Superheroes are cool. Batman had all his wonderful toys. Superman could fly and had heat vision. The Silver Surfer had, er, umĚ.well, I don't know but I'm sure it was silver. Get in touch with your inner Clark Kent at the Gaslight Theatre's, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd., newly opened production of "Gnatman!" That's right, the Jester is at it again in Mammoth City, but Gnatman will come to the rescue. Performances are Tuesdays through Thursdays at 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $6-$13.95. Call 886-9428 for more information. Call Gnatman if you're in trouble.
Amazon.com called these guys "buoyantly braddocious." Now I don't know what that means but it sounds good, doesn't it? Or maybe not. It's not important. What is important is that the Dialated Peoples will play at The Rialto, 318 E. Congress St., tonight. The hip hop band's album cover promises explicit lyrics not suitable for our impressionable ears, and I'm willing to bet that the same goes for the show. So now you must go-loud music and rapid-fire expletives compel you. For ticket information, call 740-0126.
Voted the best gallery in all of Tucson by this very publication, the Carbonbase Gallery, 101 W. Fifth St., is opening a new exhibit! It'll be thought provoking! It'll be fascinating! It'll be free! Sorry, I'm having trouble controlling the volume of my exclamation points. The student-run gallery showcases the interior/exterior work of Margaret Lieu and Ellie Elmore. Gallery hours are by appointment only. For more information, call 903-2695.
So nice you've got to see it twice. C'mon, you know Gnatman! is just too cool not to see again. And now that their show is over, I'm sure the members of Dialated Peoples will be there. Just in case you forgot, it's playing at the Gaslight Theatre, 7010 E. Broadway Blvd. For more information, call 886-9428.
There aren't very many good movie theaters in town, but the newest movie house is teaming up with one of Tucson's oldest for a benefit. Century 20 Park Place will be hosting a grand opening at the theater, 5870 E. Broadway Blvd., with proceeds to benefit the Historic Fox Theatre. For a $20 entry fee, you can see a yet-to-be-named advance screening, sample free food from local restaurants and enjoy free, all-you-can-eat popcorn and sodas. The reception starts at 6:30 p.m. and the screening will begin at 8. Visit www.foxtucsontheatre.com or call 624-1515 for more information.
My roommate likes this band, and while that's not saying much, just the fact that Depeche Mode has been around basically forever should speak for the quality of its music. The band will play at America West Arena tonight in Phoenix, and you know you want to make that drive up just to prove to your boy-band-listening friends that Depeche Mode is not some worthless 80s fad like snap bracelets and Cory Haim. For tickets and showtimes, call (602) 379-7800.
How does one not love a rap group with song titles like "Dirty Nursery Rhymes" and "Get the F-k Out of my House"? I'm sure the Dialated Peoples admires 2 Live Crew. As does the cast of Gnatman! 2 Live Crew tears up the stage tonight at the Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St. for all those who were too lazy to drive to Phoenix for Depeche Mode. Although, something tells me their audiences don't overlap. For concert information, call 740-0126.
Thirsty for blood? Then head down to The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., for the Ruffman Boxing Contest, where ordinary guys battle it out for pride. It is, of course, no relation to Toughman, the ordinary-guys-fighting TV show on FX. I'm sure there's no connection whatsoever. It might not be "the Thrilla in Manila" or "The Rumble in the Jungle," but it's live fighting. So pop in a mouthpiece, ask Mick to cut you and call 312-0777 for more information.
Ever since Seinfeld's George Costanza began "The Summer of George" with Frolf, or fribee-golf, the nation has been intrigued with the quasi-sport that combines the joys of frsibee-ing and the monotony of golfing. Interested? The Tucson Chain Lightning Disc Golf Club will be hosting an informal tournament at 5 p.m. at Santa Cruz River Park Disc Golf Course. It's an event no Nerf-lete should miss.
Are you East Coast fo' life? Then head over to The Rock, 136 N. Park Ave., for an enchanting evening with Ghost Face Killah and Raekwon, both members of the Wu-Tang Clan. The show starts at 7 p.m., with bar drinks available to those with I.D. And who knows? Maybe Ol' Dirty Bastard, er, Big Baby Jesus, might stop by looking fo' his money! Call The Rock at 629-9211 for more information.