Of Ice and Hit Men: Phoenix Coyotes, Phoenix Roadrunners: Don't cry for the Valley's pro-hockey franchises; they'll eat their fill on Thanksgiving--of haymakers and high sticks. Two editions of the most dangerous game are scheduled on Thursday, November 28: The National Hockey League's Coyotes take on the New Jersey Devils at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson; and the International Hockey League's Roadrunners play the Las Vegas Thunder at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. More Coyotes home matches are planned this week against the Calgary Flames on Saturday, November 30; and the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, December 3. Coyotes tickets are $8.75 and $26.75, available at the scene and Dillard's (call 379-7825, 379-7800 or 678-2222). The 'runners also host the Utah Grizzlies on Wednesday, December 4, at the coliseum. Roadrunners tickets range from $10 to $17, available at the coliseum and Ticketmaster (call 340-0001 or 784-4444). All games face off at 7 p.m.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: Kathy Fitzgerald stars in Jane Wagner's one-woman, 13-character work. Theatre League has reprised the production following a New York run. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 28; 8 p.m. Friday, November 29; 8 p.m. Saturday, November 30; and 2 p.m. Sunday, December 1, at the New Scottsdale Playhouse, 7219 East Main. Tickets are $19.50 and $21, available at the scene and Dillard's. For details call 675-8811 or 678-2222.
Arizona International Auto Show: Next year's models--and a few from the next millennium--are displayed at the automotive extravaganza, slated for noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, November 28; noon to 10 p.m. Friday, November 29; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, November 30; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, December 1, in exhibit halls A through E at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Tickets are $6, $4 for seniors, $1 for children ages 7 to 12, free for younger kids. Call 262-7272 or 1-800-345-1487.
Soundgarden: Seattle's finest is, conceivably, the band of the decade. Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil and company are hard, dark, heavy and hip enough for Gen X, but they also know how to write songs and arrange them. Take "My Wave"; the great, accessible number from the great, accessible disc Superunknown sounds like Bob Mould's Sugar with that little something extra that Sugar's always lacked. The same album's centerpiece, "Black Hole Sun," sounds like nobody else, ever. Soundgarden's most recent A&M offering, the self-produced Down On the Upside, is a step backward, but it's still better than anybody else's best. Rocket From the Crypt, and Pond share the stage. Showtime is 5 p.m. Friday, November 29, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. If tickets are available, they're at the scene and Dillard's; call 644-2560 or 678-2222.
"Wild Winter Nights": Wildlife World Zoo has zoo lights, too. The west-side menagerie, 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park, unveils its second annual after-hours display on Friday, November 29. Like Phoenix Zoo's ZooLights (which opens Sunday, December 8), "Wild Winter Nights" features thousands of lights placed strategically around the WWZ grounds. Unlike Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo lets some of its critters stay up late and enjoy the show. Other highlights include "the first penguins ever displayed in the Southwest United States" and a lighted petting zoo. The display continues from 5:30 to 9 nightly, through Sunday, January 5. Special admission is $5, free for kids 2 and under. Call 935-9453.
Holiday Extra: For information about other Yuletide doings, see below, "'Tis the Season" in Kid Pics or the "Holiday Highlights" guide following page 82.
Rush: The Canadian trio has been a functioning entity since 1969, and has fielded its classic lineup--bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart--since '74. And while Rush and the Bic lighter breathe, so does the endangered species called progressive rock. Touring behind its new Atlantic disc, Test for Echo, the band performs on Friday, November 29, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $35, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7800 or 678-2222.
Arizona International Auto Show: See Thursday.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: The City of Phoenix's free Fiesta begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, November 30, at Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams, with an event titled "Electro Magic!", featuring the postdusk lighting of the city's 194-foot-tall tree by Mayor Skip Rimsza. The second annual, self-guided Tree Tour also starts Saturday. The Fiesta and the Tour continue nightly, through Wednesday, January 1; guided excursions are planned at 6:30 p.m. each Saturday, through December 28. For details or a free tour brochure, call 534-3378 or 254-8696.
Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: The bounteous, white-lights-only bonanza is back. It begins with a party from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, November 30, at Desert Foothills Park, Desert Foothills Parkway and Chandler Boulevard, featuring a visit from Santa, a food drive for St. Mary's Food Bank, a toy drive sponsored by the Phoenix Fire Department and more. The lights display can be viewed from 6 to 11 nightly, through Sunday, January 5; take Chandler Boulevard west about three and a half miles from the street's intersection with I-10, and follow the signs. Hay rides and "luminary" hikes are scheduled each Friday and Saturday, through December 28. Call 460-6169.