Country music's foremost Messianic Jew, Tammy Faye Starlite, returns in big-haired glory to Nashville this Friday night. Rumor has it that Miss Starlite is really Tammy Lang, a former Guiding Light cast member and New York-based actress. Heathen talk. Miss Starlite is every bit as authentic a country performer as Faith Hill. So what if she punctuates her moral crusading with Tourette's-like bursts of gynecological inflammation, or regales her audience with backhanded political anthems such as "God Has Lodged a Tenant in My Uterus." She'd make a lively Opry guest, and that's all that matters.
Backed by former Wilco drummer Ken Coomer, who probably finds her less of a diva than Jeff Tweedy, Miss Starlite brings the depraved monologues and risqué honkytonk tunes of her new revue Born Again Again to Play on Church Street for two eyebrow-raising shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. See if she'll perform songs off her Diesel Only album Used Country Female, or at least perform some of the material that sent a Country Radio Seminar audience scrambling for the exits a while back.
♦ A last-minute addition to the week's movie listings is Rize, photographer David LaChappelle's documentary about the South Central Los Angeles dance phenomenon called "krumping"part breakdance, part Capoeira, with a healthy dose of clowning. It opened with little advance warning at the Hollywood 27. Also opening this week: the hit documentary March of the Penguins (at Green Hills) and Benoit Jacquot's Nouvelle Vague-influenced lovers-on-the-run drama A Tout de Suite (at the Belcourt).