The Funny Bone has farmed laughs thanks to comedy heavyweights such as Cedric the Entertainer and Jamie Kennedy, as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. Upcoming comics include Sam Demaris (Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28), the winner of the 2002 "Houston's Funniest Person" award. Couples looking to laugh off a first-date marriage proposal can cash in on the gut-wrenchingly honest observations of Comedy Central–featured Rodney Laney, whose Jersey-brewed stylings are finely tuned to tickle the giggleplex and pluck the shock-cartilage (Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14).
Now in its 63rd season, Shreveport Opera delights theatergoers with classic operas rendered in sumptuous visual and euphonic hues. The Merry Widow weaves a tale of frustrated love and political intrigue in fin de siècle Paris. The plot follows the diplomats of a tiny European principality as they strive to convince a wealthy widow to keep her fortune in the country by marrying one of their own. Adulterous flirtations and farcical misunderstandings spice up mercenary machinations, all set to a catchy score by Austrian composer Franz Lehár. Balcony-level seating ensures unobstructedly elevated sightlines and prevents distraction from cheapskate rabbits trying to burrow in without a ticket.
Phoenix Underground blends a lively club atmosphere with the class of an upscale lounge. Strobe lights hit the floor as a DJ spins top 40 dance music and pool cues strike balls at artfully arranged tables. Waiters bring by bottles for those who don't want to take their eyes off the swirling bodies and VIP rooms provide a private location to wow friends with your collection of business cards.
Named after the famed 22nd president, Bilbo Baggins Billiards and Pub dispenses frosty beverages in a warm, lively atmosphere. Thirsty tavernistas can whet parched whistles with chilled pitchers of draft beer ($8), refreshing bottles of imported brews ($3.50+), or a full-bodied well drink ($3.50). Between rounds, pool sharks and land sharks can settle interspecies squabbles over two rousing games of billiards. From 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Bilbo Baggins's tests the theory of relativity, stretching one happy hour into a Chronos-defying 480 minutes, and keeping wallets well-fed with $6 pitchers, $2 domestics, $2.75 imports, and $2.50 well drinks.
Contemporary playwright Charles L. Mee's Big Love is a provocative study of sexuality, gender equality, and love. The play, a dramatic retelling of the ancient Greek myth of the Danaids, follows the story of 50 brides as they try to escape their arranged marriages by running away to Italy. The plot is thickened with a healthy helping of humor, romance, and murder as the conflict between the brides and grooms culminates in a climactic battle even more epic than Henry VIII's famous lawn-darts match with Anne Boleyn.