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March 28, 2014 at 7:49am

5 Things To Do Today: Hell's Belles, "Man of la Mancha," Java Tacoma, Adelphian Concert Choir and more ...

It takes balls the size of Tasmania to impersonate AC/DC, Australia's most famed musical export and an undeniable rock-and-roll legend. Uh, that is, unless you're Seattle's Hell's Belles.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 28 2014 >>>

1. Five fetching females will pay homage to that sweatiest, ugliest, manliest rock 'n' roll band of all time at 9 p.m. in the Capitol Theater. It's classic cock-rock without the, uh, receding hairline. If you haven't seen the balls-out (in every sense) rock explosion of Seattle's Hell's Belles, do whatever or whomever it takes to witness it Friday.  The "all-female AC/DC tribute band" gimmick gets 'em in the door, but guitarist Adrian Conner (Angus incarnate with much better legs) and Aussie singer Amber Saxon (belting Bon and Brian) deliver the goods note-for-sweaty-note with no mercy given. Prophets of Addiction open.

2. Check out the Washington Center's new Gallery show, "Memoir: Portrait of a Moment," from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The show features local artists focusing on the impact of memory on an individual artist. See the Center's fancy remodel, meet the artists and enjoy local talent.

3. Jeri, Kate and Linda join forces once again to commit manic mayhem over at Tacoma's Perky's Coffee House. This time, a suave but untrustworthy stranger enters their lives. Could this mean romance for one of our ladies, or a reason for comic revenge? Loosely inspired by William Shakespeare's The Merry Wives of Windsor, JAVA TACOMA is a celebration of friendship, middle-aged womanhood and all things Tacoma in The Merry Wives Americano beginning at 7:30 p.m. in The Dukesbay Theater above The Grand Cinema.

4. University of Puget Sound's celebrated student vocal group, the Adelphian Concert Choir, is heading home after a tour of the state. The 48-voice ensemble will give a free public concert at 8 p.m. on its home turf at Kilworth Memorial Chapel. Expect sacred songs, old-time favorites, choruses from Buddhist, European, and South African traditions, and modern innovations in music. No word yet if the choir will hand out apples picked in Wenatchee.

5. Man of La Mancha finds Miguel de Cervantes in a dungeon with other prisoners, defending his life by narrating the story of Don Quixote, the naïve but faithful Sancho Panza, and the scrappy Aldonza. The treatment of Aldonza/Dulcinea in the musical, as opposed to the novel, is deeply disturbing. Cervantes's brawny farm girl becomes a prostitute who's brutally gang-raped in a barn. Quixote trounces the rapists ... then ministers to their wounds. But what of Aldonza's? What's the point of this added scene? Why not have Quixote - hell, Aldonza - prevent the attack? Find out at 8 p.m. when the undeniable talent, especially in the lead roles, of Tacoma Musical Playhouse stages the show. Read Christian Carvajal's full review of Man of La Mancha in the Music & Culture section.

LINK: Friday, March 28 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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