Pic Hits for the week

"Are We Paving Paradise?": Well, yes, and this topical interactive exhibit, subtitled "Growing Cities and the Sonoran Desert," explores our accelerating degradation of the sensitive habitat. It's unveiled at an opening slated for noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, February 8, at the Southwest Center for Education and the Natural Environment (SCENE), Rural and Apache in Tempe. A panel discussion, featuring input from lawyer Grady Gammage Jr., developer David Johns and others, starts at 1. The installation continues through Friday, August 29. Admission and viewing are free; regular hours are 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays (except holidays). Call 965-4179.

David Grisman and Andy Statman: Grisman, known as the "Paganini of the mandolin," is joined by Statman, who's no slouch on the pear-shaped instrument himself, for a program of traditional Jewish tunes titled "Songs of Our Fathers." The duo's backed by a full band, and Statman also adds some clarinet work. Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Saturday, February 8; and 7 p.m. Monday, February 10, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $20 and $25, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

"Art on the Edge of Fashion": See Thursday.
La Malinche: See Friday.
Riding the Edge: Adventures in Activism: See Friday.

sunday
february 9
Desert Foothills Musicfest '97: The sixth annual winter carnival of sounds features performances and related events spread over a two-week period at various northeast Valley venues. The fest opens with a "four hands" performance of piano works by Paul Perry and Ken Hardin at 5 p.m. Sunday, February 9, at Scottsdale's Fleischer Museum; the event doubles as the opening for the museum's "East Meets West: American Impressionism" exhibit (see below). Also on this week's Musicfest agenda: a lecture about "Sights and Sounds of Impressionism" at 4 p.m. Monday, February 10, at Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church, 6502 East Cave Creek Road in Cave Creek; a concert by the Ahn Trio at 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church, Pima and Cave Creek roads in Carefree; and a program titled "Frank Sinatra: The Musical Artist" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, at Carefree Inn, 37220 Mule Train Road. Call 488-0806.

"East Meets West: American Impressionism": The key word here is "American." The Yankee impressionists represented in this installation aren't in the same league as the French masters--duh--but these pieces, roughly covering the period from the 1880s to the 1940s and painted by artists from the Connecticut Colony and the California School, are as good as such works ever got on these shores, which isn't bad. The exhibit premieres Sunday, February 9, with an opening held in conjunction with Desert Foothills Musicfest '97 (see above) and continues through Sunday, May 4, at the Fleischer Museum, 17207 North Perimeter Drive in Scottsdale. Admission and viewing are free; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily (except holidays). Call 585-3108.

Pantera: In the tradition of its genre (thrash) and its home state (Texas), this quartet takes no crap, but it pumps out plenty of tight and relatively bright aggro-rock. In fact, the name of Pantera's latest disc, The Great Southern Trendkill, sums up the group and its mission. Clutch, and Neurosis share the stage on Sunday, February 9, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets are $21 in advance, $22 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices; call 644-2560 or 503-5555.

"Art on the Edge of Fashion": See Thursday.
La Malinche: See Friday.

monday
february 10
The Low and Sweet Orchestra: The Celtic-tinged alterna-all-star band includes former Circle Jerk Zander Schloss, former Thelonious Monster member Mike Martt, former Pogue James Fearnley and the brothers Mulroney, actor/cellist Dermot and violinist Kieran. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Monday, February 10, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. The cover is $5. Call 967-1234.

"Are We Paving Paradise?": See Saturday.
Desert Foothills Musicfest '97: See Sunday.
"East Meets West: American Impressionism": See Sunday.
David Grisman and Andy Statman: See Saturday.

tuesday
february 11
Ann Hampton Callaway: The primo crooner from the Big Apple headlines "Cabaret Ninety-Seven," Arizona Theatre Company's annual fund-raising gala, which gets under way with a preconcert reception at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 11, at Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams, and moves to Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe, for Callaway's performance at 8. Tickets range from $35 to $175; all proceeds benefit ATC and its outreach programs. Call 256-6899.

Justin Hayward: The Moody Bluesman performs cuts from and signs copies of his new solo disc, The View From the Hill, at noon Tuesday, February 11, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Admission is free. Call 957-6660.

"Are We Paving Paradise?": See Saturday.
"Art on the Edge of Fashion": See Thursday.
Desert Foothills Musicfest '97: See Sunday.
"East Meets West: American Impressionism": See Sunday.

wednesday
february 12
Type O Negative: The members of this Brooklyn-born band, whose music has been described as "gothedelic" and "orchestral metal," look like vampires slumming as rockers--but they intend to, luxuriant locks jet-black and skin as pale as Pond's. Is their sound as good as their shtick? That's a stickier wicket (bloody awful pun intended). If you like the notion of the Sisters of Mercy mated with Black Sabbath at quarter-speed (as on Type O's trapped-in-amber cover of Sabbath's "Paranoid"), you'll love this group to undeath. See the story on page 96. Sister Machine Gun, and Drain share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 12, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $15 in advance, $16 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

"Are We Paving Paradise?": See Saturday.
"Art on the Edge of Fashion": See Thursday.
Desert Foothills Musicfest '97: See Sunday.
"East Meets West: American Impressionism": See Sunday.
La Malinche: See Friday.
"Native Voices: Reflecting Forward": See Thursday.

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