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WHAT IS MARCH IS CABARET MONTH?
In the early 1990's, New York cabaret club owners started "March Is Cabaret Month" to encourage club attendance during the winter months. Back then, it opened with a GALA by Backstage Bistro Awards and ended with the Manhattan Association of Cabarets (MAC) Awards. By the mid 1990's due to changing times, the cabaret scene seems to have disappeared. However in 2008, the New York cabaret world rekindled "March Is Cabaret Month" thanks to the late Stu Hamstra of Cabaret Hotline Online. On-the-ball cities across the U.S.A. followed suit, including Seattle, whose first March Is Cabaret Month Festival was held that same year.
Presented by Arnaldo!, the Seattle festival debuted in 2008 at Julia's On Broadway. In 2011, the Seattle festival expanded into its current venue at Egan's Ballard Jam House, where it continues to run every weekend in March, featuring an exhilarating variety of West Coast performers and sponsored by local arts patrons Brian Silkworth & Bill Colter and a grant from The Cricket Foundation.
Seattle's March Is Cabaret Month (MICM) festival is produced by the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association (PNWCA) whose mission is to promote and to preserve the art of the cabaret: intimate storytelling through music. PNWCA was founded in 2006 by Arnaldo!, who credits the inspiration to his 2005 attendance at The International Cabaret Workshop & Conference at Yale University, where he met the late artistic director Erv Raible and came under Raible's mentorship. Our vision is to create a vibrant cabaret audience and a community of artists by producing The March is Cabaret Month (MICM) Festival, a cabaret newsletter and offering annual cabaret workshops and master classes.
In 2017, PNWCA became a member of the umbrella 501-c3 arts organization SHUNPIKE.
entertainment held in a nightclub or restaurant while the audience eats or drinks at tables: "she was seen recently in cabaret" ·
"a cabaret act"
synonyms: entertainment · show · floor show · performance
a nightclub or restaurant where entertainment is performed.
synonyms: nightclub · dinner theater · club · boîte · cafe · nightspot ·
mid 17th cent. (denoting a French inn): from Old French, literally ‘wooden structure,’ via Middle Dutch from Old Picard camberet ‘little room.’ Current senses date from the early 20th cent.