Lauper visits tucson with 'kinky boots' Tony win

Singer Cyndi Lauper, who comes through the Fox Tucson Theatre as part of her "She's So Unusual Tour" Sunday, made a little bit of Broadway history last week.

Lauper took home a Tony Award for her original score work on the musical, "Kinky Boots," a stage adaptation of the 2005 film of the same name.

The production follows a young English man who attempts to get his family's shoe factory out of financial straits by creating high-endurance, high-heeled boots for drag queens.

It was the first solo win for a woman in that category.

Adapted by actor Harvey Fierstein, "Kinky Boots" earned six awards overall, including the nod for best musical.

A nationwide tour of the stage show will take off in 2014, but expect Lauper to at least mention her win at Sunday's Fox performance.

The evening begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $32-$90 through the Fox box office, 547-3040. Visit for more information.

Zappa alumni to play club Congress gig on Monday

Traverse the complex musical world of the late, great Frank Zappa with a few of his former band mates at Club Congress Monday.

The GrandMothers of Invention feature three graduates of Zappa's band, The Mothers of Invention.

Tenor sax and flute player Napoleon Brock performed with Zappa from 1974 to 1984.

Bassist Tom Fowler was in the Mothers of Invention from 1973 to 76.

Keyboardist Don Preston was an early Zappa collaborator. He served with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award-winning artist from 1967 to '69, then as a special on-and-off guest through the 1970s.

The GrandMothers specialize in performing Zappa's complex works and have been touring steadily since 2003.

The band takes the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door, 622-8848.

Baths brings dark songs to club congress Tuesday

Will Wiesenfeld, the electronic musician who goes by the stage name Baths, comes to Club Congress Tuesday with a darker sound and a livelier show.

The SoCal native is touring to promote his latest album, "Obsidian," the artist's latest release and a much bleaker recording in tone when compared to previous projects.

Wiesenfeld told the British website The Skinny, earlier this month that his shows these days feature more live elements, including instrumental performances between Wiesenfeld and guitarist Morgan Greenwood.

Tuesday's show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 the day of the show. 622-8848.

Also Playing…

Iris DeMent 7:30 tonight at the Rialto Theatre. 740-1000.

Los Angeles-based indie rock artist Ariel Pink 7 p.m. tonight at Hotel Congress. 622-8848.

Ray Anthony & Powerslyde funking things up 9 p.m. Saturday at Plush. 798-1298.

Gerald M. Gay