The ongoing Phoenix Symphony Close-Up series begins an hour earlier this month, running from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 8, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. This month, Juilliard graduate and PS principal bassist--and enthusiastic adult hockey league goalie--Michael Kazepides performs on and discusses his instrument, an 1856 Alessandro Mantovani. His fiancee, violinist Anna Kim, and members of the Concorda Trio (see Sunday) will also be present, and will perform from 6 to 7. Admission is free, but seating is limited; there will be a drawing for free PS tickets. 957-6660.
Word junkies can get a fix at the weekly meeting of the Scrabble Club, at 6 p.m. Monday, March 8, at Bookstar, 1457 West Southern, Suite 20, in Mesa. Admission is free; players of all levels are welcome. For more information, call 730-5031 or 649-1699.
Or, if Scrabble's not your game, you might consider the Backgammon Tournament at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9; and most subsequent Tuesdays, at George & Dragon, 4240 North Central. Entry to the tourney is $10, and players should bring their own boards. For more information, call 265-1992.
On the other hand, if your game isn't played on a board at all, you may take more interest in "sports psychologist" Wayne Glad. The good doctor is scheduled to discuss and sign his tome Focus on Golf--co-authored by PGA veteran Chip Beck--which offers suggestions on how to improve one's game through a process of mental preparation, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, at the Barnes & Noble store at 4847 East Ray Road in Ahwatukee. Admission is free. 940-7136.