Pic Hits for the week

ASU Football: Arizona State University's Sun Devils, coached by Bruce Snyder and led by quarterback Jake "The Snake" Plummer, continue this year's home schedule with a match against North Texas State University at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 14, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. The team's next home game is at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, September 21, against the defending NCAA champs, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers. 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.

Guv: The Emperor Strikes Back: See Thursday.
"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.
"Strange Rencounters": See Thursday.
The Tempest: See Friday.

sunday
september 15
Harry Belafonte: It's rare that the career of such an accomplished artist can be summed up in six syllables, but Belafonte's can: "Banana Boat (Day-O)." And Hollywood has played a large role in reviving said career; Tim Burton's show-stopping use of "Banana Boat" in 1988's Beetlejuice was highly memorable, as was Harry's star turn as gangster Seldom Seen in Robert Altman's recent Kansas City. Calypso/pop master Harry takes the stage at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 15, at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. Tickets range from $9 to $26, available at the 'dome and Dillard's. Call 975-1900 or 678-2222.

Danilo Perez Trio: Postbop Panamanian Perez was a semifinalist in 1989's Thelonious Monk Competition. Touring in support of his new Impulse CD, an homage to Thelonious titled PanaMonk, pianist Perez brings his trio to Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, for a show at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, September 15. Tickets are $15, available at the center and Dillard's. For details call 965-5377 or 678-2222.

Guv: The Emperor Strikes Back: See Thursday.
"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.
The Tempest: See Friday.

monday
september 16
Sebadoh: The birth of this really-pretty-great band (to use Sebadoh's preferred parlance: slackerspeak) was a product of the outright hostility between leader Lou Barlow and his one-time Dinosaur Jr. mate J Mascis, whose head Barlow once threatened to cave in with a guitar. Hey, the feud was J's loss. Sebadoh's repertoire of smart, tight pop songs is a far howl from Dino's sludge with a snarl, and the trio's "sound" could well end up being one of the decade's high notes. Sebadoh is scheduled on Monday, September 16, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Elliot Smith, and cub share the stage. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

Neurotic Outsiders: The novelty act for the postpunk generation features Sex Pistols guitarist Steve Jones, Duran Duran bassist John Taylor and the Guns N' Roses tandem of bassist Duff McKagan (who plays guitar with the Outsiders) and drummer Matt Sorum. Touring behind their homonymous Maverick debut, the Neurotic dudes perform on Monday, September 16, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Hootie and the Blowfish: Voila! It's the American dream, for sure: Darius Rucker, a guy who struggles to sing the National Anthem on key, heads an act that sells 12 katrillion copies of an unassuming little disc titled Cracked Rear View. It's no fairy tale; it's the Fairweather Johnson tour, and it's coming to Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue, on Monday, September 16. In a universe in which all was right, the fabulous opener, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, would blow the 'fish out of the water and off the stage, but we've already covered injustice for the week. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 and $25, available at Ticketmaster. Call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.

tuesday
september 17
Carousel: Royal National Theatre of Great Britain's retooled production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical is not to be confused with Hollywood's light-handed, Production Code-governed adaptation of '56, which starred Gordon MacRae as a rowdy carny barker and Shirley Jones as his (much) better half. This version is largely unsentimental, featuring frank explorations of the work's darker edges: spousal abuse, suicide and the struggles of single motherhood. The score still falls somewhere between the sublime ("If I Loved You") and the bombastically ridiculous ("You'll Never Walk Alone"). Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 17; and the same time Wednesday, September 18, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. More shows are planned Thursday, September 19, through Sunday, September 22. Tickets range from $28 to $42, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Guv: The Emperor Strikes Back: See Thursday.
"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.
"Strange Rencounters": See Thursday.

wednesday
september 18
Cowboy Mouth: This isn't the best band in the world, but you've got to cut some slack for an act that took its name, and inspiration, from the line "You gotta be a rock 'n' roll Jesus with a cowboy mouth" in Patti Smith and Sam Shepard's theatrical collaboration Cowboy Mouth. Former Dash Rip Rock member Fred "Big Mouth" LeBlanc leads the New Orleans roots act, which he describes as a "strange amalgamation of the Neville Brothers, the Sex Pistols, John Prine and Jawbox." The quartet performs on Wednesday, September 18, at the Rockin' Horse, 7316 East Stetson in Scottsdale. The Ugly Americans share the bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $6, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. Call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

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