It's a big week for the Phoenix Symphony: In addition to a performance by the Concorda Trio (see Sunday), an ensemble made up of PS players, and a PS Close-Up at Borders (see Monday), there's also a concert by the whole outfit, fronted by two guest artists, conductor Gerard Schwarz and violin prodigy Joshua Bell. The repertoire includes works by Sibelius and Shostakovich. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4; 8 p.m. Friday, March 5; and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $15 to $39. 262-7272 (Phoenix Civic Plaza), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Violinist Thomas Bowes and pianist Eleanor Alberga form the husband-and-wife team known as Double Exposure. The duo, which performs music ranging from baroque to Chick Corea, performs at Kerr Cultural Center this weekend, but may be caught for free at a performance and CD-signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. 957-6660.
Writer-director Terry Earp's Feelin' Groovy, "a play about mothers and daughters and a hippie ghost," previews at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 4, at On the Spot Theater, 4700 North Central. The run proper begins with performances at 8 p.m. Friday, March 5; and the same time Saturday, March 6. The run continues through Saturday, April 3. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. 564-6606.
Andrew J. Traister directs the Actors Theatre of Phoenix production of Nixon's Nixon, playwright Russell Lee's imaginative re-creation of the meeting between Dickie and Henry Kissinger shortly before the former resigned his office. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, March 5; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6; and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, March 7, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The run continues through Sunday, March 21. Tickets range from $17.50 to $28.50, available at Herberger and Dillard's. 252-8497 (ATC), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Modern-dance specialists Semaphor DanceWorks present a program cleverly titled Carmen Ground, a mixed bag of works choreographed by artistic director Dominika Borovansky. The evening includes a group piece titled Entangled, performed to Pablo de Sarasate's Variation on the Theme of Carmen. Performances are slated for 8 p.m. Friday, March 5; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Performing Arts Center at Scottsdale Community College, 9000 East Chaparral. Tickets are $10, $6 for seniors and students, free for kids 12 and under. 216-9220.
Less genteel, but certainly not a bit less fun, the Bay Area soul diva E.C. Scott powers out bluntly lusty, unembarrassed blues tunes, with authority, a gospel backbone and a contemporary groove. Hopefully, she'll perform some of the numbers from her wonderful Blind Pig CD Hard Act to Follow--which includes 10 of her own songs, plus a thundering cover of Eurythmics' "Missionary Man"--when she returns to the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School, at 9 p.m. Friday, March 5; and the same time Saturday, March 6. The cover is $6; you aren't likely to be disappointed by this act. 265-4842.
"Just when you thought you were safe from the Macarena . . ." is the ominous promotion of The Hispanick Zone, Guillermo Reyes' compendium of comic sketches in the Latino-theater tradition (developed by playwright Luis Valdez in the 1960s) of the Acto. The show, which satirizes Latino stereotypes, has been held over for three more performances: 8 p.m. Friday, March 5; the same time Saturday, March 6; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at PlayWright's Theatre, 1121 North First Street. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and seniors. Call 253-5151 for more information.
"Home Is Where the Art Is" once again serves as the theme for this year's Hospice of the Valley Art Auction and Dinner, which takes place starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at Scottsdale's Robb & Stucky store, 15440 North Scottsdale Road. A wide variety of donated artworks will be on the block, after which a sit-down dinner will be served. Individual tickets are $200, tables of 10 are $2,000; corporate sponsorship runs higher. 530-6900.
Self-proclaimed as "America's Toughest Sheriff," Maricopa County lawman Joe Arpaio has apparently recovered enough from the trauma of being attacked by a drunken hairdresser to sign his literary masterpiece at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the Barnes & Noble store at 10500 North 90th Street in Scottsdale. Admission is free. 391-0048.
Three of the "youngest and flashiest" members of the Phoenix Symphony, Dana Pasley (violin), Michael Center (cello) and Annie Center (piano and viola), make up the Concorda Trio. The ensemble plays a chamber concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The program includes Dvorak's String Quintet--also featuring young-and-flashy Phoenix Symphony bassist Michael Kazepides and violinist Anna Kim--Mozart's Piano Trio in D minor; and Brahms' Piano Trio in B Major. Tickets range from $10 to $15, with a $3 discount for seniors. 965-5377 (Kerr), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
The great Indian actor Roshan Seth stars in The Journey, an as-yet-unreleased film from director Harish Saluja. The story of a recently widowed Indian schoolmaster who travels to the U.S. to visit his son and Americanized family screens at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at Harkins Shea 14, 74th Street and Shea in Scottsdale; it's a presentation of the Foothills Film Society, a nonprofit organization, dedicated to bringing the art of film to the sparsely cinema'd far north Valley. Director Saluja is scheduled to be present at the showing. Tickets, available at the theater (though not at the box office), are $7; for advance tickets, call 488-1090.
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.