Undrugged

Hooked pokes fun at addiction

3/22-3/26
Mark Lundholm refers to himself as "a professional mistake-maker." In 1988, he found himself in a halfway house after carjacking for fixes. The divorced father of two had gone from being a Catholic altar boy to a homeless addict and mental patient. He found some humor in it all, and once he started cracking insightful jokes about the mess his life had become, Lundholm found a niche. In his one-man theatrical show Hooked: A Decidedly Dysfunctional Comedy, opening at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at the Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Lundholm recounts his addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex, chocolate, coffee and the Internet, and provides comic observations about life's less taboo addictions, like work, gambling and shopping. Now clean and sober, Lundholm has few regrets. In fact, he says, "I am living proof that substance abuse is marketable." Tickets cost $25. The show runs through March 26. Call 480-596-2660. -- Niki D'Andrea

Rubber Band
San Diego's unwelcoming committee

THU 3/17
It's always a nice day in San Diego, barring two exceptions: the "June Gloom" that rains down on Pacific Beach tourists, and a Plastic Explosive gig. The quartet, which plays Thursday, March 17, at the Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Avenue, sees the world in more cynical terms than its fellow, seemingly comatose San Diegans. PE's self-titled debut album covers the breadth of college-aged angst -- a bit more melodically than Interpol with just a tinge of The Strokes -- railing against "the scene," the current administration, and "social and legal systems that redefine the notion of ridiculousness." Jeez, boys, go grab a fish taco and chill. Show starts at 8 p.m. Call 602-256-6006 for the cost of admission. -- Joe Watson

Mark Lundholm
Dan Dion
Mark Lundholm
Plastic Explosive
Plastic Explosive

Glamour Girl
A chat with Edith Head

SAT 3/19
Edith Head, the legendary Hollywood costume designer, dressed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman, among others, and won eight Academy Awards. In An Evening of Glitz & Glamour: A Conversation With Edith Head, playwrights Paddy Calistro and Susan Claassen give the audience Head -- her life, that is. The one-woman show starring Claassen presents a behind-the-scenes look at the design diva. Set in the last years of her life, Head reminisces about her career, sharing gossip about the stars and anecdotes about Hollywood. Glitz & Glamour takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Scottsdale Conference Resort, 7700 East McCormick Parkway. For tickets, call 602-840-7800.-- Ashlea Deahl

 
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