The Descendents: This relic of punk's original wave had an inordinate impact on today's punk-pop scene. Basically the band All (the Descendents' descendant) augmented by original vocalist Milo Aukerman, the revivified act returned to doing what it does best--and did first--on its latest release, Everything Sucks: speed-saw guitars, terrific hooks and a left-field philosophy based, says drummer/lyricist Bill Stevenson, on "rejection, food, coffee, girls [and] fishing." The band makes good on an early January postponement with a show on Thursday, April 10, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The Suicide Machines, Shades Apart, and Pollen share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, available at the club and Ticketmaster; call 894-0707 or 784-4444.
Giselle: Ballet Arizona concludes its season with the 1841 romantic tragedy by French composer Adolphe Charles Adam, performed in collaboration with Phoenix Symphony. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10; 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $14 to $40, available at the ballet's box office and Dillard's; call 381-1096 or 503-5555.
"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": "Toys are not benign. They are forms of socialization," says photographer Levinthal, who studied at MIT and Yale and whose jaded, informed eye lends an ominous tone to his Polaroids of the trinkets of youth. "Dolls" continues through Saturday, April 26, in the "through the arch" room at Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way in Scottsdale. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 990-7342.
Quartetto Gelato: The Canadian foursome's name translates to "Ice Cream Quartet," and its sound is appropriately tasty, comprising everything from arias to tangos, performed with fire, flair and wit. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $16, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.
The Illusion: Tony Kushner penned the near-great, Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America, and the playwright loosely adapted this update of L'Illusion Comique by 17th-century French scribe Pierre Corneille. The work centers on a father's search for his estranged son and, on a metaphorical level, the meaning of love--a quest that leads to the mountain lair of the sorcerer Alcandre. Arizona Theatre Company continues its 30th-anniversary season with final performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10; 8 p.m. Friday, April 11; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12; and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. A discussion follows Thursday's show. Tickets range from $25 to $32, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 503-5555.
Blonde Redhead: The Axis alliance lives on in this New York City art-noise act, inspired by Sonic Youth and including Japan-born female vocalist/guitarist Kazu Makino and Italy-reared twins Amedeo and Simone Pace, who play guitar and drums, respectively. Redhead performs Thursday, April 10, at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. Showtime is 10 p.m. Call 968-9490.
Philip Glass: The visionary American minimalist has deconstructed and reconstructed musical forms from opera (Einstein on the Beach) to rock opera (the "Low" Symphony and the new "Heroes" Symphony, both based on collaborations by David Bowie and Brian Eno). Glass performs a program of solo piano pieces at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. A free rehearsal precedes at noon (RSVPs: 965-5062). Concert tickets range from $19 to $26, available at Gammage and Dillard's (call 965-3434 or 503-5555).
As You Like It: New York's Acting Company, founded by Margot Harley and the late John Houseman, performs Shakespeare's evergreen comedy about cross-dressing lovers romping about in the primeval Forest of Arden. Indoor shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11; and the same time Saturday, April 12, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. An outdoor performance, presented in conjunction with Renaissance Festival '97 (see the Events listing), is planned at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Ceremonial Plaza at Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 North Dysart Road in Avondale. Scottsdale tickets are $20 and $24, available at the center and Ticketmaster (call 994-2787 or 784-4444). Avondale tickets range from $5 to $17 (call 935-6384).
Reggae Fest World Party: The third annual celebration of Jamaican and African arts features concerts by the Skatalites (the rebanded inventors of ska), King Chango, Inner Circle, the Meditations, Pablo Moses and others, plus a marketplace of ethnic goods and foods. The scene is Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams. Hours are 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 11; noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13 (see the Music listing for the daily lineups). Admission is $10 on Friday and Sunday, $12 on Saturday; kids 10 and under get in free. Call 954-5144.
Giselle: See Thursday.
The Illusion: See Thursday.
"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": See Thursday.
"Star Wars Odyssey: Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction": Authors Alan Dean Foster, Jennifer Roberson, Stephen Donaldson, Melanie Rawn, Dennis McKiernan and Michael Stackpole tackle various topics, including the impact of the title film trilogy on sci-fi writing, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the auditorium at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 North Civic Center Boulevard. Admission is free, but space is limited. For details call 994-2474.