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Saturday, December 14, 2013

CABARET TONIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO: BETTY BUCKLEY: THE VIXENS OF BROADWAY

CABARET TONIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO: BETTY BUCKLEY: THE VIXENS OF BROADWAY

Betty Buckley brings her show "The Vixens of Broadway" to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063 ) on Thursdays through Sundays, December 5th through 8th and 12th through 15th (showtimes vary). The show highlights some of Broadway's most popular shows celebrating the second female leads. Song selections will include hits from "Chicago," "Evita," "Company," "Oklahoma" and "Into the Woods." Buckley will also perform songs from Jerry Herman's "Dear World" in which she just starred in the London Premiere earlier this year. There is a $50-$80 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO: SHEILA E. BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

Queen of percussion, musician, producer, writer, philanthropist Sheila Escovedo will celebrate her birthday with a special show at YOSHI'S(1330 Fillmore Street, San Francisco, CA - 415-655-5600) on Friday & Saturday, December 13th & 14th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. Sheila Escovedo picked up the drumsticks and started making music at the precocious age of three. Sheila delivered her first solo performance to a live audience two years later and has since established herself as one of the most talented percussionist/ drummers and performers in the world. Best known to music fans as Sheila E., she became a top session and touring musician before the age of 20, performing and/or recording with George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Billy Cobham, Con Funk Shun, Marvin Gaye (on his final world tour), Diana Ross, Lionel Richie, Gloria Estefan, Patti LaBelle, and Steve Nicks among others. There is a $34-$39 cover.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN LOS ANGELES: LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN AT THE GARDENIA

CABARET TONIGHT IN LOS ANGELES: LOUIE CRUZ BELTRAN AT THE GARDENIA

Conguero, timbalero, and vocalist, Mr. Beltran will perform at THE GARDENIA (7066 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, CA - 323-467-7444) on Saturday, December 14th at 9:00 pm. Beltran blends Afro-Cuban rhythms with jazz, Latin jazz, pop, and R & B. Louie's musical career was crafted upon the soulful sounds of his ethnic American background and flavored with contemporary R&B, Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Salsa as well as the Great American Songbook. Steeped in music from early childhood, his first memories recall his mother singing gospel music, Mexican and Caribbean folk tunes. For the last two years Louie has provided the music for the National Hispanic Media Coalition's Impact Awards gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, as well as entertainment for AltaMed at their annual gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where last year he shared the bill with legendary mariachi artist Pepe Aguilar. Call for cover/minimum information.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN TEXAS: FRONT LINE PRODUCTIONS WITH A KAMIKAZE KRISTMAS KABARET

CABARET TONIGHT IN TEXAS: FRONT LINE PRODUCTIONS WITH A KAMIKAZE KRISTMAS KABARET

Front Line Productions presents A Kamikaze Kristmas Kabaret atGENESIS THEATRE (3100 Independence Parkway, Suite 324B, Plano, TX) on Saturday, December 14th at 8:00 pm. It's not really Christmas without theme sweaters, gift exchanges and inappropriate christmas cards. You can expect the tinsel to be twisted and the egg nog to be spiked as Dallas' best and brightest singing actors bring you songs of the season that are a little off-center and a little irreverent but always entertaining! Tickets are $15 at the door. Beer, wine and soft drinks served for a generous donation.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN INDIANAPOLIS: THE BROADWAY BOYS: HARK! CLASSIC HOLIDAY SONGS REINVENTED

CABARET TONIGHT IN INDIANAPOLIS: THE BROADWAY BOYS: HARK! CLASSIC HOLIDAY SONGS REINVENTED

The Broadway Boys bring their show 'Hark!" to THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) Wednesday through Saturday, December 11th through 14th at 7:30 pm for a joyful and inspirational holiday evening with a collection of some of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage. The Broadway Boys infuse the holiday season with their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, adding elements of pop, funk and gospel to traditional holiday songs and inspirational show tunes. This electrifying evening will include such songs as "All I Want for Christmas Is You," "The Lights (O Hanukkah)," "Seasons of Love" and more! There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN FLORIDA: THE FOUR FRESHMEN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

CABARET TONIGHT IN FLORIDA: THE FOUR FRESHMEN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

It wouldn't be December in the THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) without the 10th 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. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, December 11th through 14th at 8:30 pm (dinner served at 6:30 pm). 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. $100 show/dinner; $50 show only.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN TORONTO: HILARIO DURAN TRIO AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

CABARET TONIGHT IN TORONTO: HILARIO DURAN TRIO AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

The Hilario Duran Trio will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299) on Friday & Saturday, December 13th & 14th at 9:00 pm. One of the world's most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz Hilario produces stunning feats of musical beauty every time he takes the stage. Cuban piano virtuoso Chucho Valdes calls him "unparalleled". Jazz Bistro considers it an honour to present him on their stage. There is a $15 cover.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JAZZ STORIES AT BIRDLAND

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JAZZ STORIES AT BIRDLAND

Jazz Stories featuring Eddie Gomez, Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Wallace Roney will be presented at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, December 10th through 14th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Legendary bassist and two-time Grammy award winner Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. His impressive resume includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman. At Birdland Gomez convenes an all-star group featuring pianist Kenny Barron, the Philadelphia native who is widely considered "one of the top jazz pianists in the world," (LA Times); Drummer Al Foster, who has been the rhythmic force in bands led by Miles Daivs, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins and many other jazz legends for over 50 years; and virtuoso trumpeter Wallace Roney who was considered the protege and heir apparent to Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis leading to a long recording and performing career with his own and other groups. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: NAKED HOLIDAYS AT THE CUTTING ROOM

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: NAKED HOLIDAYS AT THE CUTTING ROOM

After a wildly successful transfer to Off-Broadway in 2011, EndTimes Productions once again returns to Off-Broadway with the 7th Annual NAKED HOLIDAYS. Previews of this flesh-filled evening of non-traditional holiday mischief, music and merriment are at CUTTING ROOM (44 East 32nd Street, NYC - 212-691-1900) at 8:00 pm. Performances are Saturdays at 7:30 & 10:30 pm & Sundays at 7:00 pm and the show runs through December 30th. Added performances Monday, December 23rd, Thursday & Friday, December 26th & 27th and closing night Monday, December 30th - all at 8:00 pm. NAKED HOLIDAYS is a darkly comic Yuletide bacchanalia of theater, music and burlesque. This boisterous holiday celebration puts a bawdy spin on some of our best-loved winter traditions. Full cast & production team at http://www.EndTimesProductions.org. With all-new musical numbers and sketches, as well as the traditional full-monty closer, "The Naked People Play", Naked Holidays is sure to deliver more holiday cheer than you've felt since puberty. Tickets are $45, available at 212-352-3101 orhttp://www.EndTimesProductions.org .
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER" AT THE YORK

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER" AT THE YORK

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), presents acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland in the Off-Broadway premiere of the tour-de-force musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter at THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25). Performances are set to begin Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 5, 2014. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays - see website for showtimes. Opening Night is set for Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 pm. Music direction will be by Christopher McGovern, and the onstage band will feature Danny Weller on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums. Love, Linda has book by Ms. Holland with Gary William Friedman, music & lyrics by Cole Porter, and arrangements & additional music by Mr. Friedman. Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. is the Director. Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter is a one-woman, tour de force musical and theatrical journey, starring acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. Love, Linda explores the life of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who, at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, married and was a driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With swinging, jazz-inflected arrangements by award-winning composer Gary William Friedman, Cole Porter's timeless music and lyrics weave through the compelling narrative written by Holland and Friedman, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their life. The score for Love, Linda includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale." Tickets are $67.50.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: PHOEBE LEGERE'S "SHAKESPEARE AND ELIZABETH I: THE REALITY SHOW" - LAST 2 SHOWS!

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: PHOEBE LEGERE'S "SHAKESPEARE AND ELIZABETH I: THE REALITY SHOW" - LAST 2 SHOWS!

Phoebe Legere, the renowned singer, author, composer and multi-format artist, has written a full-length musical comedy, "Shakespeare and Elizabeth I: The Reality Show." THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (155 First Avenue, NYC - 212-254-1109) will present this world premiere from Saturday, November 29th through Sunday, December 15th. The show plays Thursdays through Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm. The musical is about love, war, espionage and creative genius, and includes music written by Legere, who heads the cast of ten as Queen Elizabeth I. Director David Zen Mansley plays the Bard and trumpeter Rhys Tivey plays Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, the Queen's noble heartthrob. After analyzing the life, letters, translations, poetry and iconography of Queen Elizabeth I, Legere concluded that "Shakespeare" was, in fact, Elizabeth Tudor and her inner circle. Her new musical is a heady brew of "eye of newt, toe of frog," gigantic neck ruffs, amazing scenery and special effects. It features numerous quotes from the complete works of both Shakespeare and Elizabeth presented with Legere's signature social commentary and comic flair. This "Reality Show" is a feel-good feminist reading of the Shakespeare Brand enlivened by the music of Phoebe Legere. Tickets are $15.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: LE JAZZ HOT: HOW THE FRENCH SAVED JAZZ

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: LE JAZZ HOT: HOW THE FRENCH SAVED JAZZ

'Le Jazz Hot: How The French Saved Jazz', created by Peter and Will Anderson, will be presented at 59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) on Tuesdays through Sundays, December 3rd through 29th (showtimes vary- see website). Peter and Will Anderson, with their sensational jazz quintet, whisk audiences to the streets of Paris and the French countryside with rollicking swing and gypsy jazz. Had France not supported musicians like Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, and Josephine Baker, America's great art form may not have survived! Tickets are $25.

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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: GRAFF FAMILY HOLIDAY SPECIAL

CABARET TONIGHT IN  NYC: GRAFF FAMILY HOLIDAY SPECIAL

One of Broadway's most beloved musical families conquers our stage of 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) on Saturday, December 14th at 11:00 pm! Ilene Graff, Randy Graff, Todd Graff and Nikka Graff Lanzarone, along with special guests Fran Drescher, Liz Callaway, Joanna Gleason, Max Von Essen, Julia Murney & others, will perform a host of holiday favorites & tunes from their various forays on the Great White Way. In the tradition of the Andy Williams Christmas specials that warped them as children, expect tight, four-part harmonies, color coordinated hats and mufflers, indoor sleigh rides, audience participation, mistletoe & plenty of high belting. As a bonus, watch in wonder as Nikka dances all the parts to Turkey Lurkey Time in a four by four foot space! There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: LEN CARIOU: 'S WONDERFUL! 'S MARVELOUS!

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: LEN CARIOU: 'S WONDERFUL! 'S MARVELOUS!

On Saturday, December 14th at 8:00 pm54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) welcomes back a gentleman who can only be described as Broadway royalty - Len Cariou, and his new show ''S Wonderful! 'S Marvelous!'. This time, Len is singing GERSHWIN all the way! New York knows him not only for his Tony winning role as the original Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sweeney Todd), but from his memorable performances in Applause, A Little Night Music and Dance a Little Closer among others. Film and television audiences have embraced him in dozens of roles, ranging from The Four Seasons, About Schmidt, Into the Storm, Damages and his current role as Henry Reagan in Blue Bloods. Strike Up the Band! Mr. Cariou is showcasing his own Fascinatin' Rhythm! There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: WINTER RHYTHMS 2013: A DOUBLE BILL OF TWO AWARD-WINNING CABARET ARTISTS

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: WINTER RHYTHMS 2013: A DOUBLE BILL OF TWO AWARD-WINNING CABARET ARTISTS

Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director), in association with producer/ director/ lyricist Peter Napolitano announces a series of musical evenings entitled WINTER RHYTHMS 2013 at URBAN STAGES(259 West 30th Street, NYC - 212-421-1380).. On Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 pm they will present A double bill of two award-winning cabaret artists, Gretchen Reinhagen and Adam Shapiro. Act I: Shapiro celebrates the holidays in a very untraditional way with no Christmas carols. Act II: Reinhagen debuts a new show featuring songs of the 70s. Tickets are $30.copyright 2013 - See cabaret listings from all over the world at CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS

After a sold out debut engagement this summer, RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Alaska returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) with the premiere of HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS: THE ALASKA CHRISTMAS SHOW. Performances are Friday, December 13th at 8:30 & midnight; Saturday, December 14th at midnight; and Sunday, December 15th at 11:30 pm. In HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS: THE ALASKA CHRISTMAS SHOW, the one-of-a-kind drag sensation premieres her 1st holiday show, filling you with holiday cheer and stuffing your stockings with joy. Grab an eggnog and get snowed in with everyone's favorite eccentric extra-terrestrial, Alaska, and her Earthling cohort Handsome Jeremy , who will trim your tree with twisted renditions of all your favorite holiday hits, and deck your halls with original holiday-time musical stylings. This will surely prove to be the miracle on 42nd Street that you and your family will cherish for years to come. There is a $22-$40 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit http://www.SpinCycleNYC.com.

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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JACKIE BEAT: O HOLY HELL AT THE BEECHMAN

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JACKIE BEAT: O HOLY HELL AT THE BEECHMAN

Jackie Beat, everyone's favorite Grinch, returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909) for her 15th annual holiday show on Saturday & Sunday, December 14th & 15th at 7:30 pm. The self-professed illegitimate child of "Weird" Al Yankovic and Bette Midler will premiere JACKIE BEAT: O HOLY HELL, which continues Jackie Beat's mission to poison every sacred belief and holiday tradition. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa or Ramadan, an evening with Jackie Beat is always the perfect antidote to holiday cheer. Jackie is also a columnist, lead singer for the electro-rock band, Dirty Sanchez, and the subject of the documentary film My Name is Jackie Beat including commentary from Joan Rivers, Margaret Cho, and Roseanne. She is currently a writer for Hello Ross on E! There is a $22 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: HEDDA LETTUCE: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: HEDDA LETTUCE: CHRISTMAS SPECIAL

The Holidays are upon us, and Lettuce Rejoice 2013 is back at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, December 14th at 9:30 pm; Sunday, December 15th at 7:00 pm; Friday & Saturday, December 20th & 21st at 9:30 pm; and Sunday, December 22nd at 7:00 pm. Hedda's crisp comedy and delicious song parodies have made this festive celebration a hit for the past twelve years. Look forward to hearing such songsas, 'Here Comes Tranny Clause', the classic song, 'Sleigh Ride', in Hedda'shands 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. Lettuce Rejoice is theperfect present to give your self for the holidays. Out right bellylaughs are the free gifts with purchase with each ticket sold. The very talented Paul Leschen will be accompanying Hedda on piano. There is a $22 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: CELEBRATING SINATRA: A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: CELEBRATING SINATRA: A BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE

Some of the top nightclub performers in New York will perform a Birthday Tribute to Frank Sinatra at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM(34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, December 14th at 7:00 pm. On the occasion of Frank Sinatra's birthday this great group of singers pay homage to the influence on their singing careers. Scheduled to appear: Supranational singing sensation Oleg Frish, Jazz Vocalist Carl Alfino, Former Dean Martin Golddigger Michelle DellaFave and Tom D'Angelo. There will also be a very special appearance and performance by "Doo Wop Hall Of Fame" inductees Randy and The Rainbows Featuring Randy Safuto. This will be Randy and The Rainbows debut performance at the Metropolitan Room and will be one to remember. Known for their big hit "Denise" they are honored to pay tribute to one of their major influences "The Chairman Of The Board". There is an $25 cover plus 2 beverage minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, December 14th & 28th 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.
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SAN FRANCISCO: RUSS LORENSON CELEBRATES EIGHT YEARS OF "CHRISTMAS IN SAN FRANCISCO"


For the eighth year, singer and recording artist Russ Lorenson comes home for the holidays with his annual show, Christmas in San Francisco, for two performances only at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday, December 13th & 14th at PA'INA LOUNGE & RESTAURANT (1865 Post Street, San Francisco, CA - TKTS: 415-674-3863 -http://ChristmasInSF.com ). The guest artists for this year's show are San Francisco jazz legends Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill and Veronica Klaus. Crooner Russ Lorenson is back making merry for his 8th Annual Christmas in San Francisco, with his special guests, Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill and Veronica Klaus. An annual Bay Area holiday tradition, there's something for everyone in this evening of jingle jazz as Russ and his pals celebrate a swingin' Christmas, San Francisco style! Heard each year on "The Bay Area's Official Christmas Station - 96.5 KOIT-FM" with his recording of "Christmas in San Francisco," Russ Lorenson has established a reputation as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's leading interpreters of jazz standards, with a sound and approach that place him at the intersection of Broadway, jazz, and pop - the very essence of the Great American Songbook. TICKETS: $25-$45, available online athttp://ChristmasInSF.com or by calling 415-674-3863. $10 off the cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.

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CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE - HERE'S TODAY'S CABARET NEWS & LISTINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE - HERE'S TODAY'S CABARET NEWS & LISTINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

Here are today's cabaret events as listed on the home page of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE! Every day in every way we're promoting Cabaret! Your event missing? Send press releases to stuhamstra@svhamstra.com to be included - listings are FREE!

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SATURDAY BRUNCH IN TORONTO: SING SING SING: SWING-ALONG SATURDAY BRUNCH WITH JENNI BURKE

SATURDAY BRUNCH IN TORONTO: SING SING SING: SWING-ALONG SATURDAY BRUNCH WITH JENNI BURKE

In support of Daily Bread Food Bank and CBC's Sounds of the Season, Jenni Burke will be hosting a series of four "Swing-Along" Saturday brunch matinees at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299), featuring holiday songs, sing-alongs, and special guests performers. Doors open at 11:30 am - music starts at 12:30 pm. Known for her sensational voice and contagiously joyous stage presence, Toronto musical theatre, cabaret and jazz favourite Jenni Burke has performed to rave reviews all over the city. $5 cover. FREE if you bring a non-perishable food donation!

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AFTERNOON CABARET - NYC: SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY DECEMBER MEETING

AFTERNOON CABARET - NYC: SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY DECEMBER MEETING

THE NEW YORK SHEET MUSIC SOCIETY (http://www.nysms.org/ ), established in 1980, continues it's 2012-2013 Season on Saturday, December 15th at LOCAL 802 MUSICIANS' HALL (322 West 48th Street, NYC). See the website for information about this month's event. 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. 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.
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AFTERNOON CABARET - NYC: TIMELESS

AFTERNOON CABARET - NYC: TIMELESS

"TIMELESS" will be presented at THE DUPLEX CABARET THEATRE (61 Christopher Street, NYC - 212-255-5438 - ) on Saturday, December 14th at 4:30 pm. The show features the charming trio of Donna Elliott, Bob Diamond and Marcia Roney. This happy trio presents an elegant evening of songs and stories told with grace, charm and humor, from their perspective of a "certain age" - an age that is timeless. Directed by Gretchen Reinhagen with Musical Director, Tracy Stark. There is a $15 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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AFTERNOON CABARET - NYC: ELIZABETH SCHWARTZ MAKES CABARET DEBUT AT THE MET

AFTERNOON CABARET - NYC: ELIZABETH SCHWARTZ MAKES CABARET DEBUT AT THE MET

Elizabeth Schwartz makes her cabaret debut at THE METROPOLITAN ROOM (34 West 22nd Street, NYC - 212-206-0440) on Saturday, December 14th at 4:00 pm. For her cabaret debut, Elizabeth Schwartz brings the music that inspires her to the stage of the Metropolitan Room. From the standards of the 30s and 40s, to musical theater classics, to the pop hits of today, this show has something for everyone. Directed by Lina Koutrakos. Arrangements and musical direction by Rick Jensen. There is a $20 cover plus a 2-drink minimum.
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TODAY'S CABARET PICK - NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

TODAY'S CABARET PICK - NYC: JUDY AND LIZA TOGETHER AGAIN AT MAMA' S

Cabaret favorites Tommy Femia and Rick Skye have teamed up for another evening of "Judy and Liza Together Again" at DON'T TELL MAMA (343 West 46th Street, NYC - 212-757-0788) on Saturdays, December 14th & 28th 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.
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TODAY'S CABARET PICK: SAN FRANCISCO: RUSS LORENSON CELEBRATES EIGHT YEARS OF "CHRISTMAS IN SAN FRANCISCO"

TODAY'S CABARET PICK: SAN FRANCISCO: RUSS LORENSON CELEBRATES EIGHT YEARS OF "CHRISTMAS IN SAN FRANCISCO"
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For the eighth year, singer and recording artist Russ Lorenson comes home for the holidays with his annual show, Christmas in San Francisco, for two performances only at 7:30 pm on Friday & Saturday, December 13th & 14th at PA'INA LOUNGE & RESTAURANT (1865 Post Street, San Francisco, CA - TKTS: 415-674-3863 -http://ChristmasInSF.com ). The guest artists for this year's show are San Francisco jazz legends Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill and Veronica Klaus. Crooner Russ Lorenson is back making merry for his 8th Annual Christmas in San Francisco, with his special guests, Wesla Whitfield, Mike Greensill and Veronica Klaus. An annual Bay Area holiday tradition, there's something for everyone in this evening of jingle jazz as Russ and his pals celebrate a swingin' Christmas, San Francisco style! Heard each year on "The Bay Area's Official Christmas Station - 96.5 KOIT-FM" with his recording of "Christmas in San Francisco," Russ Lorenson has established a reputation as one of the San Francisco Bay Area's leading interpreters of jazz standards, with a sound and approach that place him at the intersection of Broadway, jazz, and pop - the very essence of the Great American Songbook. TICKETS: $25-$45, available online athttp://ChristmasInSF.com or by calling 415-674-3863. $10 off the cover for members of CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE.
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Friday, December 13, 2013

CABARET TONIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO: BETTY BUCKLEY: THE VIXENS OF BROADWAY

CABARET TONIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO: BETTY BUCKLEY: THE VIXENS OF BROADWAY

Betty Buckley brings her show "The Vixens of Broadway" to FEINSTEIN'S AT THE NIKKO (222 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA - 866-663-1063 ) on Thursdays through Sundays, December 5th through 8th and 12th through 15th (showtimes vary). The show highlights some of Broadway's most popular shows celebrating the second female leads. Song selections will include hits from "Chicago," "Evita," "Company," "Oklahoma" and "Into the Woods." Buckley will also perform songs from Jerry Herman's "Dear World" in which she just starred in the London Premiere earlier this year. There is a $50-$80 cover plus a $20 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN INDIANAPOLIS: THE BROADWAY BOYS: HARK! CLASSIC HOLIDAY SONGS REINVENTED

CABARET TONIGHT IN INDIANAPOLIS: THE BROADWAY BOYS: HARK! CLASSIC HOLIDAY SONGS REINVENTED

The Broadway Boys bring their show 'Hark!" to THE CABARET AT THE COLUMBIA CLUB (121 Monument Circle, Indianapolis, IN - 317-275-1169) Wednesday through Saturday, December 11th through 14th at 7:30 pm for a joyful and inspirational holiday evening with a collection of some of the hottest male voices currently working on the New York stage. The Broadway Boys infuse the holiday season with their dynamic vocal prowess and redefining arrangements, adding elements of pop, funk and gospel to traditional holiday songs and inspirational show tunes. This electrifying evening will include such songs as "All I Want for Christmas Is You," "The Lights (O Hanukkah)," "Seasons of Love" and more! There is a $35-$45-$55 cover plus a $12 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN FLORIDA: THE FOUR FRESHMEN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

CABARET TONIGHT IN FLORIDA: THE FOUR FRESHMEN AT THE ROYAL ROOM

It wouldn't be December in the THE ROYAL ROOM at THE COLONY HOTEL (155 Hammond Avenue, Palm Beach, FL - 561-659-8100) without the 10th 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. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday, December 11th through 14th at 8:30 pm (dinner served at 6:30 pm). 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. $100 show/dinner; $50 show only.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN D.C.: BENNY GOLSON AT BOHEMIAN CAVERNS

CABARET TONIGHT IN D.C.: BENNY GOLSON AT BOHEMIAN CAVERNS

BOHEMIAN CAVERNS (2001 Eleventh Street N.W., Washington, DC - 202-299-0800 - ) is proud to once again present NEA Jazz Master Benny Golson, Friday through Sunday, December 13th through 15th at 8:30 & 10:30 pm (Sunday, 7:00 & 9:00). Golson is an international jazz legend. Part composer, arranger, lyricist, producer and tenor saxophonist, Golson is the only living jazz artist to have written 8 standards for jazz repertoire. These jazz standards have found their way into countless recordings internationally over the years and are still being recorded. For more than 55 years, Golson has enjoyed an illustrious, musical career in which he has not only made scores of recordings but has also composed and arranged music for Count Basie, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sammy Davis Jr., Mama Cass Elliott, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Shirley Horn, Quincy Jones, Lou Rawls, Diana Ross, Mel Torme, and many others. There is a $40 cover.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN D.C.: MARCUS JOHNSON'S HOLIDAY PARTY AT BLUES ALLEY

CABARET TONIGHT IN D.C.: MARCUS JOHNSON'S HOLIDAY PARTY AT BLUES ALLEY

Marcus Johnson will hold a Holiday Party at BLUES ALLEY (1073 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC - 202-337-4141) on Thursday through Sunday, December 12th through 15th with shows at 8:00 & 10:00 pm. 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. He is truly a young man on the move. Call for cover/minimum information.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN TORONTO: HILARIO DURAN TRIO AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

CABARET TONIGHT IN TORONTO: HILARIO DURAN TRIO AT THE JAZZ BISTRO

The Hilario Duran Trio will perform at THE JAZZ BISTRO (251 Victoria Street, Toronto, ONT, CA - 416-363-5299 - ) on Friday & Saturday, December 13th & 14th at 9:00 pm. One of the world's most innovative creators of Afro-Cuban music and Latin Jazz Hilario produces stunning feats of musical beauty every time he takes the stage. Cuban piano virtuoso Chucho Valdes calls him "unparalleled". Jazz Bistro considers it an honour to present him on their stage. There is a $15 cover.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: BOBBY WATSON & HORIZON AT DIZZY'S

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: BOBBY WATSON & HORIZON AT DIZZY'S

Bobby Watson & Horizon (Bobby Watson, alto saxophone; Victor Lewis, drums; Terell Stafford, trumpet; Edward Simon, piano; and Essiet Essiet, bass) will perform at DIZZY'S CLUB AT JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER (33 West 60th Street, NYC - 212-258-9595) on Thursday through Sunday, December 12th through 15th with shows at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Saxophonist Bobby Watson began his career with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, later becoming the musical director of the group. He founded Horizon in the early 1990s, building on Art Blakey's hard-bop sound and adding a modern twist. After an eight-year hiatus, the group reunited to produce 2004's Horizon Reassembled, and today the quintet has grown into an all-star ensemble, whose members have used their time to form new groups, play as leaders, and tour internationally. Boasting a collective sound that is both improvisational and expressive, Bobby Watson and Horizon reconnect at Dizzy's with a renewed sense of energy and commitment to their music. There is a $40-$45 cover.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: CHAD SMITH'S BOMBASTIC MEATBATS

Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats will perform at THE IRIDIUM JAZZ CLUB (1650 Broadway, NYC - 212-582-2121) on Thursday throuh Saturday,, December 12th through 14th with shows at 8:30 & 10:30 pm. Remember the good old days, when jazz-fusion wasn't all about showing off your chops, it was more about creating sweeping moods and the importance of songwriting? Well the Bombastic Meatbats certainly remember those days. Having studied the classic early-to-mid 70's recordings of such fusion greats as Return to Forever and Jeff Beck, the group which includes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee/Grammy winning drummer, Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot), Keyboardist Ed Roth (Sophie B. Hawkins, Coolio, Brothers Johnson), guitarist Jeff Kollman (Jill Scott, Glenn Hughes), and bassist Kevin Chown (George Benson, Uncle Kracker), continues to reinvent and introduce the jazz genre to a new generation of fans. There is a $30 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: FOURPLAY AT THE BLUE NOTE

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: FOURPLAY AT THE BLUE NOTE

The contemporary jazz quartet known as Fourplay performs at THE BLUE NOTE (131 West 3rd Street, NYC - 212-475-8592) on Tuesday through Sunday, December 10th through 15th with shows at 8:00 & 10:30 pm. For two decades, Fourplay (Bob James, piano & keys; Chuck Loeb, guitar; Nathan East, bass; Harvey Mason, drums) has enjoyed consistent artistic and commercial success by grafting elements of R&B, pop and a variety of other sounds to their unwavering jazz foundations. In the course of a dozen recordings - six of which have climbed to the top of Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Album charts - the supergroup has continued to explore the limitless dimensions and permutations of jazz while at the same time appealing to a broad mainstream audience. There is a $30-$56 cover.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JAZZ STORIES AT BIRDLAND

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: JAZZ STORIES AT BIRDLAND

Jazz Stories featuring Eddie Gomez, Kenny Barron, Al Foster, Wallace Roney will be presented at BIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) on Tuesday through Saturday, December 10th through 14th with shows at 8:30 & 11:00 pm. Legendary bassist and two-time Grammy award winner Eddie Gomez has been on the cutting edge of music for over four decades. His impressive resume includes performances with jazz giants such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, Bill Evans, Gerry Mulligan and Benny Goodman. At Birdland Gomez convenes an all-star group featuring pianist Kenny Barron, the Philadelphia native who is widely considered "one of the top jazz pianists in the world," (LA Times); Drummer Al Foster, who has been the rhythmic force in bands led by Miles Daivs, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins and many other jazz legends for over 50 years; and virtuoso trumpeter Wallace Roney who was considered the protege and heir apparent to Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis leading to a long recording and performing career with his own and other groups. There is a $40 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.copyright 2013 - See cabaret listings from all over the world at CABARET HOTLINE ONLINE

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND DIRECTED BY TOMMY IGOE

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: THE BIRDLAND BIG BAND DIRECTED BY TOMMY IGOE

Featuring the finest musicians in New York! The Birdland Big Band roars into action atBIRDLAND (315 West 44th Street, NYC - 212-581-3080) every Friday, playing the finest Jazz, Latin and Brazilian music from the world's best arrangers. After work or before a show, drinks or a great dinner, come hear one of the world's best drummers driving the hardest swinging band in New York. Experience why the BBB is fast becoming the must-see weekly jazz event in New York and kick off your weekend with what critics are calling "the best live music bargain in all of NYC!" There is a $30 cover plus a $10 food/drink minimum.

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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: PHOEBE LEGERE'S "SHAKESPEARE AND ELIZABETH I: THE REALITY SHOW"

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: PHOEBE LEGERE'S "SHAKESPEARE AND ELIZABETH I: THE REALITY SHOW"

Phoebe Legere, the renowned singer, author, composer and multi-format artist, has written a full-length musical comedy, "Shakespeare and Elizabeth I: The Reality Show." THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (155 First Avenue, NYC - 212-254-1109) will present this world premiere from Saturday, November 29th through Sunday, December 15th. The show plays Thursdays through Saturday at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm. The musical is about love, war, espionage and creative genius, and includes music written by Legere, who heads the cast of ten as Queen Elizabeth I. Director David Zen Mansley plays the Bard and trumpeter Rhys Tivey plays Robert Dudley, 1st Earl of Leicester, the Queen's noble heartthrob. After analyzing the life, letters, translations, poetry and iconography of Queen Elizabeth I, Legere concluded that "Shakespeare" was, in fact, Elizabeth Tudor and her inner circle. Her new musical is a heady brew of "eye of newt, toe of frog," gigantic neck ruffs, amazing scenery and special effects. It features numerous quotes from the complete works of both Shakespeare and Elizabeth presented with Legere's signature social commentary and comic flair. This "Reality Show" is a feel-good feminist reading of the Shakespeare Brand enlivened by the music of Phoebe Legere. Tickets are $15.

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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER" AT THE YORK

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER" AT THE YORK

The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), presents acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland in the Off-Broadway premiere of the tour-de-force musical Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter at THE YORK THEATRE at Saint Peter's Church (619 Lexington Avenue, NYC - 212-935-5820 ext. 25). Performances are set to begin Tuesday, December 3rd at 7:00 pm for a limited engagement through Sunday, January 5, 2014. Performances are Tuesdays through Sundays - see website for showtimes. Opening Night is set for Thursday, December 12th at 7:30 pm. Music direction will be by Christopher McGovern, and the onstage band will feature Danny Weller on bass and Alex Wyatt on drums. Love, Linda has book by Ms. Holland with Gary William Friedman, music & lyrics by Cole Porter, and arrangements & additional music by Mr. Friedman. Tony Award-winner Richard Maltby, Jr. is the Director. Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter is a one-woman, tour de force musical and theatrical journey, starring acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. Love, Linda explores the life of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who, at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, married and was a driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship and love lasted through 35 years of marriage and together they lived a spectacular, glamour-filled life. With swinging, jazz-inflected arrangements by award-winning composer Gary William Friedman, Cole Porter's timeless music and lyrics weave through the compelling narrative written by Holland and Friedman, celebrating the deep love that Linda and Cole shared, while examining the darker sides of their life. The score for Love, Linda includes such beloved Porter songs as "Night and Day", "I Love Paris," "In the Still of the Night" and "Love for Sale." Tickets are $67.50.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: LE JAZZ HOT: HOW THE FRENCH SAVED JAZZ

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: LE JAZZ HOT: HOW THE FRENCH SAVED JAZZ

'Le Jazz Hot: How The French Saved Jazz', created by Peter and Will Anderson, will be presented at 59E59 THEATERS (59 East 59th Street, NYC - 212-279-4200) on Tuesdays through Sundays, December 3rd through 29th (showtimes vary- see website). Peter and Will Anderson, with their sensational jazz quintet, whisk audiences to the streets of Paris and the French countryside with rollicking swing and gypsy jazz. Had France not supported musicians like Django Reinhardt, Sidney Bechet, and Josephine Baker, America's great art form may not have survived! Tickets are $25.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: WINTER RHYTHMS 2013: A UNIQUE LOOK AT THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: WINTER RHYTHMS 2013: A UNIQUE LOOK AT THE GOLDEN AGE OF HOLLYWOOD

Urban Stages (Frances Hill, Founding Artistic Director), in association with producer/ director/ lyricist Peter Napolitano announces a series of musical evenings entitled WINTER RHYTHMS 2013 at URBAN STAGES(259 West 30th Street, NYC - 212-421-1380). On Friday, December 13th at 7:00 pm they will present Janice Hall and Karen Oberlin. A " double feature" of shows by two award- winning cabaret artists, each taking a unique look at the Golden Age of Hollywood. Tickets are $30.

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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: DREW GASPARINI & FRIENDS AT 54 BELOW

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: DREW GASPARINI & FRIENDS AT 54 BELOW

Award winning composer Drew Gasparini will perform at 54 BELOW(254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551 - ) on Friday, December 13th at 11:00 pm. This will be his 54 Below debut! The evening will showcase songs from Drew's collection of musicals including Make Me Bad, #UntitledPopMusical, Crazy, Just Like Me, Inappropriate Stories Told At A Bar, and more, as well as songs from his album I Could Use A Drink. The evening will feature performances by Marc Summers (Double Dare, The Food Network), Phoebe Strole (Spring Awakening, Glee), Alex Brightman (Big Fish), Lauren Pritchard (Spring Awakening), Nicholas Christopher (Motown), Jason Gotay (Bring It On, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark), Brandon J. Ellis (Once), Andrew Kober (Hair), F. Michael Haynie (Wicked), Julia Mattison (Godspell), Ben Crawford (Big Fish), Charlie Rosen (One Man, Two Guvnors; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Preston Sadleir (Next To Normal), Louis Sacco, Hannah A. Brady, Emily Kay Shrader, Monet Julia Sabel, Lauren T. Mack, Hannah Kloepfer, Farra Kober, Chloe Gasparini and Kasie Gasparini. Chock full of musical theater, and pop tunes from Drew's catalog, you can also expect a lot of laughs ... a LOT of them. Drew Gasparini has won the John Lennon Songwriting Award, and his music has been heard on NBC's SMASH and in venues all over the country, including the Kennedy Center. His musical Make Me Bad (book by Alex Brightman) won PACE new Musicals, his musical Crazy, Just Like Me won Best of Fest at NYMF 2011, and his musical adaptation of Turn Of The Screw (book by Michael Kimmel) was presented at Lincoln Center in 2012. Also, his mom thinks he's really special. There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.
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NYC: LEN CARIOU: 'S WONDERFUL! 'S MARVELOUS!

NYC: LEN CARIOU: 'S WONDERFUL! 'S MARVELOUS!

On Wednesday, December 11th at 8:00 pm and Friday & Saturday, December 13th & 14th at 8:00 pm 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street, NYC - 646-476-3551) welcomes back a gentleman who can only be described as Broadway royalty - Len Cariou, and his new show ''S Wonderful! 'S Marvelous!'. This time, Len is singing GERSHWIN all the way! New York knows him not only for his Tony winning role as the original Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Sweeney Todd), but from his memorable performances in Applause, A Little Night Music and Dance a Little Closer among others. Film and television audiences have embraced him in dozens of roles, ranging from The Four Seasons, About Schmidt, Into the Storm, Damages and his current role as Henry Reagan in Blue Bloods. Strike Up the Band! Mr. Cariou is showcasing his own Fascinatin' Rhythm! There is a $35-$45 cover plus a $25 food/drink minimum.

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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS

After a sold out debut engagement this summer, RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Alaska returns to THE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909 - ) with the premiere of HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS: THE ALASKA CHRISTMAS SHOW. Performances are Friday, December 13th at 8:30 & midnight; Saturday, December 14th at midnight; and Sunday, December 15th at 11:30 pm. In HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS: THE ALASKA CHRISTMAS SHOW, the one-of-a-kind drag sensation premieres her 1st holiday show, filling you with holiday cheer and stuffing your stockings with joy. Grab an eggnog and get snowed in with everyone's favorite eccentric extra-terrestrial, Alaska, and her Earthling cohort Handsome Jeremy , who will trim your tree with twisted renditions of all your favorite holiday hits, and deck your halls with original holiday-time musical stylings. This will surely prove to be the miracle on 42nd Street that you and your family will cherish for years to come. There is a $22-$40 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum. To purchase tickets, call 212-352-3101 or visit http://www.SpinCycleNYC.com.
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CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: DISTORTED KRISTMESS AT THE BEECHMAN

CABARET TONIGHT IN NYC: DISTORTED KRISTMESS AT THE BEECHMAN

Dallas DuBois and her merry band of drag stars (whose DISTORTED DIZNEE show has developed a cult following) has put a bawdy twist on the most wonderful time of the year with DISTORTED KRISTMESS atTHE WEST BANK CAFE/LAURIE BEECHMAN THEATRE (407 West 42nd Street, NYC - 212-695-6909). Performances are on Fridays, through December 20th at 10:00 pm. at This Las Vegas-style drag extravaganza stars Dallas DuBois, Holly Dae, Bootsie LeFaris, Pixie Aventura, and more. In DISTORTED KRISTMESS, all of your holiday favorites are run past a dirty funhouse mirror. Highlights include a twisted take on Let It Snow, an alternative Grinch, and a warped spin on A Charlie Brown Christmas as well as a special visit from The Port Authority Cockettes, an extremely downscale version of the celebrated Radio City Rockettes. There is a $20 cover plus a $15 food/drink minimum.
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