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january 25
The NFL Experience: The 20-acre interactive theme park features more than 60 exhibits and attractions, including "QB1," "Sudden Death" and "Halfback Option," as well as scheduled appearances byabout 50NFL stars. The "Super Bowl Card Show" features approximately 75,000 square feet of collectibles, and the NFL Team Shop sells licensed merchandise. Hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday on Tempe's Rio Salado Parkway between Priest and Rural, near the north end of Sun Devil Stadium. Advance tickets are $10, $6 for kids 12 and under, available at Dillard's and Ticketmaster; call 678-2222 or784-4444. Tickets are $12 and $6 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the NFL's Youth Education Town program for at-risk youngsters. For general information, call 838-0660.

NFL Players Party: Dozens of events are planned at this fourth annual bash, hosted by pros Tim Brown, Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, Daryl Johnston, Steve Beuerlein and Garrison Hearst. It's scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m., 3 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m., 11 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m., and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Highlights include concerts by Sawyer Brown at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Meat Loaf at 9 p.m. Friday, live tapings of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno at 6p.m. Thursday and Friday, an appearance by NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace at 4 p.m. Friday, and free autograph sessions Thursday through Saturday. "Kids Day" events are planned from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday. Arizona Special Olympics charity brunch, hosted by Allen, Johnston, Seth Joyner, Fuad Reveiz and Gene Upshaw, is scheduled for11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; tickets for that are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, and include all-day admission to the NFLPP. Regular tickets range from $5 to $15; four-day passes and group tickets areavailable. All are available at Dillard's (678-2222) or by calling 1-800-357-2789. For general information, call 262-7272.

"Supermachine XXX: A Festival of Machine Art": CRASHarts presents this avant-garde antidote to/comment on Super Bowl hype, scheduled Thursday through Sunday at the Icehouse, 429 West Jackson. San Francisco performance-art group People Hater performs Thursday. A demonstration of Timothy North's Hoverdrum and a performance by Scot Jenerik are planned Friday. The festival climaxes on Saturday with a Terminator-style evening of screeds and robotics byMark Pauline's Bay Area guerrilla-art/techwar group Survival Research Laboratories (performing its first out-of-Frisco show). Sunday's finale features a global "recombinant Internet broadcast of Super Bowl XXX" and more performances by SRL and People Hater. Tickets range from $10 to $15. Call 392-7429.

Jeff Foxworthy: You might be a redneck if you think Buddy Ryan should still be head coach of the Cardinals. Comedian and sitcom star Foxworthy continues the inaugural NFL Super Bowl Concert Series with a performance on Thursday at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Bill Engvall shares the bill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24, $29 and $37, available at Dillard's; proceeds go toward the creation of a local NFL Youth Education Town center. For details call 258-6711 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Open: Vijay Singh defends his title inthe 61st annual Open, a major PGA Tour stop scheduled Thursday through Saturday at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. The Super Bowl XXX Charity Cup Pro-Am features teams comprising NFL pros, PGA Tour players and local duffers; itstarts at8:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at Dillard's; proceeds benefit various Arizona charities. Call 870-4431 or 678-2222.

january 26
Friday Night House Party with Zapp and Roger, Gap Band, Morris Day and the Time, and Dazz Band: The funky stuff starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Arizona State University Activity Center in Tempe, continuing the NFL Super Bowl Concert Series. Tickets are $17.50, available at Dillard's; proceeds go toward the creation of a local NFL Youth Education Town center. For details call 678-2222.

Art Films: 28 Up (unrated), part four of director Michael Apted's ongoing sociological examination of a group of English citizens filmed atseven-year intervals, screens at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Kiva Hall on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale, kicking off ASU West Film Society's latest festival of free movies. The series, whose theme is "documentaries as weapons ofchange," continues through May 3; call 5432787. Over in Mesa, director Orson Welles' twin masterpieces Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil (both unrated) are shown Friday at Bookstar, 1457 West Southern, Suite 20. Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is free; call 649-1699.

The NFL Experience: See Thursday.
NFL Players Party: See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.
"Supermachine XXX: A Festival of Machine Art": SeeThursday.

january 27
Super Bowl Street Spectacular with Lorrie Morgan, Diamond Rio, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, andJohn Kay and Steppenwolf: The national acts perform along with several local groups at this event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday to midnight in Old Town Tempe. Other events include interactive games, a carnival and fireworks. Commemorative entry buttons cost $16, and only about 75,000 will be sold; call 1-800-408-2943.  

Parada del Sol: Scottsdale's annual Western-themed procession starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, traveling down Scottsdale Road from Indian School to McDowell. Viewing is free. "Trail's End Party" follows at Los Arcos Mall, Scottsdale Road and McDowell. The 1996 edition ofthe Parada del Sol Rodeo is scheduled February 1 through 4 at Rawhide, 23023 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Call 990-3179.

Cypress Hill: The revolutionary rap group, named after a section of L.A.'s South Central 'hood, is touring in support of its third RuffHouse/Columbia album, the platinum III (Temples of Boom); see Coda on page 98. 311, and the Pharcyde share Saturday's bill, which starts at 7 p.m. at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Tickets are $19 in advance, $21.50 the day of the show, available at Dillard's. Call 644-2560 or 678-2222.

Margarita Bowl IV: Former NFL stars Jim Plunkett (filling in for the previously announced Ken Stabler), Tony Dorsett, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Kellen Winslow, Conrad Dobler, Ottis Anderson, Floyd Little, Jim Kiick and Russ Francis are scheduled to play on the pro squad against a team of all-star amateurs. The flag-football contest kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday on an artificial beach located adjacent to Mesa Hilton Pavilion, 1101 West Holmes. Admission is free. For details call 1-800-229-4758.

Inbreds: The promising Canadian duo, consisting of bassist/vocalist Mike O'Neill and drummer Dave Ullrich, blends found sounds, musical minimalism and abig dose of pop smarts. The result is cool, creative and surprisingly commercial. The 'breds headline an all-day birthday bash honoring KEDJ-FM ("The Edge"), slated for3 p.m. Saturday to midnight at Club Rio, 430 North Scottsdale Road in Tempe. Also scheduled: Mr. Mirainga, Deep Blue Something, and Amy Arena. Cover is $15. For details call 894-0533.

Hollywood All-Stars Celebrity Softball Game: TV stars David Schwimmer (Friends), Alan Thicke (Hope and Gloria) and Noah Wyle (ER) are scheduled to bat for the Tinseltown squad. The opposition includes Arizona Cardinals Dave Krieg, Larry Centers and Garrison Hearst, Seattle Seahawk Joey Galloway and Atlanta Falcon Jeff George. The first pitch is at 2 p.m. Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. An autograph session precedes. Tickets are $7 for reserved seating, $5 for general admission, available at Dillard's; proceeds benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Maricopa County. Call 257-1212.

Rod Stewart: The rockin' rooster continues the NFL Super Bowl Concert Series with an in-the-round performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $37.50, $52.50 and $77.50, available at the arena and Dillard's; proceeds go toward the creation of a local NFL Youth Education Town center. For details call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Chinese Week: Various events are planned in conjunction with the sixth annual cultural celebration, which starts Saturday and continues daily, through February 4. Highlights include a ceremonial opening (see the Events listing) and an exhibit at Bank One Center Concourse (see the Art Exhibits listing). Call 534-3751.

The NFL Experience: See Thursday.
NFL Players Party: See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.
"Supermachine XXX: A Festival of Machine Art": SeeThursday.

january 28
Arizona Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys versus Pittsburgh Steelers: "Super Sunday" activities at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe include a pregame show featuring Glen Campbell, and the Doobie Brothers at 3:30 p.m., followed byVanessa Williams' rendition of the national anthem and Joe Montana's coin flip. The big game starts at 4:18, and airs locally on NBC-TV affiliate KPNX, Channel 12. For general information, call 269-5999.

Chinese Week: See Saturday.
The NFL Experience: See Thursday.
NFL Players Party: See Thursday.
Super Bowl XXX Charity Cup Pro-Am: See"Phoenix Open" under Thursday.
"Supermachine XXX: A Festival of Machine Art": SeeThursday.

january 29
AC/DC: That's Australian for "rock." Angus and Malcolm Young and company are hardly critical darlings, but their album Back in Black remains a heavy-metal high note, and they're an astonishing live act. The band brings its"Ballbreaker World Tour" to America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson, on Monday. Fellow Aussie act the Poor shares the bill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.25, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Super Bowl Fire Sale: Licensed NFL merchandise is hawked at bargain-basement prices at this event, scheduled for 6 a.m. to noon Monday on the west side of Tempe City Hall, 31East Fifth Street. Live entertainment is planned, and breakfast will be available for purchase. Admission is free. Call 350-2912.

Chinese Week: See Saturday.

january 30
Isaac Stern: The great violinist performs a recital at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. The program features scheduled performances of Beethoven's Sonata No. 1 in D major and Brahms' Sonata No. 3 in D minor. Pianist Robert McDonald provides accompaniment. Tickets range from $20 to $60, available at the symphony box office and Dillard's. For details call 264-6363 or 678-2222.  

Sepultura: Since the early '90s, the heavy-metal group from the Valley by way of Brazil has been on a creative and commercial upswing, fueled by the critically acclaimed Roadrunner albums Arise and Chaos A.D. Previewing their upcoming disc, Roots, guitarist/vocalist Max Cavalera and crew perform Tuesday at Club Rio, 430 North Scottsdale Road in Tempe. Unwritten Law, Downset, and SIL share the bill. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show, available at the club and Alternatix. For details call 894-0533 or 244-8444.

Chinese Week: See Saturday.

january 31
A Grand Night for Singing: This touring production features the greatest hits of Rodgers and Hammerstein, including standards from Oklahoma!, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music and lesser-known tunes like "Allegro," "Me and Juliet" and "PipeDream." The show starts at 8 p.m. Wednesday and February 1 at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West, and at the same time February 2 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets for the Sundome shows are $11, $16 and $24, available at the venue and Dillard's; call 975-1900 or 678-2222. Chandler tickets range from $18 to $28, available atthe center and Ticketmaster; call 786-2680 or 784-4444.

Chinese Week: See Saturday.

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