Calendar for the week

Arizona State Fair: See Thursday.
Blithe Spirit: See Thursday.
The Essential Henry V: See Thursday.
"Icons": See Thursday.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Thursday.

saturday
october 18
Guy Davis: The son of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Guy Davis walks a fine line between music theater and concert performance in his one-man memoir In Bed With the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters. Guy portrays the title character, who spins tales and plays songs by the likes of Blind Willie McTell and Robert Johnson (the latter whom Davis portrayed in the off-Broadway show Trick the Devil). Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, October 18, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $13 and $15, available at the center and Dillard's (965-5377, 503-5555).

Cowboy Artists of America Exhibit: Hawking artwork at a public trust like the Phoenix Art Museum raises hackles--with just cause--but this annual installation/sale is a Valley tradition, nonetheless. The 32nd annual show, featuring paintings, sculpture and other works of Western realism by the CAA's active and emeritus members, opens at noon Saturday, October 18, and continues through Sunday, November 23, in the Steele Gallery at PAM, 1625 North Central. (For info about the related "Western Art Walk Weekend," see the Visual Art listing.) Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays). Admission is $6, $4 for students and seniors, $2 for children ages 6 to 18, free for younger kids and members; entry is free to all on Thursdays. 257-1880, 257-1222.

The Recliners: Talk about cheesy; this Texas act has the consistency of Velveeta, but in a good way. The "postmodern power loungers" apply the Velvet Fog treatment to the likes of Radiohead's "Creep," AC/DC's "Back in Black," the Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right (to Party)" and the Ramones' "I Wanna Be Sedated"; okay, it's been done, but never with such willful ingenuousness. The band performs Saturday, October 18, as part of "Culture Shock 1997" (see the Events listing). The Recliners play another gig at 9 p.m. Monday, October 20, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School (265-4842).

Arizona State Fair: See Thursday.
Blithe Spirit: See Thursday.
The Essential Henry V: See Thursday.
"Icons": See Thursday.
A Midsummer Night's Dream: See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Thursday.

tuesday
october 21
Man or Astro-Man?, and the Delta 72: A smashing double bill beneath the heavens, from which the former purportedly fell. MOAM? is an Alabama surf band masquerading as a group of grounded space aliens masquerading as an Alabama surf band. Its new disc, Made From Technetium, is loaded with the wind-tunnel thrash these g-force geeks are known for ("Jonathan Winters Frankenstein," "A Saucerful of Sucrets," "Lo Batt,"), but it features some surprising departures, including half of an alien mating call (the pre-liftoff portion of "Evert 1 Pipkin"). We thought Washington, D.C.'s the Delta 72 was pretty great before we cranked its latest, The Soul of a New Machine; now we think this deconstructionist R&B crew might be visionary. Long lumped with the punks, the Delta is really only punk in its aggressive approach to garage rock, which includes a deft interplay between Sarah Stolfa's Farfisa organ and Gregg Foreman's harmonica. The band has, in fact, stumbled on the place where punk and Stax collide, splicing 'em together with alt baling wire and pure gumption. (P.S. The new disc's closer is titled "We Hate the Blues"--don't believe it.) The Quadrajets open the outdoor concert on Tuesday, October 21, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, available at Dillard's. 921-7343, 503-5555.

Arizona State Fair: See Thursday.
Cowboy Artists of America Exhibit: See Saturday.
"Icons": See Thursday.
Show Boat: See Thursday.

wednesday
october 22
Fleetwood Mac: Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, Christine McVie, John McVie: The best-known (if not necessarily the best, speaking from the purist pulpit) incarnation of this long-lived chameleon of a collective has reunited for what looks like a cynical (read: cold, hard cash) revisitation of its glory days of the late '70s. But even as we stick another pin in this kewpie doll of pop--something many have done before, including a snarling Johnny Rotten--we note that the group had an uncommon run of musical exaltation in the mid- to late '70s. The songs from Fleetwood Mac and Rumours were time- and place-defining then, and most have aged with a grace rare in this biz; see the story on page 102. Showtime is 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets range from $30.25 to $75.25, available at Ticketmaster. 254-7599, 784-4444.

The Seductive Art of Becoming God and Famous: Eric Bernat wrote and performs this comic, one-man desecration of pop culture, adopting guises including "child beauty queens, aspiring porno stars and rock-star wanna-bes." New York's Captive Audience Productions presents the show, directed by actor/playwright David Drake (of the off-Broadway hit The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and the big screen's Philadelphia). The run opens with a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 22, at Phoenix Theatre's Little Theatre, 100 East McDowell, and continues through Saturday, November 1. Seductive's companion piece, Miss Coco Peru, opens Wednesday, November 5. See the story on page 69. Tickets are $17.50, $30 for both plays. 254-2151.

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