Paula West live at the Plush Room.
Last night I went to the Plush Room with my friend Terry, who is on their media list. Terry is actually on a lot of media lists, and she very generously shares her wealth of free culture. She takes me not only to the Plush Room but to press night performances at Berkeley Rep and ACT. She takes our other friend Patti to Best of Broadway shows and Cirque du Soleil performances. Patti and I are going to be very disappointed when Terry gets married again, and our gravy train ends.
Anyway, the Plush Room is one of the coolest places in the City. It's in the York Hotel and hosts absolutely scrumptious cabaret shows. And my favorite performer there is Paula West; I think I've seen her six or seven times at this point. She's performing with the Eric Reed Trio this time around, and the show is a jazz and pop standards concoction featuring tunes by Oscar Hammerstein, Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter and Nina Simone. Plus, Paula threw in great arrangements of "'Hey Mr. Tambourine Man" by Bob Dylan and "Folsom Prison Blues" by Johnny Cash for good measure.
Drinking champagne while seeing Paula West perform a jazz arrangement of Johnny Cash at the Plush Room... Does life get any better than this?