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Cabaret

 

originally an improvised presentation given by poets, musicians, or actors in literary and artistic cafés. The performers read poetry, sang topical ditties, and staged short, satirical sketches. There was a master of ceremonies to help create an unconstrained and gay atmosphere. Cabarets became widespread in France (mostly Paris) in the 1880’s but lost their improvisational character gradually, as the bourgeoisie began frequenting them and professional artists from variety shows began to appear on their stages.

In Russia two of the most popular cabarets were LetuchaiaMysh (The Bat) in Moscow and Krivoe Zerkalo (The Distorting Mirror) in St. Petersburg, both founded in 1908. In present-daybourgeois countries cabarets are restaurants with variety showsthat are usually intended solely for entertainment and occasion-ally have erotic and vulgar overtones.

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In an admirable way Appignanesi steps brightly across the wide tapestry of cabaret in all its manifestations over time from the original 19th century granddaddy of the genre such as the Chat Noir in Paris taking in Barcelona, Munich, Vienna, Budapest, St Petersburg and Moscow, where cabarets were waspish before the First World War and the Revolution.
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In the early years of the Weimar Republic, the extreme Right and the Social Democratic government both became targets of more aggressive political cabarets, while communist "agitprop" troupes borrowed popular performance techniques.
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This club is one of the finest physical locations in the entire country, and we know our customers will enjoy it as an XTC Cabaret, which is our company's brand for all-nude gentlemen's clubs," said Eric Langan, President and CEO of Rick's Cabaret.