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In the Broadway musical’s golden era, songwriting was largely a man’s pursuit, but a few women managed to sneak into the old boy’s club, notably lyric writers Dorothy Fields, Betty Comden, and Carolyn Leigh. Leslie Jacobson, founder of Horizons Theater, and director Karen Tecott have assembled a cabaret evening of familiar compositions by these lyricists, along with rarities such as “Learn to Be Lonely,” from the ill-fated Ibsen-inspired Comden-Adolf Green-Larry Grossman musical, A Doll’s Life, and Leigh’s exquisite valedictory song, “Killing Time,” written with composer Jule Styne. Club Horizons: Masquerade features a cast of four singersthree women and one manaccompanied by musical director John Ward. This is the first of three projected Horizons revues focusing on women and song. The next, Hot and Bothered, a spring co-production with Source Theater, will showcase numbers associated with Mae West, Marlene Dietrich, and other legendary femmes fatales. The final presentation, planned for next year, will explore works by contemporary songwriters, including Janis Ian, Joni Mitchell, and Ani DiFranco. At 8 p.m. at Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre, 1601 Kent St., Arlington. $20-$22. (703) 243-8550. (Joel E. Siegel)