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Soprano Renee Fleming, currently starring in the San Francisco Opera presentation of “Lucrezia Borgia,” appears in an onstage conversation. [8 p.m., Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., S.F.] Read More
Folk legend Judy Collins may be 72 — but don’t expect her to act like it.
“Because I’m not that age, really. My soul and my physique and everything else about me is about 37, and that’s the way I like it,” she says with a laugh.
Don’t chalk her girlish sassiness up to faddish diets, either, she adds. “I’m not a vegetarian — I’m a hunter-gatherer type. I run after it, bring it down and only eat what I need on a daily basis.” Read More
Classic soul doesn’t get any better than what Jerry Butler is serving up at the Rrazz Room. The former lead singer of the Impressions — dubbed “The Iceman” by a disc jockey decades ago — still sounds as cool and smooth as he did on records as far back as the late 1950s. Read More
In the world of showbiz, it’s sometimes easy to overlook that the second syllable is short for “business.”
That’s not the case with Kim Nalley, who opens a five-week run at the Rrazz Room on Tuesday with “She Put a Spell on Me” featuring the music of Nina Simone.
The accomplished jazz singer knows all too well what’s involved in keeping the doors open from her years running the club Jazz at Pearl’s, which was not necessarily the career boost people might think. Read More
While few would have thought it was possible, Pia Zadora managed to emerge from the ashes of her post-“Butterfly” brouhaha decades ago with some class. Expect her to bring that attitude to the Rrazz Room stage this week. It’s fitting, too, that her signature song is dubbed, “It’s Not Where You Start, It’s Where You Finish.”“How you get through the rough times is, really, by the seat of your pants,” Zadora says the bumpy roads of yore. Read More
Betty Buckley is returning to San Francisco, but not for the reason most people who follow theater expected. Buckley will perform a week of Broadway show-tune concerts at the Rrazz Room — all songs she’s never performed before — then move on to her next engagement, which is not the production of “Tales of the City” at American Conservatory Theater. Read More
With a look that evokes Julie Newmar on a blond day, Bay Area chanteuse Veronica Klaus is serving up the music of jazz singer Peggy Lee for two nights at the Rrazz Room next week.After more than two decades on stages in The City, Klaus has developed an ability to switch from the bawd to the siren and back with ease, so it’s surprising how soft-spoken, almost genteelly shy, she is off stage. Read More
Like many a gay man — and a few straight ones — Matthew Martin has always had a Bette Davis line or two ready in his hip pocket. This week he brings her and a posse of other divas to the Rrazz Room, noting that they are “All Singing, All Dancing, All Dead!” Read More
Most babies are born in nine months. For singer and songwriter Amanda McBroom, who appears at the Rrazz Room this weekend, her newest arrival only took about a decade to debut.“I started on it in about 2001,” she says of “Dangerous Beauty,” a musical written with longtime collaborator Michelle Brourman that recently made its premiere at the Pasadena Playhouse. Read More
Next week, the Rrazz Room in Hotel Nikko celebrates its third anniversary with a gala benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Read More