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thursday
october 2
UK/AZ You Like It: Othello, Zandra Rhodes, "Rootstein Mannequins" and Other Stuff From Beyond the Pond: The UK/AZ Festival, continuing through October (though some of the offerings extend beyond Allhallows Eve), celebrates the--rather tenuous--connection(s) between England and Arizona. Britain's Royal National Theatre--making its inaugural visit to the state and its only U.S. appearance in 1997--enacts Othello. Sam Mendes of London's Donmar Warehouse directed the Bard's intimate tragedy 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). Final performances are at 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, October 2; 8 p.m. Friday, October 3; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, October 4, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets range from $40 to $50, available at Herberger and Dillard's (call 252-8497 or 503-5555). There's a thin line between art and design; Arizona landscapist Ed Mell straddles it, in some minds, and so does English fashion maven Zandra Rhodes, one of the top clothiers of mod Brits from mid-'60s Carnaby Street to mid-'70s punk and onward. The textile specialist is renowned for her functional yet free-associative, flights-of-fancy creations; if forced into a corner, we'd call her an artist--and the best sort, one whose sometimes astonishing pieces get up and slink around the room. Hyping a new line, Rhodes makes a gratis appearance from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at ESA of the Borgata, 6166 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (call 998-5557); she follows that with a program titled "Inspiration to Creation" at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Whiteman Lecture Hall at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central, in conjunction with PAM's "Zandra Rhodes: The Surface and Beyond" (see the Visual Art listing). A reception/signing follows in PAM's Great Hall; admission is $15 (call 257-1880 or 257-1222). The "Rootstein Mannequins" are "celebrity-cloned" look-alikes of the likes of models Karen Mulder and Twiggy that are swathed in gear from the swinging '60s to the iconic '90s. Products of the London factory founded by the late Adel Rootstein, the mannequins sass up Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Thursday through Halloween. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays, noon to 6 p.m. Sundays (call 955-8000). For info about other UK/AZ events this week (including appearances by Princess Anne, celebrity mouthpiece Robin Leach and china magnate Lord Wedgwood), see the Events listing or call 258-6055.

"Harkins Anniversary Film Festival": The Valley chain celebrates its 64th year in show biz with this spate of vintage and vintagely priced classics. Final screenings are Thursday, October 2. The lineup: Giant at Centerpoint 11, Mill and University in Tempe; Vertigo at Shea 14, 74th Street and Shea in Scottsdale; Lawrence of Arabia at Christown 11, 19th Avenue and Bethany Home; A Streetcar Named Desire at Bell Tower 8, 51st Avenue and Bell in Glendale; and Cabaret at Fiesta 5, 1520 South Longmore in Mesa. All films are unrated except the latter, which is PG; admission to each is 25 cents, with all proceeds benefiting the United Way. For details see Showtimes or call the individual cinemas.

"Vampires and Fallen Angels: The Secret World of Fritz Scholder": Followers of the world-infamous, 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). It continues through Sunday, December 14, in the Orme Lewis Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. PAM's David Rubin curated, and he hosts gratis gallery talks titled "'Vampires and Fallen Angels': An Exhibition Overview" at 12:15 and 7 p.m. Thursday, October 2. 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.

Mission to Mir: This new cinematic thrill ride from IMAX Theatre doesn't deal with the fresh problems plaguing the wounded duck of a space station, but American astronaut Shannon Lucid's long-delayed departure from Mir in '96 is in the script, along with rare clips of cosmonauts training at Russia's Star City. Mission opens Thursday, October 2, and continues through January 1998 at the cinema, located at Civic Center Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. It plays daily at noon and 2, 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Mir's companion film, Mexico, shows daily at 1, 3, 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $7 for individual shows, $7.50 to $9.75 for double features. Call 945-4629 or 949-3105. (For info about the opening this week of a similar film--To Be an Astronaut--on the similarly oversize screen at Arizona Science Center, see the Repertory Film listing.)

friday
october 3
The Boneshakers: Guitarist/songwriter Randy Jacobs and singer Sweet Pea Atkinson--the latter a throwback soul man deluxe and a former Chrysler assembly-line worker--are best known for their work with Was (Not Was). The tandem's debut as a tandem, Book of Spells, casts some solid ones: Opening with a tone-setting take on James Brown's "Cold Sweat," Spells spins quickly through a cycle of spine-tingling urban soul ("Why Don't You Want Me"), frame-rattling, rocked-up anthems ("Welcome to My Life"), old-school ballads ("Let's Straighten It Out") and a seriously fon-kay cover of the W(NW) classic "I Blew Up the United States." Showtime is 9 p.m. Friday, October 3, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $5. Call 265-4842.

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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