In Mixed Company kicks off its fifth season with the Southwest premiere of Someone's Knocking, "an odd little comedy that takes an absurdist look at an agoraphobic American housewife . . . whose marriage and life change radically when Opportunity literally knocks on the door." The company's artistic director, Kevin Kerrigan, helms the production. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 5; the same time Friday, November 6; and Saturday, November 7; and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 8, at PlayWright's Theatre, 1121 North First Street. Tickets are $16.50, $14.50 for students and seniors, available through the Herberger box office and Dillard's. 252-8497, 503-5555.
Another Southwest premiere: John Logan's Never the Sinner, a courtroom drama about the other "crime of the century"--the Leopold and Loeb case--continues Phoenix Theatre's 1998-99 season. Jere Luisi, Joel Maurice and Richard Glover star in the production, under the direction of Michael D. Mitchell. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, November 6; 8 p.m. Saturday, November 7; 2 p.m. Sunday, November 8; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, at 100 East McDowell. Tickets are $23 and $25. 254-2151 (PT), 503-5555.
Festive flotillas of colorful hot-air balloons take to the skies at the 24th annual Thunderbird Balloon Classic, planned for Friday, November 6; Saturday, November 7; and Sunday, November 8, on Polo Field at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road. Along with the various balloon "glows" and competitions, fun includes international foods and live music, including a concert by the World Famous Rockers--a band made up of members of The Eagles, Moody Blues, Wings and other ensembles--at 8:15 p.m. Friday, and lots of activities just for kids. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday; and at 5:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $7 in advance, available at automated ticket machines at selected Safeway locations or by calling 1-888-ETM-TIXS, or $10 at the gate; kids age 12 and under get in free. Parking is free. 978-7797.
Arizona Jewish Theatre Company opens its season with the 1984 musical Kuni Leml, adapted by Nahma Sandrow, Raphael Crystal and Richard Engquist from Avrom Goldfadn's Yiddish-theater classic of the 1880s. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 7; and 2 and 8 p.m. Sunday, November 8, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets are $26, less for students and seniors; available at Herberger and Dillard's. 252-8497, 503-5555.
Those of us who were lucky enough to see Quentin Crisp's appearance here this past spring got a firsthand dose of his lucidity and wit. Now the brilliant author and actor, who turns 90 this coming Christmas Day, returns to the Valley for two performances of his one-man show An Evening With Quentin Crisp, at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 7; and at 2 p.m. Sunday, November 8, at Phoenix Theatre's Little Theatre, 100 East McDowell. Reached by phone at his New York apartment, Crisp offers these thoughts: "I don't understand why the women don't get more of the blame. If in the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, some man had caught sight of her sexual apparatus, he would have been beheaded." As for Clinton, Crisp continues. "He made one mistake--he should have said 'I will neither confirm nor deny . . .' and stuck to it through thick and thin. It doesn't matter what he does with his person; what matters is how he handles scandal. That was his weakness. But all the attacks on Mr. Clinton are based on envy. Most of the people in the White House are old, and stooping, and bespectacled, and they see the young man that all the girls want and they hate him. They shot Kennedy for the same thing, and they're shooting Clinton more slowly. It's horrible to watch." Tickets are $15. 254-2151.
Those considering taking the plunge into their own business might consider the Pre-Business Planning Workshop run by SCORE, a volunteer organization of retired businesspeople sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The workshop runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, November 7, at the Arizona Institute of Business Technology, 6049 North 43rd Avenue (Bethany Home Road entrance). The fee is $35 in advance, $40 at the door. 640-2329.
Various cultural and ethnic activities, including music, dancing and arts and crafts, are planned at the 27th annual Festival of Nations. "Color Me Human" is the theme for the outdoor event, scheduled for noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, November 8, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, Civic Center Boulevard between Second Street and Indian School--pavilions representing cultures ranging from African American, Asian Pacific Islander and European to Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Native American feature art, crafts, clothing, food, music, language and performing arts. Admission is free. 994-2330.
The musician and songwriter ralo (lower case hers) is among those set to perform at this month's edition of the Divergent Arts Poetry Series, at 7 p.m. Sunday, November 8, at Long Wong's Live, 3623 East Indian School. Valley poets Matthew John Arnold and Paul M. Dlouhy are also scheduled to read their own work. Admission is free; donations are accepted. 947-0371.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, hosts a Veterans Day Walk and Health Fair starting at 8:30 a.m. Monday, November 9. Events will include a flag-raising by VFW Post #3513, followed by one-, two- or three-mile walk options through the park, and by health-fair info. Channel 3's Bill Mosley, a Vietnam vet, is scheduled to attend. The observances are free with the regular admission of $7.50, $6.50 for seniors and $1.50 for kids between 5 and 12. 941-1225.
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Country-music biggie Clint Black is among the, well, celebrities expected to participate in "The Celebrity" Golf Tournament; many others are scheduled to tee it up in the third annual tourney, scheduled for Monday, November 9; and Tuesday, November 10. Proceeds benefit various local charities. Grayhawk Golf Club, 7377 East Doubletree Ranch Road in Scottsdale. 951-6361.
Beethoven, Chopin, Bolcom, Stravinsky and Liszt are on the bill when pianist Jon Nakamatsu, winner of the 1997 Van Cliburn Competition (the first American to win since 1981), takes the stage at the Bellevue Heights Church, 9440 Hutton Drive in Sun City. The Sun Cities Chamber Music Society sponsors the all-ages show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, November 9. Tickets are $14, $5 for students. 972-0478.
Tenor James Crowley, fronting the Quintessence Chamber Orchestra, belts the rousing strains of American military music with Over There!, a concert in honor of Veterans Day. The program will include tunes from the Civil War through more recently familiar standards like "I'll Be Seeing You," "Armed Forces Salute" and George M. Cohan's title rallying cry. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 10, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $12 general admission, $14 reserved. 965-5377 (Kerr), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Lisa Alther's Kinflicks is the selection at this month's meeting of the Gay/Lesbian Literature Conversation Group; Robrt L. Pela facilitates the discussion at 7 p.m. Wednesday, November 11, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. All are welcome; admission is free. 957-6660.