Calendar for the week

"Elusive Nature: The U.S. Representation From the 1996 Cuenca Bienal of Painting": The exhibit, curated by Phoenix Art Museum's David Rubin and featuring nature-themed paintings and works on paper by New York's Katherine Bowling and Joan Nelson, Santa Fe's Michael Kessler, Chicago's Andrew Young, San Francisco's Eva Bovenzi and Connecticut's Timothy McDowell, makes its only stateside stop at PAM, 1625 North Central. The show's sextet of artists represented America at last year's Bienal in Cuenca, Ecuador. The installation opens Saturday, June 14, and continues through Sunday, September 14, in the museum's Orme Lewis Gallery. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays). For details call 257-1880 or 257-1222.

Arizona Sandsharks: The Continental Indoor Soccer League franchise opens the regular home season with a game against the Portland Pride at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. The squad's next home game is at the same time Friday, June 20, versus the Seattle SeaDogs. Tickets range from $6 to $18, available at the scene and Dillard's. For details call 833-7150, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Mainly Mozart Festival: Jeffrey Siegel, noted for his "Keyboard Conversations" series, is artistic director of the 12th annual tribute to Wolfgang and friends, which concludes Saturday, June 14. Orchestra concerts featuring all-Mozart programs are scheduled at 3 p.m. at La Sala, located in the University Center Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale; and at 8 p.m. at Paul V. Galvin Playhouse at Arizona State University's Nelson Fine Arts Center, 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. A family concert titled "Music for the Young and the Young at Heart" precedes at 10:30 a.m. at the Tempe facility. Tickets are $20 and $23 for the orchestra performances, $10 for the family show, available at Dillard's; call 503-5555. For general information, call 543-6057.

"Phun Wit Shkspr": The "Borders Benefit Days" series continues with this fund raiser for Actors Theatre of Phoenix. Highlights include the title program by ATP's "Reduced Shakespeare Company"--i.e., the cast of the ensemble's The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged), a revival of which opens Friday, June 20, at Herberger Theater Center--and a presentation by noted prop designer Cat Dragon. The event's scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Admission is free; 15 percent of the proceeds from Saturday's store sales benefit the troupe. For details call 957-6660.

Drive Against AIDS Golf Tournament: AIDS Project Arizona sponsors the fourth annual tourney, which tees off at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 14, on the Indian Bend Course at the Camelback Golf Club, 7847 North Mockingbird Lane in Scottsdale; registration precedes at 6. All proceeds are divvied up between APAZ and the Malta Center. For details call 265-2437.

Phoenix Guitar Show: New, used and classic instruments are on display and on sale at the sixth annual mecca for ax aficionados, scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at the VFW hall at 4853 East Thomas. Admission is $4. For details call 496-8906.

Road Trip: "The Rocky Autograph Picture Show" in Tucson: Some of the vintage "stars" scheduled to make appearances at this TV/movie memorabilia blowout include Maggie Peterson and Jean Carson (who portrayed Charlene Darling and one of the "Fun Girls," respectively, on The Andy Griffith Show), Johnny Crawford (Chuck Connors' son on The Rifleman), Sue Ane Langdon (of the Elvis Presley vehicle Frankie and Johnny), Beverly Washburn (of the cult-fave flick Spider Baby) and a passel of second-tier actors from The High Chaparral, including Don Collier, Ted Markland, Roberto Contreras and Bobby Hoy. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 14; and the same on Sunday, June 15, at Old Tucson Studios, 201 South Kinney, in Tucson Mountain Park. Admission is $14.95, $9.45 for kids ages 4 to 11; half-price coupons are available at Old Pueblo-area AlphaGraphics locations. Call 1-520-883-0100, extension 1.

"Fiestas de la Vida: Devotion and Ritual in Mexican Folk Art": See Thursday.
Grease!: See Thursday.

june 15
rex: Those who long for the days of lounging on the floor umbilically attached to the stereo by a set of headphones the size of Princess Leia's buns will dig this "chamber rock" (prog-rock, sorta) trio from New York, which is often likened to the Red House Painters and Tortoise and, less convincingly, to Galaxie 500 and the Velvet Underground. Those who don't won't. rex is scheduled at 10 p.m. Sunday, June 15, at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. Call 968-9490.

John Stewart: Stewart's been one of folk-pop's mainstays from his Kingston Trio days to "Daydream Believer" to "Bad Rats" to "Gold" (with Stevie Nicks) to "Runaway Trains" to "Sweet Dreams Will Come" (with Nanci Griffith). He returns Sunday, June 15, for one of his semiannual shows at Anderson's Fifth Estate, 6820 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. This one's in support of Stewart's new disc, Rough Sketches From Route 66. Tickets are available at Dillard's. For details call 994-4168 or 503-5555.

"Elusive Nature: The U.S. Representation From the 1996 Cuenca Bienal of Painting": See Saturday.

"Fiestas de la Vida: Devotion and Ritual in Mexican Folk Art": See Thursday.
Grease!: See Thursday.
"The Rocky Autograph Picture Show": See Saturday.

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