PICK OF THE WEEK: If you like sing-alongs and want to make a few new friends, Lenny Grazier suggests you join him at the piano bar at Phillips Seafood House on 141st Street.
Mr. Grazier, a Berlin resident, plays there from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays year-round. A song list with lyrics is provided for such songs as "New York, New York," "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and a variety of show tunes. Mr. Grazier also plays requests.
"At a piano bar, the accent is not 100 percent on music," he said. "You meet so many interesting people. Some people want to talk, some want to sing. They come from all over, Europe, Australia, even Russia. Last week, there was a guy in there who grew up with President Bush. They were in business together in Texas and he followed the president to Washington. People aren't just there for the music, but for the conversation too," he said.
Mr. Grazier also plays jazz at Phillips and with his band, Lenny Grazier's Shore Jazz All Stars, at the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin from 8 p.m. to midnight Mondays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.
Although he has noticed an increased awareness of jazz and blues among young people, Mr. Grazier said not everyone likes jazz. "If you like jazz, you like it because you like improvisation and the excitement of not knowing what's going to come next. You like the freedom of rhythm. Not everyone likes jazz because a lot of people like to hear a melody all the time and know what's coming next," he said.
AIR TIME: Five segments of the radio show "Capital Conversation," with host John Tegler, which were recently taped at the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, will be broadcast this week. Guests include Bob Snyder, Berlin businessman; Jim Barrett, co-owner of the restored hotel; Berlin artist Patrick Henry; travel agent John Hall; and Tom Patton, owner of the restored Globe Theatre and his daughter, Kate. The show can be heard on WLVW-FM (106) in Salisbury from 10:05 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday.
ON STAGE: The Boardwalk Cabaret Dinner Theater in the
Commander Hotel on the boardwalk at 14th Street is presenting "Puttin' on the Glitz," Tuesdays to Saturdays. Dinner seating is 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Call 289-6166.
Also on stage is Parker Playhouse's musical adaptation of "Jack and the Beanstalk," Mondays to Fridays, at 4 p.m., through Aug. 30, at the Carousel Hotel, 118th Street and Coastal Highway. Tickets are $4. Parker Playhouse is also performing "I Remember Mama," Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 9 p.m., through July 25. Call 524-1000.
"Rumpelstiltskin" opens Tuesday and will be presented at 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays until Aug. 29. A show about the life of Theodore Roosevelt is being presented at 1:30 p.m. Fridays through Aug. 30, and a show about Stephen Decatur is being presented at 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Aug. 26.
LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT: Comedians Connie and Charlie, 10 p.m., Tuesdays to Saturdays at Giovanni's, 33rd Street and Coastal Highway . . . Martin McKernan, tonight and tomorrow at Shenanigan's on the boardwalk at Fourth Street . . . Opposite Directions, every Wednesday and Thursday at Big Pecker's, 73rd Street and Coastal Highway . . . Panic, Tuesdays at Tiffany's, 24th Street and Coastal Highway . . . Kingpins, tonight, and Tiffany, tomorrow to next Sunday at Horizon's, 101st Street and Coastal Highway . . . First Class, tonight and tomorrow, and Target, Tuesday to July 21, at the Ocean Club, 49th Street and the beach . . . Duane Slaymaker, tonight at the Brass Balls, on the boardwalk at 11th Street . . . Street Noise, tonight at the Purple Moose, on the boardwalk between Talbot and Caroline streets . . . Rattlecats, tonight at the Greene Turtle, 116th Street and Coastal Highway.