august 12 Gang Starr (see story on page 92) is only one of the big-time hip-hop acts featured in House of Blues' Smokin' Grooves Tour 1998--others include Cypress Hill, Wyclef Jean and the Refugee All-Stars (featuring Canibis), Busta Rhymes, Black Eyed Peas, Praswell, the pneumatic Mya, and the old fighters of the Power themselves, Public Enemy. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, at America West Arena, 201 East Jefferson. Tickets are $15 and $25 in advance, $18 and $27 the night of the show. 379-7800 (AWA), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Wrapping up a series of Wednesday workshops for those between the ages of 8 and 12, Phoenix Museum of History offers "Selling Sunsets, Nonsense," an exploration of the early promotion of the Phoenix area--kids try their hand at luring starry-eyed Easterners to the Valley "by creating brochures, commercials and jingles." It's held from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, August 12, at the museum, at Heritage and Science Park, Seventh Street and Washington. The cost is $15, $13 for museum members. Snacks and materials are included. Space is limited; reservations are required. 253-2734.
Rumba-flamenco guitarist Jesse Cook signs his new CD Vertigo and performs at 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 12, at Borders Books & Music at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa, and again at noon Thursday, August 13, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Admission to both performances is free. 833-2244 (Mesa), 957-6660 (Biltmore).