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Pianist keeps patrons dancing in elegance at Colony Hotel Polo Lounge

Staff Writer

On an unassuming side road off A1A south of Worth Avenue, the Colony Hotel sits in modest tropical elegance. A relative Palm Beach newcomer at age 51, behind its white, French-door facade lies a variety of live entertainment, from soft piano stylings to full-blown cabaret.

The former can be found in the Polo Lounge, where a recent visit found a pianist, Kim Forman, a veteran of cruise line entertainment. A casual, personable pianist backed by programmed instrumentals, she has the well-dressed clientele dancing to everything from Barry White and Whitney Houston to Etta James and Astrid Gilberto.

At the bar, white-jacketed staff are attentive but not officious. Food is available at the large, U-shaped bar.

The room is decorated in colonial English style, with lots of brass, mahogany and earth-toned tiles.

More formal is the Colony's Royal Room, a venue for dinners and cabaret. Shows by artists such as Andrea Marcovicci (Feb. 1-12) or Kenny Rankin (Feb. 15-26) are featured for $55, or $85 with dinner. Two shows run nightly Tuesdays-Saturdays, and change about every fortnight. Leslie Uggams opens March 1.

In the Polo Lounge, Forman entertains Thursday-Saturday starting Dec. 18 ; a male vocalist performs Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The live music officially ends at 11:30, but the night of our visit, couples wanted to dance, and were so receptive to Forman that she kept playing past midnight.

Whether you're a guest or there just for drinks and dancing, the Colony is warmly accommodating.

Nightlife news Tonight: Discover modern-day flamenco replete with bright costumes and hand-clapping rhythms at La Barraca Tapas Bar and Cafe, 1831 N. Pine Island Road, Plantation (954-693-9757).

Saturday: Treat yourself to a Greek show with belly dancers and ethnic music at Taverna Milos, Paradise Beach Resort, 1380 S. Ocean Blvd., Pompano Beach (954-942-5996).

Tuesday: Find traditional Irish musicians at John L. Sullivan's (formerly Humperdink's), 4460 N. Federal Highway, Lighthouse Point (954-781-9669). Dance in the moonlight while being entertained by the Wayne L. Fun Show 7:30-9 p.m., weather permitting, at Hollywood Beach Theatre, Johnson Street and the Broadwalk (954-921-3404).

Wednesday: Join locals applauding pianist-vocalist Al Nero and friends performing pop standards at Chumley's at the Mermaid, 1435 S. Powerline Road, Pompano Beach (954-974-4452).

Thursday: Discover the luck of the Irish when visiting the Field Irish Pub and Eatery, 3281 Griffin Road, Dania Beach (954-964- 5979). This corner of southwest Broward has live entertainment, Irish-American food and a wonderful sense of camaraderie.

Staff writer Jeremy Lang can be reached at or 954-356-2338. Joan Brazer Durante, a freelance writer based in Plantation, writes the nightlife news portion of this column. Please send notices concerning New Year's Eve events featuring music and dancing by e-mail to or fax to 954-835-2347. Deadline Dec. 11.

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