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Here in America: See Thursday.
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july 13
Laurie Anderson: Along with Spalding Gray, with whom she's collaborated on a couple of occasions, Anderson is the most famous regular at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. The long relationship between the performance artist and the arts center continues to pay dividends for both parties, as Anderson unveils a new work-in-progress this weekend; see the story on page 89. Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 13; and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Tickets are $24 and $26, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Arizona Rattlers: Coach Danny White's minigridiron squad hosts its final regular-season home game at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, versus the Connecticut Coyotes at the "Snake Pit": America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. A free party on the Grand Staircase at Arizona Center, Third Street and Van Buren, precedes at 5:30 (call 949-4353). Game tickets range from $8 to $36, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 514-8383, 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Phillip Walker: The Louisiana-born guitarist is a big fan of Long John Hunter, who visited the Valley last week, and Walker has repaid the debt via his influence on Robert Cray and on Cray's generation of bluesmen. Phillip, a cousin of both T-Bone Walker and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and a former sideman for Clifton Chenier, Fats Domino and Little Richard, performs at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $5. For details call 265-4842.

Here in America: See Thursday.
"La Phoeniquera XVI": See Friday.
Nico-Icon: See Thursday.

july 14
John Stewart: Because of his multiple annual pit stops at Anderson's Fifth Estate in Scottsdale, it's easy to take Stewart for granted. But we shouldn't; he's one of pop's great songsmiths, from his Kingston Trio days to "Daydream Believer" to "Bad Rats" to "Gold" (with Stevie Nicks) to "Runaway Trains" to "Sweet Dreams Will Come" (with Nanci Griffith). Stewart returns to the Estate, 6820 East Fifth Avenue, for a show at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 14. For details call 994-4168.

Matinee at the Bijou: The mission of this yearlong series is to re-create the ambiance of those silver-screen family matinees of the '30s and '40s. Each installment features vintage programming comprising a cartoon, a short subject, a newsreel, a serial segment and a feature film. This week's installment, which starts at noon Sunday, July 14, on KAET-TV, Channel 8, includes part two of the serial Zorro Rides Again and the Roy Rogers vehicle Under the California Stars. For more information, call 965-2308.

Jale: This band from Halifax, Nova Scotia, was formed by four female art students, and its name is a combination of the first letters of each of their given names, though original drummer Alyson MacLeod has been replaced by Mike Belitsky. Jale's second album for Sub Pop, So Wound, is like an explosion in a jangle factory. The band performs on Sunday, July 14, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. Andherson shares the bill. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. The cover is $6. For details call 820-7117.

Laurie Anderson: See Saturday.
Here in America: See Thursday.
Nico-Icon: See Thursday.

july 15
Dishwalla: The resume of this good--not great--young band from Santa Monica includes two notable entries thus far: 1) a rockin' but earnest cover of Karen and Richard's "It's Going to Take Some Time" on the If I Were a Carpenter tribute disc; and 2) the minor hit "Counting Blue Cars" (from the A&M disc Pet Your Friends), which features the lines "Tell me all your thoughts on God/I'd really like to meet Her." Dishwalla performs on Monday, July 15, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. The Mustard Seeds share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

Rapoon: The one-man band comprises former Zoviet France member Storey, a somber master of dense, obsessional, home-recorded trance sounds. According to the press kit, the British artist's music draws on "Indian ragas, Arabic prayer calls and African rhythmic whispers"; the kit adds the redundant kicker that Storey "has not listened to contemporary music for the last ten years." Rapoon/Storey performs at 8 p.m. Monday, July 15, at Metropophobobia, 621 North Third Street. Admission is a requested donation of $5. Call 252-9851.

Nico-Icon: See Thursday.

july 16
The Kelley Deal 6000: It's hard to keep up with those busy Deal twins, which is one of the best things about 'em. Former Pixie/Breeder Kim, the better known of the siblings, is still occupied with her Ohio-based Amps; Kelley, the trouble-plagued sister, is now doing it for herself with this Minnesota group, a direct offshoot of her heroin-induced stay at a halfway house, where she met Jesse Colin Roff, her partner in KD6000's original incarnation, Solid State. The 6000, minus the departed Roff, is touring behind Go to the Sugar Altar, the premiere disc for Nice Records, Kelley's own label; see the album review on page 94. Cake Like shares the stage on Tuesday, July 16, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 the day of the show, available at Alternatix. Call 820-7117 or 244-8444.

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