Cabaret on the Lake


Join Three Cat Productions for Cabaret on the Lake.  Cabaret on the Lake is a free, monthly variety show giving singers, storytellers, comedians, performance artists, musicians, dancers, poets, and solo artists of every type a place to develop their work.

Held the 2nd Friday of the month at the Berger Park Cultural Center, experienced performers split the bill with artists learning their craft or trying new material for the first time. Hosted by Rob Dorn – singer, storyteller, national Broadway musical theater tour veteran, and Green Mill regular.  Curator and Creative Producer Laura Scruggs.    

Chances are good Cabaret on the Lake will show you something or someone you’ve never seen before. And it’s a great way to get taste of Three Cat for free!

Cabaret on the Lake is sponsored by the “Are You Famous, Yet?” podcast!

Want to see a history of past performers, visit our performance timeline here.

Up Next:

February 9, 2018 at 7:30pm

Hosted by Rob Dorn, Curated & Creative Producer by Laura Scruggs

Featuring: John Battles, Martin Felshman,  Chels Harvey, Ronen Kohn, Greg Ledger, and Melisha Mitchell 

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About John Battles
John Battles is a self-taught musician and DJ. He started performing in 1982, with a band in High School called Born in an Elevator. Then, after moving to Dallas, he had two solo performance art acts:  Neutron Prom and Elvis From Hell. He has played all around Chicago at venues such as The Empty Bottle, Hideout, Lounge Ax, Bottom Lounge, Red Line Tap, Act One Pub (Mayne Stage), Beat Kitchen, Fireside Bowl, Chic-a-go-go, The Intuit Gallery, Chris and Heather’s Record Roundup, Lincoln Square Lanes, Shake Rattle ‘n’ Read, Bric – A- Brac Records, The Biograph Theatre and Virgin Megastore (DVD Section). He has played with Davie Allan and The Arrows, Knoxville Girls (with Bob Bert from Sonic Youth and Kid Congo Powers from The Cramps.), Msr. Jeffrey Evans and 68 Comeback, The Legendary Stardust Cowboy, The Gories, Bloodshot Bill, Johnny Legend, a founding member of Cleveland’s Electric Eels as well as a member of the band Brian McMahon Mit Das Volt. He also sang backing vocals for Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (with Horton Heat as the backing band). He was an illustrator and writer for Roctober and also wrote for Psychotronic Video, Cool and Strange Music, Bad Trip, Black To Comm as well as other publications. He also recently wrote some liner notes to McMahon’s book , “Memoirs of an Electric Eel”, and have passages in the following books:  ” A Friendly Game of Poker”, ” TV Rock’n’Roll” , ”Flying Saucers Rock’n’Roll – Best of Roctober Magazine” and “Daniel Clowes: Conversations With a Cartoonist.” He has been featured on The List in The Chicago Reader and has a very fun, unique, sincere and compelling style and sound.

About Martin Felshman

Martin Felshman is a baking fanatic who has been doing stand up for the last 6 years. His proudest comedy accomplishment was when he was invited to Wizard-con 2015 in Madison Wisconsin where he got to tell nerdy jokes while wearing a very pretty dress. I’m also the producer of the Cupcake Comedy Cabaret every Thursday evening at the Gallery Cabaeret, and a co host of the machine culture podcast “Podzooky” where a bunch of comedians get real tired and talk about kaiju monvies.

About Chels Harvey

chels is a gender non-conforming writer and storyteller living in chicago with their stray-turned-lap dog, doodle. as a georgia native, their work explores the intersections of queerness and geography, of what it means to come from a place whose identity is as complex and misunderstood as your own. chels also produces a biweekly improv podcast with chicago comic brandon kirkman as part of the machine culture collective, and is working on a graphic novel with new york illustrator danie drank-walter.

About Ronen Kohn

Raised in upstate New York by a pack of wild folk musicians, Ronen later graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in theatre. Fae went on to appear in shows with The Right Brain Project, The Living Canvas, and The Runaways Lab. Faer solo singer/songwriter album, Cracks, was released in 2013, and fae fronts the trock band Time Crash, which has released a full album, Regeneration (2014) and an EP, The Empty (2016). For more information, visit
About Greg Ledger

Greg Ledger is a writer, storyteller, and improviser. He has written for the Windy City Times, Out Magazine, and Over the Rainbow, a travel website where he also served as the primary researcher. He has told stories at many Chicago venues, including Story Lab, Write Club, Serving the Sentence, and the Guild Complex. He was a founding producer of Is This a Thing?, a monthly Live Lit event, and was also a founding member of the Tiny Nugget improv team. He is a full-time web designer. His new obsession is the ukulele.

About Melisha Mitchell 

Melisha Mitchell is a former copywriter (of everything from dime store engagement rings to airplane flight manuals) and actress who has appeared on stages in Chicago, Paris and NYC since the 1970s. Her storytelling spans the three continents (North America, Africa and Europe) where she has lived, worked and enjoyed a wide range of unique life experiences since her early 20s. She currently lives in the euphemistically-named WOW neighborhood (west of Western) with her wheaten terrier Suki.



Save the Date:

March 9, 2018  at 7:30pm

Hosted by Rob Dorn, Curated & Creative Producer by Laura Scruggs

Featuring: Kelly Bolton, Rose Kelly, Tirzah Manley, Jon Spiegel,  Dan Terkell, and W.C. Wiliams

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About Kelly Bolton
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About Rose Kelly
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About Tirzah Manley
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About Jon Spiegel
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About Dan Terkell
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About W.C. Wiliams
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April 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

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May 11, 2018 at 7:30pm

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August 10, 2018 at 7:30pm

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September 14, 2018 at 7:30pm

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