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thursday
april 10
The Descendents: This relic of punk's original wave had an inordinate impact on today's punk-pop scene. Basically the band All (the Descendents' descendant) augmented by original vocalist Milo Aukerman, the revivified act returned to doing what it does best--and did first--on its latest release, Everything Sucks: speed-saw guitars, terrific hooks and a left-field philosophy based, says drummer/lyricist Bill Stevenson, on "rejection, food, coffee, girls [and] fishing." The band makes good on an early January postponement with a show on Thursday, April 10, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The Suicide Machines, Shades Apart, and Pollen share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, available at the club and Ticketmaster; call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Giselle: Ballet Arizona concludes its season with the 1841 romantic tragedy by French composer Adolphe Charles Adam, performed in collaboration with Phoenix Symphony. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10; 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12; and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $14 to $40, available at the ballet's box office and Dillard's; call 381-1096 or 503-5555.

"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": "Toys are not benign. They are forms of socialization," says photographer Levinthal, who studied at MIT and Yale and whose jaded, informed eye lends an ominous tone to his Polaroids of the trinkets of youth. "Dolls" continues through Saturday, April 26, in the "through the arch" room at Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way in Scottsdale. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays (and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays), noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Call 990-7342.

Quartetto Gelato: The Canadian foursome's name translates to "Ice Cream Quartet," and its sound is appropriately tasty, comprising everything from arias to tangos, performed with fire, flair and wit. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $16, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

The Illusion: Tony Kushner penned the near-great, Pulitzer Prize-winning Angels in America, and the playwright loosely adapted this update of L'Illusion Comique by 17th-century French scribe Pierre Corneille. The work centers on a father's search for his estranged son and, on a metaphorical level, the meaning of love--a quest that leads to the mountain lair of the sorcerer Alcandre. Arizona Theatre Company continues its 30th-anniversary season with final performances at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10; 8 p.m. Friday, April 11; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 12; and 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. A discussion follows Thursday's show. Tickets range from $25 to $32, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 503-5555.

Blonde Redhead: The Axis alliance lives on in this New York City art-noise act, inspired by Sonic Youth and including Japan-born female vocalist/guitarist Kazu Makino and Italy-reared twins Amedeo and Simone Pace, who play guitar and drums, respectively. Redhead performs Thursday, April 10, at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. Showtime is 10 p.m. Call 968-9490.

friday
april 11
Philip Glass: The visionary American minimalist has deconstructed and reconstructed musical forms from opera (Einstein on the Beach) to rock opera (the "Low" Symphony and the new "Heroes" Symphony, both based on collaborations by David Bowie and Brian Eno). Glass performs a program of solo piano pieces at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. A free rehearsal precedes at noon (RSVPs: 965-5062). Concert tickets range from $19 to $26, available at Gammage and Dillard's (call 965-3434 or 503-5555).

As You Like It: New York's Acting Company, founded by Margot Harley and the late John Houseman, performs Shakespeare's evergreen comedy about cross-dressing lovers romping about in the primeval Forest of Arden. Indoor shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, April 11; and the same time Saturday, April 12, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. An outdoor performance, presented in conjunction with Renaissance Festival '97 (see the Events listing), is planned at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Ceremonial Plaza at Estrella Mountain Community College, 3000 North Dysart Road in Avondale. Scottsdale tickets are $20 and $24, available at the center and Ticketmaster (call 994-2787 or 784-4444). Avondale tickets range from $5 to $17 (call 935-6384).

Reggae Fest World Party: The third annual celebration of Jamaican and African arts features concerts by the Skatalites (the rebanded inventors of ska), King Chango, Inner Circle, the Meditations, Pablo Moses and others, plus a marketplace of ethnic goods and foods. The scene is Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams. Hours are 4 to 11:30 p.m. Friday, April 11; noon to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12; and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 13 (see the Music listing for the daily lineups). Admission is $10 on Friday and Sunday, $12 on Saturday; kids 10 and under get in free. Call 954-5144.

 

Giselle: See Thursday.
The Illusion: See Thursday.
"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": See Thursday.

saturday
april 12
"Star Wars Odyssey: Modern Fantasy and Science Fiction": Authors Alan Dean Foster, Jennifer Roberson, Stephen Donaldson, Melanie Rawn, Dennis McKiernan and Michael Stackpole tackle various topics, including the impact of the title film trilogy on sci-fi writing, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the auditorium at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 North Civic Center Boulevard. Admission is free, but space is limited. For details call 994-2474.

Leftover Salmon: The Colorado band plays bluegrass for folks who can't stand the stuff. Actually, the group--formed from the ashes of two other acts, the Left Hand String Band and the Salmon Heads--bills its sound as "polyethnic Cajun slamgrass." Whatever it is, it's fine stuff, a hoppin' mix of rapturous rhythms and gamboling grooves that lands about halfway between 'grassy purism and nontraditionalism. Salmon performs Saturday, April 12, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. Call 921-7343.

Cirkus Redickuless: Imagine a cross between Cecil B. DeMille and Jim Rose--with a rock 'n' roll backbone a la Lollapalooza--and you've got this adults-only touring extravaganza; see the story on page 65. It's scheduled on Saturday, April 12, at the Icehouse, 429 West Jackson. Tickets are $10 and $15. Call 257-8929.

Phoenix Firebirds: The Triple A/Pacific Coast League affiliate of baseball's San Francisco Giants opens its 34th--and final--season in the Valley with a home stand against the Tacoma Rainiers. Games are scheduled at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, April 12; 1:05 p.m. Sunday, April 13; 7:05 p.m. Monday, April 14; and 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. Tickets range from $4 to $8, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 275-0500 or 503-5555.

Ben Folds Five: The backward-leaning, forward-thinking piano-bass-drums trio from Chapel Hill, North Carolina--so named because "it sounds better than Ben Folds Three," says baby-grand man Folds--returns for a gig on Saturday, April 12, in support of its new disc, Whatever and Ever Amen; see the story on page 100. Kolmeda shares the stage. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $6 in advance, $7 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

Tim Sandlin: The author of Sorrow Floats and the new Social Blunders has been likened to a "kinder, gentler Tom Robbins and/or Kurt Vonnegut," though names like J.D. Salinger and Jack Kerouac are often dropped in regard to Sandlin, who reads from and signs copies of his works at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at Borders Books & Music at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa. Call 833-2244.

As You Like It: See Friday.
Giselle: See Thursday.
The Illusion: See Thursday.
"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": See Thursday.
Reggae Fest World Party: See Friday.

sunday
april 13
Arizona Science Center Grand Reopening: The official public unveiling of the new facility at 600 East Washington--a construction that soars on wings of concrete--is scheduled Sunday, April 13. The Oscar-nominated film Cosmic Voyage, billed as a journey "from the outer reaches of the known universe to the inner wonders of the atom," opens Sunday and continues through Sunday, November 30, on the center's giant screen. The program "PlanetQuest" is featured in ASC's planetarium through Monday, June 30. For details call 716-2000.

"Sunday on Central": Highlights of the annual bash on Central Avenue between Palm Lane and Osborn include concerts by the Coasters and the Drifters; the Phoenix Mini-Indy; the "Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show," featuring "log-rolling dogs" King Arthur and Lady Gwenavier; and a performance by the acrobatic duo Tesseract. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13. Admission is a requested donation of a nonperishable item for St. Mary's Food Bank. Call 534-3378 or 262-4627.

Phoenix Symphony: Clotilde Otranto leads the ensemble in a pops program titled "Symphony at Sunset" and featuring selections from the movies 2001: A Space Odyssey, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Magnificent Seven, Amadeus and others. Showtime is 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main. Tickets are $35, and include a meal; they're available at the symphony's box office, the center and Ticketmaster (kids 12 and under get in free). All proceeds benefit the symphony. For details call 495-1999, 994-2787 or 784-4444.

As You Like It: See Friday.
Giselle: See Thursday.
The Illusion: See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Saturday.
Reggae Fest World Party: See Friday.

 

monday
april 14
Slash: The former Guns N' Roses guitarist and his new band host "Slash's Blues Ball," a two-hour set of blues-rock covers like Jimi Hendrix's "Stone Free," the James Gang's "Funk #49" and Cream's "Crossroads." The rescheduled show is set for Monday, April 14, at the Cajun House, 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. For details call 945-5150 or 784-4444.

Arizona Rattlers: The arena-football squad kicks off a fresh slate of games with a preseason match against the New York CityHawks at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $9 to $37, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 514-8383, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Phoenix Firebirds: See Saturday.

tuesday
april 15
The Jungle Brothers: The supersmart, superfunky hip-hop trio--comprising soul brothers numbers two through four: "Mike G" Small, Nathaniel "Afrika Baby Bam" Hall and deejay Sammy B--has given a good name to its genre for the last decade with its literate raps and soulful grooves, the latter highly influenced by those of James Brown. M.O.P., Xzibit, and Hyenas in the Desert share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Nile Theater, 105 West Main in Mesa. Call 649-2766.

Shawn Colvin: South Dakota-born postfolkie Colvin is a wisp of a woman with a tall talent for penning lyrical, accessible pop tunes. She brings her band to Union Hall, Sixth Street and Van Buren, on Tuesday, April 15. A couple of other pretty decent songsmiths, Freedy Johnston and Patty Griffin, share the stage. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $23 in advance, $26 the day of the show, available at the hall and Dillard's; call 253-7100 or 503-5555.

"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Saturday.

wednesday
april 16
The Bad Livers: If Leftover Salmon straddles the line between bluegrass tradition and heresy (see Saturday), this psychotic Texas threesome--featuring former Killbilly members Danny Barnes and Mark Rubin and their compatriot Ralph White--slams the wheel hard to the left, sending purism careening through the windshield. The Livers play nonhits like "Shot at a Bird, Hit Me a Stump," "Puke Grub," etc., on Wednesday, April 16, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Ned Beatty and the Inbreds open at 9 p.m. The cover is $6. For details call 265-4842.

Isaac Green and the Skalars: Saucy, old-school ska from St. Louis. The Newmans, and Kongo Shock share the bill. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, at Boston's, 910 North McClintock in Tempe. Call 921-7343.

"David Levinthal: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls": See Thursday.


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