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Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs: The Stage Production: Feast of Fools Theatre, recently relocated from Denver, paints the proscenium scarlet with Michael Alessandro's adaptation of writer/director Tarantino's shooting script for the '92 filmic blood bath/character study about a jewel heist gone awry. (The show--"not your grandfather's stage production," says FFT's Alessandro--is presented with the cooperation of Tarantino's A Band Apart Productions, and parallels a recent movement in L.A. to transfer, with fidelity, well-known works from screen to stage.) Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, October 3; 8 p.m. Saturday, October 4; and 7 p.m. Sunday, October 5, at the Third Street Theatre at Phoenix Center, 1202 North Third Street. The run continues through Saturday, October 25. Tickets range from $8 to $12. Call 256-7898.

Mission to Mir: See Thursday.
Othello: See Thursday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
"Vampires and Fallen Angels": See Thursday.

saturday
october 4
Hoop-It-Up: The annual three-on-three street-ball tourney is scheduled Saturday, October 4; and Sunday, October 5, at Patriots Square, located at Central and Washington. The semis are Saturday, the finals Sunday. Viewing and participation in related activities are free; proceeds from entry fees benefit the Grand Canyon State Games. Call 280-9070.

Mission to Mir: See Thursday.
Othello: See Thursday.
Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs: The Stage Production: See Friday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
"Vampires and Fallen Angels": See Thursday.

sunday
october 5
Show Boat: As Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs (see Friday) isn't your grandpa's stage production, this Show Boat isn't (necessarily) for blue hairs. Director Harold Prince's gaudy, splashy, special-effects-heavy restaging of the Kern/Hammerstein epic, based on Edna Ferber's novel about old times in the Deep South, stars Richie Cunningham's long-suffering pop, Tom Bosley, as Capt'n Andy, Karen Morrow as Parthy, Gretha Boston as Queenie, Sarah Pfisterer as Magnolia and Andre Solomon-Glover as Joe. The lush score--including "Ol' Man River," "Only Make Believe" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man"--remains the same. A preview is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 5, at Gammage Auditorium, located at Mill and Apache in Tempe. The official opening is at 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 7. Another show, interpreted in American Sign Language, is slated for the same time Wednesday, October 8. The production continues through Saturday, November 1. Tickets range from $15 to $65, available at Gammage and Dillard's; call 965-3434 or 503-5555.

Hoop-It-Up: See Saturday.
Mission to Mir: See Thursday.
Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs: The Stage Production: See Friday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
"Vampires and Fallen Angels": See Thursday.

monday
october 6
Blur: The Brit-pop collective is Oasis' top challenger for airwave access across the Atlantic, though the two acts aren't really much alike. While Oasis looks back in anger (albeit wonderfully), Blur skips delightfully ahead of the pack with its Kinks-meet-Smiths-as-filtered-through-Beck technofetishism; see the story on page 99. Blur performs a concert--decidedly not related to the UK/AZ Festival--on Monday, October 6, at the Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Smash mouth opens; the all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 in advance, $17 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: Nick Park's beloved claymation characters--Wallace is the toothy, addlebrained inventor/cheese head, Gromit his whip-smart, silent-as-the-grave pup/traveling companion--are feted with continuous screenings of their adventures A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave Monday, October 6, through Monday, October 27, at the Cartoon Corner at Biltmore Fashion Park, located at 24th Street and Camelback. Viewing is free. Daily hours of the marathon, held in conjunction with the UK/AZ Festival (see Thursday, above, and/or the Events listing), are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays). Call 954-7345.

Mission to Mir: See Thursday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.

tuesday
october 7
Superchunk: The terrific Chapel Hill, North Carolina, outfit is fronted by Mac McCaughan, an unassuming renaissance dude who also runs a successful label and the side project Portastatic and who is known, fondly, as the "anti-Kurt Cobain." 'chunk is rightly considered one of mod punk's best; see the story on page 100. The Rock-A-Teens, and Pollen share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Dillard's. Call 820-7117 or 503-5555.

Mission to Mir: See Thursday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Sunday.
"Vampires and Fallen Angels": See Thursday.
"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: See Monday.

wednesday
october 8
Tango X 2: The swing revival notwithstanding, the revitalized tango is probably the perfect fit for this weird decade, in which so many forms we thought lost forever are found again. The dance is aggressively romantic, bodycentric and frankly bedroom-eyed, defined by the grand theatrical gesture but still a deeply private public act of connection. Doing the tango is like puffing on a fragrant cigar under a Havana moon after years of smoking unfiltered Camels in a windowless rat shack in Dubuque. That said, check out this production--a history of the form--by topflight Argentine dancers/choreographers Milena Plebs and Miguel Angel Zotto, who are supported by a large cast of hoofers and a full tango orquesta. Performances are at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 8; and 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, October 9, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street; Wednesday's show is interpreted in American Sign Language. Tickets are $30 and $34, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Mission to Mir: See Thursday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Sunday.
"Vampires and Fallen Angels": See Thursday.
"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: See Monday.

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