Bass Hall welcomes the bubbas of opera
Luciano Pavarotti rakes in the cash selling out stadiums. Larry the Cable Guy comes close to filling arenas but makes up for empty seats with beer sales. So it was only a matter of time before some synergy-obsessed marketing dynamo came up with the brilliant idea of merging highbrow opera with lowbrow redneck humor. Ta-dah! Presenting the 3 Redneck Tenors. They're just playing Bass Hall for now, but given time, these purveyors of drawling operatic harmonies could have jacked-up four-wheel-drive trucks fighting with stretch limos for valet service outside of Texas Stadium. Steven Sanders, Matthew Lord and Keith Buterbaugh perform as Billy Bob, Billy Joe and Billy Billee respectively. Their individual résumés are loaded with respectable opera companies and a couple of Broadway runs. Dinny McGuire plays their slicker-than-an-oil-spill agent "The Colonel." Together they'll take a musical voyage from Puccini to Presley, saving room for a patriotic medley that will instill pride in every member of the audience whether they're sipping chardonnay or swilling Bud Light. Master Performances Company presents 3 Redneck Tenors 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St. in Fort Worth. Tickets are $17.50 to $47.50. Call 817-212-4280 or visit www.basshall.com. --Jay Webb
3 Redneck Tenors
He's Brian Fellows
2003's The Tracy Morgan Show was further proof that life after SNL can be tough for even the series' funniest members. Shame, because Morgan has comedic timing and charisma that should make even Dave Chappelle jealous. But is there life after Brian Fellows, Astronaut Jones and Doodoo Pie Woodrow? Sure, at The Addison Improv, 4980 Belt Line Road, where Morgan performs stand-up sets four nights in a row starting Thursday. Tickets are $20. Call 972-404-8501. --Sam Machkovech
Just Face It
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An old Greek saying goes, "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." This basically means what's really inside of you will be spoken. Some people, however, let their facial expressions do the talking--you know, like the guy who uses his face muscles like they are parts of speech. I think parents should teach expression control right along with saying "please," "thank you" and "excuse me." But, if you find it difficult to read faces, Mac Fulfer will be at the Eastfield College Performance Hall, 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite, on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to help cure your illiteracy. Fulfer teaches techniques in face-reading for deeper communication and accurate interpretation of communication. Admission is free. Call 972-860-7185. --Stephanie Morris
We Dallas Observer bargain hunters aren't afraid to hit up knock-off vendors when we want that brand-name look for less. That's why we're stoked about The Abercrombie Forgery. We're gonna pick up some factory-shredded jeans (tears will be slightly off-center) and scoop up some graphic tees with clever sexual innuendo (even if "I heart worms at Jimmy's Sugar Shack" doesn't exactly make sense) all for half the price of the real things. Or, we would, if The Abercrombie Forgery were a designer imitation sale at a warehouse in Carrollton. But it's not. Rather, it's an original audio play performed by the Texas Radio Theatre Company, featuring literary detectives Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main in Arlington, and 8 p.m. Saturday at Artistic Blends Coffee House, 5298 Trail Lake in Fort Worth. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 817-319-8497 or visit www.texasradiotheatre.com --Andrea Grimes