Pic Hits for the week

Phoenix Suns: Coach Danny Ainge and company continue the season with a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. Friday, January 24, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. The team's next home game is at the same time Wednesday, February 5, versus the Atlanta Hawks. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Ariadne auf Naxos: See Thursday.
"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.

saturday
january 25
Parada del Sol: Scottsdale's 44th annual Western-themed procession steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 25, traveling south on Scottsdale Road from Indian School to Oak. Viewing is free; a "Trail's End" party follows from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Town district. The Parada del Sol Rodeo is coming up Thursday, January 30, through Sunday, February 2, at Rawhide; call 502-1880. For general information, call 990-3179.

Tania Maria: By divine right of ascension--and this Brazil-born performer is quite divine--Maria has assumed the queen-of-scat throne left vacant by the recent death of Ella Fitzgerald, though Tania's scats are deeply grounded in the musical roots of her homeland and are symbiotically fused to her keyboard playing in a manner roughly equivalent to George Benson's "singing guitar" style. Touring behind her new TKM disc, Bluesilian, the percussive whiz brings her quartet to Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 25; a free lecture by writer Patricia Myers precedes at 7 in the center's Cinema. Concert tickets are $20 and $25, available at the scene and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

The Second City National Touring Company: The Chicago-based improv troupe owns one of the marquee names in the comedy field. A show is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue; a reception for the performers follows at nearby Vision Gallery, 80 San Marcos Place. Performance tickets are $12, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 786-2680 or 784-4444.

Arlo Guthrie: Arlo's son, Abe Guthrie, was initially scheduled to join his dad for this show, but you'll have to settle for an acoustic evening of folk standards like "Coming Into Los Angeles" and "The City of New Orleans"--as well as stuff from Arlo's new Rising Son disc, Mystic Journey--by the offspring of Woody Guthrie. Showtime is 8 Saturday, January 25, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $17.50 and $25 in advance, $20 and $26 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For more information, call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

Ariadne auf Naxos: See Thursday.
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): See Friday.
"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.

sunday
january 26
Little Charlie and the Nightcats: Little Charlie Baty and his solid jump-blues crew have been plugging away for more than two decades. They return for a show at 9 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $9. For details call 265-4842.

Ariadne auf Naxos: See Thursday.
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): See Friday.
"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.

monday
january 27
Vito Acconci: The multimedia artist and social critic continues the "ARTiculations: Evenings With Contemporary Artists" series with a program titled "Ambiguous Intent." It starts at 7 p.m. Monday, January 27, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street; a reception follows. Admission is $7, $6 for SCA members. Call 994-2787.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: (Fortis Invitational.) See Thursday.

tuesday
january 28
Hello, Dolly! at the Orpheum: The vintage jewel named the Orpheum Theatre, built in 1929 and preserved for posterity by a revival movement that began with the faded facility's purchase by the City of Phoenix in 1984, reopens its doors on Tuesday, January January 28, for a splashy gala performance of Dolly!, starring Carol Channing and produced by Theater League. The evening begins at 5:30 with dinner at the 1,400-seat showplace, 203 West Adams; the show starts at 8, and a reception for Channing follows at 10:30. If any gala tickets remain, they're $250 (call 252-9678). Regular performances of Dolly! are planned Wednesday, January 29, through Sunday, February 2. If any tickets to those shows remain, they're at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices (call 262-7272 or 503-5555).

John Delaney: The University of Washington oceanography professor and former Arizona State University instructor addresses one of contemporary science's more intriguing theories--one centered on the possibility of volcanism-fostered underwater life on Europa, the icebound satellite of Jupiter. The free lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at Katzin Concert Hall, located in the Music Building on the ASU campus in Tempe. Call 965-5081.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.

wednesday
january 29
Al Casey: The wonderful guitarist was born Albert Aloysius Casey in Kentucky; now, following a long stint as a studio musician in L.A., Al's a permanent resident of Phoenix, a city he helped to put on the musical map back in the late '50s with his contributions to the "Duane Eddy Sound." Casey performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $2.50. Call 265-4842.

Stars of the Shanghai Acrobatic Theatre: The 17-member troupe of magicians and movement specialists performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets range from $9 to $22, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 786-2680 or 784-4444.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Hello, Dolly! at the Orpheum: See Tuesday.
"Native Voices: Reflecting Forward": See Thursday.

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