Gene: Those who yet mourn the passing of the Smiths tandem of Morrissey and Marr might try fellow British act Gene, which features a similar passion-pop interplay between vocalist Martin Rossiter and guitarist Steve Mason. Those who think that such a sound is dated, circa 1997, well, you're not dead wrong. On the upside, Rossiter and company display as much devotion to glam as they do to Morrissey-brand gloom. Touring behind its second disc, Drawn to the Deep End, Gene performs Thursday, June 5, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Star 69 shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8, available at the club and Ticketmaster; call 967-1234 or 784-4444.
"Cesar Chavez Tribute Exhibit": The installation at Alwun House commemorates the late United Farm Workers of America founder, a native Arizonan, via photos, artwork and memorabilia. It continues through Friday, June 27, at the gallery, 1204 East Roosevelt. Viewing is free; hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. Call 253-7887.
"Preview Nites": The series features screenings of independently made works by Southwest and West Coast filmmakers, plus music and round-table discussions. The inaugural edition starts with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $15, available at the center and Dillard's; call 965-5377 or 503-5555.
Phoenix Firebirds: The Triple A/Pacific Coast League affiliate of baseball's San Francisco Giants continues its 34th--and final--season in the Valley. The squad plays the Edmonton Trappers at 7:05 p.m. Thursday, June 5; 7:05 p.m. Friday, June 6; 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 7; and 6:05 p.m. Sunday, June 8. The 'birds take on the Albuquerque Dukes at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 10; and the same time Wednesday, June 11. The scene is Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. Tickets range from $4 to $8, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 275-0500 or 503-5555.
"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": The Arizona VisionWeavers organization sponsors this exhibit of conceptual works about desert habitation and conservation by architects from around the state, including Marlene Imirzian, Todd Bogatay, Don Grieb, Anne Marie Nequette and William Harold Kurtz. The show continues through Sunday, August 31, in the Mezzanine and Lower galleries at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays. Call 994-2787 or 949-5860.
"Fiestas de la Vida: Devotion and Ritual in Mexican Folk Art": The exhibition includes ceremonial, decorative and political/historical objects related to the liturgical calendar of Mexican holy days: los Dias de los Muertos (the Days of the Dead), the Feast Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Carnival, Christmas and Easter/Holy Week; the pieces were drawn from the permanent collection of the Arizona State University Art Museum and from various private holdings. The show opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, and continues through Sunday, September 7, at the ASU Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center, 10th Street and Mill in Tempe; artist Lisza Jaurigue is scheduled to work on her altar installation at the reception. Admission and viewing are free; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 965-2787.
13 featuring Lester Butler: Promising, youngblood blues from this L.A.-based band, which includes former Red Devils vocalist/harpist Butler and refugees from the Blasters, Canned Heat and Rod Piazza's Mighty Flyers. Showtime's 9 p.m. Friday, June 6, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $5. For details call 265-4842.
Phoenix Art Museum First Friday Jazz Series: Santa Fe-based Latin-jazz group Yobosó continues the popular series at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 6, in the Great Hall at PAM, 1625 North Central. Tickets are $7.50, $5 for members. For details call 257-1880 or 257-1222.
"Cesar Chavez Tribute Exhibit": See Thursday.
"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.
Bruce Cockburn: The great Canadian songsmith and owner of one of rock's most politicized voices has mellowed a bit this decade, though the cooling-off is relative. Recent discs by the author of hacked-off anthems like "Call It Democracy" and "If I Had a Rocket Launcher" have tended toward the politics of the heart that defined Bruce's more introspective '70s albums, but Cockburn's conscience remains a presence in the '90s. The musician, whose last name is pronounced "Coe-burn," performs Saturday, June 7, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.
National Trails Day: Numerous events celebrating America's trails system, including construction and maintenance, interpretive hikes and horseback rides, are scheduled at locations around the Valley and the state on Saturday, June 7. For a calendar, call 542-7116; also see the On the Road listing.