Called by some "the lesbian Anne Rice," author and leather enthusiast Laura Antoniou reads from her latest work The Academy: Tales From the Marketplace at 6 p.m. Sunday, November 1. Obelisk, 24 West Camelback. 266-2665.
The nutty, infectious blues/rock/psychedelic/funk sounds of Blues Traveler, anchored by the Jerry Garcia-ish presence of harmonicist and vocalist John Popper, invade Tucson on Monday, November 2, at Centennial Hall, 1020 East University. Tickets are $25; showtime is 8 p.m. 1-520-621-3341.
The featured speaker this week at SingleTalk, the social/discussion group for singles, is Frank Baranowski, local maven of the paranormal and host of KTAR's Mysteries Around Us. Baranowski speaks--in his hushed, avid tones, no doubt--from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Monday, November 2, on the topic "Is There a Mystery to Being Single?" Admission is $7. The Har Zion Congregation facility at 6140 East Thunderbird in Scottsdale. 494-0900.
The term "performance art" doesn't get much more literal than that practiced by J.L. Covarrubias, who literally creates a painting--usually a portrait of a native face--while an audience looks on. The Scottsdale Artists League sponsors such a performance, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, November 3, at the headquarters building of the Rural/Metro Fire Department, 4141 North Granite Reef Road in Scottsdale. Admission is free, and all are welcome. 812-1076.
If only to see how well the lead vocalist is able to execute the sly patter song "One Week" live, it might be worth catching Barenaked Ladies in concert on Wednesday, November 4, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Showtime is 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $23.50 in advance, $24.75 the day of the show. 644-2560 (Mesa Community Center), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
The acclaimed St. Petersburg String Quartet takes the stage at 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. The concert's sponsored by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society. Tickets are $20. Call 252-0095 or 994-2787.