Pic Hits for the week

november 16
Salome: Arizona Opera presents Richard Strauss' lusty drama about evil doings in the court of King Herod, climaxing with the deadly dance of the seven veils. Performances, in German with English subtitles, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 262-7272.

"New Directions in Holography: The Landscape Reinvented": Pioneering works in the burgeoning medium of holography--the art of illusion--by Dan Schweitzer, Setsuko Ishii, Betsy Connors, George Dyens, Anait Stephens, Dean Randazzo and the team of Michael Wenyon and Susan Gamble are featured in theexhibit, which opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and continues through January 7, 1996, in Mezzanine Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. The reception features an overview of the installation by curator Ren Barilleaux. Admission and viewing are free. For details about a related children's workshop on Saturday, see "Arts and Minds" in KidPics. For other details, call 994-2787.

Damn Yankees: Jerry Lewis made his Broadway debut as Mr. Applegate (a.k.a. the Devil) in the revival of the mid-Fifties musical, and he also anchors the touring version. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets range from $28 to $42, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434.

"Poetry & Jasmine": The exhibit features lush, otherworldly paintings, set in a metaphorical garden 'neath threatening clouds, by Kevin Sloan. The artist, who received his master of fine arts degree in painting from the University of Arizona, has a good eye and a strong hand. His "My Favorite Summer" owes a debt to Salvador Dali's still-life style, and "Phases of the Moon" is a charming work centering on five increasingly gnawed pears. The exhibit opens with a reception for the artist from 7 to 9p.m. Thursday and continues through December 30 at Lisa Sette Gallery, 4142 North Marshall Way in Scottsdale. Admission and viewing are free. For details call 990-7342.

Andy M. Stewart and Gerry O'Beirne, and Old Blind Dogs: Stewart is former lead vocalist for Scotland's Silly Wizard; he and Dublin native O'Beirne duet on traditionals like "The Ramblin' Rover," "In the Land of the Patagarang" and "The Queen of Argyll." Sharing the bill are Aberdeen, Scotland's percussion-crazy Dogs. Showtime is 8p.m. Thursday at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $14, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787.

Valley Art Theatre: The Hemp Revolution (unrated) continues with daily screenings atthe cinema, 509 South Mill in Tempe. Director Jiri Weiss' Martha & I (unrated) opens Friday. Jimi Hendrix screens at midnight Friday, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) plays at midnight Saturday. Call 829-6668.

november 17
Gwar: The hysterically garbed members of this high-concept cult favorite--including vocalist Oderus Urungus, bassist Beefcake the Mighty and dual guitarists Flattus Maximus and Balsac, Jaws of Death--claim to be space aliens who were trapped beneath the Antarctic ice sheet until now-manager Sleazy P. Martini accidentally reanimated them. Gwar's new Metal Blade album, Ragnarsk, supposedly signals the millennial stroke of midnight for us puny earthlings. Neurosis, and Brutal Juice share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707.

The Turn of the Screw: Arizona State University's Lyric Opera Theatre continues its season with Benjamin Britten's opera, based on Henry James' ghost story. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday through Sunday at ASU Music Theatre, Mill and Gammage Parkway in Tempe. More shows are planned November 29 and December 1 and 2. Tickets are $11, $8.50 for ASU faculty and staff, $6 for students and seniors, available at ASU and Dillard's boxoffices. Call 965-6447 or 678-2222.

"Movie Munchies": The compilation of comestible-themed clips from flicks including Eating, The Godfather, Tom Jones and Eat Drink Man Woman is this month's installment inthe MAC Movies 2 series. Showtime is 7 p.m. Friday in Room 3 at Mesa Arts Center, 155 North Center; a group discussion follows. A sale of movie memorabilia by Friends of Mesa Youtheatre precedes at 6and continues 'til 9 in the center's south hallway. Admission to the screening is a requested donation of $2. Call 644-2242.

Lloyd Cole: The British heartthrob and onetime critical darling hasn't done much towrite home to Derbyshire about since 1987's Mainstream, his final album with the Commotions, but maybe he'll perform some of his pre-lame-solo-work stuff, like "Lost Weekend" and "Hey Rusty." Ivy shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Friday at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. For details call 968-8664 or 784-4444. See the story on page 94.

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Clay McNear
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