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Cabaret Hotline Online is an independent website with more than 7,400 pages of news, information and stories on cabaret, owned and maintained by Stu Hamstra. CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE is not affiliated with any club or organization. It is totally supported through advertising and membership donations. This blog is an extension of the website and newsletter.
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Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
HERE & THERE - PART I
It's a time for change! We'll be going into our 21st year of publication, and we're going to shake things up! We're sending you the Thursday issue today only on Friday because the changes we wanted to make weren't quite ready yet yesterday.
First revision is about our twice-weekly newsletters. We're going to pack the Monday issue with listings, covering all events we can for about 3 weeks ahead. Plus the Monday issue will now also include all the events produced by our members giving discounts to members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE (currently in the Thursday issue). We will include in both issues the events and items promoted by our advertisers. The Thursday issue will now be called THE WEEKEND EDITION and will include the Friday, Saturday & Sunday events where guest performers are featured each show, ie THE AFTER PARTY, SALON and the radio show EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN, understanding full well that often guests aren't lined up before mid-week. This is the first issue going out in this format - let me know what you think (be gentle).
This also means the Thursday WEEKEND EDITION will include "more of me", namely the HERE & THERE sections. Each issue I find so much I want to say impossible to include because so much space has been taken up by listings. Now I can accumulate my thoughts event day and save them as "news items" like I do the press releases. Then add them to the newsletter on Thursdays, rather than waiting until Thursday to create them.
Next, we're in the process of making a major revision of our home page on the website. First off, we now list 2 days of cabaret events - to give current coverage to our many website visitors in Australia and South Africa, who by 6:00 am NY time, when I update the home page, are nearly done with their day. Now we can expand coverage in these areas. (Anyone in Australia who wants to collect cabaret news, please let me know - perhaps a barter deal).
This means as well (sorry) that I can't squeeze your item onto the website if I receive it less than 2 days in advance - it will have to go on the blog . Otherwise I would have to do a page revision, which cuts into my day big time!
We sent out sort of an advertising flier yesterday instead of the regular newsletter, so we're giving just a brief mention of these items today, but I did want to remind you of our 20th ANNIVERSARY GALA on July 13th. This 2-hour event will feature 20 performers doing 20 numbers! I will be the MC of the show, with Multi-Award winner Tracy Stark serving as musical director. Already booked to perform in the show: Esther Beckman, Lucille Carr-Kaffashan, Suzanne Carrico, Jill Cohen, Hector Coris, Booth Daniels, Baby Jane Dexter, Tim Di Pasqua, Terese Fischer, Sue Matsuki, Sidney Myer, Marcus Simeon, and Jim VanSlyke. More performers to be announced shortly. As with all live entertainment events, performers are subject to change without notice. More details and a link to the ticket order from is below. It's also my 71st birthday (actually on the 6th) and I truly hope that a lot of my friends from cabaret will be there. We moved it a week later than usual so that folks going out of town for the 4th of July weekend will be able to attend.
We now have 14 performers lined up, with 6 more to choose, and its getting tough to make choices. There are at least another 14 I want to include, but we only have the cabaret room for 2 hours. So, I am going to send out a few invites each day, knowing some I invite won't be available. Stay tuned, but be sure to purchase your tickets quickly. We are reserving 10 seats for press, and with 20 performers as well, we have less seats than ever to make available! All proceeds from the event will go to help CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE to survive the summer.
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Update on London's PIZZA ON THE PARK: It was set to close this month, and then a reprieve was announced, allowing acts to be booked through the summer. Now it's off again. I ran into Steve Ross on Wednesday night at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM after Wesla Whitfield's show and he mentioned that he would be off soon to London where, from June 15th through the 18th he'll be at the Pizza on the Park. I quote: "Alas, this will be the closing week for this beautiful room. I'll be singing some songs from the many shows I've presented there since 1982!" So now it's official (or is it? This room has "closed" several times, only to extend).
We're happy to announce that, once more, Frank Ford has offered to send us weekly reports on the ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL. Frank is one of the founders of the event and last year he replaced our "reporter" of many years - Bill Stephens. Meantime, our pal via TWITTER, Matthew Carey is adding items daily to his blog http://cabaretconfessional.squarespace.com/ which you can find a link for on both the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE home (opening) page or on theCABARET HOTLINE ONLINE BLOG plus we'll be sending a notice to our followers on TWITTER when he adds an item about the festival.
At the July show we give out two special awards: THE JEFF MATSON AWARD, for a person or persons who have demonstrated the qualities that Jeff had: creativity, originality, mentoring, in the the fields of cabaret directing, creation, writing and or design. And we also present THE DOTTIE BURMAN SONGWRITER AWARD, in honor of one of the originators of the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE membership concept. Dottie helped us adjust to "going it alone" after I had been working for another cabaret organization for a few years, and facing retirement at the same time. It was her suggestion to offer memberships along the PBS model, to keep CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE going.
All subscribers are asked to offer suggestions/nominations for each of these two awards (I've very nearly settled on the Dottie Burman award recipient, but you might just have a better nominee I haven't thought of). Nominees may not be folks who have won either of these awards previously (see the website for past recipients). Please include the reasons for your nomination, not just a name. I will make the final choice, but I truly would like as many names as possible. In past years we have presented two Jeff Matson awards, and we might just do that again. All nominations will be kept confidential.
We're also happy to report that the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE BLOG is now getting over 300 visitors a day! We're looking for a sponsor or two for the blog - ad will appear for a month and seen by every visitor - but haven't come up with a price yet. Our SUPER SIDE BAR AD, which appears on 2700 pages in the CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE website every time, and is therefor seen by from 6,000 to 10,000 visitors a day, runs $80 per week. Have to get out my slide rule.
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