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On this page you’ll find my blog and announcements about upcoming performances. Thank you so much for your visit and support!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 3, 2016 – 12:54 pm | Comments (0)

Sausalito Cruising Club Cabaret Night SUNDAY, JULY 10, 2016

Save The Date!!

 DELICIOUS A LA CARTE MENU

Location: Sausalito Cruising Club, 300 Napa Street  Sausalito, CA 94965

Details: … The Sausalito Cruising Club presents a fabulous “CABARET NIGHT” featuring The Cabaret All Stars ! The Supper Club Six.  Show starts at 6, arrive at 5 or later.  Dinner served throughout a la carte menu.

 
 
$15.00 Entry Fee for the show and you may order from a delicious a la carte MENU available – Small Plates to Entrees, beginning at 5:00 p.m.

NOTE: THIS IS A PRIVATE CLUB! All guest’s names must be emailed to: Kathy Holly  holly7531@aol.com given in advance.   Call Kathy Holly  415.269.8699 to arrange for large groups. “A Holly Production”  www.kathyholly.com

Posted in Uncategorized on May 1, 2016 – 6:46 pm | Comments (0)

Supper Club Six Night at Angelicas Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Supper Club Night!

At the Angelicas Restaurant!

Entertaining You with Songs From Jazz to Broadway!

7:30 pm Showtime! 

Doors Open for Dinner: 6:00 pm
Advance Tickets $12 to $18 Purchase Online Only.

http://angelicasllc.com/event.cfm?id=237012&cart

 

Supper Club Six around piano

Top: Dorothy Donell, Kat Fitzgerald, Debra Mugnani, Kathy Holly
Bottom: Marilyn Cooney & Bill Ramos
Pianist, David Miotke & Dan Keller, Bass

 

Special  Guests

Stephen Walsh / Actor,Singer

Angelicas Restaurant, 863 Main Street, Redwood City

Producer: www.kathyholly.com  

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2016 – 6:50 pm | Comments (0)

Supper Club Six Night at the Villa D’Este Monday, July 4, 2016

MONDAY, July 4, 2016

Supper Club Night!

At the Villa D’Este Restaurant!

THE FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH!!!

6:30 to 8:30pm Jazz to Broadway

 

Supper Club Six around piano

Top: Dorothy Donell, Kat Fitzgerald, Debra Mugnani, Kathy Holly

Bottom: Marilyn Cooney & Bill Ramos

Pianist, David Miotke & Dan Keller, Bass

                                                        The Villa d’Este, 2623 Ocean Ave. @ 19th Ave. San Francisco

Reservations strongly recommended: 415.334.0580   www.villadesterestaurantsf.com

Producer: www.kathyholly.com  

Food purchase necessary

Ample free street parking

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25, 2016 – 7:38 pm | Comments (0)

Supper Club Six Night at the Villa D’Este Monday, June 6, 2016

MONDAY, June 6, 2016

Supper Club Night!

At the Villa D’Este Restaurant!

THE FIRST MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH!!!

6:30 to 8:30pm Jazz to Broadway

 

Supper Club Six around piano

Top: Dorothy Donell, Kat Fitzgerald, Debra Mugnani, Kathy Holly

Bottom: Marilyn Cooney & Bill Ramos

Pianist, David Miotke & Dan Keller, Bass

The Villa d’Este, 2623 Ocean Ave. @ 19th Ave. San Francisco

Reservations strongly recommended: 415.334.0580   www.villadesterestaurantsf.com

Producer: www.kathyholly.com  

Food purchase necessary

Ample free street parking

Posted in Uncategorized on April 20, 2016 – 7:27 pm | Comments (0)

Supper Club Six Night at the Villa d’Este Monday, May 2, 2016

MONDAY, May 2, 2016

Supper Club Night!

At the Villa d’Este Restaurant!

6:30 to 8:30pm Jazz to Cabaret

 

 

Supper Club Six around piano

Top: Dorothy Donell, Kat Fitzgerald, Debra Mugnani, Kathy Holly
Bottom: Marilyn Cooney & Bill Ramos
Pianist, David Miotke & Dan Keller, Bass
Special  Guests
TBA

The Villa d’Este, 2623 Ocean Ave. @ 19th Ave. San Francisco

Reservations strongly recommended: 415.334.0580 www.villadesterestaurantsf.com

Producer: www.kathyholly.com  

Food purchase necessary

Ample free street parking

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2016 – 2:30 pm | Comments (0)

Supper Club Six Night at the Villa d’Este Monday, April 4, 2016

 

Supper Club Night in Redwood City!

 

6:30 to 8:30pm Jazz to Cabaret

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Top: Dorothy Donell, Kat Fitzgerald, Debra Mugnani, Kathy Holly
Bottom: Marilyn Cooney & Bill Ramos
Pianist, David Miotke & Dan Keller, Bass
Special  Guests

 Helen Marie/vocalist

The Villa d’Este, 2623 Ocean Ave. @ 19th Ave. San Francisco

Reservations strongly recommended: 415.334.0580 www.villadesterestaurantsf.com

Producer: www.kathyholly.com  

Food purchase necessary

Ample free street parking

 

Posted in Uncategorized on January 21, 2016 – 6:07 pm | Comments (0)

A great experience of Yoga Doga!

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If you’ve been following my blog for a while you might have guessed that I  like yoga and enjoy nature very much, so you can imagine my excitement at finding out about a daily drop in yoga class that takes place near my place of work in Sydney Walton Park (at Davis and Pacific.)

Last week, I decided to give the thirty minute class a try and I’m smiling at the memory of it.  I attended class on Monday and Wednesday.  On Monday, it was spittingly foggy out as I walked the six blocks over to the park and when I arrived, I realized I’d forgotten to change into my yoga gear completely.  I was wearing a dress over my short yoga pants.  With the encouragement of the teacher and because I was the only student, I decided to stay.  Once I got over feeling a little silly doing downward facing dog in front of the noontime strangers eating lunches on nearby benches, I found myself relaxing and enjoying the fresh air and the songs of the starlings in nearby cypress trees.  I was touched when a pleasant and skillful young instructor named Evan, approached me during the final resting pose (shavasana) and placed his hands in a grounding way for a few moments on my feet and shoulders.

Wednesday was another foggy morning and I hesitated to leave the comfort of my warm office.  My co-worker encouraged me to ’Just do it!’, so I took her a dvise and walked briskly to the park for the 12:15 p.m. start time.  This time I found three other students, another instructor, named Kristen and her friend’s young dog, a sweet brown lab mix named Ellie.  Class started, and while we were holding plank position, Ellie ran up to each one of us in turn offering to lick our faces.  She then bounded around the area, showing off her amazingly limber body by rolling joyfully in the grass and beautifully modeling how to enjoy every single moment.  Towards the end of class, I noticed the instructor, leaving with Ellie for a moment to go to her car.  I guessed she was picking up a treat for Ellie, but it turns out she was going to get her wallet so she could replace a salad that Ellie had wolfed down on one of her passes around the park.  Apparently, the owner of the salad had been too engrossed in her smart phone to notice Ellie’s approach.

By the time shavasana came around, once again I was relaxed.  I also noticed that this time my mat was wet and muddy in places.  After we completed the official class with a Namaste, Ellie came over and offered me her paw again and again and offered  more kisses.  Her paw was also wet but for some reason, it didn’t matter so much, friendship is friendship after all!  I will continue with these outdoor yoga classes.  As with many new endeavors, it may take me a bit of time to work out the kinks, like figuring out a way to keep my mat clean and dry, dressing in a way that would make it easy to quickly change into yoga gear, but I think the positive experiences I’ve already had far outweigh the  challenges. Now if Ellie had gotten into MY lunch, that might be another story!  (You can find out about this class and other drop in classes like this around the Bay Area, by downloading the free app:  YogaBuddy.  Suggested donation for the class I took is $5.00.)

 

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29, 2014 – 5:16 pm | Comments (0)

10 Tips for quickly relieving stress

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This article includes some musical ideas!

 

 

 

 

By Sonia Choquette

Let’s face it. Life is stressful. And when we are under stress we suffer. It’s bad for our health. It leaves us feeling drained and tired. It fogs our brains. It causes us to disconnect from others. It makes it difficult to concentrate and robs us of the ability to respond creatively in life. It’s not good for us, and when under stress, let’s face it, it’s not good for those around us either. So it’s helpful to have a few stress-busting techniques to reach for when it starts to creep up on you and take you hostage. Here are a few of my favorite busters. They are easy to do and work wonders when I need them most, like right before I give a public presentation, or when running late to catch a plane, or find myself stuck in traffic, or when talking to someone who is being very difficult, or when I find myself running behind schedule and am afraid I am going to get in big trouble for it. In other words, at least once a day, every day. Try them yourself and see if you find them as helpful for relieving stress as I do.

  • Open your mouth wide enough to hear a click in your ears and inhale deeply, followed by an audible exhale releasing the sound “AHHH!” Repeat until relaxed. Three times should do it.
  • Sing the song Do-Re-Mi from The Sound of Music. Each note corresponds with one of the seven chakras and calms the entire nervous system and lifts your mood.
  • Breathe in deeply and slowly, and as you exhale, notice something you’ve not noticed before in your immediate environment and name it out loud. Such as “pattern in the rug.” Then breathe. “The scratch on the desk.” Breathe. “The different colors on the coffee cup.” Breathe. “The design on the base of the lamp.” Breathe. Keep noticing and saying out loud things in full view that you have never noticed before. Do this for at least 30 seconds to one minute. This stops your brain from racing forward and back in time and centers you in the present moment, thus relaxing you.
  • Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and right behind your front teeth. Next, purse your lips and exhale to the count of eight as though blowing out a birthday candle. Next, inhale to the count of seven, followed by holding your breath to the count of four. Then repeat. This easy breathing technique can calm your thoughts and refresh your body, inviting stress to flow out and relaxation to flow in.
  • Anytime you feel overwhelmed by stress, bend your knees and wiggle them back and forth as fast as possible for 10 seconds, and then squeeze your buttocks cheeks together while letting out a very loud and resounding “AAAAHHHHHHH!” as though screaming all the stress right out of your body. Then relax. It not only relieves you of the stress consuming your every cell but also makes you and anyone around you laugh out loud.
  • Start naming, out loud, one thing at a time, every single thing that you are or feel afraid of right now. Start by naming the thing you fear most in the moment, and then take in a deep breath. Next, name something you notice right in front of you. Then repeat. Again, name something you fear most right now. Breathe, and then again name something you see right in front of you. Do this until you can’t name any more fears.
  • Do my favorite yoga pose. Pull the corners of your mouth to the ears, and hold it. Maintain this pose for at least 30 seconds. Then release.
  • Thump your chest with your fist and let out the sound “HA! as loud as possible. Repeat. HA! HA! HA! Then laugh.
  • Sing your favorite Broadway show tune at the top of your lungs.
  • Put your thumb and forefinger together and close your eyes. Breathe in, while saying the words “I am,” and then exhale saying, “calm.” Feel the calm flowing from your heart, through your body, and out of your fingertips. Do this as many times as needed.

These are all simple, easy, silly, effective, and fun. Try them all and see which one works best for you. Most of all, just remember: this too shall pass, and with breath it will pass faster and leave you less stressed along the way.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2013 – 4:44 pm | Comments (0)

Chopping wood and carrying water

 

 

tranquil moment by fireplaceI’m sipping a cup of candy-cane green tea and listening to Pandora’s holiday channel–a few moments of quiet time, which is quite a rare treat these days. Twinkling petals of early afternoon light dance around my room to the beat of the music. I’m feeling a delicious combination of sentimentality and gratitude. I think I must be having a holiday moment!

Why this overall positive outlook? I believe it’s the effect of two filters I’ve chosen to wear over my lenses this year; the “Stay Neutral” and the “Chop Wood Carry Water.” In other phases of my life, some of the events of this year would have had me spinning in panic and caused me immense anxiety.

Both of my parents took falls this year, Mom breaking a hip and Dad, a shoulder. I consistently reminded myself to continue to chop wood and carry water and not focus too strongly on either wanting positive outcomes or worrying too much about negative outcomes. In retrospect, although my parents’ injuries were extremely painful and caused them immense inconvenience, the gift of their having had them was that they created opportunities to look at how we children and grandchildren could better support them. I can see now that my parents are both stronger and healthier from the experience.

Singing has always been a wonderful refuge for me.  Performing is also becoming one.   Even though I often feel nervous the day of the performance, I’m always buoyed by the experience of being with all the other performers, interacting with our wonderful audience members and singing from my heart.   Performing truly is good medicine!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2013 – 8:58 pm | Comments (0)