BAD IS GOOD: Mae West said, "When I'm good, I'm very good. When I'm bad, I'm better." This should be the theme quote for Wicked. Oddly enough Wicked and Avenue Q, which are both currently in Dallas, opened the same year on Broadway and have been competing ever since for best play in the west...or any hemisphere for that matter. For those not in the loop, Wicked tells the story of Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, and her relationship with Galinda, later Glinda, the Good Witch of the North. Their friendship struggles through their opposing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, their reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government, and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. The plot is set before and during Dorothy's arrival from Kansas, and includes several references to well-known scenes and dialogue in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz as a backstory.
FOLLOW THE MUSICAL ROAD: The Crow Collection of Asian Art is fast becoming the place for cutting edge thought on what can be done inside a museum. One of the things that has been taking place recently is their Silk Road Lounge nights which feature artists performing in a genre that took place on that famous extensive interconnected network of trade routes across the Asian continent connecting East, South, and Western Asia with the Mediterranean world, as well as North and Northeast Africa and Europe. Tonight features Chameleon Chamber Group, an electro-acoustic classical symphony featuring members of The Polyphonic Spree, Robert Gomez and Sarah Jaffe. The group will perform a special multimedia set inspired by the art and music of Asia. This is the best free gig in town tonight -- or any night of the week.
JUST A SHOT AWAY: If you haven't gotten hip to what the Texas Theater is doing yet, then you should. Former Pyramid Scheme co-founder Jason Reimer and grammy award winning audio engineer Stewart Sikes have banded together to show films ranging from obscure foreign flicks to documentaries of all sorts. Tonight the theater is throwing it down rock and roll style with the Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter." Doors are at 6:30PM, where DJ Diamond Age will be spinning for your pre/post-show enjoyment. The showing is free but as always donations are encouraged to help keep the theatre going, so get out and support the Cliff.
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