Arizona Cardinals Dave Krieg, Garrison Hearst, Eric Swann, Aeneas Williams and Rob Moore; Mesa Mayor Willie Wong; and others. The auction begins at 11 a.m.; final bids are due by 9 p.m. For details call 644-2242.
John Hammond: One of the best white bluesmen in the world, the 52-year-old son of the legendary producer of the same name continues to churn out his raw, self-taught take on the Delta blues. Touring in support of the J.J. Cale-produced Trouble No More, Hammond performs an early show on Friday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Steve James opens at 6 p.m. An evening performance by William Clarke Blues Band follows at 9. Cover is $10, and includes admission to both shows; admission to Clarke's show only is $4. (Note: Clarke and band are also scheduled at 9 p.m. Saturday.) For details call 265-4842.
Hard Rock Cafe Grand Opening With Seal, and Rembrandts: Peter Morton's latest Hard Rock, located at 26th Street and Camelback, debuts Saturday with a free outdoor festival featuring Seal ("Kiss From a Rose," from the Batman Forever soundtrack) and the Rembrandts ("I'll Be There for You," the theme song to TV's Friends). The festivities start at 11 a.m. and continue 'til 5 p.m. Also on the bill: artist Denny Dent, who paints large-scale portraits of rock deities while their music plays in the background. Festival proceeds benefit Phoenix Art Museum and
Metropolitan Phoenix Boys & Girls Club. Space is limited. Tours of the Hard Rock are available Saturday; serious pigging out and partying amid the rock memorabilia begins Sunday. For details call 817-1070.
Cowboy Artists of America Exhibit: CAA's 30th-anniversary show, featuring paintings, sculpture and other works of Western realism by 26 of the organization's active and emeritus members, including co-founders Joe Beeler and Johnny Hampton and newcomers Don Crowley and John Moyers (son of Bill Moyers), opens to the public at noon Saturday and continues through November 19 in the new Special Exhibitions Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. PAM admission is free to all through June 1, 1996. Call 257-1222. (Note: A Western Art Walk, featuring a number of CAA members, is slated for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in Scottsdale's Old Town and art districts; admission is free.)
The Battleship Potemkin: The 1926 film by Russian director Sergei Eisenstein, featuring the famed "Odessa Steps" sequence (filched by Brian DePalma for The Untouchables), is a brilliant denunciation of tyranny and repression, and remains one of the world's truly great movies; see the story on page 69. It's screened at 8 p.m. Saturday at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Clotilde Otranto, performs the accompanying score, comprised of various symphonic works by Shostakovich. Tickets are $10, $15 and $20, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434 or 678-2222.
Al Stewart: The Scottish singer-songwriter, now 50, might seem like a two-hit wonder (1976's "Year of the Cat" and 1978's "Time Passages"), but he's actually had a quietly intriguing career, highlights of which include the first recorded use of the word "fucking" on vinyl (in the epic 1969 song "Love Chronicles") and little-noted collaborations with Jimmy Page, Rick Wakeman and Queen's Roger Taylor. Laurence Juber opens at 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday at Anderson's Fifth Estate, 6820 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. Tickets are $16 in advance at Dillard's, $15.50 at the door. Call 994-4168 or 678-2222.
AIDS Walk for Life: Eddie Basha is honorary chair of this eighth annual fund raiser, scheduled for Sunday at Patriots Square, Central and Washington. Activities begin at 6 a.m. with a sunrise service. Registration follows at 7, and opening ceremonies are planned at 8. The 4.5-mile walk through the downtown area steps off at 9. Proceeds benefit 18 local agencies involved in the battle against HIV and AIDS. Call 596-6786.
Supergrass: This young trio has been all the rage in London since the release of its debut, I Should Coco (the title is a cockney expression meaning "I should think so"). Will the rage last beyond the rage stage? Neither history nor the fickleness of the London scene is on Supergrass' side, but the songs by 19-year-old Gaz Coombes are catchy enough, and 21-year-old drummer Danny Goffey has been hailed in some corners as the reincarnation of Keith Moon. Figgs, and Daisies share the bill. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Monday at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $5, available at the door and Ticketmaster. For details call 968-8664 or 784-4444.
Tim O'Brien: The National Book Award-winning author of Going After Cacciato and The Things They Carried reads from and signs his latest work, the acclaimed In the Lake of the Woods, at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Admission is free. For details call 965-5377.
Matthew Sweet: Last year, the producers of Austin's South by Southwest conference devoted an entire seminar to Sweet--or, more specifically, to the singer-songwriter's alterna-pop masterwork Girlfriend. Sweet puts on a clinic of another kind on Tuesday at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Dog's Eye View, and Blue Mountain share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance at Ticketmaster, $16 the day of the show. Call 894-0707.