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saturday
december 13
"Africa! A Sense of Wonder": The exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central, promises "new ways of looking at the art of Africa" and includes about 80 sub-Saharan objects that date from the 16th to early 20th centuries and range from the sociocultural to the fanciful. Drawn from the extensive collection of Valley resident Richard Faletti and family, "Africa!" was co-curated by Mary Nooter Roberts and Allen F. Roberts; it opens Saturday, December 13, and continues through Sunday, February 8, 1998, in the Steele Gallery. Various in-gallery performance pieces are scheduled; the first, "Gone Cross the Waters" by musician/dancer Sule Greg C. Wilson, starts at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 14. 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.

"Arizona Christmas Mariachi Festival" featuring Graciela Beltran, and Pedro Fernandez: The annual fandango, in its sixth year, is one of the area's more unusual holiday offerings--a warm and fuzzy tarjeta de Navidad from south-of-the-border way. Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose L. Hernandez, Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Las Adelitas, and Mariachi Guadalupano are also scheduled. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, December 13, at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson. Tickets range from $20 to $55, available at the arena and Dillard's (379-7800, 503-5555). For info about the similar, though unrelated, "Fiesta Navidad," see Sunday.

"Bad Xmas Pageant XII": Subtitled "The Revenge of Rudolph," the annual foul-mood fest features pissy poetry and performance art and vile video works by Valley grinches Steve Gompf (also see Thursday), Annie Lopez, Stephanie Brewer, Mary Kay Zeeb, Peter Ragan and many others. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday, December 13, at the Scorchydome, 718 West Polk. Admission is a $5 donation, $4 with a canned-good item for the Andre House. 253-4430, 252-9851.

Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers: The West Coast blues crew is rock-solid but by no means spectacular, with the exception of Honey Piazza, Rod's better half and a pretty damned magnificent barrelhouse pianist; check 'er out. Note: Par for the course, the host venue, the Cajun House, axed the scheduled opener, John Hiatt--one of the most consistently commendable songsmiths of the last couple of decades. The Flyers perform Saturday, December 13; the House is at 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale. 945-5150.

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
ATOP's A Christmas Carol: See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light: See Thursday.
The Nutcracker: See Thursday.
The Snow Queen: See Thursday.
Fred Stonehouse/Steve Gompf: See Thursday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

sunday
december 14
"Fiesta Navidad" featuring Mariachi los Camperos de Nati Cano: L.A.-based Mariachi los Camperos was featured on Linda Ronstadt's various collections of Spanish-language songs, including the original: Canciones de Mi Padre. The group headlines the "Fiesta," which also features a performance by Ballet Folklórico Ollin. Shows are scheduled at 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, December 14, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $18 and $22, available at the center and Ticketmaster (994-2787, 784-4444). For details about the separate "Arizona Christmas Mariachi Festival," see Saturday; for info about a related special edition of SCA's weekly "Sunday A'Fair," see the Events listing.

"Africa! A Sense of Wonder": See Saturday.
Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
ATOP's A Christmas Carol: See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light: See Thursday.
"Messiah" Sing-Along: See Friday.
The Nutcracker: See Thursday.
The Snow Queen: See Thursday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

monday
december 15
Puff Daddy and the Family, and Busta Rhymes: As a movement, hip-hop is illin'--and that's bad meaning bad--but music-exec-turned-performer Sean "Puffy" Combs (a.k.a. Puff Daddy) is doing quite nicely, thanks, with his hip-pop hybrid. Puff's new disc, No Way Out, has spawned a trio of smashes--including the genre equivalent of "Candle in the Wind 1997": "I'll Be Missing You," Combs' tribute to his late partner, Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. the Notorious B.I.G.). The well-named Busta Rhymes has had his share of crossover success, too--and he's decidedly no gangsta--but the dreadlocked Brooklyn youth does infuse his quirky, wild-eyed exhalations with bold dollops of Jamaican dancehall and neopsychedelia--as on the super track "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Could See" from Busta's new disc, When Disaster Strikes (see the story on page 100). Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Monday, December 15, at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson. Tickets are $32.50 and $42.50, available at the arena and Dillard's (379-7800, 503-5555).

Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light: See Thursday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

tuesday
december 16
The 007's: Hollywood's Sprague Brothers (Frank and Chris) and masked bassist Mr. X play "secret agent spy music" like the theme from Goldfinger, plus "Slaughter on Tenth Avenue" and other Cocktail Nation curiosities. Phonoroyale opens at 9 p.m. Tuesday, December 16, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $3. 265-4842.

"Africa! A Sense of Wonder": See Saturday.
Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light: See Thursday.
Fred Stonehouse/Steve Gompf: See Thursday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

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