Weren't you just saying how you'd like to incorporate more chamber music into your life? And wasn't that you musing about how cool it would sound within the confines of a downtown art space? If so, the Downtown Chamber Series is all about you.
Stop by MonOrchid the cavernous photography studio-cum-gallery-cum-music venue at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1, for a clarinet and strings performance by five members of the Phoenix Symphony. Among the selections will be Brahms' famous "Clarinet Quintet."
And if the music isn't stimulation enough, an art display will lend a little eye candy, with wine served at intermission. MonOrchid is located at 214 East Roosevelt. Tickets are $10; call 602-254-1491. -- Craig Wallach
2/28 - 3/2 Oldies But Goodies
If you've experienced the strange pull of PBS' Antiques Roadshow and wondered (even secretly) how much for the lamp shaped like a robot, now's your chance to entertain such important questions live at the Phoenix Antiques and Art Show, Friday, February 28, through Sunday, March 2, at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. Among the events: Jewelry historian Joyce Jonas explains "Jewelry of the American Heiresses" on Friday at 10:30 a.m. (admission: an heiress-like $20), and on Sunday at 1 p.m., a panel of interior design and landscape architecture experts discusses "Mastering the Art of Outdoor Living." A living tableau of Renoir's Luncheon of the Boating Party follows. The event costs a whopping $40, but French luncheon delicacies (snails, maybe?) and strolling performers are promised. For details call 602-307-2050.- Deborah Sussman Susser
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Only 10 more months 'til the holidays! How about, this year, you start early and get some really nice presents instead of buying crap at the mall on Christmas Eve?
For all you potheads out there (that's pot as in pottery, not herb), the second annual free self-guided Ceramic Studio Tour, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 1, provides access to gift ideas galore in 10 studios in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Mesa. Participants can see scheduled demonstrations and buy works from the artists, who include established Valley ceramists as well as students from ASU's Herberger College of Fine Arts and Paradise Valley Community College. Visit or call the ASU Art Museum at 480-965-2787 for free brochures with maps and schedules.
If you've got the cash, you can opt for one of two daylong guided bus tours (choose from East or West Valley studios) led by ASU Museum curators Peter Held and Heather Lineberry, who really know their stuff. The $80 cost includes breakfast, lunch and transportation to five studios, plus special demonstrations. Deborah Sussman Susser