Pic Hits for the week

Arizona Contemporary Dance Festival: Southwest Dance presents the third annual showcase of Arizona troupes at 8 p.m. Friday, January 17; 8 p.m. Saturday, January 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, January 19, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Scheduled to perform: Desert Dance Theatre, Center Dance Ensemble, A. Ludwig Dance Theatre, Opendance, Tenth Street Danceworks, Canyon Movement Company, Orts Theatre of Dance, and the Movement Source Dance Company. Tickets range from $5 to $15, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 503-5555.

Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction: See Thursday.
Swinging on a Star: The Johnny Burke Musical: See Thursday.

saturday
january 18
Forest of Uco Grand Opening: The 2.5-acre exhibit at Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, re-creates a tropical-rainforest habitat for a variety of creatures, but the marquee inhabitants are two endangered spectacled bears, both females. (While you're oohing and aahing over the cute, ring-eyed bruins, keep a close watch for the considerably less charming Brazilian bird-eating spider.) The Forest opens for general viewing on Saturday, January 18; and Sunday, January 19. For details call 273-1341 or 273-7771.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": The rock photographer's work was compiled in the recent book Banned in D.C. A touring exhibit of her vehicular-themed pics of indie stalwarts like Fugazi, Mercurochrome, and Bratmobile opens with a reception at 9 p.m. Saturday, January 18, and continues through Friday, February 28, at Tempe's Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109. Live shots by Pat Graham are also displayed. Seven Storey Mountain performs at the reception. Viewing is free; hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. For details call 968-9490.

High Noon Wild West Collectors Show and Auction: About 150 dealers display one of the widest assortments of Western Americana and cowpoke collectibles ever to be crammed 'neath one roof at the seventh annual show, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, January 18; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 19, at Mesa Centennial Hall, 201 North Center. The auction, featuring pricey rarities like Buffalo Bill Cody's cartridge belt and Tom Mix's white Stetson, starts at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5, which covers both days. Call 644-2178.

"Voices of the People": Valley-based Canyon Records concludes its 45th-anniversary concert series with this performance of traditional Native American song and dance by artists including Sharon Burch, Kay "Kaibah" Bennett, the Black Lodge Singers, and Robert Tree Cody. An abbreviated family matinee is scheduled at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 18; a full-length evening show follows at 8. The scene is Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets range from $8 to $15, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Arizona Contemporary Dance Festival: See Friday.
Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction: See Thursday.
Big Band Alumni Orchestra: See Friday.
Swinging on a Star: The Johnny Burke Musical: See Thursday.

sunday
january 19
Nas: The 22-year-old Long Island native (real name: Nasir Jones) stands on the cusp of superstardom, and his imminent success has everything to do with skill--Nas is making a solid play for the role of hip-hop's hard-edged poet laureate--and nothing to do with violence but a condemnation of it. In fact, he cut the usual bicoastal crap by making a pilgrimage to L.A. to record the rap "Nas Is Coming" with Dr. Dre; the track's included on Nas' new Columbia disc, It Was Written. See the story on page 90. Nas headlines an MLK Day Eve celebration on Sunday, January 19, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Know Qwestion, Underground Empire, and Negro League share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Arizona Contemporary Dance Festival: See Friday.
Barrett-Jackson Classic Car Auction: See Thursday.
"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Saturday.
Forest of Uco Grand Opening: See Saturday.
High Noon Wild West Collectors Show: See Saturday.
Swinging on a Star: The Johnny Burke Musical: See Thursday.

monday
january 20
Phoenix Open Preliminaries: Events related to the 62nd annual golf tourney begin Monday, January 20, at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Phil Mickelson defends his title in the Open, a 72-hole PGA Tour stop scheduled to tee off Thursday, January 23, and continue through Sunday, January 26, on TPC's Stadium Course. Call 870-0163.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Saturday.

tuesday
january 21
Reverend Billy C. Wirtz: The South Carolina-born barrelhouse honky-tonker and self-anointed leader of the First House of Polyester Worship falls somewhere between Screaming Jay Hawkins and Robin Williams. The Rev's ribald humor comes naturally; he learned his piano licks from mentor Sunnyland Slim. Wirtz brings his bad self and his crooning potbellied pig--no joke--to the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School, on Tuesday, January 21. Showtime is 9 p.m. The cover is $5. For details call 265-4842.

Supersuckers: Eddie Spaghetti and his goofy hard-core crew return to the Valley for a gig on Tuesday, January 21, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $8, available at Eastside Records. For details call 967-9531 or 968-2011.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Saturday.
Phoenix Open Preliminaries: See Monday.

wednesday
january 22
Bob Margolin Blues Band: "Steady Rollin'" Margolin is a fine, fierce bluesman; he'd have to be to play guitar alongside Muddy Waters, as he did from '73 to '80. But his unblinking devotion to Waters' legacy is also one of the biggest knocks on Bob. Margolin's Muddy homage is not even close to being in the same simpering league as those Mason Jar acts that mimic Alice Cooper and the Doors--the light's still on and somebody's still home up in Bob's skull--but 17 years of artistic indebtedness seems enough, already. Showtime is 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $6. Call 265-4842.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Saturday.
"Native Voices: Reflecting Forward": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open Preliminaries: See Monday.

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