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GOINGS ON : Wacky Songs of Past Come to Life on Stage : Musical 'Crazy Words, Crazy Tunes,' opening in Santa Barbara, was inspired by novelties like, 'Yes, We Have No Bananas.'

July 21, 1994|LEO SMITH | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

You know them, you love them, you can't live without them--until they become really, really annoying.

We're talking about wacky songs of yesteryear, like "Yes, We Have No Bananas," "Mairzy Doats," "Pastafazool," and "To Hear Veronica Play Her Harmonica on the Pier in Santa Monica."

Those are several of the featured numbers in the West End Artists Theatre Company production of "Crazy Words, Crazy Tunes," opening Friday at Santa Barbara's Lobero Theatre. The show will be the group's first presentation at the Lobero. "Crazy Words, Crazy Tunes" is a musical based on the novelty songs of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. It is directed by Broadway veteran Pamela Hall and stars William Akey, Mary Gillis, and Lloyd Petersen.

The show will run July 22-24, 29, and 31, and Aug. 7, 12-14, and 19, with show times Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. General admission is $10 for Friday night's preview, $17.50 for the remainder of the run. Call 963-0761. The Lobero is located at 33 E. Canon Perdido St.

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Brazilian singer/guitarist Teka Penteriche is next in the lineup for the Sunday Concerts in the Park series at Santa Barbara's Alameda Park bandstand. Her concert this weekend will showcase old and new musical styles of her native country. Show time is 3 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. The park is located at Micheltorena and Anacapa streets.

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Speaking of international music, reggae musicians Norman and Ralston Grant, a.k.a. the Twinkle Brothers, will be in concert at The Underground club in Santa Barbara, Sunday at 9 p.m. The concert is part of the first United States tour in eight years for the Jamaica-born musicians. Opening for the Twinkles will be Della Grant and The Pacesetters. (Della is Ralston's wife). Tickets are $12 (advance), $13.50 (at the door). Call Ticketmaster at 583-8700, or Deep Groove Records at 963-6207. The Underground is located at 110 Santa Barbara St.

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A kangaroo, a snowshoe hare, and a rhinoceros beetle are among the world's wildlife depicted in "Wildlife: The Artist's View," a new exhibit at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History's Bird Habitat Hall. The show will run through Sept. 18.

Artists from Zambia, Italy, the Netherlands, the United States, Canada, England and Uganda used oil, watercolor, pencil, woodcut, and sculpture techniques to show animals native to their regions.

The museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5 (general), $4 (teen-agers and seniors), $3 (children under 12). The museum is located at 2559 Puesta del Sol Road. Call 682-4711.

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Way, way up the coast: Need a good reason to drive up to the San Luis Obispo area? How about two--the 1994 Central Coast Shakespeare Festival, and the 10th Annual Central Coast Renaissance Festival.

Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" and "Twelfth Night" are being presented by Artemis--A Theatre Company, at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo department of ornamental horticulture through Aug. 13. Tickets are $12 (general), $8 (seniors). Call 543-7635 for tickets and more information.

The Renaissance Festival will conclude Saturday and Sunday at El Chorro Regional Park, off Highway 1 between San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Tickets are $7 (adults), $5 (seniors and children age 6 to 12), and free (children under 6). Call 781-2777.

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