Aug. 14: Joel Grey at Book Passage

In the pantheon of dark musical comedies, there are few faces as memorable as the elastic pale, grinning visage of Joel Grey’s master of ceremonies in the 1972 film version of Cabaret. His performance as the Brechtian emcee of the Kit Kat Club dazzled, disturbed and earned Grey an Academy Award. Grey has also won four Tony Awards and starred in a little Broadway smash hit called Wicked. But what his high-C-note-belting fans may not know is that Grey is also an accomplished photographer. His images frequently zoom in close to oft-unexamined surfaces. In his most recent collection, Grey continues to look at things in a new way by specifically capturing low quality images on a camera phone. This week, the North Bay gets Grey showing off all his various skills. On Friday, Aug. 14, he presents his collection 1.3: Images from My Phone at Book Passage. 51 Tamal Vista Blvd., Corte Madera. 7pm. Free. 415.927.0960. The next night, he’ll be performing with a full orchestra on Saturday, Aug. 15, at 142 Throckmorton Theatre. 142 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley. 8pm. $85–$135. 415.383.9600.Dan Hirsch 

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