Mexico doesn't have many odder voices than El Vez, described by some as "the love child of Charo and Elvis." This "glitter mariachi" man's gimmick is to fashion himself as a living south-of-the-border homage to the King. But he has a wacky--and proudly Latino--sound that's truly original. Touring behind his Big Pop CD G.I. Ay, Ay! Blues, the Vez takes the stage at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. 265-4842.
First-time novelist Nancy E. Turner will read from and sign her debut, These Is My Words, at 7 p.m. Monday, May 4, in the fourth-floor lecture room at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 North Central. The work, subtitled The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine 1881-1901, is based on the frontier diaries left behind by Turner's great-grandmother, who rode a covered wagon from Texas to Arizona and had a love affair with the Army captain who led her group of settlers. Books will be available to purchase for signing; proceeds benefit the library. 534-0603.
A 12-year-old, frustrated simply by being 12, makes a wish to a carnival genie to be "big" and is transformed into the body of an adult while remaining a kid inside. That's the premise of Big, the Broadway musical based on the popular (and somewhat overrated) comedy starring Tom Hanks. The stage version features music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby Jr.--several new songs were written especially for this tour. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 5--a special "Kids Night on Broadway"; kids under 18 get one free ticket per adult ticket purchased--and 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at Gammage Auditorium. Tickets range from $29.50 to $43.50. The run continues through Sunday, May 10. Mill and Apache in Tempe. 965-3434 (Gammage), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
The 85-member community ensemble Scottsdale Concert Band plans a concert at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, in the Performing Arts Center of Scottsdale Community College, 9000 East Chaparral. The program, conducted by Charles Sessions, includes Broadway melodies and overtures. Scottsdale Trombone Choir, under the direction of Bill Johnstone, opens the show. Admission is free. 423-6152 or 860-2902.