Rebecca Clark, 56, as you’ll see below, loves Barbra Streisand—and the Brooklyn, N.Y., native does a pretty good tribute to the Funny Girl, too. Catch her tribute show, Hello Gorgeous!, at 8 p.m., Friday, July 26, at Azul Tapas Lounge, 369 N. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; tickets are $15 (with full menu options), or $40 with a dinner prix fixe. (You can see Clark as Babs below, preparing for a recent show at the Teatro Tapia in San Juan, Puerto Rico.) However, you don’t have to wait until then to see Clark in action: She’ll be singing songs by Streisand, Shirley Bassey and other great divas at Azul this Friday, July 5, at 8 p.m. For more information, call 760-325-5533, or visit

What was the first concert you attended?

Diana Ross, when I was 11 years old.

What was the first album you owned?

Frankie Avalon.

What bands are you listening to right now?

Lady Antebellum.

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Adele. I like a few of her songs, but I’m not really into her stuff.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

Barbra Streisand.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

West Side Story.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Melvyn’s Restaurant at the Ingleside Inn in Palm Springs, on Sundays.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

“(Theme From) Valley of the Dolls,” by Dionne Warwick.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Barbra Streisand. She tells a story through her music with passion.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I would ask Barbra Streisand (if I could) be her understudy when she is ready to retire. I am just as good of a singer as she is.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

“Time,” by the Alan Parsons Project.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

The soundtrack to movie Somewhere in Time, by John Barry, and the soundtrack to Funny Girl, by Barbra Streisand.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Blake Shelton, “Boys ’Round Here.” (Scroll down to hear it.)″
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Jimmy Boegle

Jimmy Boegle is the founding editor and publisher of the Coachella Valley Independent. He is also the executive editor and publisher of the Reno News & Review in Reno, Nev. A native of Reno, the Dodgers...