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Bryan Adams
8 p.m. Wed., July 23
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

Billed as "a very special solo performance" — as if Bryan Adams gives another kind — this show provides a chance to get to know the Canuck behind the music: the England-dwelling soccer nut (favorite team: the Chelsea); the PETA-pledging vegetarian (favorite target: KFC); the award-winning photographer (credits: Vogue , Vanity Fair , Esquire and Interview ); and the Live Aid-playing activist (who could forget 2005's "Qatar Like a Knife" benefit?). Of course, Adams' recording exploits turned out OK, too: five Platinum albums, more than 65 million sold and three Oscar nominations for songwriting. Just in case his legacy as a pop supernova was in any danger from the latter-day soundtrack schmaltz with which he is now inextricably linked, consider this: the list of musicians for whom Adams has written hits begins with rock god Roger Daltrey and ends with country mortals Lonestar. In between were chart crashers for Joe Cocker, .38 Special, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Bonnie Tyler and Bonnie Raitt — yet more evidence that everything Bryan Adams does, he does for others. Tickets $30. — Noah Bonaparte Pais




An Enemy of the People
8 p.m. Thu.-Sat., July 24-26; through August 16
North Rampart Community Center, 1130 N. Rampart St., 891-6815;

Doing the right thing isn't always easy and it certainly isn't cheap. Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People is perhaps the original Inconvenient Truth . A doctor in a poor Norwegian town notices that the new baths, meant to draw tourists, are actually making them sick. He sets out to uncover the source of the problem and propose a solution, but the townspeople are afraid of losing their livelihoods. Cripple Creek Theatre Company stages Arthur Miller's adaptation of Ibsen's classic about the struggle of an individual in pursuit of change versus a social system that opposes it. Andrew Vaught directs Ron Reeder, Dennis McCann, Alden Eagle, Blake Baudier, Jessica Diagle and others. Tickets $10. — Allison Good




The Figs
9 p.m. Sat., July 26
Tipitina's, 501 Napoleon Ave., 895-TIPS;

Photo by Jesse Lalonde The all-woman sextet the Figs looks like a country-time tea party of pretty girls in pretty dresses, but it rocks, Cajun-style, like a roadhouse full of moonshine and buckshot. The band started out as a jam session for a loosely-knit set of Lafayette friends, mostly amateur musicians, who wanted to socialize as much as hone their chops. They found a quick rapport, and supportive friends like the Lost Bayou Ramblers, the Red Stick Ramblers and Steve Riley (who produced the group's debut album) helped the women turn it into something more. Raggedy, rollicking and full of visible good spirits and sweet, natural harmonies, the band has now been playing string-based bluegrass, folk, Western swing and Cajun rhythms for more than two years. Tickets $10. — Alison Fensterstock




Sebastian Bach
9 p.m. Fri., July 25
House of Blues, 225 Decatur St., 310-4999;

In the '80s, Sebastian Bach screeched his way to the top of the charts as the lithe frontman for Skid Row, flipping his blond mane as capably as any of the popular girls in my fifth-grade class. The band added a gruff, working-class edge to the screamingly popular hair-metal genre with hits like "Slave to the Grind" and "18 and Life" led by Bach, who at the time looked like a strikingly pretty girl. Twenty years later, he looks like a strikingly pretty older woman — a sort of Catherine-Deneuve-in-the-'90s type. Today, he has a steady career as a Broadway actor (he played the beatific lead in Jesus Christ Superstar ) and host for VH1 countdown shows and rock documentaries. His latest album is 2007's Angel Down , a collection of faithful Skid Row-style power ballads and lite-metal wailers, which notably features guest spots on three tracks from his good buddy Axl Rose (who presumably emerged to record with Bach from the cave where he's been futzing with Chinese Democracy for the past 15 years.) Tickets $23.50. — Fensterstock

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