Pink Martini harbors no musical or linguistic boundaries -- but its home base is '60s-era cocktail tunes, with strong Brazilian influence. The Portland, Ore.-based band returns to the region after a performance last Spring with the NSO Pops and the band's occasional guest member, NPR's gay White House correspondent Ari Shapiro. Shapiro performed on the group's multi-denominational holiday album Joy to the World, and the music from that set will be the focus of this IMP-produced show, too. Given that singer China Forbes is out recovering from throat surgery, might Shapiro be one of the "world renowned guest singers" the band promises to bring in tow to fill in for Forbes, along with band leader/pianist Thomas Lauderdale? Monday, Dec. 12, at 8 p.m. Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda. Tickets are $55 to $125. Call 301-581-5100 or click here.
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