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Sondheim and me

Stephen Sondheim’s 85th birthday was Sunday, and even though he recently hated on Lady Gaga’s Oscar performance (and smirked a bit when I met him, pictured), we still love the man who gave up “Tonight,” “Finishing the Hat,” “Being Alive,” “Children Will Listen” and “The Worst Pies in London,” among other classics of Broadway. (To honor the composer, Front Line Productions is staging Simply Sondheim at the Kitchen Cafe on Wednesday. Cabaret performers including Diana Sheehan, Jennifer Kuenzer, Jay Gardner and more will sing under the direction of James McQuillen.

Kitchen Cafe, 17370 Preston Road. 7:30 p.m. $15.