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thursday
may 16
Evita: Theater League hosts the touring production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical about the late Argentinean strongwoman Maria Eva Duarte de Peron. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16; 8 p.m. Friday, May 17; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $26.50 to $32.50, available at Phoenix Civic Plaza and Dillard's. Call 262-7272 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Symphony Chamber Orchestra: Clotilde Otranto leads the ensemble and guest pianist Robert Hamilton, a professor at Arizona State University, in a program that includes Mozart's Symphony No. 38 in D major, K. 504 ("Prague"); Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Opus 40; and Faure's Pavane, Opus 50. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street; a lecture precedes at 6:30. Tickets are $14 and $18, available at the symphony box office. Call 264-6363.

Conversations With My Father: Actors Theatre of Phoenix concludes its season with the fine work by Herb Gardner. It's a wide-ranging dramedy about a Jewish immigrant who's torn between two cultures. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 16; 8 p.m. Friday, May 17; 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets range from $10 to $23.50, available at Herberger and Dillard's. Call 252-8497.

friday
may 17
Wet Gold: Invitational Grand Prix of Swimming, National Collegiate All-Star Water-Ski Tournament: The Invitational is not really an invitational at all, but a required meet for members of the U.S. Olympic Swim Team--and the only competition scheduled to include all squad members prior to the summer games in Atlanta. It's slated for Friday, May 17; Saturday, May 18; and Sunday, May 19, at Phoenix Swim Club, 2902 East Campbell. Preliminary matches are at 9 a.m. each day, and the daily finals are at 6 p.m.; tickets are $5, $25 for all six sessions. A barbecue is scheduled for 8 p.m. Saturday; tickets for that are $15, with proceeds benefiting Phoenix Swim Foundation (call 498-9088). Arizona State University hosts the 15th annual National Collegiate tourney in its first state visit. The free event features about 30 all-Americans competing in slalom, trick and jump categories; it kicks off with a practice session from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, at Crystal Point Estates in Gilbert. The tournament proper starts at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 18; and the same time Sunday, May 19, at Crystal Point. A barbecue is planned at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Rockin' R Ranch, 6136 East Baseline in Mesa; the fee for noncontestants is $15, $10 for kids (call 897-6088 or 598-5709).

Road Trip: LepreCon 22 Science-Fiction/Fantasy Weekend: A number of genre professionals--including Tracy Hickman, Liz Danforth, Mike Stackpole and Bob Eggleton--will be on hand at this con, which takes over the Francisco Grande Resort, 2600 West Gila Bend Highway in Casa Grande, on Friday, May 17; Saturday, May 18; and Sunday, May 19. Scheduled events include readings, panels, demos, "filking" (sci-fi folk singing) and a dealers' room featuring the wheeling and dealing of collectibles. For prices and details, e-mail jpatton@primenet.com or call 1-800-237-4238.

Conversations With My Father: See Thursday.
Evita: See Thursday.

saturday
may 18
NHL BreakOut '96: The National Hockey League and its Valley franchise, the Phoenix Coyotes (formerly the Winnipeg Jets), host the Arizona edition of the touring BreakOut, an off-ice festival that includes street- and roller-hockey tournaments played in inflatable rinks, plus player appearances, safety tips and music. It's scheduled for 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18; and the same hours Sunday, May 19, at Metrocenter, I-17 and Peoria Avenue. Admission is free; a fee is charged for organized tournament play. Call 379-7528.

David Grisman Quintet, and Mark O'Connor: The New York Times once labeled Grisman the "Paganini of the mandolin," but that's a far-too-fragrant description of musical mongrel David, who whips up a gloriously earthy stew of bluegrass, string- and jug-band jive, Gypsy jazz, Latin and country and calls it "Dawg Music." It would also be a mistake to refer to co-headliner Mark O'Connor as a "violinist," though he occasionally does delve into the world of white ties, top hats and tails. O'Connor is a fiddler of the first order and a four-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year, and he bends that danged bow with the best of 'em. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 75th Street and Main. Tickets are $18 in advance, $22 the day of the show, available at the center and Ticketmaster. For details call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

International Museum Day: Many Valley institutions are participating in the 50th-anniversary celebration of the title fonts of wisdom, culture and preservation on Saturday, May 18. Central Arizona Museum Association hosts the local observance, and CAMA's member museums, including Phoenix Art Museum, Heard Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park, Arizona State Capitol Museum and Tempe Historical Museum, are offering a variety of discounts and special incentives to visit. A free CAMA discount brochure, available by mail and at most area museums, is required to participate; for details call 644-2468.  

"The Sonoran Symphony: A Night in the American West" featuring Michael Martin Murphey: Cosmic cow-pop star Murphey climbs back on his pony called "Wildfire" for this event celebrating the recent passage of the Arizona State Land Preserve Initiative (HB 2555). Phoenix Symphony, and singer/storyteller Marshall Trimble are also scheduled to perform, and Sheriff Joe Arpaio emcees. The concert starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Tonto Grill at Rancho Manana, located at 5734 East Rancho Manana Boulevard in Cave Creek. General-admission tickets are $35; tickets including reserved seating, dinner and drinks cost $100. All proceeds benefit Desert Foothills Land Trust. For details call 488-6131.

Conversations With My Father: See Thursday.
Evita: See Thursday.
Invitational Grand Prix of Swimming, National Collegiate All-Star Water-Ski Tournament: See Friday.

LepreCon 22 Science-Fiction/Fantasy Weekend: See Friday.

sunday
may 19
Hog: The L.A.-based trio of vocalist/guitarist Kirk Miller, bassist Dillinger and drummer Matt Gillis bills itself as a return to form for those who like their rock three-chords simple and slightly obnoxious. "Get a Job," the first single from Hog's Geffen debut, Nothing Sacred, was featured in the recent Chris Farley/David Spade vehicle Black Sheep, and may have been the best thing about the flick. Capitol act My Head, touring in support of its debut, Endless Bummer, shares the all-ages bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Sunday, May 19, at the Mason Jar, 2303 East Indian School. Tickets are $8, available at the club and Ticketmaster. For details call 956-6271 or 784-4444.

Conversations With My Father: See Thursday.
Evita: See Thursday.
Invitational Grand Prix of Swimming, National Collegiate All-Star Water-Ski Tournament: See Friday.

LepreCon 22 Science-Fiction/Fantasy Weekend: See Friday.
NHL BreakOut '96: See Saturday.

monday
may 20
Visions of Light: Twenty-six cinematographers are interviewed and the works of dozens more are showcased in this wonderfully overstuffed documentary from the American Film Institute and NHK/Japan Broadcasting Corporation. The unrated film, directed by Stuart Samuels, Arnold Glassman and Todd McCarthy, is a must-see for movie buffs; the anecdotes are fascinating and the images are the most powerful the movies have to offer. Among the interviewees are Nestor Almendros, Victor Kemper, Conrad Hall, Owen Roizman, William Fraker, Vittorio Storaro, Gordon Willis, Ernest Dickerson, Allen Daviau, Caleb Deschanel, Vilmos Zsigmond and Michael Chapman. Visions is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Monday, May 20, on KAET-TV, Channel 8; the program's repeated at midnight.

Geggy Tah: The promising Pomona, California, group is named after members Greg Kurstin and Tommy Jordan--or, more specifically, after the way their little sisters pronounced their first names. Geggy Tah's second disc for Warner Bros., Sacred Cow, is packed to the gills with the group's surreal, introspective strains--"If music is milk, we're milkmen," says Jordan--and features a guest vocal by Glen Phillips of that other fine, introspective pop band with a stupid name, Toad the Wet Sprocket. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The cover is $5. For details call 894-0707.

Royal Crown Revue: The spirit of the late, great Louis Jordan inhabits this hot crew from the City of the Angels, best known for its neo-jumpin' jive and its very brief cameo in Jim Carrey's The Mask. Tucson's King Pleasure shares the bill. The rescheduled show starts at 8 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Rockin' Horse, 7000 East Indian School in Scottsdale. Tickets are $5, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. For details call 949-0992 or 784-4444.

tuesday
may 21
The Toasters: The New York City-based, "third wave" ska band features alto saxman Lester Sterling, one of the founding members of the Skatalites, who ruled Jamaica during the genre's first incarnation in the early and mid-'60s. As a sideline, the Toasters run the all-ska label Moon Records, which has provided a home base for acts like Let's Go Bowling (see Friday in the Music listing), Dance Hall Crashers, Hepcat, Pietasters, the Scofflaws, and Skavoovie and the Epitones. See the story on page 98. Spring Heeled Jack, and Kongo Shock share the all-ages bill on Tuesday, May 21, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $11.50 in advance, $13.50 the day of the show, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.  

Joe Sample: The Texas-born keyboardist is far more MOR now than he was in his heyday with the great Jazz Crusaders (Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper), but he's retained enough chops to be a highlight of the 1996 "Cool Summer Jazz Series," which is top-heavy with elevator-jazzers like the Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman (see Wednesday in the Music listing), David Sanborn, Spyro Gyra, and John Tesh. Paul Taylor shares the Sample bill on Tuesday, May 21, at Red River Opry, Mill and Washington in Tempe. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $22.50, available at the scene and Dillard's. For details call 829-6779 or 678-2222.

wednesday
may 22
Six Women With Brain Death or Expiring Minds Want to Know: Theater League presents a special tenth-anniversary revival of the oft-revived all-woman musical inspired by soap operas, supermarket tabloids and other unfortunate by-products of pop culture's ascension. Bob Sorenson directed this Six Women reincarnation, which stars Debby Rosenthal, Renee Morgan Brooks, Melissa Spevacek, Heidi Ewart, Sherri Hildebrand and Christie Klein. The run opens with a special preview in honor of late production manager David Walker at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, at the similarly revivified Scottsdale Playhouse, 7219 East Main; tickets are $25, available via American Cancer Society (call 553-7129). Proceeds benefit the society. Regular previews are scheduled Thursday, May 23, through Thursday, June 13. The press opening is on Friday, June 14, and the production continues through Sunday, July 7. Regular tickets are $12.50 and $19.50, available at Dillard's; call 678-2222. For general information, call 952-2881.


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