Chris Whitley: The hard-bitten, Houston-born blues-rocker specializes in dank, earthy tales of alienation and angst. Woe is he, but in a good way; Whitley's wonderful song "Kick the Stones" was included on the soundtrack to Ridley Scott's movie Thelma & Louise. Touring in support of his third disc, Terra Incognita, Chris is scheduled Wednesday, June 11, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Sweet Vine shares the stage. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. The first 100 tickets sold will go for 93 cents apiece; regular tickets are $10. They're available at Ticketmaster. For details call 967-1234 or 784-4444.
Edd "Kookie" Byrnes: Byrnes played jive-spouting hipster Gerald Lloyd Kookson III (a.k.a. "Kookie") and third fiddle to judo-savvy private eyes Efrem Zimbalist Jr. and Roger Smith on the vintage TV series 77 Sunset Strip. Edd signs copies of his telltale tome Edd Byrnes: "Kookie" No More at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at Borders Books & Music at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa; Marshall Terrill, the gossipy book's co-author, is also scheduled to appear. For details call 833-2244.
Hillbilly Soul Surfers: The inventive instrumental trio from L.A. summed up its musical mission with the adapted cover "Hillbilly Pipeline," from the band's debut, Hot Damn BoBo!!. (The disc also contains covers of Dick Dale and the Del-Tones' "Miserlou," Buck Owens' "Country Polka" and the theme from TV's The Munsters.) The Ramblers featuring Mario Moreno open at 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $3. For details call 265-4842.
"Cesar Chavez Tribute Exhibit": See Thursday.
"Fiestas de la Vida: Devotion and Ritual in Mexican Folk Art": See Friday.
Grease!: See Tuesday.
Mainly Mozart Festival: See Saturday.
"Our Future in the Desert: Architectural Explorations": See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds: See Thursday.