Valentine’s Day is coming, whether you like it or not. Personally, I’ve always been a big fan of V-day, even in college, when artsy student types like myself were expected to shun it as a “Hallmark holiday” & pretend to be far too intellectual to exchange cards & chocolates on February 14th. I’m a hopeless romantic, okay? I was that way even when my love life looked, well, hopeless. As I’ve gotten older, however, I have become somewhat jaded about the day. Perhaps Jim & I have spent one too many Valentine’s evenings in overcrowded restaurants, smushed in next to couples who barely spoke to one another at dinner because conversation would have kept them from repeatedly checking their cell phones for incoming texts & emails. Prix fixe menus aren’t really our style, either, & those tend to be the V-day norm this day & age. After an “epic fail” service experience while dining out last Valentine’s, we decided to stay in this February 14th unless we found something really great to do.
This is where Henry Wong, owner of An die Musik, comes in. I’ve known Henry for years & have had the privilege of singing at his performance venue (An die Musik Live!) several times, so when he approached me about doing a Valentine’s Day cabaret show, I jumped at the chance. I love singing musical theater & standards, & this show will give me the chance to dust off some fun repertoire that I’ve known for years (“Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend”, “Whatever Lola Wants”, etc.) I’m also learning new material, including “Ain’t There Anyone Here for Love?” & “Some Other Time.” Two very talented gentlemen will also be performing that night – my accompanist, Douglas Brandt Byerly, & Jim Knost, bari-tenor & “Mr. Neal.” Oh, & Henry tells me that the ticket price ($10) includes a complimentary glass of bubbly & sweets from Patisserie Poupon. Tres bien!
So, if you’re looking for an unconventional way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day, here are the details:
Love, Sex, Romance at An die Musik Live!
Tuesday, February 14th, 2012 @ 7:30pm
409 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
Hope to see you there!
Tags:Broadway, holidays, mezzo, standards, theater