PICS HITS AND THRILLS

@body:Phoenix Roadrunners Hockey: Arizona's International Hockey Leaguers battle the San Diego Gulls at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Both teams will return to vie again on February 8. Tickets are $14, $12, $10 and $8, available at Coliseum and Ticketmaster outlets. For details call 340-0001, 784-4444, 340-0002 or 258-6711; also see Sports listing.

Montanaro Dance Company: Montreal-based choreographer Michael Montanaro has been called the "Spielberg of dance" for his seemingly magical, high-tech productions. The company presents a spectacular, multimedia work titled "Non angli sed angeli (Not angles but angels)" at 8 p.m. Friday at Paul V. Galvin Playhouse at ASU Fine Arts Center, Tenth Street and Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $10 and $5, available at ASU and Dillard's box offices. (The group also offers a lecture/demonstration at noon Thursday, also at the Galvin facility.) For details call 965-6447 or 678-2222.

Blacksmith Union: San Diego's young quartet has served up its brand of 90s pop in opening gigs for Gin Blossoms, Cracker and Blues Traveler. The hardworking Blacksmiths have just released a CD titled Purge on their own label, and will embark on a national tour this spring. The Union takes the stage at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the Roxy, 2110 East Highland. For details call 954-7838.

Willie and the Professor: Heaping helpings of hillbilly humor and bluegrass, Cajun and gospel/camp-meeting songs are in store when this zany bunch of country cutups gets together. Six-time Arizona fiddle champ Dr. Peter Rolland rounds up his rowdy quartet for a performance at 8 p.m. Friday at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $10, available at Kerr, Gammage and Dillard's box offices. More information: 965-KERR (5377), 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Herberger Headliners II: Local celebrities, community leaders and amateur thespians such as Jerry Colangelo, Mark DeMichele, Dan Cracchiolo and Grant Woods join seasoned stage pros Kathy Fitzgerald, Robyn Ferracane, Michael Collins and Bob Sorenson in a comical variety show titled "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." The original work, created by writer/director Michael Barnard, was inspired by actual Arizona headlines. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets are $50 for Friday's show, $175 for Saturday's (includes cocktails and dinner with the cast). For details see Theatre listing; for reservations call 252-TIXS (8497).

Doc Severinsen and Phoenix Symphony Pops: Venerable TV comedy team Bill Skiles and Pete Henderson add some wacky gags and sound effects to this program, titled "Laugh-In With Doc." Flashy trumpet master Severinsen, erstwhile bandleader on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and Phoenix Symphony's principal pops conductor since 1983, leads performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $36 to $12, available at Dillard's and the symphony box office, 3707 North Seventh Street. More information: 264-6363 or 678-2222.

Homesick James: He was born in 1910, and this veteran Chicago blues slide-guitar legend, a cousin of Elmore James, is still going strong. Also see Screed on page XX. Chico Chism's Chicago Blues Band opens the show at 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Cover is $3 at the door. For details call 265-4842.

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@date2:29Parada del Sol: Scottsdale's famous "Parade of the Sun," touted as the world's longest horse-drawn procession, features floats, marching bands and horses galore, but nary a motor vehicle. The 1994 parade (a preliminary to next week's Parada del Sol Rodeo at Rawhide) steps off at 9:15 a.m. Saturday at Scottsdale and Indian School roads, whence it proceeds south to McDowell Road and Los Arcos Mall, where the postparade Trail's End Celebration features dancing, live country music, staged shoot-outs, food booths and more from noon to 4 p.m. All events are free. For details call 990-3179 (parade and rodeo) or 945-6376 (celebration). Also see below.

@body:Alberta Ballet: Some 20 dancers from Canada, Europe and the Americas make up this classical troupe. Choreographer John Butler's "Carmina Burana," with music by Carl Orff, highlights the program for two performances at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Shows are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $19 and $17, available at the center and all Ticketmaster locations. For details call 994-ARTS (2787) or 784-4444.

Fishbone and Mighty Mighty Bosstones: Fishbone sets its stinging social commentary to punk, hard-core and ska rhythms. Known for its wildly energetic live shows, Fishbone delivered a killer set during last year's Lollapalooza tour. Hard-core/funk/jazz/metal act Mighty Mighty Bosstones opens the all-ages show promptly at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Club Rio, 430 North Scottsdale Road in Tempe. Tickets are $16.50, available at the club and Alternatix locations. For details call 894-6779 or 266-8111.

"Crossing Borders" Opening Celebration: The mammoth, multidisciplinary project "Cruzando Fronteras/Crossing Borders" at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, opens with a festive outdoor celebration on the surrounding mall from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Live entertainment includes local Latin/salsa/world beat band Zum Zum Zum, masked skull dancers, giant puppets and Mexican folk singer Lalo Guerrero. Inside, visitors can view an audience-participation performance/installation titled "The Temple of Confessions" and several related exhibits, including "Guillermo G¢mez-Pe¤a and Coco Fusco: The Year of the White Bear," "La Frontera/The Border: Art About the Mexico/United States Border Experience" and "Alfred J. Quir¢z: Hystorical Narratives"; see Art Exhibits listing for details. Admission and all activities are free. More information: 994-2301.

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