ArrowFest

You'll laugh and cry at this rock tragicomedy

 SAT 6/7
ArrowFest -- alternately titled MulletFest -- is a daylong trip back to junior high dances and fist-pounding power ballads. In other words, the show should be good for a few laughs. The Fabulous Thunderbirds are on the bill, and that's funny in itself. Be careful not to chuckle too hard, though, unless you feel like getting your ass kicked. Just sit tight and wait for REO Speedwagon. The pure sight of singer Kevin Cronin may induce belly laughs, but keep your composure. This is a good time to check out the silly merchandise and protect your ears from "Can't Fight This Feeling." Make sure to find a good spot to watch Survivor perform "Eye of the Tiger." Behold the moment. Styx is probably next. Dennis DeYoung is missing, but so what? Respectfully rock out. It's still, more or less, Styx. Gear yourself up for the trick you're about to play on yourself: believing that Steve Augeri is actually Steve Perry of Journey. Now the joke's over. Close your eyes and imagine your first French kiss as "Faithfully" washes over the hill in an emotional wave of lost love and regret. Don't stop believin'. 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7. Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. For information, call 281-363-3300. $29.50 to $95. -- Troy Schulze

SAT 6/7
On the Range
A new dance festival takes root in Houston
Big dance, big movement, big range. Welcome to the first, and hopefully annual, Big Range Dance Festival. Houston is gaining on New York City in the modern dance realm, and this festival is another jeté in that direction. This lineup includes several evening-length premieres, a rarity here in Houston. Suchu Dance will perform Skylark, a humorous look at childhood that incorporates twirling batons, and Davidson Dance/KineticArchitecture will take an adult look down the rabbit hole with Alice Fell. "We're hoping to make it a big festival, with classes and maybe other venues," says Karen Stokes of Travesty Dance Group, which will perform Hometown. The show blends modern choreography with a cappella singing and interprets several aspects of Houston, including Range, Bayou, Weather, Ranch, City, Channel and Space. The only thing missing is Traffic. Big Range Dance Festival runs from Saturday, June 7, through June 28. Barnevelder Movement/Arts Complex, 2201 Preston. For tickets and a full schedule of performances, call 713-529-1819 or visit www.barnevelder.org. $13 to $16. -- Marene Gustin

 

Journey
Journey
Paulette Ivory plays Aida.
Paulette Ivory plays Aida.
Jason Howard in standard-man shape
Courtesy of Country Playhouse
Jason Howard in standard-man shape

Aida for All
Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida is big, splashy and, unlike the opera version, comprehensible. Sure, the tale of the enslaved Nubian princess who finds true love is the same, but the score for this Disney epic has won several Tonys and a Grammy (think Lion King success here). The show's national tour stops in Houston this week, bringing all the mechanical magic and over-the-top effects of the Broadway wonder to the one-year-old, $100 million Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. Aida runs through June 15. 800 Bagby. For tickets and a full schedule, call 713-629-3700 or visit www.ticketmaster.com. $25 to $66. -- Marene Gustin

 

Freak Show
In local playwright Diana Howie's bizarre one-man show, Judy's Friend & Marilyn's Boy, actor Jason Howard transmogrifies himself from the illegitimate son of Marilyn Monroe into Judy Garland's favorite Munchkin. The actor meets the freakish physical demands of playing two characters at the same time when they meet in front of an abandoned, soon-to-be-demolished Los Angeles bookstore. His shape-shifting will dazzle you. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Sundays, from Friday, June 6, through June 21. Country Playhouse, 12802 Queensbury. For information, call 713-467-4497. $10. -- Troy Schulze

 
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