Pic Hits for the week

"Steve Gompf: Distant Visions": See Thursday.
The Grapes of Wrath: See Thursday.
Heard Museum Summer Video Festival: See Friday.
The New Play Cabaret: See Thursday.
U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam: See Friday.

august 4
The Furthur Festival: If the recent H.O.R.D.E. fest didn't slake your thirst for Grateful Dead-style jamming, this one ought to do it. Jerry Garcia won't be in attendance--except, surely, in spirit--but many of his compatriots and pals will be. Dead heads Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are scheduled to perform with their respective groups, Ratdog and Mystery Box, and unofficial Dead member Bruce Hornsby shares the marquee with fellow support acts Los Lobos, Hot Tuna, the Subdudes, and the Flying Karamazov Brothers. The music starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, August 4, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Also on the agenda, as part of the fest's "Vendors Faire": the exhibit "Art and the Love of Music," featuring works by Garcia, Roberta Weir, John Lennon, John Kahn, Herb Greene, Stanley Mouse, Allison Lefcort and others. Tickets are $28, available at Ticketmaster. For more information, call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

Know Qwestion, and Brothers Grimm: Two of the area's best hip-hop acts showcase their b-boy skills on Sunday, August 4, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. KQ, comprising Cappuccino and Cash on raps and P-body on beats, displays an East Coast street style mated with a more expansive Western flavor; see the story on page 106. The two-tone Brothers Grimm have been making the Valley scene for years, and they remain near the top of the local heap. Negro League, and Tucson's Unforeseen Satellite share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

The Grapes of Wrath: See Thursday.
The New Play Cabaret: See Thursday.

august 5
Superdrag: The potential for irony is the best--probably the only--gift MTV has given American music, and Superdrag's single "Sucked Out" is the latest example. (Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" was, arguably, the first.) The song features the musical question, "Who sucked out the feeling?"--referring to rock 'n' roll. The answer, according to Superdrag's John Davis? MTV, which, naturally, placed the piece in buzz-clip rotation. Knoxville, Tennessee's gifted 'drag returns to Tempe for the second time in as many months on Monday, August 5. The power-punkers in Nada Surf are also worth a listen, and they share the marquee along with Scarce. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. at Gibson's, 410 South Mill. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

august 6
Weapon of Choice: The L.A. collective might be America's premier funk act, which isn't saying that much these days. But this Weapon would've been fully loaded in funk's heyday, which is, of course, saying something righteous. Lonnie Marshall's eight-piece wrecking crew brings its bubbling caldron of politicized rap and horny grooves to Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe, for a show on Tuesday, August 6. Geggy Tah, and Fred Green share the stage. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6.50 in advance, $8.50 the day of the show, available at Alternatix. For more information, call 921-7343 or 244-8444.

Taken for a Ride: Michael Moore's 1989 documentary Roger & Me was a darkly comic, "pets or meat" riff on the heartlessness and corporate gall of General Motors and GM chair Roger Smith. This work by Jim Klein and Martha Olson is more chilling, alleging that one of Smith's predecessors, '30s-vintage propaganda master Alfred P. Sloan, systematically dismantled America's clean, viable and perfectly efficient rapid-transit system--the streetcar industry--so he could corner the transportation market with his own line of environmentally destructive and extremely profitable autos. "What's good for General Motors is good for America"? For shame. Taken for a Ride is the latest installment in the worthy P.O.V. series, billed as "broadcast television's only continuing forum for independent nonfiction film." Ride airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday, August 6, on KAET-TV, Channel 8. For details call 965-2308.

Therapy?: The hard-core metal group from Belfast, Northern Ireland--and what better place for a hard-core metal group to hail from?--brings its brutal sonic shrapnel back to the Valley for a gig in support of its new A&M disc, Infernal Love, on Tuesday, August 6, at the Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School. You Am I shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $6 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 956-6271 or 784-4444.

"Steve Gompf: Distant Visions": See Thursday.

august 7
House of Blues Barnburner Tour 1996: The latest in a mushrooming line of summer package tours, the Barnburner features a mixed, though not uninteresting, bag of acts: cool spaz Joe Cocker, Buddy Guy, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the Radiators, the Gales Brothers and locals Chuck Hall, and Carvin Jones. Showtime is 5 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets range from $17.50 to $50, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

"Three Short Plays by Christopher Durang": The final installment in the Brown-Bag Lunchtime Theatre series, co-sponsored by Herberger Theater Center and the Arizona State University theatre department, is this trio of comedies by prickly playwright/social critic Durang: Mrs. Sorken, Funeral Parlor and DMV Tyrant. The run opens with a performance at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, August 7, in Stage West at the center, 222 East Monroe, and continues through Friday, August 16. Tickets are $3.50; attendees should bring their own lunches. For details call 252-8497.

"Steve Gompf: Distant Visions": See Thursday.

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