Farewell to Manzanar: This book by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston, the true story of a family of Japanese Americans imprisoned by the U.S. government at the Manzanar Internment Camp during World War II, will be discussed by Dr. Carlotta Adams at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown. It's part of the continuing "Transforming Barbed Wire" series. 930-3573.
Earth Dances: Ballet Arizona continues its season with this program of ritual dances. Michael Uthoff's "Murmurs in the Stream" is set to Chilean folk tunes; "Lady Lost Found" is danced to Irish and Scottish folk music; and "Land's Edge," a 1986 work set in New England and created by the artistic collective Pilobolus, rounds out the evening. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 12; 8 p.m. Friday, March 13; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets range from $16.50 to $34.50, available at the center and Dillard's. 252-8497 or 503-5555.
Radio Days: "Sentimental Journey," appropriately enough, kicks off Phoenix Symphony's marvelous program of music from the days before broadcasting came with pictures. Included are themes from The Shadow, Superman and Little Orphan Annie as well as jingles from vintage commercials for Pepsi and Wheaties, and big-band favorites including two that we feel ought to be on the short list for the new national anthem: "Big Noise From Winnetka" and "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo." Missing this one isn't advisable. Clotilde Otranto conducts the Symphony, which is joined by vocalists Five By Design, starting at 8 p.m. Friday, March 13; and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets are $15 and $39. 262-7272 (Phoenix Civic Plaza), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Scottsdale Arts Festival: The 28th annual indoor-outdoor fest includes dance, theater and music--including performances by Pete Belasco and his band, and Irish contemporary alternative rock by the Devlins--artist demos, a trompe l'oeil illusion in chalk created by master Italian street painter Kurt Wenner, kids' activities, more than 185 juried artists' booths, food and drink, and more. Hours are noon to 10 p.m. Friday, March 13; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 14; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, Civic Center Boulevard between Second Street and Indian School. Admission is $3, free for kids age 12 and under. Shuttle service is provided from the Loloma Transit Center, Marshall Way and Second Street, and from the Galleria parking structure. 994-2787.
Chandler Ostrich Festival: Struthioformes--those fast, flightless, funny-looking avians which are the best visual evidence of the theory that modern birds descended from therapod dinosaurs--are celebrated for the 10th annual time in this world-famous three-day fest. The agenda includes big-bird races; the Ostrich Festival Parade; concerts by the likes of Kool and the Gang, Hiroshima, Dr. Ruth Band, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Robert Street Band; an artist garden and marketplace; "Ostrich Alley," an exhibit which places ostrich ranching in the context of Chandler's history; a carnival; a fireworks-and-laser show; and more. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Friday, March 13; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 14; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, March 15. Events are centered on the intersection of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard. General admission is free, but fees are charged for races and carnival rides. 963-4571, extension #123.
WorldPort '98: The annual event celebrates the cultures of other lands, and features ethnic arts and crafts, four stages of entertainment, music, dancing, foods and beverages, and, on Sunday, a "Parade of Nations," featuring costumes of many cultures. Hours are 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 13; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 14; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 15, on the campus of Thunderbird, the American Graduate School of International Management, 59th Avenue and Greenway Road in Glendale. Admission is free. 930-2299.
Phoenix Home Improvement and Garden Show: Channel 3's "Garden Guy" Dave Owens, and Brian Blake of Whitfill Nursery are among the special guests at the 25th annual show, which also features more than 400 exhibits on interior and exterior decorating, remodeling, winter landscaping and other such weekend-ruining projects. It's slated for noon to 9 p.m. Friday, March 13; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, March 14; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 15, in exhibit halls A through C at Phoenix Civic Plaza, Second Street and Adams. Admission is $5, $3 for seniors, free for kids 12 and under. 277-4748, 262-7272.