John Popper's Blues Traveler, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Barenaked Ladies, Fastball, and Alana Davis are the main-stage acts at H.O.R.D.E. Festival '98, the seventh annual neohippie jam--and "jam" is the word, as most of the participating performers are wont to kick off their Birkenstocks and wail a while, à la the fest's patron saint, the late Jerry Garcia. Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise, Bran Van 3000, Box Set and Honey Child share second-stage duty. In case you're wondering, H.O.R.D.E. stands for "Horizons of Rock Developing Everywhere." The show starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets are $28.50 and $33.50, available at Ticketmaster. 784-4444.
Tucson's ever-interesting Borderlands Theatre presents Once on This Island, a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on Trinidadian author Rosa Guy's allegorical tale My Love, My Love. Previews are scheduled for 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 26, and the same time Thursday, August 27, at the Proscenium Theatre at Pima Community College, 2202 West Anklam. Tickets range from $7 to $18. The run proper begins at 8 p.m. Friday, August 28, and continues through Sunday, September 6. 1-520-882-7406.
Okay, so she's got 16 gold singles, so she starred, opposite Tupac Shakur, in the title role of John Singleton's Poetic Justice--as Chris Rock observed, for some of us, Janet Jackson will always be Penny on Good Times. She takes the stage on Wednesday, August 26, at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.; tickets range from $26.95 to $75.05. 379-7800 (AWA), 503-5555 (Dillard's).