Moe vs. José
With the Alliance Theatre staging Five Guys Named Moe through June 5 and Aurora Theatre counter-programming with 4 Guys Named José & Una Mujer Named Maria, opening May 19, this handy chart helps you distinguish the two similarly titled musical revues:
Number of guys?
Moe: Big, Little, Eat, No, Four-Eyed
José: Cubano, Boriqua, Dominicano, Mexicano
Pretext for songs?
Moe: Imaginary singing group gives love lessons to hapless loser Nomax
José: Homesick musicians stage Latino jam
session in Omaha, Neb.
Style of music?
Moe: Louis Jordan's swing-era songbook
José: Mambo tunes from Ricky Ricardo to Ricky Martin
Moe: Splashy zoot suits
José: Bolero jackets, mariachi sleeves, even a
Carmen Miranda hat
Moe: A conga line in "Push Ka Pi Shi Pie"
José: The Macarena in "La Macarena"
Snippet of famous hits?
Moe: "Let the Good Times Roll"
José: "La Bamba"
Lyrics based on food?
Moe: "Saturday Night Fish Fry"
José: "I Make My Money with Bananas"
Audience call and response?
Moe: In the song "Caldonia"
José: Brief Spanish lesson in Act One
Songs about the meaning of life?
Moe: "Life Is So Peculiar"
José: "Livin' La Vida Loca" and "Gracias a la Vida"
Basic info? Moe: $20-$50. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Through June 5. Alliance Theatre, 1280 Peachtree St. 404-733-5000. www.alliancetheatre.org.
José: $18-$25. Wed.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat. 2:30 and 8 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m. Through June 12. Aurora Theatre, 3087 Main St., Duluth. 770-476-7926. www.auroratheatre.com.
-- Curt Holman
What a drag
If you love dressing up as a member of the opposite sex, then this is one drag event you should probably stay far away from. But if you love fast cars and lots of noise, get on out to the 25th annual Summit Racing Equipment Southern Nationals. Held MAY 12-15, this is the seventh of 23 races in the NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series and will feature competitors in four categories: top fuel, funny car, pro stock and pro stock motorcycle. Qualifying takes place Friday and Saturday. Final elimination races are Sunday. $10-$102. Fri., 9 a.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.; Sun., 11 a.m. Atlanta Dragway, 500. E. Ridgeway Road, Commerce. 706-335-2301. www.atlantadragway.com.
-- Coley Ward
If foul language and body slams are your idea of fun, you aren't going to want to miss the salty, trash-talking ladies of wrestling, as documented in former Atlanta resident and filmmaker Ruth Leitman's fast and furious LIPSTICK & DYNAMITE, PISS & VINEGAR: THE FIRST LADIES OF WRESTLING. From the '40s to the '70s, women like Gladys "Killem" Gillem and "The Fabulous Moolah" (both now well into their retirement years) made their living wrestling other ladies to the mat and suffering abuse, economic exploitation and life's myriad hard knocks outside the ring. The film's MAY 13 opening includes a Q&A with some of the quintessential tough broads. We're looking forward to hearing them talk about the good old bad old days. See review in Flicks, p. 67. $6-$8.50. 7:30 p.m. Landmark Midtown Art Cinema, 931 Monroe Drive. 678-495-1424. www.landmarktheatres.com.
-- Felicia Feaster
Dude, this is going to be totally sweet: Beach volleyball is coming to the urban oasis otherwise known as the ATL, bringing with it plenty of hot bods and hard spikin' action. The Downtown Atlanta Beach Volleyball Tournament is at Woodruff Park MAY 13-15 and features some of the country's top competitors, including Eric Curnow and Tom Kidd. We're talking 100-plus mph serves and gnarly face plants. Competitions include men's doubles, women's doubles, and four vs. four matches. Free. Noon. Woodruff Park, at the intersection of Peachtree Street and Edgewood Avenue. 404-658-1877. www.volleyballatlanta.org.
May 12 Thursday
Break out the styling mousse, because British hairdresser-turned-pop icon Mike Score is back, albeit with a slightly different brood. A FLOCK OF SEAGULLS plays Paradise City's Rock Star Saloon, featuring Score and both new and old faces in the band. Though the hair may be a bit toned down, we hear it's safe to expect some hits, including the ever-popular "I Ran (So Far Away)." Don't forget your leg-warmers and pink spandex: There will be prizes for best '80s hair and outfit. See Vibes, p. 96. $18-$20. 8 p.m. Rock Star Saloon, 11105 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 678-990-8024. www.quincyentertainment.com. (Rebecca Ford)
May 13 Friday
Operating on the theory that too many chefs make a really kick-ass stew, Atlanta and Seattle-based Hundreds of Heads Books celebrates the release of HOW TO SURVIVE DATING with members of Dad's Garage Theatre performing live improvisations based on stories from the How to Survive series. The publisher's "headhunters" - and their "chief headhunter," host Jamie Allen - will also collect anecdotes and advice from folks like you (scary, huh?) for upcoming guides. Free. 7 p.m. San Francisco Coffee, 664 N. Highland Ave. 404-376-8521. www.hundredsofheads.com. (Thomas Bell)
With his lugubriously crooning Bowie-like voice, pale, spidery frame and darkly oblique lyrics, Peter Murphy led Bauhaus to semi-legendary cult status. His inconsistent, two-decades-long solo career since the breakup of that influential "don't-call-'em-goth" band has attracted a similarly dedicated audience. Mixing electronic and world music (he lives in Istanbul) with his iconoclastic dark rock, Murphy doesn't rest on his laurels and typically won't play tunes from his old band on solo dates. He seldom tours the States, so this is a rare opportunity to experience his dramatic live show. Spacey chanteuse Sarah Fimm opens. $22. 8 p.m. Masquerade, 695 North Ave. 404-577-8178. www.masq.com. (Hal Horowitz)
May 14 Saturday
Heard of Will Rogers? Yeah, us too. How about Bill Pickett? No? Well, you can learn all about him today at the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo. Credited with inventing bull dogging, Pickett was of mixed Caucasian, African-American and Cherokee descent and is one of the most famous black cowboys. Likewise, the rodeo features professional African-American cowboys and cowgirls performing stunts ranging from bareback riding to roping and Pickett's own bull dogging. Can we get a "yee-ha"? $12-$15. Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 3:30 p.m. Georgia International Horse Park, 1996 Centennial Olympic Parkway, Conyers. 770-860-4190. www.billpickettrodeo.com. (RF).
May 15 Sunday
Today is the final day of Oakland Cemetery's Arts in the Park, a celebration of the Atlanta landmark, featuring visual arts, dance performances, spoken word, lectures and music. Closing events include The Plot Thickens: A Brief History of Death, a narrative performance featuring puppets; and Visitations, a dance exploring stages of the grieving process for death. Maybe the dead really can dance. Free. Events begin at 12:30 p.m. 248 Oakland Ave. 404-688-2107. www.oaklandcemetery.com. (Anisa Lewis)
May 16 Monday
Photomicrography sounds like something you might get done at the doctor's office. But it's actually an art combining microscopy and photography, courtesy of an instrument called a photomicrogapher. If all the scientific-sounding terms have left you befuddled, head over to Fernbank Science Center, where small world highlights award-winning work in the field that bridges science and art. Nanocrystals, vaporized gold and differentiating neuronal cells are among the oddly trippy images on display. Free. Mon.-Wed., 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 1-5 p.m. Through July 10. 156 Heaton Park Drive. 678-874-7102. fsc.fernbank.edu. (Layla Bellows)
May 17 Tuesday
Here's one for the kiddies: Theater of the Stars' summer season kicks off with Disney's ON THE Record, a musical review featuring more than 60 award-winning songs from Disney motion pictures, including "Be Our Guest" and "Bare Necessities." Though we're expecting children to unabashedly sing along with the ever-popular tunes, with a set resembling a contemporary recording studio, we're wondering if more than a few adults won't indulge their inner diva. $20-$52.50. Tues.-Fri., 8 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 8 p.m.; Sun., 2 and 7:30 p.m. Fox Theatre, 660 Peachtree St. 404-817-8700. www.foxtheatre.org. (AL)
May 18 Wednesday
If architecture is your thing, then stop by the Barbara Archer Gallery, where Edward Rice: Recent Paintings and Monotypes features the artist's lucid depictions of American architecture. Primarily realistic, Rice's work resides in museums throughout the South; this is his first Atlanta exhibition in 15 years. Free. Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 280 Elizabeth St., Suite A-012. 404-523-1845. www.barbaraarcher.com. (AL)