Pic Hits for the week

Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
"Traps": See Thursday.

august 24
Road Trip: Terry Riley, and California E.A.R. Unit at Arcosanti: Ambient/minimalist musician Riley has composed works for Kronos Quartet ("Cadenza on the Night Plain," "Salome Dances for Peace") and the St. Louis Symphony ("The Jade Palace"). He joins new-music ensemble California E.A.R. Unit onstage at the Colly Soleri Music Center, located at architect Paolo Soleri's futuristic settlement in the high desert. The artists will perform a program of new works by young American composers. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, August 24; dinner precedes at 6:30 in the facility's cafe. Arcosanti is located off I-17 at Cordes Junction, near the town of Mayer, about 70 miles north of Phoenix. Tickets are $12.50, $25 for the meal and the concert; reservations are required for dinner. For details call Arcosanti at 1-520-632-7135 or Cosanti Foundation in Paradise Valley at 254-5309.

Beth Hart Band: Hart, an L.A. High School for the Performing Arts dropout, is in the same general neighborhood--if not even approximately the same league--as Cindy "Finally Rockin'" Bullens. Beth has Bullens' hard-driving energy and a funky, supple voice, but the singer/pianist's pretty young, and the songs on Hart's Lava/Atlantic debut, Immortal, reflect her inexperience. They also show her potential; a notable example is the slower "Summer Is Gone." Beth and crew perform on Saturday, August 24, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Dead Hot Workshop, and Elephant Ride share the bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Admission is free 'til 10 p.m., $5 after. For details call 967-1234.

The Lady's Not for Burning: See Friday.
Bill Maher: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
"Traps": See Thursday.

august 25
Brian Setzer Orchestra: The guitarist and former Stray Cat struts at the head of this swinging, 17-piece ensemble, which merges rockabilly and hot jazz. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $22.75, available at the scene and Dillard's. For details call 267-9373 or 678-2222.

"If You Left Here, You'd Be Somewhere Else Now": Waxahachie, Texas' Bill Daniel and San Francisco's Greta Snider are behind this touring package of 16mm shorts that fall within a subgenre the two filmmakers call "reality-based personal cinema." Translation: The pieces are odd and lo-fi, and they were made on the ultracheap. Titles to be screened include Advice to Adventurous Girls, Texaslovakia, Hokey Stoke, Portland and World of Women. Showtime is 8 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at Metropophobobia, 621 North Third Street. Admission is a requested donation of $3. For details call 252-9851.

REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, and Peter Frampton: Imagine the raving madness this lineup would have engendered in, say, the summer of '77. Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets range from $17.50 to $35, available at Ticketmaster. Call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

Arizona Blues Showdown: Phoenix Blues Society sponsors the finals of the sixth annual gathering of state bluesicians. The winners of last week's preliminaries--Dave Taylor and the Poor Richard Band, Bad News Blues Band, Dr. Fish Blues Band, the Lynwood Flyers, Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, and Sistah Blue--vie for a trip to Memphis, Tennessee, for October's International Blues Talent Competition. Hours are 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, August 25, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $6. Call 265-4842 or 252-0599.

The Lady's Not for Burning: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
"Traps": See Thursday.

august 26
Indigo Girls: Peachy Georgians Amy Ray and Emily Saliers harmonize once more at an outdoor show scheduled on Monday, August 26, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Kris McKay shares the bill. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $23.50 in advance, $24.50 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices. Call 644-2560 or 678-2222.

"Traps": See Thursday.

august 27
Barenaked Ladies: The all-male Toronto quartet specializes in wacky romps ("Brian Wilson," "Alternative Girlfriend," "If I Had a Million Dollars") and upbeat ditties about downbeat stuff ("The Old Apartment," "This Is Where It Ends"). Touring behind their new Reprise disc, Born on a Pirate Ship, the Ladies perform on Tuesday, August 27, at Red River Opry, Mill and Washington in Tempe. Frente shares the stage. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $17.65 in advance, $19.20 the day of the show, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 829-6779 or 678-2222.

81U2 Souvenirs: The Austin group, named after Fellini's film 81U2, plays a new strain of cafe jazz self-described as "stray swing" and fashioned out of things that normally don't go together: leader Olivier Giraud's French musical education and the group's immersion in the indie mindset of the Texas capital. The Souvenirs return to the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School, for a follow-up to their April show at the venue. Flathead opens at 9 p.m. Tuesday, August 27. The cover is $6. Call 265-4842.

"Traps": See Thursday.

august 28
Boz Scaggs: Boz's recent disc Some Change breathed new life into his career, though, unlike many of his '70s peers, Scaggs never really fell out of favor; he just immersed himself in the ownership duties at his popular Bay Area nightspot, Slim's. Boz plays the big hits and the nonhits, old and new, on Wednesday, August 28, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $18 to $40, available at the scene and Dillard's. For details call 262-7272 or 678-2222.

Michael Lindemann: The author/futurist speaks on "UFOs and the Global Situation" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, at the National Guard Armory at 5636 East McDowell, as part of the monthly chapter meeting of Arizona MUFON (Mutual UFO Network). Admission is $10. For details call 840-1379.

"Traps": See Thursday

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