Tamar-Kali, our favorite hardcore warrior soul queen, puts a new twist on her excellent Psychochamber Ensemble.
From the press release:
Tamar-kali Brown curates a night of bawdy, sexy, cabaret-inspired entertainment. Brown says she developed this show because “artists of color have largely been missing from the revival of cabaret performance” at venues like Spiegeltent and The Box.
Tamar-kali and her all-female Psychochamber string ensemble headlines “Cabaret Chocolat,” which also features emcee duties by mentalist/illusionist Marco the Magician, pre-show performance by accordionist/organist Mojo Lazarus, burlesque by The Maine Attraction, and dance performance artist Monstah Black.
True to its sweet name, “Cabaret Chocolat” starts with an open bar happy hour serving hand-made chocolate martinis, and specialty chocolate-and-wine pairings featuring exotic organic candy from Ghana-based Divine Chocolates. Tickets are just $15, ensuring access to a diverse crowd. “Psychochamber Ensemble has a firm older fan base,” Brown says. “This show is designed to attract young patrons, but it’s for anyone who digs cutting-edge art and has an appreciation for black American music and its divas like Nina Simone.”
“Mainstream African-American entertainment is pretty prescribed,” adds Brown, whose own influences run the gamut from Billie Holiday to Bad Brains. “’Cabaret Chocolat’ was inspired by my love of classical music, which developed during 13 years in Catholic school. This showcase is my attempt to bring color to cabaret, and also trumpet pride in the historic Harlem arts and culture scene.”
Saturday, November 21, 2009 — $15 — Harlem Stage Gatehouse
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