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thursday
january 11
"Fred Harvey's Southwest": Heard Museum Guild's annual lecture series continues through February 8. The facility's director, Martin Sullivan, lectures on "The Harvey Era: Trains, Tourists and Transformations in American Life" at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. Rayna Green, director of the American Indian program at the National Museum of American History, speaks on "From Ritual to Retail: Pueblo People and the Railroad" at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Both of the above events take place atthe Heard, 22 East Monte Vista. Green's program is repeated at 9:30 a.m. January 18 at the museum and at 7 that evening at the new Roy Lyon Center at the Heard Museum North, located at el Pedregal at the Boulders, 34505 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale (see the Art Exhibits listing for details about the gallery's grand-opening festivities). Tickets to each lecture are $10, $8 for members. For details about related "Harvey dinners" orfor other information, call 252-8840.

Little Shop of Horrors: Arizona Theatre Company continues its season with the musical about lovelorn Seymour Krelbourne and thevoracious plant named Audrey II; see the review on page 57. Based on Roger Corman's 1960 film, the play was penned by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who also collaborated on the scores for Disney's movies The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast. This week's performances are at 8p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 7 p.m. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and 8 p.m. Wednesday in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe; adiscussion follows Thursday's show, and Tuesday's performance is a special student matinee. Regular tickets range from $29 to $35, available at Herberger and Dillard's. Little Shop continues through January 20. For details call 252-8497 or 678-2222. (For information about ATC's annual fund-raising gala, headlined by Davis Gaines, seeTuesday. The group's next show, Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities, continues through January 27 in Tucson; see Thursday in the Theatre listing.)

Tundra Blues: R.J. Mischo and His Red Hot Blues Band, Percy Strother: The forecast calls for a cool blast of the deep-north blues, provided by the dual kings of the Minneapolis scene. Harmonica master Mischo and his ensemble perform at 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School; guitarist/vocalist Strother performs at the same time Friday and Saturday at the Phoenix venue. The cover is $2 on Thursday, $4 on Friday and Saturday. For details call 265-4842.

Kruse International '96 Collector Car Show: A1929 Duesenberg Model J Murphy convertible formerly owned by United Airlines founder J.J. Mitchell and a couple of Mercedes-Benzes from Adolf Hitler's personal fleet are the vehicular stars of Kruse's silver-anniversary show, scheduled Thursday through Monday at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, 5999 East Van Buren. Admission is $8, $3 for kids. For details call 1-800-968-4444. (For information about Kruse's Robert Unruh auction, see the Events listing.)

The Phantom of the Opera: Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenally popular musical, based on the novel by Gaston LeRoux, stars Rick Hilsabeck as the title spook, a spiteful composer who haunts the catacombs beneath theParis Opera House and loves young soprano Christine (Teri Bibb and understudy Rita Harvey alternate performances). Broadway vet Harold Prince directed the touring production, which continues with shows at 8p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2and 7:30 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Phantom continues through January 27. Tickets range from $15 to $65, available at Gammage and Dillard's. For details call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Stars on Ice: Many of the biggest names in ice skating--including Kristi Yamaguchi, Paul Wylie, Katarina Witt, Kurt Browning and Scott Hamilton--perform in this tenth-anniversary version of the touring show, dedicated to the late Sergei Grinkov. A performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $25 and $35, available at the arena and Dillard's; proceeds benefit the Valley chapter of Make-A-Wish Foundation. For details call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

friday
january 12
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline: Phoenix Theatre, Central and McDowell, continues its 75th-anniversary season with Dean Regan's musical bio about Cline, the queen of country music (real name: Virginia Petterson Hensley). Robyn Ferracane portrays the late songbird, crooning "Crazy," "Sweet Dreams" and the rest of Cline's gallery of hits. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday. The production continues through February 4. Tickets are $20 and $22. Call 254-2151.

Arizona Indian Festival: Highlights of this gathering of the Arizona tribes, an officially sanctioned Super Bowl XXX event, include a contest powwow, dance and music performances, arts and crafts and six replica villages representing the traditional lifestyles of most of the state's tribes. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday on the grounds atthe old Phoenix Indian School, Central and Indian School. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors and kids under 12, $5 for students, available at Dillard's. Call 952-0040 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley and company host the Dallas Mavericks at 6 p.m. Friday, the Cleveland Cavaliers at 7 p.m. Sunday and the Orlando Magic at 6 p.m. Wednesday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. A free party at Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams, precedes Sunday's match; it starts at 5 and continues 'til 10:30 (call 262-6225). A free tip-off party is planned prior to Wednesday's game; it starts at 5 at Arizona Center, 455 North Third Street (call 252-2502). If game tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Kruse International '96 Collector Car Show: SeeThursday.
Little Shop of Horrors: See Thursday.
The Phantom of the Opera: See Thursday.
Percy Strother: See "Tundra Blues" underThursday.

saturday
january 13
Arizona Super Bowl XXX Preview Parties: NFL Hall of Famers Deacon Jones, Jim Taylor, Willie Lanier, Paul Warfield, Paul Hornung, Jackie Smith, Charley Taylor, Bobby Mitchell, Ray Nitschke, Art Donovan, Chuck Bednarik and Raymond Berry are scheduled to meet fans and sign autographs from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Metrocenter, Westridge Mall, Peoria's Arrowhead Towne Center, Paradise Valley Mall, Scottsdale's Fashion Square and Mesa's Superstition Springs Center. Admission is free. For specifics call 245-1400 or the individual malls.

Arizona Toy and Advertising Roundup: Youngsters will get a kick out of this gala array of collectible playthings from the turn of the century to tomorrow--with emphasis on toys from the Star Wars, Star Trek, Mattel and Barbie universes--but their folks are the true targets of the nostalgia fest for big kids. It's slated for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the North Hall at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Admission is $3; fairgrounds parking is $2 per car. For details call 258-6711.

Harlem Globetrotters: The 'trotters are 70 years young. "Sweet Georgia Brown" remains the team's theme song, and an interactive mix ofhot hoops and silly sight gags is still its raison d'etre. The competition, however, has changed: The hapless Washington Generals have been pastured, replaced by the slightly more competitive International All-Stars. Showtimes are 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets range from $8.50 to $50, available atthe arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Arizona Indian Festival: See Friday.
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline: See Friday.
Kruse International '96 Collector Car Show: SeeThursday.
Little Shop of Horrors: (Performances at 2 and 8 p.m.) See Thursday.
The Phantom of the Opera: (Performances at 2 and 8 p.m.) See Thursday.
Percy Strother: See "Tundra Blues" under Thursday.

sunday
january 14
MLK Commemorations: In honor of Civil Rights Week (Sunday through January 20) and of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday on Monday, various activities are planned around the Valley. A free candlelight service is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams (call 254-5081). The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday at Sheraton Mesa Hotel, 200 North Centennial Way. Admission is $15 (call 898-8300). The MLK Jr. 5K Run/Walk starts at 8 a.m. Monday at the intersection of 14th Street and Washington. Registration is $15, with proceeds benefiting MLK Jr. Youth Scholarship Program (call 267-2767). The annual MLK Day March stepsoff at 8 a.m. Monday at Eastlake Park, 16th Street and Jefferson (call 276-9669), and the free King Cultural Festival follows from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park, located atop the I-10 freeway tunnel at Central, between Third Street and Third Avenue (call 254-5081). Arizona State University West, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale, hosts a variety of free events Tuesday through January 20 (call 543-3421).

Arizona Indian Festival: See Friday.
Arizona Super Bowl XXX Preview Parties: See Saturday.
A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline: (Performance at 2 p.m.) See Friday.
Kruse International '96 Collector Car Show: SeeThursday.
Little Shop of Horrors: (Performance at 7p.m.) See Thursday.
The Phantom of the Opera: (Performances at2and 7:30 p.m.) See Thursday.

Phoenix Suns: (Versus the Cleveland Cavaliers; tip-off at 7 p.m.) See Friday.

monday
january 15
"Meeting the Challenge of Extremism": The program, which kicks off the 1996 Equilibrium Lecture Series, features comments by American Civil Liberties Union executive director Louis Rhodes, Arizona Education Association president Kay Lybeck and Arizona Citizens Committee president Jann Renert. It starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Temple Solel, 6805 East McDonald in Paradise Valley. Admission is $10. Call 788-1114.

Kruse International '96 Collector Car Show: SeeThursday.
MLK Commemorations: See Sunday.

tuesday
january 16
Davis Gaines: Gaines wears the mask in Broadway's current production of The Phantom of the Opera. He headlines Arizona Theatre Company's annual fund-raising gala, Cabaret Ninety-Six, which gets under way with a preconcert cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Phoenix Civic Plaza Terrace Pavilion, Second Street and Adams, and moves to Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe, for the Gaines performance at 8. Tickets are $95, available at Herberger and Dillard's. For reservations and details, call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

Little Shop of Horrors: (Student matinee at10:30 a.m.) See Thursday.
MLK Commemorations: See Sunday.
The Phantom of the Opera: See Thursday.

wednesday
january 17
Michael Lee Lanning: The Arizona-based Vietnam vet and author of Vietnam at the Movies and Senseless Secrets: The Failures of U.S. Military Intelligence From George Washington to the Present kicks off Arizona Center for the Book's third annual "Feast forthe Mind" Authors Luncheon Series witha reading at noon Wednesday at Christopher's, 2398 East Camelback. The cost is $20, which includes lunch. Reservations and prepayment are required; call 265-2651, extension 600.

A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline: See Friday.
"Fred Harvey's Southwest": (Rayna Green speaks on "From Ritual to Retail: Pueblo People and the Railroad" at 7 p.m.) See Thursday.

Little Shop of Horrors: See Thursday.
MLK Commemorations: See Sunday.
The Phantom of the Opera: See Thursday.
Phoenix Suns: (Versus the Orlando Magic; tip-off at 6 p.m.) See Friday.

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