This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

 THU 30
Reasons to panic? We keep a monthly schedule: Mom's visit, our D&D mixer, paying our Live Links bill. . . . One more to pencil in: Come September 30, panic! resumes its monthly status -- the last Thursday of the month at Anderson's Fifth Estate, 6820 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. DJ Manchester riles us up with hot new music, cool free "swag" (DVDs, T-shirts, concert tix) and dollar drinks 'til 10. This week, Interpol's Antics spins at 9 p.m., and new releases from Client, Golden Republic, and The Thrills are just that. Cover is $5. E-mail panicthursdays@hotmail.com for the dish.

FRI 1
Still a First Friday virgin? Get in on the action this month, and explore an exhibition that packs quantity, quality and convenience into one gentle introduction (and don't let the name freak you). 3 Car Pileup presents "Chaos Theory," a fifth annual exhibition packing "30 fine artists" into "one fine space" -- Legend City Studios, in this case. All of the scene's major playas -- including Randy Slack, Jeff Falk, Wayne Rainey, Steve Yazzie and Beatrice Moore -- play a part. The Pileup starts up at 7 p.m. Friday, October 1, at 521 West Van Buren, and the "Chaos" reigns all month.

SAT 2
Putting the "she" in shebang, local ladies spin on the catwalk -- and on the tables -- this Saturday, October 2, when "SAVVY: A Celebration of Women" touts DJs and designers at Myst, 7340 East Shoeman in Scottsdale. Frocks from Sommer Christine Designs, Kiki and Belle, and Nebulosity fire up a fashion show at 7 p.m., while clubbers savor cocktails courtesy of Skyy Vodka and food from the Scottsdale Culinary Institute. Then, 20 Valley women exhibit model behavior, as "weight lifters, firefighters, clinical psychologists" and the like show off evening gowns by Cache. After ASU's Hip-Hop Coalition makes its move, an all-girl DJ bill features the Valley's ekb*, L.A.'s Minifunk and Seattle's Emily Song. Call 480-111-1111 for tickets, $10 to $25; proceeds benefit GIFT (Growth Improvement for Female Teens), a local nonprofitservingfemale youthatrisk. See www.azgift.org.

SUN 3
By George, they've got it. Money, that is. Texas T-bills. Fists full o' dollars. Billionaires for Bush -- a performance troupe of "crooked CEOs, corporate lobbyists and dissolute heiresses" who benefit from Dubya's economic policies -- pimps its new book, Billionaires for Bush: How to Rule the World for Fun and Profit, with a reading and musical performance Sunday, October 3, at Changing Hands Bookstore. Note to the clueless and power-hungry (which, we should not have to point out, is a dangerous combination): The book is not an actual "how-to" guide, but, rather, it "reveals the nuts and bolts of the art of wealth and the wealthy attitude." While sections on "Purchasing a President," "Creative Accounting," and "The Seven Habits of Avaricious CEOs" detail "the power plays of the wealthiest one percent," other chapters tackle topics such as "Landing a Trophy Wife" and "What to Steal From the Lincoln Bedroom." Founded during the 2000 election as "a strategic, grassroots media campaign to denounce the negative effects of wealth on politics," the troupe takes its money shot at 4 p.m. at the bookstore, 6428 South McClintock in Tempe. Check out www.changinghands.com.

MON 4
It's not a pretty picture. On Estrella Mountain Community College's Ceremonial Plaza lawn, more than 300 decorated dresses will hang on pink wooden crosses, each representing a woman kidnapped, raped and killed in Juarez, Mexico -- and whose murder remains unsolved. An opening reception for "ReDressing Injustice" takes place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, October 4; proceeds from an art auction benefit Casa Amiga, a rape crisis center in Juarez. The installation remains in place through October 7 at the college, 3000 North Dysart in Avondale. Contact olga.tsoudis@emcmail.maricopa.edu for more information.

TUE 5
We've seen the "Monsters of Rock," and Britny Fox, White Lion, and Ratt have nothin' on these animals. "A foul-mouthed monster on drums, a brainless necrophiliac on bass, and a rabbit smashing psycho on guitar," Benny, Marty & Jerkbeast star in an indie film "chronicling the rise to stardom of the worst rock band in the history of the world." No Festival Required unleashes the beast epic -- featuring "a seven-foot monster that looked like it escaped from Pufnstuf Gone Wild" -- this Tuesday, October 5, at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt. B, M & J "is one of the strangest . . . naw, it is the strangest thing we've ever featured," NFR's Steve Weiss promises, with "plenty of attempted and implied violence, gross humor, and language that would burn paint off a barn wall." Even its creators call it "a punk rock extravaganza of stupid, a cornucopia of nonsense." And -- giddy-up! -- we get to meet the artists behind the atrocity. Seattle boys Brady Hall and Calvin Reeder will be on hand at the screening, set for 7 p.m. and -- get this -- recommended for "mature audiences only." Admission is$3. See www.jerkbeast.com for a preview.

WED 6
He braved the front lines of the nation's turf wars -- and lived to score a book deal. Brian Curtis survived "an unprecedented whirlwind tour of NCAA Division I football" and, this Wednesday, October 6, autographs Every Week a Season: A Journey Inside Big-Time College Football at the ASU Bookstore, 525 East Orange in Tempe. A former analyst for Fox Sports Net, Curtis infiltrated a game that, incidentally, "is not a game." It is, however, "a world that breeds great drama." "A world that millions watch but few understand." "A multibillion-dollar business." "An obsession." (We'll say. Those pants leave very little to the imagination.) Curtis is set to sign at 11:30 a.m., along with ASU coach Dirk Koetter -- who, Curtis writes, "is forty-four years old but looks younger, though there is a touch of gray hair near his hairline. He is tall and thin, with a strong jaw and crystal blue eyes . . ." Wait a sec. Are we talking about a football coach or a strapping stable boy? Either way, Chapter 9 is titled "Redemption: Arizona State University" -- and this book is full of action.

 
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