Pic Hits for the week

Arizona Christmas Mariachi Festival featuring Jose Feliciano, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, and Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose L. Hernandez: You can bet you'll be tapping those toes to Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad" and saucy seasonal fare from the excellent Vargas and Hernandez combines. The fifth annual fandango starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, December 14, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $20 to $55, available at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

cub: The members of this all-grrrl trio from Canada are about as cute as explosive buttons, at least since they traded in their "cuddle-core" image for a harder edge, as represented on their recent Mint/Lookout! disc, Box of Hair. Spaceman Spiff, and FEDS share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, December 14, at Nile Theater, 105 West Main in Mesa. Call 649-2766.

Pueblo Grande Indian Market: Great selection, great prices, good cause. The 20th-anniversary show/sale is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, December 14; and the same hours Sunday, December 15, at the activity complex at South Mountain Park, 10919 South Central. Admission is $5, free for kids 12 and under; proceeds benefit Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park. Call 495-0901.

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
ATOP's A Christmas Carol: See Friday.
"Box Lunch": See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: See Thursday.
The Snow Queen: See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

sunday
december 15
Hard and Harder: Gravity Kills, Body Count: Full up on good will toward men? These killer groups play slaying songs tonight. St. Louis' Gravity specializes in eardrum-challenging industrial throb (remember "Guilty" from the Seven soundtrack?). Stir, and NY Loose join the act for a concert on Sunday, December 15, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster (call 894-0707 or 784-4444). Meanwhile, one town over, Body Count mounts the stage at Nile Theater on Sunday, marking the band's second visit to the Mesa venue, 105 West Main, since August. "Original gangsta" Ice-T and his hard-core rap/rock collective conclude a short tour of the West Coast, previewing material from their upcoming Virgin disc, Violent Demise, with the all-ages gig. 187 shares the bill. Showtime is 8 (call 649-2766).

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
ATOP's A Christmas Carol: See Friday.
"Box Lunch": See Thursday.
"Converging Cultures: Art and Identity in Spanish America": See Saturday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: See Thursday.
Pueblo Grande Indian Market: See Saturday.
The Snow Queen: See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

monday
december 16
Christmas Concert: Herbert Lessell conducts the Scottsdale Community College Chorus in a free program of standard and unorthodox carols, selections from The Music Man and other works. Showtime is 8 p.m. Monday, December 16, in the Performing Arts Center at SCC, 9000 East Chaparral. For details call 423-6333.

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
"Box Lunch": See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

tuesday
december 17
The Substance of Fire: You can check out what figures to be one of the best films of 1997 in 1996, as this excellent drama about the Holocaust screens at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 17, at Harkins Camelview 5, located on Goldwater Boulevard north of Camelback in Scottsdale. Ron Rifkin, Timothy Hutton and Sarah Jessica Parker star in the R-rated movie, penned by playwright/screenwriter Jon Robin Baitz, directed by Daniel Sullivan and slated for a February release. A preshow party begins at 6 at nearby Jetz, 7077 East Camelback. Tickets are $10; proceeds benefit the Phoenix chapter of the Jewish National Fund. For details call 997-9912 or 423-9900.

Ballet Arizona's Nutcracker: The troupe continues the season with its version of the Tchaikovsky work, choreographed by Michael Uthoff. Phoenix Symphony provides accompaniment. Opening performances are at 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 17; and 2 and 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 18, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. The production continues through Sunday, December 29. Tickets range from $14 to $38, available at the ballet's box office and Dillard's; call 381-1096 or 678-2222.

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
Alwun House Holiday Fete and Show: See Friday.
ATOP's A Christmas Carol: See Friday.
"Box Lunch": See Thursday.
"Converging Cultures: Art and Identity in Spanish America": See Saturday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

wednesday
december 18
The Violent Femmes, Poe, Tracy Bonham, and Fun Lovin' Criminals: This stable of alternative acts hits the Valley on Wednesday, December 18, in an all-ages show sponsored by KEDJ-FM 100.3/106.3 ("The Edge"). The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $22.50, available at the scene and Dillard's. For details call 267-9373 or 678-2222.

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
Alwun House Holiday Fete and Show: See Friday.
ATOP's A Christmas Carol: See Friday.
Ballet Arizona's Nutcracker: See Tuesday.
"Box Lunch": See Thursday.
"Converging Cultures: Art and Identity in Spanish America": See Saturday.
Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

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