Pic Hits for the week

Scottsdale Symphony: The ensemble offers its 20th annual patriotic salute at 7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main. The program includes Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," Sousa marches, Broadway classics and other popular fare. Admission is free. For details call 945-8071 or 994-2787.

Forever Plaid: The revival of the Stuart Ross musical, a tribute to the so-called "good-guy" harmony groups of the '50s and, thus, to the polyester-wearing geeks of the world, features the production's original Valley cast and creative team. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, July 5; 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, at Phoenix Theatre, Central and McDowell. Tickets are $20. Call 254-2151.

Let 'er Rip: Herberger Theater Center recently hosted Lynn Redgrave's tony one-woman production Shakespeare for My Father; the center, 222 East Monroe, now balances the artistic ledger with this booking of inelegance personified--in the form of zinger ringer Rip Taylor, star of his own autobiographical (and occasionally serious) solo show. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, July 5; 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday, July 7, in Center Stage. The production continues through Sunday, July 14. Call 252-8497.

Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: See Thursday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

saturday
july 6
Acoustic Alchemy: Guitarists Nick Webb, who strums steel, and Greg Carmichael, who prefers nylon, combine for a complex, percussive sound that draws heavily on pop and classical references and only lightly on that usual new-age suspect: elevator jazz. An electric guitarist augments the duo on its current tour in support of the new GRP disc arcan'um. Meadowlark opens at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 the day of the show, available at the center and Ticketmaster. For more information, call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Claudio Slon's Ipanema Jazz Quartet: Bossa-nova baby and Scottsdale resident Slon, a former member of Sergio Mendes' Brasil '66, hosts a reunion of his own group, the IJQ, at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 6, in the Territorial Room at SunBurst Resort, 4925 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The concert is the latest installment in the resort's weekly Summer Jazz Series, which continues through August 10. Admission is $18. For details call 945-7666 or 1-800-528-7867.

Forever Plaid: See Friday.
Here in America: See Friday.
Let 'er Rip: See Friday.
Lysistrata: See Friday.
Nico-Icon: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: See Thursday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

sunday
july 7
Matinee at the Bijou: The inaugural episode of this killer, yearlong series, whose mission is to re-create the ambiance of those silver-screen family matinees of the '30s and '40s, is scheduled at noon Sunday, July 7, on KAET-TV, Channel 8. Each installment features vintage programming comprising a cartoon, a short subject, a newsreel, a serial segment and a feature film. This week's fare includes beauty tips from Constance Bennett, part one of the serial Zorro Rides Again and the Hoot Gibson oater The Dude Bandit. For details call 965-2308.

Forever Plaid: See Friday.
Here in America: See Friday.
Let 'er Rip: See Friday.
Nico-Icon: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: See Thursday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

monday
july 8
The Specials: Lynval Golding, Neville Staples, Roddy Byers and Horace Panter, four of the founders of this groundbreaking group and, by extension, of England's late-'70s 2-Tone movement, are back with a new Virgin disc titled Today's Specials, which is chock-full of unexpected-pleasure covers like the Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Take Five," the Clash's "Somebody Got Murdered," the Monkees' "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" and Toots and the Maytals' "Pressure Drop." The band headlines a groovy, off-night bash on Monday, July 8, that includes Buck-O-Nine, Reel Big Fish, the Aquabats, Insatiable, Mealticket, and Los Skarnales. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $17 in advance, $19 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Nico-Icon: See Friday.

tuesday
july 9
Pat Grover: Backed by pianist Joe Bousard, the saucy songbird performs her hallmark revue, "The Last of the Red-Hot Mamas," at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 9; and the same time Wednesday, July 10, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The two-night stand kicks off the center's "Summer Cabaret" series, which continues through Wednesday, August 28. For details call 252-8497.

Nico-Icon: See Friday.

wednesday
july 10
The Dream Team Versus Team China: Charles Barkley, Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone, Anfernee Hardaway and their all-world cohorts on Team USA's Olympics-bound basketball squad, coached by Lenny Wilkens, take on the Chinese national team in an exhibition match at 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Long John Hunter: The guitarist and Alligator recording artist is the latest in a growing line of obscure Texans enjoying wider exposure thanks to the prevailing blues renaissance. This worthy obscurity cut his chops in the far-western part of the state--specifically, El Paso and its Mexican neighbor, Ciudad Juarez. The most interesting song on Hunter's new album, Border Town Legend, is "Marfa Lights," a cool, unorthodox riff as uncanny as the ghost lights that haunt the tiny southwest-Texas town where Giant was filmed. Showtime is 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School; an open meeting of the Phoenix Blues Society precedes at 7:30. The cover is $6, $5 for blues-society members. For details call 265-4842.

Pat Grover: See Tuesday.
Nico-Icon: See Friday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

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