Calendar for the week

The Doobie Brothers: The core of this Doobies touring edition includes guitarists/vocalists Tom Johnston and Patrick Simmons and dual drummers Keith Knudson and Michael Hossack, so expect an emphasis on the early stuff. The all-ages shows starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, September 6, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Tickets are $23 in advance, $24 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices; call 644-2560 or 503-5555.

CopperCon 17: See Friday.
Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival: See Friday.
Proposals: See Thursday.
Rapid Eye Movement: See Friday.

september 7
10,000 Maniacs: Let's not beat around the bush; this is not the band whose lyrical mix of pop, poetics and politics made it one of the best acts of the mid-'80s to early '90s. The poetry and politics exited with former vocalist/songwriter Natalie Merchant in '93. (Justice: They seem to have deserted the solo Merchant, as well.) Which leaves us with the gleaming but faceless pop of the reconfigured group--comprising all of the original members except Natalie, plus new vocalist Mary Ramsey, a former back-up singer for the band. The Maniacs' new disc, Love Among the Ruins, is to 1987's In My Tribe as the '57 Quarrymen were to the Beatles of Sgt. Pepper. The band headlines the "NFL on TNT Tailgate Party," a warm-up to the Arizona Cardinals' home opener against the Dallas Cowboys (see the Sports listing). The outdoor show starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 7, on the South Plaza at the Arizona State University Activity Center, Sixth Street and Stadium Drive in Tempe; admission's free if you can get anywhere near there. For details call 379-0102.

CopperCon 17: See Friday.
Proposals: See Thursday.
Rapid Eye Movement: See Friday.

september 8
The Legendary Pink Dots: Based in the Netherlands and led by wayward Brit Edward Ka-Spel, the Dots have defined--and perpetually redefined--the term "cult band" since their humble beginnings in 1980. Purposefully hard to pin down, the Pink guys have been likened to both Syd Barrett and Skinny Puppy--name another act you can say that about--and play, at various times and occasionally simultaneously, mystical avant noise, sampled found sounds, warmed-over psychedelia and English teatime folk/murk. Twilight Circus, and the Silver Man open. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Monday, September 8, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $6 in advance, $8 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

AriZoni Awards: The Valley theater community is feted at this seventh annual ceremony, which gets under way at 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 8, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets are $13.50, available at the center; call 252-8497.

Kenny Loggins: Mr. "Footloose," approaching 50, has shaved off his flowing facial locks and co-authored a self-help book, The Unimaginable Life: Lessons Learned on the Path of Love--urk--with his second wife, an odd duck named Julia; the couple rattles on about stuff like healers and their wedding in the buff. Biohazard warning: Kenny's new album is also titled The Unimaginable Life, and seeks to spread the New Age gospel according to Loggins via another route. Nevertheless, tickets are going fast for his shows on Monday, September 8; and Tuesday, September 9, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Wethinks a few folks might be in for a surprise. Sax player Everette Harp opens each concert/be-in at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

Proposals: See Thursday.

september 10
Sheryl Crow, Wilco, and Michael Penn: Excellent lineup, excellent venue: cozy Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. The headliner, shooting star Sheryl Crow, was a complete unknown only three years ago; today, this Bonnie Raitt of roots/folk is near the top of her class, a passionate writer and performer of intense, of-the-moment tunes who seems to get better, and dig deeper, with each one. Jeff Tweedy's Wilco is always neck and neck with its main competitor, Jay Farrar's Son Volt, for best-of-field in the alt-Americana sweepstakes. And Michael Penn (brother of actors Sean and Chris) has made a strong, assured comeback with his new disc, Resigned--his first since 1992's Free for All. Showtime is 6 p.m. Wednesday, September 10. Tickets are $24 in advance, $26 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices; call 644-2560 or 503-5555.

Paula Poundstone: Like a Venus's-flytrap, this comedian draws in victims with patience and quiet intelligence, relying for bait on her misleadingly laid-back delivery. Then she devours 'em--us--for dinner. The leading lady of improv performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 10, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets range from $14 to $28, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 786-2680 or 784-4444.

The Skatalites: The Jamaican group not only invented ska, but the 'lites also embodied and perfected it. In recent years, we've seen a population explosion of the band's musical progeny--members of ska's burgeoning (and largely American) "third wave." Check out the original--minus, of course, the late and more than slightly mad genius Don Drummond--on Wednesday, September 10, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. The Mad Caddies, Kongo Shock, Dave's Big Deluxe, and Warsaw are also scheduled; showtime is 8 p.m. For details call 921-7343.

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