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Tuesday, February 06, 2007 | Upcoming theater, music events:

THEATER

New appetites. If it had not been for the sweet bursts of flavor wrapped up in those innocent-looking foil packets from the United States, perhaps Rahmi would have remained a properly chaste Islamic woman until the day she died. Or maybe the aphrodisiacs of a foreign land were merely a metaphor for the guilty pleasures of her own body as she was forced to turn inward from the repressive realities of arranged marriages and moralizing relatives.

Either way, the backyard sexual awakening of Rahmi and her younger sister, Lina — accompanied by the frenzied chewing of gum — was to introduce unanticipated pleasure and violence into their sterile, censored lives.

“Gum” plays at 8 p.m Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays, through Feb. 11, at the Mandell Weiss Forum Studio on the UCSD campus in La Jolla. Info: (858) 534-3791 or www-theatre.ucsd.edu

—Black History Month is celebrated through the words and life of author/poet Langston Hughs. Plays at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Feb. 26 at the Community Actors Theatre, 2957 54th St., Oak Park. Info: (619) 264-3391 or www.communityactorstheatre.com

Beware music fans — the wintertime doldrums are back. Local club schedules have big holes in them, and the names filling up what space is occupied are ones you might not have heard of. Yet there’re good tunes to be heard in our fair town for you chance-takers — especially if you like tributes.

MUSIC

God Save Sidney. The Sex Pistols may have kicked the bucket days ago — before, um, some of us were born — but their single, grating album remains a classic, if only for pushing pop into previously unknown acerbic outlandishness. Sidney is dead and Johnny is old, but the spirit of anarchy lives on in The Sex Pistols Experience 1978, a tribute band that promises to recreate every last detail of the Sex Pistols in their final, grating year of existence. With the Glossines, Tuesday Feb. 7 at The Casbah.

Remembrance song. The staying power of old stars never dissipates (see above), and that’s doubly true for genre-defining international superstars like Bob Marley. His music needs no introduction, but it does require celebration, as the number of local birthday tributes proves. The Wild West Dub Tour kick off the b-day bash at the Bell Up Tavern, while Dizzy’s San Diego throws up a jazz tribute to the late great with an ensemble of hot jazz musicians and three vocalists.

The Wild West Dub Tour featuring U Roy, The Scientist and the Fully Fullwood All-Star Band. 8 p.m. Monday Feb. 6 at The Belly Up Tavern, 143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach. $16 adv/$18 day of show. www.bellyuptavern.com.

A jazz tribute to Bob Marley. 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 6 at Dizzy’s San Diego, 344 Seventh Ave., downtown. $10. www.dizzyssandiego.com  (ISP)

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