Days of Summer Calendar
By Jason Lamphier
JULY 18: So you missed Debbie Harry in the True Colors tour last month? No excuse not to pay tribute to the blond punk icon at home. It's Blondie and Debbie Harry Month'yes, we're serious'so dust off that crackly Parallel Lines LP and relish the halcyon days when 'Heart of Glass' ruled the dance floor. Or dart over to Manchester, England, where the group is performing at the Apollo. One way or another, embrace the rapture. (OK, enough puns.) Get tix at Blondie.net.
JULY 19: Franco Dragone's musical adaptation of George Bizet's 1875 melodrama, Carmen, is set to hit London and New York in the coming months, but you can catch it now at San Diego's La Jolla Playhouse in the Mandell Weiss Theatre. The music: a pop-infused score by composer John Ewbank. The fight scenes: vivacious dance numbers. The story: a femme fatale's private struggle'and one that puts the Lindsay and Paris fiascoes to shame. LaJollaPlayhouse.org has the scoop.
JULY 20: It's the battle of the purple blockbuster, as Adam Sandler goes queer in the gay-marriage comedy, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry and John Travolta dons drag'and a fat suit'in the movie-turned-musical-turned-movie-musical Hairspray. Or you could just slobber over Chris Evans in Danny Boyle's apocalyptic sci-fi flick, Sunshine. All open.
JULY 21: Billboard magazine describes performances from New York'based, four-man band So Percussion as 'astonishing and entrancing.' Quirky surrealist electronica duo Matmos racked up plaudits last year with their album The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast, which featured acts like Bj'rk and Antony. Now the two experimental groups join forces at the New York City's Lincoln Center Festival for a two night'only event. Considering they've already incorporated turning bible pages, duct tape, and liposuction surgery into their music, we can't wait to see what the guys whip up this time. For more info, check out LincolnCenter.org.
JULY 22: Celebrating its 13th anniversary, the Fire Island Dance Festival'a fundraiser to fight AIDS'flaunts an impressive program this year. Whoopi Goldberg hosts Saturday, June 21, while Phylicia Rashad (yes, Mrs. Huxtable, herself) and Tony nominee Michael McElroy take the reins Sunday. Throw in a little tap, some acrobatics, and a heap load of heavy-duty shimmying, and you got a great party for a good cause. Get tickets here.