February Open Mic Wrap-up

Just in time for Valentine’s day, the DC Cabaret Network hosted its February Open Mic.

Five singers.  One musical director.  And just enough music to chase away the winter blues.

If you weren’t able to attend, you missed Reenie Codelka on the keyboards creating some wonderful moments and music with the singers:

Susan CliftonThe Man that Got Away, Bewitched and Come Rain or Come Shine

Aimee BarnesI’ll Be Here, My Simple Request and Cute Boys with Short Hair Cuts

Jane BrewsterMisty

Dorian WoodruffSomeone To Watch over Me, Weren’t We Fools? and Sleep Warm

Terri AllenJust in Time, Funny Valentine and (with back-up from Reenie Codelka) Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?

Next month:  Open Mic, Wed., March 13. 

Open Mic Report

So if you weren’t able to make it to our Open Mic on January 16th at the Black Fox Lounge, you missed:

Eileen Warner singing Storybook

Marianne Glass Miller singing Love Who You Love

Heather Frank singing A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square

Tim Gavaghan singing I Didn’t Know What Time it Was

Maris Wicker singing Look Over There

Ron Squeri singing Almost Like Being in Love

Dorian Woodruff singing Moon River

Pam Jackson singing  Gravity

Terri Allen singing Hope Floats

Finally, Maureen Kerrigan gave a lovely tribute to Lucille Frohling singing Broadway Baby.  A glass was raised in her honor.

Our Members Only Showcase Is Right Around the Corner!

Please join the DC Cabaret Network as we present a showcase performance by members of the Network at the Arts Club of Washington. Here’s the info:

SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2011,  at 7:00PM
THE DC CABARET NETWORK PRESENTS
THE MEMBERS ONLY SHOWCASE
FEATURING:
Terri Allen
Stephanie Dailey
Emily Everson Gleichenhaus
Arlene Hill
Matt Howe
Michael Miyazaki
Byron Murray
Paul Pompeo
Kathy Reilly
Brenda Rozier-Clark
Lonny Smith
Ron Squeri
March is Cabaret Month and The DC Cabaret Network is delighted to celebrate by presenting this year’s DC CABARET NETWORK MEMBERS ONLY SHOWCASE. On Sunday, March 27th at 7:00pm, please join us for a wonderful evening of Cabaret featuring our own DC Cabaret Network Members. The extraordinary Alex Tang will be the Musical Director and accompanist and Judy Simmons directs. The Arts Club is located at 2017 I Street, NW in Washington, D.C., near Farragut West and Foggy Bottom Metro stations. Reservations are highly recommended and should be sent to: info@dccabaretnetwork.org
$20 non-members (Cash appreciated) or join the DC Cabaret Network for $45
$15 for members of The DC Cabaret Network and The Arts Club (Cash appreciated)
Wine and soda may be purchased (Cash appreciated) for:
Wine: $7
Soda: $2

Thanks for Supporting the Toys for Tots Drive at Our Holiday Open Mic!

By Terri Allen

DC Cabaret Network Board of Directors, and organizer/coordinator of our monthly open mics:

Open Mics are always a fun time.  They give our members the opportunity to sing, experiment with new music and also work with material they are more familiar with.  It is always a joy to listen to the variety of singers and material that is presented.  And it is almost impossible to come to an Open Mic without asking a singer – “who wrote that song?”

Special Thanks to Our Hosts
The Network’s December Open Mic has become a great annual event, thanks to Michael Miyazaki and Ron Squeri who lead the Open Mic with their own unique blend of holiday spirit.

Great Participation in Toys for Tots Event
For the last few years, the DC Cabaret Network has  participated in Toys for Tots sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps at the Dec. Open Mic.  This year, once again, members of the Network rallied and brought all kinds of wonderful presents (tea sets, jewelry, Barbi dolls and even stuffed animals!)  Although the Marines were not able to pick up the toys at our event, the toys were delivered to a fire station in the area also sponsoring a Toys for Tots fundraiser.  Thanks to the DC Cabaret Network members for once again supporting this cause and making our December Open Mic a great event!

Several DC Cabaret Network members will be performing @ Artomatic

Be sure and check out several DC Cabaret Network members who will be performing the next two Sundays at Artomatic, Washington, DC’s month long arts festival. They’ll be on the Cabaret Stage at 5 PM, Sunday, May 31, 2009, and Sunday, June 7, 2009, at 5:30 p.m..

These shows, known as Cabaret Heaven, feature Terri Allen, Ron Squeri, Maris Wicker, Kathy Reilly, Andrea Klores, Christy Trapp, Justin Ritchie and Beverly Cosham. Musical direction is by Reenie Codelka.

Artomatic is free to the public and features nine floors of visual and installation art, as well as musical and theatrical performances. Artomatic is located at 55 M Street, SE — next to the Washington Nationals Ballpark.

Thanks to Michael Miyazaki for highlighting this info on Miyazaki Cabaret Update: DC & Beyond.

Field Report: Arts on Foot

Thanks to all the wonderful DC Cabaret Network members who sang as part of Arts on Foot on Saturday, September 13, 2008, at the Warehouse Theater. Here’s who sang what, accompanied by the terrific Mary Sugar:

David McMullin

The Tale of The Oyster

We Can Be Kind

Kathy Reilly

I’ll Remember April

Yellow Days

Ron Squieri

Sway

One More Walk Around the Garden

Joanne Schmoll

A Wonderful Guy

Lazy Afternoon

Michael Miyazaki
I Had A Dream About You

It Must be Him

Emily Leatha Everson

There Will be A Miracle

I Want Them Bald

Lonny Smith, Alicia Steffman, Elizabeth Keyes

A  Good Man is Hard to Find (show title)

A Good Man is Hard to Find

100 Easy Ways to lose a Man -Liz

Lonely Town – Lonny

You Go to My Head – Alicia

Marry the Man Today – Alicia and Liz

A Good Man is Hard to Find (reprise) All

Terri Allen

From Time to Time

What the World Needs Now

Getting Psyched @ Psycho Cabaret!

Cast of Psycho Cabaret: L to R, George Fulginiti-Shakar, Lonny Smith, Emily Leatha Everson, Arlene Hill, Terri Allen, Judy Simmons, Chris Cochran, and Michael Vitaly Sazanov

by Terri Allen, Psycho Cabaret Producer

Well, we had our first Psycho Cabaret! performance as part of the Fringe Festival at Chief Ike’s last night.  We all seemed to get our lyrics straight and the audience liked the selections.  It seems as if we have indeed, created, a psycho show!  If I had to be honest, I saw some extraordinary performances tonight.  And George Fulginiti-Shakar, our musical director and on keyboards, really centered us, and kept the show moving forward.

OK. Since this is a blog, I have to be honest, and say that George left his piano stand at home!  Somewhere between the time I pulled up in my car to unload some chairs, and the time I found a parking space and walked back to the club, I saw George walking down the street.  Because I had just gone through the rigor of finding a parking place, I wasn’t surprised at first.  But then suddenly realized he was walking in the wrong direction. And, why was he walking AWAY from the club?

There always has to be some drama, doesn’t there, when a show opens?  (I know I diligently ironed my clothes for the show and then as I was leaving my apartment, of course, they fell off the hangars……and, you can imagine the rest!  A true comedy moment.)

The good news — evidently, Arch Campbell (on Channel 7) mentioned that the Fringe Festival was happening and mentioned Psycho Cabaret! (One of our cast member’s father emailed him about the Fringe Festival and he mentioned our show!)  Who knew!!!!

Anyway, Chief Ike’s has a definite personality. (OK, it takes me back many years ago when I sang in a club at Ocean City and there was always noise in the background and people talking at the bar.  And then there was the other club. . . oh forget it, you have to talk to me to get the full story about that!)  Let’s say that there can be a battle between those folks who hang out at the bar, and our sophisticated audiences who come to see a show.

But back to the present.  Psycho Cabaret! Come see us.  Eight singers (including our strong musical director who graces the stage to sing) . . .  Yes, I’m a bit prejudiced – some really interesting material, and an interesting environment.

And, yes, it is Fringe!   Come support us!  You’ll have a good time!