Calendar for the week

Arizona Rattlers: The arena-football squad takes on the Milwaukee Mustangs at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the "Snake Pit": America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. The Rattlers' next home game is at the same time Saturday, July 26, against the Albany Firebirds. Tickets range from $9 to $37, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 514-8383, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

David Benoit: As contemporary jazzers go, keyboardist Benoit's not bad. The California native has a head for harmony and a commendable commitment to the acoustic style of his hero, Dave Brubeck; still, as one wise wag once put it, "Why not skip the middleman [Benoit] and buy some Brubeck?" Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at the Red River Opry, Mill and Washington in Tempe. Tickets are available at the scene and Dillard's; call 829-6779 or 503-5555.

Loot: See Friday.
"Zandra Rhodes: The Surface and Beyond": See Thursday.
Rusty Zinn Blues Band: See Friday.

sunday
july 13
Road Trip: "Sandra Semchuk: how far back is home . . ." in Tucson: Canadian artist Semchuk specializes in striking, self-expressionist works about "ethnic, nationalistic and gender identity." The exhibit, featuring photo, video and installation pieces, makes its only U.S. stop at the Old Pueblo's University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography, located north of Second Street on Olive Road. The show opens with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 13, and continues through Sunday, September 14. Viewing is free; regular hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For details call 1-520-621-7968.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Saturday.
Loot: See Friday.
"Zandra Rhodes: The Surface and Beyond": See Thursday.

monday
july 14
Blue Note: A Story of Modern Jazz: Part one of this documentary about Alfred Lion's groundbreaking Blue Note label, produced by the Bravo! cable channel, screens at 7 p.m. Monday, July 14, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Part two shows at the same time Monday, July 21. Admission is free. For details call 957-6660.

"Sandra Semchuk: how far back is home . . ." in Tucson: See Sunday.

tuesday
july 15
My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult: Buzz McCoy, Groovie Mann, Kitty Killdare and the rest of this brainpan-rattling industrial-disco crew return for a gig on Tuesday, July 15, at the Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Radio Iodine shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Cadillac Desert: Water & the Transformation of Nature: Based on Marc Reisner's book Cadillac Desert and Sandra Postel's work Last Oasis, the PBS series chronicles the corrupting battle for water rights and access that's been raging in the West for most of this century. The final installment, titled "Last Oasis," explores water-conservation issues and airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 15, on KAET-TV, Channel 8. For details call 965-2308.

INXS: There are a few acts whose names we dare not utter, lest they claw the stakes from their hearts and rise to tour again. Who squealed and allowed INXS to creep from the crypt? Michael Hutchence and the Australia-born '80s hit machine--which was, unbelievably, considered edgy at one particularly dull moment in the Decade du Raygun--will undoubtedly sprinkle oldies like "What You Need" and "Listen Like Thieves" among selections from its new disc, Elegantly Wasted, on Tuesday, July 15, at Union Hall, Sixth Street and Van Buren. The all-ages show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 in advance, $26 the day of the show, available at the hall and Dillard's; call 253-7100 or 503-5555.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Saturday.
"Zandra Rhodes: The Surface and Beyond": See Thursday.
"Sandra Semchuk: how far back is home . . ." in Tucson: See Sunday.

wednesday
july 16
Phoenix Mercury: The Valley's Women's National Basketball Association franchise is coached and managed by one of the top female b-ball players of all time, Cheryl Miller. The Mercury continues its first season, in the WNBA's inaugural year, with a game against the Sacramento Monarchs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $8 to $25, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 252-9622, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

The Lucky Stars, and the Gourds: Hollywood's Stars, roving ambassadors of the Bucket-Lid label, do a drop-dead take on vintage hillbilly-swing acts like Hank Thompson's Brazos Valley Boys. Texas' Gourds play decent, twangy roots. Showtime is 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $5. For details call 265-4842.

Edwin McCain: The South Carolina act is a member of the Kitchen Sink Soul movement pioneered by Hootie and the Blowfish and the Dave Matthews Band, and, like those groups, is popular for reasons we don't fully comprehend. Treehouse shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $10, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Saturday.
Loot: See Friday.
"Zandra Rhodes: The Surface and Beyond": See Thursday.
"Sandra Semchuk: how far back is home . . ." in Tucson: See Sunday.

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