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july 5
Mesa Symphony Orchestra: The ensemble introduces its new music director, Gordon J. Johnson, at a free pops concert scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Guest vocalist Karen Wiest-Parthun joins the orchestra for a program that includes selections from various Broadway and Hollywood productions, including South Pacific, Jurassic Park and the James Bond franchise. Call 897-2121.

The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): See Thursday.
Frontier Days/World's Oldest Rodeo in Prescott: See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds Versus Las Vegas Stars: See Friday.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: See Thursday.
subUrbia: See Thursday.

july 6
Robert Jr. Lockwood: The octogenarian guitarist/vocalist is best known for his association with Robert Johnson--Lockwood is Johnson's stepson, and learned his earliest licks at the knee of the late, great Delta bluesman, who called the youngster "Robert Jr." But Lockwood might be best remembered for his ace session work for the Chess label, supporting Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Muddy Waters and many others. Robert "Red Top" Young opens at 8 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $12. Call 265-4842.

The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): See Thursday.
Frontier Days/World's Oldest Rodeo in Prescott: See Thursday.
Phoenix Firebirds Versus Las Vegas Stars: See Friday.
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus: See Thursday.
subUrbia: See Thursday.

july 7
Phoenix Mercury: The Valley's Women's National Basketball Association franchise is coached and managed by one of the top female b-ball players of all time, Cheryl Miller. The Mercury continues its first season, in the WNBA's inaugural year, with games against the New York Liberty at 7 p.m. Monday, July 7; and the Houston Comets at the same time Wednesday, July 9, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. Call 252-9622, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

july 8
The Muffs: Singer/guitarist/songwriter Kim Shattuck concocts catchy, aggro power-punk anthems that, at their finest, linger in the air like Chrissie Hynde's best Pretenders tunes. Shattuck inherited the young Hynde's curled upper lip and gift for melodic invention, though she lacks Chrissie's vulnerability. Still, to twist a term borrowed from the Posies (another act Shattuck and company call to mind at times), if the Bangles were the frosting, the Muffs are the beater. Touring behind its third disc, Happy Birthday to Me, the L.A.-based group is scheduled Tuesday, July 8, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Canada's Chixdiggit, and the Groovie Ghoulies share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

"Zandra Rhodes: The Surface and Beyond": The English fashion maven has been one of the isle's top designers and clothiers of mod Brits from mid-'60s Carnaby Street to mid-'70s punk and onward. This installation at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central, includes works from Rhodes' vast personal collection of wearables, and is presented as a precursor to the UK/AZ Festival, coming up in October. "The Surface and Beyond" opens Tuesday, July 8, and continues through Sunday, November 2, in PAM's Fashion Design Gallery. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays (to 9 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays). Call 257-1880 or 257-1222.

Suicide Kings CD-Release Party: Valley-music mainstay Bruce Connole (the Strand, the Cryptics) and former Gin Blossom Richard Taylor lead this solid local group, which plays alt. Americana and dank honky-tonk numbers about lost loves ("She"), brain cells ("Light at the End of the Bottle") and causes ("Cradle to the Grave") in the heartbreak key of Hank Williams/Gram Parsons. The band hosts the release party for its self-titled debut on Tuesday, July 8, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The Keltic Cowboys open at 9 p.m. The cover is $3. Call 265-4842.

Cadillac Desert: Water & the Transformation of Nature: Based on Marc Reisner's book Cadillac Desert and Sandra Postel's work Last Oasis, the PBS series chronicles the corrupting battle for water rights and access that's been raging in the West for most of this century. The third installment in the four-part program, titled "The Mercy of Nature," explores the political/environmental fallout caused by "the transformation of California's Central Valley from a semi-arid plain into the most productive and environmentally altered agricultural region in the history of the world." The show airs at 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, on KAET-TV, Channel 8. Call 965-2308.

july 9
Fiona Apple: Nineteen-year-old Fiona has a face from a fever dream, smoldering, deep-set eyes and a moody, sometimes almost torchy, sound that echoes Tori Amos and Pirates-era Rickie Lee Jones (New Yorker Apple singles out Billie Holiday and poet Maya Angelou as major influences). The songs on Fiona's burnished debut, Tidal--especially "Shadowboxer" and the loping rocker "Criminal"--showcase a songwriter far beyond Apple's tender years. Guadaloop shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, at the Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $18, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

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