Dorothy Parker Society friends and lovers in New York City, can enjoy two events this week. Both involve live music and cocktails in vintage settings, uptown and downtown. Make plans on Thursday and Saturday night to come out for a great evening. Read on!
The Last Thursday Series in the Borsalino Room is Thursday, May 27, with a very special performance by Karen Oberlin. She is a Bistro and MAC Award winning jazz-pop vocalist, recently described by Stephen Holden in the New York Times as having “impeccable classic pop style…musical intelligence…arresting and perfect moments (with) beautifully shaped, delicately voluptuous phrasing.” In addition, five other special guest vocalists will be performing.
The venue is underneath Flûte (http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;flutebar.com), the popular Champagne lounge in Gramercy Park (40 E. 20th Street) in its underground private cabaret room. The Dorothy Parker Society (http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;dorothyparker.com), New York’s #1 literary association, is the evening’s sponsor. The musical director and accompanist is the incomparable William Zeffiro, the man behind the hit show “The Road to Ruin” at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
Appearing at the Last Thursday Series on May 27 at 8 pm:
• Karen Oberlin (http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;karenoberlin.com), is performing at the Algonquin Hotel for three weeks in June. She is a 2010 MAC award nominee for outstanding vocalist of the year. Bistro Award winner. She has appeared at major New York venues such as Jazz at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, Iridium Jazz Club, Feinstein's, Merkin Hall and The Metropolitan Room.
• Kristin Maloney (http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;kristinmaloney.com), performed Off Broadway as Dorothy Parker in a mini-tour of Ginny Redington/Tom Dawes musical, Talk of the Town, as well as a full year at the Algonquin. Kristin made her principal debut at New York City Opera in the Glimmerglass Opera co-production The Glass Blowers as comic soubrette Rose Green.
• Adam MacDonald (http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;adamjmacdonald.com), also starred in Talk of the Town, as Robert E. Sherwood, MacDonald has performed in the national tour of My Fair Lady.
• Danielle Erin Rhodes (http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;myspace.com/danierhodes), a pianist, composer, and songwriter has performed twice at the New York Musical Theater Festival. Danielle toured all over the world with such shows as Grease and Oliver!
• Libba Bray (http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;libbabray.com), author-vocalist Bray has written hit novels for teens including Going Bovine and Rebel Angels, and she is making her cabaret debut.
• Marnie Klar presented her New York solo cabaret debut at Don't Tell Mama in December.
Table reservations for the Last Thursday Series are encouraged (212-529-7870). There is no cover with a 2-drink minimum. Must be over 21 to attend.
Then on Saturday, May 29, is the monthly Wit’s End party at Flute Midtown (205 West 54th St). The party starts at 7 pm. All info and photos here: http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;clubwitsend.com
Celebrate the vibrant history of America this Memorial Day weekend at the Star Spangled Soiree! Patriotic vintage dance tunes brought to you by favorites SKY BLUE & JESSE SELENGUT (http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;jesseselengut.com)!
Free Hors D'Oeuvres 7pm-8pm...come down early and have dinner at Flute!
FREE BEGINNER DANCE LESSON – 830 pm! Jeri Lynn Astra helps you tap those toes!
Come in your finest vintage patriotic attire - 1910s/1920s/1930s/1940s! Bring out that red, white, and blue and enjoy dancing and have some vintage cocktails with us!
There is a $12 cover. Must be over 21 to attend.
Check out http://www.facebook.com/l/66c44;dorothyparker.com for more news about summer events, including Parkerfest in August.