Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities: Arizona Theatre Company presents playwright Anna Deavere Smith's controversial take on racism and class conflict in America, based on the incident that led to the 1991 riots in New York City's Crown Heights district. This week's performances are at 2 and 8p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The production continues through February 17. Tickets range from $20 to $30,available at Herberger and Dillard's. Call 252-8497 or 678-2222. See the review on page 61.
E.C. Scott: The true-blue soul diva of the '60s and '70s has seemingly gone the way of the dodo, trampled underfoot by the dreaded "adult contemporary" hordes that rule our dark time. Then there's this Oakland-based ray of sunshine, a belter of blues with authority, a gospel backbone and a contemporary groove. She's no Etta James or Koko Taylor--neither would deign to growl a Kiki Dee song, àla Scott's stab at Dee's drab "Sugar on the Floor" from the Blind Pig album Come Get Your Love--but E.C.'s a lot more "DC" than "AC." Yow. Showtime is 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Cover is $3. Call 265-4842.
Phoenix Suns: The Suns host the New Jersey Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Seattle Sonics at the same time Tuesday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 678-2222.
"Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman" and New Works: Desert Dance Theatre continues its 17th season with a reprise of this work about the abolitionist and her contribution to the success of the Underground Railroad. Choreographed by the troupe's Renee Davis, Lisa R.Chow and Marion Kirk Jones, the show features traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble. Performances of the new works "Craps" and "Dancing the Malthusian" are also planned. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and kids, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 786-2680.
Phoenix Symphony: Pianist Misha Dichter joins the orchestra, conducted by James Sedares, in performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37; Mendelssohn's TheHebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), Opus 26; and Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Opus 39. Shows arescheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 11a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday at Symphony Hall, 225East Adams. Friday morning's program is a "Coffee Classics" concert; tickets are specially priced at $11 and $15, and neither the Mendelssohn work nor the first movement of the Sibelius symphony will be performed. The full program is repeated at 3p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Prescott's Yavapai College. Regular tickets range from $12 to $36, available at the symphony box office and Dillard's. Call 264-6363 or 678-2222. (Note: The orchestra also performs Saturday as part of Desert Foothills Music Fest '96; seeThursday in the Music listing.)
ASU Baseball: Pat Murphy's Arizona State University squad plays home games against Brigham Young University at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and St. Mary's College of California at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Packard Stadium, First Street and Rural in Tempe. Tickets range from $4 to $7. Call 965-2381.
ASU West Film Society: A screening of Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1994, unrated), British director Nick Broomfield's examination of the media feeding frenzy surrounding the case of Wuornos, America's purported first mass murderess, continues the society's latest festival of free movies, which sports the theme "documentaries as weapons of change." Showtime is 7:15 p.m. Friday at Kiva Hall, located in the University Center Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. The series continues through May 3. For details call 543-2787.
Alfredo Rolando Ortiz: The Cuba-born, South America-based musician was graduated from medical school, earning the honorific "doctor," but he's devoted his life to mastering the Paraguayan harp, a hand-carved, highly rhythmic instrument. Ortiz performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $11 and $12, available at Kerr and Dillard's box offices. For details call 965-5377 or 678-2222.
ASU Baseball: See Thursday.
Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn andOther Identities: See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony: ("Coffee Classics" matinee at 11 a.m.; evening performance at8.) See Thursday.
"Too Dang Hot!": Chicago-based haute-jazz troupe River North Dance Company, led by former Gus Giordano dancer Sherry Zunker Dow, hoofs to works by Cole Porter, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Benny Goodman, Eurythmics and others inperformances at 8 p.m. Saturday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams, and at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets range from $14 to $20. For details call 262-7272 or 786-2680.
Khenany: The Mexico-based ensemble borrowed its name from a wonderful myth about an Aztec princess--Khenany--who develops a forbidden case of love for a Spanish conquistador. To elude their pursuers, Khenany prays to the Bird God, who changes her into a bamboo shoot and the conquistador into anarmadillo. A Spanish poet then whittles her into a flute and transforms the soldier's armor into a charango. The music played by Khenany--the group--is equally wonderful, an ethereal sampler of ancient Latin American sounds. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $14, available at the center and Ticketmaster. For details call 994-2787 or 784-4444.