Pic Hits for the week

Immortal Soul: James Brown, Mephiskapheles: Brown, the forefather of funk, knows all about heat, and he generates some in a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $28.25 and $36.75, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 678-2222. Meanwhile, in Mesa, the ska revivalists and mock Satanists composing New York's Mephiskapheles (the group's logo: "Satanic Ska for the Whole Family") raise some Cain in an all-ages show on Saturday at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline. Kongo Shock shares the bill. Tickets are $8, available at the club and Alternatix; call 820-7117 or 244-8444.

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Irish Family Faire: Sean McLaughlin, weather prognosticator for KPNX-TV, Channel 12, is the grand marshal of the 13th annual parade, which starts at 10a.m. Saturday, March 16, at the intersection of Central and Portland, traveling south on Central to Washington; viewing is free. The Faire, featuring music, dancing and crafts, follows from noon to 6 p.m. at Patriots Square, Central and Washington; admission is $1, $2 for families. Call 257-1750.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Candida: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.
National Festival of the West: See Friday.
Oleanna: See Friday.
Phoenix Jaycees Rodeo of Rodeos: SeeThursday.
Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: See Friday.

sunday
march 17
Star Trek Convention: Classic Trek's Dr.McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Deep Space Nine's Dax (Terry Farrell) and Voyager's Tuvok (Tim Russ) are the stars of the latest Creation Entertainment tour, which includes previews, gossip, extravagantly garbed Trekkers, and memorabilia merchants. Hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in Exhibit Hall D atPhoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Tickets are $14 in advance at Dillard's, $17 at the door. Call 262-7272 or 678-2222.

Friends of Mexican Art Home Tour: FOMA presents its 23rd self-guided tour of local houses beautiful from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Stops include two residences designed by late Valley architect Robert Evans--one in the Spanish Revivalist style, one in adobe--and the retirement home oflate Chicago architect Jarvis Hunt. Also planned: a Mexican-folk-art mercado. Tickets are $15, available at Dillard's, and include the addresses. Call 948-5827.

Art Detour and Art du Jour: See Saturday.
Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Candida: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.
National Festival of the West: See Friday.
NCAA Basketball West Regionals: See Friday.
Oleanna: See Friday.
Phoenix Jaycees Rodeo of Rodeos: SeeThursday.
Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: See Friday.

monday
march 18
Terry Tempest Williams: The naturalist-in-residence at the Utah Museum of Natural History and author of Desert Quartet and Pieces of White Shell: A Journey to Navajoland reads from her works at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 18, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Admission is $5, $3 for students and seniors. Call 965-5377.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.

tuesday
march 19
Foundation Jean-Pierre Perreault: The Montreal-based troupe presents itssignature work, "Joe" (1983), at 8p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. The piece, which explores the Orwellian loss of individual identity in modern society, features 32 dancers dressed identically--in long coats, slouch hats and black stompers. Tickets are $16, $19 and $22, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434.

Everclear: A while back, Art Alexakis was at a party swilling the toxic title drink when he had a drunken vision of a group that combined the "fresh sounding" name of the 190-proof alcohol and its "pure white evil" nature. After sobering up, the vocalist/guitarist created Everclear, the trio. The Portland, Oregon-based crew follows in Sugar's hard-pop footsteps, displaying a bit of that estimable band's ability to tickle the eardrum while spanking the brain. Touring insupport of its Capitol debut, Sparkle and Fade, Everclear performs on Tuesday, March 19, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Hagfish, and Triple Fast Action share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $13 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.

wednesday
march 20
Meat the Veggies: Arizona Agriculture Day, Great American Meatout: Kiss your cow, it's Ag Day. In conjunction with National Agriculture Week, Arizona Agricultural Committee hosts a celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 2p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Patriots Square, Central and Washington. A $1 donation buys you a home-grown, beef-barbecue lunch and a bunch of that-ain't-no-bull activities like music, celebrity cow-milking and exhibitions about the state's ag industry (call 273-7163). Coincidentally, or perhaps not, Wednesday's also the day the folks behind the national Great American Meatout campaign--organized by the Farm Animal Rescue Movement (FARM), a group dedicated to publicizing "the destructive impacts of intensive animal agriculture"--attempt to convince citizens to"kick the meat habit, atleast for a day." For details about GAM or FARM, call 1-800-632-8688.

Son Volt, and Blue Mountain: Son Volt's Jay Farrar is currently in a battle with his former Uncle Tupelo compatriot, Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, for post-Tupelo supremacy; see thestory on page 100. The real find on this bill is Blue Mountain, a Missouri trio touring in support of a shining jewel of an album titled Dog Days (Roadrunner), which features sparkling, smart, Southern-steeped tunes like "Soul Sister," "Jimmy Carter" and"The Eyes of a Child." Showtime is 8p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the Rockin' Horse, 7000 East Indian School in Scottsdale. Tickets are $7 in advance, $9 the day ofthe show, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. Call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

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