Calendar for the week

Country Thunder USA: The three-day, outdoor twang fest in Queen Creek is one of the Southwest's top showcases for contemporary country, Nashville-style. Those scheduled to perform include LeAnn Rimes, John Michael Montgomery, Jeff Foxworthy, Sawyer Brown, Chris LeDoux, Joe Diffie, Deana Carter, Bill Engvall, Tim McGraw, BlackHawk, and Confederate Railroad. The show starts at 11 a.m. Friday, April 25; 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 26; and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, April 27. Reserved seats and primitive camping sites are available. Call 966-9920.

Five AZ Pieces: Marshall W. Mason directed this collection of short, wide-ranging works by Arizona State University graduate students Tania Katan, Victoria Holloway, Gregory Mitchell, David Vegh and Randi Klein. ASU's theater department presents opening performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 27; 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Lyceum Theatre, located at the north end of Forest Mall on the west side of the ASU campus in Tempe. Additional performances are planned Thursday, May 1, through Saturday, May 3. Tickets are $12, $6 for students and seniors, available at ASU Fine Arts Box Office; call 965-6447.

Arizona Science Center: See Thursday.
ASU Dance in Concert '97: The Moving Picture: See Thursday.
Don Juan in Chicago: See Thursday.
Hamlet, the Ballet: See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony: See Thursday.

saturday
april 26
Frank Black: The eccentric songsmith, alternative-music touchstone and former Pixie (real name: Charles Michael Kitteridge Thompson IV) returns to the Valley for a show in the intimate confines of Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Moris Tepper opens. Showtime is 10 p.m. Saturday, April 26. Tickets are $10. For details call 967-9531.

Spike Out Cancer Classic Volleyball Tournament: Opening serve of the seventh annual tournament benefiting Arizona children with cancer begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 26; and the same time Sunday, April 27, at Scottsdale Ranch Park, 104th Street and Via Linda. Registration is one hour before play starts. Call 563-9129.

Arizona Science Center: See Thursday.
Country Thunder USA: See Friday.
"Desert Bloom '97": See Friday.
Don Juan in Chicago: See Thursday.
Five AZ Pieces: See Friday.
Hamlet, the Ballet: See Thursday.
Maricopa County Fair: See Friday.

sunday
april 27
Copperstate 1000: The seventh annual "rallye," a cavalcade of vintage motor cars and a fund raiser for Phoenix Art Museum, gets under way with a free celebration from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park, Central and Culver. The vehicles start rolling at 11; the tour continues through Wednesday, April 30, with stops planned at various locations across the state. For details call 257-9530.

"street smART": This Afro-centric art show and festival features an array of works by nationally known artists including Charles Boltz and Reynaldo Hernandez ("Queen of the Nile") and entertainment by jazz act Kaufee and Peaches. Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the Ronn Turner Art Gallery, 3121 North Third Avenue (at Park Central Mall). Admission is $5; proceeds benefit the Ronn Turner Institute to the Arts. Call 266-2350.

Arizona Science Center: See Thursday.
Country Thunder USA: See Friday.
"Desert Bloom '97": See Friday.
Five AZ Pieces: See Friday.
Maricopa County Fair: See Friday.
Spike Out Cancer Classic Volleyball Tournament: See Saturday.

monday
april 28
godheadSilo: 'Silo is, more or less, a rhythm section, consisting of a drummer and a bassist who specialize in a weird sound that's closer to performance art than alternative rock. Sea of Cortez shares the bill. The show begins at 10 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. Call 968-9490.

Melissa Ferrick: Strong on politics and lesbianism, Ferrick has been deemed "a female James Dean" as well as "a guitar-toting Tori Amos." The singer-songwriter is a rock-solid supporter of gay rights and Rock for Choice. Lisa Germano shares the bill. The show starts at 10 p.m. Monday, April 28, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. The cover is $8. Call 967-9531.

Arizona Science Center: See Thursday.
Maricopa County Fair: See Friday.

tuesday
april 29
Phoenix Firebirds: The Triple A/Pacific Coast League affiliate of baseball's San Francisco Giants continues its 34th season in the Valley with a home stand against the Tucson Toros. Games are scheduled at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 29; and the same time Wednesday, April 30, at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. More games against the Toros are scheduled on Thursday, May 1; and Friday, May 2. Tickets range from $4 to $8, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 275-0500 or 503-5555.

Phoenix Suns Playoffs: The Suns host the third game of their first-round playoff series against the Seattle SuperSonics at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Arizona Science Center: See Thursday.
Five AZ Pieces: See Friday.
Maricopa County Fair: See Friday.

wednesday
april 30
Built to Spill: Idaho native and vocalist/guitarist Doug Martsch has teamed up with his junior high pal, bass player Brett Nelson, guitarist Brett Netson (Caustic Resin) and drummer Scott Plouf (the Spinanes). The progressive rock band is touring in support of its third album, Perfect From Now On. Modest Mouse shares the all-ages bill. The show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. Tickets are $8, available at Dillard's. Call 820-7117 or 503-5555.

Arizona Science Center: See Thursday.
Five AZ Pieces: See Friday.
Maricopa County Fair: See Friday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Tuesday.

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