Calendar for the week

The Last Angry Brown Hat: A kind of Chicano Big Chill, Alfredo Ramos' play concerns former Brown Berets who meet up again 20 years after to talk about politics, regrets and their roles in El Movimiento; actor Edward James Olmos co-produced the show. Shows are scheduled at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17; and 5 p.m. Sunday, May 18, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. Also on the agenda: performances by actor/artist Zarco Guerrero and the band Trio Picoso. Tickets range from $20 to $30, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices; call 262-7272 or 503-5555.

Road Trip: Los Angeles Chamber Players at Arcosanti: Paolo Soleri's futuristic settlement in the high desert kicks off its ever-marvelous outdoor summer concert series with a performance by the quartet on Saturday, May 17. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the facility's Colly Soleri Music Center; an optional dinner precedes at 6:30. Arcosanti is located off I-17 at Cordes Junction, near the town of Mayer, about 70 miles north of Phoenix. Tickets are $12.50, $25 for the meal and the show. Reservations are required for dinner; call 1-520-632-7135.

Little Murders: See Thursday.
Love! Valour! Compassion!: See Thursday.
"Rodeo at the Rodeo": See Friday.
Seven Guitars: See Thursday.

sunday
may 18
Robbie Conal: The New York City-born, L.A.-based artist, best known for his scathing satirical works that include "Sex Drugs Rock'n'Roll" and "Newtwit," concludes the "Raised on Rock and Roll" lecture forum with a free program titled "Art Attack: The Midnight Politics of a Guerrilla Artist." The presentation's held in conjunction with Phoenix Art Museum's "It's Only Rock and Roll: Rock and Roll Currents in Contemporary Art" (see the Art Exhibits listing). It starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, in the Whiteman Lecture Hall at PAM, 1625 North Central. For details call 257-1880.

The Grifters: "Ninety-nine percent of indie music sucks. . . . There's no feeling there," states Dave Shouse of this Memphis, Tennessee, combine, which started life at the dawn of the decade as a drunk-rock band in the Replacements mold and slowly grew up to be a pretty decent songwriting collective with some real chops; for proof, check out the tracks "The Straight Time" and "Last Man Alive" from the group's new disc, Ain't My Lookout. One of the album's reviewers labeled the band "a Southern-fried Television." Bingo. The Grifters perform Sunday, May 18, at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. The Scud Mountain Boys share the bill. Showtime is 10 p.m. For details call 968-9490.

Zia Record Exchange Anniversary Party: The chain celebrates its 17th birthday with a free celebration at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School, on Sunday, May 18. The lineup includes Sweet Vine, Sludge Nation, Yoko Love, and Shoebomb. Showtime is 8 p.m. For details call 265-4842.

Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical: See Saturday.
The Last Angry Brown Hat: See Saturday.
Love! Valour! Compassion!: See Thursday.
"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": See Saturday.
"Rodeo at the Rodeo": See Friday.
Seven Guitars: See Thursday.

monday
may 19
Laurence Juber: The England-born guitarist is best known for his three-year stint with the final incarnation of Paul McCartney's Wings; he's least appreciated for co-writing the lyrics and music to Gilligan's Island: The Musical with his wife, Hope, daughter of Gilligan creator Sherwood Schwartz. Touring in support of a new, all-acoustic disc, Winter Guitar, Juber performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, at Boogie Music, 3552 West Cactus. Admission is $5. Seating is limited; call 978-6688.

Kiss of the Spider Woman: The Musical: See Saturday.
"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": See Saturday.

tuesday
may 20
Susanna Hoffs: The former Bangle and new mom is touring in support of her second solo disc and first since '91; it's an eponymous effort that includes guest input from David Baerwald, former Go-Go Charlotte Caffey, Cracker's David Lowery, ex-Jellyfish member Jason Falkner and 4 Non Blondes' Linda Perry. Hoffs is scheduled on Tuesday, May 20, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Showtime is 8 p.m. For details call 967-1234.

Mike Utley Celebrity Golf Classic: Various NFL players tee it up in the sixth annual fund raiser, named after the former Detroit Lion guard who was paralyzed during a game in November 1991. The public segment of the tourney starts at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, on the Lookout Mountain Course at the Pointe Hilton at Tapatio Cliffs, 11111 North Seventh Street; the Utley Celebrity Long-Drive Competition precedes at 9 a.m. Admission is free; proceeds from related nonpublic functions are divided between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix and various agencies seeking cures for paralysis and spinal-cord injuries. For details call 224-0909.

James and Salle Redfield: Author James penned the "spiritual adventure stories" The Celestine Prophecy and The Tenth Insight. Wife/partner Salle created accompanying audio tapes titled The Celestine Meditations and Meditations for the Tenth Insight. The Redfields share the vibe at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. Tickets are $25. For details call 970-8543.

Phoenix Firebirds: The Triple A/Pacific Coast League affiliate of baseball's San Francisco Giants continues its 34th--and final--season in the Valley with a home stand against the Las Vegas Stars. This week's games are on Tuesday, May 20; and Wednesday, May 21. More matches are slated for Thursday, May 22; and Friday, May 23. All start at 7:05 p.m. at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. Tickets range from $4 to $8, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 275-0500 or 503-5555.

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