Funny Business

Slamdango

7/24

The world gets us down, man. Bombs go off, people get AIDS, children go hungry--total bummer. At first, we thought therapy would help us deal, but the doc was a total buzzkill. So we split to the woods for a weekend retreat to clear our heads and reconnect with nature. Borrrring. Now, we think we have it. We're channeling our rage through our words, even more so than when we write about motocross rallies and cooking classes. We're talkin' poetry, baby. Dig it: "Trinity River/Trickles down like a knife in our heart/And, oh, the Man, he's building a bridge.../But not to it--through it. Killing it./Our heart's getting paved like/When you left us and took all our/Janis Joplin CDs. Drive as fast as you/Want, Laura Miller, but these tears won't/Fill your river." Please, please, hold your applause and snaps. Save them for Sunday's Lonestar Sunday Showdown Regional Poetry Slam at Club Clearview, 2806 Elm St. For $7, you can hear poets who actually have something to say as teams across Texas compete for the chance to go to the National Poetry Slam in Albuquerque in August. Call 972-841-1738. --Sam Machkovech

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Linda Blase

Wiz Biz

7/22

When we get past the flying monkeys and melting witches, it's easy to relate to The Wizard of Oz. Who has never felt deficient in heart, a brain or courage? Who hasn't been disappointed when a great and powerful wizard is really just a short guy and a control panel? Luckily, the Lollipop Guild and Dorothy's really cool shoes keep the mood from getting too heavy. The Wizard of Oz is performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from July 22 to July 31 at the UT-Dallas Theatre, Campbell Road between Waterview Parkway and Floyd Road in Richardson. Admission is $12 to $18. Call 972-690-5029 or visit www.rctheatre.com. --Stephanie Durham

Wrecked

7/26

Knowing that all the actors on the Elizabethan stage would be male, Shakespeare didn't hesitate to have a little fun adding multiple layers of gender-bending to comedies such as Twelfth Night. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated by a shipwreck, each assumes the other is dead. Alone in a foreign land, Viola assumes the disguise of a young man, Cesario, and enters the service of Count Orsino. The count is wooing Olivia, who falls in love with Cesario while Cesario, of course, is enamored with Orsino. So while male actors dressed as women are pining for male actors dressed as women disguised as men, the long-lost Sebastian turns up, adding further confusion. Untangle this web of mistaken identity at the Junior Players presentation of Twelfth Night at Samuell Grand Amphitheatre, 1500 Tenison Parkway, from July 26 through July 31. Curtain is at 8:15 p.m. and admission is free. Call 214-526-4076. --Michelle Martinez

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