Elizabeth Berkley B&N Book Signing, THE ROOTS THROW A PARTY AT UNION TRUST, Questlove on The Hot Seat; Karen Gross & Eddie Bruce in Concert

Friday night Questlove and The Roots rented the entire Union Trust restaurant to celebrate band member

Kamal Gray’s birthday. The party started about 10PM with the guests rolling in closer to 11. They partied til about 2AM. Then a few folks headed to the Vault for an after hours party. (Sunday night Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick and his fiance Kijafa, PNK Elephant Jewelry, were sighted at the Vault.)I didn’t hit that party, but I headed further down the street to the Tin Angel (it was packed) and caught
“Karen Gross Presents The Black Cat Cabaret,” the first in an ongoing series featuring the Philadelphia area’s best cabaret performers and comedians. In addition to singing and emceeing the evening with her signature sassy humor, Karen also hosted three of Philadelphia’s most accomplished performers: cabaret icon Eddie Bruce, celebrated pianist/vocalist Tom Adams and acclaimed comedienne Jennifer Blaine. Love love love Eddie Bruce. He is Mr Cabaret, and a great story teller. I last saw him perform at the Rittenhouse Ball last June. When he’s not performing at events, he’s doing a concert somewhere in the Tri-State area. Catch him, it’ll be great, fun and romantic if you want. Check out his website.
Eddie Bruce and Karen Gross closing the show. It was the first time I caught Karen’s show, although I have heard her sing at various events throughout the City and I met her about three years ago when she was the editor of Where Magazine. (and she is also a PhillyChitChat advertiser so I really love her lots). I really enjoyed it, and look forward to her future cabaret shows and am excited someone is reviving cabaret in Philly featuring various entertainers. Years ago I enjoyed the American Music Theatre Festival which was a cabaret series that played at the Barrymore Room at the Bellevue where XIX is currently located. It then moved to the Prince Theater in the 90’s but ceased to exist after the Prince hit financial bottom. Anyway, looking forward to Cabaret’s return to Philadelphia.

BTW I recently wrote that a sneaker store has been nipping at the heals to own the Prince Theater property, but someone informed me that the University of the Arts, as well as Temple University would love to own the property. That would be awesome cause I want it to remain as a theater, don’t you? How can we get this done. The thing is on it’s last legs?

It’s been 20 years since his group, The Roots, graced the sidewalks of South Street and he hasn’t come up for air yet. In an entertainment world where success seems to come sooner then later, HE is truly the”hardest working man in the business”. Its the Life Creative is proud to present Inside the Studio with Questlove!

On Sunday, May 15th at Inside The Studio, Laiya st Clair sits down with the man who has “done” it all and still manages to stay loyal to his home town of Philly, Questlove aka Ahmir Khalib Thompson. To guide this experience, Inside the Studio consists of resident deejay, DJ Afrodjiak, a well known selector on the Philly scene who will provide tribute music; and host, Laiya St. Clair, a Philadelphia radio and television personality who uses her passion for arts and culture to guide us through the layers of each artist. And last but not least, Flygirrl is the executive producer of the event and the visual artist’s curator. Tribute visual art will be by Freek Ugly, Tone Kasso, Flygirrl + more!

It’s RSVP ONLY! Make sure to get yours in! See you at Inside The Studio.

I know this is going to make Brian happy:

Elizabeth Berkley
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