Nashville may have more than its share of singers and musical-theater talents, but cabaret nights are harder to find in these parts than Liza Minnelli fans in the target demographic of Manswers. Back to demonstrate her command of everything from torch ("Drinking Again") to comic songs ("Making Love Alone") to show-tune showstoppers (the Stephen Sondheim title number), Shaffer-Bishop settles into a three-night stand at Bongo Java with mostly new material, including songs by her husband Rand Bishop. She'll reflect on love and marriage, the movie career that might have been, and the coming of spring while drawing on her longtime background in L.A. theater, film and commercials. Accompanying her on piano will be Martin Brady, the Scene's theater critic and a former musical director at Chicago's renowned Second City. Admission is $10.
Thu., April 30, 7 p.m.; Fri., May 1, 7 p.m.; Sat., May 2, 7 p.m., 2009