February 14, 2009: Capital City Men’s Chorus’ Sweethearts Cabaret
     I genuinely enjoy emceeing the cabaret shows for the Capital City Men’s Chorus.  Not only does it give me the opportunity to be on stage - cracking jokes and occasionally singing - it keeps me relevent to the Austin arts scene.  Since I rarely have the opportunity to devote six-to-eight weeks performing a stage production anymore, this is as close as I get to performing
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these days.
     Plus, the Men’s Chorus guys are extremely talented and very nice.  That combination makes it a joy to work with them, and several of the members have become very good friends.
    So with the begrudging blessing of my husband JoeLane,  I got to spend Valentine’s night on the Austin Woman’s Club stage to emcee the Chorus’ annual Sweethearts Cabaret.  2009 is the 20th season for the Chorus, the 10th time the Cabaret has been held in the downtown historic mansion, and my third year to serve as their event emcee.
    The beautiful setting of the Bellvue Chateau, the exquisite four-course meal, and the talents on stage made for another memorable event.  Special guest Larisa Montanaro seduced the crowd with her sultry jazz voice, and the solo and ensemble acts were loving received by the audience - a wonderful mix of local arts performers and patrons.
    CCMC Artistic Director Jeffrey Jones-Ragona guided the near-sold-old performance to perfection.  If you missed this year’s event, mark your calendars for March 13th, 2009, when the Sweethearts Cabaret returns.  
    And for the more bawdy bunch, don’t miss the CCMC’s Midnight Cabaret on October 2nd and 3rd.  I’ll be back to emcee the annual burlesque production of naughty songs and scandalous skits at the Vortex Theatre.