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What happens when a woman walks into her neighborhood bar after yoga and solicits the advice of a gypsy soothsayer? Smoke, a musical cabaret.


Love—it’s not for the faint of heart. In this one-woman show, the incomparable Lori Rivera brings to life two endearing characters—the innocent Celeste, looking for Mr. Right with a dangerously open heart, and the worldly Francesca, master of erotic strategy. 


Prepare to fall—hard. 

Music & Lyrics

Joe Ortiz


Joe Ortiz

Greg Fritsch

Lori Rivera

Kathy Chetkovich


Greg Fritsch


Lori Rivera


Warm in the Sun - Music & Lyrics by Joe Ortiz
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Oysters Anytime of the Day - Music & Lyrics by Joe Ortiz
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Lori River sings Oysters Anytime of the Day, from a live performance at Paradise Grill in Capitola, featuring Marshall Otwell on piano, Bill Bosch on bass, Steve Robertson on drums, Art Alm on accordion and Brad Hecht on horns.

“Smoke is not a big pink bouquet to love—it is a musical exploration of the highs and lows of the experience that defines most peoples is, in fact, a glorious mess...full of pain, embarrassment and dizzying joy.”
—Wallace Baine, Santa Cruz Sentinel

Smoke, a musical cabaret, was written and produced by Joe Ortiz, and  developed in more than 50 productions between 2002 and 2009.  The production premiered in February, 2010 in 15 performances throughout Northern California—from Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz to Casanova Restaurant in Carmel,  from Martuni’s and The Rrazz Room at the Hotel Nikko in San Francisco.  Most recently Smoke was staged at the Shelton Theater in San Francisco, West Village Musical Theater Festival and Caffe Vivaldi in New York City.

“[Rivera] captivates her audience from the very first number...throroughly irresistible.”
—Ann Bennett, Santa Cruz Sentinel

The following studio track features Lori Rivera on vocals, Art Alm on Piano, Stan Poplin on Bass and Scott Nordgren on saxophone.

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