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The good news is that Pimpadelic has a September 30 gig at the Viper Room, the notorious L.A. nightclub surely patterned after a typical Bret Easton Ellis daydream--and noted as the hit-the-sidewalk spot for River Phoenix. Not as good is the news that they're playing with Dogstar, the (yawn) Keanu Reeves band. The next night, though, the 'delics perform at a Billboard Live showcase. Catch a bon voyage set at Trees on September 26...Dallas singer/actress Margery Clive will portray the life of contralto Marian Anderson--the first African-American woman to sing in the Metropolitan Opera Company--in a one-woman show on Saturday, September 27, at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas. Anderson, who in the 1920s faced the usual racial barriers in the pursuit of a career in opera, eventually won over audiences worldwide with her dignity and talent. She sang at President Kennedy's inauguration and was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Johnson. Clive is an appropriate person to portray Anderson. She's a veteran of the Houston Grand Opera, an alumna of several Dallas Theater Center productions, and also co-founded A.R.T.S. For People, a social service organization of therapists, artists, and musicians who provide a blend of interactive art, dance, music, and expressive and recreational therapies to area health-care and community facilities.

--Rick Koster

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