Today in music history
In 1980, former Beatle Paul McCartney was released from a Japanese jail where he had been held for nine days on charges of smuggling marijuana into the country. He was immediately deported.
Born this day
* Dean Jones, 1930
* Etta James, 1938
* Ana Ortiz, 1971
* Alicia Keys, 1981
With Cities I've Never Seen, Murder Scene Memories, Uncertain Glory and Instant Enemy, Garrick Centre, 6:30 p.m.; $10.50.
Unity: A Tribute to Desmond Dekker
With The Afterbeat, Wedgewoods, Greg Milka Crowe and The Seed Organization, West End Cultural Centre, 8 p.m.; $8.
WSO: Stepping Out
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers tribute, Centennial Concert Hall, 8 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday; $29 to $55, students/seniors $26 to $50 at 949-3999.
Out and About
The Age of Chivalry: Stories from the Middle Ages
Plus music by Michael Cobus and Liz Goosen and This Merrie Companie, Unitarian Church Hall, 603 Wellington Cres., 8 p.m.; $15 at the door or $12 in advance at McNally Robinson
Grant Park and Prairie Sky Books.
Invisible Dignity, student exhibition from River East Transcona School Division, Mennonite Heritage Centre Gallery, 600 Shaftesbury, 7:30 p.m.
Manitoba Theatre Centre's 8th Master Playwright Festival, a tribute to cleverly obscene playwright David Mamet, to Feb. 10; $59 for a MametPass at 942-6537.
Glengarry Glen Ross
Mamet's gang of real estate salesmen are bringing their bag of tricks to MTC Warehouse. 8 p.m. today, continues to Feb. 9; $10.50 to $39.22 at 942-6537.
The Mamet play that asks, 'How do you bluff your way back into a lover's heart?' Presented by Theatre Incarnate, 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 320-70 Albert; $15.
Mamet's no-holds-barred court case where you never really know who or what is on trial, presented by University of Manitoba's Black Hole Theatre Company, 8 p.m. today and 2 & 7 p.m. Saturday, Gas Station Theatre; $11, students and seniors $9 at 474-6880.
Squirrels, A Sermon
Mamet's fast-paced riff on hack writing that simultaneously scoffs at and celebrates the power of language, presented by The Incompletely Strangled Theatre Company, 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, Prairie Theatre Exchange's Colin Jackson Studio; $12, students/seniors $10.
Sexual Perversity in Chicago
This Mamet play captures the sexual politics of an age when penicillin would cure the ills of promiscuity but there was no cure for a broken heart, 9:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Ragpickers Antifashion Emporium, xxx McDermot; $12, students/seniors $10.
The Poet and the Rent
Echoe Theatre stages this madcap Mamet comedy for all ages, 7 p.m. today and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Ragpickers, 216 McDermot; $8.
Tara Players: The Shawl
A small-time mystic sets out to bilk a bereaved woman out of her inheritance, Irish Cultural Centre Theatre, 8 p.m. today and Saturday, 654 Erin; $15, students/seniors $10 at 772-9830.
The Frog Prince
Mamet's contemporary adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, presented by Academy Productions, 4:30 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Ragpickers Antifashion Emporium, 216 McDermot; $8, students/seniors $7.
Fantastic Mr. Fox
A cunning fox must outsmart three greedy farmers, performed by England's Little Angel Theatre Company, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Can West Global Performing Arts Centre, 7 p.m. today; $13 at 942-8898.
All Restaurant Fires are Arson
Bruce McManus' new play looks at our relationship with our own mortality, and with each other, as we struggle to face the inevitable, 8 p.m. today, Prairie Theatre Exchange, to Feb. 10; $34.55, students/seniors $25.21 at 942-5483.
Fiddler on the Roof
Manitoba Theatre Centre, to Jan. 26, 2 & 7:30 p.m. today; $17 to $81 by calling 942-6537.
Cercle Moli�re: Une Dangereuse Obsession
By Manitoba author Nigel J. Crisp, Th��tre de la Chapelle, 825 Saint-Joseph, to Feb. 2, 8 p.m. today; $25.50, students/seniors $23 at 233-8053.
Steve Hofstetter, who's also a weekly humour columnist for Sports Illustrated.com and NHL.com, 7:45 & 10:30 p.m. today and Saturday; $15 by calling 488-4520.
Beowulf: The IMAX Experience and Mysteries of Egypt; call 956-4629 for times.
Lakeboat, Mamet returns to his blue-collar Chicago roots, bringing his own life experiences to the screen, 7 p.m. today and 2 p.m. Saturday; Control, about the late, tormented and brilliant lead singer Ian Curtis of Joy Division, 9:30 p.m., to Sunday; Artspace, 100 Arthur; admission $7.
Academy Food, Drinks & Music (437 Stradbrook): SPF 90.
Alive (140 Bannatyne): Marc LaBossiere.
Brooklands (8 Keewatin): Fabulous Fat Band.
Candor Books & Music (390 Provencher): Ray St. Germain.
Cavern (112 Osborne, downstairs): Andrew Neville & The Poor Choices.
Club Regent (1425 Regent): Pauly & The Goodfellas.
Coyote's (1931 Pembina): Mother Groove.
Country Corral (3740 Portage): Pop the Trunk.
Current (Inn At The Forks): Amber Epp.
Dylan O'Connor's (2609 Portage): Big Johnson Railroad.
Jaguars (Club Regent): Free Ride.
Joe's Garage (Pandora Inn): Ashland Court.
King's Head (120 King): Whole Lotta Angus.
La Salle (346 Nairn): Soul Patch.
Marion (393 Marion): Slip of the Tung.
Mirrors (Assiniboine Inn, 1975 Portage): Simon Says.
Neon Lights (Canadiana Hotel, 1400 Notre Dame): Without a Trace.
Nicolett (632 Lafleche): Ace in the Hole.
Norwood (112 Marion): Last on the Road.
Palomino (1133 Portage): OPM.
Palm Lounge (Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway): Walle Larsson.
Park Theatre (698 Osborne): Rocket Circus.
Pyramid (176 Fort): Rock, Paper, Sciccors.
Regal Beagle (Marlborough Hotel, 331 Smith): Funky Monkey Band.
Royal Albert (48 Albert): Nutty Klub DJs.
Royal George (123 Regent West): Kathy Kennedy.
Shannon's Irish Pub (175 Carlton): B.U.M.P.
Silver Spike (202 Bond): Altered State.
Times Changed (Main & St. Mary Ave.): Jakebrakes and Paul Bergman.
Westbrook (Keewatin & Pacific): State of Grace.
Windsor (187 Garry): Steep Rock Blues Band.
Woodbine (466 Main): Deputy.
Zoo (160 Osborne): Dreadnaught, Jaw, Amid Valhalla and Alpha Sintori.