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Jan. 19 through Jan.
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When indie band Dressy Bessy
joined Denver's musical ranks,
they were creating the aural equivalent
of Bubble Yum. Bubbly, cute and
full of innocence, Dressy Bessy
created songs that sounded like
they were vintage '60s AM radio
singles. But over the past two
albums, "Dressy Bessy"
and "Electrified," the
band has grown away from its childlike
ideals, shifting from its cheery
paradigm toward a darker, more
adult manifestation punctuated
with tougher vocals, beefier guitars,
higher-quality productions values
and more aggressive lyrics. See
the band tonight as it headlines
a show at the Vaudeville Mews
with openers Poison Control Center
and Indie Pop! DJ. Cost is $7
day of show.
Val Air Ballroom
Country artist Josh Turner received
a standing ovation the night of
Dec. 21, 2001, before his song
was even over. But the real treat
in that, is that he was standing
in the same spot where Johnny
Cash, Marty Robbins, Ernest Tubb,
Hank Williams and Patsy Cline
had stood before him: the Grand
Ole Opry. During his debut performance
there, the then-unknown performer
sang a song he wrote called "Long
Black Train." People stood
up and started cheering, though
Turner still had two more verses
and a chorus to go. By the end,
everyone was on his or her feet.
See what all the fuss is about
when this up-and-comer headlines
a show tonight at the Val Air
Ballroom. Tickets are $10 in advance
through Ticketmaster or $15 at
Iowa Cubs FanFest
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Drake Knapp Center
Area residents will have the
opportunity to get autographs
from four hall-of-famers at the
seventh annual Iowa Cubs FanFest
on Friday at 7 Flags Event Center
and Saturday at the Drake Knapp
Center. The FanFest First Pitch
Luncheon will take place on Friday
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the
7 Flags Event Center with headline
speaker Tony LaRussa. Then head
to the Drake Knapp Center to receive
a $75 autograph by Reggie Jackson
from 4 to 7 p.m. (no bats or jerseys).
Today at the Drake Knapp Center
Tom Seaver will sign for $35 from
9 a.m. - noon, Luis Aparicio will
sign for $25 from 10:30 a.m. -
1:30 p.m., and Rod Carew will
sign for $30 from noon - 3 p.m.
For more details and to order
tickets, call the Iowa Cubs box
office at 243-6111.
"The Zoo Story"
"The Zoo Story," a
Frank Burnette production, combines
elements of realism and absurdism
in this play about human isolation,
loneliness, class differences,
the dangers of inaction and the
failings of American society.
As Jerry says in the play, "Sometimes
it's necessary to go a long distance
out of the way in order to come
back a short distance correctly."
The short play is preceded by
performances from poets from the
Des Moines Poetry Slam, who will
read and interpret poems from
the 1950s "Beat" era,
culminating with Allen Ginsberg's
"HOWL" at curtain call.
Tickets are $12 in advance through
IowaTix, $15 day of show and $10
for students. The show runs Jan.
20 through Feb. 5, with 7 p.m.
performances on Fridays and Saturdays
and 3 p.m. matinees on Sundays.
Cultural Advocacy Day
The Iowa Cultural Coalition's
Cultural Advocacy Day is two days
worth of events related to the
celebration and symposium of arts,
culture and historic preservation.
It starts today at the State Historical
Building with afternoon conferences
starting at 2 p.m. and running
until 5 p.m., when the Legislative
Reception starts, giving cultural
advocates, legislators and Capitol
staff the chance to enjoy food
and beverages before heading to
the after hours party at The Continental
beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday morning
groups will gather for a legislative
breakfast and traditional march
to the Capitol to meet with legislators.
Cultural Advocacy Day events are
free, but RSVP by e-mailing Jill.Hermann@iowa.gov.
The original Broadway production
of "42nd Street" ran
for more than eight years and
was one of the 10 longest-running
shows in Broadway history. This
razzle-dazzle musical comedy features
the star-is-born story of an inspiring
young ingnue who rises from
the chorus to become a Broadway
star. And, of course, it features
such standard Broadways songs
as "We're in the Money"
and "I Only Have Eyes For
You." Tickets are $38-$42,
and $19-$21 for ISU students and
those 18 and under, and are available
through Ticketmaster and the Stephens
Auditorium box office.
The Life and Times
The Life and Times formed out
of the ashes of guitarist-frontman
Allen Epley's much-beloved math
rock outfit Shiner. Joined by
Eric Abert (bass/moog) and Chris
Metcalf (drums), Epley and co.
create a post-rock sound that
ranges from Sunny Day Real Estate
to Jawbox to R.E.M. Listen to
the band's self-proclaimed blend
of "scratching, ragged, ragged
bass lines, mellotron chording,
fat multi-layered guitars and
moog notes" tonight as the
band plays the Maintenance Shop
in the ISU Memorial Union. Tickets
are $6 for students and $8 for
the public. Prices increase $1
day of show.
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