Pic Hits for the week

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Valentine's Chocolate Bar: Belly up to this bar for too long, and you'll have more belly than you bargained for. The all-you-can-eat dessert buffet for chocoholics is open from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, February 14; and the same hours Saturday, February 15. It'll also be open Saturday, February 22. The scene is the Arizona Biltmore, 24th Street and Missouri. The price is $18.75. For reservations and details, call 954-2507.

Pilobolus: The dance troupe, known for its potent one-two punch of physicality and creativity, remains one of America's best. Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, February 14; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. The matinee is a one-hour "family" performance; the evening shows include nudity. If tickets are available, they're at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show: About 2,000 of the world's top show equines compete in categories like cutting, jumping and driving at this 42nd annual event, the country's largest. It starts Friday, February 14, and continues daily, through Sunday, February 23, at WestWorld, 16601 North Pima Road. Admission is $10, $7 for seniors, $5 for kids under 12. Reserved-seating tickets are available at Dillard's. Proceeds benefit various Valley charities. Call 951-1180 or 678-2222. La Malinche: See Thursday.

Riding the Edge: Adventures in Activism: See Thursday.

february 15
Blues Blast '97: Phoenix Blues Society's sixth annual Blast kicks off Saturday, February 15, with an indoor dance party starring Rod Piazza and the Mighty Flyers, and the Hoodoo Kings featuring Johnny Dyer and Chico Chism. Showtime is 7 p.m. at Mesa Centennial Hall, 201 North Center; admission is $6. The Blast proper starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, February 16, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Headlining is Britain-born blues master John Mayall, in his first Valley appearance of the '90s. The supporting acts are Francine Reed, Chris Cain Band, Robert Ealey, the Rocket 88s, and Sistah Blue. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices; kids under 12 are admitted free to Sunday's show. For details call 252-0599, 644-2560 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Lesbian & Gay Film Festival: The 1997 edition of the fest includes screenings of Scream, Teen, Scream (purportedly featuring the ghost of Karen Carpenter), Red Ribbon Blues (starring RuPaul, Paul Mercurio and Debi Mazar), Everything Relative (billed as "the lesbian Big Chill") and a compilation of short works titled Dyke Drama. Screenings start at noon Saturday, February 15, at Valley Art Theatre, 509 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $7 and $12, $10 and $18 the day of the event; proceeds benefit the Lesbian & Gay Public Awareness Project. For details call 351-3080 or 829-6668.

"Making a Statement: Fashion in the Rock and Roll Era": Forget what you looked like circa 1969/'70, courtesy of advancing age or postchemical reaction? Here's a reminder, if one was needed or wanted. The exhibit of garments and related gear spanning the period from the mid-'60s to the present provides a preview, of sorts, of the upcoming installation "It's Only Rock and Roll," scheduled to open Saturday, March 22, at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. "Making a Statement" premieres Saturday, February 15, and continues through Sunday, June 22, 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). For details call 257-1880 or 257-1222.

Max Cannon: The Tucson cartoonist and New Times contributor (see page 3) is stumping in support of the new book Red Meat: A Collection of Red Meat Cartoons From the Secret Files of Max Cannon. He signs copies at 4 p.m. Saturday, February 15, at Borders Books & Music at 7320 West Bell in Glendale. For details call 487-9110.

Desert Foothills Musicfest '97: See Thursday.
La Malinche: See Thursday.
Pilobolus: See Friday.
Riding the Edge: Adventures in Activism: See Thursday.
Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show: See Friday.
Valentine's Chocolate Bar: See Friday.

february 16
Celebrity Baseball Game: The benefit features a field full of legends, à la the annual Dream Game, but also includes reps from other sports and pursuits. This year's roster of participants includes b-ball Hall of Famers Brooks Robinson, Gaylord Perry and Joe Garagiola Sr., Olympic swimmer Gary Hall Jr. and rock star Alice Cooper. The first pitch is at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn. Admission is $5; proceeds go to various charitable organizations. For more information, call 957-4596.

Blues Blast '97: See Saturday.
La Malinche: See Thursday.
"Making a Statement: Fashion in the Rock and Roll Era": See Saturday.
Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show: See Friday.

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Clay McNear
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