I have not attended many cabarets; however, my recollection saw most attendees bring food and drinks, silverware, cups, plates and tablecloths. I’ve seen individuals set up for sale to others, of what they brought to the cabaret.
I have never attended a white cabaret, except for the movie Moulin Rouge, starring Nicole Kidman (2001).
Why is it called a cabaret anyway? Originally titled La Cabaret, The Club, to distinguish itself from The Tavern. Some people wanted to upgrade their surroundings while having a “drink” and not be uninterrupted by the overly indulged i.e (drunks).
The separation became more acute when club owners added music. From the piano, the concept morphed to live bands, comic acts, and new fashion outfits. In the black community, it was reliving Harlem of the 1920’s.
Josephine Baker, an African American from St. Louis, Missouri, won the award (in the public’s mind in the 1920’ s) before Nicole Kidman, with moves to the Cancan musical genre, very few could successfully imitate. The French male population had mental seizures watching her perform.
Two weeks ago, I attended a cabaret in downtown Baltimore MD. M.A.P. : Maryland Art Place. It was entitled A 14 KARAT CABARET: