Formerly known as the Arizona Men's Tennis Championships, the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic features a field that includes defending champ Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Patrick Rafter, Jim Courier, Marcelo Rios, Thomas Muster and 1997 French Open champ Gustavo Kuerten. The tournament proper begins on Monday, March 1, and continues daily through Sunday, March 7, at the Scottsdale Princess resort, 7575 East Princess Drive. Individual tickets, ranging from $10 to $55, are available from Dillard's box office (503-5555); other ticket packages are also available.
One of, in this writer's opinion, the great American poets of the century, Dr. Seuss, gets his birthday celebrated at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Barnes & Noble store at 10500 North 90th Street in Scottsdale. The event, also a celebration of Read Across America Day, includes readings of Seuss books by BookPALS actors, coloring and giveaways; donations of new or gently used children's books for the Sunshine Acres Orphanage are also accepted. Admission is free. 391-0048.
Muralist and designer William "Wille" Bryant has had a hand in everything from film sets to commercial backdrops to the reptile habitat at Out of Africa Wildlife Park. The Scottsdale Artists League sponsors a lecture by the artist, scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the headquarters building of the Rural/Metro Fire Department, 4141 North Granite Reef Road in Scottsdale. Admission is free, and all are welcome. 812-1076.
Ragtime entertainer Max Morath brings his off-Broadway show Living a Ragtime Life to the Valley with a performance at 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. The evening includes music by Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Bert Williams and May Irwin, along with comedy and commentary. 994-2787 (SCA), 784-4444 (Ticketmaster).