Calendar: On Tour, On Stage

(updated 3/28/2018)

Claudia's SongShop (workshop in song interpretation) continues most Tuesday evenings at DePaul School of Music; occasional Saturdays in Hyde Park, and monthly sessions in Metro Detroit. Learn more at

3 PM to 4:30 PM
At the home of Ruth Fuerst and Jim Block in Hyde Park
The award-winning SongShop brings you THE DR. RUTH SHOW — REBOOT
Take the Song Cure: it's been seven years since we had a peek into Dr. Ruth's therapy sessions. We get to ask "What's it all about, Alfie" and give out song prescriptions for those pesky issues of love life and work-a-day strife. Beth Halevy, Ceylan Cankurtaran, Evelyn Danner, Leona Zions, Robert Scheible, and of course wise counsel from Dr. Ruth Fuerst while Claudia Hommel, her trusty receptionist, has issues of her own. Bob Moreen will be at the piano. He may be a bit crazy, too.
Doors open at 2:30. Light refreshments will be served.
Suggested donation is $20. VIPs donating $30 or more get our special thanks in support of financial aid for workshop participants.
Reservations are being taken at and 773.509.9360.

8 PM
Open Door Theatre presents April in Paris
902 S. Ridgeland Ave in Oak Park, Illinois
LYNNE JORDAN, TY COOPER, ELIZABETH DOYLE and CLAUDIA HOMMEL have songs and memories of Paris ready to bloom (Elizabeth at the keyboard and Jim Cox on bass). We're synchornizing our songs with our cohorts in Paris who are launching le Printemps du Cabaret on the same day.

AprilParis5 (239K)
$25 in advance, $30 at the door, $15 for youth.
Reservations are open at the Open Door box office: 708-386-5510 or Brown Paper Tickets
And join us for the afterglow nearby!

Mother 2018-2 (287K)

SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2018 for Mother's Day.
Let the tributes and tribulations pour forth in song!
5 PM to 7 PM. Doors open at 4:30.
PianoForte Studios recital hall
1335 S. Michigan Avenue in Chicago.
Award-winning SongShop offers its annual gala concert in two acts. With Mark Burnell and Paul Coscino at the pianos, the roster of singers includes Bernard Hall, Carrie Hedges, Dan Johnson, Jonathan Lewis, Larry Smith, Leona Zions, Lynda Gordon, Mary Joyce, Marilena Serbanescu, Patrick Davis, Ruth Fuerst, and Vivian Beckford. With comedy and revelation, Broadway to Motown, mothers are on center stage.
Suggested donation $20. VIP seating $35.
Reservations taken at or 773.509.9360


  • July 22, 2018: Liberté, égalité, sororité—a concert for the Cabaret Connexion
  • October 27, 2018: Carnegie Library of Kewaunee gala festival celebrates France
  • October 28-November 4, 2018: the French delegation comes to Chicago as we continue the Chicago Paris Cabaret Connexion