Pic Hits for the week

Andrew Lloyd Webber--Music of the Night: See Thursday.
Fool for Love: See Friday.
Private Eyes: See Friday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

sunday
may 26
"Black & White & Blues" featuring Nappy Brown: North Carolina-born R&B belter Nappy (real name: Napoleon Culp Brown) performs two sets, backed by Dr. Fish Blues Band, at this third annual fund raiser for Visual Uplift, a nonprofit group that provides free photography lessons to at-risk kids. The all-day fest also includes scheduled performances by Buddy Reed/Johnny Tanner Band featuring Big Pete Pearson, Barry Homan Band, the Lynwood Flyers, Carvin Jones Band featuring Roscoe Taylor, Sistah Blue, and Patti Williams and Delirious featuring Small Paul. The music starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $7. Call 265-4842.

Rocio Durcal and Her Orchestra: The Spain-born recording artist and movie star is well-known in Latin America, thanks largely to her myriad covers of songs by Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel. Durcal brings her orchestra and her mariachi to Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, for a show at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 26. Tickets range from $35 to $50, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 267-9373 or 678-2222.

Andrew Lloyd Webber--Music of the Night: See Thursday.
Fool for Love: See Friday.
High Country Stampede: See Saturday.
Private Eyes: See Friday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

monday
may 27
R. Kelly, and LL Cool J: Rising star R. and hip-hop standard-bearer LL co-headline the "Top Secret Tour," which also features performances by all-woman group Xscape and all-guy act Solo. Showtime is 7 p.m. Monday, May 27, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets range from $18 to $31, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

The Moody Blues: The grizzled band--the Grateful Dead of the mystical-pop set--has been an operating unit since, gulp, 1963. The rock graybeards perform one of their instant-nostalgia shows, backed by World Festival Orchestra, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 27, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $21.40 to $42.85 in advance, $22 to $48.25 the day of the show, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Raekwon the Chef and Ghostface Killa: Chef Rae came down with a bad case of strep throat prior to the Staten Island-based duo's scheduled Valley show earlier this month. Know Qwestion, Negro League, and Cyde Sho share the stage at a rescheduled bill on Monday, May 27, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the club and Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

High Country Stampede: See Saturday.

tuesday
may 28
Stanford Prison Experiment, Limblifter, and Local H: Touring in support of its recent World Domination disc The Gato Hunch, produced by Ted Niceley (Girls Against Boys, Jawbox), L.A.-based SPE is first among equals on this bill, titled the "3x5 Tour" and featuring the age-old pitch of three relatively obscure bands for $5. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, at Nile Theater, 105 West Main in Mesa. Tickets are available at the club and Ticketmaster. For details call 649-2766 or 784-4444.

Phoenix Firebirds: The Triple A affiliate of baseball's San Francisco Giants plays home matches against the Calgary Cannons on Tuesday, May 28; Wednesday, May 29; Thursday, May 30; and Friday, May 31. All games start at 7:05 p.m. at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. Tickets range from $3 to $7, available at the stadium and Dillard's. For details call 275-0500 or 678-2222.

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, and Polvo: The Fellers aren't bad, but Polvo's the pick here. The Chapel Hill, North Carolina, outfit is an avant-pop group with tons of potential that it mostly fulfilled on its new full-length bow for Touch and Go, Exploded Drawing. The band co-headlines this bill on Tuesday, May 28, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8, available at the club and Ticketmaster. For details call 968-8664 or 784-4444.

wednesday
may 29
Mose Allison: The drawlin', deadpan, 68-year-old jazzman from Long Island by way of Tippo, Mississippi, has experienced a career resurgence in recent years--thanks mostly to the releases of the boxed sets Allison Wonderland: The Mose Allison Anthology (Rhino) and High Jinks! The Mose Allison Trilogy (Columbia). Unlike most artists whose careers have hit retrospective mode, the satirical piano whiz--perhaps best known for the jivin' jukebox gem "Parchman Farm"--is still master of his artistic domain. The Blue Note recording artist performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Timothy's, 6335 North 16th Street. Tickets are $15. Call 277-7634.

"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 presents a showing of Fahrenheit 451 (unrated), director Francois Truffaut's 1966 take on Ray Bradbury's cautionary tale about a future civilization that bans all written material. The screening, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Arizona Historical Society Museum, Marley Center, 1300 North College in Tempe, concludes the series. Admission is $6. Call 840-4421.

Roy Book Binder, and Steve James: These white musicians are living lexicons of pre-World War II black blues--that is to say, country blues--and both write their own material and cover vintage songs in that vein. Book Binder's a longtime critical darling, but his performances tend toward the chatty. Austin, Texas' James lets his playing do his talking, and he bangs the rusty nail on the noggin with tunes like his own superauthentic "Midnight Blues" and a true-blue version of Willie Brown's "Ragged and Dirty"--a genre staple that fellow Texan Angela Strehli transformed into a contemporary electric standard titled "Stranger Blues" in the mid-'80s. Valley acoustician Hans Olson opens the show at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $4. Call 265-4842.

Phoenix Firebirds: See Tuesday.
Private Eyes: See Friday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

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