Pic Hits for the week

thursday
may 2
Saguaro Film Festival 3: Arizona Film Society's annual showcase of independent works opens with a reception for the filmmakers at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Planet Hollywood, located at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback. A screening of director Carmen Santa Maria's farce I Crave Rock & Roll follows at 9 at the festival screening site, AMC Town & Country 6, 20th Street and Camelback. About 15 other movies are scheduled, including Red Cherry, China's submission in the Best Foreign Language Film category at the recent Academy Awards; Hitting the Ground, featuring a soundtrack by Gordon Gano of the Violent Femmes; The Fat of the Land, a documentary about a vehicle that runs on used vegetable oil that had its Valley premiere last August; and the made-in-Arizona drama Black Day Blue Night. Showings begin at 6 p.m. Friday, May 3; 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4; and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, May 5 (for the schedule, see the Film listing; see the related story on page 77). A one-day pass costs $15, and a run-of-the-fest pass is $25. Tickets to individual showings are also available. Call 970-8711 or Ticketmaster at 784-4444.

Maricopa County Fair: The 21st annual event--a cozier, countrier version of Arizona State Fair--continues at the fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Highlights include carnival rides and games on the midway; a tribute to the Beatles and other musical performances; the Gale Webb Sports Show, featuring "Motocross Mom" Webb and her daredevil brood of 'boarders, skaters and cyclers; and the usual array of agriculture and livestock competitions and exhibits, including a "maternity ward" of animal newborns. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 2; 10 a.m. Friday, May 3, to midnight; 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4, to midnight; and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Admission is $5, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, free for younger kids. For details call 252-0717.

Robert Shapiro: The "Dream Team" member discusses and signs copies of his new book, The Search for Justice: A Defense Attorney's Brief on the O.J. Simpson Case, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. A press conference is also scheduled. Admission is free. For details call 957-6660.

Ain't Misbehavin': Ruth, Anita and June, the sisters Pointer, are the stars of this touring production of the Fats Waller musical, directed by Arthur Faria, choreographer of the show's original Broadway incarnation. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 2; 8 p.m. Friday, May 3; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets range from $26 to $40, available at Gammage and Dillard's. For details call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Symphony: Washington state's Black Lodge Singers join the orchestra, conducted by Clotilde Otranto, for the premiere of "Native Drumming," a work by Arizona State University instructor James DeMars. Performances of Beethoven's Overture to Egmont, Opus 84; and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade, Opus 35, are also planned. The concerts start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2; and 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Jeffrey Siegel conducts and performs with the symphony at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the hall; the program includes works by Gershwin and Ravel. Tickets for all shows range from $12 to $36, available at the symphony box office and Dillard's. Call 264-6363 or 678-2222.

friday
may 3
The Celluloid Closet: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman co-produced the Oscar-winning 1989 documentary Common Threads: Stories From the Quilt, and the two collaborated again on this compilation of clips reflecting Hollywood's depictions of and long-held attitudes toward homosexuality. Based on the book by late author/archivist Vito Russo, Closet features scenes from Morocco; Sunday, Bloody Sunday; Some Like It Hot; Philadelphia; The Boys in the Band; Rope; and many other movies, as well as interviews with actors and filmmakers including Quentin Crisp, Whoopi Goldberg, Farley Granger, Tom Hanks, Jay Presson Allen, Gore Vidal and John Schlesinger. The R-rated film opens Friday, May 3, in an exclusive engagement at Harkins Camelview 5, located on Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale. For more information, see Showtimes or call 423-9900.

Conversations With My Father: Actors Theatre of Phoenix concludes its season with the fine work by Herb Gardner (I'm Not Rappaport, A Thousand Clowns). It's a wide-ranging dramedy about a Jewish immigrant, Eddie (Joseph Costa), who's torn between two cultures. A preview is slated for 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The official opening is at the same time Saturday, May 4, and more shows are scheduled at 2and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 5. The production continues through Sunday, May 26. Tickets range from $10 to $23.50, available at Herberger and Dillard's. Call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

Kool and the Gang, Zapp and Roger, and the Tony Rich Project: The popular acts top the marquee at this funk federation on Friday, May 3, at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Groove Theory, J'Son, S.O.S., Quad City DJs, Max-A-Million, and Chantay Savage are also scheduled to perform. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $21.50 the day of the show, available at the coliseum and Dillard's. Call 258-6711 or 678-2222.

The Movement Source Dance Company: The troupe and Valley guitarist Joe Myers link up for a multimedia production titled "In Balance." This week's shows are on Friday, May 3; and Saturday, May 4. More performances are planned on Friday, May 10; and Saturday, May 11. All shows start at 8 p.m. at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street. Admission is $10, $8 for students and seniors. For reservations and details, call 957-6561.

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.

Show Pages
 
My Voice Nation Help
0 comments
 
Phoenix Concert Tickets
Loading...