Pic Hits for the week

Coppelia: See Thursday.
Oliver!: See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony: See Thursday.

saturday
october 5
Tony Bennett: The velvet foghorn (real name: Anthony Dominick Benedetto) croons "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "Rags to Riches" and selections from MTV's "Buzz Bin" at 8 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tony also salutes "the greatest female musical artists of all time, from Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald to Judy Garland and Billie Holiday." Tickets are $28 and $38, half-price for students, available at Gammage and Dillard's. For details call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Roadrunners: The International Hockey Leaguers open the regular home season with a match against the Orlando Solar Bears at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. The team's next home games are at the same time Friday, October 11; and Saturday, October 12, versus the Long Beach Ice Dogs. Tickets range from $10 to $17, available at the coliseum and Ticketmaster. For details call 340-0001 or 784-4444.

U-Fest '96 featuring Type O Negative, Brother Cane, Deftones, and Lucy's Fur Coat: KUPD-FM 97.9 sponsors this new-rock jam, which also includes scheduled performances by Tonic, Life of Agony, the Hunger, Kicking Harold, and Expanding Man. Showtime is 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets are $9.80 and $30, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

Road Trip: Verde Valley School Music Festival featuring Jackson Browne: The singer-songwriter's seventh annual, all-acoustic fund raiser for the Native American Scholarship Project at the private, Sedona-area school features Bonnie Raitt and Hutch Hutchinson, Bruce Cockburn, Shawn Colvin, and John Trudell. The music starts at noon Saturday, October 5, at Hamilton Warren Amphitheatre on the VVS grounds in the Village of Oak Creek. Free shuttles start running at 10 a.m. from the nearby village; no parking is allowed on campus. General-admission tickets are $30, available at Dillard's. Call 1-520-284-1982 or 678-2222.

Coppelia: See Thursday.
Elaine Horwitch Wild West Auction: See Friday.
Oliver!: See Thursday.
Rodeo Showdown: See Friday.

sunday
october 6
Joan Osborne: Crossover smash or not, Eric Bazilian's "One of Us" is pretty lame; God as Gen X slob--there's a high concept. But Osborne's version powered the bluesy, sometimes alchemical, pop singer to superstar status. The righteous and truly rockin' "Right Hand Man," another, much better, track from her Mercury bow, Relish, proves the Kentucky-born artist deserves the acclaim. We take back (nearly) everything nasty we ever said about the so-hip diva with the wild mop of a mane and the calculatedly atrocious duds crooning about the Creator trying to flag a cross-town bus. dog's eye view shares the bill on Sunday, October 6, at Hayden Square Amphitheatre, Fourth Street and Mill in Tempe. Showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets are $17, available at Dillard's; call 678-2222.

Misha Dichter: The pianist joins conductor James Yestadt and Sun Cities Symphony of the West Valley for the ensemble's 29th-season-opening concert on Sunday, October 6, at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. The program includes Beethoven's Concerto No. 1 for Piano and Orchestra, Opus 15; and Sibelius' Symphony No. 2, Opus 43. Showtime is 3 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $20, available at the 'dome and Dillard's. For details call 975-1900 or 678-2222.

Coppelia: See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony: See Thursday.
Rodeo Showdown: See Friday.

monday
october 7
Molly McGuire: The Kansas City, Missouri, quartet's major-label debut, Lime (Epic), opens with the snarling, propulsive "Coin Toss," which captures a band on the verge of potentially bigger things. If the dual-guitar group sports a classic dino-rock mindset, that's diluted somewhat--thankfully--by an innate sense for melody and some decent non-rock-head flourishes on tunes like "Plastic Pirates" and "Royal Pine Box." Speaker shares the stage on Monday, October 7, in the Fender Showcase Room at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. The cover is $5. For details call 894-0707.

tuesday
october 8
West Side Alan Johnson "reproduced" the stage directions and choreography of Jerome Robbins' original Broadway version of 1957 for this touring show. Scott Carollo and Marcy Harriell portray star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria in Johnson's take on the musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, penned by the dream team of Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 8; and the same time Wednesday, October 9, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. More shows are scheduled Thursday, October 10, through Sunday, October 13. Tickets range from $28 to $42, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

wednesday
october 9
Nada Surf, Tuscadero, and Sensefield: This is a pretty solid threesome, anchored by the baby Buzzcocks in Nada Surf (whose Ric Ocasek-produced novelty single "Popular"--a swipe at the high school in crowd--is decidedly not representative of the Surfers' generally smart pop). Yes, Tuscadero is named after Happy Days siblings Leather and Pinky. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 9, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Feld Ballets/NY: Eliot Feld's excellent troupe returns to the Valley for performances at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 9; and the same time Thursday, October 10, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $24 and $28, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

West Side See Tuesday.

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