Pic Hits for the week

january 23
Tricky: The so-called "majesty of trip-hop" is an aural explorer, and he seems to have found the Northwest Passage connecting the strange-bedfellow forms of rap and new age--though not the new age of Windham Hill, not by a long shot. As the London-based musician/producer says, referencing the autobiographical song "Tricky Kid," it's a dangerous new age, in which "no one's the king of anything--hip-hop, jungle, trip-hop. We're really vulnerable. So we all have to keep moving." And that's Tricky's forte; as his nom de guerre implies, the cagey one's made himself a moving target on his two full-length discs for Island, 1995's Maxinquaye and the new Pre-Millennium Tension, obsessively piecing together an apocalyptic patchwork of dank, dark trance sounds. Dreamy but deadly. Tricky and his waiflike musical mate Martina are scheduled to perform on Thursday, January 23, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Jeru the Damaja, and A Guy Called Gerald share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $12, available at the club and Ticketmaster; call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

Phoenix Open: Phil Mickelson defends his title in the 62nd annual Open, a 72-hole PGA Tour stop. The superpopular tourney tees off Thursday, January 23, on the Stadium Course at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. Second-, third- and final-round play is scheduled Friday, January 24; Saturday, January 25; and Sunday, January 26, respectively. The Fortis Invitational wraps up this year's festivities on Monday, January 27. For tickets and details, call 870-0163.

Ariadne auf Naxos: Arizona Opera continues its 26th season with Richard Strauss' lush and lovely farce about a production of the serious drama Ariadne by a clutch of circus clowns; see the related story on page 94. Performances, in German with English surtitles, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 23; 7:30 p.m. Friday, January 24; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 25; and 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at Dillard's. Call 266-7464 or 678-2222.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": The rock photographer's work was compiled in the recent book Banned in D.C. A touring exhibit of her vehicular-themed pics of indie stalwarts like Fugazi, Mercurochrome, and Bratmobile continues through Friday, February 28, at Tempe's Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109. Live shots by Pat Graham are also displayed. Viewing is free; hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, noon to 8 p.m. Sundays. Call 968-9490.

"Native Voices: Reflecting Forward": Heard Museum Guild's annual lecture series continues through Thursday, February 13. Tewa-Hopi artist Dan Namingha discusses his work at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 23, at Carefree Inn, 37220 Mule Train Road in Carefree. Next up is Andy Garcia, director of the San Juan Pueblo Youth Dancers, who's joined by his grandson, Curt Garcia, for a program titled "Why Dancing Is Serious Business" at the same time Wednesday, January 29, at the Heard, 22 East Monte Vista. Tickets to each lecture are $11, $9 for members. Call 252-8840.

Chicago Rhythm and Blues Kings: The hardworking band was known as Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows until heavyweight vocalist Twist (real name: Larry Nolan) passed away in 1990. New singer Billy "Mr. Shy" McGregor lends a soulful touch to the septet's horn-heavy arrangements. Showtime is 9 p.m. Thursday, January 23, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $2.50. Call 265-4842.

january 24
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): Jess Borgeson, Adam Long and Daniel Singer penned this Pythonesque parody, brimming with pot shots at the Bard and performed by Actors Theatre of Phoenix's "Reduced Shakespeare Company"--i.e., three actors and a prop list that includes "1 butcher knife, 2 daggers, 1 dinosaur (inflatable), 1 head (severed), 1 skull (rubber), 1 vial poison and 1 vial potion." Act one features snippets from 36 Shakespearean pieces; act two is devoted to Hamlet--performed "three times forward and once backwards." The run opens with a preview at 8 p.m. Friday, January 24, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The official opening is at the same time Saturday, January 25; more shows are scheduled at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, January 26. The production continues through Sunday, February 9. Tickets range from $16 to $26, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 503-5555.

Marilyn Manson: The fashionably repulsive group from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, comprises vocalist Manson, guitarist Daisy Berkowitz, keyboardist Madonna Wayne Gacy, drummer Sara Lee Lucas and bassist Twiggy Ramirez--all dudes, by the way, who appear to have been slowly tortured over a period of years. Though it claims a higher calling, the act plays shock rock, with some sleazy industrial shit thrown in for effect. Originally named Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids, it's sort of the late-'90s equivalent of the Alice Cooper Band of the early '70s--sort of. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday, January 24, in Exhibit Hall A at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Riot-grrrl band L7 shares the stage. Tickets are $18 in advance, $19 the day of the show, available at Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices; call 262-7272 or 503-5555.

Beyond the Dream: Planet Earth Multi-Cultural Theatre's Peter Cirino and Mollie Kellogg Cirino are joined by Christopher Haines and Christine Hall for this multimedia production debating the legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the American civil rights movement. The actors portray a variety of characters, including Cesar Chavez, Russell Means, Vilma Martinez, Henry Cisneros, Colin Powell and the Reverend Jesse Jackson. Shows are scheduled at noon and 7 p.m. Friday, January 24, at Kiva Hall, located on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. Admission is free, but donations of canned-good items for Westside Food Bank are encouraged. Call 543-3421.

Phoenix Suns: Coach Danny Ainge and company continue the season with a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at 7 p.m. Friday, January 24, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. The team's next home game is at the same time Wednesday, February 5, versus the Atlanta Hawks. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's; call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 503-5555.

Ariadne auf Naxos: See Thursday.
"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.

january 25
Parada del Sol: Scottsdale's 44th annual Western-themed procession steps off at 9 a.m. Saturday, January 25, traveling south on Scottsdale Road from Indian School to Oak. Viewing is free; a "Trail's End" party follows from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Old Town district. The Parada del Sol Rodeo is coming up Thursday, January 30, through Sunday, February 2, at Rawhide; call 502-1880. For general information, call 990-3179.

Tania Maria: By divine right of ascension--and this Brazil-born performer is quite divine--Maria has assumed the queen-of-scat throne left vacant by the recent death of Ella Fitzgerald, though Tania's scats are deeply grounded in the musical roots of her homeland and are symbiotically fused to her keyboard playing in a manner roughly equivalent to George Benson's "singing guitar" style. Touring behind her new TKM disc, Bluesilian, the percussive whiz brings her quartet to Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, for a show at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 25; a free lecture by writer Patricia Myers precedes at 7 in the center's Cinema. Concert tickets are $20 and $25, available at the scene and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

The Second City National Touring Company: The Chicago-based improv troupe owns one of the marquee names in the comedy field. A show is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, January 25, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue; a reception for the performers follows at nearby Vision Gallery, 80 San Marcos Place. Performance tickets are $12, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 786-2680 or 784-4444.

Arlo Guthrie: Arlo's son, Abe Guthrie, was initially scheduled to join his dad for this show, but you'll have to settle for an acoustic evening of folk standards like "Coming Into Los Angeles" and "The City of New Orleans"--as well as stuff from Arlo's new Rising Son disc, Mystic Journey--by the offspring of Woody Guthrie. Showtime is 8 Saturday, January 25, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $17.50 and $25 in advance, $20 and $26 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. For more information, call 967-1234 or 784-4444.

Ariadne auf Naxos: See Thursday.
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): See Friday.
"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.

january 26
Little Charlie and the Nightcats: Little Charlie Baty and his solid jump-blues crew have been plugging away for more than two decades. They return for a show at 9 p.m. Sunday, January 26, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $9. For details call 265-4842.

Ariadne auf Naxos: See Thursday.
The Compleat Works of Wllm Shkspr (abridged): See Friday.
"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.

january 27
Vito Acconci: The multimedia artist and social critic continues the "ARTiculations: Evenings With Contemporary Artists" series with a program titled "Ambiguous Intent." It starts at 7 p.m. Monday, January 27, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street; a reception follows. Admission is $7, $6 for SCA members. Call 994-2787.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: (Fortis Invitational.) See Thursday.

january 28
Hello, Dolly! at the Orpheum: The vintage jewel named the Orpheum Theatre, built in 1929 and preserved for posterity by a revival movement that began with the faded facility's purchase by the City of Phoenix in 1984, reopens its doors on Tuesday, January January 28, for a splashy gala performance of Dolly!, starring Carol Channing and produced by Theater League. The evening begins at 5:30 with dinner at the 1,400-seat showplace, 203 West Adams; the show starts at 8, and a reception for Channing follows at 10:30. If any gala tickets remain, they're $250 (call 252-9678). Regular performances of Dolly! are planned Wednesday, January 29, through Sunday, February 2. If any tickets to those shows remain, they're at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's box offices (call 262-7272 or 503-5555).

John Delaney: The University of Washington oceanography professor and former Arizona State University instructor addresses one of contemporary science's more intriguing theories--one centered on the possibility of volcanism-fostered underwater life on Europa, the icebound satellite of Jupiter. The free lecture starts at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 28, at Katzin Concert Hall, located in the Music Building on the ASU campus in Tempe. Call 965-5081.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.

january 29
Al Casey: The wonderful guitarist was born Albert Aloysius Casey in Kentucky; now, following a long stint as a studio musician in L.A., Al's a permanent resident of Phoenix, a city he helped to put on the musical map back in the late '50s with his contributions to the "Duane Eddy Sound." Casey performs at 9 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $2.50. Call 265-4842.

Stars of the Shanghai Acrobatic Theatre: The 17-member troupe of magicians and movement specialists performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 29, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets range from $9 to $22, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 786-2680 or 784-4444.

"Cynthia Connolly Photoshow": See Thursday.
Hello, Dolly! at the Orpheum: See Tuesday.
"Native Voices: Reflecting Forward": See Thursday.

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