Editors' pick

Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra

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Editorial Review

We often hear from readers who are looking for a fun night out but think that the crowd at most nightclubs skews a little young. That's when we're happy to recommend the Carlyle Club, an Alexandria supper club whose curved booths and elaborate sconces recall the nightspots of the '30s and '40s. Featured performers have ranged from Rat Pack impersonators to Motown star Martha Reeves, but it's always nice to see our own Doc Scantlin and His Imperial Palms Orchestra on the bill. It's pure entertainment out of the days of radio: Doc, clad in a tuxedo with tails, jives like Cab Calloway while his 18-piece band performs hits by Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and George Gershwin. Wife Chou-Chou's breathy croon recalls Betty Boop, or possibly Marilyn Monroe. And between sets, there are dancing cigarette girls. This is a night that's really like nothing else in the area. Note that the cover charge is the same whether you have dinner reservations or want to hang out at the bar. (You'll probably spend half the night on the dance floor anyway.)