Calendar for the week

Arizona Rattlers: The arena-football squad takes on the San Jose SaberCats at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 24, at the "Snake Pit": America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. The Rattlers' next home game is at the same time Saturday, June 21, against the Florida Bobcats. Tickets range from $9 to $37, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 514-8383, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

"Dis/Functional": See Thursday.
Edmond: See Friday.
Love! Valour! Compassion!: See Thursday.
"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
Seven Guitars: See Thursday.

sunday
may 25
"Black & White & Blues" featuring Carey Bell and Tough Luck: Mississippi-born, Chicago-based harp master Bell (real name: Carey Bell Harrington) and his band perform two sets at the fourth annual fund raiser for Visual Uplift, a nonprofit group that provides free photography lessons to at-risk kids. The fest also includes scheduled performances by Patti Williams and Delerious, Donnie Dean Band, Cold Shot and the Hurricane Horns, Rena Haus, Carvin Jones Band, Les Izmore, Barry Homan Band, Blaise Lantana, the Blues Shakers, and Hans Olson. The music starts at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 25, and continues 'til 1 a.m. at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $8, $7 for students and Phoenix Blues Society members. Call 265-4842 or 777-7040.

The Beat Angels' Anniversary Bash: Brian Smith's Valley glam band plays its whiskey-soaked slices of vintage-rock nirvana at a special show on Sunday, May 25, in honor of the group's third birthday. The (most appropriate) venue: the Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School. Call 956-6271.

"Dis/Functional": See Thursday.
"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
Sedona Chamber Music Festival: See Friday.
Seven Guitars: See Thursday.

monday
may 26
The Gipsy Kings: The Kings reside in the south of France, play combustible flamenco and move zillions of discs worth of the stuff--a better gig even than the Stones. Speaking of rock's jet set, you haven't lived 'til you've heard the Gipsies' version of the Eagles' "Hotel California" ("Velcome to zee 'otel Cal-ee-forn-ee-ah . . ."). Touring behind its first collection of new tunes in three years, Tierra Gitana, the group performs Monday, May 26, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26 and $46 in advance, $28 and $51 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices; call 644-2560 or 503-5555.

Satan's Pilgrims: The members of the campy West Coast band wear matching costumes and black capes and specialize in tremolo, reverb and reverence for instro-rock's true pilgrims, like the Trashmen, Duane Eddy, the Mar-Keys and Dick Dale's Del-Tones. The group returns for a show on Monday, May 26, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Girl Trouble shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. The cover is $7. For details call 894-0707.

"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.

tuesday
may 27
Stomp: The wildly popular, London-born, New York-based percussive/movement troupe gives new meaning to the term "found art." The Doc Martens-wearing crew brings the metaphorical kitchen sink and literally boots it around the stage at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams, along with a bunch of other unlikely noisemakers like plastic bags, brooms and cardboard boxes. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27; and the same time Wednesday, May 28. More shows are scheduled Thursday, May 29, through Sunday, June 1. Tickets range from $26 to $34, available at Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Trans Am: The moody, minimalist instrumental trio from Maryland aims for a Kraftwerk/Tortoise merger. But--appropriately, given its name--Trans Am sports a sixth gear that most so-called postrock acts lack; this band can shift into overdrive and cook with gas, as on the muscular workout "Carboforce," the next-to-last track on its latest disc, Surrender to the Night. (Or perhaps the song just seems muscular compared to the spacy noodling that precedes it; let's face it--what we have here is alt. rock constructed around synths and sans vocals.) The group performs Tuesday, May 27, at Tempe's Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109. Showtime is 10 p.m. For details call 968-9490.

A Chorus Line: The let's-put-on-a-show show still holds the record for Broadway's longest run. Original cast member Baayork Lee directed and choreographed the touring production of Line, conceived by Michael Bennett and written by Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 27; and the same time Wednesday, May 28, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. More shows are planned Thursday, May 29, through Sunday, June 1. Tickets range from $28 to $42, available at Gammage and Dillard's; call 965-3434 or 503-5555.

Magic Slim and the Teardrops: As oxymoronic as it sounds, here's a party band with integrity. The Teardrops' blues run raw and deep, with beats as big as Phoenix summer nights are warm. Hot fun, indeed. Guitarist/vocalist Slim (real name: Morris Holt) and his Chicago-based company are scheduled Tuesday, May 27, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Showtime is 9 p.m. The cover is $7. For more information, call 265-4842.

"Dis/Functional": See Thursday.
"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.

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