People: Jun. 18, 1984

Rock fans may find it shocking, but Frank Zappa, 43, the bent mind behind Weasels Ripped My Flesh and Valley Girl, has gone legit. This week California's Berkeley Symphony Orchestra performs the world premiere of A Zappa Affair, a program of four short ballets. Zappa may have jettisoned the synthesizers and electric guitars, but he has kept his famous sense of the absurd. The ballets—titled Moe 'n' Herb's Vacation, Sinister Footwear, Bob in Dacron and Sad Jane—are performed by giant puppets attached to live performers. "There are a lot of things you can...

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