous TV cartoon special A Charlie Brown Christmas; add a few other holiday gems and voila - the perfect evening to warm you up on a cold winter's night. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.

CHI: CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! WITH KAREN MASON

Karen Mason brings her legendary Christmas Show to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Wednesday, December 12th; Friday, December 14th; Saturday, December 15th; Wednesday, December 19th; and Saturday & Sunday, December 22nd, & 23rd, all shows at 8:00 pm. She is joined by Becky Menzie on piano. Karen Mason (Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and last seen on Broadway as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland) returns to cabaret with her annual, critically acclaimed holiday show, ushering in the sounds of the season with her trademark humor, warmth and blue star vocals. It's a musical event of the holiday season! Whether you've been naughty or nice, Karen has a very special Christmas present for you! For the first time performed in the US, Karen will perform the title song from Rebecca. Call for cover/minimum information.

L.A.: ANDREA MARCOVICCI - HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

For the first time in over twenty years Andrea Marcovicci will be home on the west coast this season, performing at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Friday & Saturday, December 14th & 15th at 9:00 pm. To celebrate, she's bringing back her most requested show with a special holiday glow. Home For the Holidays - a WWII Christmas, (an adaptation of I'll Be Seeing You ... The Love Songs of WWII) has been created especially for this holiday weekend. Andrea's mother, Helen Marcovicci, now ninety-three, will make a cameo appearance. (A chanteuse during the war, she entertained soldiers at The Maisonette at the St. Regis.) Andrea will perform WWII classics like We'll Meet Again, I'll Be Seeing You, Sentimental Journey, and seasonal favorites such as I'll Be Home for Christmas, White Christmas, and Baby, it's Cold Outside. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO AND JERI SAGER "TOGETHER AGAIN ... FOR THE FIRST TIME"

Franc D'Ambrosio And Jeri Sager bring their show "Together Again ... For The First Time" to RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 9:00 pm, December 11th through 15th. Franc D'Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. He was awarded the distinction as the "World's Longest Running Phantom." Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She is best known for her portrayal of "Grizabella" in Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: MARIA MULDAUR AND HER CHRISTMAS JAZZ ALL-STARS AT THE RRAZZ

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189 - ) presents the return of Grammy-nominated Jazz vocalist, Maria Muldaur on Saturday & Sunday, December 15th & 16th at 7:00 pm. She is joined by her A-team of top-notch Jazz players, the Christmas Jazz All-Stars. In celebration of their new CD "Christmas at the Oasis" - recorded last year at The RRazz Room - Maria and the all-stars will present her special collection of swingin', rockin', hip, rare gems in the Blues and Jazz idioms. Maria Muldaur is best known world wide for her '74 mega-hit "Midnight at the Oasis," which received several Grammy nominations, and enshrined her forever in the hearts of Baby Boomers everywhere. Despite her considerable Pop Music success, her 39-year career could best be described as a long and adventurous odyssey through the various forms of American Roots Music. In the 39 years since "Midnight at the Oasis," Maria has toured extensively worldwide, and has recorded 40 solo albums covering all kinds of American Roots music, including Gospel, R&B, Jazz and Big Band (not to mention several award-winning children's albums), before settling comfortably into her favorite idiom, the Blues, in recent years. Often joining forces with some of the top names in the business, Maria has recorded and produced on-average an album per year, several of which have been nominated for Grammy and other awards. There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER CABARET
FEATURED CABARET FESTIVAL EVENT

The Melbourne Cabaret Festival will present its end-of-year show / fundraiser at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Friday & Saturday, December 14th & 15th at 10:30 pm. Host for both shows will be The Dirk. Performers on Friday night are Gillian Cosgriff, Benny Dimas, Zuleika Khan and Tom Dickins. Saturday's lineup is Sarah Gaul, Jamie Burgess, Han Day accompanied by Drew Downing, and Benny Dimas. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: THE HISTORY OF SONG & DANCE 101 AT THE BUTTERFLY

The History of Song & Dance 101 will be "taught" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday through Sunday, December 11th through 16th at 8:00 pm. How can the likes of Puccini's La Boheme and Psy's Gangnam Style have blossomed from the same species? Mandy van Zanen and Erin Fischer take you on a journey from the music and dance styles of the 19th century to today ... backwards! Uncover the roots of all things aural, as you sing and dance our way through time. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: "YOU JUST HAVEN'T MET ME YET" WITH HANNAH DAY

A brand-new Cabaret by Hannah Day, You Just Haven't Met Me Yet, will be performed at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursday through Sunday, December 13th through 16th at 7:00 pm. The Crazy Lady is back with a vengeance and she is not alone. Join this band of ridiculous women as they hit love on the head and explore how it appears in various forms in modern society. Or so they think. But remember, don't judge; you just haven't met them yet. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: BABY JANE DEXTER SPELLS OUT THE RULES OF THE ROAD

Baby Jane Dexter's brand new show, The Rules of the Road, debuts at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) for twelve performances only beginning Friday, November 16th and running on consecutive Fridays and Saturdays through December 22nd. All shows at 7:00 pm. Sharing the stage will be her respected musical partner Ross Patterson. The Rules of the Road is the latest emotionally empowering and highly-charged show from this influential and beloved cabaret artist who never disappoints. Her shows are filled with memorable anecdotes from life and a brilliant performing career as well as totally unforgettable song choices that have helped make her the local legend she remains today. This brand new show will include compelling songs by Irving Berlin, Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh and George Gershwin as well as by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Peggy Lee and Sonny Burke, Rufus Wainwright and Abbey Lincoln. As always in her shows, there will be her trademark unexpected twists and turns that laugh at life as well as leaving her audiences emotionally moved. Critics and peers have honored Baby Jane Dexter through the years and she has received six major MAC Awards, two Nightlife Awards and two Back Stage Bistro Awards. A veteran of legendary war horses like Reno Sweeney, The Ballroom, Eighty Eight's, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center and Weill Recital Hall, Ms. Dexter has performed at an endless array of major venues throughout the country over the years. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: SHARON McNIGHT IN"TWISTED XMAS: A DRUID'S VIEW OF THE HOLIDAYS"

DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) presents the return of Tony Award nominee Sharon McNight for her new Christmas show fon Monday, December 10th at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 14th at 9:15 pm; and Monday, December 17th at 7:00 pm. "Twisted Xmas: A Druid's View of the Holidays" is an irreverent look at the traditions of the season. Over the past decades, during the holidays, while Debby Boone touted a White Christmas and Bruce Vilanch roasted his chestnuts over an open fire, Sharon McNight offered an alternative choice from the expected songs. She has stockpiled myriad and outrageous, wacky musical commentaries on the 12 days of everything from Santa, Jesus, Teddy Bears, Elves, Snow, and of course ... Bette Davis. Sharon Mcnight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites, creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony Award nomination as "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre Worlds Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut." The singer/comedienne's regional credits include Amanda McBroom's Heartbeats at the Pasadena Playhouse, and an award winning Dolly in Hello, Dolly! at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera. Sharon was Sister Hubert in Nunsense in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award for "Best Performance in a Musical". She is the narrator of the documentary, There That Night, the story of the Provincetown, Massachusetts fire, and was featured in the A&E documentary, It's Burlesque, for her research on Mae West and Sophie Tucker. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: SUE & EDD'S FABULOUS CHRISTMAS SHOW RETURNS
MEMBER DISCOUNT - $5 OFF THE COVER

Sue Matsuki & Edd Clark return to DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) with their 7th Annual Sue & Edd's FABULOUS Christmas Show. Performances are on Sunday, December 2nd at 7:00 pm and Friday, December 14th at 7:00 pm. There'll be some old favorites, some new takes on holiday classics, some great new songs, and very special guests: Three Tenors In Search of an Act. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. $10 cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

NYC: THE HOLIDAY SHOW WITH LAURIE VEGA, THE JAZZ DIVA OF SPANISH HARLEM

Laurie Vega, the Jazz Diva of Spanish Harlem, will be performing in "The Holiday Show" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Friday, December 14th & Thursday, December 20th at 7:00 pm. Musical director is Tracy Stark. Laurie is a professionally trained vocalist specializing in jazz standards; born and raised in Spanish Harlem; graduated from the famed High School of Music & Art in New York City; studied at Mannes School of Music; has a minor in music from SUNY/New Paltz, a BA in Journalism and has performed throughout the city at establishments such as Don't Tell Mama, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Metropolitan Room, Creole, Orbit, The Players Theatre, and more. There is a $12 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME

Jackie Beat continues her mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition in her show COME, THEY TOLD ME at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday & Thursday, December 12th & 13th at 7:30 pm; Friday, December 14th at 10:00 pm; Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 & 11:00 pm; and Sunday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This comic celebration is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material and some classic Christmas Jackie including the right-wing pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah- loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis." There is a $22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: HOT X'MESS: A HOT MESS HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR!

Ring in the Holidays with sensational drag icons, Lady Bunny (DJ, celebrity and founder of the annual Wig stock event) and Bianca del Rio (actor, costume designer and improv comic extraordinaire), who will be performing a special holiday edition of their weekly cabaret extravaganza, Hot Mess, at XL NIGHTCLUB (512 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-239-2999) every Friday in December at 9:30 pm. These sisters in crime have dazzled crowds both nationally and internationally and are joined by drag darlings Epiphany, Milan, Sugga Pie Koko and Skyla Versai for a hilarious holiday spectacular - Hot X'Mess! The show kicks off with special guests Carmen Electra & Martha Wash with Celebrity photographer Mike Ruiz on December 7th and continues the 14th, 21th and 28th. Call for cover/minimum information.


NYC: BARBRA: A CHRISTMAS SPECIAL WITH CARLA DELVILLAGGIO

"Barbra: A Christmas Special" will be presented at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Friday, December 14th; Thursday, December 20th; and Saturday, December 22nd, all shows at 7:30 pm. The show is a joyful holiday-themed evening of jaw-dropping recreations of the legendary Streisand voice by tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio. The show features songs including Christmas Memories, Jingle Bells, What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?, It Must Have Been the Mistletoe, Grown-Up Christmas List, Winter Wonderland and even a Hanukkah song or two as well as a couple of classic Barbra tunes. There is a $22 cover plus a $15 food/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 on Fridays, December 14th & 28th 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.There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum. (over 21 please)

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN WITH "A GERSHWIN HOLIDAY"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein, Tuesdays through Saturdays, November 27th through December 22nd, at 8:00 pm with additional 10:30 pm shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Celebrating the release of his new book The Gershwins and Me and CD of twelve Gershwin songs, Michael will perform "A Gershwin Holiday." For the show, Michael will sing classic Jazz Age songs by George and Ira Gershwin from "Strike Up the Band" to "Love Is Here to Stay," while sharing unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song. The Gershwins and Me will be available for sale at the show. Nick Ziobro, the winner of The Michael Feinstein Initiative's 2012 Great American Songbook High School Competition, will join the engagement as special guest vocalist. Pianist and arranger Alan Broadbent, winner of two Grammy Awards, will lead an all-star quintet. Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. There is a $60 cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH THE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN AT THE CARLYLE

The holiday season at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) features Steve Tyrell, who has become a fixture at the club for the past 7 years. His new show and tribute to Sammy Cahn, "Christmas at the Carlyle: The Songs of Sammy Cahn", features songs from the famed songwriter whose music continues to inspire generations today. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:45 pm with added shows Thursday through Saturday at 10:45 pm, through December 30th. The Songs from Sammy Cahn will feature Cahn's beloved classics including "It's Magic", "Come Fly With Me", "Call Me Irresponsible", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Tender Trap", "Let It Snow", and "The Christmas Blues". There is a $105-$150 cover ($130-$185 on Friday & Saturday).


BOS: JAN PETERS' ENCORE CABARET GUEST ARTIST SERIES CONTINUES

ENCORE LOUNGE at THE COURTYARD MARRIOT (275 Tremont Street, Boston, MA - 617-728-2162) continues it's Cabaret Guest Artist Series this Friday, December 14th with the vocal trio Rhythm & Pearls, hosted by Jan Peters. The group has been delighting Boston area audiences with their current show, "Salute to the Girl Groups". This show features iconic songs from The Andrews Sisters, The McGuire Sisters, The Supremes, and other great women past and present. Telling the story of the girl groups through the decades, it's a fun, high-energy act filled with memorable songs, classic harmonies, and some sassy dance moves. The three vocalists of Rhythm and Pearls, Allison Donelan, Barbara Lietzke, and Sara Weiss, live in Newton, MA. They started singing together unofficially about eight years ago, and discovered that they could blend despite their very different voices, and that they loved singing harmony together. Tom LaMark and Jan Peters also host an open mic format throughout the evening with no cover charge.


DC: MARCUS JOHNSON "RECORDING LIVE CD"

Marcus Johnson will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, December 13th through 16th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Marcus released his 12th CD titled, "This is How I Rock", in 2011. This album boldly signifies an evolution: Johnson's deliberate crossing into the pop/rock genre with a jazz spin, inspired by some of pop music's most celebrated songs, songs that remained a significant influence in the life of the award-winning keyboardist, composer and producer and motivated his desire to pay tribute to some of the greatest pop hits. Marcus has performed at clubs throughout the United States and has been a featured performer at many jazz festivals, including his hometown Capitol Jazz Festival, the Bermuda Jazz Festival, Atlantic Artscape, the Latin Meets Jazz Festival and the Huntington Beach Jazz Festival. Marcus continues to shine on the keys, behind the board, inside the boardroom, and within the community. Call for cover/minimum information.


FL: THE FOUR FRESHMEN BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

The Four Freshmen return to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Wednesday through Saturday, December 12th through 15th at 8:00 pm. It wouldn't be December in the Royal Room without the ninth annual visit from The Four Freshmen, the nation's longest lasting vocal harmony group who are celebrating more than a half-century of crowd-pleasing performances. From their first hit song, "It's a Blue World," to being voted Down Beat Magazine's Vocal Group of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, the group presents classic jazz-pop songs with cutting-edge vitality. The Four Freshmen have released more than 40 albums and 70 singles and been nominated six times for a Grammy. Cover charge is $100 for prix fixe dinner and show; $50 for show only.

MW: CABARET HOLIDAY SHOW MARTINIS & MISTLETOE

THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169 - ) Presents Martinis & Mistletoe, featuring Shannon Forsell, Brenda Williams & The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet on Wednesday through Saturday, December 12th through 15th at 8:00 pm. Start with the rich sounds and sultry, smooth vocals of local divas, Shannon Forsell and Brenda Williams; stir in the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet with their lush, sophisticated arrangements; toss in holiday classics such as "The Christmas Song," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," along with a dab of instrumentals from the infamous TV cartoon special A Charlie Brown Christmas; add a few other holiday gems and voila - the perfect evening to warm you up on a cold winter's night. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.

CHI: CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! WITH KAREN MASON

Karen Mason brings her legendary Christmas Show to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Wednesday, December 12th; Friday, December 14th; Sunday, December 16th; Wednesday, December 19th; and Saturday & Sunday, December 22nd, & 23rd, all shows at 8:00 pm. She is joined by Becky Menzie on piano. Karen Mason (Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and last seen on Broadway as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland) returns to cabaret with her annual, critically acclaimed holiday show, ushering in the sounds of the season with her trademark humor, warmth and blue star vocals. It's a musical event of the holiday season! Whether you've been naughty or nice, Karen has a very special Christmas present for you! For the first time performed in the US, Karen will perform the title song from Rebecca. Call for cover/minimum information

L.A.: ANDREA MARCOVICCI - HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

For the first time in over twenty years Andrea Marcovicci will be home on the west coast this season, performing at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Friday & Saturday, December 14th & 15th at 9:00 pm. To celebrate, she's bringing back her most requested show with a special holiday glow. Home For the Holidays - a WWII Christmas, (an adaptation of I'll Be Seeing You ... The Love Songs of WWII) has been created especially for this holiday weekend. Andrea's mother, Helen Marcovicci, now ninety-three, will make a cameo appearance. (A chanteuse during the war, she entertained soldiers at The Maisonette at the St. Regis.) Andrea will perform WWII classics like We'll Meet Again, I'll Be Seeing You, Sentimental Journey, and seasonal favorites such as I'll Be Home for Christmas, White Christmas, and Baby, it's Cold Outside. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO AND JERI SAGER "TOGETHER AGAIN ... FOR THE FIRST TIME"

Franc D'Ambrosio And Jeri Sager bring their show "Together Again ... For The First Time" to RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 9:00 pm, December 11th through 15th. Franc D'Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. He was awarded the distinction as the "World's Longest Running Phantom." Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She is best known for her portrayal of "Grizabella" in Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

SF: A HOLIDAY EVENING WITH RSVP FAVORITES AMY AND FREDDY

RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) presents A HOLIDAY EVENING WITH RSVP FAVORITES AMY AND FREDDY on Friday, December 14th at 10:00 pm. This season marks Amy and Freddy's 15th anniversary performing together! Based in Chicago, music and comedy legends Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen have graced the stages coast-to-coast, both large and small, and in over 20 countries with their one-of-a-kind wit and musical prowess. They have had the pleasure of opening and sharing the spotlight with Kathy Griffin, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, Phyllis Diller, Bea Arthur, Jennifer Holiday and Judy Gold to name a few. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE HISTORY OF SONG & DANCE 101 AT THE BUTTERFLY

The History of Song & Dance 101 will be "taught" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday through Sunday, December 11th through 16th at 8:00 pm. How can the likes of Puccini's La Boheme and Psy's Gangnam Style have blossomed from the same species? Mandy van Zanen and Erin Fischer take you on a journey from the music and dance styles of the 19th century to today ... backwards! Uncover the roots of all things aural, as you sing and dance our way through time. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: THE MELBOURNE CABARET FESTIVAL FUNDRAISER CABARET
FEATURED CABARET FESTIVAL EVENT

The Melbourne Cabaret Festival will present its end-of-year show / fundraiser at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Friday & Saturday, December 14th & 15th at 10:30 pm. Host for both shows will be The Dirk. Performers on Friday night are Gillian Cosgriff, Benny Dimas, Zuleika Khan and Tom Dickins. Saturday's lineup is Sarah Gaul, Jamie Burgess, Han Day accompanied by Drew Downing, and Benny Dimas. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: "YOU JUST HAVEN'T MET ME YET" WITH HANNAH DAY

A brand-new Cabaret by Hannah Day, You Just Haven't Met Me Yet, will be performed at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursday through Sunday, December 13th through 16th at 7:00 pm. The Crazy Lady is back with a vengeance and she is not alone. Join this band of ridiculous women as they hit love on the head and explore how it appears in various forms in modern society. Or so they think. But remember, don't judge; you just haven't met them yet. Call for cover/minimum information.

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THURSDAY - DECEMBER 13th

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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: BOYS NIGHT OUT - A CELEBRATION OF THE RAT PACK

After a successful try out run in June, Danny Bolero, Bernard Dotson and Tom Gamblin return to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, December 13th at 7:00 pm with their show Boys Night Out. The evening is a celebration of the music of The Rat Pack and features songs like What Kind Of Fool Am I, Mr. Booze, Sway, and many more. The evening is a tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. This show is not an impersonation show just laid back evening celebrating the fabulously wild trio. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME

Jackie Beat continues her mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition in her show COME, THEY TOLD ME at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday & Thursday, December 12th & 13th at 7:30 pm; Friday, December 14th at 10:00 pm; Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 & 11:00 pm; and Sunday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This comic celebration is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material and some classic Christmas Jackie including the right-wing pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah- loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis." There is a $22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: "THE BROADWAY BALLYHOO" WEEKLY REVUE FROM SCOTT SIEGEL

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents "THE BROADWAY BALLYHOO," a weekly show now in it's 12th 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 each week who will sing Broadway's greatest songs. Featured performers for Thursday, December 13th are Christine Pedi (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Drama Desk Nominee, currently starring in Newsical the Musical), Nick Ziobro (national contest winner and protege of Michael Feinstein), Ali Ewoldt (Le Miz, West Side Story, The King and I), and Adam Jacobs (The Lion King, Le Miz). There is a $15-$25 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.

NYC: TOM WOPAT AT 54 BELOW

Tom Wopat will perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Friday, December 7th & Thursday, December 13th, both shows at 7:00 pm. Broadway audiences adore him for his performances in City of Angels, Guys & Dolls, Chicago, Annie Get Your Gun, 42nd Street, Glengarry Glen Ross, A Catered Affair, and Sondheim on Sondheim, among others, but television audiences the world over remember him as Luke Duke from The Dukes of Hazzard! His distinctive vocals can be heard in venues throughout the country and on an array of CDs, crooning the tunes of Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael, and Cole Porter, among others. At 54 Below, his show will include selections from his forthcoming CD, Consider it Swung! There is a $20-$30 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN WITH "A GERSHWIN HOLIDAY"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein, Tuesdays through Saturdays, November 27th through December 22nd, at 8:00 pm with additional 10:30 pm shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Celebrating the release of his new book The Gershwins and Me and CD of twelve Gershwin songs, Michael will perform "A Gershwin Holiday." For the show, Michael will sing classic Jazz Age songs by George and Ira Gershwin from "Strike Up the Band" to "Love Is Here to Stay," while sharing unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song. The Gershwins and Me will be available for sale at the show. Nick Ziobro, the winner of The Michael Feinstein Initiative's 2012 Great American Songbook High School Competition, will join the engagement as special guest vocalist. Pianist and arranger Alan Broadbent, winner of two Grammy Awards, will lead an all-star quintet. Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. There is a $60 cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH THE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN AT THE CARLYLE

The holiday season at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) features Steve Tyrell, who has become a fixture at the club for the past 7 years. His new show and tribute to Sammy Cahn, "Christmas at the Carlyle: The Songs of Sammy Cahn", features songs from the famed songwriter whose music continues to inspire generations today. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:45 pm with added shows Thursday through Saturday at 10:45 pm, through December 30th. The Songs from Sammy Cahn will feature Cahn's beloved classics including "It's Magic", "Come Fly With Me", "Call Me Irresponsible", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Tender Trap", "Let It Snow", and "The Christmas Blues". There is a $105-$150 cover ($130-$185 on Friday & Saturday).


NYC: "THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: THE MUSIC OF HAROLD ARLEN"

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG: The Music of Harold Arlen, a musical revue, begins previews on Thursday, December 13th and opens officially on Thursday, January 10th at 8:00 pm at ST. LUKE'S THEATER (308 West 46th Street, NYC). The show features such songs as Stormy Weather, Come Rain or Come Shine, Paper Moon, Accentuate-The-Positive, Lets Fall in Love, and all the much-loved tunes from THE WIZARD OF OZ. The Wonderful Wizard of Song moves from The Cotton Club, through Harold Arlen's Hollywood Years to Broadway, sharing inside stories of how some of the world's most beloved songs were created as well as sharing rare behind the scenes footage from The Wizard of Oz taken by Harold Arlen himself. Featuring The Three Crooners, George Bugatti, Marcus Goldhaber and Joe Shepherd, with Antoinette Henry, the Arlen revue makes its New York debut after a national tour to 18 cities and a month-long run at the Debbie Reynolds Theatre in Las Vegas. Produced by Yellow Brick Productions in association with Shea Arender, Steven Colucci and Jerry Rosenberg, THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG has direction & musical staging by Broadway veteran Gene Castle. The original concept is by Nigel Wright, Sam Arlen and George Bugatti with special thanks to Harold Arlen's son Sam Arlen for all archival and historical content. The performance schedule for THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF SONG is: Mondays at 7:00 pm; Wednesdays at 2:00 pm and Thursdays at 8:00 pm. Tickets at $69.50 & $39.50 are available through TeleCharge at http://www.Telecharge.com or 212-239-6200. (The performance on December 20th will begin at 7:00 pm instead of 8:00 pm and there will be no show on December 24th.)

DC: MARCUS JOHNSON "RECORDING LIVE CD"

Marcus Johnson will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, December 13th through 16th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Marcus released his 12th CD titled, "This is How I Rock", in 2011. This album boldly signifies an evolution: Johnson's deliberate crossing into the pop/rock genre with a jazz spin, inspired by some of pop music's most celebrated songs, songs that remained a significant influence in the life of the award-winning keyboardist, composer and producer and motivated his desire to pay tribute to some of the greatest pop hits. Marcus has performed at clubs throughout the United States and has been a featured performer at many jazz festivals, including his hometown Capitol Jazz Festival, the Bermuda Jazz Festival, Atlantic Artscape, the Latin Meets Jazz Festival and the Huntington Beach Jazz Festival. Marcus continues to shine on the keys, behind the board, inside the boardroom, and within the community. Call for cover/minimum information.


FL: THE FOUR FRESHMEN BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

The Four Freshmen return to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Wednesday through Saturday, December 12th through 15th at 8:00 pm. It wouldn't be December in the Royal Room without the ninth annual visit from The Four Freshmen, the nation's longest lasting vocal harmony group who are celebrating more than a half-century of crowd-pleasing performances. From their first hit song, "It's a Blue World," to being voted Down Beat Magazine's Vocal Group of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, the group presents classic jazz-pop songs with cutting-edge vitality. The Four Freshmen have released more than 40 albums and 70 singles and been nominated six times for a Grammy. Cover charge is $100 for prix fixe dinner and show; $50 for show only.

MW: CABARET HOLIDAY SHOW MARTINIS & MISTLETOE

THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169 - ) Presents Martinis & Mistletoe, featuring Shannon Forsell, Brenda Williams & The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet on Wednesday through Saturday, December 12th through 15th at 8:00 pm. Start with the rich sounds and sultry, smooth vocals of local divas, Shannon Forsell and Brenda Williams; stir in the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet with their lush, sophisticated arrangements; toss in holiday classics such as "The Christmas Song," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," along with a dab of instrumentals from the infamous TV cartoon special A Charlie Brown Christmas; add a few other holiday gems and voila - the perfect evening to warm you up on a cold winter's night. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.

CHI: HOLI-LADY CABARET AT STAGE 773

"Holi-Lady Cabaret", a special one-night evening of original songs and sketches featuring an all-female cast will be performed at STAGE 773 (1225 West Belmont Street, Chicago, IL - 773-327-5252) on Thursday, December 13th at 8:00 pm. Featured performers include Noelle Hoffman, Amber Linde, Victoria Elena Nones, Angela Oliver, Kerry Santoro, Erica Slutsky, Stacy Smith and Molly Todd. There is a $12 cover.


L.A.: WE NEED A LITTLE CHRISTMAS, NOW!

Two of Los Angeles' finest performers - Mary Pat Bowe ("FourPlay", "Singer, Sailor, Teacher, Tour Guide") and Donald Houtz ("Meet Me Tonight", "Even I've Got Standards") team-up at M BAR (1253 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA - 323-856-0036) for a Hollywood Holiday Spectacular on Wednesday, December 5th and Thursday December 13th, both shows at 8:00 pm. The show, "We Need a Little Christmas, NOW!" is the perfect start to the holiday season. It's a toe-tapping, lap-slapping, shoe-stomping, food chomping, carol singing, bell-ringing mix of traditional holiday tunes, some not-too-traditional songs, sight gags and a whole lot of good humor. There is a $15 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO AND JERI SAGER "TOGETHER AGAIN ... FOR THE FIRST TIME"

Franc D'Ambrosio And Jeri Sager bring their show "Together Again ... For The First Time" to RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 9:00 pm, December 11th through 15th. Franc D'Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. He was awarded the distinction as the "World's Longest Running Phantom." Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She is best known for her portrayal of "Grizabella" in Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE HISTORY OF SONG & DANCE 101 AT THE BUTTERFLY

The History of Song & Dance 101 will be "taught" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday through Sunday, December 11th through 16th at 8:00 pm. How can the likes of Puccini's La Boheme and Psy's Gangnam Style have blossomed from the same species? Mandy van Zanen and Erin Fischer take you on a journey from the music and dance styles of the 19th century to today ... backwards! Uncover the roots of all things aural, as you sing and dance our way through time. Call for cover/minimum information.

AUS: "YOU JUST HAVEN'T MET ME YET" WITH HANNAH DAY

A brand-new Cabaret by Hannah Day, You Just Haven't Met Me Yet, will be performed at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) Thursday through Sunday, December 13th through 16th at 7:00 pm. The Crazy Lady is back with a vengeance and she is not alone. Join this band of ridiculous women as they hit love on the head and explore how it appears in various forms in modern society. Or so they think. But remember, don't judge; you just haven't met them yet. Call for cover/minimum information.

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WEDNESDAY - DECEMBER 12th

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NYC: SHARON McNIGHT IN"TWISTED XMAS: A DRUID'S VIEW OF THE HOLIDAYS"

DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) presents the return of Tony Award nominee Sharon McNight for her new Christmas show fon Monday, December 10th at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 14th at 9:15 pm; and Monday, December 17th at 7:00 pm. "Twisted Xmas: A Druid's View of the Holidays" is an irreverent look at the traditions of the season. Over the past decades, during the holidays, while Debby Boone touted a White Christmas and Bruce Vilanch roasted his chestnuts over an open fire, Sharon McNight offered an alternative choice from the expected songs. She has stockpiled myriad and outrageous, wacky musical commentaries on the 12 days of everything from Santa, Jesus, Teddy Bears, Elves, Snow, and of course ... Bette Davis. Sharon Mcnight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites, creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony Award nomination as "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre Worlds Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut." The singer/comedienne's regional credits include Amanda McBroom's Heartbeats at the Pasadena Playhouse, and an award winning Dolly in Hello, Dolly! at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera. Sharon was Sister Hubert in Nunsense in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award for "Best Performance in a Musical". She is the narrator of the documentary, There That Night, the story of the Provincetown, Massachusetts fire, and was featured in the A&E documentary, It's Burlesque, for her research on Mae West and Sophie Tucker. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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NYC: DANIEL KIRKLEY CELEBRATES NEW HOLIDAY CD AT SIDEWALK CAFE

Singer/songwriter Daniel Kirkley will make his New York debut and perform two acoustic sets as part of the new "Landmark Wednesdays" series of concerts at the historic SIDEWALK CAFE (94 Avenue A, NYC - 212-473-7373 ) on Wednesday, December 12th at 8:00 and 10:00 pm. These two very special shows will celebrate Kirkley's new holiday album, "Love Is Christmas," which blends secular and sacred music. Daniel Kirkley is a singer-songwriter who recently relocated to New York City from Nashville, TN. Over the past 7 years, he has toured the country performing solo shows in a variety of venues in support of his four albums. This year, he made his acting debut in Bobby Cronin's musical Daybreak. There is a $20 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.


NYC: REBECCA JOY FLETCHER WITH CITIES OF LIGHT

Cities of Light is a one-woman musical journey through the cabarets of 20s and 30s Berlin, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, and Paris. The show, which will be presented by Rebecca Joy Fletcher at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 pm, is a love letter to that era and to the witty and outspoken Jewish artists who made those places pop. Archival songs are performed with new English lyrics, plus a smattering of their original French, German, Yiddish, and Hebrew. Our guide into this lost world: Katarina Waldorf, a fierce, sardonic and sensual artist who runs from fascism, towards new lights of cabaret, as the world around her grows dark. There is an $18 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: SONG & DANCE WITH DEWITT AND JARED

DeWitt Fleming Jr and Jared Grimes, from the critically acclaimed Broadway Underground, bring a fun night of laughter, song, and tap dance to THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, December 12th at 11:30 pm. These two have been held as two of the premier tap dancers of their time. Together they seamlessly bridge the gap between the song and dance men of the 20s and 30s and the vibrant contemporary dance world of today. The two have danced on stages around the world in musicals such as "Riverdance", " Scottsboro Boys", " Stormy Weather", "Sophisticated Ladies", and at the Marciac Jazz Festival, Aspen Jazz Festival, Detroit Jazz Festival, and NYC City Centers Fall for Dance to name a few. They have danced as a duo and soloist with such artist as Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Marvin Hamlisch, and with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks among others. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: LEE SUMMERS' BIRTHDAY BENEFIT FOR THE ACTORS FUND

On Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 9:pm at STAGE 72 (formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-362-2590) Broadway and the Recording Industry's Finest join Broadway's Lee Summers in a benefit for THE ACTORS FUND . The event is to celebrate Lee's birthday. The benefit will be an evening of music composed by Lee Summers and collaborators: Barry Akins, Gary Augustus, Ty Stephens, Timothy Graphenreed and Michael John Kay. Slated to appear: Adriane Lenox (Tony Winner), Marva Hicks (Motown Musical), Candice Marie Woods (Book Of Mormon), Carmen Ruby Floyd (Porgy And Bess), Russell Fischer (Jersey Boys), Robert Ball (Recording Artist), Robert Fowler (The Producers), Linzey Jones (Recording Artist), Tarharqa (Singer/Guitarist), Shevon Loftin (Recording Artist), Ty Stephens (Sophisticated Ladles), King Aswad (Singer/Guitarist), Tyrick Wiltez Jones (Hairspray), Tinatin Japaridze (International Singer/Composer) and Hosted By International 'Speaker for the Dreamer': Shaun Derik. Musical Directors: Jo Lynn Burks & Timothy Graphenreed, Directed By Gwen Gilliam, Production Manager Abbe Lucas, Stage Manager Jay Levy. There is a $20-$25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: JACKIE BEAT: COME, THEY TOLD ME

Jackie Beat continues her mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition in her show COME, THEY TOLD ME at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday & Thursday, December 12th & 13th at 7:30 pm; Friday, December 14th at 10:00 pm; Saturday, December 15th at 7:30 & 11:00 pm; and Sunday, December 16th at 7:30 pm. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. This comic celebration is a virtual stocking stuffed with hilarious new seasonal material and some classic Christmas Jackie including the right-wing pregnancy confessional "Santa's Baby," a menorah- loving "Jew Christmas," a booze-infused spin on "Happy Holidays" called "Alcoholidaze," and the self-explanatory "It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Syphilis." There is a $22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: TERESE GENECO & SHAYNEE RAINBOLT

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, December 12th features Terese Geneco, Shaynee Rainbolt and the Little Big Band. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.

NYC: STEVEN BRINBERG IN A VERY BROOKLYN CHRISTMAS

The legendary Barbra Streisand (or, as she's sometimes known, Steven Brinberg) has returned to her nightclub roots to perform at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Wednesday, December 12th at 9:30 pm and Sunday, December 30th at 5:30 pm. Barbra will celebrates the season as only she can with her dulcet tones, hot tea, and perfectly manicured fingernails. It's back to Brooklyn for the Funny Girl in this brand new show from Brinberg, an award-winning performer who travels the world with his spot-on impersonation of the living legend that is Barbra Streisand. There is a $20-$30 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN WITH "A GERSHWIN HOLIDAY"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein, Tuesdays through Saturdays, November 27th through December 22nd, at 8:00 pm with additional 10:30 pm shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Celebrating the release of his new book The Gershwins and Me and CD of twelve Gershwin songs, Michael will perform "A Gershwin Holiday." For the show, Michael will sing classic Jazz Age songs by George and Ira Gershwin from "Strike Up the Band" to "Love Is Here to Stay," while sharing unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song. The Gershwins and Me will be available for sale at the show. Nick Ziobro, the winner of The Michael Feinstein Initiative's 2012 Great American Songbook High School Competition, will join the engagement as special guest vocalist. Pianist and arranger Alan Broadbent, winner of two Grammy Awards, will lead an all-star quintet. Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. There is a $60 cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH THE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN AT THE CARLYLE

The holiday season at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) features Steve Tyrell, who has become a fixture at the club for the past 7 years. His new show and tribute to Sammy Cahn, "Christmas at the Carlyle: The Songs of Sammy Cahn", features songs from the famed songwriter whose music continues to inspire generations today. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:45 pm with added shows Thursday through Saturday at 10:45 pm, through December 30th. The Songs from Sammy Cahn will feature Cahn's beloved classics including "It's Magic", "Come Fly With Me", "Call Me Irresponsible", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Tender Trap", "Let It Snow", and "The Christmas Blues". There is a $105-$150 cover ($130-$185 on Friday & Saturday).


NE: AMAZING THINGS OPEN MIC WITH MATTHEW ROMERO

Every second Wednesday of the month, Leslie Holmes hosts an amazing Open Mic night at the AMAZING THINGS ARTS CENTER (160 Hollis Street, Framingham, MA - 508-405-2787), and each show features a special guest. On Wednesday, December 12th the featured guest will be Matthew Romero. Pianist for the open mic is Tom LaMark. The open-mic starts at 7:00 pm (signup at 6:30 pm), and the featured performers go on at 8:10 pm. There is an $10 cover charge ($9 cover for BACA members).

DC: KARLA CHISHOLM "RECORDING A LIVE CD"

Karla Chisholm shares her syncopated journey of life and love at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, December 12 with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. This unique songstress and soul has ignited a musical fuse that is sure to be the hottest new face of the music industry. Karla's voice shines with confidence, moving from delicate crooning to blues diva to bebop scat-singing totally effortlessly. The sound of her voice is full of delicious contrasts. It's strong and strident, but soft and smooth as caramel when it drops down to the breathy low register. She pulls dead-accurate notes seemingly out of thin air, the way Ella did, but then she'll swing breezily into soul mode, bending and smearing blue notes so naturally you think you're hearing Aretha. Call for cover/minimum information.


FL: THE FOUR FRESHMEN BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND

The Four Freshmen return to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Wednesday through Saturday, December 12th through 15th at 8:00 pm. It wouldn't be December in the Royal Room without the ninth annual visit from The Four Freshmen, the nation's longest lasting vocal harmony group who are celebrating more than a half-century of crowd-pleasing performances. From their first hit song, "It's a Blue World," to being voted Down Beat Magazine's Vocal Group of the Year in both 2000 and 2001, the group presents classic jazz-pop songs with cutting-edge vitality. The Four Freshmen have released more than 40 albums and 70 singles and been nominated six times for a Grammy. Cover charge is $100 for prix fixe dinner and show; $50 for show only.

MW: CABARET HOLIDAY SHOW MARTINIS & MISTLETOE

THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169 - ) Presents Martinis & Mistletoe, featuring Shannon Forsell, Brenda Williams & The Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet on Wednesday through Saturday, December 12th through 15th at 8:00 pm. Start with the rich sounds and sultry, smooth vocals of local divas, Shannon Forsell and Brenda Williams; stir in the Buselli Wallarab Jazz Septet with their lush, sophisticated arrangements; toss in holiday classics such as "The Christmas Song," "I'll Be Home for Christmas," along with a dab of instrumentals from the infamous TV cartoon special A Charlie Brown Christmas; add a few other holiday gems and voila - the perfect evening to warm you up on a cold winter's night. There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.

CHI: CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! WITH KAREN MASON

Karen Mason brings her legendary Christmas Show to DAVENPORT'S (1383 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, IL - 773-278-1830) on Wednesday, December 12th; Friday, December 14th; Sunday, December 16th; Wednesday, December 19th; and Saturday & Sunday, December 22nd, & 23rd, all shows at 8:00 pm. She is joined by Becky Menzie on piano. Karen Mason (Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and last seen on Broadway as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland) returns to cabaret with her annual, critically acclaimed holiday show, ushering in the sounds of the season with her trademark humor, warmth and blue star vocals. It's a musical event of the holiday season! Whether you've been naughty or nice, Karen has a very special Christmas present for you! For the first time performed in the US, Karen will perform the title song from Rebecca. Call for cover/minimum information.


L.A.: KRISTOF & KANE, IN "DUEL-DUET

Kristof & Kane, in "Duel-Duet", will perform at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Wednesday, December 12th at 9:00 pm. Both Kristof Van Grysperre and Susan Kane hold doctorates in music from from distinguinshed conservatories: Kristof from USC, and Kane from the Cincinnati Convervatory of Music. This show, directed by Belgian film director, Lieven Debrauwer, has been presented at the Tinnenpot Theatre in Ghent, and made its Los Angeles premiere at The Gardenia in October, where it stunned those in attendance through the sheer musical command of these two performers. Scripted as farce, its storyline serves as a clever vehicle to present such divergent yet juicy fare as material from Sondheim's Company along with selections from Piaf and Puccini to Betty Boop to the piloerecting Flower Duet from Lakme - perhaps even more affecting heard in the intimacy of The Gardenia than at The Walt Disney Concert Hall. Less "Ricky and Lucy go to the opera," and more "Victor Borge and Anna Russell come to The Gardenia. Call for cover/minimum information.


SF: LINDA KOSUT AT THE ZINGARI LOUNGE

Linda Kosut swings jazz, pop & folk at THE ZINGARI LOUNGE at The Donatello Hotel (501 Post Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-885-8850) on Wednesday, December 12th with four sets from 7:30 to 11:30 pm. She will be accompanied by Max Perkoff on piano. Kosut swings jazz, pop and folk, blending songs of these differing genres into unexpected renditions and arrangements. Linda has performed nationally at clubs such as New York's Iridium Jazz Club, the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles, San Francisco's Yoshi's Jazz Club, and completed a 6-show run in 2010 at San Francisco's premier nightclub, The Rrazz Room. There is no cover charge.

SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO AND JERI SAGER "TOGETHER AGAIN ... FOR THE FIRST TIME"

Franc D'Ambrosio And Jeri Sager bring their show "Together Again ... For The First Time" to RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 9:00 pm, December 11th through 15th. Franc D'Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. He was awarded the distinction as the "World's Longest Running Phantom." Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She is best known for her portrayal of "Grizabella" in Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE HISTORY OF SONG & DANCE 101 AT THE BUTTERFLY

The History of Song & Dance 101 will be "taught" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday through Sunday, December 11th through 16th at 8:00 pm. How can the likes of Puccini's La Boheme and Psy's Gangnam Style have blossomed from the same species? Mandy van Zanen and Erin Fischer take you on a journey from the music and dance styles of the 19th century to today ... backwards! Uncover the roots of all things aural, as you sing and dance our way through time. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: DONN TRENNER AND SHAYNEE RAINBOLT ARE "TWO FOR THE ROAD"

Emmy-nominated musical director, conductor, arranger and jazz pianist Donn Trenner, in his first New York major engagement in 25 years, collaborates with the MAC and Bistro Award-winning jazz vocalist Shaynee Rainbolt on four Fridays in September at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440). That critically acclaimed engagement returns to the Metropolitan Room in New York City for Four encore performances: Sunday, December 9th at 4:00 pm; Tuesday, December 11th at 7:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday December 15th & 16th at 4:00 pm. A bebop pianist of distinction Trenner played with the likes of Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Oscar Pettiford, Charles Mingus, and Ben Webster, appearing on over 100 jazz albums from 1950 onward. A leading musical director, Trenner appeared nightly on the famed Steve Allen Show, leading the Donn Trenner Orchestra. He was also Ann-Margret's musical director for 18 years, and he worked extensively touring with Shirley MacLaine, and was musical director for Nancy Wilson. A Bistro Award winner, two-time MAC Award winner, and four-time MAC Award nominee, Shaynee's first two CD's were released on 33Jazz Records out of the UK (www.33jazz.com). Her third CD, "Charmed Life: Shaynee Rainbolt SINGS Russell Garcia," won the MAC Award for best Jazz Recording. Her most recent show honored the legendary composer/ arranger/ conductor Russell Garcia on the occasion of his 95th birthday, touring Australia, New Zealand, and the US. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Jazz legend Annie Ross continues her unprecedented, record-breaking, multi-year run at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), Tuesday nights December 4th & 11th 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: NEXT SINGING EXPERIENCE WORKSHOP SHOWCASE AT STAGE 72

Linda Amiel Burns, the Director of THE SINGING EXPERIENCE , announces that the next workshop performance will be at STAGE 72 -formerly THE TRIAD (158 West 72nd Street, NYC - 212-315-3500) on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 pm. The show "Let It Snow!" features Alla Ausheva, Ron Bakay, Heather Bellizzi, Alissa Bourne, Georgia Buchanan, Chantel Catapano, Melissa Eboi, Anna Feldchun, Deise de Alcantara-Hochbaum, Pearl Lerner Kane, Karan Lee, Vicky Elizabeth Manos, Shari Passales, Laura Slutsky, Sue Veizaga with Bill Dyszel, Guest Artist. THE SINGING EXPERIENCE in its 35th season, (established 1977) was begun to give aspiring cabaret and musical theater performers the opportunity to explore their talents, conquer fear, and develop self-confidence by learning the "tools of the trade" through actually performing before audiences in a supportive and nurturing environment. THE SINGING EXPERIENCE has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in the NY Times! See the website for more information.

NYC: MICHAEL FEINSTEIN WITH "A GERSHWIN HOLIDAY"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents two-time Emmy and five-time Grammy award-nominated entertainer Michael Feinstein, Tuesdays through Saturdays, November 27th through December 22nd, at 8:00 pm with additional 10:30 pm shows on Fridays and Saturdays. Celebrating the release of his new book The Gershwins and Me and CD of twelve Gershwin songs, Michael will perform "A Gershwin Holiday." For the show, Michael will sing classic Jazz Age songs by George and Ira Gershwin from "Strike Up the Band" to "Love Is Here to Stay," while sharing unforgettable stories and reminiscences from the music that defined American popular song. The Gershwins and Me will be available for sale at the show. Nick Ziobro, the winner of The Michael Feinstein Initiative's 2012 Great American Songbook High School Competition, will join the engagement as special guest vocalist. Pianist and arranger Alan Broadbent, winner of two Grammy Awards, will lead an all-star quintet. Feinstein is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. In 2007, he founded the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative, dedicated to celebrating the art form and preserving it through educational programs, Master Classes, and the annual High School Vocal Academy and Competition, which awards scholarships and prizes to students across the country. There is a $60 cover plus a $40 food/drink minimum.

NYC: 54 BELOW PRESENTS BACKSTAGE, HOSTED BY SUSIE MOSHER

54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) presents BACKSTAGE, Broadway's Tuesday night cocktail party/songfest, hosted by Susie Mosher at 10:30 pm. Musical Director Brad Simmons keeps the house jumping from the piano, while host Mosher guides the crowd through an evening of music, mayhem and full throttle belting. Special guests from hit Broadway shows drop in to perform. Members of the "Backstage repertory company", featuring some of New York's most exciting musical theatre talent, are on hand each week to sing everything from Schwartz to Sondheim. Special guest stars on December 11th include performances by Donna Vivino, from Wicked, Hairspray & Saturday Night Fever; two time Drama Desk Nominee, recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, Jonathan Larson Award and others, Joe Iconis and Family and from Hairspray & 110 In The Shade, Carla Duren. No cover charge, $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: STEVE TYRELL WITH THE SONGS OF SAMMY CAHN AT THE CARLYLE

The holiday season at THE CAFE CARLYLE (35 East 76th Street, NYC - 212-570-7189) features Steve Tyrell, who has become a fixture at the club for the past 7 years. His new show and tribute to Sammy Cahn, "Christmas at the Carlyle: The Songs of Sammy Cahn", features songs from the famed songwriter whose music continues to inspire generations today. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8:45 pm with added shows Thursday through Saturday at 10:45 pm, through December 30th. The Songs from Sammy Cahn will feature Cahn's beloved classics including "It's Magic", "Come Fly With Me", "Call Me Irresponsible", "Teach Me Tonight", "The Tender Trap", "Let It Snow", and "The Christmas Blues". There is a $105-$150 cover ($130-$185 on Friday & Saturday).


SF: FRANC D'AMBROSIO AND JERI SAGER "TOGETHER AGAIN ... FOR THE FIRST TIME"

Franc D'Ambrosio And Jeri Sager bring their show "Together Again ... For The First Time" to RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) Tuesday through Friday at 8:00 pm and Saturday at 9:00 pm, December 11th through 15th. Franc D'Ambrosio is best known for his impressive portrayal of the "Phantom" in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning Musical, The Phantom Of The Opera. He was awarded the distinction as the "World's Longest Running Phantom." Jeri Sager is a veteran of Broadway and numerous national tours. She is best known for her portrayal of "Grizabella" in Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's Tony Award winning musical. There is a $35-$40 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

AUS: THE HISTORY OF SONG & DANCE 101 AT THE BUTTERFLY

The History of Song & Dance 101 will be "taught" at THE BUTTERFLY CLUB (204 Bank Street, South Melbourne, VIC, AUS - 03 96902000) on Tuesday through Sunday, December 11th through 16th at 8:00 pm. How can the likes of Puccini's La Boheme and Psy's Gangnam Style have blossomed from the same species? Mandy van Zanen and Erin Fischer take you on a journey from the music and dance styles of the 19th century to today ... backwards! Uncover the roots of all things aural, as you sing and dance our way through time. Call for cover/minimum information.

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NYC: TERESA FISCHER RELEASES DEBUT CD

Spotlight On is celebrating the CD release of cabaret songstress Teresa Fischer, entitled LET IT GO, with a party/performance on Monday, December 10th at 7:00 PM at YEORYIA STUDIOS, OTELLO SALON (2067 Broadway, 5th Floor, NYC - between 71st & 72nd Streets - look for Epic Security entrance). After over ten years of cabaret shows all over NYC and NJ Teresa has released her debut CD. Much like Teresa's cabaret shows, LET IT GO features a varied song list with standards, story songs, a little country and, what has become her signature, the comedy song. Teresa is the winner of many festival awards for her singing, receiving honors from the Fresh Fruit Festival, Planet Connections Festivity as well as Spotlight On Festivals. Teresa's most recent cabaret show, Scene of the Crime, was named one of the top 20 cabaret shows of 2011 by Cabaret Hotline Online. Joining Teresa on stage will be Paul Chamlin and Andrew David Sotomayor on piano and Hiroyuli Matsuuri on percussion. Tickets are $25 (includes wine, cheese, dessert reception and CD) $15 if you already have the CD. Please reserve online at spotlightonfest@msn.com.
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NYC: SHARON McNIGHT IN"TWISTED XMAS: A DRUID'S VIEW OF THE HOLIDAYS"

DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) presents the return of Tony Award nominee Sharon McNight for her new Christmas show fon Monday, December 10th at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, December 12th at 7:00 pm; Friday, December 14th at 9:15 pm; and Monday, December 17th at 7:00 pm. "Twisted Xmas: A Druid's View of the Holidays" is an irreverent look at the traditions of the season. Over the past decades, during the holidays, while Debby Boone touted a White Christmas and Bruce Vilanch roasted his chestnuts over an open fire, Sharon McNight offered an alternative choice from the expected songs. She has stockpiled myriad and outrageous, wacky musical commentaries on the 12 days of everything from Santa, Jesus, Teddy Bears, Elves, Snow, and of course ... Bette Davis. Sharon Mcnight made her Broadway debut in 1989 in Starmites, creating the role of Diva. She received a Tony Award nomination as "Best Leading Actress in a Musical" for her performance, and is the recipient of the coveted Theatre Worlds Award for "Outstanding Broadway Debut." The singer/comedienne's regional credits include Amanda McBroom's Heartbeats at the Pasadena Playhouse, and an award winning Dolly in Hello, Dolly! at the Peninsula Civic Light Opera. Sharon was Sister Hubert in Nunsense in Los Angeles and San Francisco, where she received the Bay Area Critics Circle award for "Best Performance in a Musical". She is the narrator of the documentary, There That Night, the story of the Provincetown, Massachusetts fire, and was featured in the A&E documentary, It's Burlesque, for her research on Mae West and Sophie Tucker. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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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 and special guest Zach Dobbins. 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: THE METROPOLITAN ROOM HOLIDAY STAFF SHOW

On Monday night, December 10th at 9:30 pm, the staff at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440 - ) drops the drinks and picks up the mics to perform. Not only do they provide amazing service, the staff is made up amazingly talented singers, comics and actors. The show will help raise funda for Help Is On The Way Today, a non for profit that helps and assists children living with HIV and AIDS. Host Tom Gamblin emcees the evening. There is a $10 cover, or bring a gift for a child (ages 2-18) all items must be new. There is a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: TONY-WINNING LISA LAMBERT & FRIENDS IN CONCERT AT BIRDLAND

On Monday, December 10th at 7:00 pm, Tony-Winning Co-Creator of Drowsy Chaperone Lisa Lambert and her friends will appear at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080 - ) to celebrate her turning 50. Her guests include Jonathan Crombie, David Cromer, Cole Escola, Cady Huffman, Troy Britton Johnson, Beth Leavel, and Greg Morrison. They will revisit The Drowsy Chaperone, "Slings & Arrows," "Skippy's Rangers: The Show They Never Gave," and an assortment of her other delightful, sometimes misguided, musical comedy ventures. This concert will be part of the long-running Broadway at Birdland concert series, with all proceeds going to BROADWAY CARES/EQUITY FIGHTS AIDS . Lisa Lambert won the 2006 Tony Award, Drama Desk Award, and Outer Critics Circle Award for her work on The Drowsy Chaperone, a musical that played the Toronto Rivoli, Toronto Fringe Festival, Theatre Passe Muraille and Toronto Wintergarden, before moving to the Ahmanson Theater in LA and the Marquis Theatre on Broadway. The show has been produced in England and Japan, and in 2010 a production in Australia starred Geoffrey Rush, who will also star in the film. There is a $25 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.


NYC: CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! CHRISTMAS! WITH KAREN MASON

Karen Mason brings her legendary Christmas Show to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Mondays, December 10th & 17th at 7:00 pm. This show features Bob Renino on bass and the amazing Christopher Denny (12/10 performance) and James Followell (12/17 performance). Karen Mason (Mamma Mia, Sunset Boulevard, Hairspray, Jerome Robbins' Broadway and last seen on Broadway as the Queen of Hearts in Wonderland) returns to cabaret with her annual, critically acclaimed holiday show, ushering in the sounds of the season with her trademark humor, warmth and blue star vocals. It's a musical event of the holiday season! Whether you've been naughty or nice, Karen has a very special Christmas present for you! For the first time performed in the US, Karen will perform the title song from Rebecca. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: MX. JUSTIN VIVIAN BOND WITH HOLIDAY SHOW

Justin Vivian Bond will perform for one night only at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Sundays & Mondays, December 9th & 10th, 16th & 17th at 9:30 pm. This holiday season's offering from New York favorite will find Mx Bond dressed for snow to deliver a holiday Mx of songs from V's critically acclaimed records Silver Wells and Dendrophile along with a unique take on more traditional holiday fare, some spoken word (aka spell casting), razor-sharp social commentary, and the kind of glamour that makes you feel free to do just about anything. Mx Bond is no Angel, but if you're lucky you just might find yourself back in time. Brett Every on piano and Nath Ann Carrera on guitar. With Amber Martin. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: THE DOO WOP PROJECT WITH STARS OF "JERSEY BOYS"

FEINSTEIN'S at the Regency Hotel (540 Park Avenue, NYC - 212-339-4095) presents the New York premiere of THE DOO WOP PROJECT, featuring stars from Tony award-winning Broadway smash Jersey Boys on Monday nights: and December 10th & 17th, all shows at 8:00 pm. The cast of the THE DOO WOP PROJECT includes Jarrod Spector, Dominic Nolfi, Dominic Scaglione, Jr., John Edwards, and Dwayne Cooper. The group will share backstage stories as well as perform classic Doo Wop hits such as "Since I Don't Have You" by The Skyliners, "Denise" by Randy & The Rainbows, "Little Bitty Pretty One" by Thurston Harris, "Morse Code of Love" by The Capris and other hits by The Belmonts, The Platters, and more. The show also includes Doo Wop-inspired renditions of contemporary songs such as Amy Winehouse's "Valerie," Michael Jackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" and Jason Mrazz's "I'm Yours." There is a $25 cover plus a 1-drink minimum.


D.C.: THE VOCAL WORKSHOP GRADUATION CONCERT

The Vocal Workshop Graduation Concert (Student Vocalists) will be held at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141 - ) on Monday, December 10th with shows at 7:00 & 9:00 pm (note time change). The Vocal Workshop is an eight-week program designed to guide students in their journey towards becoming the jazz vocalist wish for. They offer high-quality instruction in the art of jazz singing, in a setting with other vocalists who share the student's goals. Chris Grasso is a Washington, D.C.- based jazz pianist who specializes in working with vocalists. Each eight-week session of The Vocal Workshop culminates in a live performance, where the vocalists get to sing the tunes they've been working on, with a live band in a real jazz club. The public is invited to come hear the student vocalists do their thing, and meet the instructors. Call for cover/minimum information.

CHI: FOILED AGAIN: ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW!

The vocal group Foiled Again (Allison Bazarko, Rob Lindley, and Anne Sheridan Smith) bring their annual holiday show to S.P.A.C.E. (1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL - 847-492-8860 - ) on Monday, December 10th at 7:30 pm. Musical Director is Doug Peck with Gavin Kirk on guitar. Nobody does the holidays as well as Foiled Again. This year (their 13th annual) will be no exception. A hip, fresh (sometimes irreverent) look at some holiday classics, and an introduction to some soon-to-be classics, the evening includes music by Joan Osborne, Irving Berlin, Joni Mitchell, kd lang, Randy Newman, local songwriters Susan Werner, and Cheri Coons, interwoven with amazingly intricate arrangements of carols like "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" and "Bring a Torch, Jeannette Isabella." Foiled Again has been singing together for years and have performed to sold-out rooms at Speakeasy Supper Club, Davenport's Cabaret, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Chicago Humanities Festival, Maxim's, Noble Fool Theatre Cabaret, Theatre Building Chicago, The Drake Hotel, and the Acorn Theatre. Foiled Again takes the stage at the amazing Evanston venue SPACE with an evening that will have you thinking about what's on your wish list. Tickets are $20-$30.


L.A.: CORTES ALEXANDER AND THE SWELL GIRLS AT THE FEDERAL

STERLING'S AT THE FEDERAL (5303 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, CA - 818-754-8700 - ) presents Cortes Alexander and The Swell Girls: Melissa Bailey and Julie Garnye on Monday, December 10th at 8:00 pm. Musical Direction is John Boswell. There is a $28-$38 cover (includes $10 towards food/drink.

SF: THE TOMMY IGOE BIG BAND AT THE RRAZZ

The Tommy Igoe Big Band will perform live at RRAZZ ROOM at THE HOTEL NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-394-1189) on Monday, December 10th at 7:30 pm. For the last five years, Tommy Igoe developed a new big band at at the famed jazz club BIRDLAND, and it became one of the most popular weekly events in New York City. 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, featuring 15 of the Bay Area's finest musicians including members of Tower of Power, Santana and The Doobie Brothers. This is not nostalgia, but a forward-looking spin on a uniquely American format. Tommy Igoe prides himself on finding music you may not have heard, but will love nonetheless. There is a $25 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

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