This Week's Day-by-day Picks

Thursday, March 4
Widespread panic? A little less so after this Thursday, March 4, when "panic!," the Valley's original weekly Brit pop/indie dance night, clears the way for a new order. Rocking Anderson's Fifth Estate every Thursday for four years, the event quickly outgrew the club's Elbow Room and -- in a typical British invasion -- took over Anderson's main room. Placating the panicky with a final hurrah, panic's Fourth Anniversary Party promises concert ticket and CD giveaways, $2 well drinks and 75-cent drafts. Close your eyes, feel the rhythm, and think of England at Anderson's, 6820 East Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. Cover charge is $5, or $4 with a panic! flier. Call 480-994-4168 for more information.

Sedona gets the pictures starting Thursday, March 4, when the Sedona International Film Festival & Workshop gets set for its 10th take. A breakfast panel discussing "The History & Future of Film in Arizona" leads off a full day of screenings capped by an opening-night concert. Rolling through Sunday, March 7, the fest also features a 10th-anniversary gala, the Southwest U.S. Emerging Filmmakers Showcase, the Arizona Classics Film Series, and workshops for kids and industry pros. Award-winning features, shorts and documentaries from around the globe tackle topics playful and ponderous -- Veggie Van Voyage tracks the travels of a vehicle powered by fast food fryer oil; An Unlikely Friendship chronicles the relationship between a KKK leader and a black female activist. Call 1-928-282-1177 or see for a schedule and ticket info.

Friday, March 5
Got loose screws and a tight body? Head for Hollywood -- there's gold in them there hills. In "CRAZY SEXY HOLLYWOOD," picture man Carlos Batts brings a small taste of the big time to Perihelion Arts, 1500 Grand Avenue. Showcasing 50 works by six of L.A.'s most focused photographers -- Patrick Hoelck, Estevan Oriol, Rick Castro, Dave Naz, Steve Diet Goedde and Batts himself -- the traveling exhibition "pays tribute to the looks, attitudes, glamour and grittiness of Hollywood." ('Bout time somebody paid those celebrities some attention.) Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 5, an opening reception promises artist appearances, music by DJ Heathenworld, and tasty home-baked treats from the ladies of Arizona Roller Derby. In a testament to fame's staying power, the exhibition remains on display through April 2. Call 602-462-9120 or see

Saturday, March 6
'Tis the season: Put some spring in your steps on Saturday, March 6, when Phoenix Parks and Rec, along with the Phoenix Mountains Preservation Council, goes all out(doors) for Spring in the Mountains. From 7 a.m. to noon, the 28th annual celebration of the city's Mountain Preserves issues the call of the wild to the South Mountain Environmental Education Center, 10409 South Central (south of Baseline). In addition to a kids' scavenger hunt and storytelling, the event offers a mountain bike ride and a handful of guided hikes -- from the easy 1.5-mile Sonoran Desert spring hike to the "moderately strenuous" 4.5-mile trail run (moderately?). Call 480-706-0172 or see for a registration form.

Sunday, March 7
Show us your Brits: Mini, Jaguar, Lotus, Triumph, Morgan or Sunbeam. An open display for all British-built vehicles, from show class to daily drivers, The Wheels of Britain 2004 car show revs up -- in a most refined manner -- downtown's Heritage Square, Sixth Street and Monroe, this Sunday, March 7. Bestowing honors including "Best of Show," "Greatest Distance Driven" and "Spirit of Britain" (awarded to a currently licensed vehicle), the British Motor Enthusiasts' event rolls from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dial 602-971-7807 for details.

Monday, March 8
A man's grip on his remote control compromises his grip on reality (an oversimplification, perhaps, but we'd like to think there's a lesson here, nonetheless, gentlemen) in IM/UR, Theater in My Basement's new "radical work of hyper-multimedia." This Monday, March 8, TIMB stages "a low-tech version of the high-tech performance piece" to be presented, in its entirety, later this year at a digital performance festival in France. The action finds our hero, "UR" (Universal Remote) -- Bad Religion's "21st-century digital boy" made manifest -- having OD'd on multimedia. Reduced to a living receptor of digital information, UR also has zombified "IM," his partner in crime; neither can reclaim mortality or form a meaningful union -- with man or machine. "Full of intense imagery, poetic flights of imagination, and a hard-core post-punk backbeat," the reading starts at 8 p.m. at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt; admission is $5. See for more information.

Tuesday, March 9
All he needs is love, and local artist Sloane McFarland found it -- with a little help from his friends. In his video work Norwegian Wood, McFarland expresses his need for interaction, then finds a cure for his loneliness in the Beatles' song of the same name. VJ Johnny D. presents the piece -- and sets other artists' video compositions to song -- Tuesday, March 9, at the ASU Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center, 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. Pop art with a punch, "POPS: A Night of Music Inspired Video Works" rolls at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. See for a preview.

Wednesday, March 10
Now that we've mastered God's Big Book of Virtues, we're ready for the next challenge. At 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, Robert Thurman brings it on. The professor of Buddhist studies visits Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore, 6428 South McClintock, to sign and discuss his book Infinite Life: Seven Virtues for Living Well. The first Western Tibetan Buddhist monk -- ordained by the Dalai Lama himself -- Thurman examines the link of Buddhist teachings and happiness, offering readers "a pragmatic and accessible guide to securing their own peace and happiness while simultaneously transforming the world." Sounds easy enough. Book signing ticket numbers are available with purchase of the book. Call 480-730-0205 for more information.