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Mister Tom Musick, Dollhouse Reading Series, and the Claudettes

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Mister Tom Musick at Gallery Cabaret - GET DIRECTLY DOWN
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Jeff Semmerling, mask maker at Semmerling & Schaefer Mask Studios, saves his Wednesdays for:

Mister Tom Musick The Gallery Cabaret (2020 N. Oakley) is the kind of Chicago bar where, on your way back to your seat from the bar, you're bound to run into the featured performers. They have local music every night of the week, often with no cover. On every third Wednesday, singer-songwriter Mister Tom Musick takes the stage.

Around 9 PM romantic baroque chords seem to make the baby grand leap and roll under the fingers of its master, Tom's arranger and accompanist, Ronnie Kuller. Tom's songs are clever, charismatic, sardonic romps of passion. They confirm that all your personal frustrations with your fellow humans are closely related to the richest rewards of loving each other. It's got to be what it was like to hear Jaques Brel early in his career in Belgium. Certainly Musick competes with Brel's intellectual and witty sophistication. As an added treat, most appearances are joined by local performance artist and torch singer Meredith Miller, whom I adore. When the third Wednesday comes around I'll be at the bar, reminding Tom to check the tip can before the next act starts.

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