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Ute Lemper: Carrying the torch

The German-born chanteuse Ute Lemper has cultivated a loyal following over the years with her interpretations of the works of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht. The performer, who sees herself as a cultural ambassador for a pre-war chapter of German history, the Weimar Republic, has recently added the American poet Charles Bukowski to her repertoire. Lemper spoke with Need to Know about her latest project and the role of cabaret in contemporary culture.

Ute Lemper will perform “The Bukowski Project” at Joe’s Pub in New York City on August 19, August 21 and August 22.

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