Dave Schlenker's Top 5 Weekly Must List

Published: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2004 at 12:34 a.m.

1. Yo-Yo Ma: The Elvis of classical music brings his cello back to Gainesville Friday, this time with his much-ballyhooed Silk Road Ensemble. Think about this, folks: Fourteen-time Grammy winner Yo-Yo Ma plays Gainesville - AGAIN. You may now kiss the ground.

2. "Life X 3": The Hippodrome State Theatre is on a roll with comedies. Last year's "Shear Madness" hangover still lingers. On Friday, try "Life X 3," a potent farce with a lesson: CHEEZ-ITS, wine and insecurities don't mix.

3. "Flawed Dogs": Cartoonist Berkeley Breathed is back, not just with his glorious weekly opus "Opus," but also with this lush picture book bound to make all ages howl with its pound pups of Piddleton. Who can argue with a yip dog sporting tennis-ball cleavage?

4. Lipizzaner Stallions These gorgeous equines are a sure bet when they prance and dance at the O'Connell Center Friday. My Ocala blood (plus mountains of press clippings) indicate this will be quite a show. Hey, these big, beautiful beasts aren't international superstars for nothing, you know.

5. "The Shadow Box": Who says a play about dying people has to be a sappy weepfest? Not playwright Michael Cristofer or, for that matter, the cultural mavens who gave him the Pulitzer Prize. This Acrosstown Repertory Theatre play is as funny as it is poignant.

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