Pic Hits for the week

Geordie Hormel, and Scottsdale Symphony: The ivory-tickling "Son of Spam" (real name: George A. Hormel II) shares the stage with the orchestra in a concert of big-band faves scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 21, on the patio at Treasures in Art Gallery, Pima and Pinnacle Peak roads in Scottsdale. Also planned: a show and sale of Hormel's artwork. Admission is free; proceeds from sales benefit the Children's Trust Foundation of Arizona. For details call 585-9800 or 943-8677.

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 the defending NCAA champs, the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, at 7:15 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. For tickets and details, call the Sun Devil Sports Box Office at 965-2381. Tickets are also available at Dillard's; call 678-2222.

Suckerpunch: This L.A. band should bring nothing but frowns to the faces of anti-corporate-punk types, but it's a joy for nonpurists who like the notion of combining galloping pop hooks and antisocial sniping a la the Sex Pistols. Suckerpunch's (510)/MCA debut kicks off with the attitudinally correct "Shitlist" ("You're at the top of my shitlist"), and, in fact, the quintet was formed by three musicians who met at a Steve Jones demo session. DIX, Dirty Laundry, and Nerves share the stage at an all-ages show at 8 p.m. Saturday, September 21, at Nile Theater, 105 West Main in Mesa (call 649-2766). The Skunks, and Warsaw share the marquee at a show at 9 p.m. Sunday, September 22, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe (call 967-9531).

Carousel: See Thursday.
Harkins Theatres Anniversary Film Festival: See Friday.
"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.
"Together" featuring Sandy Duncan, and Phoenix Symphony: See Friday.

sunday
september 22
Superdrag, and the Refreshments: Here's a solid double-whammy, featuring one of alterna-rock's bright new lights, Superdrag, and a headlining homecoming for the Valley's young 'freshments fellows. Semisonic shares the stage. Showtime is 6 p.m. Sunday, September 22, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Tickets are $14, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices. Call 644-2560 or 678-2222.

Fall Equinox at the Hole in the Rock: Celebrate the official demise of summer with Barbara Moulard, curator of Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park, who presents this program exploring how the ancient Hohokam people used the title formation at Papago Park to calibrate their celestial calendar. The event starts at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, September 22, with a short hike to the site. Advance registration is required, and costs $5. For directions and details, call 495-0901.

Keith Sweat, and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Harlem-born new jack swinger Sweat is well-named, as are Cleveland's obstreperous Thugs. The new-school soul acts co-headline the "End of Summer Jam" on Sunday, September 22, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. SWV (a.k.a. "Sisters With Voices"), Total, 112, and Groove Theory are also scheduled. Showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $37.50, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

Carousel: See Thursday.
Harkins Theatres Anniversary Film Festival: See Friday.
"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.
Phoenix Art Museum Grand-Opening Weekend: See Saturday.
Suckerpunch: See Saturday.

monday
september 23
Tracy Bonham: Oregon-born, Boston-based Bonham brings a lifetime of classical violin training and an offbeat world view to the rock 'n' roll table, and, though she's unrelated to late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Tracy performs a pretty fair cover of the Zep classic "Kashmir." The fast-rising songsmith headlines a gig in support of her Island debut, The Burdens of Being Upright, on Monday, September 23, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Red Five shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

Harkins Theatres Anniversary Film Festival: See Friday.
"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.
Phoenix Coyotes: See Saturday.

tuesday
september 24
The Wallflowers: Jakob Dylan, the progeny of former model Sara Lowndes and a pretty decent songwriter named Bob Dylan, spins his own charactercentric yarns with this quintet. Touring behind their new Interscope disc, Bringing Down the Horse, the L.A.-based 'flowers perform on Tuesday, September 24, at the Rockin' Horse, 7316 East Stetson in Scottsdale. Maypole shares the bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

Harkins Theatres Anniversary Film Festival: See Friday.
"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.

wednesday
september 25
"William Lesch: Painting With Light": Scottsdale Center for the Arts, in conjunction with its opening-night gala on Saturday, September 28, presents this exhibit of lovely, hyperrealistic, manipulated desert landscapes by the Tucson photographer, whose forte is using "colored lights as a painter uses pigment." (Note: If you can't make the show, check out Lesch's published collection, Expansions.) The exhibit is displayed Wednesday, September 25, through Sunday, October 6, on SCA's Atrium West Wall. The center is located at 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. Call 994-2787.

Tower of Power, and Average White Band: It's an old-school, blue-eyed groove thang. Showtime is 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $20 and $25, available at the scene and Dillard's. For details call 267-9373 or 678-2222.

Harkins Theatres Anniversary Film Festival: See Friday.
"In My Room: Teenagers in Their Bedrooms": See Thursday.
Phoenix Coyotes: See Saturday.

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