Salome: Arizona Opera presents Richard Strauss' lusty drama about evil doings in the court of King Herod, climaxing with the deadly dance of the seven veils. Performances, in German with English subtitles, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 262-7272.
"New Directions in Holography: The Landscape Reinvented": Pioneering works in the burgeoning medium of holography--the art of illusion--by Dan Schweitzer, Setsuko Ishii, Betsy Connors, George Dyens, Anait Stephens, Dean Randazzo and the team of Michael Wenyon and Susan Gamble are featured in theexhibit, which opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and continues through January 7, 1996, in Mezzanine Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. The reception features an overview of the installation by curator Ren Barilleaux. Admission and viewing are free. For details about a related children's workshop on Saturday, see "Arts and Minds" in KidPics. For other details, call 994-2787.
Damn Yankees: Jerry Lewis made his Broadway debut as Mr. Applegate (a.k.a. the Devil) in the revival of the mid-Fifties musical, and he also anchors the touring version. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets range from $28 to $42, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434.
"Poetry & Jasmine": The exhibit features lush, otherworldly paintings, set in a metaphorical garden 'neath threatening clouds, by Kevin Sloan. The artist, who received his master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Arizona, has a good eye and a strong hand. His "My Favorite Summer" owes a debt to Salvador Dali's still-life style, and "Phases of the Moon" is a charming work centering on five increasingly gnawed pears. The exhibit opens with a reception for the artist from 7 to 9p.m. Thursday and continues through December 30 at Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way in Scottsdale. Admission and viewing are free. For details call 990-7342.
Andy M. Stewart and Gerry O'Beirne, and Old Blind Dogs: Stewart is former lead vocalist for Scotland's Silly Wizard; he and Dublin native O'Beirne duet on traditionals like "The Ramblin' Rover," "In the Land of the Patagarang" and "The Queen of Argyll." Sharing the bill are Aberdeen, Scotland's percussion-crazy Dogs. Showtime is 8p.m. Thursday at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $14, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787.
Valley Art Theatre: The Hemp Revolution (unrated) continues with daily screenings atthe cinema, 509 South Mill in Tempe. Director Jiri Weiss' Martha & I (unrated) opens Friday. Jimi Hendrix screens at midnight Friday, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) plays at midnight Saturday. Call 829-6668.
Gwar: The hysterically garbed members of this high-concept cult favorite--including vocalist Oderus Urungus, bassist Beefcake the Mighty and dual guitarists Flattus Maximus and Balsac, Jaws of Death--claim to be space aliens who were trapped beneath the Antarctic ice sheet until now-manager Sleazy P. Martini accidentally reanimated them. Gwar's new Metal Blade album, Ragnarsk, supposedly signals the millennial stroke of midnight for us puny earthlings. Neurosis, and Brutal Juice share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707.
The Turn of the Screw: Arizona State University's Lyric Opera Theatre continues its season with Benjamin Britten's opera, based on Henry James' ghost story. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday at ASU Music Theatre, Mill and Gammage Parkway in Tempe. More shows are planned November 29 and December 1 and 2. Tickets are $11, $8.50 for ASU faculty and staff, $6 for students and seniors, available at ASU and Dillard's boxoffices. Call 965-6447 or 678-2222.
"Movie Munchies": The compilation of comestible-themed clips from flicks including Eating, The Godfather, Tom Jones and Eat Drink Man Woman is this month's installment inthe MAC Movies 2 series. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday in Room 3 at Mesa Arts Center, 155 North Center; a group discussion follows. A sale of movie memorabilia by Friends of Mesa Youtheatre precedes at 6and continues 'til 9 in the center's south hallway. Admission to the screening is a requested donation of $2. Call 644-2242.
Lloyd Cole: The British heartthrob and onetime critical darling hasn't done much towrite home to Derbyshire about since 1987's Mainstream, his final album with the Commotions, but maybe he'll perform some of his pre-lame-solo-work stuff, like "Lost Weekend" and "Hey Rusty." Ivy shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Friday at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. For details call 968-8664 or 784-4444. See the story on page 94.
"City Lights": Arizona Center, 455 North Third Street, flips the big switch at 6 p.m. Saturday in this free ceremony celebrating the lighting of the center's annual holiday display. This year's City Lights Princess will be on hand to meet and greet, and will continue to do so every Friday and Saturday through December 23. The display remains through January 1, 1996. For details call 949-4353.
Sky Cries Mary: Husband and wife Roderick and Anisa Romero fuel Seattle's self-proclaimed "psychedelic space-rock" group. SCM has always been more notable for its spectacle than its music, a trend that continues with this tour, titled "Transmissions From Space" and sponsored by Microsoft. The software company is using the platform to stump for its new CD Plus technology; prepare to be wooed. Sweet 75 (featuring former Nirvana member Krist Novoselic), and Hovercraft share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Saturday at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $10 in advance at Ticketmaster, $11 at the door. For details call 968-8664 or 784-4444.
"Fossils of Arizona": Southwest Paleontological Society sponsors the third annual public symposium on the defunct behemoths from 8a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Mesa Community Center, 201 North Center. Edwin H. Colbert of Flagstaff's Museum of Northern Arizona, author of Dinosaurs: An Illustrated History, is one of the featured speakers. The registration fee is $45, which includes a publication containing all of the papers that will be presented at this year's event. For details call 644-2230.
"Tellabration '95! The Night of Storytelling": Dennis Freeman, Dorothy Daniels Anderson, Martin Juan Rivera Sr., Don Doyle, Rosie Witcher, David Riggs, Mary J. Kelly and Sharon Creedon represent Arizona in this national tale-athon, sponsored locally by East Valley Tellers of Tales. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 East Civic Center Boulevard. Admission is $5. Call 966-5024.
Sounds of Thanksgiving Gospel and Spiritual Music Festival 1995: San Diego's Voices of Fulfillment join Tucson-based a cappella group Soul Fruit and local choirs from River of Life Tabernacle, First Institutional Baptist Church, Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, Progressive Baptist Church, and Prayer Assembly Church of God in Christ in Saturday's free concert at Mesa Centennial Hall, 201 North Center. Showtime is 4 p.m. Admission is free with the donation of a canned good earmarked for United Food Bank. For details call 644-2242.
Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley and company host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday and the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson; both games start at 7 p.m. A free tip-off party precedes Saturday's game; it begins at 6 on the Grand Staircase at Arizona Center, 455 North Third Street, in conjunction with Saturday's "City Lights" celebration (see above). If game tickets are available, they're atthe arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7867.
Jawbreaker: If justice exists, this New York-born, San Francisco-based trio--guitarist/vocalist Blake Schwarzenbach, bassist Chris Bauermeister and drummer Adam Pfahler, brother of the Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black's Kembra Pfahler--will break out of the prevailing pack of punk-alikes on the strength of its fourth album and major-label debut, DGC's Dear You. Cool disc, cool band. That Dog, Dance Hall Crashers, and Branch Manager share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Boston's, 910North McClintock in Tempe. Tickets are $8, available at the club and Alternatix outlets. For details call 921-1474 or 266-8111.
Rustler's Chili Showdown: Darya Folsom of KNXV (Channel 15), Sean McLaughlin ofKPNX (Channel 12), Carol Cavazos of KPHO (Channel 5), John Hook of KSAZ (Channel 10), Jodi Applegate of KTSP (Channel 3) and Tim and Willy of KMLEFM are among the celebrity chefs who'll stir up trouble at the showdown, scheduled for 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at Rustler's Rooste at Pointe Hilton on South Mountain, 7777 South Pointe Parkway West. Also planned: contests, kids' activities, a raffle and live music by Prairie Rose, and Peso Dollar Band. Admission to the International Chili Society-sanctioned event is $3, free for kids age 12 and under; proceeds benefit Boys Hope of Arizona. Call 431-6468.
Harry Perry: Billed as "the world's most famous street musician," Perry pounds the pavement in Venice Beach, California. The troubadour and his band take the stage at Tempe's Nita's Hideaway, 1816 East Rio Salado Parkway, at10p.m. Sunday. Cover is $3. Call 967-9531.
David Lee: Like a contemporary Sam Clemens, Lee draws on the vernacular of his home region--southern Utah--for inspiration; he's known as "the poet for those who think they don't like or can't understand poetry." Lee reads from and autographs his latest book, MyTown, the winner of the 1995 Western States Book Award for poetry, at 7 p.m. Sunday at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore, 414 South Mill, Suite 109. Admission is free. For details call 966-0203.
ASU Sun Devils Basketball: Bill Frieder's Arizona State University cagers take on the International All-Stars in an exhibition match at 7 p.m. Monday at ASU Activity Center in Tempe. For details call 965-3434.
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Flamenco Fireworks: Southwest Dance presents this rhythmic blowout, featuring Maria Benitez's Teatro Flamenco troupe and Lydia Torres' Spanish Dance Company. Showtime is 8 p.m. Monday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $18 to $28, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 262-7272.
Natalie Merchant: Somewhere along the way, Merchant started believing her press, which elevated her to first among equals in 10,000 Maniacs. Technically, she deserved the promotion; she's a singular vocalist and a songsmith nonpareil. But what everybody, Natalie included, seems to have forgotten is that the chemical bonding of the Maniacs' orthodox pop stylings and Merchant's brooding, slightly askew vision is what made the Maniacs one of the top bands of the late Eighties/early Nineties. Her solo debut, Tigerlily (Elektra), is selling like gangbusters, but itlacks the fragile balance Natalie attained with the Maniacs. The remaining Maniacs, ofcourse, lack Natalie. As ever, the two sides should've worked it out for the sake of us kids. Merchant performs on Tuesday at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. The Innocence Mission shares the bill. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are $22 in advance, $23 the day of the show, available at Dillard's. Call 644-2560.
Phoenix Roadrunners: Arizona's International Hockey Leaguers host the Peoria Rivermen at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Tickets are available at the coliseum and Ticketmaster. For details call 340-0001 or 258-6711.
Road Trip: Sedona's Red Rock Fantasy: Officially titled the Arizona Super Bowl XXX Red Rock Fantasy, this year's bountiful display of holiday cheer at Los Abrigados resort, 160 Portal Lane, begins with a "lights-on" ceremony at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Highlights include a visit from Santa and a performance by Arizona Masterworks Chorale. KTAR-AM's Pat McMahon, the event's emcee, and Joe Martori, chairman of the resort's parent company, share the happy task of turning on the million-plus lights, which are illuminated nightly through January 12, 1996. Admission to the ceremony and the fantasy proper is $2.50, $1 for seniors, free for kids under 12. For details call 1-800-521-3131.