First Friday is coming and after checking out the art, why not check out the talented and versatile singer-songwriter, cabaret performer, vocalist and pianist, Karen Gross as she enchants audiences with her warmth, humor, captivating stage presence and gorgeous, expressive voice at the Tin Angel 20 S. 2nd St Old City 215-928-0770 @7:30PM.By that time you’ll want to escape the cold that is finally settling in, maybe for a drink, but what you will really be getting is a really great show with songs you can relate to, some are covers, a few original, trust me you will enjoy them, as well as chuckle a bit as Karen has a wickedly fun sense of humor.
Last week a few of us gathered at the Lisa M. Reisman Gallery to browse, chit chat, nosh and more importantly catch a Karen Gross preview. Since launching her professional music career in 2001, Karen has been busy performing at prestigious music venues and festivals including Lincoln Center in NYC, Harrisburg’s Whitaker Center, Bethlehem’s Musikfest, and Philadelphia’s premier music venues including Tin Angel, Cabaret at Odette’s, World Café Live, The Point and Grape Street.
Karen, like so many of us, wears a few hats. She’s the editor of Where! Magazine as she pursues he love of music and performing — as a cabaret performer; and it’s a talent that shouldn’t go unnoticed. (I’m a paralegal by day, a paparazzi by night PS I have to say I love my new camera, this was shot w/o a flash and the picture has such great colors)Laura Burkhart and Michael Byrne were in attendance.
Barbara de St. Martin, Will Klein and Caribou Cafe & Zinc owner Olivier de St. Martin ;
I had a chance to talk to Chef Olivier de St. Martin and stuck my foot in my mouth, when I told him that when I lived in the neighborhood (12 years ago), Caribou was one of my favorite restaurants and I like the Caribou salad, at which point he mentioned he’s only owned it for 6 years. Well I don’t really get out much. But then I went on to say how I appreciated that he was one of the first to bring Alfresco dining to that end of Walnut St and how important it was to bring life to that area. He agreed and said he had the first license to do so. Note to self: Must go to Caribou Cafe this month.
Karen’s original cabaret show “Sex & the Single Singer,” a delicious mix of music and comedy, has sold out the house at legendary venues including Cabaret at Odette’s and Philadelphia’s Tin Angel. “Sex & the Single Singer” is a sassy, sexy musical journey of a woman’s experiences living on her own, looking for love and forging her own path in the world. I just love cabaret music, the intimacy, the romance and all that comes with Karen’s show as she really connects with her audience, as will these songs. Friday Nov 7, 2008 Tin Angel 20 S. 2nd St Old City 215-928-0770

Sexy, sweet Kayce Cashman was picked as one of Philly’s hot singles in this month’s issue of Philadelphia Magazine, pick it up at stores today (I can get you her digits if you need them); with her is Krista Guido both of Cashman & Associates. Karen had a great sense of humor and sprinkled it throughout her show, at one point taking on the persona of her grandmother and her opinions on what Karen should do about finding a man.rounding out the Cashman crew are Ashley Schaefer and Jacklyn Fisher.
Ashley is heading up the PR for the Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health’s Design for a Cause. Which kicks off on Thursday, November 13, with a party from 7PM-10PM where guests can experience the area’s best in interior and floral design and décor while sampling cuisine and cocktails from local caterers, restaurants and chefs. Tickets are $75 per person. For more ticket information, please contact the Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health at 215-732-2300 or visit
Last time we visited the Lisa Reisman
gallery she was showcasing that fun exhibit on the history of bicycles over the summer, but wow what a difference a few months make, the exhibit is over and the store is gearing up for the holidays and is chock full of unique things, and favorites (I like the little train pencil sharpener and eraser holder)… The Lisa Reisman Gallery is tucked away on a side street near Rittenhouse Square at 1714 Rittenhouse Square Philadelphia, PA 19103 U.S.A (across the B&B where Oprah stayed when she filmed Beloved)
Greta Greenberger and Lisa Reisman (These two have never met, but they should have, it’s like two twins with style and lots of common interest, it’s no wonder I am a big admirer of them both)
I wholeheartedly recommend that everyone see Karen Gross as her she is fresh, exciting, and her love of her art is contagious, but don’t take my word for it, see her this Friday at Tin Angel Friday Nov 7, 2008 Tin Angel 20 S. 2nd St Old City 215-928-0770 and take a listen to her on her website here
Thanks Lisa Reismann for hooking up with a nice gift bag full of goodies including an EP of Karen Gross’ latest songs.