Warm Beer, Cold Women

I had my definitive Tom Waits moment one night in the early 1990s, broken down and busted-hearted in Berkeley, lying alone in the dark and unable to sleep. As the hours went on I found myself listening to a crackly radio blues show, the sound down and every long-forgotten tune reminding me of the post-modern growl of Old Drano Throat. Warm Beer Cold Women will take you back, if Tom Waits ever provided you with your own flat-tire epiphany (and I'm willing to bet he did). This former Fringe hit features actor/singers Katy Hays, Dennis Curley, and Robert O. Berdahl presenting stories and music from the Waits canon, backed by an appropriately crackling junkyard ensemble. $18-$34. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; 1:00 p.m. Sunday. 818 S. Second St., Minneapolis; 612.377.2224. Through February 17 —Quinton Skinner

Wednesdays-Saturdays, 7:30 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. Starts: Jan. 31. Continues through Feb. 17, 2008

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