Mike Patton's legion of fans, rejoice! The premier dirty crooner of the art-rock world finally gets his big-screen debut in Steve Balderson's long-awaited Firecracker at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre (6350 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-862-1100 or www.dikenga.com). The scrappy little-movie-that-could stars Patton in two roles, along with Karen Black, Jane Wiedlin and a couple of big-name sideshow freaks (The Enigma and George the Giant among them). Balderson's film concerns Jimmy (Jak Kendall), a nice young man in rural Kansas who is emotionally ground down by his older brother (Patton) and very religious mother. When the carnival comes to town, the lights and glamour inspire Jimmy to dream of a better life with the friendly Sandra (Karen Black), who is also a prisoner of her own life. Needless to say, when carnivals and repressed people mix, bad things happen. Tickets are $10 and are available at the box office.
Is there anyone peering out at you from behind these masks? See for yourself on Thursday.