Calendar for the week

"Inescapable Histories": See Friday.

september 14
The Mr. T Experience: The California punk trio, named after the buffoonish '80s TV star, is known for its bitterly anguished, frequently inspired, occasionally vapid songs about love--or, more to the point, the death of feeling that follows the loss of love. Touring behind its new disc, Revenge Is Sweet and So Are You, the Experience (or MTX, as it's known to its loyalists) is scheduled Sunday, September 14, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. Call 820-7117.

The Ghosts of Ruby: The excellent PBS series Nature and its peripatetic, silver-haired and -tongued host, George Page, visit southern Arizona's former gold-mining encampment of Ruby to commune with its current (and original) residents: rattlesnakes, centipedes, bats, scorpions, Gila monsters, et al. The show airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, September 14, on KAET-TV, Channel 8. For details call 965-2308.

Tracy Lawrence, and Tracy Byrd: Dang, who can tell these sound-alike Nashville hats apart without a scorecard, or at least an x-ray? (Tracy L. took a couple of bullets in an abortive robbery attempt back in the early '90s, and one's still lodged in his hip.) The Tracys play tag team on Sunday, September 14, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $16.50 and $31.25, available at Ticketmaster. Call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

"Inescapable Histories": See Friday.
West Side See Saturday.

september 15
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere: Gaiman's the author of the now-defunct DC Comics "graphic novel" Sandman; Neverwhere's his first real book, a work of fictional fantasy. Screenings of the title video, a BBC-produced adaptation of the novel that's not available in the U.S., are scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday, September 15, at Borders Books & Music at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa (call 833-2244); and the same time Wednesday, September 17, at the Borders store at 7320 West Bell in Glendale (call 487-9110).

"EIDEA": See Thursday.
"Inescapable Histories": See Friday.

september 16
The Peechees: Retro garage/thrash punk/pop with a burst of real fruit flavor from grrrlish drummer Molly Neuman (Bratmobile, the Frumpies), vocalist/Lookout! Records co-owner Christopher Appelgren, guitarist Carlos Canedo and bassist Rop Vazquez. Could the Berkeley, California, band be the next DIY crew to cross over a la Sleater-Kinney? Don't bet your indie label against it. Sea of Cortez shares the tiny "stage" at Tempe's Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, on Tuesday, September 16. Showtime is 10 p.m. For details call 968-9490.

Counting Crows, and the Wallflowers: We'd rather stone Adam Duritz's Crows--one of the truly lame bands of the '90s. But we won't be quite so quick to chuck rocks at the Wallflowers, as some critics have--probably, knowing critics, as a backlash against the group's late-blooming success and acceptance by the mainstream. Hell, good music's good music, and the 'flowers have the potential to be with us for some time; it certainly doesn't hurt that the band's front man, Jakob Dylan, is a dead ringer--in face, voice and presence--for a youngish version of his dad, Bob Dylan. The Gigolo Aunts share the bill on Tuesday, September 16, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets range from $20.75 to $35.50, available at Ticketmaster. Call 254-7599 or 784-4444.

Bailterspace: Jagged, explosive, ethereal--sometimes all of these at once--the trio from New York by way of New Zealand (original incarnations: the Gordons, Nelsh Bailterspace) defines its musical oeuvre as "industrial reductionism." Best known for the '93 disc Robot World, Bailterspace is touring behind a new one titled Capsul. Sunday Puncher opens on Tuesday, September 16, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. Showtime is 8 p.m. For details call 820-7117.

Cats: The fourth national touring company of this perpetually on-the-prowl smash--and four lives seem plenty; isn't it time this thing choked on a fur ball?--still dons those God-awful costumes and performs that claws-on-blackboard ode "Memory," among other screechy Andrew Lloyd Webber numbers. The adaptation of T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats returns to Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, September 16; and the same time Wednesday, September 17. More shows are scheduled Thursday, September 18, through Sunday, September 21. Tickets range from $28 to $42, available at Gammage and Dillard's; call 965-3434 or 503-5555.

"EIDEA": See Thursday.
"Inescapable Histories": See Friday.

september 17
The Dance Hall Crashers: The anonymous MCA flack who wrote this California band's bio referred to DHC as "the revered Berkeley band." Yeah, right; most critics hate this group, for reasons not dissimilar to the ones for which they now flog Orange County's No Doubt: 1) a backlash against hard-won success (also see the Wallflowers under Tuesday); 2) a bright, accessible sound; and 3) a ska undercurrent that's far from pure. That current is, in fact, all but bestilled on the band's latest, a peppy platter of pleasant pop titled Honey, I'm Homely!--and this from a onetime member of the Moon Records stable, one of the main breeding grounds of third-wave ska. But the disc itself is neither bad nor brilliant; nor is DHC--which often calls to mind the B-52's, especially on tracks that approach true postbubblegum sublimity, like "Stand By" and "Last Laugh." Hepcat opens the all-ages show at 8 p.m. Wednesday, September 17, at the Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Cats: See Tuesday.
"EIDEA": See Thursday.
Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere: See Monday.
"Inescapable Histories": See Friday.

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