Pic Hits for the week

thursday
december 12
Baby, It's Bright Outside: ZooLights; Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour; Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, is garbed in its usual Technicolor dreamcoat during the facility's fifth annual ZooLights display. The after-hours fun continues from 6 to 9 nightly (except Christmas Eve), through Sunday, January 12. Special admission is $4.50, free for kids age 2 and under (call 273-1341). The City of Phoenix's free downtown Fiesta and its second annual, self-guided Tree Tour continue nightly, through Wednesday, January 1; guided excursions start at 6:30 p.m. each Saturday, through December 28 (call 534-3378 or 254-8696). Ahwatukee's white-lights bonanza can be viewed from 6 to 11 each evening, 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).

Kurt Russell Celebrity Salute Film Festival: We wouldn't call Goldie Hawn's significant other one of our best actors, but he's been a Hollywood staple for the last three decades, from Disney-geek parts like the one in 1970's The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes to his reprise of the Snake Plissken role in this year's John Carpenter's Escape From L.A. Russell appears on Thursday, December 12, at the new AMC Ahwatukee 24 cinema, I-10 and Ray Road, in conjunction with this fund raiser, which starts at 7 p.m. Staggered showings of Russell flicks like Used Cars, Backdraft, Winter People and It Happened at the World's Fair (Kurt's '63 debut) will fill all 24 screens, and Russell will introduce several of the movies. Admission is free, but tickets must be picked up in advance. All proceeds from concession sales benefit Futures for Children. The megamoviehouse opens for regular business at 9:30 a.m. Friday, December 13. Call 705-4727 or 956-4262.

The Snow Queen: Center Dance Ensemble kicks off its season with the troupe's seventh annual presentation of the ballet noir, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's tale about good (personified by sweet, young Gerta) and evil (the lovely but toxic title vixen). Opening performances of the piece, set to music by Prokofiev, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 12; 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 13; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 14; and 2 p.m. Sunday, December 15, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. More shows are scheduled Thursday, December 19, through Sunday, December 22. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $7 for students and kids, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

"Box Lunch": Tony Zahn's mixed-metaphor and -media "production" unfolds a bit more each day, through Saturday, February 15, at Stop n' Look, 1025 Grand Avenue. It's billed as "an imaginary restaurant opening . . . inspired by the old-world Nativity calendar . . . and influenced by the Japanese-fast-food 'Bento' aesthetic." "Box Lunch" can be viewed 24 hours per day from outside the gallery. Call 256-2859.

friday
december 13
ATOP's A Christmas Carol: Actors Theatre of Phoenix's production of Charles Dickens' ghost story opens with a preview at 8 p.m. Friday, December 13, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The official opening is at the same time Saturday, December 14. The rest of this week's performances are at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, December 15; 7 p.m. Tuesday, December 17; and 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 18. The production continues through Thursday, December 26. Tickets range from $16 to $26, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano: The L.A.-based group was featured on Linda Ronstadt's initial collection of Spanish-language songs, Canciones de Mi Padre--and on her latest, Mas Canciones. The ensemble headlines "Fiesta Navidad," which also includes a performance by Ballet Folklorico Ollin, on Friday, December 13, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $25, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Alwun House Holiday Fete and Show: Perhaps the best place in the Valley to find left-of-center gifts. The silver-anniversary edition opens with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, December 13, and continues through Friday, January 3, at the gallery, 1204 East Roosevelt. Admission is free; all proceeds from sales benefit inner-city youths in need. Regular hours: noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Call 253-7887.

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

saturday
december 14
"Converging Cultures: Art and Identity in Spanish America": The major installation at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central, details the distinctly new society that arose in the Americas in the 16th through 18th centuries, a byproduct of the shotgun marriage of European colonialism and native culture engendered by Spain's occupation. The Brooklyn Museum organized the exhibition of paintings, manuscripts, metal works, textiles and sculpture, which opens Saturday, December 14, and continues through Sunday, February 23, in the Steele Gallery. Regular viewing hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays). Special admission is $5, $4 for seniors, $2 for students and children age 6 and up, free for younger kids and members; PAM entry is free to all from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Call 257-1880 or 257-1222.

Whad'Ya Know With Michael Feldman: The brainy, National Public Radio quiz show, sort of a parallel-universe version of Jeopardy!, leaves its home base of Madison, Wisconsin, to broadcast live from Union Hall at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 14, in a benefit for Valley NPR affiliate KJZZ-FM 91.5; audience members must be seated by 8:30. Special guests include Glen Campbell, the Suicide Kings, and the Arizona Republic's Dave Walker. The hall is located at Sixth Street and Van Buren. If tickets are available, they're at the scene and Dillard's; call 834-5627 or 678-2222.

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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