Pic Hits for the week

Blake Clark: See Thursday.
Forever Plaid: See Thursday.
Lysistrata: See Thursday.
Yellowstone: See Thursday.

saturday
june 29
Arizona Local Jam '96: Alice Cooper's boots, Rob Halford's shirt and other metal-head memorabilia goes on the block at this fund raiser, which also features scheduled performances by Valley groups Idly Rove, Grey Daze, Digger, Freudian Slip, Fred Green, Dead City Love, and Firesky. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School. Proceeds benefit the Arizona division of the American Cancer Society. Call 956-6271.

3TG Co.: Anne Thibault's Boston-based improv-comedy troupe, in town for a workshop, joins its local sponsor, Improvisational Theatre Society, for a free, collaborative performance of ITS' A.M.U.S.E. show at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the Old Adobe Theatre, 525 North First Street. For workshop details, call 262-2132. For general information, call 252-5530.

"Between Reality and Abstraction: California Art at the End of the Century" and "Traps": See Friday.

Blake Clark: See Thursday.
Flagstaff MusArts Festival: See Friday.
Forever Plaid: See Thursday.
Let 'er Rip: See Friday.
Lysistrata: See Thursday.
Yellowstone: See Thursday.

sunday
june 30
Al Green: The '70s soul master created standards like "Let's Stay Together" and "You Ought to Be With Me" before giving it up for God in the '80s. The practicing minister has returned to the nongospel scene from time to time, and he'll reportedly "sing it secular" on Sunday, June 30, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Wayman Tisdale and the 5th Quarter share the bill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $28.75 and $37.75, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 267-9373 or 678-2222.

"Between Reality and Abstraction: California Art at the End of the Century" and "Traps": See Friday.

Blake Clark: See Thursday.
Flagstaff MusArts Festival: See Friday.
Forever Plaid: See Thursday.
Let 'er Rip: See Friday.
Yellowstone: See Thursday.

monday
july 1
Butthole Surfers: Gibby Haynes, Paul Leary and their fellows in Austin's rankest band--bar none--have been signed to Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra's label!) for the better part of the '90s, but most Lone Star media outlets (not to mention our own paper tiger, the Arizona Republic) continue to abbreviate or otherwise disguise the group's intentionally offensive name. Duh. See the story on page 95. Touring behind their latest disc, Electriclarryland, the Surfers headline a bill as brash as Texas on Monday, July 1; Dallas acts the Toadies and Reverend Horton Heat share the stage, along with Seattle's Supersuckers (Leary produced their latest album). Showtime is 5:30 p.m. at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Tickets are $20 in advance, $21 the day of the show, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 644-2560 or 678-2222.

Brainiac: But for its point of origin (the suddenly ubiquitous Dayton, Ohio), this group is mighty original, like Devo at warp speed, if you can even begin to assimilate that. As good as Brainiac is at submerging promising pop songs beneath rattling walls of Moog-enhanced noise--and it's just great at that--the Timmy Taylor-led quartet might be better at composing album titles; its first two full-length CDs, both for the Grass label, were Smack Bunny Baby and Bonsai Superstar. Its latest, for Touch and Go, is the finely rendered Hissing Prigs in Static Couture. See the story on page 96. The group is scheduled on Monday, July 1, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. Trans Am shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $6, available at Alternatix. For details call 921-7343 or 244-8444.

"Between Reality and Abstraction: California Art at the End of the Century" and "Traps": See Friday.

Yellowstone: See Thursday.

tuesday
july 2
Tori Amos: The confessional singer/keyboardist, who began her professional life as a heavy-metal act billed as Y Kant Tori Read, hasn't done anything that Kate Bush and Jane Siberry haven't done better--except, possibly, her keening cover of Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," from the Crucify EP. But this doesn't diminish Tori's obvious talent; Bush and Siberry are pretty fast company. See Coda on page 104. Amos performs at 7 and 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets are $25.75 in advance, $28 the day of the show, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices. Call 262-7272 or 678-2222.

"Between Reality and Abstraction: California Art at the End of the Century" and "Traps": See Friday.

Yellowstone: See Thursday.

wednesday
july 3
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: The Greatest Show on Earth returns for its annual Valley visit, with host Dinny McGuire presiding over the three rings of fun. This year's featured act is Airiana the Human Arrow, whose raison d'etre is being launched from the world's largest crossbow. Other highlights include high-wire acts the Quiros of Spain, the Flying Vargas, and the Flying Tabares; animal trainer Graham Thomas Chipperfield; Kenya's Samson Power, who lifts weights with his teeth; and more clowns than you can shake an oversize shoe at. The run begins with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. More shows are planned Thursday, July 4, through Sunday, July 7. Tickets range from $11.50 to $15.50, available at the arena and Dillard's; discounts for kids and groups are available. Call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Third of July Celebrations: Early fireworks are promised at three free celebrations on Wednesday, July 3. The Light Up the Sky Festival begins at 6 p.m. at El Oso Park, 75th Avenue and Osborn, and the fireworks start at 9:15 (call 262-4539). The 3rd of July Celebration at Paradise Valley Park, 17642 North 40th Street, kicks off at 6:30 p.m., with the fireworks scheduled at about 9 (call 262-7782). The annual 3rd of July extravaganza in downtown Cave Creek starts at about 9 p.m. (call 488-9118).

"Between Reality and Abstraction: California Art at the End of the Century" and "Traps": See Friday.

Forever Plaid: See Thursday.
Yellowstone: See Thursday.

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