Calendar for the week

Halloween Extra: For info about Allhallows Eve happenings around the Valley, see the special subsection in the Events listing.

Arizona State Fair: See Thursday.
The Seductive Art of Becoming God and Famous: See Thursday.
Three Semi-Automatics Just for Fun: See Thursday.

saturday
november 1
Ballet Arizona's Dias de Muertos: A Celebration of Life: Inspired by los Dias de los Muertos (the Days of the Dead), BA's Michael Uthoff wrote this full-length ballet, featuring music by Eugenio Toussaint and a libretto by Berta Hiriart. The troupe is joined by the Phoenix Symphony for the world premiere at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 1, at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. (Funny place for a ballet--not to mention the world premiere of one--but Arizona State University Public Events spokesperson David Harrison says ASU, which operates the 'dome, is trying to broaden the hall's appeal and transform it into a cultural-arts magnet for the burgeoning northwest Valley.) Tickets range from $16 to $28, available at the scene and Dillard's (975-1900, 503-5555).

Arturo Sandoval: Arguably the best Latin-jazz trumpeter that ever was, the Cuba-born musician (and co-founder of the cult-fave group Irakere) blew away the late Dizzy Gillespie during Sandoval's inaugural stateside tour, and went on to join Dizzy's United National Orchestra. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, November 1, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $21 and $25, available at the center and Ticketmaster (994-2787, 784-4444).

Arizona Star Warz Convention: See Friday.
Arizona State Fair: See Thursday.
The Seductive Art of Becoming God and Famous: See Thursday.
Three Semi-Automatics Just for Fun: See Thursday.

sunday
november 2
The Cramps, the Demolition Doll Rods, and Guitar Wolf: A superb bill for those who like their sounds on the sick side. Lux Interior, Poison Ivy and the Cramps, the progenitors of psychobilly, have long dominated the metaphorical jukebox from hell with their self-proclaimed "bad music for bad people." Detroit's Doll Rods are like the MC5 in drag--well, the guitarist is; his name's Danny, he's a graduate of the "school of hard licks" and he's high on wigs and feather boas. The other members of the Motor City's "R&B T&A circus" are ass-kicking sibs Margaret and Christine. As for Guitar Wolf, imagine an English-challenged version of the early Ramones (come to think of it, that's not so hard) and you've got a handle on this black-leather-clad Tokyo trio led by guitarist Seiji, who introduces each tune with the endearing exclamation "One, two, fuck you." The relocated concert--now outdoors--is scheduled Sunday, November 2, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at Ticketmaster. 921-7343, 784-4444.

Hank Crawford and Jimmy McGriff: Saxman Crawford is the former leader of Ray Charles' band--golden era. McGriff is one of the undisputed masters of the Hammond organ. Both musicians (who've collaborated frequently, on disc and onstage) fall about halfway between jazz and the blues, and each is a stellar soloist; together, they're dynamite. Showtime is 8 p.m. Sunday, November 2, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Tickets are $20, available at the club and Ticketmaster (265-4842, 784-4444).

Arizona Star Warz Convention: See Friday.
Arizona State Fair: See Thursday.

monday
november 3
Todd Rundgren: The pop star, producer and aural eccentric stomps across terrain upon which lesser artists fear to tread. He occasionally transforms himself into a techhead we call the "Alternate Runt" and he calls TR-i and/or "The Artist Formerly Known As Todd Rundgren." Todd's latest album, With a Twist . . . , features many of Rundgren's biggest hits--"I Saw the Light," "Hello, It's Me," "A Dream Goes On Forever," etc.--redone as bossa novas. (You read that right.) The tour in support of the odd but delightful disc includes support from Prairie Prince, Kasim Sulton, Jesse Gress and John Ferenzik, and reportedly boasts a "Polynesian lounge" flavor--a real culture clash-o-rama, considering the show's at that high-concept yuppie love shack called the Cajun House, 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale. Rundgren and company go on at 9 p.m. Monday, November 3. Tickets are $10, available at Ticketmaster. 945-5150, 784-4444.

wednesday
november 5
Nanci Griffith and the Blue Moon Orchestra featuring the Crickets: With the exceptions of her terrific 1993 folk tribute Other Voices, Other Rooms and the tremendously moving title track from her '91 album Late Night Grande Hotel (an otherwise disappointing affair), Griffith has seemed artistically stymied for about a decade. But as she's always done at her best, Nanci has moved forward by moving backward, toward her firmly established roots, with her new disc, Blue Roses From the Moons. They're just baby steps--Roses isn't the album that will catapult Griffith back into music's top echelon--but they provide proof that this formidably talented woman is learning to walk again in her own shoes after years of running in place in varying brands of aesthetic footwear that didn't quite fit her. Buddy Holly's Crickets (guitarist/vocalist Sonny Curtis, drummer Jerry Allison and bassist Joe B. Mauldin) made cameo appearances on Nanci's new disc, and they're along for the supporting ride. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 5, at Union Hall, Sixth Street and Van Buren. Tickets are $23 in advance, $26 the day of the show, available at the hall and Dillard's (253-7100, 503-5555).

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