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         Imperial House Lounge
Dear Readers,  what happens when you take a talented debonair musical director (usually, seen in a 'white dinner jacket'), conducting a lively 22-piece show orchestra (as per the recent SDMT's "White Christmas" Show), and move him to the intimacy of the Imperial House Lounge - with an impressive white high-tech snythesizer - to compliment the already present grand piano ...?

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    Pianist Don LeMaster

Well ... you have handsome Don LeMaster, cranking-out a mix-bag of songs, to entertain the mix-band of Imperial Lounge regulars, Gay & Lesbian friends, and personal 'fans'  with songs like ... "On the Road to San Jose", special ballads "I Don't Know Why" and "Stay With Me" ... a crowd-sing-along, with Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline", a rhumba-beat to a medley of "Girl From Ipanema" and "Let's Someone", "Smooth Operator", and a Madonna written-recorded ... "Say, Goodbye".

Though suffering a bit with the 'cold-cough' going around, Don chats with the crowd  - responding to their song requests, and dedicated a song "That's The Time" to popular Lounge Hostess CATHY - along, with a few standards, to please some anxious dancing couples, with "On A Clear Day", "East of the Sun, West of the Moon", and of course ... Don's show-stopper of the evening, a resounding Samba beat to "Begin the Beguine".  At this listener's departure, Don gave forth with Nancy Sinatra's "These Boots are Made for Walking", and a poignant ... "Serenity".

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"These Boots Are Made For Walking"

With their own kitchen, the Imperial House Lounge, can also provide dinner, munchies, or just cocktails - looks like Don LeMaster will be on-tap for the next few Thursdays (7-11pm) and Fridays (9-1am) ... Go - have a relaxed and fun evening of songs by Don LeMaster, at the Imperial House (2350 6th Avenue - across from Balboa Park).

Speaking of local cabaret artists ... on Saturday nights, at the downtown Westgate Hotel Lounge.

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Jazz-Blues stylist Jonathan Karrant

Every Saturday evening, at the Westgate Hotel, renowned song-stylist Jonathan Karrant, sings all the favorite standards - making each song his own ... go hear him recreate the American Songbook - with his unique vocal styles.

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Taking a moment, to go from 'cabaret'  to stage 'theatre' ... we have the upcoming WELK Theatre's presentation of "King & I" - as produced by Joshua Carr ... opening Jan 7th, through May 5th.

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     Victoria Strong (ANNA)
    
Richard Bermudez (KING)

The WELK Theatre is excited to announce THE KING & I - both directed and produced by Joshua Carr - who has assembled a wonderful cast, headed by Broadway and touring veteran Victoria Strong, as ANNA, and Riverside resident and SD favorite Richard Bermudez, as the KING. Both, bring a vibrant energy to their roles - and promise a fresh interpretation - as well as the remaining cast from San Diego and Los Angeles - including a group of local young talents to play the children of the KING.

Call the Welk Box Office for reservatsions, at (888) 802-7469, or go online at www.welkresorts.com.

Or, one can go a bit more north, the Laguna Playhouse, to see a San Diego favorite Hershey Felder, as IRVING BERLIN ... opening on Jan 10th (7:30pm) ...

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Hershey Felder as IRVING BERLIN

Called "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived", by George Gershwin - IRVING BERLIN is known for innumerable American classics, such as "White Christmas", "God Bless America", "Anything You Can Do" ... and "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails".  Jerome Kern said it all  - IRVING BERLIN ... is American music!

California Center for the Arts in Escondido, also has two excellent programs for San Diego theatre and dance enthusiasts - firstly, the PEKING ACROBATICS - playing this weekend (Jan 10-11th), and the ALBERTA BALLET ...

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PEKING Acrobats

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ALBERTA Ballet

As part of the 20th Anniversary 2014/2015 season at The California Center for the Arts, Escondido, two special performances by renowned groups Peking Acrobats and the Alberta Ballet's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy will take place at the Concert Hall in January 2015.  Coming up on Jan. 10th, the Peking Acrobats are masters of agility and grace, defying gravity with awe-inspiring gymnastic displays of contortion, flexibility and control. 

On Jan. 25, Alberta Ballet's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy showcases a troupe of 30 classically trained dancers tracing the deeply spiritual odyssey of a woman's life from her first romantic encounter to mature love. Singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan's melodious music is the inspiration and soundtrack to this beautiful performance.

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Mo'olelo's Next Stage - Executive Artistic Director Lydia Fort, is pleased to announce Mo'olelo Performing Arts Company, is moving from a calendar year season - to an academic year season - beginning with its 2015-2016 Season.

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Mo'olelo's 2015-16 Season will begin, with a bang, with the hard-hitting World Premiere of CELL - by Cassandra Medley.  They will then join with the San Francisco Playhouse, and Cleveland Public Theatre - to present the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of  IN A WORD, by Lauren Yee.  Their diverse season, will  conclude with the fantastical West Coast Premiere of PINKOLANDIA, by Andrea Thome.

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The stage (above), is set with the company of Mo 'olelo's 2013 production of "Extraordinary Chambers". (Photo courtesy Infinite Media Works)

Choreographer Michael Mizerany, with his popular ... HOT GUYS DANCING at the Diversionary Theatre. (Reviews to appear in the next issue of this SD Theatre Reviews).

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"HOT GUYS DANCING" -

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