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Thursday, February 09, 2006 | Upcoming theater and music events:

THEATER

A bumpy ride. It’s Paris in the springtime when an American tourist and a Frenchwoman meet unexpectedly over glasses of lemonade. What’s working up to be a sticky-sweet story about how life is chance and love is fleeting takes a sharp turn as soon as YaYa opens her mouth. A hardened cabaret singer, she describes her sadomasochistic ex-relationship and newfound distaste for older men. She makes fun of Americans, particularly the brand that show up in France without thinking to learn a word of French. Andrew, who is in his fifties and can’t translate “celibataire” to “celibate,” fails to get in a word without YaYa interrupting. She tells him he’s stuffy. Against the odds, they end up in bed – and, to their dismay, in love.

As far as romance goes, playwright Charles Mee’s love story is more like a taxi ride through place Charles de Gaulle at lunch hour than a sunset sail down the Seine. The sudden turns and occasional crashes of “Limonade Tous les Jours” mark the second production of Moxie Theatre’s first season. It plays at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 11-26 at the Diversionary Theatre, 4545 Park Blvd., University Heights. Info: (760) 634-3965 or

More theater:

-“A body of water” stands literally and metaphorically between a couple and the lives they previously lived – including their memories. Plays at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, at 7 p.m. Sundays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 11 through March 19, at the Old Globe’s Cassius Carter Centre Stage in Balboa Park. Info: (619) 231-1941 or www.theoldglobe.org.

-Corrupt politicians and misguided policies abound in “Measure for Measure,” Shakespeare’s still-relevant tale of governance and hypocrisy in 16th century Vienna. Plays at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 18, at the Mandell Weiss Theatre at UCSD campus in La Jolla. Info: (858) 534-4574 or www-theatre.ucsd.edu.

-Five nuns sport some unlikely talents to raise funerary funds for their departed sisters in “Nunsense.” Plays at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays, Feb.10 through March 12 at the Lamplighters Community Theatre, 8053 University Ave., La Mesa. Info: (619) 464-4598 or www.lamplighterstheatre.org.

MUSIC

If you still love rock ‘n’ roll. Never before in Jeff Tweedy’s career has his status as America’s most essential rock songwriter been more inarguable. As the frontman of the seminal, musically restless Chicago alt-country outfit Wilco, Tweedy has shown not only that he can write heart-catching, tear-jerking songs, but that he’s still improving at it. The holiday release of Kicking Television, a two-disc live collection culled from hometown performances, puts the Krautrock-detours and schizophrenic guitar freakouts of the band’s latest studio work in perspective. Next to the glory of big-time piano grooves and the shiftless improvisations of newly added guitar virtuoso Nels Cline, Tweedy’s songwriting idiosyncrasies reveal themselves as icing on his long-perfected Country-rock cake.

How funny, then, that Tweedy is currently embarking on a solo tour, stripping his music of all the appendages that make Kicking Television the kind of live album every music fan should always keep close at hand. Sans gimmicks and electric guitars, Tweedy’s sound may be different, but the additions were never that important to his greatness. A great song is always a great song, and Tweedy is no stranger to those.

Jeff Tweedy at Spreckels Theatre, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 p.m. $25. www.ticketmaster.com.

Other shows for the winter slows:

– Big-lipped Beantown rockers Aerosmith (my favorite band in 5th grade) with the forever-mockable Jimi Hendrix-copy Lenny Kravitz at the ipayOne Center @ The Sports Arena, Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. $58-128. www.ticketmaster.com.

– Jazz-funk misfits Galactic at 4th & B, Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m. $19. www.ticketmaster.com.

– Does it betray my twentysomething status to recommend Bonnie Raitt? She and Old Brown deserve it – if you don’t already know why, it’s time to find out (and yell at your parents for not giving you a good education.) 8 p.m., Monday, Feb. 13 at Copley Symphony Hall. $50-75. www.ticketmaster.com.

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