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We’re always delighted to get a mention in Barry Courter and Lisa Denton’s survey of the coming week, but we were particularly honored by how they wrapped up this week’s column.
BARRY: Heckling a comedian is never a good idea, but yeah, I wouldn’t start with him.
And it’s probably weird to talk about a closing of a business as an event, but it’s a big deal. Barking Legs Theater will hold its last event for a while this weekend in order to begin renovating the space. Ann Law and Bruce Kaplan are local heroes in the arts community for what they have brought to both fans and artists with the venue, and it will be even better when this work is done.
It’s always been a great place for artists — and people who think they might be artists — to perform, try new things and explore. When it reopens in October, the public space will be greatly expanded, modified and generally made more usable and comfortable. The performance spaces will remain pretty much as they were.
LISA: What I like about Barking Legs is how eclectic the shows are, everything from bluegrass to belly dance, though not at the same time. But I do believe I’d pay to see a show like that. If Fletcher Bright could make his fiddle sound Middle Eastern and the belly dancers would add a little clogging, I think we’d have a sellout.
Clogging belly dancers. I can’t believe no one’s thought of that before.
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