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The Sex Talk ladies
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THU 8/18
Some college kids are getting together this weekend to talk about sex. Shocking, no? But before you "whatever" this one away, note that the dialogue in the play Sex Talk may actually be worth listening to. The producer is 24-year old Reginald Edmund, already a veteran on the Houston theater scene (his play A Love Story recently appeared at the Silver House Theatre), and the playwright is Gaelika Brown, Edmund's 22-year-old TSU classmate. The three-woman cast shares the stage only with three chairs; each rises in turn to tell her sex-based stories, with a little monologue here, a little dialogue there. They remain nameless and seemingly unconnected throughout, but their tales weave together into narrative -- exuberant, angry and sad. "Everyone watching the show should be able to relate to each one of them," Brown says of her characters.

Universal appeal, yes -- but Edmund notes an ulterior point of intrigue: "The reason why I love this script is because it talks about all the things that men never hear." Show opens at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 18, and runs Friday, August 19, and Sunday, August 21. The Silver House Theatre, 1103 Chartres. For tickets and information, call 713-446-1531 or visit $15. -- Julia Ramey

Long and Winding Show

Classical Mystery Tour has the Beatles covered

SAT 8/20
The Beatles stopped regular concert tours in 1966, so fans never heard live versions of favorites like "Penny Lane," "The Long and Winding Road" or "Got to Get You Into My Life." The Classical Mystery Tour gives a glimpse into what might have been, with more than just another look-alike/sound-alike tribute act. Fans of the Fab Four can expect 30 live career-spanning Beatles tunes, all backed by members of the Houston Grand Opera orchestra. Ironically, these fake Beatles -- Jim Owen (John Lennon), Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney), Tom Teeley (George Harrison) and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) -- have been playing Beatles tunes live far longer than the Beatles ever did. Let's hope they're not also into recreating Yoko's avant-garde screaming. 8 p.m. Saturday, August 20. Verizon Wireless Theater, 520 Texas Avenue. For tickets, call 713-629-3700 or visit $45 to $55. Proceeds benefit the Fort Bend County Women's Center. -- Bob Ruggiero

Temple of Gloom

FRI 8/19
Their name -- God's Temple of Family Deliverance -- may sound holy, but this band is far more beastly than godly. The brooding foursome, who got a Best New Act nomination at this year's Houston Press Music Awards, fluctuates the tempos of their mini-saga-length songs from snail-pace to hyperdrive. Drummer Chris Ryan pounds away on his kit like it's a big slab o' beef, and singer-guitarist Eric Faucette's caterwauling screams and shredding riffage bring out the little devils in all of us. The Cherry Valance, Those Peabodys and Sharks & Sailors open. 8:30 p.m. Friday, August 19. Mary Jane's Fat Cat, 4216 Washington. For tickets, call 713-869-5263 or visit $6. -- Travis Ritter

Fiesta o' Fools

THU 8/18
Local comic/promoter Eddie Cruz has hosted his monthly Laffin' with Latinos show at every comedy club in Houston. His latest offering features Felipe Esparza, previously seen on Comedy Central's Premium Blend. Expect a night of straight-up goofy comedy -- Cruz will be riffing on everyone from the talent to the crowd. Rene Garcia, B.J. Torres open at 8 p.m. Thursday, August 18. The Comedy Showcase, 11460 Fuqua. For tickets, call 281-481-1188 or visit $10 prepaid; $15 at door. -- Steven Devadanam


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