Billy Cobham, T. Lavitz, Alphonso Johnson, Jimmy Herring are featured in Jazz Is Dead, an evening of "jazz explorations into the music of the Grateful Dead." The 21 and older show starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Cajun House. Tickets are $23 in advance; $25 the day of the show. 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale. 945-5150.
The works of ASU BFA student Nancy E. Hamilton are showcased in "From Within," which opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 27, in the Step Gallery. The exhibition continues through Friday, May 1. Regular hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. At Tempe Center, 10th Street and Mill. 303-9918.
Paleoanthropologist Donald C. Johanson--discoverer, in 1974, of the fossilized remains of paleo-babe Lucy--speaks at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, about a fascinating topic: "Rewards, Pressures and Pitfalls of Popularizing Science." Reserved tickets are $12; $9 for students; general admission is $10 and $7 respectively. 965-5377 (Kerr), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
"Myths, Metaphors and Icons," a national juried show of 33 works which comment on popular culture--including the videos Spokesmodel and Novus Ordo by Matt Dibble of Arlington, Virginia, opens Tuesday, April 28, and continues through Saturday, May 30, at Galeria Mesa. A reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 1, with music by pianist Grady Soine. Regular hours: noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Mesa Arts Center, 155 North Center. 644-2056.
"What Leads to Yes . . . the Principals of Ethical Influence" Luncheon: Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of the book Influence, lectures about the art of getting your own way at the Arizona Forum Luncheon at noon Wednesday, April 29, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix Civic Plaza, 122 North Second Street. Tickets for this high-powered repast are $30, $25 for Forum members. Reservations are required. 912-5321.