Calendar for the week

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may 13
Gwar: The hysterically garbed members of this cult favorite--including lead vocalist Oderus Urungus, bassist Beefcake the Mighty and dual guitarists Flattus Maximus and Balsac, the Jaws of Death--claim to be space aliens who were trapped beneath the Antarctic ice sheet until now-manager Sleazy P. Martini accidentally reanimated them. The conceptual metal crew returns on Tuesday, May 13, for a show at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Chemlab, and Crushed share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $13.50 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Our Lady of the Tortilla: See Friday.

may 14
Syl Johnson: It would be inaccurate to term this Mississippi-born, Chicago-based soul singer a legend, since few outside the Windy City or the R&B cult have heard of him--except, perhaps, in the context of his 1975 crossover version of Al Green's "Take Me to the River," a song Johnson says Green wrote for him. But Syl (real name: Sylvester Thompson) has a legendary voice, by turns tough and transcendently tender, and by all means classic. Johnson'll make you feel like it's 1972 all over again--a good thing, in this case. See the story on page 96. He performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $10, $8 for Phoenix Blues Society members; a meeting of the society precedes at 7:30. Call 265-4842.

Wilco: Jeff Tweedy's group has all but won the artistic civil war with Tweedy's former Uncle Tupelo mate, Jay Farrar, and Farrar's band, Son Volt. Bettie Serveert, and the Burnlackers share the stage on Wednesday, May 14, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12, available at Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

Bobby McFerrin: The "Don't Worry, Be Happy" dude's touring behind his latest a cappella disc, Circlesongs. Showtime's 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. Tickets range from $20 to $28, available at Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Dillard's box offices; call 994-2787 or 503-5555.

Little Murders: See Thursday.
Our Lady of the Tortilla: See Friday.
Seven Guitars: See Friday.

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Clay McNear
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