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May 9 2006 12:00 AM
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Friday, May 12


When New York cabaret singer Valerie DiLorenzo came to Michigan for her “Broadway Baby” star turn three months ago, she sold out The Gate Performing Arts Center for two nights running. This weekend, DeLorenzo returns for “Blues in the Night,” a Broadway revue stuffed with entries from the Great American Songbook. Conceived and originally directed by Sheldon Epps (and directed at The Gate by Jeff English), the revue rolls out 26 torchy tunes associated with Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Alberta Hunter, Ida Cox and many more. Gate director Mark Ruhala choreographs. 1846 Haslett Road, East Lansing. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 12-13; 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 14. $10 adults, $8 seniors and children under 12. (517) 337-0464.{mosimage} 


Saturday, May 13


After laughing her way through 10 presidential inaugurations — culminating in the “all-time-worst” of the lot — Unitarian comic Kate Clinton says she still “prays to the Unit.” She also calls herself a “faith-based, taxpaying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer.”  Have you had your irony pills yet? With seven comedy collections in print (her most recent is “What the L?”), Clinton is a member of the “Commentariat,” a voice to be reckoned with in the lesbian community. Her comedy evening at Lansing Comminity College's Dart Auditorium, 500 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, is brought to you by Goldenrod Music, in conjunction with the LCC Gay-Straight Alliance. Begins 8 p.m.; $25 tickets available at Goldenrod Music, 1310 Turner St., Lansing, (517) 484-1712.{mosimage}



Sunday, May 14


It's an irreverent comparison, but 86-year-old legend Uncle Jesse White could be described as the Yoda of Michigan blues — the guru and inspiration for generations of artists that followed. (He's even got the same deeply twinkling wisdom in his face, if that's not going too far.) White taught himself harmonica as a young sharecropping in the Mississippi Delta, but found at 16 that earning $2 a night in a juke joints was better than gleaning $2.50 a week in the fields. He's one of the few people around who can say they played with Robert Johnson. White moved to Detroit in 1950. 25 years later, weekend jams at his house gave many young artists their start and kept the candle lit for blues in the darkest days of disco. White performs at LeRoy's Bar & Grill, 1526 Cedar St., Lansing. $5. (517) 482-0184.{mosimage} 


 


 

 

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