Buck Amok

Generally, if you mention the letters PBR, it's cause for ears to perk up in hopes of a crisp snap of the tab that pops open a cold one. Well, it won't be that PBR, but there surely could be some snapping sounds, mainly those of human bones, when the Professional Bull Riders' 2005 Jack Daniel's Invitational hits Glendale Arena, 9400 West Maryland, on Friday, May 13, and Saturday, May 14. The annual event tours 31 U.S. cities and advances the highest earners to the World Finals in Las Vegas. Top riders include Lee Akin, Owen Washburn, Matt Roy, Guilherne March and Rocky McDonald. And they'll be signing a few autographs throughout the weekend. The happenin's get going Friday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets, $15 to $100, are available through Ticketmaster at 480-784-4444. See -- Amy Young

Phat 'Cats
UofA is feline and dandy

They dominate in basketball. They're pulling even in football. And now those damn Wildcats are trying to sink their claws into ASU's bragging rights to baseball. It's been 13 years since a University of Arizona baseball team even claimed a share of the Pac-10 Conference title. But so far this spring, it's been the Sun Devils -- and everyone else -- chasing the Wildcats in the standings. Beginning Saturday, May 14, ASU tries to skin the 'Cats in a three-game series at Packard Stadium, Rural Road and Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, through Monday, May 16. For tickets, $5 to $25, call 480-965-2381. -- Joe Watson

Run to the Rescue
5K for cheetahs at Papago

SUN 5/15
Despite its status as the fastest land animal on the planet, the cheetah hasn't been able to outrun a humankind that has pushed it closer and closer to extinction. There are still a few good ones left (humans, that is), however, doing what they do best at the inaugural Arizona Run for the Cheetah, Sunday, May 15, at Papago Park, Curry Road and College Avenue in Tempe. Proceeds from the 5K and one-mile races, as well as a free 100-yard Kids' Dash, will help ensure the long-term survival of the cheetah and its equally endangered ecosystem. Registration, $20 to $25, begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event, with races beginning at 7:30 a.m. Call 480-236-0811 or register online at -- Craig Wallach

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Craig Wallach
Joe Watson
Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
Contact: Amy Young