Jon Cunningham (a.k.a. Corn Mo) is a genius with an accordion, belting out hair-metal covers (Bon Jovi's "Always," Mstley CrYe's "Home Sweet Home") and his own brilliant originals ("Shine On, Golden Warrior," a tribute to the Von Erich wrestling family) as if he were standing onstage at Reunion Arena in front of a sea of teased hair and leather pants, Bic lighters cast to the heavens. Usually, he's just standing onstage at some local bar, but it doesn't seem to matter to him. When he's up on stage--any stage--he is a rock star, baby. With his flowing blond mane, he looks like a young Tommy Shaw, and he plays like Myron Floren channeling the spirit of Mstley CrYe's Mick Mars. (Wait a minute...he's not dead?) In the hands of almost everyone else, a Skid Row cover played on accordion would be accompanied by a knowing grin and a self-conscious smile. Corn Mo, on the other hand, does it without a trace of irony, giving himself totally over to the rock. Sure, it may still be a joke, but he isn't telling. Not that we'd want him to anyway. Corn Mo performs at Dan's Bar, 119 S. Elm in Denton, on Friday at 9 p.m. as part of the Good/Bad Art Collective's Benefit 43. Legendary Crystal Chandelier, Dutch Treats, and Asphalt the Recorder will also perform. Admission is $5. Call (940) 891-1549
This should tell you all you need to know about Philip H. Farber, author of FUTURERITUAL: Magick for the 21st Century: Several of his articles have appeared in High Times. While we know it isn't fair to judge someone because they've written for a monthly magazine dedicated to marijuana and all the fun things you can do while high on it, in this case it seems appropriate. Farber's book reads like a list of deep thoughts he had while stoned, incorporating ancient esoteric traditions and modern science into his flippant rhetoric. Mixed in is a bit of new-age nonsense, a holdover from Farber's days as a hypnotherapist. The book is humorous at times, but if you take any of it seriously, you must be higher than he was when he wrote it. Farber will discuss and sign copies of FUTURERITUAL: Magick for the 21st Century on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Forbidden Books, 835 Exposition. Free food and beverages will be provided. Call (214) 821-9554
An acting workshop in Plano smacks of a plan to get the trophy wives out of the house for a few hours, keeping them busy while their husbands get in a few rounds of golf. The organizers of the workshop beg to differ, preferring to view it as a way to "learn how to succeed in the acting business in three short days." Billed as a Weekend with the Stars, the workshop has managed to attract such "stars" as Chad Allen (Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman), Heather Tom (The Young and the Restless), Nicholle Tom (The Nanny), and Jensen Ackles (Days of Our Lives). Talent managers and casting directors will be on hand as well, just in case one of the participants actually happens to be talented. Not that it matters much in the entertainment industry (Exhibit A: Fran Drescher). The workshop happens Friday through Sunday at Collin County Community College's Center for Professional and Economic Development, 4800 Preston Park in Plano. Registration is $69-$289. Call (972) 985-3750
It's always been a mystery why pet owners would want to force their dogs and cats to wear clothes. The most inane--and humorous--example of this is a diaper for dogs that came out a few years ago. Seriously. Who here hasn't noticed that animals are not people? We can't stress this enough. You'll never see a more miserable site than a bulldog wearing a turtleneck sweater or a cat and its owner wearing matching T-shirts. It's embarrassing. Unfortunately, many people don't see it that way. They think nothing of buying a shirt for their pooch emblazoned with a cute slogan such as "Hot Dog." For all of you who just read that sentence and thought, "That's a great idea," Dallas' first upscale pet boutique, Haute Dogs and Fat Cats, just opened in North Dallas' Preston Royal Village. Inside, you can find rain ponchos and coats, T-shirts, canopied beds, gourmet pet treats, hand-painted food and water dishes, and much more for the deranged pet owner. The store is located at Preston Road and Royal Lane. Call (214) 369-8380.