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december 11
Green Day: The California trio's third album, Dookie, was the Thriller of punk. It sold God knows how many units, corrupted God knows how many callow youths, established vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe as a poster boy for the '90s attitude (whatever it is, it's not very nice) and, no doubt, brought a sneer to the lips of Mr.Joe's hero, Sid Vicious, still rotting down there in hell. Billie, bassist Mike Dirnt and drummer Tre Cool, touring in support of their Dookie follow-up, Insomniac (Reprise), perform Monday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Riverdales share the bill. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15, available at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7800.

december 12
Jeffrey Siegel's "The Youthful Brahms": The pianist continues his 17th season of "Keyboard Conversations" with this program at 8 p.m. Tuesday at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Siegel performs and discusses the F-minor Sonata, which Brahms wrote at age 19, and six of the composer's waltzes. Tickets are $20, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Sublime: The Long Beach, California, trio contributed tracks to Capricorn's Hempilation sampler and to the Mallrats soundtrack. The "hard ska" group's second full-length platter, Robbin the Hood (Skunk), is now on aretail shelf near you. In support of same, Sublime iscurrently on its "Snowcore" tour of icebound dives in the high-mountain West; itsgigs on Tuesday at Mesa's Nile Theater, 105 West Main, and on Wednesday in Albuquerque represent a short break from collective altitude sickness. Ziggens, and Kongo Shock share the Nile bill. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at Alternatix locations. Call 649-2766 or 266-8111.

december 13
The Poetry of "Holography": Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, commissioned five poems in response to specific works included in its current exhibition "New Directions in Holography: The Landscape Reinvented" (see the Art Exhibits listing). Arizona poets Tenney Nathanson, Lois Roma-Deeley, Theodore Christ, Virginia Ikeda and Marion Black unveil the resultant verses at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the center's Cinema. Admission is free. Call 994-2301.

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Clay McNear
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