Pic Hits for the week

november 7
"William Christenberry and Andres Serrano": The two influential American photographers, both of whom trained as painters before swapping their palettes for cameras, are feted in this exhibition, which features some of the artists' most famous--and infamous--works, including images from Christenberry's Klan Room installation and from Serrano's Fluids series. It opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, November 7, and continues through Saturday, December 7, at Bentley Gallery, 4161 North Marshall Way in Scottsdale. Viewing is free; hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays). For details call 946-6060.

Phoenix Symphony: Violinist Borivoj Martinic-Jercic joins the orchestra's chamber configuration, led by guest conductor Timothy Russell, for a concert of works by Copland, Mozart, Haydn and Randall Shinn at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $16 and $20, available at the symphony box office (call 264-6363). Associate conductor Clotilde Otranto leads the full ensemble in an old-time rock 'n' roll show, anchored by the vintage quartet Flash Cadillac and including ditties like "Splish Splash" and "Night Train," at 8 p.m. Friday, November 8; and the same time Saturday, November 9, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $13 to $37, available at the orchestra's box office and Dillard's (call 264-6363 or 678-2222). For details about the symphony's "Getting to Know You" family performance on Sunday, November 10, see "At the Concert" in Kid Pics.

Phoenix Suns: The team continues the season with a match against the Seattle Sonics at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 7, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 678-2222.

november 8
A Great Day in Harlem, DIVA, and Chubby Jackson: Harlem, director Jean Bach's unrated 1995 documentary about photographer Art Kane's renowned 1958 group shot of everybody who was anybody in the golden age of jazz, screens at 8 p.m. Friday, November 8; and Saturday, November 9, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Performances by drummer Sherrie Maricle's all-woman big band DIVA follow each showing; Chubby, a former member of Woody Herman's Thundering Herd and one of the golden-agers featured in the Kane photo, is scheduled to introduce the film and "sing some scat" with DIVA. A free lecture by Patricia Myers precedes Friday's event; it starts at 7 in the center's Cinema. Show tickets are $22 and $26, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. For details call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Paul Tibbets: The commander of the Enola Gay, the deus ex machina of World War II, which ushered in the Atomic Age by dropping the bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945, is scheduled to make appearances from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, November 8, at Mesa Art 'N Framing Gallery, 48 West Main; and from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 9, at Impressions, Ltd., of Scottsdale, 7072 East Fifth Avenue. The 80-year-old, retired Air Force general is plugging "Flying High," a new exhibit of aviation works by Craig Kodera and William Phillips, which opens Saturday and continues through Saturday, November 30, at Impressions. Call 994-0567 or 668-0797.

Paco DeLucia, Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin: The guitarists rule the roost in their respective realms of flamenco, fusion and Third World/head-expanding strains, and they're out to rekindle the flame they started on their wonderful '83 collaboration, Passion, Grace and Fire. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday, November 8, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $27.50 and $40, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 267-9373 or 678-2222.

Kartik Seshadri: The sitarist, a student of Ravi Shankar, performs at 8 p.m. Friday, November 8, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. A free "Coffee at Kerr" meet-and-greet session with Seshadri precedes at 10:30 a.m.; reservations are requested. Show tickets are $12 and $14, available at the center and Dillard's. Call 965-5377 or 678-2222.

"William Christenberry and Andres Serrano": See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony, with Flash Cadillac: See Thursday.

november 9
ASU Football: Arizona State University's Sun Devils, led by quarterback Jake "The Snake" Plummer, conclude this year's home schedule with a homecoming battle for the Rose Bowl against the Golden Bears of the University of California at Berkeley. Kickoff is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 9, at Sun Devil Stadium, College Avenue and Stadium Drive in Tempe. For tickets and details, call the Sun Devil Sports Box Office at 965-2381 or Dillard's at 678-2222. For information about other ASU homecoming festivities, see the Events listing.

"Celebrate Culture on Central": The seventh annual Arizona Humanities Day event, scheduled for Saturday, November 9, honors our Southwestern heritage and features activities at Phoenix Central Library, 1221 North Central; Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central; Heard Museum, 22 East Monte Vista; and other locales. Highlights include a free, 3 p.m. tour of the library with architect Will Bruder and the evening lecture "Tell Us How to Prevail" by poet Luci Tapahonso at 7 in the art museum's Whiteman Hall. For prices and details, call 257-0335.

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Clay McNear
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