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HEY! LOOK WHO'S ON THE COVER OF THE CURRENT ISSUE!
RECENT NEW PART TIME DESERT RESIDENT TOM MICHAEL!
HE AND BECKIE DID ONE OF MY CABARET ON SUNDAYS SHOWS
LAST SEASON AND WILL RETURN WITH A CHRISTMAS SHOW
HERE IS MY COLUMN FOR THE CURRENT ISSUE:
JULY - AUGUST 2019 PALM SPRINGS COLUMN
Summer is finally here and we are slowing down but there are a few new announcements. For one, Cabaret On The Green Open Mic
that I host with Joel Baker
on piano over at AJ' On The Green
on Saturday nights has asked us to also do a Friday night show. This one will be one hour earlier from 6:30 to 9:00 PM, I'm thinking of calling it
Casual Cabaret Fridays? Another piece of news is a change of venue for PS Underground
, the popular dinner and show co-produced by Michael Fietsam
, who is more hands on when it comes to the shows, and Dave Horgen
who brings his flair to the dining experience are on the move. Since 2014 they have sold out their extravaganzas with imaginative themes and make use of the many talented local performers. Where did they go? It's the perfect locations in the former space occupied
by Appetito Restaurant
next to Koffi
and across the street from Ace Hotel
To find out what's on the bill go to psunderground.com
. Other news is what happened to their old room,
Club Rouge? Located behind Pete's Hideaway
; it is now The Indigo Room
. They will present themed dinner and show productions developed in part by producer, radio show host, and entertainer Bonnie Gillgallon
. Although they have two or three shows completed, their web site is still under construction. I will have more information in the next issue. Over at
Michael Holmes Purple Room
they will be on hiatus for July and August but you can check out the line up at purpleroompalmsprings.com
has turned up their entertainment by adding a piano bar out on their patio with nightly entertainment in addition to the weekly line up inside in it's supper club including The Sensational Jewels
, the Celebrity Female Impersonation Dinner Show
, Bitchiest Brunch Sundays
, plus special guests coming soon including Sandra Bernhard, Barbara Eden, and Michele Lee.
Also new, we can now add Studio
to the entertainment scene now that they brought in a baby grand piano. They have been trying out different nights and different pianist to find the right mix, but so far it has been Tommy Dodson
, Brian Miller
, and Mark Lee
Something that isn't cooling down is the Cabaret On Sundays Series at the Arthur Newman Theater. The summer season kicked off June 2nd with a sold out performance by Roberta Linn. Coming to the series in July 7 is Michael Shapiro in Fabulous Places with Stuart Elster on piano, Patti Gallagher and Mark Almy will team up with Joel Baker on piano on July 14 for Together Again, Frank Duncan and Bruce Hall are there July 21 with their show Side By Side Again with Nick Vega on piano, Cody Wood is set for July 28 with This Songs For You, then for August 4 will be Lisa Donahey in Jazzbaret with David Arana on piano, returning with a new show is Gary Lynn Floyd, this time he will playing piano for Welcome To My World, also returning is the popular Marcia Harp with Jeffrey Lesser on piano for Where Was I When I Needed Me, and August 25 brings David Duvall from Seattle with himself on piano with So Naughty, So Nice: Songs Bobby Short Taught Me. Tickets are all $15 and the summer series continues every Sunday at 2 PM and running through September 29, see the complete schedule at lesmichaels.com.
Many venues will be closed or taking time off this summer but there are still lots of options like; Melvyn's at the Ingelside Inn, where Mikael Healey holds court on the piano several nights a week including the infamous Sunday Jam where local musicians come to jam and special invited guest singers come to do sets, often you'll find Sharon Sills, Melba Miller, Paul Kay, Hope Diamond and more. Taking some time off until August 2nd is Derrik Lewis on piano and Jeff Stover on bass ith his trio who entertain Tuesdays and Thursdays in The Coral Seas Lounge at Tropicale. The very popular The Mod Squad Variety Show, that recently celebrated one year, is next door at Copa Night Club on Thursdays with Francesca Amari, Jeff Stewart, and Wayne Abravanel, followed by Bella Da Ball and Lipstick Cabaret Review. Also at AJ's On The Green, Cabaret On The Green Open Mic with Joel Baker on piano and Les Michaels as MC is Friday and Saturday nights, Bill Marx is there on Mondays, then Doug MacDonald and Larry Halloway and The Wednesday Night Jazz Jam, currently Thursdays are Richard Bono and Popee in rotation with various other artists, and they are closed Sundays and Tuesday through summer. Thursday Open Mic at Frankie's with Joel Baker on piano continues, and owners Frankie Mamone and Luca Arias are looking forward to the upcoming season to begin booking shows in their beautiful jazz supper club and cabaret room with the help of Hope Diamond. Stacy's Piano Bar has weekly entertainers like Ron Pass, Rick Ross, Robin Miller, Viki Dee, Gregg Akkerman, Mark Lee, Shalini Varghese and more. Ron Pass also plays Tuesday - Saturday nights at Morgan's La Quinta, Keisha D is at Wang's the 1st and 3rd Sundays with and I believe she has been added to Wednesday nights too. Rose Mallett is at Woody's on Fridays. Michael D'Angelo is at Chef George's Picasso Lounge Tuesdays & Thursdays and at the Sonora Grill at Embassy Suites Fridays and Saturdays. Frank's Place at Indian Wells Resort is taking summer as well asVicky's of Santa Fe. Newer venues to also be adding entertaiment are AMP Sports Lounge is where Eve Holmes can be found on select nights and Runway has Robecca Clark on Sundays 3 to 5 pm. Moving on to the theater's, there isn't much to report as they have pretty much gone dark until September aside from Palm Canyon Theatre with their July 5 - 14 production of Spring Awakening. Some of the theaters have already announced their 2019 - 2010 shows and it looks like we are going to see even more new productions this season. I'll keep you posted here or see my weekly newsletter link at Life Is A Cabaret Newsletter.
DO YOU REMEMBER THURSDAY NIGHTS IN THE
TEN20 LOUNGE AT THE BEAUTIFUL BEL AGE HOTEL
IN WEST HOLLYWOOD?
IT SEEMS LIKE ONLY YESTERDAY BUT IT WAS REALLY AROUND 2003 - 2006. THE NIGHT STARTED WITH "THE GUEST STARS SHOWCASE" AND 4 PERFORMERS DOING A SHORT SET AROUND 15 MINUTES AND 3 TO 4 SONGS. RON SNYDER, THE HOUSE PIANIST, PLAYED FOR THEM AND AFTER A SHORT BREAK WE CONTINUED THE NIGHT WITH OPEN MIC. IT REALLY WAS A FABULOUS ROOM WITH GREAT FOOD, GORGEOUS BABY GRAND, AND THAT VIEW!
I HAD SO MANY DIGITAL PHOTOS FROM THOSE NIGHTS BUT LOST THEM WHEN MY COMPUTER DIED ABOUT 4 YEARS AGO. BUT I RECENTLY FOUND THE PAPTER PROGRAM I PUT TOGETHER FROM THE VERY LAST NIGHT THERE AFTER THE HOTEL WAS SOLD, IT'S NOW CALLED LONDON WEST. ANYWAY, I COMPILED A LIST OF ALL 383 GUEST STARS FROM THE 140 SHOWS ON A SPECIAL WEB PAGE IN CASE ANYONE WANTS TO SEE ALL THE INCREDIBLE SINGERS WHO CAME TO BE PART OF IT. I ALSO HAVE LOTS OF OLD "MINI - DVD'S" TAKEN OF A LOT OF THE SHOWS. ONCE I LEARN HOW TO TRANSFER THEM TO THE WEB I WILL POST THEM FOR YOU TO SEE.
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A MESSAGE FROM BELLA DA BALL ABOUT THIS COMING PRIDE CABARET
Can you believe it is almost July!?!
Palm Springs Pride is right around the corner. Festival days/hours in downtown Palm Springs will be Saturday, November 2nd at 10 AM opening with entertainment starting
noon and going until 9 PM, and Sunday, November 3rd at 10 AM with Parade and entertainment 12 noon to 4:30 PM.
(There will also be the Stonewall Equality Concert party Friday evening, November 1, 6-10 on Arenas. The Arenas block party will be Saturday evening 6-11 p.m.
The Arenas festival/block party will be Sunday afternoon until 6 p.m.)
The community stage I am involved with will be located near Kaiser Restaurant.
Please let me know if you have interest in performing this year? If you are, when?
a. Saturday afternoon, first half of day, between 12 noon - 3 p.m.
b. Saturday afternoon, second half of day, between 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
c. Saturday evening, between 6-9 p.m.
d. Sunday afternoon, first half of day, between 12 noon - 2 p.m.
e. Sunday afternoon, second half of day, between 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
f. if you have availability and we have room, if you would like to perform both days, please advise first and second choice of day/time.
g. Please advise:
your name, your phone number, your email, how many people with you performing, what you will be doing-live singing, comedy, drag lip synch, dance, magic, etc. and approx. how much time you might like (all subject to availability!).
h. will you bring tracks or have musical instruments?
i. don't send photo yet please, but have ready for when I call for them.
j. please feel free to forward this to other potential entertainers.
k. all songs, attire, numbers, etc. should be PG or G rated as this is open to all and is an outside show. This is not an inside, night club, bar, private party.
m. All schedules and bookings are subject to final approval of Pride Committee Management.
n. All performers are volunteering their time and talent. You may sell CD's or your items off stage. All tips are yours to keep.
Bella da Ball
When you feel like giving up, remind yourself why you started it in the first place. If the reason is still there, if it sparks joy, keep going.
Just because you got frustrated or disappointed, is no reason to give up on your goal. Relive your purpose, and let it re-energize you.
Though the setbacks do sting, they can also teach and focus and motivate you. What a shame it would be to waste it all by giving up.
You have the intelligence and desire, the talent and strength to persist. Use the power of fortitude, and bring joy and value to your life.
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