Pic Hits for the week

Les Miserables: See Thursday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

june 8
Mainly Mozart Festival: Jeffrey Siegel is artistic director of the 11th annual tribute to Wolfgang and friends. The fest continues with Mainly Mozart Orchestra concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Paul V. Galvin Playhouse in Arizona State University Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tenth Street and Mill in Tempe; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at La Sala, located in the University Center Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. The program includes the U.S. premiere of a movement from the title composer's unfinished Oboe Concerto in F major, completed in 1987 by Harvard musicologist Robert Levin; Mozart's Symphony No. 35 in D major ("Haffner"); and Schubert's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat major. A film, The Life of Mozart, is screened at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Kiva Hall on the ASU West campus. A final chamber concert, featuring Siegel at the piano, is scheduled at 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at La Sala. The program features Mozart's Sonata in E minor for Violin and Piano, K. 304; Beethoven's Serenade for Flute, Violin and Viola, Opus 25; Hindemith's Kleine Kammermusik for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon, Opus 24, No. 2; and Brahms' Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano, Opus 40. Tickets are $20 and $23 for the orchestra concerts, $18 and $21 for the chamber concert, $5 for the film, available at Dillard's; call 678-2222. Festival events continue through Sunday, June 16. For general information, call 965-6447.

Gary Primich Band: The white-hot harmonica player is an instinctive bluesman, and one of the better purveyors of one of the form's better subgenres--the lively Texas strain, based in Austin, as is Primich. The musician's latest disc for the Flying Fish label, Mr. Freeze, is a roadhouse-rockin' delight, from the first notes of the razor-sharp opening romp, "Bad Poker Hand," to the final gust of hard wind he coaxes out of his harp. Showtime is 9 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Call 265-4842.

Arizona Opera's Der Ring des Nibelungen: See Thursday.
"La Bandera Vieja": See Friday.
Les Miserables: See Thursday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

june 9
Tish Hinojosa: Blessed with a birdlike voice in Emmylou Harris' range and the backbone of Joan Baez, the San Antonio-born singer-songwriter is equally adept as a performer of country-tinged pop with a light touch and of stark neofolk with a social conscience. Tish achieved the perfect balance between the poles on Culture Swing, her landmark album for Rounder, which remains her best work; see the story on page 96. Bill Miller shares the bill on Sunday, June 9, at the Rockin' Horse, 7000 East Indian School in Scottsdale. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the scene and Ticketmaster. For details call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

Band Slam '96: Valley acts Sistah Blue, Kongo Shock, Polliwog, the Fake McCoys, and the Mary McCann Band are scheduled to perform between rounds of full-contact "slam poetry"--the linguistic equivalent of performance art--at this third annual fund raiser. The top four slammers win spots on the Phoenix Slam Poetry Team and a trip to Portland, Oregon, for August's National Poetry Slam. Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Admission is $6, $5 with a canned-good item for donation to St. Mary's Food Bank. For details call 265-4842.

Les Miserables: See Thursday.
Mainly Mozart Festival: See Saturday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

june 10
Satan's Pilgrims: Despite its name and its campy stage show--the Pilgrims wear matching costumes and black capes--the group is actually one of the more conservative riders of surf's New Wave. The West Coast band specializes in tremolo, reverb and keen reverence for instro-rock's true pilgrims, like the Trashmen, Duane Eddy, the Mar-Keys and, of course, Dick Dale's Del-Tones. The Drags, the Fells, and John Cougar Concentration Camp share the bill; if the latter act can't play a lick, it's earned a listen for the groovy name alone. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Monday, June 10, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. The cover is $7. For details call 921-7343.

Superdrag: The mid-'60s-meets-mid-'90s sound of the Knoxville, Tennessee, quartet is often likened to that of Matthew Sweet; see the story on page 95. Touring in support of its Elektra debut, Regretfully Yours, and the single "Sucked Out," Superdrag performs on Monday, June 10, in the Fender Showcase Room at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. The cover is $6. For details call 894-0707.

Arizona Opera's Der Ring des Nibelungen: See Thursday.

june 11
Desert Twilight Tour: The docent-guided, one-hour walk through Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, offers stellar sunsets, wildlife encounters and a relatively temperate way to experience the well-baked summertime garden. Tours are scheduled Tuesday, June 11; Wednesday, June 12; and each Tuesday and Wednesday in June. They step off at 7 p.m. from the tour waiting area. Participation is free with regular admission: $6, $5 for seniors, $1 for kids ages 5 to 12, free for those younger. For details call 941-1225.

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