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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
JANUARY 2013

MONDAY through SUNDAY - January 7 to 13


CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SUNDAY - JANUARY 13th

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NYC: CABARET WITH TODD SCHROEDER, FRANCESCA AMARI & ROBYN SPANGLER

Three of Southern California's most renowned cabaret performers will be presenting a combined Cabaret Sampler as part of this year's Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference (APAP) in New York, at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ) on Sunday, January 13th at 7:30 pm. Francesca Amari, BroadwayWorld Award winner Robyn Spangler and Music Director/Performer Todd Schroeder will each perform 20-minutes of their individual shows in a one hour cabaret. Francesca Amari presents "You Make Me Laugh: A Love Song to Gilda Radner"; Robyn Spangler presents "Why I Love Linda Ronstadt" and Todd Schroeder presents "An Evening With Todd Schroeder" Call for cover/minimum information.

NYC: DAVID BURNHAM AT DON'T TELL MAMA

David Burnham performs his concert act entitled "Mostly Broadway" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788 - ) on Sunday, January 13th at 4:00 pm as part of his Winter Tour of Performing Arts Centers. Burnham has been touring the country, performing his show to sold-out audiences, and now he's hitting New York City for a special engagement. He'll perform show-stoppers from the Great White Way, along with material from his recently released solo CD, One Day. Burnham was the award-winning star of such shows as The Light in the Piazza and Wicked. In 2007 he was the recipient of the prestigious Helen Hayes Award and Garland Award for best actor. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: MADONNALOGUES WITH NADYA GINSBURG

Acclaimed character actress, comic, and YouTube sensation Nadya Ginsburg returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Friday, January 11th and Sunday, January 13th at 7:30 pm with her acclaimed solo comedy MADONNALOGUES. Nadya Ginsburg has been called "brilliant" by Roseanne Barr, "genius" by Perez Hilton, and Al Roker thinks "she rules." Her MADONNALOGUES is a night of unparalleled original characters (Babka the Russian bikini waxer, Belinda the guidette vampire, and more), trademark celebrity-skewing (including the Material Girl and egg-lover Lady Gaga) and song. It also features an appearance by special guest Dr Dreidel, the rapping Rabbi. A self-styled "edgy Jew-talian Tracy Ulman" Ginsburg honed her talent for creating offbeat original characters and celebrity impressions on the stages of New York City along side the likes of Amy Poehler and Sarah Silverman. As a voiceover actor Ginsburg has lent her thousand voices to everything from Japanimation films to national radio spots. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: AND THEN SHE WROTE WITH PETER MARSHALL

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) presents an evening of American Songbook hits all written and composed by wormen on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Saturday, January 12th at at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Sunday, January 13th at 4:00 pm; and Monday, January 14th at 7:00 pm. "And Then She Wrote" features Peter Marshall (5 time EMMY Award Winner: Hollywood Squares); Carol Welsman (5 time JUNO Award Nominee) and Denise Donatelli (2 time GRAMMY Award Nominee). There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.



NYC: MARK JANAS' SALON: "TAKING FLIGHT!"

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, January 13th from 7:00 to 10:30 pm (sign-up begins at 6:15 pm). The optional theme for the evening is "Taking Flight!". Co-Host will be T. Oliver Reid. In the Salon Spotlight: Sally Darling & Matthew Martin Ward. 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": "A ROUND-UP OF 2012 CD RELEASES II"
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, January 13th, David will present another 2 hours of recorded songs and live & recorded interviews from the worlds of cabaret & Broadway, featuring "A Round-Up Of 2012 CD Releases & Re-Issues, Part 2". For more information, see http://www.oldisnew.org/ . You are invited to e-mail your comments and suggestions for future shows to oldisnew@earthlink.net. You can listen to past shows at any time by going to the WBAI Archives at http://www.archive.wbai.org/ .

NYC: BALLETS WITH A TWIST PERFORMING AT XL

In the wake of a scintillating fall season that included appearances at New York City's Beacon Theatre and New Jersey's new Hamilton Stage, Ballets with a Twist, the hot next-generation ballet company, announces a new performance date for the intoxicating evening-length dance experience Cocktail Hour at XL NIGHTCLUB, CABARET & LOUNGE (512 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-239-2999 - ) on Sunday, January 13th at 7:00 pm. Several of the dances will feature live musical accompaniment by some of New York's most celebrated musicians, all of whom can be heard on the official Cocktail Hour soundtrack. Trombonist Peter Zummo will add an extra tropical twist to "Mai Tai," singer Barbara Morillo will sweeten up "Shirley Temple," and Deni Bonet will bring "Mint Julep" back to its Southern roots with her finest fiddling. Peter Valentine and Tabitha Fair will end the show on a high note, adding their soulful vocals to the crowd-favorite "Holy Water." Ballets with a Twist fans will also delight in the long-awaited return of the majestic "Margarita." Conceived and choreographed by celebrated dance-maker Marilyn Klaus - whose eclectic background ranges from vaudeville and show dancing to Isadora Duncan and classical ballet - Cocktail Hour is a sassy suite of dances, each inspired by a well-known beverage. The show both reinvents ballet and pays respect to the rich creativity of cocktail culture, launching the Martini, Gimlet, Manhattan, and more off the menu and onto the stage. Cocktail Hour features original music by Stephen Gaboury, who has collaborated with Klaus for over 20 years. Call for cover/minimum information.

DC: GERALD ALBRIGHT AT BLUES ALLEY

Gerald Albright will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, January 10th through 13th, with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary. Albright gives his audience what they come for - a great show! Beginning in the late '80s, saxophone master Gerald Albright recorded numerous successful solo albums for Atlantic when he wasn't busy assisting an impressive, and mammoth, roster of popular R&B artists. Born in South Central Los Angeles, the saxophonist idolized James Brown and took much influence from Maceo Parker and Cannonball Adderley. He first made a name for himself within the music industry during the 1980s, when he became a highly requested session musician. His revered reputation resulted in a solo contract with Atlantic Records. Call for cover/minimum information.

SF: FRANK JACKSON CELEBRATES 87TH YEARS YOUNG AT THE RRAZZ ROOM

Frank Jackson is ready to celebrate his 87th birthday in Concert as the featured opening of THE JANUARY LEGENDS series at LIVE AT THE RRAZZ (1000 Van Ness Avenue, SF - 800-380-3095). Performances are Saturday, January 12th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, January 13th at 4:00 pm. Frank will present "A Medley of Favorite Vocalists and Songs," featuring the music of Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Jordan, Etta James, Joe Williams, Johnny Mathis, Patti Page, and more. He is joined on stage by Al Obidinski, Bass; Vince Lateano, Drums; and (Saturday) Charlie McCarthy (Sunday) Noel Jewkes, Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet. Legendary Bay Area Giant of Jazz, Frank J. Jackson has long been recognized as a brilliant jazz pianist and vocalist, standup vocalist, bandleader, producer, recording artist and composer. For more than 60 years, Frank has been serving up his impeccable, elegant piano style, smooth warm vocals and unique phrasing. Frank Jackson's place in San Francisco jazz history is solidified even more forcibly, as he is prominently featured in "Harlem of the West," the recent best-selling history of the Fillmore Street Jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s, with an exhibit revolving around the book, which was on display at SF PALM, Jazz Heritage Center, and African Museum in LA. Frank composed the music for KQED's 2007 documentary, "The War: Bay Area Stories," which aired September 2007. Frank Jackson, recent honoree of SF Fillmore Jazz Heritage Pioneer Award and Public Radio Lifetime Achievement by four public radio stations, has heard it all, sung it all and met them all. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


SF: "THE GREAT SINATRA SONGBOOK - CAHN & VAN HEUSEN AT 100"

Celebrating the 100th birthdays of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen, who each would have hit the century mark in January 2013, Jonathan Poretz presents "The Great Sinatra Songbook - Cahn & Van Heusen At 100" at LIVE AT THE RRAZZ (1000 Van Ness Avenue, SF - 800-380-3095 - ) on Sunday, January 13th at 7:00 pm. Together and separately Cahn and Van Heusen helped shape the repertoire of America's greatest pop singer, Frank Sinatra, and in turn the Great American Songbook. Backed by a swingin' trio, under the direction of Rat Pack Is Back musical director, Richard Nelson Hall, Jonathan Poretz sings some of the classic Cahn and Van Heusen tunes, including "Come Fly With Me," "Call Me Irresponsible," "All The Way," "Time After Time," "Teach Me Tonight," "Like Someone in Love" and many more. Jazz, Swing. Call for cover/minimum information.

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CABARET EVENTS AROUND THE WORLD
SATURDAY - JANUARY 12th

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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 January 12th & 26th at 8:00 pm. They are joined by Ricky Ritzel (as Mort) at the piano. These MAC Award winning performers (Best Impersonation) will pull out all the stops, singing classic solo's, parodies, duets and just plain whooping and hollering by the greatest mother/ daughter team in show biz history. Tommy Femia is a 7 time winner of the Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) Award for his brilliant portrayal of Judy Garland in "Judy Garland LIVE!", now in it's 20th season at Don't Tell Mama. He has also starred in "Whoop-de-doo", "I Will Come Back" and, most recently, "Norma Does Men". Rick Skye is best known for writing a string of outrageous comic revues including "The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka", "MaCabaret - a tabloid fable", "The War of the Mama Roses", "It's Madame with an E" and the International hit - "A Slice O' Minnelli" for which has enjoyed successful season's in Covent Garden, at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End and at the Dublin Theatre Festival where he received the Award for "Best Achievement in Performance". There is a $25 cover charge and a 2 drink minimum.

NYC: DAVID DRAKE IN TAWNY TELL ME TRUE

Obie Award-winning playwright/performer David Drake (The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me) returns to New York with the premiere of TAWNY TELL ME TRUE at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Saturdays, January 12th, 19th & 26th at 7:30 pm. Written by and starring Drake, this drag tragicomedy with music will be directed by Robert La Fosse (Tony Award nominee for Jerome Robbins' Broadway) featuring musical direction by Lance Cruce (Joan River's longtime pianist, Karen Finley's Make Love), original music by Trevor Kuprel, and video by Ned Stresen Reuter. The show is the latest tell-all by Tawny Heatherton, a lovably eccentric showbiz survivor and "one hit wonder" of the disco zeitgeist of the early 1980s - famous for her memorable international pop hit "Run Crazy Man." Tawny brings her singular blonde-swept brand of sunny, funny optimism while singing songs and recalling stories of alien abduction, her days as a child star on "Dark Shadows," and reuniting with her long-lost aunt Joey Heatherton at the Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BEN RIMALOWER: PATTI ISSUES

Patti Issues will be performed by Ben Rimalower at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 pm; Saturday, January 12th at 4:30 pm; and Thursdays, January 17th, 24th & 31st at 7:00 pm. Patti Issues mark's Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas. When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort - like so many gay boys before him and after - in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: AND THEN SHE WROTE WITH PETER MARSHALL

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) presents an evening of American Songbook hits all written and composed by wormen on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Saturday, January 12th at at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Sunday, January 13th at 4:00 pm; and Monday, January 14th at 7:00 pm. "And Then She Wrote" features Peter Marshall (5 time EMMY Award Winner: Hollywood Squares); Carol Welsman (5 time JUNO Award Nominee) and Denise Donatelli (2 time GRAMMY Award Nominee). There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY "A TRIBUTE TO BILLY VERPLANCK"

THE NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY , established in 1980, continues it's 2011-2012 Season on Saturday, May 7th at LOCAL 802 MUSICIANS' HALL (322 West 48th Street, NYC) with "A Tribute to Billy VerPlanck". The event opens at 12:30 pm with a flea market where you can buy and/or trade sheet music and memorabilia. The show runs from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. The performance features famed jazz artist Marlene VerPlanck and host Ronny Whyte accompanying and performing. Joe Lang will be interviewing Marlene. You can join the society online at http://www.nysms.org/ for only $50 per year, entitling you to nine fabulous programs/meetings and nine lively newsletters from October through June. Non-member guest fee is $10.


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: LINA LAVIN IN NOW AT 54 BELOW

There's a new girl in town this January when Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes to the stage at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for four encore performances of Now, the show she debuted in September. Performances are Tuesday, January 8th and Friday & Saturday, January 11th & 12th at 8:30 pm and Thursday, January 9th at 7:00 pm. New York audiences remember her from It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and many others, and the world over knows her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice. A veteran of the cabaret stage, Linda began her career playing such NYC nightspots as The Showplace in Greenwich Village and midtown's Downstairs at the Upstairs. Recently, Linda released her very first CD, Possibilities. For this show, she'll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch, John Hart on guitar, and special guest violinist, Aaron Weinstein. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

BOS: JIMMY COBB, JOEY DEFRANCESCO, LARRY CORYELL IN TRIBUTE TO JIMMY SMITH AND WES MONTGOMERY

An all-star trio comprised of Jimmy Cobb, Joey DeFrancesco and Larry Coryell pay tribute to the timeless music of jazz legends Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday & Saturday, January 11th & 12th at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jimmy Smith, more than any other keyboardist, spearheaded the rise of the Hammond B-3 popularity in the '50s and '60s, while Wes Montgomery set the standard for modern jazz guitar. The Smith/Montgomery recorded legacy, a continuing influence on contemporary musicians, was the inspiration for Cobb, DeFrancesco, and Coryell, to make their own recording, Wonderful, Wonderful, and to dedicate their international tour to these two jazz legends. There is a dinner/show package at $75. Show only $30.


DC: GERALD ALBRIGHT AT BLUES ALLEY

Gerald Albright will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, January 10th through 13th, with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary. Albright gives his audience what they come for - a great show! Beginning in the late '80s, saxophone master Gerald Albright recorded numerous successful solo albums for Atlantic when he wasn't busy assisting an impressive, and mammoth, roster of popular R&B artists. Born in South Central Los Angeles, the saxophonist idolized James Brown and took much influence from Maceo Parker and Cannonball Adderley. He first made a name for himself within the music industry during the 1980s, when he became a highly requested session musician. His revered reputation resulted in a solo contract with Atlantic Records. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: CLINT HOLMES OPENS 2013 SEASON AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Clint Holmes returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Thursday through Saturday, January 3rd through 5th, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, January 8th through 12th and 15th through 19th, all shows at 8:00 pm. Clint Holms is more than a singer. His powerful voice and magnetic stage presence embrace the upbeat side of life. His first break came when Joan Rivers invited him to be her sidekick and announcer on the now defunct The Late Show. This was followed by a two-year stint on Entertainment Tonight for which he served as their musical feature and event correspondent, and later landed his own Emmy winning talk/variety show entitled, New York at Night. Among his various recordings are the Top Ten smash hit Playground In My Mind (My Name is Michael). Tuesday through Thursday: $120 for dinner/show ($60 show only); Friday & Saturday: $130 for dinner/show ($70 show only).

SF: FRANK JACKSON CELEBRATES 87TH YEARS YOUNG AT THE RRAZZ ROOM

Frank Jackson is ready to celebrate his 87th birthday in Concert as the featured opening of THE JANUARY LEGENDS series at LIVE AT THE RRAZZ (1000 Van Ness Avenue, SF - 800-380-3095). Performances are Saturday, January 12th at 8:00 pm and Sunday, January 13th at 4:00 pm. Frank will present "A Medley of Favorite Vocalists and Songs," featuring the music of Billy Eckstine, Johnny Hartman, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Carmen McRae, Frank Sinatra, Patsy Cline, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Jordan, Etta James, Joe Williams, Johnny Mathis, Patti Page, and more. He is joined on stage by Al Obidinski, Bass; Vince Lateano, Drums; and (Saturday) Charlie McCarthy (Sunday) Noel Jewkes, Saxophone, Flute & Clarinet. Legendary Bay Area Giant of Jazz, Frank J. Jackson has long been recognized as a brilliant jazz pianist and vocalist, standup vocalist, bandleader, producer, recording artist and composer. For more than 60 years, Frank has been serving up his impeccable, elegant piano style, smooth warm vocals and unique phrasing. Frank Jackson's place in San Francisco jazz history is solidified even more forcibly, as he is prominently featured in "Harlem of the West," the recent best-selling history of the Fillmore Street Jazz era of the 1940s and 1950s, with an exhibit revolving around the book, which was on display at SF PALM, Jazz Heritage Center, and African Museum in LA. Frank composed the music for KQED's 2007 documentary, "The War: Bay Area Stories," which aired September 2007. Frank Jackson, recent honoree of SF Fillmore Jazz Heritage Pioneer Award and Public Radio Lifetime Achievement by four public radio stations, has heard it all, sung it all and met them all. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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FRIDAY - JANUARY 11th

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NYC: MADONNALOGUES WITH NADYA GINSBURG

Acclaimed character actress, comic, and YouTube sensation Nadya Ginsburg returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Friday, January 11th and Sunday, January 13th at 7:30 pm with her acclaimed solo comedy MADONNALOGUES. Nadya Ginsburg has been called "brilliant" by Roseanne Barr, "genius" by Perez Hilton, and Al Roker thinks "she rules." Her MADONNALOGUES is a night of unparalleled original characters (Babka the Russian bikini waxer, Belinda the guidette vampire, and more), trademark celebrity-skewing (including the Material Girl and egg-lover Lady Gaga) and song. It also features an appearance by special guest Dr Dreidel, the rapping Rabbi. A self-styled "edgy Jew-talian Tracy Ulman" Ginsburg honed her talent for creating offbeat original characters and celebrity impressions on the stages of New York City along side the likes of Amy Poehler and Sarah Silverman. As a voiceover actor Ginsburg has lent her thousand voices to everything from Japanimation films to national radio spots. There is a $15 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: BEN RIMALOWER: PATTI ISSUES

Patti Issues will be performed by Ben Rimalower at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438) on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 pm; Saturday, January 12th at 4:30 pm; and Thursdays, January 17th, 24th & 31st at 7:00 pm. Patti Issues mark's Rimalower's debut as a playwright and performer, after serving as the director of numerous Off-Broadway plays, concerts and all-star benefits (and blogging for the Huffington Post). With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly explores the challenges facing LGBT parents and children while shining unique light on gay men's time-old obsessions with divas. When Ben Rimalower was eight years old, his father came out of the closet and embarked on a drug-fueled tear that left his family in tatters. Amid the chaos of his young life, Ben found comfort - like so many gay boys before him and after - in musical theater, and specifically in the transportive voice of Broadway star Patti LuPone. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: AND THEN SHE WROTE WITH PETER MARSHALL

THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) presents an evening of American Songbook hits all written and composed by wormen on Friday, January 11th at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Saturday, January 12th at at 7:00 & 9:30 pm; Sunday, January 13th at 4:00 pm; and Monday, January 14th at 7:00 pm. "And Then She Wrote" features Peter Marshall (5 time EMMY Award Winner: Hollywood Squares); Carol Welsman (5 time JUNO Award Nominee) and Denise Donatelli (2 time GRAMMY Award Nominee). There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


NYC: DISTORTED DIZNEE AT THE BEECHMAN

Dallas DuBois hosts DISTORTED DIZNEE, an outrageous take on some of the most beloved animated classics, at THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Fridays, January 11th, 18th ^ 25th at 10:00 pm. DuBois and a troupe of fabulous drag queens will present a twisted - and very adult - journey, catapulting you back to your childhood into a Magical Kingdom where dreams come true. This 70-minute extravaganza features high-energy dance numbers, comedy, dazzling costumes and lip-syncing "ladies". Starring Dallas DuBois, Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, Shenea DeDranke, and more! There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: LINA LAVIN IN NOW AT 54 BELOW

There's a new girl in town this January when Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes to the stage at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for four encore performances of Now, the show she debuted in September. Performances are Tuesday, January 8th and Friday & Saturday, January 11th & 12th at 8:30 pm and Thursday, January 9th at 7:00 pm. New York audiences remember her from It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and many others, and the world over knows her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice. A veteran of the cabaret stage, Linda began her career playing such NYC nightspots as The Showplace in Greenwich Village and midtown's Downstairs at the Upstairs. Recently, Linda released her very first CD, Possibilities. For this show, she'll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch, John Hart on guitar, and special guest violinist, Aaron Weinstein. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

BOS: JIMMY COBB, JOEY DEFRANCESCO, LARRY CORYELL IN TRIBUTE TO JIMMY SMITH AND WES MONTGOMERY

An all-star trio comprised of Jimmy Cobb, Joey DeFrancesco and Larry Coryell pay tribute to the timeless music of jazz legends Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Friday & Saturday, January 11th & 12th at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Jimmy Smith, more than any other keyboardist, spearheaded the rise of the Hammond B-3 popularity in the '50s and '60s, while Wes Montgomery set the standard for modern jazz guitar. The Smith/Montgomery recorded legacy, a continuing influence on contemporary musicians, was the inspiration for Cobb, DeFrancesco, and Coryell, to make their own recording, Wonderful, Wonderful, and to dedicate their international tour to these two jazz legends. There is a dinner/show package at $75. Show only $30.


DC: GERALD ALBRIGHT AT BLUES ALLEY

Gerald Albright will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, January 10th through 13th, with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary. Albright gives his audience what they come for - a great show! Beginning in the late '80s, saxophone master Gerald Albright recorded numerous successful solo albums for Atlantic when he wasn't busy assisting an impressive, and mammoth, roster of popular R&B artists. Born in South Central Los Angeles, the saxophonist idolized James Brown and took much influence from Maceo Parker and Cannonball Adderley. He first made a name for himself within the music industry during the 1980s, when he became a highly requested session musician. His revered reputation resulted in a solo contract with Atlantic Records. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: CLINT HOLMES OPENS 2013 SEASON AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Clint Holmes returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Thursday through Saturday, January 3rd through 5th, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, January 8th through 12th and 15th through 19th, all shows at 8:00 pm. Clint Holms is more than a singer. His powerful voice and magnetic stage presence embrace the upbeat side of life. His first break came when Joan Rivers invited him to be her sidekick and announcer on the now defunct The Late Show. This was followed by a two-year stint on Entertainment Tonight for which he served as their musical feature and event correspondent, and later landed his own Emmy winning talk/variety show entitled, New York at Night. Among his various recordings are the Top Ten smash hit Playground In My Mind (My Name is Michael). Tuesday through Thursday: $120 for dinner/show ($60 show only); Friday & Saturday: $130 for dinner/show ($70 show only).

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THURSDAY - JANUARY 10th

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NYC: TO LAURA WITH LOVE GRACE COSGROVE SINGS LAURA NYRO

Award winning singer Grace Cosgrove celebrates the music of Laura Nyro, the innovative singer-songwriter of the 60s and 70s with a reprise of her sold-out show and resulting CD, TO LAURA WITH LOVE - Grace Cosgrove Sings Laura Nyro at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Thursday, January 10th at 7:00 pm and Thursday, March 7th at 7:00 pm. She is joined on stage by Don Rebic, Musical Director/Piano; Sean Harkness, Guitar; Dan Gross, Drums/Percussion; Jason DiMatteo, Bass; Margaret Dorn, Emily Bindiger, Diane Garisto, Vocals. Nyro is best known for writing such memorable hits as WEDDING BELL BLUES, ELI'S COMING, AND WHEN I DIE, STONEY END and STONED SOUL PICNIC. And, artists such as The 5th Dimension, Blood, Sweat and Tears and Barbara Streisand had major hits introducing her songs. In 1969, Nyro had 3 of the top 10 hits on the Billboard charts, a major accomplishment. From the first time she heard Laura Nyro's music as a teenager, Grace was enthralled and transported by the spirit, passion and poetic storytelling of Laura's songwriting art, and has been interpreting her songs throughout her performing career. Never seeking to imitate the Nyro style, Grace has been able to mesmerize audiences with a sensitivity and sincerity all her own - paying tribute, but never seeking to reproduce that unique voice. Instead, she has always sought to give the shifting tempos and poetic lyrics of Laura Nyro her own personal touch. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of the CD will go to GILDA'S CLUB NEW YORK CITY. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: LINA LAVIN IN NOW AT 54 BELOW

There's a new girl in town this January when Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes to the stage at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for four encore performances of Now, the show she debuted in September. Performances are Tuesday, January 8th and Friday & Saturday, January 11th & 12th at 8:30 pm and Thursday, January 9th at 7:00 pm. New York audiences remember her from It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and many others, and the world over knows her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice. A veteran of the cabaret stage, Linda began her career playing such NYC nightspots as The Showplace in Greenwich Village and midtown's Downstairs at the Upstairs. Recently, Linda released her very first CD, Possibilities. For this show, she'll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch, John Hart on guitar, and special guest violinist, Aaron Weinstein. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: AMBER MARTIN IN HI! AT 54 BELOW

Celebrated vocalist and comedic performance artist Amber Martin brings her award-winning chops to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Thursdays January 10th & 17th at 9:30 pm. Her new show, Hi!, is an arousing, if not mind-altering hour of meticulously chosen musical and comedic vignettes from Amber's strange and fascinating toy box of characters. Blending music, raunch, stories, movement and acid-capped comedy with a pristine, multi-octave solo singing voice, Amber has seasoned her previous performances with rotating celebrity collaborators Bridget Everett, Justin Vivian Bond, Casey Spooner, John Cameron Mitchell, Jake Shears and Karen Black, to name a few. Past celebrity audience members as Joan Rivers, William Hurt, Sandra Bernhard, Joyce Dewitt, Cindy Sherman, Michael Stipe, Gus Van Sant, Chuck Palanhuik, Michael Cunningham and Todd Haynes were seen howling with delirium. There is a $15-$25 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.

DC: GERALD ALBRIGHT AT BLUES ALLEY

Gerald Albright will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, January 10th through 13th, with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Whether he is playing contemporary or straight-ahead jazz, Albright stands in a class all by himself. He is known for his swiftness on stage, his unique round sound which is percussive yet soulful. He has the ability to surprise the audience with something out of the ordinary. Albright gives his audience what they come for - a great show! Beginning in the late '80s, saxophone master Gerald Albright recorded numerous successful solo albums for Atlantic when he wasn't busy assisting an impressive, and mammoth, roster of popular R&B artists. Born in South Central Los Angeles, the saxophonist idolized James Brown and took much influence from Maceo Parker and Cannonball Adderley. He first made a name for himself within the music industry during the 1980s, when he became a highly requested session musician. His revered reputation resulted in a solo contract with Atlantic Records. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: CLINT HOLMES OPENS 2013 SEASON AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Clint Holmes returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Thursday through Saturday, January 3rd through 5th, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, January 8th through 12th and 15th through 19th, all shows at 8:00 pm. Clint Holms is more than a singer. His powerful voice and magnetic stage presence embrace the upbeat side of life. His first break came when Joan Rivers invited him to be her sidekick and announcer on the now defunct The Late Show. This was followed by a two-year stint on Entertainment Tonight for which he served as their musical feature and event correspondent, and later landed his own Emmy winning talk/variety show entitled, New York at Night. Among his various recordings are the Top Ten smash hit Playground In My Mind (My Name is Michael). Tuesday through Thursday: $120 for dinner/show ($60 show only); Friday & Saturday: $130 for dinner/show ($70 show only).

SF: LIVE AT THE RRAZZ OPENS JANUARY 10TH WITH RUSS LORENSON

Russ Lorenson be the opening act at the all-new LIVE AT THE RRAZZ (1000 Van Ness Avenue, SF - 800-380-3095) with his critically-acclaimed tribute to Bobby Darin on Thursday, January 10th at 2:00 pm. With a swingin' 7-piece band featuring the Bay Area's hottest jazz musicians, the show captures Bobby's unique spirit, musical versatility, and fun-loving style! An innovative performer whose tragically brief life was often stranger than fiction, Bobby Darin worked his way from shady nightclubs all the way to the world-famous Copacabana, where he smashed all attendance records, and wowed audiences. For everyone who lamented the closure of the Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko, have no fear - the new LIVE AT THE RRAZZ is bigger, better and more exciting than ever! Located at the historic Don Lee Cadillac Building in the performing arts district near City Hall and the San Francisco Opera House, the building is one of the great historic sites in San Francisco. Originally designed by the noted architects Weeks and Day, with architectural sculptures by the renowned artist Jo Mora, it is one of the two great temples to the automobile on Van Ness Avenue. There is a $30 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.


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WEDNESDAY - JANUARY 9th

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NYC: KAREN OBERLIN IN I'LL BE HARD TO HANDLE: SONGS OF DARING DAMES

MAC, Bistro and Nightlife Award-winning vocalist Karen Oberlin brings back her show from her critically-acclaimed Feinstein's weeklong engagement, "I'll Be Hard to Handle: Songs of Daring Dames" to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Wednesday, January 9th and 23rd, both shows at 7:00 pm. Musical director is Jon Weber. Oberlin has created an adventurous show that explores feminine courage in all its forms: songs by bold women writers, songs about dauntless women, and songs written on audacious subjects showing, in words and music, just how brave and brazen women can be. In this groundbreaking show, Oberlin proves once and for all why we're happy the lady is indeed, and proudly, a tramp. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.

NYC: DEWITT FLEMING JR. & JARED GRIMES - A COMICAL NIGHT OF SONG AND DANCE

DeWitt Fleming Jr and Jared Grimes, from the critically acclaimed Broadway Underground, bring you a fun night of laughter, song, and tap dance at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Wednesday, January 9th at 11:30 pm with their show A COMICAL NIGHT OF SONG AND DANCE. 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: MARILYN MAYE NEEDS YOUR HELP

Following her New Year's Eve performances at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), Marilyn Maye plans to keep the party going with an exclusive five-show run of "Marilyn by Request". Performances are Thursday, January 3rd through Sunday, January 6th at 7:00 pm, with an additional show on Wednesday, January 9th at 7:00 pm. "Marilyn By Request," in which Maye and her Billy Stritch-led band will create a new show each night based on audience requests. There is a $35 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.

NYC: MIDTOWN JAZZ AT MIDDAY: LUIS SIMAS & SUE TERRY

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, January 9th features Junior Mance - Piano, Hide Tanaka -Bass and Michi Fuji - Violin. Performances are at 1:00 pm, $10 donation.



NYC: SONDHEIM UNPLUGGED RETURNS

A celebrated New York event since 2010, the Bistro Award-winning series Sondheim Unplugged returns to 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, January 9th at 6:30 pm. The show features some of Broadway and cabaret's most dynamic voices, accompanied by piano only. Expect tunes from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more. Past special guests have included original Sondheim cast members such as Len Cariou, Victoria Mallory & Donna McKechnie so you never know who might drop in. Sondheim Unplugged is hosted by series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond, who will fill the audience in on Sondheimien facts, history & assorted tidbits of theatrical lore. Special guests on the 9th include Claybourne Elder (Road Show's original Hollis); Marni Nixon (singing voice of Maria in the 1961 West Side Story film, and Heidi in the 2001 Follies revival); Sarah Rice (Sweeney Todd's original Johanna) plus Lorinda Lisitza Rob Maitner, Lucia Spina, Jessica Vosk, and Stephen Wallem. There is a $25-#35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


NYC: SALLY MAYES & MARK WINKLER PLAYIN' IT COOL

Tony nominee Sally Mayes (She Loves Me, Steel Magnolias, Closer Than Ever), and Platinum award-winning jazz singer/songwriter Mark Winkler join forces for an evening of tunes on the swingin' side at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Wednesday, February 9th at 9:30 pm. Last year, Sally received rave notices in the off-Broadway production of Play It Cool, for which Mark contributed the lyrics. This year, Mark and Sally present an evening full of standards & originals, (including some tunes from Play It Cool!) Backed by the David Libby Trio, it's the perfect mixture of Broadway and jazz! "Cool" has never sounded so hot! There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NE: AMAZING THINGS OPEN MIC WITH STEPHEN SMITH

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, January 9th the featured guest will be Stephen Smith. Vocalist Stephen Smith is a singer with a natural style and compelling baritone voice, free of affectation and with distinctive and subtle phrasing. A Massachusetts native, Stephen's favorite songs are those from the Great American Songbook, a group of songs that have defined the depth and intimacies of American Culture for generations. 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).


BOS: COMPAQ BIG BAND WITH GUEST ARTIST WAYNE BERGERON

Legendary trumpet player Wayne Bergeron joins the 20-piece Compaq Big Band as their Special Guest Artist at SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB (400 Soldiers Field Road, Allston, MA - 617-562-4111) on Wednesday, January 9th at 8:00 pm. One of the most sought-after jazz trumpet players in the world today, among his many accomplishments Wayne runs his own big band in Los Angeles and is the lead player in Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band. Dinner & Show: $60 - show only $20

DC: BLUES ALLEY PRESENTS THE LENNY MARCUS TRIO

The Lenny Marcus Trio will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Wednesday, January 9th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Lenny Marcus hails from Washington, DC, beginning his jazz career studying with Ray Bryant, then moving to New Orleans where he worked for many years, studying with legends Ellis Marsalis & Alvin Batiste. He then went on to record as a back up pianist with a host of stellar jazz artists, including David "Fathead" Newman, Charlie Byrd, Frank Foster, Sonny Fortune, Brian Lynch, Jane Powell and many others. His band is a well schooled jazz group. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: CLINT HOLMES OPENS 2013 SEASON AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Clint Holmes returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Thursday through Saturday, January 3rd through 5th, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, January 8th through 12th and 15th through 19th, all shows at 8:00 pm. Clint Holms is more than a singer. His powerful voice and magnetic stage presence embrace the upbeat side of life. His first break came when Joan Rivers invited him to be her sidekick and announcer on the now defunct The Late Show. This was followed by a two-year stint on Entertainment Tonight for which he served as their musical feature and event correspondent, and later landed his own Emmy winning talk/variety show entitled, New York at Night. Among his various recordings are the Top Ten smash hit Playground In My Mind (My Name is Michael). Tuesday through Thursday: $120 for dinner/show ($60 show only); Friday & Saturday: $130 for dinner/show ($70 show only).

L.A.: ARIANA SAVALAS CD RELEASE & BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

HERB ALPERT'S VIBRATO GRILL, JAZZ, ETC. (2930 North Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air, CA - 310-474-9400) will present Ariana Savalas in "SOPHISTICATED LADY", a CD Release and Birthday Celebration on Wednesday, January 9th at 8:00 pm. The show features Guest Artist Pianist, Corky Hale. Savalas will be accompanied by Joe Bagg, Piano; Steve Venz, Bass; Andy Sanesi, Drums and Steve Cottor, Guitar. Savalas will not only be celebrating her birthday, but also the completion of her first jazz album entitled "SOPHISTICATED LADY." The concert will be followed by a CD signing. Ariana Savalas, an American Jazz Fusion vocalist, actress, songwriter and daughter of the late actor, Telly Savalas, will perform some of her original songs, including: "One Man Show," "Shotgun," "Too Late" and "Perfect Man," along with popular standards. In addition, she will share some inside showbiz family stories. There is no Cover Charge.

SF: WESLA WHITFIELD WITH THE MIKE GREENSILL TRIO AT YOSHI'S

Wesla Whitfield with Mike Greensill will appear at YOSHI'S (510 Embarcadero West, Jack London Square, Oakland, CA - 510-238-9200) on Wednesday, January 9th at 8:00 pm. For the Yoshi's gig they will be joined on drums by an old friend and wonderful musician, Tom Duckworth. Tom played on their 1993 Cabaret Records CD from 1993, "Beautiful Love" and they will be doing some songs from that CD in the show. Call for cover/minimum information.


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TUESDAY - JANUARY 8th

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NYC: JOAN RIVERS: LIVE IN TIMES SQUARE!

Legendary comedian and Celebrity Apprentice winner Joan Rivers brings her live stand-up act to Times Square's THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) on Tuesday, January 8th at 8:00 pm. Rivers presents an evening of her newest and most outrageous riffs on The Celebrity Apprentice, Hollywood, pop culture, celebrities, reality TV and award show fashion. A full dinner menu and bar are available, and pianist Will Hall plays from the time doors open until Joan takes the stage. Tickets are $45 with net proceeds going to Rivers' favorite charities: God's Love We Deliver and Guide Dogs for the Blind. Tickets are $45 available at http://www.spincyclenyc.com or 212-352-3101. There is a $15 food/drink minimum.


NYC: JAZZ LEGEND ANNIE ROSS TUESDAYS THE METROPOLITAN ROOM

Jazz legend Annie Ross continues her unprecedented, record-breaking, multi-year run at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440), Tuesday nights January 8yh, 15th, 22nd & 29th 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: LINA LAVIN IN NOW AT 54 BELOW

There's a new girl in town this January when Tony and Golden Globe winner Linda Lavin takes to the stage at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for four encore performances of Now, the show she debuted in September. Performances are Tuesday, January 8th and Friday & Saturday, January 11th & 12th at 8:30 pm and Thursday, January 9th at 7:00 pm. New York audiences remember her from It's a Bird ... It's a Plane ... It's Superman, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Broadway Bound, Collected Stories, The Diary of Anne Frank, Gypsy, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, and many others, and the world over knows her as Alice Hyatt in the long-running hit TV series Alice. A veteran of the cabaret stage, Linda began her career playing such NYC nightspots as The Showplace in Greenwich Village and midtown's Downstairs at the Upstairs. Recently, Linda released her very first CD, Possibilities. For this show, she'll be joined by Musical Director Billy Stritch, John Hart on guitar, and special guest violinist, Aaron Weinstein. There is a $40-$50 cover plus a $25 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 January 8th are Sarah Rice (Original Joanna In Sweeney Todd); Jonathan Reid Gealt Composer, Thirteen Stories Down); Kasey Marino (Hairspray); Sweet Fix (Pop Rock Band) and Rachel Potter (Evita, The Addams Family). No cover charge, $20 food/drink minimum.


DC: GRACE KELLY AT BLUES ALLEY

Singer/ saxophonist/ composer/ lyricist/ arranger/ educator Grace Kelly will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Tuesday, January 8th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Kelly has been voted "Best Jazz Act" in Boston four consecutive years in the FNX/Phoenix Best Music Poll, and then voted Best National Jazz Act in 2012. She has received the ASCAP Foundation's Young Jazz Composers Award in 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011 and won "Jazz Artist of the Year" at the Boston Music Awards in both 2008 and 2010.  The 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Downbeat Critics Poll added to her the list naming her one of the "Alto Saxophone Rising Stars", the youngest artist ever to be named to the music poll. Call for cover/minimum information.

FL: CLINT HOLMES OPENS 2013 SEASON AT THE ROYAL ROOM

Clint Holmes returns to THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) Thursday through Saturday, January 3rd through 5th, and Tuesdays through Saturdays, January 8th through 12th and 15th through 19th, all shows at 8:00 pm. Clint Holms is more than a singer. His powerful voice and magnetic stage presence embrace the upbeat side of life. His first break came when Joan Rivers invited him to be her sidekick and announcer on the now defunct The Late Show. This was followed by a two-year stint on Entertainment Tonight for which he served as their musical feature and event correspondent, and later landed his own Emmy winning talk/variety show entitled, New York at Night. Among his various recordings are the Top Ten smash hit Playground In My Mind (My Name is Michael). Tuesday through Thursday: $120 for dinner/show ($60 show only); Friday & Saturday: $130 for dinner/show ($70 show only).

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MONDAY - JANUARY 7th

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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 a surprise guest. 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 MARCY & ZINA SHOW RETURNS TO BIRDLAND

The Broadway at Birdland concert series is proud to announce the return of The Marcy & Zina Show on Monday, January 7th at 7:00 pm at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080). The show features the dynamic theater songwriters, Marcy Heisler and Zina Goldrich, along with Scott Coulter and a cast of talented friends to sing their songs. Marcy, Zina and Scott will be returning for their usual comedic, romantic hullabaloo, with some cast members from Ever After and Great American Mousical in tow. Collaborators since 1993, lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich are responsible for some of the New York concert scene's most lovable character songs, including "Taylor, the Latte Boy," made famous by Kristin Chenoweth, and "Alto's Lament." The pair earned a 2009 Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Music and Lyrics for their work on Dear Edwina. They were also recipients of ASCAP's 2002 Richard Rodgers New Horizons Award and were nominated for the 2005 Lucille Lortel Award for their Off-Broadway musical Junie B. Jones. There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

NYC: HINTON BATTLE IN 54 BELOW DEBUT

Three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle makes his debut at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) for one special night only on Monday, January 7th at 7:00 pm. Well known for his Broadway appearances in The Wiz, Dancin', Sophisticated Ladies,Dreamgirls, The Tap Dance Kid, and Miss Saigon, Hinton's work as an actor, dancer, and choreographer has been seen on film and in television projects ranging from the Academy Awards to Dancing with the Stars. This January, Hinton makes his return to NY cabaret, where he has not appeared since his 1981 stint at Les Mouches. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

NYC: LOUISE PITRE WITH LA VIE EN ROUGE

The Tony nominated star of Mamma Mia!, Broadway's original Donna Sheriden, is back in New York for one show only at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Monday, January 7th at 9:30 pm. Dubbed "the first lady of Canadian theatre," Louise is fresh from her starring turn in Mame at the Goodspeed Opera House. La Vie en Rouge features material from a few of Louise's starring roles (sung in dual languages), including: Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Mame, Les Miserables and perhaps an original French version of The Winner Takes It All. There is a $25-$35 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.


DC: DAVIDSON COLLEGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE STUDENT BAND

The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble Student Band will perform at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Monday, January 7th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Almost 200 Davidson students participate each semester in performing groups on campus, plus those who play in various chamber groups such as string quartets, brass quintets, and woodwind quartets. The Davidson College Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned "big band" of approximately eighteen musicians. The group rehearses and performs throughout the year, with several events highlighting the schedule. Call for cover/minimum information.


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