Pic Hits for the week

november 23
Turkey Trot 10K: Organizers bill the traditional Thanksgiving Day run as the oldest annual 10K in Arizona. This year's event also includes a two-mile fun run and a one-mile fitness walk; they both step off at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, with the Trot following at 9. The scene is Fitch Park, 651 North Center in Mesa. Prizes, including turkeys, will be awarded. Registration fee is $13; proceeds benefit local charities. Call 644-2351.

Valley Art Theatre: Director Jiri Weiss' Martha & I (unrated) concludes Thursday at the cinema, 509 South Mill in Tempe. Now &Then: FitzPatrick Traveltalks (unrated), a collection of nine one-reel travel films from the 1930s by MGM writer-producer-director James A. FitzPatrick, opens Friday. The late filmmaker's son, Kelly FitzPatrick, will be on hand to introduce the compilation, which isscreened at 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Meet the Feebles (unrated), the first film by director Peter Jackson (Heavenly Creatures, Dead Alive), also opens Friday. Pink Floyd--The Wall (R) screens atmidnight Friday, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) plays at midnight Saturday. For more information, call 829-6668.

Phoenix Roadrunners: Arizona's International Hockey Leaguers host the Peoria Rivermen at 7 Thanksgiving night and the Los Angeles Ice Dogs at 7 p.m. Saturday at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Tickets range from $10 to $19, available at the the coliseum and all Ticketmaster outlets. For details call 340-0001, 258-6711 or 784-4444.

november 24
Cities of Lights: Holiday lighting ceremonies are planned in Glendale, Scottsdale, Mesa and Litchfield Park Friday. The "Glendale Glitters" display features about 500,000 bulbs scattered throughout Murphy Park, 58th Avenue and Glendale; it's unveiled at a free festival scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, and continues on view at the same time nightly, through January 31, 1996. Special "gala" nights, featuring shopping, livemusic by the Rockin' Santas and more, are planned at the same time Thursdays through Saturdays, through December 23; call 930-2299. Scottsdale's seasonal kickoff, "Holiday Harmony," begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a caroling procession that starts at Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn, andends at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, Civic Center Boulevard between Second Street and Indian School. The free event culminates with the lighting of the city's 35foot-tall tree and its 100,000-bulb-strong exhibition, both which remain on view nightly, through December 31; call 994-2414. Over in Mesa, designated switch-flipper FifeSymington does his thing at 7 p.m. Friday, illuminating the 500,000-light "Temple Garden Christmas 1995," sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The display, located on the grounds at the Arizona Temple, 525 East Main, remains on view from 5:30 to 10 nightly, through December 31. Admission is free; call 964-7164. For information about the "Wild Winter Nights" display at Litchfield Park's Wildlife World Zoo, see "'Tis the Season" in Kid Pics. For details about lighting ceremonies in Phoenix and Tempe, see Saturday.

Phoenix Symphony's All-Russian Classics Concerts: Hermann Michael makes his debut as the orchestra's principal guest conductor and cellist Daniel Gaisford is the featured artist in these concerts, scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. The program includes Rimsky-Korsakov's Russian Easter Overture, Opus 36, and two works by Tchaikovsky: "Variations on a Rococo Theme," Opus 33; and Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36. Tickets range from $12 to $36, available at the symphony box office and all Dillard's locations. For details call 264-6363, 262-7272 or 678-2222.

ASU Sun Devils Versus UofA Wildcats: With a potential bowl bid hanging in the balance, Bruce Snyder's Devils battle their archenemies, Tucson's 'cats, for pigskin supremacy at 4 p.m. Friday at Sun Devil Stadium inTempe. For ticket information, call Sun Devil Sports Box Office at 965-2381 or Dillard's at 678-2222.

november 25
APS Fiesta of Light and Downtown Holiday Tree Tour: City of Phoenix's free holiday hoe-down begins at 4 p.m. Saturday at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. "Parada de Luminarias," a lighted procession through the downtown area, starts at 5:30 at the north end of Symphony Hall Terrace; each torch costs $3, and proceeds benefit American Cancer Society. Mayor Skip Rimsza lights the city's 194-foot-tall tree and its bright new display at 6, and the Fiesta concludes with fireworks at 11. The free, self-guided Tree Tour also begins Saturday, and includes stops at Arizona Center (see "City Lights" in Events), Bank One Center, Orpheum Theatre and Heritage Square. The display and thetour continue nightly, through January 1, 1996. For more information or a free tour brochure, call 534-3378 or 254-8696.

Tempe's Fantasy of Lights: A free festival marking the beginning of this second annual display is planned for 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Centerpoint, Mill and University; it includes Kriss Kringle's Market, live music, a parade, fireworks and more. At 6:30, Mayor Neil Giuliano lights the city's tree and display; the latter remains on view nightly, through January 29, 1996. Call 894-8158.

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Clay McNear
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