Calendar for the week

Arizona Internet and Computer Expo: Techies, Trekkies, Webheads and average schmos lost in cyberspace converge at this inaugural event, slated for 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 18; and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 19, in Exhibit Hall D at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Admission is $7. For details call 491-8373 or 262-7272.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre: Probably the best thing about the San Francisco band is its name, an impertinent paean to late Rolling Stone Brian Jones and Jim Jones' poison-punch-swilling Guyana bunch. BJM's sound will appeal to those who like the notion of flowery, mop-top-era psychedelia mated with stark, end-of-millennium nihilism. Colfax Abbey, and the Suicide Kings share the bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. The cover is $7. Call 820-7117.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
Loot: See Thursday.
"New Play Cabaret": See Thursday.
Scott Thompson: See Thursday.

saturday
july 19
Son Volt: No musician since Gram Parsons has received, or deserved, as much credit for inching rock back toward its roots as Son Volt guitarist/vocalist Jay Farrar. That's a mouthful, but one that's warranted based on Farrar's rich vein of alt.-Americana songs, one he mined with Uncle Tupelo prior to founding Son Volt; see the story on page 90. Touring behind their second disc, Straightaways, Farrar and company perform Saturday, July 19, at the Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Varnaline shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Antiques Roadshow Live: The city-hopping PBS series, which bills its mission as a "national search for America's hidden treasures," offers gratis appraisals of vintage valuables by experts from auction houses like Sotheby's, Christie's, and Butterfield & Butterfield. Prepping for its second season, the Roadshow hits the Valley on Saturday, July 19; the event's free and open to all collectible-bearing comers, but only those with rare or unusual items are likely to receive air time when the Phoenix show screens (in January '98 or thereafter). Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. For details call 1-888-762-3749 or 262-7272.

The Monkees: The most talented--hell, the only talented--Monkee, Michael Nesmith, is sitting out this tour whilst purportedly "working on plans for a new Monkees feature film." That leaves Davy Jones, Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, a six-piece backing band and some fairly steep ticket prices, considering. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. The tix are $27 and $37, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

Arizona Internet and Computer Expo: See Friday.
"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
Loot: See Thursday.
"New Play Cabaret": See Thursday.
Scott Thompson: See Thursday.

sunday
july 20
Steve Miller Band: Guitarist Miller's hanging this summer's tour on a couple of pretty slim hooks: the 20th anniversary of the singles "Jet Airliner" and "Jungle Love" and the 15th anniversary of "Abracadabra." Fellow Texas ax man Eric Johnson opens. Showtime is 8 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets range from $15.50 to $40.25, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

Arizona Blues Showdown: The Phoenix Blues Society sponsors the seventh annual gathering of state bluesicians, who vie for a trip to Memphis for October's International Blues Talent Competition; the Valley's Sistah Blue placed second overall in last year's International. This year's preliminary rounds are scheduled at 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, July 20, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The top three acts from each session return for the finals, slated for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the same venue. The cover is $5 for the prelims, $6 for the finals. For details call 265-4842 or 252-0599.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
Loot: See Thursday.
"New Play Cabaret": See Thursday.
Scott Thompson: See Thursday.

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

tuesday
july 22
Phoenix Mercury: The 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 Houston Comets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. The team's next home game is at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, versus the Los Angeles Sparks. Tickets range from $8 to $25, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 252-9622, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.

wednesday
july 23
"Trash Disco": Celebrating the '70s and that decade's attendant buzz words--"polyester," "platform shoes," "the Bee Gees," et al.--the "Disco" ball happens Wednesday, July 23; and each Wednesday at Anderson's Fifth Estate, 6820 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. Admission is free. For details call 994-4168.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
Loot: See Thursday.

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