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August 16, 2004 // UPDATED 3:21 pm - April 25, 2007
By: Tom Rhodes
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Comic Tom Rhodes is a rebel with a cause. He's been bringing his bad attitude to the platform since he was a high school senior. Although Rhodes currently hosts a talk show in Amsterdam, has already starred in his own NBC series ("Mr. Rhodes," which ran in the '90s), makes frequent appearances on other late-night shows and can draw the line between his amateur journeys via bus and his now-Virgin Airline first-class fare, Rhodes doesn't believe he's capable of anything other than being the class clown.

If stranded without a microphone, Rhodes says he'd probably have no choice but to find employment doing manual labor. For example, he says he'd probably be the guy on the highway holding up a sign that reads, "Slow."

Aug. 17-24, Tuesday-Thursday 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., Acme Comedy Company, 708 N. 1st St., $12-$24 (with dinner). 338-6393.

'Anytown: Stories of America'

What is it like to dance to the spirit of the Great Depression? How does the Dust Bowl come to life? How do families living in poverty communicate with each other through their moves? Smith and Shapiro dance company's choreographed performance of "Anytown: Stories of America" describes moments in American history, centering mostly on intimate family life during these tough times.

Visuals from the Works Administration Project act as telling bookmarks and form the backdrop of this "Grapes of Wrath"-like story about the American working class crunched between the World Wars. Add to this mix the music of Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell for a compellingly danced drama that seamlessly blends documentary-like storytelling and theatrical performance.

Proceeds benefit the Prostate Cancer Awareness and Advocacy organization.

Aug. 18-21, Wednesday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., Southern Theater, 1420 Washington Ave. S., $23. 340-1725.