For the second year in a row, the Phoenix Art and Antique Show offers a staggering array of bric-a-brac, objets, macguffins and other assorted knickknacks from 43 galleries around the U.S. and Europe, which are exhibited and sold for the benefit of Phoenix Art Museum. The goodies on display include American furniture, porcelain, jewelry, folk art, vintage quilts and fabrics, photographs and paintings; Native American baskets and ceramics; Japanese sculpture, masks and furniture; Chinese metalwork and pottery; pre-Columbian art; and African tribal art. It kicks off with an opening-night preview benefit from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 11, and continues from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, March 12; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 13; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at PAM's Cummings Great Hall, 1625 North Central. Benefit admission is $150; general admission for the subsequent days is $10. 336-0963, 257-1222.
And if that doesn't sate your craving for things old and vintage, there's always the Desert Spring '99 Antiques Show and Sale, hosted by Valley of the Sun Antique Dealers Association. The event, which will feature furniture, primitives, silver, porcelain, glass, quilts, jewelry, folk art and collectibles, is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 12; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 13; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 14, in the pavilion at Embassy Suites hotel, 5001 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Admission is $5; a $100 gift certificate is given away daily as a door prize. 964-6006.
Miss Thing herself, Olympic medalist Nancy Kerrigan, plays Sandy in Grease on Ice, the chilled version of the American musical theater's seemingly indestructible paean to high school conformity. Put it on skates, and entertainment doesn't get much more kitschy than this. If only they could have gotten Tonya Harding to play Rizzo! I can hear it now--"There are worse things I could do/I could whack a knee or two . . ." By the way, has anybody observed that the high school kids who seem to take the most joy in Grease tend to be precisely the sort of dweebs that the Pink Ladies would ignore and the T-Birds would beat the crap out of? Anyway, performances of Grease on Ice are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 12; 3 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 13; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, located at the Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Tickets range from $15.50 to $50. 258-6711, 503-5555.
The 11th annual homage to fast, flightless, funny-looking avians, the Chandler Arizona Ostrich Festival includes bird and pig races; the Ostrich Festival Parade (10 a.m. Saturday, March 13); concerts by the likes of Loverboy, Cheap Trick and Freddy Fender; carnival rides and games; and more. Hours are noon to 11 p.m. Friday, March 12; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, March 13; and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, March 14. Events are centered on the intersection of Arizona Avenue and Chandler Boulevard. Admission is free, but fees are charged for rides and races. 963-4571.
Feast of Fools Theatre presents Assassins, Stephen Sondheim's musical celebration of American political murder and attempted murder. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, March 12; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at the New School for the Arts, 7475 East McDowell in Scottsdale. 256-7898.
Conveniently in time to compare and contrast with the new modern-dress film version Cruel Intentions (see the film section for the review), Christopher Hampton's stage adaptation of Pierre Choderlos de Laclos' Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) continues Stagebrush Theatre's season. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, March 12; 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13; 2 p.m. Sunday, March 14; and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at the theater, 7020 East Second Street in Scottsdale. Tickets are $11 and $12. The run continues through Sunday, March 28. 990-7405.
The great Muhammad Ali is once again scheduled to make a special appearance at "Fight Night at the Ritz," which begins with a reception followed by dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at the Ritz-Carlton, 24th Street and Camelback. Apart from Ali, the evening's major attractions are the "fights" between area celebrities for such charities as Phoenix Charities and Boys and Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix. In past years, the likes of Kenny Rogers, Louis Gossett Jr., Barry Manilow, Jason Kidd, Jake Plummer, Alice Cooper, Don Knotts, Sugar Ray Leonard, Paula Abdul and Kerri Strug have duked it out; last year the prospect of this sort of bizarre pop-culture juxtaposition was enough to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars. Tickets, if any are still available, are $600 per person; tables start at a cool $6,000. 956-7111.
Hungarian slap dances and Chinese women's dances are both in the repertoire of the Brigham Young University Folk Dance Ensemble. Sponsored by Southwest Dance, the company performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 13, at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue; and the same time Monday, March 15, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. Tickets range from $20 to $24, less for students and seniors. Call 482-6410 (Southwest Dance), 786-2680 (CCA), 503-5555 or 784-4444.
Valley poet, performance artist and radio personality Mary McCann "The Bone Mama" performs at this month's edition of the Divergent Arts Poetry Series, at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at Long Wong's Live, 3623 East Indian School. Her work is hinted to include a seasonal touch of the Irish. An open-mike session follows. Admission is free; donations are accepted. 947-0371.
The Beethoven of blues, John Lee Hooker, performs at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 14, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $32.75 and $42.75; superlatives fail. 267-1600 (Celeb), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Director Nikita Mikhalkov's 1992 film Close to Eden, a touching and funny semi-allegorical tale set on the expansive steppes of inner Mongolia, is the next feature offered by the Foothills Film Society, at 7 p.m. Monday, March 15, at the Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center, 33606 North 60th Street in Cave Creek. Admission is $6. 488-1090.
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Sans the Captain, Toni Tennille stars in the Broadway tour of Victor/Victoria, the Blake Edwards/Henry Mancini/Leslie Bricusse musical about multiple gender confusions in Paris in the early '30s--it's based on Edwards' hit film of 1982, which in turn was an adaptation of the 1933 German film Viktor und Viktoria. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 17, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $25.50 and $47.50; the run continues through Sunday, March 21. 965-3434 (Gammage), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
The fascinating Celtic duo Brollywacker plays a free show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, at Borders Books & Music at Biltmore Fashion Park, 24th Street and Camelback, Suite 200. Admission is free. 957-6660.
Celebrants of St. Patrick's Day who want to consume some entertainment instead of--or prior to--consuming large amounts of Guinness can head for Sun City, where Doyle's Irish Cabaret, on tour after a 20-year run at Dublin's Burlington Hotel, plays Wednesday, March 17. The cabaret, which includes performances by Celtic Force, the Mae Crean Dancers and comedian Noel V. Ginnity, takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. Tickets range from $7 to $24. 975-1900, 503-5555.