arts and minds
"Celebrating 40 Years: Many Faces, One World": The exhibit features works by children from Scottsdale and its sister cities: Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. It continues through February 25 in Young at Art Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Viewing is free. For details call 994-2787.
"Magic Show": The latest installment in City of Tempe's monthly Saturday Performing Arts Series, which introduces children to the performing arts, starts at 10 a.m. Saturday at Edna Vihel Activity Building, 3340South Rural. This time, illusionist RonReid pulls metaphorical rabbits out ofhis hat. The series continues through April 13; the next entry is on February 10. Admission is $2 for kids age 2 and up; one adult is admitted free with each child. For details call 350-5287; TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
at the museum
"Bear With Us" and "SpARTS": The "Bear" exhibit features multimedia representations of bruins of all shapes, sizes and sorts. It continues through February 2 at Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 North Robson in Mesa. Two related activities are planned Saturday. "Bear Stage," from 10 a.m. to noon, features a story session by puppeteer Katie Cathcart; the fee is $8. In "Bear-icatures," artist Donna McCarthy teaches kids basic drawing techniques; it's scheduled for 1 to 3p.m., and also costs $8. "SpARTS" series of special workshops includes "Do Pennants!" flag-making workshop on Thursday and "Instant Replay" print-making session on Friday; participation is free with regular museum admission. Call 644-2467.
"The Great Russian Dinosaurs": Mesa Southwest Museum, 53 North Macdonald, presents this major touring exhibition cosponsored by City of Mesa and Paleontological Institute of Moscow. It features 24 full skeletons, as well as remains of dino nests, eggs and hatchlings, 50 skulls and dozens of other specimens collected this century from sites in Russia and Mongolia. The American premiere of the installation continues through February 4. For details call 644-2230.
among the animals
Out of Africa Cubs: Two baby white tigers have joined the feline family at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, located off Fort McDowell Road, two miles north of the intersection of Shea Boulevard and Beeline Highway. Visitors may purchase tickets thatallow them to play with the cubs for 15minutes. For details call 837-7779.
"Picture This: Focus on Endangered Species": Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts the latest installment in its festival "The Celebration of the Natural World," which continues through September. "Picture This" continues daily, through Wednesday. Participation is free with regular admission: $7, $6 for seniors, $3.50 for kids ages 4 to 12, free for younger children and zoo members. Call 273-1341.
"Wild Winter Nights": Wildlife World Zoo has zoo lights, too. Like Phoenix Zoo's popular ZooLights (see the Events listing), the display features thousands of lights placed strategically around the grounds at the menagerie, 165th Avenue and Northern in Litchfield Park. Unlike Phoenix Zoo, Wildlife World Zoo allows some of its critters, including white tigers Sir Lunge-a-Lot and Mrs. Lunge-a-Lot, to stay up late and enjoy the show. "Wild Winter Nights" continues from 5:30 to 9:30 nightly, through February 3. Special admission is $4, free for kids age 2and under. For details call 935-9453.
on the stage
Aladdin: Desert Stages, Inc., presents final performances at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. Call 483-1664.
Little Women: Valley Youth Theatre presents its take on the Louisa May Alcott story. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the group's venue at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. Call 267-3880.