Calendar for the week

U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam: Bigfoot, Bearfoot, Grave Digger, Monster Patrol, Bustin Loose, and Cyborg are the stars of this year's gathering of the monster trucks, which features a guest appearance by three-story-tall Megasaurus. Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, August 1; and the same time Saturday, August 2, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $18, $8 for kids ages 2 to 12, available at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7800 or 503-5555.

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

saturday
august 2
"Smokin' Grooves Tour 1997" featuring George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, Cypress Hill, and Erykah Badu: Give up the funk: Clinton's mothership lands on Saturday, August 2, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Riding shotgun are the barrio rappers of Cypress Hill, soulful Texan Badu, the Brand New Heavies, and the Roots. Showtime is 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $25, available at Ticketmaster. For more information, call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

"Wasteland Circus": The "not for the squeamish" dis of downtown Phoenix--the "Wasteland" of the title--features video works, performance art, experimental theater and storytelling by Valley artists Mary Kay Zeeb, Michele Delgado, Jeff Falk, Maria Asaro, Lew Alquist and others. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, August 2, at MARS Artspace, 126 South Central, in Luhrs Office Center. The cover is $5. For details call 253-3541.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Thursday.
Pageant: See Thursday.
The Twins: See Friday.
U.S. Hot Rod Monster Jam: See Friday.

sunday
august 3
The Specials: Lynval Golding, Neville Staples, Roddy Byers and Horace Panter, the founding fathers of this groundbreaking group and, by extension, of England's late-'70s 2-Tone movement, continue to front the well-named ska/pop crew, which performs an outdoor gig on Sunday, August 3, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. The Cherry Poppin' Daddies, and Jim Jones and the Tempters share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $13, available at Dillard's. For details call 921-7343 or 503-5555.

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

monday
august 4
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 Sacramento Monarchs at 7 p.m. Monday, August 4; and the Utah Starzz at the same time Wednesday, August 6, 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.

"Dry Heat Comedy Show" featuring Michael Finney, and Mark Cordes: The two standups host various special guests--including George Lopez, Bill Engvall, and Henry Cho--at this fund raiser for the 4-11 Red Mountain Academy. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 4, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $15 and $17.50, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

tuesday
august 5
bis: The title of this Scottish act's pogo-revival tune "Kandy Pop" offers as good a description as any for the overall sound of the tight, light and bright trio. But the Glasgow threesome's best attribute is its free-flying imagination, showcased on tunes like "Dinosaur Germs," "Skinny Tie Sensurround" and "Monstarr," from the band's full-length bow, The New Transistor Heroes. The Sugarcubes meet Bikini Kill--fun stuff. bis is scheduled Tuesday, August 5, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. The Skirts, and Mad At 'Em share the stage. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance, $8 the day of the show, available at Dillard's. Call 820-7117 or 503-5555.

Boston: It's been more than two decades since the multilayered melodics of "More Than a Feeling" met the lowly eight-track, but this not-just-another-band-out-of-Boston is still playing that ageless (some say "soulless") stuff that was originally marketed with the slogan "Better Music Through Technology" (yeah, right). MIT-educated guitarist Tom Scholz, vocalist Brad Delp and the rest of the Bean Town gang take the stage on Tuesday, August 5, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $18.25 to $40.25, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

The Old 97's: Solid, smart-ass country--and a bunch of stuff that owes deep debts to country--from one of the unlikeliest country outfits ever to walk the Earth. Led by moptop guitarist/vocalist Rhett Miller and bassist/vocalist Murry Hammond, who look like they should be home cramming for finals, Texas' 97's rock the metaphorical roadhouse on offerings like "W. TX Teardrops," "Melt Show" and "Four Leaf Clover" (an homage to X featuring a guest vocal by Exene Cervenka); see the story on page 94. The Grievous Angels open at 10 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. The cover is $7. Call 967-9531.

Brian Setzer Orchestra: The guitarist and former Stray Cat struts at the head of this swinging, 17-piece ensemble, which merges rockabilly and hot jazz. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $22.75, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

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

wednesday
august 6
"Lollapalooza 1997" featuring Prodigy, Tool, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Korn, James, and Julian and Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley and the Uprising Band: "His majesty of trip-hop," Tricky, has quit the tour, but there's enough wattage remaining on the main stage of Perry Farrell's traveling alt. show to fry the Valley like a monster monsoon. The understage includes Failure, the Pugs, the Lost Boyz, the Demolition Doll Rods, Skeleton Key, and Orbit; the Concourse features the Brain Forest ("thematic art and music"), the Greenhouse ("political awareness," "environmental issues"), the Temple ("performance art pageantry") and the Agora (arts, crafts, edibles). The fest opens at 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 6, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue; the music starts at 3. Tickets are $22.50, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

"Canyonland Visions" and "Crossing the Frontier": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Thursday.
Phoenix Mercury: See Monday.

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