When: Sun., Feb. 23, 9 p.m. 2014
As amused as I was when I first saw Leslie Hall rocking her gold lamé suit and headset mic at The Basement eight years ago, I would have never guessed she’d be able to parlay it into a decade-long career. But, hey — more power to her. Which, come to think of it, is exactly what I was thinking when I saw her back in 2006. That’s not to suggest you’ll be wanting to crank her jams in the car, but Hall & Co.’s live show is pretty darn entertaining, and dare I say, life-affirming. Imagine a young Totie Fields (OK, I just dated myself) bounding about the stage to synth-fueled dance tracks like an amphetamine-fueled aerobics instructor with bad eye makeup — but in the best possible way. That may sound like overly ironic wink-wink entertainment, but somehow, it’s the opposite, a kinetic therapy session about how to be comfortable in your own skin and let your freak flag fly. Never mind that she’s the reigning queen of the gem sweater. Dean and the Delilahs and Boone County Comedy Troupe open.