Calendar for the week

Basically Balanchine: See Thursday.
"Inescapable Histories": See Thursday.

saturday
september 27
"Vampires and Fallen Angels: The Secret World of Fritz Scholder": Followers of the world-infamous, Minnesota-born, Arizona-based painter/sculptor and noted obsessive will see a startlingly different side of Scholder in this exhibit, which features various objets d'odd that Fritz has gleaned from his globetrotting pilgrimages--and the artist's own riffs on the possessions (which, truly, seem to have possessed him). The show, held in honor of Scholder's 60th birthday, is broken down by themes: "The Mysteries of Egypt," "Magic and Sorcery," "Saints and Sinners" and "Cults of the Dead." It opens Saturday, September 27, and continues through Sunday, December 14, in the Orme Lewis Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central; PAM's David Rubin curated. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays). Call 257-1880 or 257-1222.

Slim Dunlap: The exceptional rock guitarist wasn't featured on Let It Be, Tim or Pleased to Meet Me, but a former Replacement's a former Replacement. Dunlap upped the accessibility level of the world's greatest defunct rock band on its last true album, 1989's Don't Tell a Soul, for which he's been alternately lionized and damned; this corner continues to vote for canonization. Dunlap's scheduled to open for Dead Hot Workshop on Saturday, September 27, at Long Wong's, 701 South Mill in Tempe. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Call 966-3147.

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Fiesta Bowl Duck Race: The odds in the 10th-anniversary edition of this wildly popular rubber-ducky race (scheduled a full month earlier than usual this year) are long, but if you adopt a duck for $5, and if it's one of three in each 10,000 sold containing a grand-prize promissory note, and if your duck crosses the finish line before the other 64,999 or so ducks, you win a cool mil and a new-model pickup. Prerace activities start at 9 a.m. Saturday, September 27, at PERA Park, 68th Street and Continental in Tempe; the duck "dump" is at noon at the nearby Salt River Project canal. Duck adoption is available by calling 276-3825; proceeds benefit the Scottsdale Prevention Institute and the nonprofit Fiesta Bowl. For general information, call 350-0900.

Basically Balanchine: See Thursday.
"Harkins Anniversary Film Festival": See Friday.
"Inescapable Histories": See Thursday.

sunday
september 28
"A Procession: Paintings by Philip C. Curtis": The Scottsdale-based "Magritte of the Old West," now 90 and suffering from impaired vision, is a Western surrealist nonpareil. A former Works Progress Administration muralist and one of the founders of Phoenix Art Museum, Curtis is honored with this retrospective by the Arizona State University Art Museum. "A Procession" opens with a reception for the artist from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, September 28, and continues through Sunday, January 4, 1998, at the facility at Nelson Fine Arts Center, located at 10th Street and Mill, on the ASU campus in Tempe. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays. Call 965-2787.

"Harkins Anniversary Film Festival": See Friday.
"Inescapable Histories": See Thursday.
"Vampires and Fallen Angels": See Saturday.

tuesday
september 30
Othello Royal Premiere: Britain's Royal National Theatre enacts Shakespeare's intimate tragedy for an audience that includes England's Princess Royal (a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Princess Anne) and actor Michael York at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe; the semiformal event is the official kickoff for the UK/AZ Festival (see Wednesday). Sam Mendes of London's Donmar Warehouse directed the Bard's work about the noble title character (David Harewood), who loves the purehearted Desdemona (Claire Skinner) and is loathed--and viciously victimized--by that nasty little man named Iago (Simon Russell Beale). (Skinner is one of the stars of the PBS series Chef!; see the related story on page 73.) Premiere tickets are $150 and $200; if available, they're at the Herberger (252-8497). The first regular Othello performance is at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 1; more shows are scheduled Thursday, October 2, through Saturday, October 4. The run marks the RNT troupe's first Arizona visit, and only U.S. appearance in 1997. Regular tickets range from $40 to $50, available at the Herberger and Dillard's (503-5555).

"Timothy Archibald: New Works": The talented former New Times staff photographer, now based in California, gets a "posthumous" show of his own, centering on his "suburban icons" and left-field character studies. "Archibald" and its companion installation, "Destination Unknown," open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, and continue through Friday, October 24, at Shemer Art Center and Museum, 5005 East Camelback. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Call 262-4727.

"Harkins Anniversary Film Festival": See Friday.
"Inescapable Histories": See Thursday.
"A Procession: Paintings by Philip C. Curtis": See Sunday.
"Vampires and Fallen Angels": See Saturday.

wednesday
october 1
UK/AZ Festival Opening Ceremony: The metaphorical ribbon-cutting for the fest--which features scads of artistic, cultural, educational and trade-related events in October and beyond--is slated for 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 1, at Symphony Hall Terrace, located at Second Street and Adams. Special guests include Princess Anne (also scheduled to be on hand at Tuesday's Othello Royal Premiere; see above) and the Arizona National Guard 108th Army Band. Admission is free. For info about this or other UK/AZ events, call 258-6055.

"Timothy Archibald: New Works": See Tuesday.
"Harkins Anniversary Film Festival": See Friday.
"Inescapable Histories": See Thursday.
Othello: See Tuesday.
"A Procession: Paintings by Philip C. Curtis": See Sunday.
"Vampires and Fallen Angels": See Saturday.

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