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wednesday
may 29
Mose Allison: The drawlin', deadpan, 68-year-old jazzman from Long Island by way of Tippo, Mississippi, has experienced a career resurgence in recent years--thanks mostly to the releases of the boxed sets Allison Wonderland: The Mose Allison Anthology (Rhino) and High Jinks! The Mose Allison Trilogy (Columbia). Unlike most artists whose careers have hit retrospective mode, the satirical piano whiz--perhaps best known for the jivin' jukebox gem "Parchman Farm"--is still master of his artistic domain. The Blue Note recording artist performs at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Timothy's, 6335 North 16th Street. Tickets are $15. Call 277-7634.

"To Read, to Write, to See, to Think": In conjunction with Phoenix Art Museum's "Old Glory: The American Flag in Contemporary Art" (see the Art Exhibits listing), film buff Fred Linch presents a showing of Fahrenheit 451 (unrated), director Francois Truffaut's 1966 take on Ray Bradbury's cautionary tale about a future civilization that bans all written material. The screening, scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Arizona Historical Society Museum, Marley Center, 1300 North College in Tempe, concludes the series. Admission is $6. Call 840-4421.

Roy Book Binder, and Steve James: These white musicians are living lexicons of pre-World War II black blues--that is to say, country blues--and both write their own material and cover vintage songs in that vein. Book Binder's a longtime critical darling, but his performances tend toward the chatty. Austin, Texas' James lets his playing do his talking, and he bangs the rusty nail on the noggin with tunes like his own superauthentic "Midnight Blues" and a true-blue version of Willie Brown's "Ragged and Dirty"--a genre staple that fellow Texan Angela Strehli transformed into a contemporary electric standard titled "Stranger Blues" in the mid-'80s. Valley acoustician Hans Olson opens the show at 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $4. Call 265-4842.

Phoenix Firebirds: See Tuesday.
Private Eyes: See Friday.
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: See Thursday.

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Clay McNear
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