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Get with the age of Aquarius and check out "Hair"

Aug. 17, 2011 at 3:17 a.m.

The cast of 'Hair' performs a scene from the musical.

If you go

WHAT: "Hair: The Tribal Rock Love Musical"

WHEN: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: City Theatre, 3823 Airport Blvd. Suite D, Austin

COST: $15 to $40

WHAT: "Hank Williams: Lost Highway"

WHEN: 7:30 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays; 3 p.m., Sundays through Sept. 4.

WHERE: Stages Repertory Theatre, 3201 Allen Parkway, Houston

COST: $23

WHAT: "Ancient Ukraine - Golden Treasures and Lost Civilizations"

WHEN: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Monday, through Sept. 5.

WHERE: Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Hermann Park Drive, Houston

COST: $12-$18

Once upon a time, way back when things were groovy, people were talking about "free love" and the counter-culture movement of the 1960s was really swinging (OK, I think I've exhausted all of my pseudo-hippy lingo).

Anyway, during this time of chaos and bell bottoms, of Tim Leary and Vietnam, a couple of guys got together and wrote "Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical."

If you've never heard of "Hair," it's the story of a tribe of politically-minded, longhaired hippies. They're just a bunch of idealistic young people living the wild bohemian life in 1960s New York, fighting against conscription to the Vietnam War and conforming to the way of life espoused by their parents.

If the subject matter sounds kind of heavy, it is, but don't let that discourage you because the show itself is a serious message wrapped in a candy coating of song. You can't listen to numbers like "The Age of Aquarius, "The Flesh Failure" and the title song "Hair" without tapping your feet and grooving to the beat.

The show captures a certain feeling in a certain time in place, but the young, heady idealism the characters are embracing is something we can all identify with.

In this day and age where terrorism, economic uncertainty and a million other worries dog our heels from the moment we leave the cradle, "Hair" is evidence that the need to embrace life, even in the face of the turmoil of the modern age, isn't an old feeling.

So go on, whether you wear love beads or not, go check out "Hair." Keep in mind, things get a little wild during this kind of show. There may be nudity, and there will be young people embracing the wild free part of life. Just go in relaxed and ready to listen to what these kids have to say. You won't be sorry.

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