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thursday
march 13
Cactus League Baseball: The boys of spring are back for this year's slate of preseason games, which continues daily, through Friday, March 28, at stadia Valleywide. On Thursday, March 13, the Milwaukee Brewers host the Colorado Rockies at 1:05 p.m., the Chicago Cubs play the Oakland A's at the same time and the Anaheim Angels take on the San Diego Padres at 7:05 p.m. For the rest of this week's schedule and other details, see the "Cactus League Baseball" subsection in the Sports listing.

St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet: The icebound ballet from Russia skates Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty on the frozen stage at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. Performances of the all-ages production, choreographed by Konstantin Rassidin of the Kirov Ballet and sponsored by Southwest Dance, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16. Tickets range from $23 to $30, $5 less for kids, $2 less for seniors, available at Dillard's; call 503-5555.

Phoenix Jaycees Rodeo of Rodeos: The 67th annual version of the venerable midwinter competition is scheduled Thursday, March 13; Friday, March 14; Saturday, March 15; and Sunday, March 16, at the Grandstand Arena at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Country musician Ty Herndon headlines a rodeo dance that starts at approximately 9:45 p.m. Saturday at the nearby Lagoon Stage. Rodeo tickets range from $8 to $18; concert tickets are $10. All are available at Dillard's. Proceeds benefit the Jaycees' programs for underprivileged kids. For details call 263-8671 or 503-5555.

"Ask Not . . .": Ballet Arizona rocks out and rolls over Beethoven in this "balletdelic" work, choreographed by the troupe's artistic director, "unbound baby boomer" Michael Uthoff, and featuring music by Jimi Hendrix, Sonny and Cher, Led Zeppelin, Petula Clark, the Rolling Stones, and Janis Joplin. The finale, "Sinfonia Danzante," is danced to Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Opus 92. See the story about Uthoff on page 59. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets range from $15.25 to $29.25, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 503-5555.

The Nighthawks: The long-lived bar band was co-founded by Jimmy Thackery and Mark Wenner in Washington, D.C., circa 1972. Guitarist Thackery's long gone (he now leads the Drivers), but vocalist/harmonica player Wenner's still around, and so's the quartet's inelegant but lively mix of roadhouse rock, soul and R&B. Touring behind their latest disc, Pain & Paradise (which opens with a cover of Frank Zappa's "Trouble Comin' Every Day"), the 'hawks perform Thursday, March 13, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Showtime is 9 p.m. The cover is $7.50. For details call 265-4842.

Katsina: The Valley's Carol Duval Whiteman adapted this drama from the 1940 novel Sun Chief, a true story about survival, sacred/secular conflict and societal sins written by a Hopi scribe from Second Mesa. Actors Theatre of Phoenix presents the world premiere of the play. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13; 8 p.m. Friday, March 14; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Discussions follow Thursday's and Sunday's shows. Saturday's early performance is a "priceless matinee"; patrons pay what they can afford (call 253-6701). The production continues through Sunday, March 23. Regular tickets range from $16 to $26, available at Herberger and Dillard's (call 252-8497 or 503-5555).

friday
march 14
Paul Dresher Ensemble: The "electric chamber" group fuses world, classical, jazz, rock, new-age and the kitchen sink. Violinist David Abel joins the ensemble for a program of works by Dresher and Alvin Curran. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. A free, open rehearsal precedes at noon (call 965-5062). Concert tickets range from $12 to $18, available at Gammage and Dillard's (call 965-3434 or 503-5555).

3-on-3 Roundball Jam: The street-hoops tourney for adults and kids is slated for 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 14; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Phoenix Preparatory Academy, 735 East Fillmore. Proceeds benefit the Monroe Alumni Youth Association. For details call 842-9657 or 582-6391.

"Ask Not . . .": See Thursday.
Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Katsina: See Thursday.
Phoenix Jaycees Rodeo of Rodeos: See Thursday.
St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet: See Thursday.

saturday
march 15
Drew Carey: With his horn-rimmed glasses and buzz cut, the former waiter from Cleveland looks more like, well, a former waiter from Cleveland than a shooting star of standup comedy. But his stock is rising fast, thanks to the dry-white-whine, average-Joe humor of his self-titled sitcom on ABC-TV. Carey performs all-ages shows at 8 and 11 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $25, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire: This year's event commemorates the 150th anniversary of Ireland's potato famine. It steps off at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15, from the intersection of Central and Thomas, traveling south on Central to Margaret T. Hance Deck Park, site of the "faire." The latter continues 'til 6 p.m. at the park, Central and Culver, and features entertainment, exhibits and more. There's no admission charge for either event, but free-will canned-good donations for various Valley food banks will be accepted. Call 280-9221.

Lewitzky Dance Company: Bella Lewitzky's vibrant and often-visionary L.A.-based modern troupe is on its farewell tour; Bella, now in her 80s, will return to teaching following the ensemble's final show in May. The program for the group's performance on Saturday, March 15, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, includes Lewitzky-choreographed pieces titled "Meta 4," "Four Women in Time" and "Game Plan." Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $25, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

"Ask Not . . .": See Thursday.
Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Katsina: See Thursday.
Phoenix Jaycees Rodeo of Rodeos: See Thursday.
St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet: See Thursday.
3-on-3 Roundball Jam: See Friday.

sunday
march 16
Delbert McClinton: The Texan's talent is as tall as his home state is wide, and he might be the best blue-eyed roadhouse-soul singer ever to walk the Earth. McClinton headlines a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration on Sunday, March 16, at Mr. Lucky's, 3660 Grand Avenue. Design 9 opens at 4 p.m.; Delbert goes on at 7. Tickets are available at Dillard's. For details call 246-0686 or 503-5555.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo: The great South African a cappella ensemble raises its heavenly collective voice to the sky on Sunday, March 16, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 the day of the show, available at the center and Ticketmaster; call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

"A New Dawn in the Desert": The public gets its first peek at the newly renovated Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, with tours of the facility's revamped exhibits and refurbished trail system at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16. The tours, included in the regular cost of admission, are repeated at the same times Monday, March 17, through Saturday, March 22, as prelude to a special celebration coming up on Sunday, March 23. For details call 941-1225.

Emilio: The king of "Tejano y Mas," a.k.a. Tex-Mex, is arguably the hottest thing going in the Latin field next to the music's martyred queen, Selena. Emilio (full name: Emilio Navaira) brings his boot-scootin' blend of country, polka and traditional Mexican stylings to Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe, for a show on Sunday, March 16. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15 to $25, available at Gammage and Dillard's; call 965-3434 or 503-5555.

"Ask Not . . .": See Thursday.
Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Katsina: See Thursday.
Phoenix Jaycees Rodeo of Rodeos: See Thursday.
St. Petersburg State Ice Ballet: See Thursday.
3-on-3 Roundball Jam: See Friday.

monday
march 17
Scenic: Savage Republic alum Bruce Licher leads the Sedona-based crew, which gives a new twist to the term "desert rock." Scenic's songs--lush landscapes that sport titles like "The Tones of Peloponnesus" and "Sidereal Hands at the Temple of Omphalos"--alternate between pleasingly numbing and startlingly lovely. The band's music has been described as a "soundtrack without a movie"; though the comment is taken slightly out of context, it's really the perfect description for this latest in a mushrooming line of alterna-instrumental acts. The Radar Brothers share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Monday, March 17, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. The cover is $6. Call 820-7117.

D Generation: D Gen's sound is undeniably slick (its debut, No Lunch, was produced by former Car Ric Ocasek), but that doesn't diminish the pure, confectionery power of the hooks delivered by the young glam-punk crew--hooks that would make T. Rex's Marc Bolan beam with patrimonial pride. The quintet is scheduled Monday, March 17, at the Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School. Fluffy, and the Beat Angels share the stage. Tickets are $8, available at Ticketmaster. Call 956-6271 or 784-4444.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
"A New Dawn in the Desert": See Sunday.

 

tuesday
march 18
Guitar Wolf: Imagine an English-challenged version of the early Ramones--come to think of it, that's not so hard--and you've got a fairly decent handle on this black-leather-clad Tokyo trio. The name of the act was derived from the nickname, and antics, of guitarist Seiji, who introduces each tune with the endearing exclamation "One, two, fuck you," and who, during one infamous New York City performance, flung himself (and his ax) headlong into a ceiling fan--in full roar. See the story on page 108. Touring behind its new disc, Missile Me (which includes tracks like "Kung Fu Ramone Culmination Tactic," "Link Wray Man" and "Jet Rock 'n Roll"), Guitar Wolf performs Tuesday, March 18, at Hollywood Alley, 2610 West Baseline in Mesa. The Fells, and the Weird Lovemakers share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. The cover is $7. Call 820-7117.

Ronnie Dawson: The "Blond Bomber of the Monkey Beat," a Texas hellbilly who specializes in planet-shakin' roots 'n' roll, returns to rattle the rafters at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School; see the story on page 101. Flathead opens at 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. The cover is $6.50. For details call 265-4842.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy: The cocktail-core group, best known for its cameo in the film Swingers, is scheduled on Tuesday, March 18, at the Rockin' Horse, 7316 East Stetson in Scottsdale; see the story on page 104. The Hoodoo Kings open at 8 p.m. For details call 949-0992.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
"A New Dawn in the Desert": See Sunday.

wednesday
march 19
Tribe: Red Sky Productions presents this large-ensemble musical, billed as "a cross between Cirque de Soleil and Riverdance . . . that interprets the past, present and future of Native Americans through song, story and dance." Robert Tree Cody provided the musical direction. An opening performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. More shows are planned Thursday, March 20, through Saturday, March 22. Tickets are $30 and $35, available at the scene and Dillard's; call 267-1600 or 503-5555.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
"A New Dawn in the Desert": See Sunday.


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