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Cody to command Jan. 23 Jam Fest

Professor Louie & The Crowmatix is a Woodstock-based band led by Hammond organist Aaron "Professor Louie" Hurwitz who hails from Peeksill. Each of the quintet's members have Empire State roots, from Brooklyn to Troy. The band's most recent release is "As The Crow Flies," a compilation CD with new originals as well as popular songs from previous recordings.

Farcical free-for-all

If you dig slapstick, sexual innuendo and endless action, you'll find yourself right at home at The Locker Room when Not Another Theater Co. stages "Unnecessary Farce" at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday Jan. 14 and 15.

At a Jan. 5 press preview the seven-member cast opened doors, slammed doors, wielded pistols and squirt guns, took off plenty of clothes and aimed video cameras at each other in compromising positions. Imbecilic action is clearly playwright Paul Slade Smith's forte, but this cast, directed by the open-minded Meghan Leigh Pearson, created decidedly colorful characters.

Casey Callaghan brings a humorous Scottish brogue to his murderous, Tartan-clad Todd.

Justin Polly's duplicitous Agent Frank draws huge laughs with a single syllable ("What!?") as did Crystal Roupas as Officer Billie Dwyer, but her four-letter word started with "S."

Steve Rowlands and Kathleen Egloff ably portray the milquetoast Mayor Meekly and his wickedly winsome wife.

Michael Shanahan's bumbling Officer Eric Sheridan falls hard for Katie Deferio's lovely Karen Brown. Deferio gamely shows her gams - and most everything else - as she negotiates between her boyfriend cop and various other would-be suitors and slayers.

The farce continues this weekend at The Locker Room, 528 Hiawatha Blvd. E., on the North Side. Couples can dine and catch the show for $55; dinner and show for singles costs $29; and tables of eight cost $199. For show only, you pay $20. For info, call 446-1461.

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