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Performing Arts 2012-13 season preview
Performing Arts 2012-13 season preview
A funny business in the East Valley is closing its doors today without really having its last laugh.
Seven years ago, David Barker and his family had a brush with death at the hands of someone who was supposed to love them.
On an errand with his sister and neice to pick up asthma medication at their home, the ASU theatre professor’s brother-in-law, a brain surgeon, attacked Barker. When the grappling stopped, “Dr. Jack” came at them again — with a gun. He opened fire, shooting Barker’s sister — Dr. Jack’s own wife — in the chest.
These traumatic events unfold in “Dodging Bullets,” Barker’s critically acclaimed one-man show about the ordeal.
The award-winning actor from Tempe plays 10 characters in the work, which has been called “captivating and intense,” “powerful and entertaining” and a tour de force. Even clergy tip their hat to “Dodging Bullets” for the way it answers tragedy with redemption.
DETAILS >> 7 p.m. Wednesday. Chandler-Gilbert Community College Performing Arts Center, 2626 E. Pecos Road, Chandler. Free. Play includes mature themes and may not be appropriate for all audiences. (480) 726-4051 or www.cgc.maricopa.edu
Chandler's Seton Catholic Preparatory High School will celebrate the opening of its new 400-seat theatre on Sept. 24 with "Dodging Bullets," a solo show written and performed by Arizona State University theatre professor David Barker. "Dodging Bullets" will be the inaugural event in the new fine arts and academic classroom building and will be preceded by a champagne reception hosted by the Seton Fine Arts Association.
Separately, Vince Vaughn and Kevin James have given the world the films “Wedding Crashers” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop.” Together, they host the “Vince Vaughn and Kevin James Comedy Roadshow,” a live variety program featuring stand-up performances from comics Richie Minervini, Steve Byrne and Owen Benjamin. Vaughn and James host the show, performing improv and taking input from the audience between acts. The pair have a new movie, “The Dilemma,” opening in mid-January 2011.
Former Blur frontman Damon Albarn and cult cartoonist Jamie Hewlett conjured a hip-hop band of cartoon characters in Gorillaz, but word is actual musicians are at last stepping out from behind the curtain on the band’s Plastic Beach World Tour to put on a concert that cartoons just can’t deliver. The motley crew of animated pranksters still appears on video clips, but Albarn and company play out front where audiences can see them, amid a circus of video clips, guest vocalists and rappers and ever-changing backing ensembles.
If you just dropped in to see what condition Kenny Rogers’ condition is in (as his old song goes), the answer is good — particularly if you look back at the man’s professional career. Rogers has sold more than 125 million albums, won nearly 40 industry awards and ranked in the top ten of R.I.A.A.’s Top Selling Male Artists of all time. An actor, author and accomplished photographer besides, the 1960s pop singer-turned-country legend charted a hit single in each of the last six decades, and “Islands in the Stream,” the duet he recorded with Dolly Parton, is the No. 1-selling duet of all time.
The downtown Phoenix venue known as the Dodge Theatre is getting a name change. The building will now be called Comerica Theatre, thanks to a new five-year sponsorship agreement between theater operator Live Nation and Comerica bank.
The man behind the world’s most famous show about nothing, “Seinfeld,” is on a national comedy tour. Jerry Seinfeld, the comedian, writer and actor who executive produces and appears as an occasional panelist on NBC’s “The Marriage Ref,” performs this weekend in the Valley.
Daniel Tosh may not yet be the most recognizable comedian out there, but the host of Comedy Central’s “Tosh.0” hit a milestone this summer. The video clips show, which brings to light bizarre and salacious content from the Internet, beat both Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert in ratings, becoming the highest-rated studio show on the network.
The world was introduced to Margaret Cho on the 1994 sitcom “All American Girl” and has gotten to know her since as a comedian, film actor, advocate for women, minorities and the LGBT community, and even designer of a short-lived clothing line. This year, she’ll add ballroom dancer to that list, when she appears on the new season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Cho’s also got a new comedy music album out, “Cho Dependent,” released late last month.
Charlie Daniels is best known for the 1979 platinum single “The Devil Went Down to Georgia,” which scaled both country and pop charts, won awards and made the “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack. These days the famous white-bearded fiddler might seem familiar for two more reasons: A heavy metal version of his most famous song is the final guitar battle in the video game “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock,” and he’s currently featured in a Geico insurance commercial.
It’s been 24 years since the Goo Goo Dolls got their start. (“A Boy Named Goo,” the 1995 album that put them on the popular listening map, was actually their fifth.) Made up of front man-guitarist John Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac and drummer Mike Malinin, the Goo Goo Dolls are touring in support of their ninth studio album, the long-awaited “Something For The Rest Of Us,” due out later this month.
Thrash metal legends Slayer, Megadeth and Testament have reunited for a tour true metalheads might characterize as epic. At their Phoenix concert, the bands will play sets heavy on classic material. Before they get started, though, Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine will sign copies of his recently released memoir at 12:30 p.m. Friday at Changing Hands Bookstore in Tempe.
Consider Natalie Merchant’s latest album, “Leave Your Sleep,” released earlier this year, a literary tour of a something you may not have visited since high school: poetry.
German band the Scorpions still wants to “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” One last time, anyway.
Pat Benatar made some of the most recognizable songs of the 1980s (“Heartbreaker,” “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “Love Is a Battlefield”) and was the first solo female rocker ever to appear on MTV.
One of music’s original “rock god” frontmen, Robert Plant hasn’t been content to sit on the laurels of his success with Led Zeppelin. The 61-year-old has forged an acclaimed solo career, winning five Grammy Awards — including album of the year — in 2009 for “Raising Sand,” his unexpected but brilliant collaboration with bluegrass and country singer Alison Krauss.
Classic rock staple groups Chicago and the Doobie Brothers are co-headlining another summer tour. Chicago performed live with newly-minted American Idol Lee DeWyze on the show's May season finale, and The Doobie Brothers will soon release an new album accompanied by a DVD representing the band's 40-year history. They stop early this week in the Valley.
If you love the lavish song and dance numbers McKinley High School’s show choir puts on every Tuesday night on the hit Fox show “Glee,” you’ll be beside yourself when you see the actors do it in person during Glee: Live in Concert.