Calendar for the week

"An Adventure With Wallace and Gromit" Opening: See Thursday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Thursday.
"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: See Thursday.

saturday
october 11
Umabatha: The Zulu Macbeth: Playwright/composer Welcome Msomi's work closely parallels Shakespeare's tragedy, as well as the life of African warrior/statesman Shaka Zulu. The 25th-anniversary touring production of Umabatha promises to be one of the highlights of the UK/AZ Festival (see Thursday); it's presented by a 46-member cast of actors and musicians, including numerous drummers banging away on hide-capped tribal instruments. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 11, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main. Tickets are $24 in advance, $28 the day of the show, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

"An Adventure With Wallace and Gromit": See Thursday.
Blithe Spirit: See Friday.
The Essential Henry V: See Friday.
Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs: See Friday.
"The Rolling Stones Photo Exhibition": See Friday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Thursday.
"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: See Thursday.

sunday
october 12
James Brown: Recently, American original Dave Brubeck played "Take Five," "Blue Rondo a la Turk" and other pieces of jazz history at the fetching Orpheum Theatre--a cool aural breeze amid the sticky wet heat of Tropical Storm Nora. Now Phoenicians bump and grind 'neath the Orpheum's ethereal cloudscape to "Cold Sweat," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)" by the Godfather of Soul--an equally original American. A.J. Croce's the unlikely opener; showtime is 7:30 p.m. Sunday, October 12. The theater's at 203 West Adams. Tickets are $55 and $75, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices; call 262-7272 or 503-5555.

Eugene Chadbourne: "Dr. Chadbourne" is one of the last standing champions of noncommercial alt. The unpredictable and artistically unfettered guitarist has made forays into free jazz, acid rock, avant blues and faux-redneck noise (with his band Shockabilly and without). Eugene's been known to compose sets that include mingled and brilliantly mangled works by the likes of Duke Ellington, Johnny Paycheck, Charles Manson, and one-time Chadbourne collaborator John Zorn. Showtime is 10 p.m. Sunday, October 12, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. The cover is $5. Call 967-9531.

"An Adventure With Wallace and Gromit": See Thursday.
Blithe Spirit: See Friday.
The Essential Henry V: See Friday.
Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs: See Friday.
"The Rolling Stones Photo Exhibition": See Friday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Thursday.
"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: See Thursday.

monday
october 13
The Stars of the Kirov Ballet: If you know anything about ballet, you know this is a can't-miss show. The St. Petersburg, Russia-born Kirov company is near-matchless in the realm of the classics. This 30-member touring company--including the prima de la prima of the Russian ballet: ballerinas Yulia Makhalina and Zhanna Ayupova and premier danseur Farukh Ruzimatov--makes its first visit to Arizona in conjunction with the UK/AZ Festival (see Thursday). Without a doubt the reach of the fest, the Kirov is included only because the program includes Brit choreographer Anton Dolin's "Pas de Quatre." Showtime is 8 p.m. Monday, October 13, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $23 to $75, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices; call 262-7272 or 503-5555.

"The Rolling Stones Photo Exhibition": See Friday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: See Thursday.

tuesday
october 14
matchbox 20: Pop's back in a big way, dancing on the weedy grave of grunge, and this Florida quintet plays it pretty well on its major-label debut, yourself or someone like you. The hooks are as big as barn doors, though the lyrics--like so many in pop--are more ankle-deep than soul-deep, except in the controversial case of "Push," which has been misconstrued as a misogynistic anthem. Vocalist/songwriter Rob Thomas says his tune's about emotional, not physical, violence--and that it was damage done to him by an ex-flame. matchbox 20 plays Tuesday, October 14, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Violinist Lili Haydn opens the all-ages show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $16.50, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

"An Adventure With Wallace and Gromit": See Thursday.
"The Rolling Stones Photo Exhibition": See Friday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Thursday.
"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: See Thursday.

wednesday
october 15
Mary Lou Lord: Boston's electric busker calls to mind Lisa Loeb because Lord plays the hushed, off-center ballad (like her cover of Elliott Smith's wonderful "I Figured You Out") with the best, then rocks the house with a piece of power-chord ear candy like "Some Jingle Jangle Morning." Other than that, though, Mary Lou has little in common with cat's-eyed Texas impressionist Loeb; Lord's likely to be found, when not on tour, broadcasting raw tales of urban detritus to the commuting masses of Bean Town's subway system via her beloved Mighty Mouse amp. Emily Curtis Band opens on Wednesday, October 15, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $6, at Dillard's. Call 967-9531 or 503-5555.

R.L. Burnside: The septuagenarian bluesman from Orion, Mississippi, hews to the acoustic wellspring of the Delta, but with an electrified power and improv passion rarely felt so deep in the bones since the days of Muddy Waters (who was, interestingly, married to R.L.'s first cousin). T-Model Ford opens at 9 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $12. Call 265-4842.

"An Adventure With Wallace and Gromit": See Thursday.
Blithe Spirit: See Friday.
"The Rolling Stones Photo Exhibition": See Friday.
"Rootstein Mannequins": See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Thursday.
"Wallace and Gromit" Marathon: See Thursday.

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