Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Check It. Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys.

Once a month, Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys perform at the Steve Allen Theater in North Hollywood, with her next upcoming show tomorrow at 8 p.m. I have a soft spot for all things 1920s including music, architecture, shorts, movies, and posters, and watching Janet Klein perform before a series of black-and-white sing alongs is, for me, a treat.

The band is 100 percent authentic, with old timey clothes, and the tiny lady with the tiny ukulele gets up on stage with her half dozen or so parlor boys to sing tunes from the 1920s and 30s, with a few black-and-white shorts following.

The Center for Inquiry, West, is something to behold, with notes from Harry Houdini and Arthur Conan Doyle's Ouija experiments lining the walls near the bathroom. The CFI is devoted to all types of alternative thinking. Kind of a strange place to find a 1920s jazz show, but an interesting place to visit to say the least.

Tickets to Janet Klein and her Parlor Boys are $10 through Goldstar, $20 at the door.

The Center for Inquiry, West, is located at 4773 Hollywood Blvd.

-- Lauren Williams

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