Pic Hits for the week

Juan Gabriel: The south-of-the-border superstar is the king of Latin America. Gabriel brings his orchestra and mariachis to America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson, for a show on Saturday, August 31. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $75, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

The Lady's Not for Burning: See Friday.
"Navajo Code Talkers" in Tucson: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Friday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.
"Traps": See Thursday.

sunday
september 1
Cedric the Entertainer: Contrarily, this homespun, clean-as-a-whistle comedian is a past winner of Black Entertainment Television's Richard Pryor Comic of the Year award. St. Louis-born Cedric, a cast member of cable's All-Star Def Comedy Jam, performs on Sunday, September 1, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Funnywoman Sommore, another Pryor award winner, shares the stage. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $24.50 and $30 in advance, $26.50 and $32 the day of the show, available at the scene and Dillard's. For more information, call 267-9373 or 678-2222.

Jazz, Rhythm and Groove Party: The annual fund raiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix features Dr. Bombay, Blaise Lantana, Desert Gumbo, the Groove Merchants, Patti Williams and Delirious, and Maxine Johnson and Blues Ratio featuring Lay De Ja. Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday, September 1, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. For admission and other information, call 265-4842.

"Navajo Code Talkers" in Tucson: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Friday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.
"Traps": See Thursday.

monday
september 2
Aquarium Rescue Unit: The Dixie-funk band out of Atlanta has much in common with Phish, Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler and other acts that trace their lineages to the loose-limbed jams of the Grateful Dead. ARU plays on Monday, September 2, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Minnesota's Tina and the B-Side Movement share the bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. The cover is $5. For details call 967-1234.

Royal Crown Revue, and Storyville: The spirit of the late, great Louis Jordan inhabits the neo-jumpin' jive Revue. Touring behind its new disc, Mugsy's Move, the band performs on Monday, September 2, at the Rockin' Horse, 7316 East Stetson in Scottsdale. Tommy Shannon's Storyville opens at 7 p.m.; the Royal Crown crew goes on at about 9:30. Admission is free until 9, $7 after. Call 949-0992.

"Navajo Code Talkers" in Tucson: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Friday.

tuesday
september 3
Sting: The Richard Gere of rock returns to sing more relaxed-fit songs about saving the world on Tuesday, September 3, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. The famously languid Cowboy Junkies share the bill. The mellow show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $27.50, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

The Will Rogers Follies: Hollywood square John Davidson portrays Rogers--yep, you read that right--in Theatre League's production of the musical about the life of the bumpkin genius. Jamie "Corporal Klinger" Farr co-stars as Will's dad. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 3; and the same time Wednesday, September 4, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. More shows are planned at 8 p.m. Thursday, September 5; 8 p.m. Friday, September 6; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, September 7; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, September 8. Tickets range from $22 to $32.50, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices. For details call 262-7272 or 678-2222.

"Navajo Code Talkers" in Tucson: See Friday.

wednesday
september 4
Demetria Martinez: Martinez, now based in Tucson, was a correspondent for the National Catholic Reporter and the Albuquerque Journal in the mid-'80s, and she was at the forefront of the journalistic battle to draw attention to the Sanctuary movement in El Salvador, whose goal was to expose the torture and murder of Salvadorans and Guatemalans by the U.S.-backed dictatorships in those countries. In 1987, the U.S. government tried Martinez on a conspiracy charge for allegedly attempting to smuggle two Salvadoran nationals into America; the writer was acquitted on First Amendment grounds. She reads from and signs copies of her first book, Mother Tongue, a fictional work that utilizes the Sanctuary movement as a backdrop, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore, 414 South Mill, Suite 109. Admission is free. For details call 966-0203.

Reverend Horton Heat: Jim Heath and his Sub Pop rockabilly trio return for more unholy fun on Wednesday, September 4, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Lunachicks, and Reacharound share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Side by Side by Sondheim: Stage director Todd James Smeltzer and musical director Stephen Goodfriend collaborated on this Valley production, a snappy revue starring Lisa Fogel, Michelle Katzenbach, Kathy Edwards, George Pollard and Kathleen Ruhleder. Sondheim opens with a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. More shows are planned at 8 p.m. Thursday, September 5; 8 p.m. Friday, September 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, September 7; and 3 and 7 p.m. Sunday, September 8. Tickets are $15, $13 for students and seniors, $7.50 for kids under 12, available at the center and Dillard's. For details call 965-5377 or 678-2222.

"Navajo Code Talkers" in Tucson: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Friday.
The Will Rogers Follies: See Tuesday.

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