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Civic Center of Greater Des Moines
A winner of seven Tony Awards
including Best Musical, "CATS"
comes to the Civic Center Stage
on Tuesday as part of the Civic
Center's Betts Broadway Series.
This Andrew Lloyd Webber-penned
play, featuring 20 melodies including
the hit song "Memory,"
has become the longest-running
show in Broadway history. "CATS"
tells the story of the one special
night of the year when a tribe
of Jellicle CATS unite to celebrate
who they are, emerging from the
darkness into a junkyard where
they sing about what makes them
special, with Jennyanydots, Rum
Tum Tugger, Grizabella and more
telling of their special talents
since the play opened in London
in 1981. Tickets range from $15-$37.50,
and are available through the
Civic Center Box Office.
"Judy's Scary Little Christmas"
Civic Center's Stoner Studio Theater
It's 1959 and Judy Garland is
planning a comeback special via
a Christmas Eve TV spectacular.
And on the guest list are some
familiar names: Joan Crawford,
Bing Crosby, Ethel Merman, Liberace,
Lillian Hellman and Richard Nixon.
But when a mysterious stranger
crashes the party, the comeback
special enters the twilight zone
in this funny, sentimental and
off-the-wall musical spoof. Performances
of this StageWest-produced play
start Thursday and run through
Dec. 11, with performances Wednesdays
through Sundays. Tickets are $11
for Wednesdays, $20 for Thursday
and Sunday performances and $22
for Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets
may be purchased at the Civic
Center ticket office or through
"Wal-Mart: The High Cost
of Low Prices"
For some, Wal-Mart is a one-stop
shop for haircuts and groceries
and photographs and home decorations
and clothing and eyeglasses and
on and on and on. But in Wal-Mart's
wake in trying to take over the
consumer world is a slew of independent
businesses put out of business
by the big-box giant's promise
of low prices. "Wal-Mart:
The High Cost of Low Prices"
is a feature-length documentary
that uncovers the retail giant's
assault on families and American
values, delving into personal
stories and everyday lives of
families and communities attempting
to fight the behemoth. For more
information on the film, visit
www.walmartmovie.com. The Vaudeville
Mews will screen the film on Friday
at 7 p.m. and this afternoon at
2 p.m. Admission is free.
The cover of Freakwater's latest
album, "Thinking of You,"
is a warped image of a burning
bouquet. This, in a way, represents
the band's warped take on honky-tonk,
bluegrass and country in that
it's a strange blend of beauty,
horror and inexplicable optimism.
Lyrically, Freakwater writes about
heartache and sadness, dabbling
in classic country's traditional
themes - but with a hint of sarcasm.
Six years passed between "Thinking
of You" and Freakwater's
previous release, and despite
that gap, the band managed to
make a complex and surprisingly
fluid album. Hear for yourself
tonight as the band plays the
Vaudeville Mews with openers The
Zincs. Tickets are $8 in advance
through IowaTix or $10 day of
The House of Bricks
Fenix TX left its fans wanting
more when the band abruptly announced
its breakup onstage in 2002 during
its tour in support of "Lechuza"
- and right in the middle of pre-production
for its next release - the pop-punk
band's second release. The "encore"
pleas have been heard ever since.
And now the pleas for a reunion
are finally being heard as the
band's reunited for a tour and
for the release of "Purple
Reign in Blood - Live," an
album recorded at Fenix TX's first
show together in three years.
The record includes Fenix TX popular
staples like "All My Fault"
and "Phoebe Cates" and
covers by Peter Schilling and
Credence Clearwater Revival. Don't
miss the opportunity to see this
reunited band tonight at The House
of Bricks with openers Allister,
Houston Calls and A Day at the
Fair. Tickets are $10 in advance
through IowaTix or $12 day of
People's Bar and Grill
There aren't many bands like Heiruspecs,
as live hip-hop music has become
a thing of the past. Samples have
taken over the rap and hip-hop
worlds. But Heiruspecs delivers
it all live, all original, combining
funk, soul and hard-hitting beats
with such impressive ferocity
that it's led to a steady touring
schedule that keeps them pounding
the pavement 150 days a year.
Encompassing everything from The
Roots to DJ Shadow to Run D.M.C.
to Digable Planets, Twin Cities-based
Heiruspecs has earned critical
praise in national and regional
outlets for releases like "A
Tiger Dancing," and has been
tapped to perform as the backing
band for Atmosphere, Oddjobs,
Aesop Rock, Sage Francis and more.
Don't miss the opportunity to
see one of the nation's premiere
live hip-hop bands as it stops
in Ames as part of the "Slimkids
Liberation Tour." Tickets
are $10 in advance through IowaTix
or $12 day of show.
Electronic/rock dance music with
a sexually charged edge is in
right now (see: The Killers, Franz
Ferdinand), which is why you should
give The Lovemakers a chance.
The band describes its music as
"rich in melody and drama
with an underlying commitment
to pop hooks," and was recently
described by a fan as "a
pink Ferrari driving through a
mountain of coke." Though
the fan himself may have been
high at the time that was said,
The Lovemakers' live show is a
product of three years of intense
performances in unheated warehouses
plagued by police to rock and
dance clubs across the United
States and Australia. Attend this
sexually charged dance party tonight
at the Maintenance Shop in Ames
with openers She Wants and Rock
Kills Dad. Tickets are $8 in advance
for students and $10 for the public.
Prices increase $1 day of show.
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