Pic Hits for the week

january 25
The NFL Experience: The 20-acre interactive theme park features more than 60 exhibits and attractions, including "QB1," "Sudden Death" and "Halfback Option," as well as scheduled appearances byabout 50NFL stars. The "Super Bowl Card Show" features approximately 75,000 square feet of collectibles, and the NFL Team Shop sells licensed merchandise. Hours are 2 to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4p.m. Sunday on Tempe's Rio Salado Parkway between Priest and Rural, near the north end of Sun Devil Stadium. Advance tickets are $10, $6 for kids 12 and under, available at Dillard's and Ticketmaster; call 678-2222 or784-4444. Tickets are $12 and $6 at the gate. Proceeds benefit the NFL's Youth Education Town program for at-risk youngsters. For general information, call 838-0660.

NFL Players Party: Dozens of events are planned at this fourth annual bash, hosted by pros Tim Brown, Ronnie Lott, Marcus Allen, Daryl Johnston, Steve Beuerlein and Garrison Hearst. It's scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday to 1 a.m., 3 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m., 11 a.m. Saturday to 1 a.m., and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Highlights include concerts by Sawyer Brown at 9:30 p.m. Thursday and Meat Loaf at 9 p.m. Friday, live tapings of The Tonight Show With Jay Leno at 6p.m. Thursday and Friday, an appearance by NASCAR driver Rusty Wallace at 4 p.m. Friday, and free autograph sessions Thursday through Saturday. "Kids Day" events are planned from 11 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday. Arizona Special Olympics charity brunch, hosted by Allen, Johnston, Seth Joyner, Fuad Reveiz and Gene Upshaw, is scheduled for11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday; tickets for that are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, and include all-day admission to the NFLPP. Regular tickets range from $5 to $15; four-day passes and group tickets areavailable. All are available at Dillard's (678-2222) or by calling 1-800-357-2789. For general information, call 262-7272.

"Supermachine XXX: A Festival of Machine Art": CRASHarts presents this avant-garde antidote to/comment on Super Bowl hype, scheduled Thursday through Sunday at the Icehouse, 429 West Jackson. San Francisco performance-art group People Hater performs Thursday. A demonstration of Timothy North's Hoverdrum and a performance by Scot Jenerik are planned Friday. The festival climaxes on Saturday with a Terminator-style evening of screeds and robotics byMark Pauline's Bay Area guerrilla-art/techwar group Survival Research Laboratories (performing its first out-of-Frisco show). Sunday's finale features a global "recombinant Internet broadcast of Super Bowl XXX" and more performances by SRL and People Hater. Tickets range from $10 to $15. Call 392-7429.

Jeff Foxworthy: You might be a redneck if you think Buddy Ryan should still be head coach of the Cardinals. Comedian and sitcom star Foxworthy continues the inaugural NFL Super Bowl Concert Series with a performance on Thursday at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Bill Engvall shares the bill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $24, $29 and $37, available at Dillard's; proceeds go toward the creation of a local NFL Youth Education Town center. For details call 258-6711 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Open: Vijay Singh defends his title inthe 61st annual Open, a major PGA Tour stop scheduled Thursday through Saturday at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. The Super Bowl XXX Charity Cup Pro-Am features teams comprising NFL pros, PGA Tour players and local duffers; itstarts at8:30 a.m. Sunday. Tickets are available at Dillard's; proceeds benefit various Arizona charities. Call 870-4431 or 678-2222.

january 26
Friday Night House Party with Zapp and Roger, Gap Band, Morris Day and the Time, and Dazz Band: The funky stuff starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Arizona State University Activity Center in Tempe, continuing the NFL Super Bowl Concert Series. Tickets are $17.50, available at Dillard's; proceeds go toward the creation of a local NFL Youth Education Town center. For details call 678-2222.

Art Films: 28 Up (unrated), part four of director Michael Apted's ongoing sociological examination of a group of English citizens filmed atseven-year intervals, screens at 7:15 p.m. Friday at Kiva Hall on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale, kicking off ASU West Film Society's latest festival of free movies. The series, whose theme is "documentaries as weapons ofchange," continues through May 3; call 5432787. Over in Mesa, director Orson Welles' twin masterpieces Citizen Kane and Touch of Evil (both unrated) are shown Friday at Bookstar, 1457 West Southern, Suite 20. Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is free; call 649-1699.

The NFL Experience: See Thursday.
NFL Players Party: See Thursday.
Phoenix Open: See Thursday.
"Supermachine XXX: A Festival of Machine Art": SeeThursday.

january 27
Super Bowl Street Spectacular with Lorrie Morgan, Diamond Rio, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, andJohn Kay and Steppenwolf: The national acts perform along with several local groups at this event, scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday to midnight in Old Town Tempe. Other events include interactive games, a carnival and fireworks. Commemorative entry buttons cost $16, and only about 75,000 will be sold; call 1-800-408-2943.

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Clay McNear
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