Pic Hits for the week

thursday
february 22
Don Pasquale: Arizona Opera continues its silver-anniversary season with Donizetti's comic opera about the mutually exclusive properties of love and marriage. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Shows are sung in Italian, with English surtitles. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at Dillard's. For details call 262-7272 or 678-2222.

Craig Dahn, and Christopher Dillon: Pianist Dahn is an Arizona State University alum and a protege of the late Liberace. Grammy-winning vocalist Dillon specializes in recording topBroadway hits. Both have been known tobook a cruise-ship gig or two in their day, but they team up for a dry-land bash at 8 p.m. Thursday at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. Tickets range from $5 to $14, available at the 'dome and Dillard's. Call 975-1900 or 678-2222.

State Basketball Championships: Arizona's best boys' and girls' high school teams collide in the Arizona Interscholastic Association (AIA) tournament, which concludes Thursday through Saturday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Tickets are $5, available at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show: About 2,000 of the world's top show equines compete in categories like cutting, jumping and driving at this 41st annual event, the country's largest. It continues daily, through Sunday, at WestWorld, 16601 North Pima Road. Outside the two big-top arenas, vendors hawk clothing, jewelry, art and other "horseware." General-admission tickets are $5, $3 for seniors, $2.50 for kids under 12. Reserved-seating tickets are available at Dillard's. Proceeds benefit various Valley charities. For details call 951-1180 or 678-2222.

ASU Baseball: Pat Murphy's Arizona State University baseball squad hosts the University of Wyoming at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, and the University of Virginia at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Packard Stadium, First Street and Rural in Tempe. The Sun Devils' next home series is March 1 through 3 against Stanford University. Tickets range from $2 to $5. For details call 965-2381.

friday
february 23
Ian Moore Band: Though the young Texas guitarist--the latest in a long line of Austin exports--can't fill the void left by the death of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Moore's flying fingers and soulful fills relieve the sting. Touring in support of the recent Capricorn release Modernday Folklore, Ian and band perform Friday at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. The Freewheelers share the bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $14 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. For details call 968-8664 or 784-4444.

The Pirates of Penzance: Los Angeles-based Opera ala Carte enacts Gilbert and Sullivan's sublime farce about the buffoonish pirate king and the befuddled major general. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. Tickets range from $11 to $24, available at Gammage, the Sundome and Dillard's. For details call 965-3434, 975-1900 or 678-2222.

Arizona Scottish Highland Games and Gathering: Caledonian Society of Arizona presents this 30th annual event, which begins at 7 p.m. Friday with a concert featuring Alex Beaton, the Browne Sisters and George Cavanaugh, Laurie Riley and Michael MacBean, and Thomas and Marie Teven. The gathering proper begins at 8 a.m. Saturday and continues 'til 5 p.m.; highlights include competitions, music, dancing, a dog show, kids' activities and more. All events take place at Riggs Stadium on the Mesa Community College campus, Dobson and Southern. Concert tickets are $5, $2 for children ages 5 to 11. Admission to the gathering is $10, $5 for kids ages 5 to 11, free for those younger. For details call 431-0095.

"The Masters": Ballet Arizona continues itstenth season with a trio of 20th-century works, including George Balanchine's "Serenade," Paul Taylor's "Esplanade" and Antony Tudor's "Lilac Garden." This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. More shows are scheduled February 29 through March 3. Tickets range from $17.25 to $27.25, available at the ballet box office and Dillard's. For details call 381-1096 or 678-2222.

The Night of the Iguana: Arizona State University theatre professor and New Times contributor Marshall W. Mason directed this student production of the Tennessee Williams work about the relationship that develops between a former minister, fallen from grace and on the skids, and a lonely artist. This week's shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Paul V. Galvin Playhouse in ASU's Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tenth Street and Mill in Tempe. More performances are planned at 8 p.m. February 29 through March 2. Tickets are $11, $8.50 for ASU faculty and staff, $6 for students. For details call 965-6447.

Phoenix Suns: The Suns host the Toronto Raptors at 7 p.m. Friday and the New York Knicks at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. Free parties at Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams, precede both games (call 262-6225). The team's next home game is at 7 p.m. March 1 against the Detroit Pistons. If game tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 678-2222.

ASU Baseball: See Thursday.
Don Pasquale: See Thursday.
Scottsdale All-Arabian Horse Show: SeeThursday.
State Basketball Championships: SeeThursday.

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