Pic Hits for the week

Triumph of the Will: Director Leni Riefenstahl's triumph of Nazi propaganda is, nonetheless, one of the great films of all time. The unrated, 1935 work about Adolf Hitler's 1934 Nuremberg rally is screened at 7:15 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Kiva Hall, located in the University Center Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. The showing concludes ASU West Film Society's latest festival of free movies. For details call 543-2787.

Ain't Misbehavin': See Thursday.
Maricopa County Fair: See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony: See Thursday.
Saguaro Film Festival 3: See Thursday.

saturday
may 4
Contraband: The San Francisco-based troupe of urban guerrillas likes to push the "decency" button--its in-your-face synthesis of theatre, dance and music includes nudity and adult themes--and that's become easier and easier to do of late. But Contraband's more important mission is playing the artistic card, and the ensemble accomplishes its goal with high zeal and an unswerving commitment to art--as challenging and as unpretty as it might be--for art's sake. The group performs "Return to Ordinary Life," the third movement in its "Mira Trilogy," at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street; a discussion follows. Tickets are $18 and $25, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. For details call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: The tenth-anniversary edition of the outdoor fest, which expands to a two-day event this year, features traditional music and dance performances, carnival rides, a salsa contest, children's activities and more. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4; and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 5, on Macdonald, between Main and First streets, in downtown Mesa. Admission is free. For details call 644-2351.

Arizona Rattlers: The minigridiron squad hosts the San Jose SaberCats at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the "Snake Pit": America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. The team's next home game is at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 25, versus the Florida Bobcats. Tickets range from $8 to $36, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Ain't Misbehavin': See Thursday.
The Celluloid Closet: See Friday.
Conversations With My Father: See Friday.
Maricopa County Fair: See Thursday.
The Movement Source Dance Company: See Friday.
Phoenix Symphony: See Thursday.
Saguaro Film Festival 3: See Thursday.

sunday
may 5
Jewel: As a child, this monomonikered singer-songwriter (real last name: Kilcher) lived on a farm in Alaska, wore her hair in pigtails and yodeled with her dad at bars. At 19, she was living out of a van in San Diego and washing her hair in rest rooms at fast-food joints. Today, at 21, the green-eyed beauty with the poetic gift of gab is on a rocket ride to stardom, thanks to her Atlantic debut, Pieces of You, a plaintive, occasionally overearnest but ultimately winning slice of neofolk; see the story on page 107. Jewel performs on Sunday, May 5, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Duncan Sheik shares the bill. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Call 894-0707.

Ain't Misbehavin': See Thursday.
The Celluloid Closet: See Friday.
Cinco de Mayo Fiesta: See Saturday.
Conversations With My Father: See Friday.
Maricopa County Fair: See Thursday.
Saguaro Film Festival 3: See Thursday.

monday
may 6
Raekwon the Chef and Ghostface Killa: These hip-hoppers--also respectively known as Lou Diamonds and Iron Man, a.k.a. Tony Starks (sic)--inhabit an imaginary otherworld of myth and menace in a land they call Shaolin (Staten Island). The grim reality for Rae, formerly of the Wu-Tang Clan, was a short youth punctuated by drugs and violence in one of New York's most notorious slums (Parkhill); it's a past the Chef and his "first lieutenant," Ghostface, revisit frequently on Raekwon's solo debut for Loud/RCA, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. Know Qwestion, Negro League, and Cyde Sho share the bill on Monday, May 6, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

The Celluloid Closet: See Friday.

tuesday
may 7
Reverend Horton Heat: The irreverent rocker from Dallas, Texas, is the opposite of a holy man, but the Sub Pop recording artist--Horton and the Seattle label make for surfacely odd bedfellows, but only surfacely--will restore your faith in rockabilly. Hallelujah. The Cows share the all-ages bill on Tuesday, May 7, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. Call 968-8664 or 784-4444.

The Celluloid Closet: See Friday.

wednesday
may 8
"To Read, to Write, to See, to Think": In conjunction with Phoenix Art Museum's "Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art" (see the Art Exhibits listing), film buff Fred Linch hosts this series at Arizona Historical Society Museum, Marley Center, 1300 North College in Tempe. The Front (1976, PG), director Martin Ritt's darkly comic denunciation of the blacklist, stars Woody Allen as a literary beard for a group of banned writers that includes the marvelous Zero Mostel. It screens at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8; a discussion follows. Admission is $6. Call 840-4421.

Alejandro Escovedo: The former member of Rank and File and the True Believers is one of rock's perpetual superstars-on-the-brink. Escovedo's still waiting for superstardom, but his critical-darling credentials are impeccable. He performs Wednesday, May 8, at the Rockin' Horse, 7000 East Indian School in Scottsdale. David Grey opens at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. Call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

The Celluloid Closet: See Friday.

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