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"Desert Trash Blast": Well-nicknamed Psycho Marco of the Valley's Curse of the Pink Hearse is the inspired loon behind this great garage package. L.A.'s Lazy Cowgirls and Albuquerque's Drags top the marquee on Friday, November 14, with support from Phoenix acts the Vices, the Medieval Knievals, and the Hormones. The show on Saturday, November 15, is a must-see: California's U.S. Bombs, Japan's Golden Arms, Detroit's Trash Brats, New York's Kevin K Band, and Arizona's Jeff Dahl Band. Each night's concert starts at 9; tickets are $6 per, $10 for both. The scene is Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. 967-9531.

The Food Chain: See Thursday.
Ghetto: See Thursday.
"Icons": See Thursday.

november 15
Helium: Some have accused the Boston trio, fronted by the marvelous-in-every-way Mary Timony, of operating under the influence of something more potent than the gassy title element; speaking of gassy, Rolling Stone did so in its review of Helium's new disc, the also-marvelous The Magic City. That Stone stooped to cover the uncommercial likes of Helium at all says more about the bloated rag's desperate desire to remain relevant than about Helium's significance, about which nothing need be said. Of course, the reason Stone stooped is that the disc was produced by alt touchstone Mitch Easter (early R.E.M., Let's Active). Stone continues to suck. Helium continues not to; see the story on page 105. Syrup USA opens the all-ages show at 10 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. The cover is $5. 968-9490.

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"Desert Trash Blast": See Friday.
The Food Chain: See Thursday.
Ghetto: See Thursday.
"Icons": See Thursday.
Valley Song: See Friday.

november 16
"Hornucopia" featuring Grady Gaines: Houston saxman Gaines is best known for his affiliation with Little Richard, which began in the golden year of '55, but Grady's also shared stages with Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and Curtis Mayfield; see the story on page 106. Gaines headlines the "Hornucopia" wingding on Sunday, November 16, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Jesse McGuire, Bobby Soul, Freddie Robinson, Emerson "Sleepy" Carrethers, Sid Rice, Big Pete Pearson, Dave Cook, and Chico Chism are also scheduled. Showtime is 7 p.m. The cover is $8, $7 with a canned-good donation for St. Mary's Food Bank. 265-4842, 252-0599.

New Times Phoenix 10K: The 22nd annual newsprint classic includes the title race, an in-line skate, the Wheelchair Athletes' 10K and more. It's slated for Sunday, November 16, at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park, Central and Culver. For details about the prerace pasta party, see the Events listing. For general info, call 238-4801.

Road Trip: "Tseng Kwong Chi: Citizen of the World" Closing in Tucson: The traveling exhibit includes about half of the late Tseng's surrealist, ironic, gelatin-silver self-portraits (he called them "Expeditionary Works") taken at various sites between 1979 and 1989, including the Grand Canyon, the Eiffel Tower and Disneyland. In the shots, the Hong Kong-born artist and naturalized citizen of Canada stands motionless and emotionless, a Sphinxlike enigma wearing dark shades and a khaki Mao suit. The installation continues through Sunday, November 16, at the University of Arizona Center for Creative Photography, located north of Second Street on Olive Road; a closing reception, featuring a performance piece titled "98.6: A Convergence in 15 Minutes" by Tseng's sister Muna, starts at 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission and viewing are free, though donations are encouraged; for hours and other info, see the On the Road listing or call 1-520-621-7968.

Ghetto: See Thursday.
"Icons": See Thursday.
Valley Song: See Friday.

november 18
Tap Dogs: Billing its mission as a "reinvention of tap for the '90s," this troupe features six male hoofers from Australia who attempt to fill the void that exists between the click-heeled grace of Fred Astaire and those rock-'em/sock-'em roustabouts in Stomp (some would say the Dogs borrow overliberally from Stomp's oeuvre; founder Dein Perry has acknowledged that his group's name was a swipe from--er, an homage to--Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs). A return engagement opens with performances at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18; and the same time Wednesday, November 19, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. More shows are scheduled Thursday, November 20, through Sunday, November 23. Tickets range from $28 to $38, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices (262-7272, 503-5555).

Arizona Diamondbacks' Expansion-Draft Party: The draft proper, at Phoenix Civic Plaza, is closed to the public, but you can celebrate the team's true date of birth at this bash; by day's end, the 'banks will have a full complement of bouncing baby ballplayers scrounged from the rosters of the other 28 major-league clubs, not counting fellow newborns the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The party starts at 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, at Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams. Admission is free. 514-8500.

Nils Lofgren: The Chicago native truly cranks on the guitar, and he's come tantalizingly close to success via separate gigs with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, but fame and fortune continue to shun the cult fave with the slashing style and the deft songwriting touch. Too bad; he's one of the best you've never heard of. Lofgren's one of the contributors to United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona's Merry Arizona '97 seasonal sampler, but he'll be performing classic tracks from his rich repertoire at this gig. Brian Page and the Next open at 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 18, at the Cajun House, 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale. All proceeds from the cover go to the nonprofit. 945-5150, 943-5472.

Ghetto: See Thursday.

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