Pic Hits for the week

International Christmas XVI: The free, annual show, held in conjunction with Fiesta of Light (see above), opens with a preview from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 30, at Bank One Center Concourse, 201 North Central. The highlight of the event, as always, is the display of live Eldarica pines decorated in the traditional styles of various nations. ICXVI also features music and displays of dolls, Nativity scenes and wooden Santa carvings. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily (including Christmas Day), through Friday, January 3. Choral concerts are planned at noon each weekday, from Monday, December 2, through Friday, December 20; for the schedule, see the Music listing. For general information, call 221-1005.

Tempe's Fantasy of Lights: A festival in honor of the opening of this third annual display starts at noon Saturday, November 30, at "Plazita de Descanzo," Sixth Street and Mill. The Fantasy of Lights Parade follows at 6, traveling from the Mill Avenue bridge to Seventh Street. Mayor Neil Giuliano flips the big switch at 7, and the city's official tree-lighting ceremony follows that at 7:15; both events are at Hayden Square, Fourth Street and Mill. The lights display can be viewed from 5 p.m. daily to 1 a.m., through Thursday, January 2. All events are free. For details call 894-8158.

Arizona International Auto Show: See Thursday.
Phoenix Coyotes: See Thursday.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: See Thursday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Friday.

sunday
december 1
"A Day Without Art": In honor of World AIDS Day and of those who have fallen to AIDS and HIV, many arts facilities will be dark or hold special commemorations on Sunday, December 1. For details about a special event at downtown's Icehouse on Sunday and a related installation that opens on Tuesday, December 3, at Arizona State University Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center in Tempe, see the Art Exhibits listings. For information about a gathering in Jerome, see the On the Road listing.

Festival of Trees & Marketplace: Phoenix Art Museum's 28th annual show and sale of donated trees, wreaths, garlands, centerpieces, ornaments and other holiday staples opens Sunday, December 1, and continues daily, through Sunday, December 8, at the museum, 1625 North Central. Special admission is $5, $4 for seniors, $2 for children under 12; discounts are available for PAM members daily and for everybody on Wednesday, December 4. For details call 257-1880 or 257-1222.

Boston Pops: Keith Lockhart conducts the ensemble in a program of carols and choral favorites at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 1, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $15 to $100, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Saturday.
Arizona International Auto Show: See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: See Saturday.
International Christmas XVI: See Saturday.
The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe: See Thursday.
Tempe's Fantasy of Lights: See Saturday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Friday.

monday
december 2
Phish: The jammy, introspective quartet from Vermont stared at its collective navel more intensely than usual during the making of its new Elektra disc, Billy Breathes. On the other hand, producer Steve Lillywhite worked some minor miracles behind the board, winnowing and focusing the band's vision in much the same way that Peter Asher did for another Elektra act, 10,000 Maniacs, during the making of that group's best album, 1987's In My Tribe. Phish performs on Monday, December 2, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 in advance, $24.50 the day of the show, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Asleep at the Wheel: "Brother Ray" Benson's sassy Western-swing crew is one of the tightest acts you'll hear this year--or this lifetime. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Monday, December 2, at Toolies Country, 4231 West Thomas. Tickets range from $10 to $25, available at Toolies and Dillard's. Call 272-3100 or 678-2222.

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Saturday.
Festival of Trees & Marketplace: See Sunday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: See Saturday.
International Christmas XVI: See Saturday.
Tempe's Fantasy of Lights: See Saturday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Friday.

tuesday
december 3
Deathtrap: Veteran actors Elliott Gould and Mariette Hartley star in this touring production of Ira Levin's comic, sometimes startling, play about a murder plot most foul. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 3; and the same time Wednesday, December 4, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. More shows are scheduled Thursday, December 5, through Sunday, December 8. Tickets are $36 and $40, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

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 theater department presents performances at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 3; and the same time Wednesday, December 4, at the school's Prism Theatre, Rural and Orange in Tempe. More shows are planned Thursday, December 5, through Saturday, December 7. Tickets are $12, with discounts available for ASU students, faculty and staff, available at ASU Fine Arts and Dillard's box offices; call 965-6447 or 678-2222.

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Saturday.
Festival of Trees & Marketplace: See Sunday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: See Saturday.
International Christmas XVI: See Saturday.
Phoenix Coyotes: See Thursday.
Tempe's Fantasy of Lights: See Saturday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Friday.

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