Pic Hits for the week

january 11
"Fred Harvey's Southwest": Heard Museum Guild's annual lecture series continues through February 8. The facility's director, Martin Sullivan, lectures on "The Harvey Era: Trains, Tourists and Transformations in American Life" at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Rayna Green, director of the American Indian program at the National Museum of American History, speaks on "From Ritual to Retail: Pueblo People and the Railroad" at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Both of the above events take place atthe Heard, 22 East Monte Vista. Green's program is repeated at 9:30 a.m. January 18 at the museum and at 7 that evening at the new Roy Lyon Center at the Heard Museum North, located at el Pedregal at the Boulders, 34505 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (see the Art Exhibits listing for details about the gallery's grand-opening festivities). Tickets to each lecture are $10, $8 for members. For details about related "Harvey dinners" orfor other information, call 252-8840.

Little Shop of Horrors: Arizona Theatre Company continues its season with the musical about lovelorn Seymour Krelbourne and thevoracious plant named Audrey II; see the review on page 57. Based on Roger Corman's 1960 film, the play was penned by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who also collaborated on the scores for Disney's movies The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. This week's performances are at 8p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Wednesday in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe; adiscussion follows Thursday's show, and Tuesday's performance is a special student matinee. Regular tickets range from $29 to $35, available at Herberger and Dillard's. Little Shop continues through January 20. For details call 252-8497 or 678-2222. (For information about ATC's annual fund-raising gala, headlined by Davis Gaines, seeTuesday. The group's next show, Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, continues through January 27 in Tucson; see Thursday in the Theatre listing.)

Tundra Blues: R.J. Mischo and His Red Hot Blues Band, Percy Strother: The forecast calls for a cool blast of the deep-north blues, provided by the dual kings of the Minneapolis scene. Harmonica master Mischo and his ensemble perform at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School; guitarist/vocalist Strother performs at the same time Friday and Saturday at the Phoenix venue. The cover is $2 on Thursday, $4 on Friday and Saturday. For details call 265-4842.

Kruse International '96 Collector Car Show: A1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible formerly owned by United Airlines founder J.J. Mitchell and a couple of Mercedes-Benzes from Adolf Hitler's personal fleet are the vehicular stars of Kruse's silver-anniversary show, scheduled Thursday through Monday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 East Van Buren. Admission is $8, $3 for kids. For details call 1-800-968-4444. (For information about Kruse's Robert Unruh auction, see the Events listing.)

The Phantom of the Opera: Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenally popular musical, based on the novel by Gaston LeRoux, stars Rick Hilsabeck as the title spook, a spiteful composer who haunts the catacombs beneath theParis Opera House and loves young soprano Christine (Teri Bibb and understudy Rita Harvey alternate performances). Broadway vet Harold Prince directed the touring production, which continues with shows at 8p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2and 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Phantom continues through January 27. Tickets range from $15 to $65, available at Gammage and Dillard's. For details call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Stars on Ice: Many of the biggest names in ice skating--including Kristi Yamaguchi, Paul Wylie, Katarina Witt, Kurt Browning and Scott Hamilton--perform in this tenth-anniversary version of the touring show, dedicated to the late Sergei Grinkov. A performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $25 and $35, available at the arena and Dillard's; proceeds benefit the Valley chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. For details call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

january 12
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline: Phoenix Theatre, Central and McDowell, continues its 75th-anniversary season with Dean Regan's musical bio about Cline, the queen of country music (real name: Virginia Petterson Hensley). Robyn Ferracane portrays the late songbird, crooning "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams" and the rest of Cline's gallery of hits. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday. The production continues through February 4. Tickets are $20 and $22. Call 254-2151.

Arizona Indian Festival: Highlights of this gathering of the Arizona tribes, an officially sanctioned Super Bowl XXX event, include a contest powwow, dance and music performances, arts and crafts and six replica villages representing the traditional lifestyles of most of the state's tribes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday on the grounds atthe old Phoenix Indian School, Central and Indian School. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and kids under 12, $5 for students, available at Dillard's. Call 952-0040 or 678-2222.

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Clay McNear
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