Pic Hits for the week

The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Benjamin Livingston and Sheffield Chastain star as, respectively, Valentine and Proteus, the title gentlemen in the Bard's comedy/adventure about wanderlust and other forms of youthful passion, which could be subtitled Road to Milan. Arizona Theatre Company has kicked off its 30th-anniversary season with the show. The Valley run opens with a preview at 8 p.m. Friday, October 11, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The press opening is at the same time Saturday, October 12. The remainder of this week's performances are at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, October 13; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 16. A discussion follows Sunday's matinee. The production continues through Saturday, October 26. Tickets range from $19 to $32, available at Herberger and Dillard's. For reservations and details, call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

Way Out West Oktoberfest: Old Town Tempe's schizophrenic celebration of cowboy culture and Teutonia returns for its 24th year. Highlights include country and polka music, a silent auction, a parade and more. Hours are 5 p.m. Friday, October 11, to midnight; 10 a.m. Saturday, October 12, to midnight; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, October 13, in the area surrounding Hayden Square, Fourth Street and Mill. Admission is free. Call 491-3378.

West Side See Thursday.

saturday
october 12
"Personal Passion, Profitable Pursuit": Flagstaff's Museum of Northern Arizona developed this exhibit of Southwestern paintings collected over three decades by Katherine Harvey, the granddaughter of the "Civilizer of the West," Fred Harvey. The installation opens Saturday, October 12, and continues through March 24, 1997, at the Heard Museum, 22 East Monte Vista. Viewing hours: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (to 8 p.m. Wednesdays), noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For details call 252-8840.

Jay Leno: It'll cost you $22, plus tax, but here's a chance to exchange pleasantries with the wide-profile host of The Tonight Show. On a book-signing tour in support of his autobiography, Leading With My Chin, Leno signs copies (but only those purchased at Waldenbooks or Brentano's and accompanied by a receipt) at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, October 12, at the Waldenbooks store at 302 East Bell. For details call 863-2424.

All in the Timing: See Friday.
Phoenix Coyotes: See Thursday.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: See Friday.
Way Out West Oktoberfest: See Friday.
West Side See Thursday.

sunday
october 13
Orli Shaham: The pianist's 1995 concert at Scottsdale Center for the Arts with her violinist brother, Gil, was a highlight of the season--any season. The gifted Shahams brought down the house with a spare but smashing display of technical and emotional virtuosity. Twenty-one-year-old Orli returns to SCA, 7380 East Second Street, for a solo, "Evenings With Steinway" recital of works by J.S. Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Chopin and Scriabin. Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday, October 13. Tickets are $10, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

All in the Timing: See Friday.
"Personal Passion, Profitable Pursuit": See Saturday.
Phoenix Suns: See Friday.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: See Friday.
Way Out West Oktoberfest: See Friday.
West Side See Thursday.

monday
october 14
Alan Parsons: The former recording engineer for the Beatles and Pink Floyd is something of a recluse with a studio tan, so his live, outdoor show on Monday, October 14, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University, comes as a pleasant surprise. Expect some of Alan Parsons Project's old faves, like "Time," "Eye in the Sky" and "Games People Play," and stuff from Parsons' new album/CD-ROM set, On Air. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance, $22 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices. Call 644-2560 or 678-2222.

"Personal Passion, Profitable Pursuit": See Saturday.
Phoenix Coyotes: See Thursday.

tuesday
october 15
Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai: Three of the guitar gods of the universe have joined forces under the touring designation "G3." Beware of leather jeans, swooning rock babes, flailing joy sticks, windmills and related rock-head shrapnel. British cult favorite Adrian Legg--a drop-dead player, but an odd-duck choice for this bill--shares the stage. Showtime is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Tickets are $24 in advance, $26 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices. Call 644-2560 or 678-2222.

Robert Rahway Zakanitch: The abstract expressionist, known for his massive, ripe depictions of flora and fruit, speaks at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, at Arizona State University Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center, by way of introducing his installation "Paintings From the Big Bungalow Suite." The exhibit opens Wednesday, October 16, and continues through Sunday, January 12, 1997, at the Nelson, Tenth Street and Mill, on the ASU campus in Tempe. Admission is free. For viewing hours, see the Art Exhibits listing or call 965-2787.

"Personal Passion, Profitable Pursuit": See Saturday.

wednesday
october 16
Tap Dogs: Billed as "a rough, tough . . . reinvention of tap for the '90s," this highly rhythmic and occasionally inventive show features six male hoofers from Australia who attempt to fill the void that exists between the click-heeled grace of Fred Astaire and those rock-'em/sock-'em roustabouts in Stomp. An opening performance is scheduled at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 16, at Union Hall, Sixth Street and Van Buren. More shows are scheduled Thursday, October 17, through Sunday, October 20. Tickets range from $23.50 to $33.50, available at the hall and Dillard's. Call 253-7100 or 678-2222.

"Personal Passion, Profitable Pursuit": See Saturday.
Phoenix Suns: See Friday.
The Two Gentlemen of Verona: See Friday.

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