Calendar for the week

"Physical Fiction: Electronic Installations by Sara Roberts": Northern California teacher/artist/technologist Roberts is a master of integrated, viewer-responsive electronic installations that create "portraits of common relationships." In her piece "Elective Affinities" (named after the Goethe novella), Roberts tracks the complex interplay between four occupants of a moving car. Explains the exhibit's curator, Heather Sealy Lineberry, "Depending upon [his or her] location, the visitor triggers a soundtrack of thoughts. . . . The story will be different each time you visit, depending on which soundtracks are activated as you move around the space." The show opens with a reception for Roberts from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 21, and continues through Saturday, January 31, 1998, in the Experimental Gallery at the Arizona State University Art Museum at Matthews Center, located at the intersection of Cady and Tyler malls on the ASU campus in Tempe. Viewing is free; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 965-2787.

The Food Chain: See Thursday.
Otello: See Thursday.
Valley Song: See Thursday.

saturday
november 22
Mike Watt and the Black Gang Crew: Watt, the ace of alt bass, probably wouldn't appreciate our play on words, but he also wouldn't slug us for it. One of the truly decent dudes in rock, the self-taught Watt's also one of its worthiest artists; the DIY guy (the Minutemen, fIREHOSE) is unflinchingly, unapologetically experimental. Mike and his new touring band (guitarist Joe Baiza, drummer Stephen Hodges) are out in support of the new disc Contemplating the Engine Room, which Watt describes, a bit oxymoronically, as a "punk rock opera." Dead Hot Workshop, and Satellite are the openers. Showtime is 9 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. 967-9531, 784-4444.

Arizona Kidney Foundation Authors Luncheon featuring Erica Jong, Sally Quinn and Lynn Sherr: The 18th annual fund raiser features readings by Jong (Fear of Flying, the new Inventing Memory: A Novel of Mothers and Daughters); the Washington Post's sassy style maven, Quinn (The Party: A Guide to Adventurous Entertaining); ABC-TV correspondent Sherr (Tall Blondes); plus novelist Barbara Delinsky and mystery author James Patterson. The event starts with a book signing at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, November 22; lunch follows at noon, and the readings begin at 1. The scene is the Grand Ballroom at the Phoenician, 6000 East Camelback. Tickets are $65; reservations are recommended. 840-1644.

The Food Chain: See Thursday.
The Gate of Heaven: See Friday.
Otello: See Thursday.
"Physical Fiction": See Friday.
Valley Song: See Thursday.

sunday
november 23
The Articles: Is anyone else turning simultaneously pale and green around the gills re: the thought of yet another third-wave ska band? This t-wave group, from Detroit, is better than most of the acts multiplying like pond scum in the wake of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones' breakthrough, because it puts a different spin on the same old song and dance with a shaken-not-stirred highball of Jamaican roots and American cocktail jazz. Dave's Big Deluxe shares the stage at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School, on Sunday, November 23. An all-ages show is scheduled at 6 p.m.; a 21-and-over concert follows at 9:30. The cover is $5. 265-4842.

The Gate of Heaven: See Friday.
Otello: See Thursday.
Valley Song: See Thursday.

monday
november 24
The Promise Ring: God, it's good to hear songs about real feelings and stuff again from people without receding hairlines and expanding waistlines. And though Davey vonBohlen and the rest of the youngbloods in this Milwaukee-born crew have distanced themselves from the Emo tag they so heavily (and, in many ways, erroneously) towed behind them on their last tour, their songs still resonate with refreshing conviction, passion and charm. Touring behind its second disc, Nothing Feels Good, the Ring's scheduled Monday, November 24, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. Jimmy Eat World opens. 820-7117.

B.B. King: The 72-year-old blues sovereign and his queen, the guitar named Lucille, remain peerless in the realm of stinging R&B; see 'em while you can. Corey Harris opens at 8 p.m. Monday, November 24, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $24.50 and $29.50, available at Gammage and Dillard's (965-3434, 503-5555).

Everclear: A while back, Art Alexakis was at a party swilling the toxic title drink when he had a drunken vision of a group that combined the "fresh-sounding" name of the 190-proof alcohol and its "pure white evil" nature. After sobering up, the vocalist/guitarist founded Everclear, the trio. The Portland, Oregon-based band follows in the hard-pop footsteps of Bob Mould's Sugar, displaying a bit of that act's ability to tickle the eardrum while spanking the brain. Touring behind So Much for the Afterglow, the follow-up to its breakthrough, 1995's Sparkle and Fade, Everclear's scheduled Monday, November 24, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Our Lady Peace, and Letters to Cleo share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at Ticketmaster. 967-1234, 784-4444.

wednesday
november 26
Moby: The electronica guru (born Richard Melville Hall, the great-great-grandnephew of Moby Dick author Herman Melville) has drawn spitballs from ravers with recent moves away from his bread-and-butter techno--and he was never our cup of spit, anyway. But, hey, it's Moby and it's Phoenix, and when's the last time those worlds collided? The DJ's scheduled to spin on Wednesday, November 26, at the Icehouse, 429 West Jackson. Juno Reactor (augmented by South African drum group Amampondo) opens. 257-8929.

"Physical Fiction": See Friday.
Valley Song: See Thursday.

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