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thursday
october 30
Three Semi-Automatics Just for Fun: The genesis of this black-comic, multimedia piece--produced by Arizona State University's Institute for Studies in the Arts and billed as "June Cleaver wearing pearls and a pistol"--was a visit to an Albuquerque bookstore by one of the work's principals, American actress Leslie Hill, after her return from a decadelong stay in England. Hill was dumfounded to see a magazine titled Women & Guns with a cover sporting a cake surrounded by handguns; it gave Hill and her partner, British actress Helen Paris, impetus to explore the varying attitudes toward gun control on this and that side of the pond. "[Three Semi-Automatics] is neither pro nor con in its approach to the subject of guns," says Hill. "Rather, it is an exploration of recent trends such as the total UK ban on handguns . . . and the new vogue of women as a voice of the [National Rifle Association]." Performances, held in conjunction with the UK/AZ Festival (see the Events listing), are scheduled Thursday, October 30; Friday, October 31; and Saturday, November 1. All start at 7:30 p.m. at Drama City, located at Myrtle and University on the ASU campus in Tempe. Admission is free; space is limited. 965-9438.

Arizona State Fair: The annual corn-dog carnival continues Thursday, October 30; Friday, October 31; Saturday, November 1; and Sunday, November 2, at the fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Along with the usual attractions--rides and games on the midway, livestock and ag exhibits--this year's fair includes the separately ticketed "UFO Encounters" and an oddly synchronistic salute to the U.S. Air Force. The remaining concerts at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum are weighted toward twangers, commencing with Tanya Tucker at 7 p.m. Thursday. For more info, see the At the Fair listing or call 268-3247 or 252-6771.

The Seductive Art of Becoming God and Famous and Miss Coco Peru: Eric Bernat wrote and performs God and Famous, a one-man desecration of pop culture crammed with dead-on caricatures of "child beauty queens, aspiring porno stars and rock-star wanna-bes." The show was directed by actor/playwright David Drake (of the off-Broadway hit The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and the big screen's Philadelphia). Final performances are Thursday, October 30; Friday, October 31; and Saturday, November 1. Drag king Clinton Leupp (To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar) wrote Seductive's companion piece, the one-man/woman Miss Coco Peru. Leupp also enacts the title role, a chatty wench of depth, warmth and conviction who breaks the fourth wall with abandon--and charm. Miss Coco opens Wednesday, November 5, and continues nightly, through Saturday, November 8. New York's Captive Audience Productions presents both works at Phoenix Theatre's Little Theatre, 100 East McDowell. All performances start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $17.50, $30 for both shows. 254-2151.

Lords of Acid: Far ahead of its time when it formed in 1987, this Belgian sex machine was techno before techno was commercially viable. Rude, lewd and purposefully (sometimes maddeningly) obfuscatory, so-called Lady Nikkie Van Lierop and her traveling lieges--Maurice Engelen, Kurt Liekens, Erhan, Shai de la Luna, perhaps Praga Khan and Oliver Adams--are touring behind their latest dose of sass and thunder, Our Little Secret. Jack Off Jill opens the all-ages concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 30. The relocated show is at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $17, available at the club and Ticketmaster (967-1234, 784-4444).

Mel Chin: The New York-based artist has long displayed a deep concern for personal and Earth history, human rights and the environment. (Chin is likely best known for his large-scale piece "Maquette for Revival Field," a living sculpture that substituted "hyperaccumulator" plants for his usual medium of marble and was inspired by the "Revival Field" project focusing on the "green remediation" process of removing heavy metals from contaminated soil.) The artist continues the "ARTiculations" series at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, with a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, October 30; the program's held in conjunction with SCA's current Chin retrospective, "Inescapable Histories" (see the Visual Art listing). A reception follows. Admission is $6, $4 for SCA members, $3 for students. 994-2787.

The Oblivians: The music of the ragged Memphis trio marks a return to the garage-born spirit of prepunk, nonpretentious American rock. If you missed the piece last issue, here's what New Times music dude and former Memphian Gilbert Garcia said about the group's latest disc, Oblivians . . . Play 9 Songs With Mr. Quintron: "On Play 9 Songs, the Oblivians hit that rarefied zone where the originals sound like old classics, and the covers sound like something the band could have written." The Wongs, and the Breakmen open. Showtime is 10 p.m. Thursday, October 30, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. The cover is $7. 967-9531.

friday
october 31
Arizona Star Warz Convention: Just about every major actor in George Lucas' Star Wars galaxy whose face or body was masked onscreen is scheduled to attend the second AzSWCon. The biggies are Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), David Prowse (Darth Vader), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Jeremy Bulloch (Boba Fett) and Mike Carter (Bib Fortuna). Also scheduled: a preview of Hasbro/Kenner's 1998 line of trilogy toys and appearances by LucasFilm, Ltd., ambassador and author Steve Sansweet; conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie; Cinthia Freeling, who portrayed Princess Anne Droid in the classic parody Hardware Wars; and "pyrotechnician" Joe Viskocil, the man who blew up the Death Stars in A New Hope and Return of the Jedi. Hours are noon to 9 p.m. Friday, October 31; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, November 1; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at the Safari Resort, 4611 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Con tickets range from $15 to $60. 978-5339, 266-3895.

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