Night & Day

january 21
The Lean Theater's latest production, Kevin Kling's Lloyd's Prayer, is your typical boy-meets-girl story, except for one thing: The girl (Bobbi) was raised by raccoons, and the boy (Lloyd) is an ex-con who takes her on the tent-revival circuit to swindle money from the true believers.
Hmmm, maybe that's two things. Strange as it sounds, the plot has less to do with Bobbi's wilderness upbringing than it does with Lloyd's relatively normal life, as he struggles at every turn to do what he thinks is the right thing, which in his criminal mind means exploiting Bobbi for everything she's worth. Of course, it's a comedy, so there are more than a few times when Bobbi--played by Nance Watkins--drops to all fours and indulges in a little look-she-thinks-she's-a-raccoon humor. (Acting!) But it's not nearly as interesting--or entertaining--as watching Lloyd fight every good impulse in his body. Lloyd's Prayer opens on Thursday, and continues every Thursday-Saturday at 7:30 p.m. through February 13 at Theatre Too!, the downstairs basement space at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle. Tickets are $10-$12. Call (214) 871-3300.

january 22
Monty Python's Flying Circus is arguably the best comedy troupe ever formed, a group of funnymen--John Cleese, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Terry Jones--with a collective wit as dry as a piece of month-old toast, and the slapstick tendencies of a Jim Carrey retrospective. Their presence is still felt today, in sketch-comedy shows like HBO's brilliant Mr. Show, and the incessant PBS reruns of old Monty Python episodes. On Friday, the USA Film Festival will honor the group in part with An Evening with Terry Jones, including a screening of 1975's classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, as well as a question-and-answer session with Jones. The Monty Python member and children's book author will also be celebrated by the USA Film Festival's 15th annual KidFilm Festival on Saturday and Sunday with a Tribute to Terry Jones, featuring screenings of his directorial efforts The Wind in the Willows and Erik the Viking, as well as a reading and book-signing. An Evening with Terry Jones begins at 7:30 p.m. at AMC Glen Lakes Theatres, 9450 N. Central Expressway. Tickets are $6-$7. Call (214) 821-FILM.

january 23
Maybe it's just us, but was Andy Warhol all that talented? We know he's supposed to be, but really, Campbell's Soup cans? Colored prints of photographs he didn't even take? Maybe we're just missing the point, but it seems as if Warhol's career was 1 percent inspiration and 99 percent fabrication. Still, who are we to critique Warhol's artistic merits? We still think that painting of dogs playing poker is pretty damn funny. The staff at Gifted obviously would differ with our assessment of Warhol's oeuvre. The gift shop--or "urban shop for gifting," as they call it--will be running Warhol's art films (which range from mildly boring to actively dull) all weekend, and if you bring in a can of Campbell's Soup, you receive a 10 percent discount. Donations will be made to the AIDS Resource Center Food Pantry. Just keep telling yourself, "It's all for a good cause." Gifted is located at 2903 Elm.

january 24
Usually, we recommend the bimonthly visit of the Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Expo, a vinyl gold mine filled with CDs and records you've been hunting for years, and a few treasures you didn't even know you needed, and can probably barely afford. But recently, we've been wondering just how important record fairs are. Do we really need a near-mint copy of Johnny Cash's Live at Folsom Prison? Couldn't we live without a bootleg of unreleased Clash songs? As CDs and records begin to dominate our living room--and most of our apartment, for that matter--we're beginning to think it might just be a little too much. Oh, who are we kidding? We'll be there, and so will most of last week's paycheck. We just won't stay together too long. The Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Expo happens Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sheraton Dallas, 1241 W. Mockingbird Lane. Admission is $3. Call (214) 630-7000.

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january 25
It's finally time to admit it: We've been closet wrestling fans for years. Sure, it was fine when we were kids, watching the Von Erichs every Saturday morning on World Class Championship Wrestling, and Hulk Hogan after church on Sundays. But now that we're a bit older, the fact that we watch wrestling on Monday nights is a bit, um, embarrassing. We've finally gotten the courage to speak up, though. Yes, every Monday night we flip back and forth between WCW Monday Nitro and WWF Raw is War. And you can bet we'll be at Reunion Arena this Monday when Hogan (it's Hollywood Hogan now), Sting, Goldberg, the NWO, and the rest of the WCW gang who film Monday Nitro are there. We might even bring some signs. Wow, it feels so much better now that we've finally told someone. However, we'd really appreciate it if you'd forget it. Seriously. Monday Nitro happens on Monday at 7 p.m. at Reunion Arena. Call (214) 373-8000 for tickets.

january 26
The last time we mentioned a local poet in Night and Day, a rogue biker poet from California (believe Rock was his handle) threatened to kick our ass--amongst other things--until we started giving the Dallas-Fort Worth poetry scene some respect. Not that we're scared or anything, but Fort Worth's brilliant poet William Bryan Massey III celebrates the release of two fine chapbooks, Peckerwood Serenade and Rhapsody of a Barbaqued Lizard, on Tuesday, with a party at Fred's Cafe, 915 Currie in Fort Worth. "White-trash hors d'oeuvres"--fried baloney sandwiches on white bread with pork 'n' beans right out of the can--will be served. The party begins at 8 p.m. Call (817) 332-0083. Good enough, Rock?

january 27
Sometimes, children are the best inspiration. For example, Michael Kenna's latest exhibit of photography, Monique's Garden, was shot where his daughter Olivia attends school. The photographs, depicting the interior of kindergarten teacher Monique Grund's classroom, are almost spooky, as harmless children's toys are detached from their surroundings. They're like strange swatches of memories. It's a beautiful exhibit, but more important is that it allowed Kenna to see his daughter on a regular basis. How many jobs let you do that? Monique's Garden is on display at Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, 3115 Routh, through March 6. Call (214) 969-1852.

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