Texas might be known for its big-haired, bottle-blonde beauty queens, but it was an altogether different sort of woman who captured the wild spirit of the Lone Star State when Port Arthurs own mega-talented Janis Joplin hit the music scene. Joplin belted out the pain and power of Southern Blues and mixed it with the electric beat of late 60s rock and roll, speaking for an entire generation of young people anxious for change. And though she overdosed almost four decades ago, her legend lives on. Love, Janis, based on the biography of Janis written by her sister Laura Joplin and featuring tunes like Me and Bobby McGee, Piece of My Heart, and Ball and Chain, promises to bring down the house, just like the old days. 7:30 p.m. today. 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through February 10. Alley Theatre, 615 Texas. For information, call 713-220-5700 or visit www.alleytheatre.org. $ 21 to $60.
Jan. 11-Feb. 10, 2008