Calendar for the week

friday
august 15
Buck-O-Nine: Surfacely, the San Diego septet has a lot in common with fellow Baja Bay Area band Blink 182; both groups are fast and funny, though Blink is faster and funnier, and has a far more wicked Weltanschauung. But Buck-O's not bad; it draws less on speed-punk and more on ska and reggae, infusing the slacker vignettes on its new disc, Twenty-Eight Teeth, with sure-footed rhythms and plenty of horn power. Standout tracks: the misspelled "Albequerque" and the cover of Joe Jackson's "I'm the Man." The relocated, all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Friday, August 15, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

MUFON Fair: The state chapter of the national Mutual UFO Network hosts this annual event at Christown Mall, 19th Avenue and Bethany Home. On the agenda: appearances by UFOlogists and alleged abductees, video clips of UFO "events" and hypnotherapy sessions conducted by a "certified doctor." The fair's scheduled Friday, August 15; Saturday, August 16; and Sunday, August 17. Call 242-9074.

"Crossing the Frontier" and "Canyonland Visions": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Thursday.
Bruce Smirnoff: See Thursday.
"Token City": See Thursday.

saturday
august 16
King Day: Presley Impersonators, Elvis '56: For everybody but those poor saps who think he's still frying up peanut butter and plantain sandwiches down South America way, Elvis Presley died hopped-up, bloated and before his time 20 years ago today. Among the local commemorations planned are tributes by impersonators Matt Lewis and Todd Luxton at the living wax museum named Superstars Theater, 11518 East Apache Trail in Apache Junction (Lewis specializes in early Elvis; Luxton does late-period Presley). Shows are scheduled at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday, August 16. Tickets are $15 (call 380-0200). Those who'd rather commune with the real thing--the Pelvis in his prime--should tune in Elvis '56 at 8 or 9:30 p.m. Saturday on KAET-TV, Channel 8; the 1987 documentary, directed by Alan Raymond and Susan Raymond and narrated by Levon Helm, features vintage performances of "Heartbreak Hotel," "Don't Be Cruel," "Baby Let's Play House" and other standards, plus rare images and interview clips (call 965-2308). For a picks-and-pans review of Presley's Hollywood career, see page 100.

"Electric Highway Tour" featuring the Crystal Method, Arkarna, Uberzone, and Terry Mullan: The kids'll be dancing with dust devils and trip-hopping the light fantastic on Saturday, August 16, as this electronic/dance bash hits Compton Terrace, I-10 and Queen Creek Road in Chandler. An unrelated version of this summer's massive "Big Top" electronica tour (which wasn't scheduled to play the Valley at press time), "Electric Highway" also features scheduled performances by DJ Icey, the Bombshelter DJs, Gary Menichiello, R.C. Lair, Skylab SoundSystem, AK1200, and Karma. It starts at 9 p.m. and continues 'til 6 a.m.; tickets are $20, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 945-3898 or 784-4444.

Arizona Lowrider Super Show: Take a little trip to Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams, for the 19th annual "Fiesta on Wheels." The show features the latest in low-slung autos and other "special interest" vehicles, plus performances by various DJs and hip-hop acts. Hours are 5 p.m. Saturday, August 16, to 1 a.m.; and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday, August 17, in exhibit halls A through E. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at Dillard's; accompanied kids 10 and under get in free. For details call 262-7272 or 503-5555.

Arizona Rattlers Playoffs: The arena-football team hosts a semifinal against the Tampa Bay Storm at 5 p.m. Saturday, August 16, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $10 to $38, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 514-8383, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

"Crossing the Frontier" and "Canyonland Visions": See Thursday.
"The Great Dinosaur Extinction": See Thursday.
MUFON Fair: See Friday.
Bruce Smirnoff: See Thursday.
"Token City": See Thursday.

tuesday
august 19
Willie Nelson: Willie's not pleasing to all palates--an old Texas pal used to say of Nelson, treasonously, "He sangs like a cow a-dyin'"--but the ponytailed performer is a towering figure in the realm of outlaw/outsider country, and a virtual immortal at home in the Lone Star State. And, expiring bovine or not, it's hard to deny Willie's deft way with asong--like, say, "Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain" or "Angel Flying Too Close to the Ground." Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, 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.

Hawaii Five-0 Cigar Festival: Book 'em, Dano--your reservations, that is, for this aromatic luau, which features premium-cigar sampling, libations, a five-course "tropical feast" and entertainment. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 19, at the Famous Door Supper Club, 7419 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale. Tickets are $65, and must be purchased in advance; call 941-0101 or 970-1945.

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

wednesday
august 20
Patti LaBelle: Patti and her soul sisters in the '70s trio LaBelle--Wynona "Nona" Hendryx and Sarah Dash--looked like they'd just beamed down from planet Mongo in the "Lady Marmalade" days, but weren't they great days? Twenty-three years later, the solo LaBelle (real name: Patricia Holt) still has the pipes--an extraordinary voice with a five-octave range--and a taste for topflight producers. New Orleans' Allen Toussaint manned the board for "Marmalade" and its album of origin, Nightbirds; '90s megastars Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis penned and produced the first single ("When You Talk About Love") from 53-year-old Patti's new disc, Flame. Rahsaan Patterson opens at 8 p.m. Wednesday, August 20, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $31 and $41, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

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