Dennis Rowland: The familiar Valley jazz act jams at 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 2, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central, as part of the venue's relaxing, inexpensive First Friday Jazz Concert Series. Tickets are $10, $6 for members. 257-1880, 257-1222.
World of Wheels: Fans of the traditional first human invention will find all things wheeled on display at this yearly event, which showcases award-winning vehicles from national motorhead periodicals. There will be vintage cars and trucks, Low Rider Magazine's car and truck of the year, Hot Bike Magazine's "All Harley Revue," and even an exhibit of lowrider bicycles. As is customary, a pulchritudinous young woman will be on hand for autographs and photo-ops--this time it's Donna D'Errico of Baywatch. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, January 2; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 3; and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 4, at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Admission is $10, $4 for children, available at the gate. 262-7272.
"Physical Fiction: Electronic Installations by Sara Roberts": Northern California teacher/technologist Roberts is a master of inventive, 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 continues through Saturday, January 31, 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. The gallery is closed New Year's Day; regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. 965-2787.
Rock Out: "Worlds Within Worlds" and Punk Rock Karaoke: Does a true rock lover make a distinction between the musical or geological? Certainly not. If you're a serious rockhound, you can indulge both passions Saturday, January 3--contemplate the profound spiritual tranquility of prized Chinese stones in the afternoon, and howl Dead Kennedys tunes in the evening. Start your day by checking out "Worlds Within Worlds: The Richard Rosenblum Collection of Chinese Scholars Rocks" at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. Scholars' rocks are those collected, since ancient times, for their "aesthetic and spiritual qualities"; they are one of the earliest known examples of what is now called "found art." This collection includes more than 80 rocks from the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. We hope that Rosenblum didn't acquire them from the same person who sold us our Florida swampland. It's on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and it's free (257-1880 or 257-1222). If you're not too worn out from looking at rocks all day, you might want to hit Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa, for some old-fashioned Punk Rock Karaoke--if you've always wanted to vent your rage at society by publicly performing songs by Social Distortion or Black Flag with a live-band accompaniment, you'll get your chance at 9 p.m. Saturday. The cover is $3 (820-7117).
World Golf Finals: . . . and then there were four. Davis Love III, Ernie Els, Colin Montgomerie and Hajime Meshiai are the survivors out the field of 32 golfers in the Andersen Consulting World Championship of Golf, a yearlong elimination tournament. Their final, Highlander-esque playoff takes place Saturday, January 3; and Sunday, January 4, at the Grayhawk Golf Club, 8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. Tickets are $100 for both days, and are limited to 5,000 spectators. 861-1600.
Los Angeles Piano Quartet: Schubert, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns are on the bill when this West Coast foursome takes the stage at the Bellevue Heights Church, 9440 Hutton Drive in Sun City. The Sun Cities Chamber Music Society sponsors the all-ages show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, January 5. Tickets are $14, $5 for students. 972-0478.
The King and I: Hayley Mills plays Anna, nanny to the children of the royal house of Siam, in this touring production of the successful Broadway revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's beloved musical chestnut, which features such favorites as "Getting to Know You," "Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Shall We Dance?" Vee Talmadge plays the hardheaded, soft-hearted King. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 6; and the same time Wednesday, January 7, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Performances continue through Sunday, January 11. Tickets range from $33 to $47, available at Gammage or Dillard's (965-3434, 503-5555).
The Reverend Horton Heat: The irreverent rocker from Dallas, Texas, is the opposite of a holy man, but the Interscope recording artist will restore your faith in rockabilly. Hallelujah. The all-ages fun starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 6, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $12.50 in advance, $14 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. 967-1234, 784-4444.
"Celebrating Poetry, Art and Literacy": If you love books, chances are you're also a sucker for bookmarks. The City of Scottsdale has played to this weakness with this reading of works by notable poets and artists, commissioned by the city's Public Art Program to adorn a set of bookmarks. Fritz Scholder, DeLoss McGraw, W.D. Snodgrass, Dale Chihuly, Wanda Panduren, Lois Roma Deeley, Rick Noguchi, Demetria Martinez, Rex Lee Jim, Marvin Jim and Cynthia Miller are among the wordsmiths featured. Some of these bards--the ones from Arizona--will read from their works at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, in the Cinema Theatre at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Admission is free, and those who attend get a set of bookmarks. 994-2787.