Pic Hits for the week

The Tempest: Planet Earth Multi-Cultural Theatre, 909 North Third Street, opens its season with Shakespeare's storm-lashed drama about magic and revenge. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, September 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, September 7; and 3 p.m. Sunday, September 8. The production continues through Saturday, October 5. Tickets are $9, $7 for students and seniors, $2 less on Sundays. Call 241-1828.

Guv: The Emperor Strikes Back: See Thursday.

saturday
september 7
ASU Football: Arizona State University's nationally ranked Sun Devils, coached by Bruce Snyder and led by quarterback Jake "The Snake" Plummer, kick off this year's schedule with a home match against the University of Washington Huskies at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, September 7, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. The team's next home game is at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 14, against North Texas State University. For ticket and other information, call the Sun Devil Sports Box Office at 965-2381. Tickets are also available at Dillard's; call 678-2222.

Laura Love Band: This Seattle band marries Caribbean rhythms and upbeat folk strains, and calls the result "Afro/Celtic." The group performs a benefit for the Valley of the Sun Gay and Lesbian Center on Saturday, September 7, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tucson comedian Kenny Jacobs, and Phoenix performance artist D.W. McKim share the stage. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show. Call 265-7283 or 786-2680.

"The Wonderful World of Horses" featuring the Royal Lippizaner Stallions: Tons of equine fun are in store at this 27th annual event, featuring traditional dressage demonstrations and other high-stepping and -jumping routines by Austria's lovely Lippizans. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, September 8, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $14.50 and $18.50, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

CopperCon 16: See Friday.
Guv: The Emperor Strikes Back: See Thursday.
"Strange Rencounters": See Friday.
The Tempest: See Friday.

sunday
september 8
Arizona Cardinals: Head coach Vince Tobin and his reconfigured NFL redbirds play Jimmy Johnson's Miami Dolphins in the Cards' regular-season home opener, scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, September 8, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Arizona's next home game is at 1 p.m. Sunday, September 29, against the St. Louis Rams. Tickets range from $20 to $50, available at Dillard's. For details call 379-0102 or 678-2222.

Sleepy LaBeef: Sleepy's latest Rounder disc, I'll Never Lay My Guitar Down, finds the rotund rockabilly in his usual fine form: cranking out slabs of contagious, gospel-tinged roots and honky-tonk blues, all sung in his trademark croak, which is reminiscent of an overturned gravel truck. The Grievous Angels share the bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Sunday, September 8, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $6.50. For more information, call 265-4842.

"Remembering Raymond Carver": The Divergent Arts Poetry Society celebrates its 11th anniversary with this season-opening event, a special reading of Carver poetry and prose featuring 17 Valley literary lights. Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday, September 8, at Bookstar at Town & Country Shopping Center, 20th Street and Camelback. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. For details call 947-0371.

Ellis Paul: The Boston folkie and Rounder recording artist is the real thing; he sports a tattoo bearing Woody Guthrie's likeness on one shoulder. Ellis kicks off the fall concert series at the Songsmith, located at Congregational Church of the Valley, 120th Street and Shea in Scottsdale, with a show on Sunday, September 8. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show. For details call 860-1624 or 451-4565.

CopperCon 16: See Friday.
Guv: The Emperor Strikes Back: See Thursday.
The Tempest: See Friday.

"The Wonderful World of Horses" featuring the Royal Lippizaner Stallions: See Saturday.

monday
september 9
Evan Handler: The author of Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors, an account of the writer's battle with leukemia drawn from his one-man, off-Broadway show, reads from and signs copies of the book on Monday, September 9, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7, $3.50 for students and seniors, available at the center and Dillard's; proceeds benefit the Leukemia Society of America. For details call 922-5467, 965-5377 or 678-2222.

tuesday
september 10
Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans: These Milwaukee denizens don't play polkas, but they're fluent in just about everything else; their sassy R&B's been deep-fried in sounds as diverse as surf, soukous, conjunto, Creole, funk and swing. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 10, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $3. For more information, call 265-4842.

Guv: The Emperor Strikes Back: See Thursday.
"Strange Rencounters": See Friday.

wednesday
september 11
Primitive Radio Gods: Former air-traffic controller Chris O'Connor and his California garage mates are touring behind what their label, Columbia, rightfully (and, needless to say, gleefully) terms "one of the least expensive hit records ever made"--Rocket--and the bizarre fuse that lighted it: the trip-hoppy single "Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand." Made for $1,000 on a taped-together 1969 Ampex 16-track deck, Rocket also includes the return-to-glitter-rock ode "The Rise and Fall of Ooo Mau" and homages to Led Zeppelin and Elton John. "Hip-populist" O'Connor and company are scheduled on Wednesday, September 11, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Seattle's Gus shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

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