I think William Shakespeare would have been honored to hear his words coming from the lips of Mtrhead's Lemmy Kilminster in the Troma Picture's classic film "Tromeo & Juliet." For one thing - and this is the best way for Shakespeare to take the film as a whole, considering all the nudity and decapitations and alternate endings worked into the script - it would mean that people still knew who Shakespeare was, nearly 400 years after his death.
Of course, most people watching Troma films are probably more excited about the idea of Lemmy reading Shakespeare than the idea of Shakespeare himself. After all, one doesn't usually link the undisputed founder of speed/thrash metal with the man who made iambic pentameter a household phrase.
- W March 23, 8 p.m.
First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N.
$25. 332-1775. www.first-avenue.com
Elmo is sad, too
It was a sad day in my house when "Sesame Street" stopped playing Los Lobos' "Elmo Song" (I think that's what it was called) at each show's end. There was something so beautiful and surreal about seeing Los Lobos all decked out in Fedoras and suit coats, a backdrop of gigantic fake stars and a dark blue sky behind them, and Elmo dancing along with them along the top of a fake picket fence, waving his furry red arms around, head tilted back, mouth gaping open in a silent giggle or scream.
It was well worth sitting through the entire episode of "Sesame Street" for the day - with my children, of course, because, no, I am not one of those grown-ups - and the R.E.M. replacement song of "Shiny Happy Monsters" was just not as good.
- W March 23, 7 p.m.
Historic Pantages Theater, 710 Hennepin Ave.
$41. 339-7007. hennepintheatredistrict.com.