Calendar for the week

The World Series of Basketball: The Harlem Globetrotters, augmented for this occasion by Earvin "Magic" Johnson, take on a team of college all-stars in a competitive match on Saturday, April 19, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tip-off is at 1 p.m. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Kim Wilson's All-Star Blues Band: The vocalist/harpist and front man for the Fabulous Thunderbirds has played every type of venue with the T-Birds, from stadiums to dives, but he's at his hard-to-beat best at an intimate roadhouse on a beer-stained Saturday night--as he'll be this Saturday night, April 19, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Showtime is 9. The cover is $7.50. Call 265-4842.

Hollywood All-Stars Celebrity Softball Game: Celebs including beefy singer Meat Loaf, former Brat Packer Judd Nelson (Suddenly Susan) and Jonathan "The Single Guy" Silverman are scheduled to suit up for the Tinseltown squad, which takes on a group of NFL players at this second annual benefit. Game time is 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. Tickets are $10, available at Dillard's; all proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley of the Sun. For details call 860-5520 or 503-5555.

Aunt Rita's Foundation Auction and Bake Sale: The ninth annual fund raiser is slated for 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, in the North Hall at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Highlights include a display of quilt panels created by Valley residents, entertainment and exhibits. Admission is free; all proceeds from the live and silent auctions and the bake sale benefit the foundation, a support group for those with HIV or AIDS. Fairgrounds parking costs $4 per vehicle. For details call 279-0716.

ASU Maroon and Gold Football Game: Bruce Snyder's Arizona State University squad plays its annual spring match at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Sun Devil Stadium, College Avenue and Stadium Drive in Tempe. Admission is free. For details call 965-2381.

Make a Difference Day: The fourth annual public-service-oriented event features volunteers working on a variety of projects throughout the community. It starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 19, with registration at Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams. A closing celebration for participants is planned for 2 p.m. at the same locale. For details call 222-9412.

Phoenix Suns: Coach Danny Ainge and company wrap up the regular home season with a game against the Vancouver Grizzlies at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. For general info or details about the team's playoff schedule, call 379-7867. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Arizona's Family Women's Expo: You'd be hard-pressed to find a more, er, eclectic (the word "campy" also leaps to mind) group of keynote speakers as the one at this year's expo: fitness/motivation guru Richard Simmons, grown-up child gymnast Nadia Comaneci and daytime-talk-show motor mouth Maury Povich. The fifth annual event also features health and beauty tips, cooking demos, etc. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 19; and the same on Sunday, April 20, in exhibit halls A through D at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Admission is $6; proceeds benefit Arizona's Family Charities. Kids 11 and under get in free; gratis, on-site child care for those ages 3 to 8 is available. For details call 207-3825 or 262-7272.

Arizona Science Center: See Thursday.
Canadian Dance Festival: See Thursday.
Don Juan in Chicago: See Thursday.
"Drawing the Lines" Native American Arts Festival: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.

sunday
april 20
New Times Music Awards Showcase: The second annual celebration of local sounds, scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday, April 20, includes concerts by more than 45 acts at 11 Tempe venues (for the lineup, see the Music listing or the special section elsewhere in this issue). Wristbands good for all performances are $5, available at the New Times office (1201 East Jefferson) or any participating venue. For details call 238-4801.

Phoenix Coyotes Playoffs: The National Hockey League team hosts first-round games against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at noon Sunday, April 20; and 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7825, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Home-World Improvement: Earth Day Expo 1997, EarthFest '97: The expo, sponsored by Earth Day Arizona, Gentle Strength Co-op, and Concerned Arizonans for Animal Rights and Ethics (CAARE), is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 20, on the Gammage Lawn at Arizona State University in Tempe (call 266-8044 or 968-4831). EarthFest, sponsored by Valley Forward and scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Earth Day proper (Monday, April 21), is billed as the state's official commemoration; the scene is Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams (call 240-2408). For information about other Valley celebrations, see the Events listing.

Arizona Science Center: See Thursday.
Arizona's Family Women's Expo: See Saturday.
Canadian Dance Festival: See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.

tuesday
april 22
The Gourds: The twangy roots quartet from Austin, Texas, is led by Kevin Russell, former head of one of the best bands you've undoubtedly never heard of--the Louisiana-born Picket Line Coyotes. As with the Coyotes, there's nothing so extraordinary about the Gourds save for the songs--especially Russell's, which are in a little league of their own. Ned Beatty and the Inbreds open at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $4. Call 265-4842.

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