For people who never conceived of marching band music as arty, here's a real eye-popper. Take rousing brass and percussion music, choreograph the performers with astonishing group choreography, and make them do both at once. Hell, it's hard to watch them do both at once! But a joy. A Tony Award winner, it lives up to its name.
Tuesday-Sunday April 23-28, nine performances, various times, Historic Orpheum Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave. $21-$57, 373-5665.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
By Bill Snyder
One of the greatest poets of the rock era, Cave's meditations on love, death, and God echo with an eloquence and profundity matched only by Leonard Cohen. The Bad Seeds -- who have evolved into an amazingly versatile, virtuoso ensemble -- underscore Cave's darkly poetic lyrics with haunting melodies and beautifully understated arrangements. Once this post-punker's work echoed with anguish, now it resonates with a deep, unsentimental sense of peace.
Thursday April 25, 7:30 p.m. Historic State Theatre, 805 Hennepin Ave. S. $25-$35. Ticketmaster, 989-5151.
By Dean J. Seal
This hit play has been picked up for a run at the Bryant-Lake Bowl. Steller comedy acting by Laura Respess and Kirby Bennet, who cover all 20 roles, and directed by Comedy Pro Leon Hammer. This is the last weekend. Benefit for MN Aids Project.
Thursday April 25 at 9:30 p.m., $18; otherwise, Friday-Saturday April 26-27, 7 p.m. Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St. $15. 825-8949.
By Dean J. Seal
For the most avant evening in town, check out the Ricochet Kitchen gang and their intertwined dance company Vox Medusa as they take over the Jeune Lune space for a long party -- it runs to 3 a.m. An interactive dance event, you can dance with dancers from all styles -- flamenco, Middle East, modern, jazz, club. Lush atmosphere, writhing arty bodies.
Friday April 26, 8:30 p.m. doors open. Theatre de la Jeune Lune, 105 N. 1st St. $17 advance, $20 at door. 722-5112.
John Munson andMatt Wilson
By Bill Snyderl
Billing themselves as The Flops -- the fictitious band they play in the forthcoming film "The Last Word" -- these former Trip Shakespeare mates have stripped their act down to acoustic guitar, upright bass, and a killer set of songs. Their last 400 Bar show featured reinvented Wilson solo songs, selections from Trip Shakespeare's catalog, a couple of picks from the Semisonic songbook and a few new songs; a slice of Minnesota music history and a whole lot of fun as well.
Saturday April 27, 400 Bar, 400 Cedar Ave. S. N. $10 adv./$12 door. 332-2903.