Chandler Doo Dah Days Festival and Super Duper Doo Dah Parade: It does the heart good to see a municipality unfetter the bun and let its hair down once in a while. City of Chandler's annual oddball hoe-down is something akin to a fright wig. The second officially sanctioned event on the road to Super Bowl XXX, the fifth Doo Dah Days fest starts Thursday and continues through Sunday in the city's downtown district. The big draw, as always, is the parade (actually, it's a parade parody), which features "wild, wacky, tasteless and tacky" floats and entries; it steps off at 10:08 a.m. Saturday, traversing Arizona Avenue from Buffalo Street to Frye Road, and KSAZ-TV, Channel 10, will air it live. Other Doo Dah highlights include the Ray Cammack Shows Carnival, which gets things started at 4 p.m. Thursday; concerts by Marshall Tucker Band at 8p.m. Friday, Wesley Dennis, and Tim & Willy at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, United States Air Force Band at noon Sunday, and Yolanda Del Rio at 5 p.m. Sunday (all showtimes are approximate); Arizona Sports Experience, which starts Friday and includes interactive football, basketball, street hockey, baseball, NASCAR, soccer and in-line-skating challenges; Great Chandler Moo Off, judged by "a select committee of dairymen," on Saturday; Great Arizona Mud Volleyball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday; and much more. Admission to all events is free; proceeds benefit several Chandler-based charities. Call 833-7150.
Andr-Michel Schub With Phoenix Symphony: Schub, the grand-prize winner of the 1981 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, joins the orchestra and conductor James Sedares for four concerts this week. The program at all of the shows includes Daniel Asia's Piano Concerto (receiving its Southwestern premire) and Aaron Copland's Symphony No. 3. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams, and at 3 p.m. Sunday in La Sala in University Center Building on Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. Tickets for the Symphony Hall shows range from $11 to $36. Tickets for the ASU West show, part of the university's "Musics for a Sunday Afternoon" series, are $15, $12 for seniors, $8 for students. More information: 262-7272 or 543-2787.
Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley, Kevin Johnson and crew kick off preseason play with two games this week at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. They face the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday and the New Jersey Nets on Saturday; both games tip off at 7 p.m. The next home game is at 7p.m. October 27 against the Denver Nuggets. The regular-season home opener is at 7 p.m. November 5 against the Houston Rockets. Tickets are available at arena and Dillard's box offices. For details call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 678-2222.
Los Straitjackets: The 'jackets wear Mexican wrestling masks onstage. Influenced by Link Wray and Ray Coniff, they play surf music. They hail from Nashville, where there is no surf. They play only instrumentals. Many of you are probably exiting the bus about now--but wait. Los Straitjackets have a snappy sound that goes a long way toward recapturing the low-tech sonics of true surf-rock; check out "Rampage," "Jetty Motel" and the other tasteful cuts from their Upstart debut, The Utterly Fantastic and Totally Unbelievable Sound of Los Straitjackets. Del Vamps, and Brakemen share the bill. Showtime is 9p.m. Thursday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Cover is $4. Call 265-4842.
Sick and Sane Halloween: This seasonal package deal from Planet Earth Playwrights' Circle members Laraine Herring, Greg Paxton, Ron Peer, Carol Anne Perini, Elaine Romero and David Salcido is a sweet dream of a nightmare. Planet Earth Multi-Cultural Theatre, 909 North Third Street, presents the saucy, irreverent and occasionally downright sick scare fest, featuring vignettes directed by Kent Kemmish, Trinie Yanez Hale, Suzette Hunt and Rick Tobin, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays, through October 28. Tickets are $9, $7 for students and seniors. Call 241-1828.
Ballet Folclorico Do Brasil: The acrobatic, highly athletic Brazilian troupe, informally known as Do Brasil, performs Afro-Latin dances and traditional songs in shows at 8p.m. Friday and Saturday at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $18 and $22, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787 or 784-4444.
Nokuthula Ngwenyama: The 18-year-old, Philadelphia-based violist, winner of the 1994 Young Concert Artists International Competition, performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $14, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434 or 678-2222.
Empty Bowl Project: The fifth annual fund raiser, commemorating World Food Day, is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in tents located outside Lombardi's at Arizona Center, 455 North Third Street. Those who pay $8 for lunch, consisting of tube pasta, tomato sauce and a slice of bread, keep the ceramic bowls it's served in and raise money for Waste Not. There will also be a silent auction of bowls decorated or autographed by members of the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Cardinals and other local celebs. Call 257-8323.
Road Trip: Il Trovatore in Tucson: Arizona Opera opens its silver-anniversary season with Verdi's great tragedy about the price of vengeance. Performances, in Italian with English surtitles, are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Tucson Convention Center Music Hall, 260 South Church; the production moves to Phoenix's Symphony Hall for shows at 7:30 p.m. October 19 through 21 and 2 p.m. October 22. Eduardo Villa and Pamela Kucenic-Motisi sing the roles of Manrico and Leonora in Friday's and Sunday's performances; Robin Reed and Maria Williams assume the parts on Saturday. Preshow lectures are planned an hour before each show. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at TCC and Dillard's box offices. Call 1-520-791-4836 or 678-2222.
AirZONa '95: The headliner of this annual KZON-FM bash, Waukesha, Wisconsin's BoDeans, is one of America's fine pop groups, and has been from its first studio album, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams, to its latest, Go Slow Down (see the album review on page 114). The rest of the bill--Colorado's Samples, Marshall Crenshaw, Freddy Jones Band, Sonny Landreth, and Lowen & Navarro--is equally fine. Showtime is 1 p.m. Saturday at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets are $17.50 in advance, $20 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 254-7599 or 784-4444.
Midnight Madness With the Devils: Madness, indeed. The Arizona State University men's basketball team holds its first practice of the season at the traditional but ersatz hour of 11p.m. Saturday at ASU Activity Center in Tempe. It continues until 1 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Call 965-2381.
Ohio Ballet: Southwest Dance presents the Arizona debut of this acclaimed troupe, directed by Heinz Poll and committed to performing works by master choreographers like Balanchine, Tudor and Taylor. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams, and at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets range from $18 to $28, $13 to $23 for seniors, $9 to $14 for kids. Call 262-7272, 786-3954 or 482-6410.
Phoenix Roadrunners: Arizona's International Hockey Leaguers host the San Francisco Spiders at 7 p.m. Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. The next home game is at 7 p.m. November 10 against the Atlanta Knights. The season continues through April 1996. Tickets are available at the Coliseum and Ticketmaster. Call 340-0001, 258-6711 or 784-4444.
Oh Mr. Faulkner, Do You Write?: Mississippi actor/playwright John Maxwell has been portraying author and fellow Mississippian Faulkner, la Hal Holbrook's longtime masquerade as Mark Twain, since 1981. Maxwell performs the one-man show at 8p.m. Saturday at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $12 and $13, available at Kerr and Dillard's box offices. Call 965-5377 or 678-2222.
ASU Sun Devils Football: The Devils, coached by Bruce Snyder and led by quarterback Jake "The Snake" Plummer, host the battlin' Mormons of BYU at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. For schedule and ticket information, call Sun Devil Sports Box Office at 965-2381. Tickets are also available at Dillard's; call 678-2222.
Russell Means: The author and Native American activist discusses and signs copies of his new book, the autobiography Where White Men Fear to Tread, at 2 p.m. Sunday at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Admission is free. Call 957-6660.Arizona Cardinals: Buddy's birds play the Washington Redskins at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. Tickets are $29, $39 and $54, available at Dillard's. Call 379-0102 or 678-2222.
Sugar Blue: In Your Eyes, the new Alligator release by this unorthodox bluesman from the unorthodox blues birthing ground of Harlem, kicks off with a brilliant, unorthodox blast: "Gucci Gucci Man," a variation on the classic ... well, if you don't know, we won't say. The Grammy Award winner (real name: James Whiting), a former street musician who nicknamed himself after Sidney Bichet's "Sugar Blues," contributed his trademark harp to the Rolling Stones' albums Some Girls and Tattoo You, and he cites the late Miles Davis as a primary (and, yes, unorthodox) influence. Showtime is 9p.m. Monday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Cover is $8.50. For details call 265-4842.
Emily Benedek: The author of The Wind Won't Know Me reads from and signs copies of her latest book, Beyond the Four Corners of the World: A Navajo Woman's Journey, at 7 p.m. Monday at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore, 414 South Mill, Suite 109, and at the same time on Tuesday at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Both events are free. For details call 966-0203 or 957-6660.
Elastica: The best punk band to come along since punk. The all-ages show starts at 8p.m. Monday at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $12.50, at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444. tuesday october 17Andr Watts: The world-renowned pianist takes the stage at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $19, $22 and $25, available at Gammage and Dillard's box offices. Watts will donate a portion of his fee to Classical Action: Performing Arts Against AIDS. More information: 965-3434 or 678-2222.
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David Bowie, and Nine Inch Nails: There'll be a hot time in the old shed on Wednesday night, as the elegant ghost of rock past meets rock's ferocious future in the forms of Bowie and NIN's Trent Reznor. Entertainment Weekly's David Browne views the odd pairing as a calculated move "to jolt [Bowie's] moribund career," but it's not as odd as it seems; Bowie's new album, a collaboration with fellow old-timer Brian Eno, is a heavily industrial, backward-leaning concept album named Outside. Prick, and Reeves Gabrels share the bill. The show starts at 7:30 at Desert Sky Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue. Tickets are $31, available at Ticketmaster. Call 254-7599 or 784-4444.
Cleve Jones: The gay-rights activist, co-creator of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and founder of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt speaks on "Tales From the Quilt" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Radisson Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, 60 East Fifth Street. Admission is free. Call 435-3650.
Samaritan Wheelchair Suns: The stars of this National Wheelchair Basketball Association franchise are Sharon McCarthy, a member of the 1988 and 1992 U.S. Paralympic teams; Arizona State University student Ryan Martin, who's also a top-ranked wheelchair tennis player; and John Flowers, a former hoops star at Phoenix College. The Wheelchair Suns play the 12th annual "Big Wigs Versus Big Wheels" exhibition match against a team of Valley celebrities at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the gym at Mesa High School, 1630 East Southern. Tickets are $3, $1.50 for students and kids; proceeds go toward scholarships for students with disabilities. Call 644-3002.