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Bobbie Horowitz's New Series at the Met Room Combats 'Ageism'; Honors Career-Changers, Late-Bloomers and Good Samaritans, Beginning Tonight

One of New York cabaret's most beloved personalities, songwriter and performer Bobbie Horowitz is producing a new variety show series at the Metropolitan Room (34 West 22nd Street) dedicated to the proposition that age truly is just a number. Each show in the series, It's Just a Number!, will feature some of cabaret's best performers and "Honor a person who after age 50 either began a new career, resumed a career, is attempting to attain knowledge in a new field, or established a new organization to help people."

The series (six shows between April and October to start) launches today, April 11 at 1 pm and will honor long-time social justice advocate Alice Fisher (photo below), creator of "The Radical Age Movement," a grassroots nationwide effort that challenges traditional notions of aging and introduces new ideas for building co-creative and interdependent communities. Fisher also serves as Director of Community Outreach for New York State Senator Liz Krueger.

"The mission of It's Just a Number! is to enlighten people to the possibilities of living their dreams after age 50 as well as before," says Horowitz. "An element of "ageism" has appeared in our country and our language often casts an unfavorable light on life in later years. We need to eliminate the fear of aging that so many of our younger citizens have developed. Through this series, we think audiences will see that there can be joy and life in every age."

Horowitz's performing lineup for the April 11 show include: Jim Brochu, Steve Schalchlin, Adam Shapiro, T. Oliver Reid, Barbara Malley, Bob Diamond, Carly Ozard, Warren Schein, Kelly Karel, Kenneth Gartman, and Raissa Katona Bennett.

The following show will be on May 27 at 7 pm and will honor 92-year-old Edythe Eisenberg (mother of singer Jana Robbins) who only recently took a writing course and wrote her first story that she read at The Players Club. "Edythe looked stunning and smart and she read her story beautifully," says Horowitz. "She lived her dream at age 92." Performers for the May 27 show include: Karen Mason, Stacy Sullivan, Sarah Rice, Jana Robbins, Richard Skipper, Tanya Moberly, Chuck Karel, and David F. Slone, Esq.

Future show dates and honorees will be announced at a later date.

General admission tickets are $20 with a two-drink minimum. For more information, contact the Metropolitan Room at 212-206-0440 or make reservations at: http://metropolitanroom.com/event.cfm?cart&id=191662

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