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thursday
february 19
Wolfgang Plays Wolfgang: Phoenix Symphony's principal bassoonist Bonnie Wolfgang, a 22-year veteran of the orchestra, gets a much-deserved moment in the spotlight. She plays Wolfgang Mozart's Concerto for Bassoon--the composer's only extant concerto for solo bassoon, and his first concerto for a wind instrument--in this concert, which also features Aaron Copland's Three Latin Sketches and Dvorak's Czech Suite. This is a road gig for PS, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets, available at the Symphony box office, the Center box office, or Ticketmaster, are $16 and $20. 495-1999, 994-2787, 784-4444.

Cosi fan Tutte: More Mozart--like it was possible to get enough. Arizona Opera presents Wolfie's sex comedy, a rousing tale of Ferrando and Guglielmo, who disguise themselves as Albanians to see if they can seduce their fiancees, the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella (the title means, roughly, "all [women] do this"). Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19; 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 20; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 21; and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 22, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $14 to $56. 262-7272 (Phoenix Civic Plaza), 503-5555 (Dillard's).

"Get Real" at Galeria Mesa: Reality--what a concept--is the focus of this juried exhibition at the gallery, which features 31 works of realist art ranging from a life-size baseball glove made of clay by California artist Richard Newman, a photo collage of natural rock-arch formations by Prescott Lewis and a charcoal drawing by Iowan Mary Welsh Boyts. The show runs through Saturday, March 14, at Mesa Arts Center, 155 North Center. A reception is planned from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, February 20, with entertainment by flutist Sandra Champion and refreshments. Regular hours: noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. 644-2056.

ATSCO Nationals: SUNDAY! SUNDAY! SUNDAY! Actually, National Hot Rod Association's 14th annual blowout kicks off three days earlier, with qualifying and time trials from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, February 19; 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 20; and 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 21, at Firebird International Raceway, 20000 South Maricopa Road in Chandler. On Sunday, February 22, gates open at 7 a.m. for the professional eliminations, which get under way at 11 a.m. after pre-race ceremonies at 10. Tickets, available at Firebird or at Dillard's, range from $10 to $46. 268-0200, 503-5555.

friday
february 20
The Colored Museum: George C. Wolfe's satirical play about the stereotyping of blacks is performed by Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance department of Arizona State University West. Brian Barnham, Anita Johnson, Erahn Patton, Karen Kirkland and Mike Traylor are in the cast. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, February 20; 8 p.m. Saturday, February 21; and 3 p.m. Sunday, February 22, in Second Stage West in the University Center Building on the ASU West campus. The run continues through Saturday, February 28. Tickets are $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for students. 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. 543-6064.

Arizona Scottish Highland Games and Gathering: Caledonian Society of Arizona presents this 32nd annual event, which begins with a Celtic concert from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, February 20. The gathering proper begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, February 21, and continues 'til 5 p.m.; the same hours apply for Sunday, February 22. Massed bands play at noon and 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Other stirring highlights include competitions, kids' activities, clan representatives, historical reenactments, music, country dancing, a Celtic rock concert featuring the Australian band Brother and the Native American band Clan/destine and more. All events take place at Riggs Stadium on the Mesa Community College campus, at the intersection of Dobson and Southern. Concert tickets are available for the Scot-friendly price of $5, $2 for children ages 5 to 11. One-day admission to the gathering is $9, $8 for seniors, $2 for kids ages 5 to 11, free for those younger. Two-day tickets are also available. 431-0095.

Spike & Mike's Sick and Twisted Festival of Animation: The 1998 edition of this cult-fave fest, conceived by Californians Spike Decker and Mike Gribble, features Matt Stone and Trey Parker's early South Park short Spirit of Christmas, Guido Manuli's Jurassic Fart, a film called Loogie Tennis, new No-Neck Joe adventures by Craig McCracken and other revolting, sophomoric, socially irredeemable and frequently quite entertaining works by Adam Lane, Greg Ecklund, Neil Ishimine and others. The adults-only fun begins on Friday, February 20, with shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and midnight; shows at 7 and 9:30 p.m. continue daily. Valley Art Theatre, 509 South Mill in Tempe. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. 829-6668, 784-4444.

Moon Over Buffalo: This circa-1953 backstage farce by Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You) recounts the exploits of a squabbling husband-and-wife theatrical team who must try to put aside their differences long enough to get through a performance attended by Frank Capra--he's looking for the leads for his next picture. Local favorite Robyn Ferracane essays the role played on Broadway by Carol Burnett. John Sankovich, Jan Clevenger and Phillippe Hall are also in the cast of this Phoenix Theatre production, directed by Gary Griffin. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, February 20; 8 p.m. Saturday, February 21; 2 p.m. Sunday, February 22; 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 24; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, February 25, at 100 East McDowell. The run continues through Sunday, March 8. Tickets are $22 and $25. 254-2151 (PT), 503-5555.

saturday
february 21
Blues Blast '98: Phoenix Blues Society's Blast, now in its seventh year, kicks off with an indoor dance party from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday, February 21, at Mesa Centennial Hall, 201 North Center. Big Jay McNeely headlines the dance, backed by Valley ensembles the Rocket 88s, and Phonoroyale. The festival proper swings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, February 22, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. Roots-zydeco masters Terrance Simien and the Mallet Playboys headline this show; also on the bill are the Dallas-based Smokin' Joe Kubek Band featuring B'nois King; Mississippi Delta guitarist Big Jack Johnson, backed by the Oilers; Johnny Rawls; Tucson's Bad News Blues Band; and the Valley's own Sweet Jeffrey and Friends. Admission to the Saturday dance is $5 at the door; tickets to the Sunday show are $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Kids under 12 are admitted free to Sunday's show. 252-0599 (Blues Society), 644-2560 (Mesa Amphitheatre), 503-5555 (Dillard's).

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