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Roll Tape

Trouble arrives in the suburbs.

Even with stars Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman, Richard Linklater's 2001 indie film Tape probably netted less than one afternoon's coffee tab for the crew of Spider-Man 2. True to its theatrical roots, the film used one set, three characters and tons of angst. In the original play by Stephen Belber, three high school acquaintances meet 10 years after graduation in a dingy hotel room to settle old scores and open fresh wounds. The stage version that opens this week at Johnson County Community College marks the debut of Down Every Street Productions. The group's objective is to stage challenging theater "south of midtown," says company cofounder Scott Stackhouse. Natalie Stackhouse directs Mitch McCann, Peter Macy and Patricia Carrier. Tape performances are at 8 p.m. nightly Thursday, July 22, through Saturday, July 24, and continue July 29-31 in the Black Box at the college's Carlsen Center, 12345 College Boulevard in Overland Park. Tickets are $5 at the door. Call 913-271-3189 for information. -- Steve Walker

Latin Beats

THU 7/22
The Blue Room (1616 East 18th Street, 816-474-8463) melts into a warm shade of red Thursday when Son Venezuela plays the historic night spot at 7 p.m. The nine-piece is known for luring would-be wallflowers to the dance floor with its mix of salsa, mambo, merengue, calypso, tamboreras and cumbia. Tickets are $5. -- Michael Vennard

Frenemies WED 7/28

Your Enemies' Friends, the Los Angeles quintet on Buddyhead Records (the label spawned by the gossipy, music-snob Web site) that's often compared to Pretty Girls Make Graves, invades the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire in Lawrence) at 9 p.m. Wednesday. Tickets are $6 through Ticketmaster, 816-931-3330. -- Annie Fischer

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