State Fair: John Davidson stars in this road-show version of the one Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written specifically for the screen--it features material from both the original, a 1945 musicalization of a 1933 Will Rogers comedy, and from the 1962 remake, for which, after Hammerstein's death, Rodgers added several songs of his own. Intriguingly for show-tune buffs, this staging also includes two songs originally written for (and cut from) Oklahoma!. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 24; and the same time Wednesday, February 25, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. Tickets range from $26.50 to $32.50. 262-7272 (Phoenix Civic Plaza), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Storm & Stress: The trio is a purveyor of a bizarre, contradictory kind of music: rhythmless rock 'n' roll. It's difficult, but intriguing--for a while, anyway. At least the band members can't be accused of selling out. Touring in support of their self-titled Touch and Go CD, they perform at 10 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. The cover is $4. 968-9490.
Magic Show: Illusionist Pete Petrashek bills himself as "Peter the Near (Great)" on the grounds that "it's different than if I was billed as 'Peter the (Near) Great.'" The (Great), who proudly notes having been named the Society of American Magicians' National Magician of the Year for 1989, and has performed from Russia to New Zealand, entertains from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, at the Dobson Ranch Branch Library, 2425 South Dobson in Mesa. Admission is free, but tickets, available at the reference desk, are required. 644-3441.
Insane Clown Posse: ICP's press material is full of stuff about "the power of the Dark Carnival . . . subtle as a calm mist yet as glorious as a fiery comet." It sounds like the chatter of the rec-room teens on Saturday Night Live's "Goth Talk" sketches. This white-boy horror-rap from a couple of would-be homies--Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope--who (try to) look like half of KISS is interesting/controversial only because the act was once booted off a subsidiary label of the Disney Corp. (Hollywood Records) for--oooh!--cussing on its album. The Posse performs Wednesday, February 25, at Club Rio, 430 North Scottsdale Road in Tempe. 894-0533.