All harmonica, all the time
Harmonica players are kinda like the late Rodney Dangerfield -- they don't get no respect. Whether getting slammed for stepping all over a singer's lines or playing off-key, masters of the "Mississippi saxophone" are occasionally on the receiving end of a few disses. (Like one particularly nasty quip: "Why do dogs howl when harmonica players play?" "They're trying to tell them how the song goes."). But don't expect any harping on mouth harpists during the annual Harmonica Showcase on Thursday, June 16, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. More than 20 local titans of the tin sandwich -- including Sistah Blue's Rochelle Raya (pictured), One Class Act's Gypsy, Hans Olson, Walkin' Cane Mark, Roy Pinn, and Rhythm Room owner Bob Corritore -- will sit in with Bill Tarsha and the Rocket 88s, performing two blues songs each. Doors open at 7 p.m. and admission costs $5. See www.rhythmroom.com or call 602-265-4842. -- Benjamin Leatherman
What did that butler see?
So, get this: Doctor Prentice is a totally kinky shrink who hired Geraldine 'cause he liked what he saw beneath her Freudian slip. His wife? Well, she's a total nympho who snagged a hotel bellhop. If you can believe this, they're each trying to hide their little playthings under the roof of Dr. P's hospital, without the other finding out. Oh, yeah -- the state inspector just decided to pay a visit. If you wanna know how it all plays out, see What the Butler Saw on Friday, June 17, at Fountain Hills Community Theater, 11445 North Saguaro in Fountain Hills. Admission is $15 for adults, $10 for children. Call 480-837-9661. The show closes July 10. -- Amy Young