Calendar for the week

O Soul O Mio: A Ludwig Dance Theatre wraps up its 20th season with this show, a work "designed for 16 performers and one meatball" and incorporating "an Italian restaurant, video, karaoke and a Shakespeare monologue." Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4; and the same time Saturday, April 5, at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street. Tickets are $12, $10 for seniors, $8 for students. For details call 966-3391.

The Illusion: See Thursday.
"It's Only Rock and Roll": See Thursday.
"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": See Thursday.
The Tradition at Desert Mountain: See Thursday.

saturday
april 5
Man . . . or Astroman?: The Alabama surf band masquerading as a group of grounded space aliens masquerading as an Alabama surf band plays "Philip K. Dick in the Pet Section of Wal-Mart," "Sadie Hawkins Atom Bomb" and the rest of its smashing nonhits 'neath the sky from which it purportedly fell on Saturday, April 5. Chicago's Pulsars share the outdoor bill at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at Dillard's. For more information, call 921-7343 or 503-5555.

Kula Shaker: The latest British export sounds like a cross between Oasis and the Beatles under the spell of Ravi Shankar, though the band's not in the same league as either of the above acts. Named after an ancient emperor of India and led by vocalist/guitarist Crispian Mills (the son of actress Hayley Mills), Kula strives mightily for modhood with its odd mix of mantras and groove-rock ("Tattva"), but it more often lands in the realm of the ridiculous ("Grateful When You're Dead/Jerry Was There"); see the story on page 99. Headswim shares the stage. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Trisha Yearwood: The native Georgian has a peach of a voice, though she, like most of Nashville, strains beneath the MOR-country yoke. Still, she's a sight better than most of the power-ballad-croonin' pretenders overrunning Music City these days. Big House opens the all-ages show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $25 and $35, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

Five Guys Named Moe: See Friday.
Having Our Say: See Friday.
The Illusion: See Thursday.
"It's Only Rock and Roll": See Thursday.
"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": See Thursday.
O Soul O Mio: See Friday.
The Tradition at Desert Mountain: See Thursday.

sunday
april 6
Thomas Bopp: The Valley-based co-discoverer of Comet Hale-Bopp discusses the heavenly body at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in Room 101 of the Sands Classroom Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale; Bopp will also be present at an outdoor viewing session, which follows from 7:30 to 9:30. Admission is free. Call 543-6068.

N. Scott Momaday: The Native American author won the Pulitzer Prize for House Made of Dawn and narrated the PBS series The West. He presents the keynote address at Arizona Center for the Book's second annual Parnassus Awards Tea, which starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6, in the Arizona Ballroom at the Camelback Inn resort, 5402 East Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Tickets range from $35 to $75; proceeds benefit ACB. Reservations are required; call 265-2651.

Widespread Panic: One of the founders and cornerstones of the new Southern rock, the earthy sextet from Athens, Georgia, is both thoughtful and soulful (the song "Hope in a Hopeless World," from Panic's new disc, Bombs & Butterflies, is dedicated to Roebuck "Pops" Staples). The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Hayden Square Amphitheatre, Fourth Street and Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $17, available at Dillard's; call 503-5555.

Taste of the Nation: More than 30 Valley chefs donate their time and talents at this annual fund raiser, scheduled for 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Orange Tree Golf and Conference Resort, 56th Street and Shea. Also on the agenda: silent and live auctions and entertainment. Tickets are $45 and $60; all proceeds are divvied up between Waste Not, Westside and United food banks, Share Our Strength, and Save the Children. Call 242-3663.

Five Guys Named Moe: See Friday.
The Illusion: See Thursday.
"It's Only Rock and Roll": See Thursday.
The Tradition at Desert Mountain: See Thursday.

monday
april 7
De La Soul, Jeru the Damaja, and DJ Shadow: Here's a well-stocked smorgasbord for hip-hop and trip-hop fans, who should pay particular attention to the moves and grooves of San Francisco-based jungle raver Shadow (real name: Josh Davis). The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Monday, April 7, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

tuesday
april 8
Barenaked Ladies: The all-guy Toronto quartet returns to play more of its upbeat ditties about downbeat stuff on Tuesday, April 8, at Hayden Square Amphitheatre, Fourth Street and Mill in Tempe. The Odds open. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $20 the day of the show, available at Dillard's; call 503-5555.

The Supersuckers, and Jesse Dayton: Eddie Spaghetti and his Seattle-based 'suckers are joined by Texas country-rocker Dayton for a twang-core set on Tuesday, April 8, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe; the show starts at approximately 10 p.m., immediately following the Barenaked Ladies concert at adjacent Hayden Square Amphitheatre (see above). Tickets are $7, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

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