Calendar for the week

Phoenix Mercury: Coach Cheryl Miller's Women's National Basketball Association franchise continues its first season, in the WNBA's inaugural year, with games against the Los Angeles Sparks at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25; and the Cleveland Rockers at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 28, 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.

Ozzie Ahlers: Ahlers, a solid keyboardist with a highly melodic style, has played with Van Morrison, Jerry Garcia, Jesse Colin Young and, most recently, Craig Chaquico. (On the downside, Ozzie contributed to the soundtrack of Gumby: The Movie.) Touring behind his solo debut, Fingerpainting, Ahlers performs free shows at 8 p.m. Friday, July 25, at Borders Books & Music at 7320 West Bell in Glendale (call 487-9110); 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Borders store at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa (call 833-2244); and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Borders location at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200 (call 957-6660).

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

saturday
july 26
Brad featuring Stone Gossard: While intense slacker Eddie Vedder quietly stews, Pearl Jam guitarist Gossard is fiddling with this excellent side project, which also features Satchel vocalist Shawn Smith and drummer Regan Hagar. Supporting its second disc, Interiors, Brad's scheduled at 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the Zia Record Exchange at 105 West University in Tempe; and at 9 that night at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Both shows are open to all ages; Verbow shares the latter bill. Admission to the Zia show is free (call 829-1967); tickets to the Gibson's show are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster (call 967-1234 or 784-4444).

Arizona Rattlers: Danny White coaches the arena-football squad, which takes on the Albany Firebirds at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at the "Snake Pit": America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $9 to $37, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 514-8383, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Ozzie Ahlers: See Friday.
"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Friday.
Loot: See Thursday.
Pageant: See Thursday.

sunday
july 27
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 state finals, featuring the top six acts from last week's prelims, are scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Chico Chism's Chicago Blues Band hosts a post-Showdown jam. The cover is $6. For details call 265-4842 or 252-0599.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Friday.
Loot: See Thursday.
Pageant: See Thursday.

tuesday
july 29
Phish: The navel-gazing quartet from Vermont, sort of a deep-woods Dead, is pretty popular, but that's more a product of its cool vibe than its derivative sound. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets are $25 in advance, $27 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

"The Gay Comedy Jam": This touring show features Houston-based standups Scott Kennedy and Kevin Maye, who dish on targets gay and straight; Kennedy's an Arizona native. Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29; and the same time Wednesday, July 30, at the Tempe Improv Comedy Theater, Rural and University (at Cornerstone mall). Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show. For details call 921-9877.

The 007's: Hollywood's Sprague Brothers (Frank and Chris) and masked bassist Mr. X play "secret agent spy music" like the theme from Goldfinger, plus "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" and other Cocktail Nation curiosities. Phonoroyale shares the stage. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $4. For details call 265-4842.

OMC: The name stands for "Otara Millionaires Club," but the act consists--on a recording basis, at least--solely of New Zealand dance/pop dude Pauly Fuemana, born to a mother of Maori descent and raised in the South Auckland ghetto of Otara. The Southern Hemisphere hit "How Bizarre" gained Pauly entree to the North American market. The Murmurs share the stage. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 29, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $7, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Friday.

wednesday
july 30
Skavoovie and the Epitones, Spring Heeled Jack, and Isaac Green and the Skalars: The Third Wave ska acts--from Boston, Connecticut and St. Louis, respectively--gang up for "Moonstomp II" on Wednesday, July 30, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at Dillard's. For details call 820-7117 or 503-5555.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
"The Gay Comedy Jam": See Tuesday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Friday.

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