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Don't Miss: Jake Dibeler's Girlfriend Opens April 15

Local performance artist Jake Dibeler might not be the only guy man enough to play Baby in Dirty Dancing, but he was the only guy who thoroughly pulled it off last year when the Effervescent Collective produced a musical adaptation of the 1987 hit. That Dibeler did so with such considerable aplomb was no surprise to anybody who has witnessed any of his solo or group performances, which blithely hopscotch through a wonderfully odd collision of gender, sexuality, pop culture, dance, and raw humanity. He's the sort of performer who knows how to harness the comic discomfort of public nudity and marry it to the sometimes overwhelming and genuine emotions of cynical musical schmaltz. That he's absolutely fearless certainly doesn't hurt. Dibeler unveils his latest performance, Girlfriend, this Friday and Saturday at the Lumberhaus. He describes the performance in an e-mail as "part commercial pop radio, part experimental dance, part monologue, and part classical theater" in which he and Kaitlin Garren explore the "complications of growing up as disenchanted, depraved youth" in the 1990s. Arguably the weekend's best bet for taking you someplace you didn't want to go that will make you thankful you did. April 15 and 16, Lumberhaus (1801 Falls Road), $5-$7 sliding scale. ALSO OPENING THIS WEEK Rivals of the West, MICA's student-run theater company, opens its production of Amiri Baraka's Dutchman April 14 at the Gateway building's BBOX theater; it runs through April 17. Run of the Mill Theater's Variations on Chaos opens April 15 at the Lof/t; it runs through April 23. Fells Point Corner Theater's 10 X 10--a selection of 10 10-minute plays--opens April 15 and runs through May 1. Previews of Center Stage's Crime and Punishment started this week, with the play officially opening April 20 and running through May 15. And the Vagabond Players open their production of Six Degrees of Separation April 15; it runs through May 15. ONE NIGHT ONLY The StillPointe Theatre Initiative presents a sneak peek of parts of its latest original musical production, Shovel in the Dirt, at the Golden West Cafe April 17 from 9:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.. Camay Calloway Murphy and Randy Smith's Satchmo and Baby Dolly explores the relationship between Louis Armstrong and Baltimore native Blanche Calloway at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture April 16 at 3 p.m.. CLOSING The Mobtown Players' production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot ends April 16. Everyman Theatre's production of Lydia Diamond's Stick Fly ends April 17. Iron Crow Theatre's production of Adam Bock's Swimming in the Shallows ends April 16. Single Carrot Theatre's production of Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home ends April 17.

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