Calendar for the week

Brainiac, and Shudder to Think: Dayton's Brainiac owes a considerable artistic debt to its forefathers and fellow Ohioans in Devo, though the Brain boys deal less in mechanical camp and more in the submergence of promising pop tunes beneath rattling walls of Moog-enhanced noise. Washington, D.C.-born, New York City-based Shudder is passionate and rock-operatic. An intriguing double bill. Skeleton Key shares the stage. The all-ages show starts at 9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School. Tickets are $10, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 956-6271 or 784-4444.

Spiderwoman Theater Company: The three Native American sisters comprising this troupe (named after the Hopi goddess) dabble in something they call "story-weaving," which they define as the use of "words and movement to create interlocking stories [in which] fantasy and power are comically intertwined." Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, in Second Stage West, located in the University Center Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, $5 for students; call 543-2787. (The Spiderwomen are also scheduled to participate in the inaugural edition of the "Drawing the Lines" Lecture Series on Wednesday, April 2; see the Events listing.)

The Captain & Tennille: "Muskrat Love" at the mammoth mausoleum named the Sundome? We're there. See the review of the duo's recent album, 20 Years of Romance, on page 102. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29. The 'dome is located at 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. Tickets are available at the scene and Dillard's; call 975-1900 or 503-5555.

The Illusion: See Friday.
"It's Only Rock and Roll": See Thursday.
Elizabeth Streb and Streb/Ringside: See Thursday.

march 30
Sunday A'Fair: The popular arts festival is scheduled Easter Sunday, March 30, and most Sundays, through April 27. Hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, Civic Center Boulevard between Second Street and Indian School. Salsa band Zum Zum Zum provides this week's entertainment, which starts at 2. Admission is free. For details call 994-2787.

The Illusion: See Friday.
"It's Only Rock and Roll": See Thursday.
Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: See Saturday.

march 31
The Delta 72: The Washington, D.C.-based "R&B punk" band is really only punk in its raw, noisy approach to garage rock, which includes a deft interplay between Sarah Stolfa's Farfisa organ and Gregg Foreman's harmonica, plus covers of fine old soul stuff by the likes of James Brown and Booker T. & the MG's. The Stamens, and Medieval Knievals share the bill. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Monday, March 31, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. The cover is $7. For more information, call 820-7117.

The Tradition at Desert Mountain: Preliminaries to the ninth annual Senior PGA Tour stop are scheduled Monday, March 31; Tuesday, April 1; and Wednesday, April 2, at Desert Mountain, Pima and Cave Creek roads in Scottsdale, and other Valley locations. Defending champ Jack Nicklaus joins a field that includes Arnold Palmer, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf, Ray Floyd and Hale Irwin at the Tradition proper, scheduled Thursday, April 3, through Sunday, April 6, on the facility's Nicklaus-designed Cochise Course. Tradition Week badges start at $100; they're available at Dillard's. For details call 595-4070 or 503-5555.

april 1
The Cherry Poppin' Daddies: The alterna-lounge crew from Oregon is often lumped in with the ska-core crowd, but it has more in common with Royal Crown Revue (and, by extension, late jive cat Louis Jordan) than, say, the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Daddies' strongest points are a saucy horn section and front man Steve Perry's high-sleaze, Vegas-style crooning. Touring behind its new disc, Zoot Suit Riot: The Swingin' Hits of the Cherry Poppin' Daddies, the band performs Tuesday, April 1, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. Dave's Big Deluxe shares the bill. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $6.50 in advance, $8 the day of the show, available at Dillard's. For details call 921-7343 or 503-5555.

Maria Muldaur: The roots chanteuse, best known for her gig with Jim Kweskin's Jug Band and her solo hit "Midnight at the Oasis," returns for a show at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School, on Tuesday, April 1. It starts at 9 p.m. The cover is $10. For details call 265-4842.

Jonny Lang: The 16-year-old blueskid from Minneapolis is supposedly the next next big thing. But beware the hype while you're admiring the guitarist's admittedly decent technical skills, and ask yourself what the whipperslinger could possibly know about the blues aside from the heart-rending inevitability of acne. See the review of his new disc, Lie to Me, on page 102. Lang performs a free show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Hard Rock Cafe, 26th Street and Camelback. For details call 956-3669.

"It's Only Rock and Roll": See Thursday.
The Tradition at Desert Mountain: See Monday.

april 2
Greg "Fingers" Taylor: The Jackson, Mississippi, native has manned the "harpoon" (i.e. the harmonica) for Jimmy Buffett's Coral Reefer Band for a quarter of a century. Touring in support of his recent solo disc, Old Rock 'n' Roller, Taylor plays Wednesday, April 2, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Sharing the stage is Mason Ruffner Band, a solid roots act that made a tiny splash in the mid-'80s. Showtime is 9 p.m. The cover is $6.50. Call 265-4842.

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