Barely Legal

Respectable Street hits the big 1-8

SAT 7/30 Local promoter and Closer magazine co-founder Steve Rullman has been drifting around Clematis Street for more than a decade, stirring up bands to play at club-king Rodney Mayo's many venues, which include Respectable Street (518 Clematis St., West Palm Beach). Rullman has pulled together a major coming-of-age party this Saturday for Respectable Street's 18th Anniversary.

El and friends make Clematis a Respectable Street this Saturday.
El and friends make Clematis a Respectable Street this Saturday.
Not in your house? Better take it to the Stage Door Theatre.
Mike Gorman
Not in your house? Better take it to the Stage Door Theatre.
Comedian Bob Marley - because rednecks aren't for everyone.
Mike Gorman
Comedian Bob Marley - because rednecks aren't for everyone.
Death Becomes Gumwrappers Friday night.
Death Becomes Gumwrappers Friday night.

The club actually opened in June 1987, but the party's a month late. "Some years, it takes us a while to get everything together in time," Rullman says, noting that the event is more "mini-music festival" than anniversary party. "It's not just a concert; it's all about local bands," he says. "At the 12th anniversary, there were 12 bands. The 15th brought out 15 bands to play. But it changed after that, and we need to make up for those years that we were missing out. Now we have 20 bands, and Respectables is only 18."

Respectable Street closed in early July to begin renovations on its interior that will be unveiled at the big birthday bash (along with free pizza and drinks from 7 to 11 p.m.).

The 20 local bands will mount the five stages surrounding the venue on the closed 500 block of Clematis Street. Rullman split the stages among what he deemed "appropriate" venues. Respectable Street's back patio hosts Spider to the Fly and Hit$how, while nearby O'Shea's Irish Pub (531 Clematis St.) offers Truckstop Coffee, Summer Blanket, and the Mission Veo. The Lounge (517 Clematis St.) features what Rullman describes as "groovy bands," such as Dish and the People Upstairs. Ray's Downtown (519 Clematis St.) hosts what Rullman deemed "raucous" bands like the Creepy T's and Psycho Daisies. The Clematis Street stage, emceed by Timb, features the night's main acts: Doorway 27, El (pictured), Legends of Rodeo, Secret French Kissing Society, and the Bittercups (fronted by New TimesAssistant Calendar Editor Jason Budjinski).

Sounds like a blast, huh? Just wait till the 21st anniversary. Call 561-832-9999, or visit www.respectablestreet.com. -- Jake Smith

Talley Tale

Follow the Folly

THU 7/28 Parents often fear their daughters will marry musicians, artists, or other such low-income-producing guys. So why would Sally Talley's family have reservations about her marrying an accountant? Here are a few hints: The Talleys are already well-to-do, live in 1944 Missouri, and the suitor's name is Matt Friedman. Indeed, the sternly Protestant family doesn't want its bloodline tainted by a Jew -- even if that means more work come tax day. The third play of Lanford Wilson's trilogy about the fictional Talley family, Talley's Folly chronicles Friedman's struggle to convince Sally's family that he's OK -- and to help Sally get over her fear of their rejection. But it's not the parents who pose the biggest obstacle; it's Sally's brother. And it doesn't help matters that Friedman is 12 years her senior (and a closet socialist, for that matter). Though Sally's brother has her convinced the marriage is a no-go, Friedman won't give up until she realizes it's time to leave WASP-ville. Talley's Folly runs now through August 28 at the Stage Door Theatre (8036 W. Sample Rd., Coral Springs). Tickets cost $27 to $29. Call 954-344-7765. -- Jason Budjinski Northern Nutter

This Bob Marley's a jokester

THU 7/28 Tickets for Larry the Cable Guy's Thursday performance at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino sold out faster than Michael Moore posters at a gun range. That's not surprising, given the comic's ability to rile red-state rednecks like a retarded Pied Piper. But rather than listen to some liberal-bashing, loudmouthed Southerner, why not check out an equal-opportunity loudmouth from New England instead? Maine-born comedian Bob Marley may not enjoy the celebrity status of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour yuksters, but it sure isn't because of any comedic deficiency. Marley is one of those comics who's truly on when he's on stage, enthusiastically dishing out anecdotes that anyone can relate to, whether you're from Beantown or the Bible Belt. Oh, and you can stop giggling to yourself about Marley's familiar-sounding name. That joke's as predictable as some yokel muttering "git-r-done" every five minutes. Marley performs Thursday through Sunday at the Improv Paradise Live (5700 Seminole Way, Hollywood). Tickets cost $18.02 to $21.20. Call 954-981-5653. -- Jason Budjinski

Catcalls and Catacombs

FRI 7/29 What do you do when Friday night creeps up and startles you like a lurching zombie? Celebrate! The corpse-crazed crew of local horror-rock band Death Becomes You is throwing a monster bash at local gentleman's club Gumwrappers (3233 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale). A sacrificial night of rock 'n' roll will be offered in tribute to Rob Zombie's newest cinematic dark child, The Devil's Rejects. The band will dig deep into the merchandise mausoleums to bury costumed attendees with shovel loads of giveaways -- like posters and buttons that Lion's Gate Films has provided. Apparently the members of DBY excel at DIY: "We decided to build a stage after the last time we played there," band member John Janos relates. "Everyone was slipping in the bloodbath. It got really messy." They are type-A positive that this show will flow more smoothly, especially with opening bands Ill Struck and Rocket to Russia (a Ramones tribute band) on the bill. The not-so-costumed ladies of Gumwrappers will celebrate as well, but in a more lively fashion. The show starts at 11 p.m. and costs $5 -- unless you wear a costume; then it's free. Call 954-565-9264. -- Jamie Laughlin

 
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