Eugene Chadbourne: "Dr. Chadbourne" is one of the last standing champions of noncommercial alternative music; if gonzo was a sound, it might sound something like his. The absolutely unpredictable and artistically unfettered guitarist has made forays into free jazz, acid rock, avant blues and faux-redneck noise (with his band Shockabilly and without). It's hard to predict what will go down at any one of the musician's gigs, as Eugene's been known to compose sets that include mingled and brilliantly mangled works by the likes of Duke Ellington, Johnny Paycheck, Charles Manson, and one-time Chadbourne collaborator John Zorn. Son Huevos Borrachos share the stage. Showtime is 10 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Call 967-9531.
Hello, Dolly! at the Orpheum: The Orpheum Theatre, preserved by a revival movement that began with the facility's purchase by the City of Phoenix in 1984, has reopened its doors with a short run of Dolly!; Carol Channing stars in the Theater League production. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 30; 8 p.m. Friday, January 31; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, February 1; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, February 2, at the theater, 203 West Adams. If tickets are available, they're at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices; call 262-7272 or 503-5555.
Parada del Sol Rodeo: Scottsdale's annual roundup, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Chute Out series, is one of the world's top outdoor affairs. Rounds are scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday, January 30; 1 and 7 p.m. Friday, January 31; 1 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 2, at Rawhide, 23023 North Scottsdale Road. Tickets range from $6 to $15, available at Ticketmaster; call 784-4444. Two rodeo dances are planned. Friday's starts at 9 p.m., and features music by Rick Trevino, and Mogollon. Mark Curtis Middleton and Western Bred perform at Saturday's, which begins at 8 p.m. For general information, call 990-3179.
Henry Louis Gates: The author of Colored People and director of Harvard College's Afro-American Studies program speaks about race and ethnic-relations issues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 30, at Arizona State University Music Theatre, Mill and Gammage Parkway in Tempe. Admission is free, but tickets must be picked up in advance; call 965-1441.
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): Jess Borgeson, Adam Long and Daniel Singer penned this Pythonesque parody, brimming with pot shots at the Bard and performed by Actors Theatre of Phoenix's "Reduced Shakespeare Company," comprising three actors and a prop list that includes "1 butcher knife, 2 daggers, 1 dinosaur (inflatable), 1 head (severed), 1 skull (rubber), 1 vial poison and 1 vial potion." Act one features snippets from 36 Shakespearean pieces; the centerpiece of act two is Hamlet--performed "three times forward and once backwards." See the review on page 55. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, January 30; 8 p.m. Friday, January 31; 8 p.m. Saturday, February 1; and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 2, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The production continues through Sunday, February 9. Tickets range from $16 to $26, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 503-5555.
Star Wars: The Special Edition: The 20th-anniversary rerelease of director George Lucas' outer-space shoot-'em-up Star Wars: A New Hope (PG) includes enhanced visual effects and new scenes. It opens Friday, January 31, on the Imperial-scale screen at Harkins Cine Capri, 24th Street and Camelback, and on those at other, lesser cinemas Valleywide. For information about Cine Capri screenings, call 956-4200; for details about showings at other locations, see Showtimes. (Note: Similarly spiffed-up versions of Star Wars sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi are due soon.)
The Late Great Ladies of Blues and Jazz: Actor/vocalist Sandra ReAves portrayed Buttercup in the film Round Midnight; these days, she's usually on the road in one of her self-created revues. In this one, ReAves, backed by Paul Ramsey's All-Star Jazz Band, enacts and sings the roles of Billie Holiday, Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, Ethel Waters and Mahalia Jackson. Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, January 31; and the same time Saturday, February 1, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Free lectures by writer Patricia Myers precede at 7 in the center's Cinema. Concert tickets are $20 and $25, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.
Crumb: The unsettling masterwork by director Terry Zwigoff is the very definition of American tragedy. The 1995 documentary starts out as a fairly straightforward take on underground-comics king Robert Crumb, best known for his "Keep on Truckin'" and "Fritz the Cat" images, but metamorphoses into a darkly comic study of Crumb-clan obsession and dysfunction. The R-rated movie screens at 7 p.m. Friday, January 31, in Room 3 at Mesa Arts Center, 155 North Center, continuing the MAC Movies 3 series. Admission is a suggested donation of $2. Call 644-2242.
Eddie Pennington: The Kentucky-based guitarist was graduated from the Merle Travis school of thumb-picking--literally; Pennington and the late, great Travis shared the same teacher, Mose Rager. Eddie performs at 8 p.m. Friday, January 31, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue; tickets are $5 and $8, available at the center and Ticketmaster (call 786-2680 or 784-4444). Pennington is also scheduled to give a hands-on demonstration from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 1, at Milano Hall, located at 45 West Main in Mesa, across the street from Milano Music; tickets are $8, available at the store (call 834-6581).