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A tale of two roses

My mother taught me how to preserve dried flowers during high school prom days — though I only recall a single wrist corsage, and that hardly seemed worth saving. Later in life two bunches of red roses made the cut — the bridal bouquet I carried down the aisle and flowers thrown by Bruce Springsteen into a crowd of fans during his “Tunnel of Love” tour.

When tickets went on sale this morning for new “Wrecking Ball” tour dates in New Jersey, I was on it. My dialing finger was stuck in a nifty pulse ox device meant to screen for blips in breathing during sleep, so I suspect there’s a medical printout somewhere with proof that my heart rate spiked when my turn at the Ticketmaster slot machine finally paid off.

I hunt for new Bruce vinyl every year during Record Store Day at Hoodlums in Tempe

After learning that Springsteen performed my favorite double album, “The River,” during the NYC concert I missed while in wet washcloth mode earlier this month, I wasn’t about to let another opportunity slip through my hands. When one door closes, my mother always taught me, another one opens. It helps when you turn the knob.

Turns out I snagged just a single seat, meaning I won’t get to take my NYC baby along. I tried first for a pair, but that’s a tall order with so many folks ordering multiple sets for friends or more nepharious purposes. I’d be ruined by rumination if I didn’t take the one, and have to hope that good karma will somehow see her by my side that night.

Newark is nothing but an airport to me now. But I expect that to change come September, when I mix up my taxi to Manhattan M.O. by snagging a place to stay near the MetLife Stadium and enjoying a weekend laced with New Jersey arts and culture. I spied signage for the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City while cabbing it to NYC last time around, and I’m eager to give it a whirl.

There’s also a New Jersey Children’s Museum in Paramus, and a Newark Museum complete with more than 80 galleries, a planetarium, a sculpture garden and much more (I’m told it began more than 100 years ago as two galleries atop the Newark Free Public Library). To date my strongest Newark memory is getting doused with gasoline  while refilling a rental car, then losing a favorite earring while hosing down in a tiny airport bathroom.

I’m also eager to explore the Community Food Bank in New Jersey. Fans of Bruce and band know they support local food banks while on the road, and I’m eager to pay that forward in the opposite direction for a change. Even far from home, we’ve got to take care of our own.

– Lynn

Note: Click here to explore St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Arizona, here to explore the Arizona Science Center and here to explore the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. Get the scoop on Hoodums here and Record Store Day here.

Coming up: Let it rain, Musings on “Much Ado”

Theater for grown-ups

Stray Cat Theatre. Nearly Naked Theatre. Folks offering mostly mature-theme works are hoping you’ll book the babysitter and experience some of their upcoming “theater for grown-ups” fare.

I’m as big a fan of “Jungle Book” and “Peter Pan” as the next person, but sometimes a change of scenery is in order. So here’s a sampling of some of your options…

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater presents adult puppet slams several times a year for the age 18 & up set. I’ve never been, but I’m told it draws a good crowd — and I’m eager to join the fun. Their next adult slam takes place at 8pm on Fri, Dec 3 and Sat, Dec 4.

Scene from New Carpa's American Pastorela by playwright James E. Garcia

New Carpa Theater, a company founded in 2006 that specializes in “Latino and multicultural theater works,” presents their latest production Dec 4-19 at the Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center in downtown Phoenix (near Symphony Hall).

“American Pastorela: Show Us Your Papers!” is an unabashedly political play written by James Garcia and directed by Arturo Martinez — who certainly have a lot to add to the Arizona dialogue.

Stray Cat Theatre in Tempe presents “Learn to be Latina” Dec 3-18. It’s written by Enrique Urueta and directed by Ron May — and features the tale of a Lebanese woman told she must feign being Latina to achieve pop singer stardom.

Enjoy a talkback with playwright Enrique Urueta after the 2pm performance on Sun, Dec 5

Both May and Urueta will join the audience for a talk-back session following the 2pm performance on Sun, Dec 5. It should prove an interesting discussion of various issues related to self-identity.

For grown-ups who aren’t particularly fond of holidays or musicals, Space 55 in Phoenix presents “A Bloody Mary Christmas” Dec 3-18 (all Fri/Sat eve shows). Reduced ticket price available with canned food item donation to St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance.

And now for the naked part. Nearly Naked Theatre, which performs at Phoenix Theatre’s Little Theatre, presents an Arizona premiere titled “Devil Boys From Beyond” Jan 8-29.

It’s written by Buddy Thomas and Kenneth Elliott, with direction by Toby Yatso. Think campy space-invader movie from the ’50s or ’60s. This baby won the 2009 award for overall excellence for outstanding play at the 2009 New York Fringe Festival. (Maybe for this one someone will actually wear fringe?)

N2N presents a full season of Arizona premieres for 2010-2011, including Devil Boys From Beyond

If alternative theater is your vibe, save the dates April 1-10, 2011 — when the 2011 Phoenix Fringe Festival takes place. Just get a sitter and a room for this one people. It makes for a great weekend “staycation.”

With any luck at all, the sitter will simply assume that you’ve developed a quaint fascination with fabric arts.

– Lynn

Note: Other theater companies with offerings enjoyed by adult (and sometimes younger) audiences include Actors Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Black Theatre Troupe, and Phoenix Theatre.

Coming up: Traveling tribe comes to ASU Gammage, Southwest Shakespeare Company presents “Twelfth Night,” Family-friendy theater options, Art venues and holiday shopping