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thursday
october 10
Ween: Nervy New Jersey alt. rockers Dean and Gene Ween traveled to enemy territory, Nashville, to record their skewering of Music City, the faux tribute album 12 Golden Country Greats (Elektra), which includes titles like "Help Me Scrape the Mucus Off My Brain" and "Piss Up a Rope," as well as vocal support from Elvis' Jordanaires. It's all highly offensive, and as fun as a roll in the muck with a pack of porkers. Tucson's Doo Rag shares the bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday, October 10, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $12, available at the club and Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Phoenix Coyotes: The Valley's new professional hockey franchise opens the regular home season, its first in Arizona, with a game against the San Jose Sharks on Thursday, October 10. Also this week: The Coyotes battle the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Saturday, October 12; and the Edmonton Oilers on Monday, October 14. All games face off at 7 p.m. at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $8.75 and $26.75, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7825, 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Rage Against the Machine: The radical metal band--that tag seems oddly oxymoronic, though some of the most rad of recent notions have exited metal heads--is exactly as billed: a balled fist of anger directed at corporate greed meisters. The group's album deal with one of the cogs in the corporate machine, Epic Records, simply adds ironic spice. Rage is scheduled to perform a rescheduled/relocated show on Thursday, October 10, at Compton Terrace, I-10 and Queen Creek Road in Chandler. Stanford Prison Experiment opens at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $14, available at Dillard's; those already sold for the original show on September 26 at Mesa Amphitheatre will be honored. Call 678-2222.

Feld Ballets/NY: Eliot Feld's excellent troupe performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 10, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $24 and $28, available at the center and Ticketmaster. For details call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult: Strap on your neon platforms, fish that Throbbing Gristle tee shirt from the bottom of the hamper and head down to Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe, for a night of brainpan-rattling industrial disco, courtesy of Kult members Buzz McCoy, Groovie Mann, Jacky Blacque, Kitty Killdare and Levi Levi. Death Ride 69 shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 Thursday, October 10. Tickets are $12, available at the club and Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

Arizona Fall League: Top pro-baseball prospects get some extra polish in this league, which includes the defending-champion Mesa Saguaros, the Tempe Rafters, the Peoria Javelinas, the Phoenix Desert Dogs, the Scottsdale Scorpions and the Sun Cities Solar Sox. Regular-season play begins Thursday, October 10, and continues through Thursday, December 5. The "Say Hey Kid," Willie Mays, is slated to make a special appearance at Thursday night's game between the Rafters and the Scorpions at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn; for this week's complete schedule, see the Sports listing. Tickets are $4, $3 for seniors and kids, available at Dillard's; some tickets are also available via Ticketmaster. For details call 496-6700, 678-2222 or 784-4444.

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. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 10; 8 p.m. Friday, October 11; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, October 12; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, October 13, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets range from $28 to $42, available at Gammage and Dillard's. For details call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Dale Watson and the Lone Stars: Texas-based honky-tonk growler Watson was just about to take the stage at the old Rockin' Horse on June 22 when the club flamed on, deep-frying his band's equipment along with the venue proper and a bunch of spuds. Dale and the Stars return for a make-good gig on Thursday, October 10, at the new Horse, 7316 East Stetson in Scottsdale. Flathead, and the Suicide Kings share the stage. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the scene and Ticketmaster. Call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

friday
october 11
All in the Timing: Actors Theatre of Phoenix inaugurates its new season with this compilation of edgy, comic one-acts by David Ives, including "Variations on the Death of Trotsky," in which the late revolutionary muses on the afterlife and the mountaineer's ax embedded in his skull; and "Words, Words, Words," which centers on three chimps (Milton, Kafka and Swift) who are issued typewriters and ordered to pound the keys until they re-create Hamlet. Timing opens with a preview at 8 p.m. Friday, October 11, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The official opening is at the same time Saturday, October 12; more shows are scheduled at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, October 13. The production continues through Sunday, November 3. Tickets range from $16 to $26, available at Herberger and Dillard's. For details call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Suns: The Suns host preseason contests versus the Vancouver Grizzlies on Friday, October 11; the Golden State Warriors on Sunday, October 13; and the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday, October 16. All tip off at 7 p.m. at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. The team opens regular-season home play with a match against Charles Barkley and the Houston Rockets at the same time Saturday, November 2. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 678-2222.

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