Pic Hits for the week

Johnny Dyer: The hard-core West Coast blues harpist, backed by the Valley's Hoodoo Kings, returns for shows at 9 p.m. Friday, August 16; and the same time Saturday, August 17, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $4. For details call 265-4842.

Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott: See Thursday.
The Grapes of Wrath: See Thursday.
Grease!: See Thursday.

saturday
august 17
"The Art of Decay": The IndependANT Artists Network sponsors this show, which features multimedia works centering on a theme of decomposition, natural and industrial, by Jane Cooper, David Lucero, C.A. Moeller, Laura Greenberg, Shirin Tolle Ryan and others. The exhibit opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 17, featuring a poetry reading and drama, music and "Oriental cabaret dance" performances; it continues through Saturday, September 21. The scene is 11 East Ashland, located off Central, two blocks south of Virginia. Regular viewing hours: 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment. Admission is free. For details call 257-8543.

Phoenix Firebirds: The Valley's Triple A affiliate of baseball's San Francisco Giants continues its Pacific Coast League season with games against the Vancouver Canadians at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, August 17; 6:05 p.m. Sunday, August 18; 7:05 p.m. Monday, August 19; and 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. The team's next home series is slated for Thursday, August 22, through Sunday, August 25, versus the Albuquerque Dukes. Tickets range from $3 to $7. For details call 275-0500.

Fairgrounds Antique Market: The market, the state's largest, continues its tenth season this weekend. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 17; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Admission is $1; accompanied children age 14 and under get in free. Fairgrounds parking costs $4 per vehicle. For details call 258-6711 or 943-1766.

Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering in Prescott: See Thursday.
Johnny Dyer: See Friday.
The Grapes of Wrath: See Thursday.
Grease!: See Thursday.
"How I Spent My Summer Vacation/Solar Lobotomy": See Friday.
National UFO Awareness Week Fair: See Friday.

sunday
august 18
The Cure: Robert Smith and his British crew are touring once again, this time in support of their tenth studio disc, Wild Mood Swings (Elektra), which has been widely billed as an upbeat change of pace for the band that refined the art of gloom. It's a convenient hook--the Cure cheers up--but not entirely accurate, given that the group's been slowly but surely improving its outlook since 1985's The Head on the Door. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $24.10 and $29.45 in advance, $25.70 and $31.05 the day of the show, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Raymond Moody: The author of the best sellers Life After Life and Reunions: Visionary Encounters With Departed Loved Ones is an expert in the field of near-death experience. He speaks about "Life, Death and the Beyond" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at Radisson Resort Scottsdale, 7171 North Scottsdale Road. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the scene. Call 970-8543.

Arizona Blues Showdown: Phoenix Blues Society sponsors the sixth annual gathering of state bluesicians, who vie for a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, for October's International Blues Talent Competition. Between 20 and 25 acts compete in preliminary rounds at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, August 18, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The top four acts from each session return for the finals, slated for 1 and 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at the same venue. The cover is $5 for the prelims, $6 for the finals. Call 265-4842 or 252-0599.

Fairgrounds Antique Market: See Saturday.
The Grapes of Wrath: See Thursday.
Grease!: See Thursday.
National UFO Awareness Week Fair: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Saturday.

monday
august 19
The Carpetbaggers: The honky-tonk trio from Minneapolis is on the road in support of its HighTone debut, Sin Now . . . Pray Later, which includes a heapin' helpin' of twisted twangers like "My Jeannie's in a Bottle," the austere jewel "War Between the States," and "Suburban Boy," a silly send-up of John Denver's "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." Flathead shares the stage. Showtime is 8 p.m. Monday, August 19, at the Rockin' Horse, 7316 East Stetson in Scottsdale. Tickets are available at the scene and Ticketmaster. Call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

Phoenix Firebirds: See Saturday.

tuesday
august 20
emmet swimming: The damn-the-torpedoes quartet from Fairfax, Virginia, prides itself on playing where no self-respecting trend-core act from nearby Washington, D.C., has played before (frat bashes, bar mitzvahs, resorts), and you've got to admire its independent-cuss approach. You've really got to admire its slag on Veruca Salt--that blatant record-company creation--in the song "Sellout," which hails from emmet's second Epic disc, the Don Dixon-produced Arlington to Boston. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 20, in the Fender Showcase Room at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The cover is $5. Call 894-0707.

"Chameleon Jo": Actress/comedian Sally Jo Bannow, backed by pianist Craig Bohmler, wraps up Herberger Theater Center's "Summer Cabaret" series with shows at 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 20; and the same time Wednesday, August 21, in Stage West at the center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets are $13.25. Call 252-8497.

"How I Spent My Summer Vacation/Solar Lobotomy": See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Saturday.

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