The only thing the Dallas area has more of than improvisational comedy troupes is poets, and sometimes you have to wonder which is less necessary. Either way, our city's number of poets grows by two on Tuesday when The Slap n' Tickle Tour hits town, featuring two of Vancouver's finest, Cass King and the Svelte Ms. Spelt. King will present her one-woman show, Uberlesque: Growing Up Glam in Ontario, and the Svelte Ms. Spelt will perform an entirely different act that only sounds similar. We're not fans, but maybe you'll be. Judge for yourself on Tuesday at Insomnia, located at 2640 Elm. The free performance begins at 9 p.m. and is hosted by Clebo Rainey. Call (214) 761-1556.
Figures that James "Big Bucks" Burnett, the man who never wanted to let go of Tiny Tim, Mr. Ed, or eight-track tapes, would be involved in Variety Nightmare, billed as "the early show extravaganza that is changing the way Dallas ignores music." The showcase, happening sporadically on Wednesdays at Club Dada, continues this week with a performance by The Darlies, featuring the former frontman of The Trees, Pat McKanna. Remember them? Didn't think so, but you should. Get educated on Wednesday at Club Dada, 2720 Elm. The show begins at 8:30 p.m., ends at 10 p.m., and is hosted by Burnett. Call (214) 744-