Roslyn Kind's career started with the dazzling sort of explosion that fells enormous trees and levels mountains -- not the normal start a high-school-age kid gets.
On the day she graduated from high school, Kind's website bio reports, she started recording her first album for RCA -- "Give Me You." The well-received album was released in early 1969 and coincided with her first TV appearance, on "The Ed Sullivan Show," and her nightclub debut at San Francisco's hungry i.
OK, right, the kid probably knew someone. She did; her sister (half-sister, they have the same mother) is Barbra Streisand, a singer who won't be mentioned much more in this piece.
"Barbra gets enough publicity," said Kind's manager, Jackie Stander, suggesting the interview focus on Rozzie, who performs Saturday in Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center.
"Work is work, and family's family. And I'm the baby sister," said Kind, who has carved out a very nice career for herself over the past 40-some years, with TV, movies, records, night clubs, concerts and theater -- regional and on- and off-Broadway.
She was off and rolling in her own right, developing a style that incorporates music and theater in her act.
"I love to move; I like the theater and stage, and I'm a natural dancer," she says. "I like a big theater stage, but what I do is work to make it as intimate as a small theater."
Then she blows the roof off the joint, with a big voice that treats
"You live them," Kind says. "Singing is acting. It's more than just a voice.
The idea, she says is to bring your own experience and emotion to the song and share what you find in it with the audience. Her selection of tunes is a mix of composers since, she believes, an evening of all songs by the same writer might be a little boring.
"I sing an assortment of things, don't just do one style or era," Kind said. "I incorporate things I love -- ballads, theater contemporary, up tunes, slow tunes personal tunes. I really like developing that camaraderie with the audience."
The connection with her audience is important to Kind, who believes it's essential to providing them a memorable experience.
"I really just want to make people happy," she says. "I want to take them on a whole roller coaster ride."
Kind performs at 8 p.m. Saturday as part of the Firehouse Arts Center's cabaret series. Tickets to the show are $28 to $38 and may be reserved at 925-931-4848 or www.firehousearts.org. The theater is at 4444 Railroad Ave., Pleasanton.
IN LIVERMORE: "Cirque Chinois," by the National Circus of China opens the sixth season of the Bankhead Theatre in Livermore on Friday.
The circus features the highly skilled talents of performers specializing in balancing, juggling, contortion and the ability to "fly."
The Chinese circus tradition goes back centuries, and those in the circus begin training as early as age 4 but don't perform in public until they are in their teens.
"Cirque Chinois" plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the theater at 2400 First St., Livermore. Tickets, at $39 to $62, may be reserved at 925-373-6800 or www.bankheadtheater.org.
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