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sunday
august 31
"U-Fest '97" featuring Megadeth: Dave Mustaine's Phoenix-based metal crew headlines another big gig in its adopted home base on Sunday, August 31, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson (the band hosted the national coming-out party for its new disc, Cryptic Writings, at Mesa Amphitheatre in June). The show, sponsored by KUPD-FM 97.9, also includes scheduled performances by the Misfits, Gravity Kills, and the Nixons. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 and $25 in advance, $15 and $27 the day of the show, available at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7800 or 503-5555.

"Drawing Distinctions": See Saturday.
"From Cairo to Carefree": See Saturday.
"Virgil Hancock: New Ruins, Old Boneyards": See Saturday.

monday
september 1
The Kelley Deal 6000: Kelley, the historically trouble-plagued twin sister of more successful Deal kid Kim (the Pixies, the Breeders, the Amps), continues to do it for herself--and do it well--with this group, an offshoot of Kelley's heroin-induced '95 stay at a Minnesota halfway house, where she found the impetus to strike out on her own with the first incarnation of her namesake act. Touring behind its second disc, Boom! Boom! Boom!, TKD6K is scheduled Monday, September 1, in the Fender Showcase Room at the Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. The cover is $7. For details call 894-0707.

Charlie Musselwhite: The elegant, Mississippi-born, San Francisco-based bluesman, a.k.a. the "ace of harps," has long been one of the top contemporary performers hoeing the deep-blues field. His new disc, Rough News, includes a terrific take on the old Farina/Santo instrumental "Sleepwalk," and could be a crossover contender. Showtime is 8 p.m. Monday, September 1, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster; call 265-4842 or 784-4444.

tuesday
september 2
Yo La Tengo: Tengo vocalist/guitarist and former music critic Ira Kaplan disproves the old saw that those who can't rock 'n' roll write for rock periodicals. Kaplan and his longtime bandmates from Hoboken, New Jersey--drummer Georgia Hubley and bassist James McNew--play old-school alt at its smartest, but they're best known for their memorable deconstructions of tunes by other folks--from Sonic Youth to Fleetwood Mac. Case in point: Yo La Tengo's new double CD, I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One, includes a cover of the Beach Boys' "Little Honda." See the story on page 94. The Les Payne Product shares the bill on Tuesday, September 2, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at Dillard's; call 503-5555. For general info, call 967-9531.

"Art of the Matter: Seven Collaborations in Paper Art": See Thursday.
"Drawing Distinctions": See Saturday.
"From Cairo to Carefree": See Saturday.
"Virgil Hancock: New Ruins, Old Boneyards": See Saturday.

wednesday
september 3
Proposals: The world-premiere tour of Neil Simon's latest work for the stage--his 30th--plays the Orpheum Theatre following an L.A. run and in advance of productions in New Haven, Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; and, this November, on Broadway. Terrific actor Ron Rifkin (the recent movie The Substance of Fire) tops a cast that also includes Suzanne Cryer and L. Scott Caldwell in Simon's romantic comedy about a family reunion in the Poconos. Joe Mantello, who helmed both the off-Broadway and Hollywood versions of Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!, directed. An opening performance is slated for 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, at the theater, 203 West Adams. More shows are scheduled Thursday, September 4, through Thursday, September 11. Tickets range from $32.50 to $45; if available, they're at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices (call 262-7272 or 503-5555).

Shawn Colvin: Postfolkie Colvin, a well-traveled wisp of a woman with a big, clear voice and a tall talent for penning lyrical, ironic pop tunes (like "Round of Blues," from her '92 album Fat City), returns in support of her latest disc, A Few Small Repairs. Duncan Sheik opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $18 and $23 in advance, $21 and $26 the day of the show, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

Luther Vandross, and Vanessa Williams: Vandross had a hand in writing David Bowie's '70s hit "Fame" with Bowie and John Lennon, and Luther's spent most of the time since making the credit seem improbable. He's got that super tenor, and he's popular with the ladies (to whom he's sold millions and millions of albums jam-packed with moist urban power ballads), but, in the end, Vandross is really just a B-team Barry White--if basso profundo Barry were a castrato. (Luther's new disc is titled Your Secret Love--surprise, surprise.) "Vocalist" Vanessa--attempted actress (Hoodlum, Eraser) and momentary Miss America before being stripped of her title (pun definitely intended)--is big among those with tin ears. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 3, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $21.50 to $53.50, available at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7800 or 503-5555.

"Art of the Matter: Seven Collaborations in Paper Art": See Thursday.
"Drawing Distinctions": See Saturday.
"From Cairo to Carefree": See Saturday.
"Virgil Hancock: New Ruins, Old Boneyards": See Saturday.

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