Pic Hits for the week

thursday
november 21
Three Tall Women: Arizona Theatre Company continues its 30th-anniversary season with Edward Albee's 1994 Pulitzer Prize winner about a well-to-do widow who revisits the past, and who is revisited by the spirits of her younger self. Lawrence Sacharow directed the original New York production, and he also helmed this one; see the review on page 61. This week's performances are at 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, November 21; 8 p.m. Friday, November 22; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, November 23; 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, November 24; 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 26; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 27, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. A discussion follows Tuesday's show. The production continues through Saturday, November 30. Tickets range from $19 to $32, available at Herberger and Dillard's. For details call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

The Capitol Steps: The pundits of puns in this swell, Washington, D.C.-based troupe spoof the fools on the Hill and the rest of the Beltway boobs in a special postelection show. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 21; 8 p.m. Friday, November 22; and 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 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.

The Magic Flute: Arizona Opera presents Mozart's ethereally beautiful work about a quest by a prince and a bird catcher to free the daughter of the Queen of the Night. Phoenix Symphony provides the accompaniment. Performances, in German with English surtitles, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21; 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at Dillard's. Call 266-7464 or 678-2222.

Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Glendale Community College hosts the state edition of this national fes, and a performance of the school's latest production, Biloxi Blues, kicks it off at noon Thursday, November 21. The remainder of the schedule is as follows: Scottsdale Community College's . . . Then Death Should Not Displease Us at 8 p.m. Thursday; Eastern Arizona College's Marat/Sade at noon Friday, November 22; Northern Arizona University's Tartuffe (At Holy Spirit Broadcasting, Inc.) at 8 p.m. Friday; Pima Community College's Mill on the Floss at noon Saturday, November 23; and Phoenix College's Simpatico at 8 p.m. Saturday. All shows are presented at the Performing Arts Center at GCC, 6000 West Olive. Admission to each is $6, $4 for students. Call 435-3713 or 435-3709.

"Heidi Kumao: Hidden Mechanisms" and "Luca Buvoli: Silent Sight": The "mechanisms" in the work of Berkeley, California-born Kumao are largely human, and largely failings--obsession, vanity, sexism, the banality of governmental institutions, the parallel horrors of daily violence and our growing acclimation to it. The artist brings these vices to light--literally--via blunt, repetitive loops projected by zoetropes, 19th-century precursors of movie cameras. "Hidden Mechanisms" continues through Sunday, February 2, at Arizona State University Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tenth Street and Mill in Tempe. New York City's Buvoli specializes in naive, ironic works based on a line of superheroes he dreamed up while reading American comic books as a kid in Italy. "Silent Sight" continues through Saturday, February 15, in the Experimental Gallery at ASU Art Museum at Matthews Center, located at the intersection of Cady and Tyler malls on the ASU campus. Viewing is free; for hours see the Art Exhibits listings or call 965-2787.

friday
november 22
The BoDeans, and Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans: The cheeseheads cometh. Waukesha, Wisconsin's BoDeans is one of America's fine heartland-pop groups, though it's probably best known, at this point in its solid career, as the act that contributed the theme song to TV's Party of Five ("Closer to Free," from Go Slow Down). The band's new Slash/Reprise disc is titled Blend. Cebar's Brew Town crew specializes in groove-steady R&B deep-soaked in sounds as diverse as surf, soukous, conjunto, Creole, funk and swing; the Milwaukeeans are touring behind Upstroke for the Downfolk, their recent release for hometown label Don't Records. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Friday, November 22, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $15 in advance, $16 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Permission: Canada's edgy One Yellow Rabbit Theatre company sought the right to produce Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but consent was denied. Instead of getting mad, the Rabbit folks got even. This play, so-called, is billed as "a largely text-free work based on the stage directions" to the Albee work. Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, November 22; and the same time Saturday, November 23, in Second Stage West, located on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Call 543-2787.

Stop Sumitomo "Fun Raiser": The Coalition of Valley Citizens Opposed to Sumitomo raises money to continue its battle against the opening of the north Phoenix Sumitomo-Sitix plant at this event. Highlights include an appearance by Bob Boze Bell and performances by musical acts Hans Olson, Loose Cannons Blues Band, Relativity, and Blues Nirvana. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22, at Pinnacle Peak Patio, 10426 East Jomax in Scottsdale. Tickets are $20; call 351-8656.

Accelerando: Lisa Loomer (The Waiting Room) penned this Durang-style tale about an obsessive ballet dancer's search for love in these lovelorn '90s. Arizona State University's theatre department presents opening performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23; and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at the school's Prism Theatre, Rural and Orange in Tempe. More shows are planned Tuesday, December 3, through Saturday, December 7. Tickets are $12, available at ASU Fine Arts and Dillard's box offices; call 965-6447 or 678-2222.

The Capitol Steps: See Thursday.
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: See Thursday.
"Heidi Kumao: Hidden Mechanisms" and "Luca Buvoli: Silent Sight": See Thursday.

The Magic Flute: See Thursday.
Three Tall Women: See Thursday.

saturday
november 23
Todd Rundgren: The pop star, producer and technofetishist began his career with Philly's Nazz way back in '67, but he remains absolutely relevant today. (P.S. The tunes will reportedly take precedence over the techno at this show.) Sharing the stage is guitarist Nils Lofgren, who's neither spring chicken nor slouch himself. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $17 in advance, $18 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

"Yellow Brick Road Bus": The traveling memorabilia museum features mementos from The Wizard of Oz, including Dorothy's checkered dress and a replica pair of her ruby slippers by Western Costume, the company that crafted the originals. Stumping for the recently rereleased video edition of Oz, the bus stops at Planet Hollywood, located at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, November 23. Call 954-7827.

Nuyorican Poets Cafe: The poetry/performance-art troupe from New York's Lower East Side comprises Shakespearean professor Miguel Algarin and his fellow lingual activists/rebels, who, say they, "hold in common a passionate belief in poetry as a means for getting at an active truth while not shying away from the entertaining part of the word." Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe; the performance continues the venue's "On-Stage" series, in which audience members are seated on the stage with the performers. Tickets are $15, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Sahuaro State Kennel Club's Harvest of Champions: The top breeds in the world are put through their paces in this American Kennel Club-sanctioned pup-off, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 23; and the same hours Sunday, November 24, at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Highlights include the second annual ALPO National Grand Championship Finals and performances by the Friskies ALPO Canine Frisbee Disc Demonstration Team. Admission is $5, free for kids under 12; fairgrounds parking costs $4 per vehicle. Call 258-6711.

Sounds of Thanksgiving Gospel and Spiritual Music Festival: Singing sibs Francine and Margo Reed are featured along with the Pilgrim Rest Jubilee Choir, Derek Rushing and the Love Harvest Chorale, Eddie James and the Voices, and choirs from the River of Life church, First Institutional Baptist Church, Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, Prayer Assembly Church of God in Christ and St. Bridget Catholic Church. The fourth annual event is slated for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Admission is $1 or a canned good for donation to United Food Bank. Call 644-2242.

Accelerando: See Friday.
The Capitol Steps: See Thursday.
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: See Thursday.

"Heidi Kumao: Hidden Mechanisms" and "Luca Buvoli: Silent Sight": See Thursday.

The Magic Flute: See Thursday.
Permission: See Friday.
Three Tall Women: See Thursday.

sunday
november 24
Medeski, Martin and Wood, and Charlie Hunter Quartet: Keyboardist John Medeski, percussionist Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood live--and record--in a shack in the Hawaiian jungle, at least when they're not pounding the pavement in a camper in support of their loopy, Gen X jazz, as they are now for their new Gramavision/Ryko disc, Shack-man. Eight-string-guitar whiz and Blue Note recording artist Hunter is a fluid and, some say, visionary purveyor of new jazz--a real San Francisco treat; see the story on page 105. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at the Rockin' Horse, 7316 East Stetson in Scottsdale. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. Call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

Accelerando: See Friday.
"Heidi Kumao: Hidden Mechanisms": See Thursday.
The Magic Flute: See Thursday.
Sahuaro State Kennel Club's Harvest of Champions: See Saturday.
Three Tall Women: See Thursday.

monday
november 25
Flickering Images, Lingering Memories (F.I.L.M.): Movie maven Fred Linch hosts this fun, informative series. He presents a program titled "Check, Please: Eateries in the Movies" at 7 p.m. Monday, November 25, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Admission is free. Call 957-6660.

tuesday
november 26
Arizona State University Symphonic Band: The ensemble performs a free concert, featuring the world premiere of Albert Oliver Davis' "Anasazi" and the U.S. premiere of Desire Dondeyne's Symphonie "Fidelite," at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, November 26, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. For details call 965-8863.

"Heidi Kumao: Hidden Mechanisms" and "Luca Buvoli: Silent Sight": See Thursday.

Three Tall Women: See Thursday.

wednesday
november 27
Turkey Stomp Ska Festival: Five bands--Mealticket, Save Ferris, Kongo Shock, Dave's Big Deluxe, and Mobtown--boot birds and beats around Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe, on Wednesday, November 27. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

"Heidi Kumao: Hidden Mechanisms" and "Luca Buvoli: Silent Sight": See Thursday.

Three Tall Women: See Thursday.

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