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thursday
march 21
Cactus League Baseball: They struck out in 1995, but the real boys of spring are back for this year's slate of preseason games, which continues daily, through Friday, March 29, at venues in the Valley and Tucson. For the schedule and other information, see the "Cactus League" subsection in the Sports listing.

Madama Butterfly: Arizona Opera continues its season with Puccini's tragic work about the love and death of a Japanese geisha. Performances are at 7:30p.m. Thursday, March 21; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. All shows are sung in Italian, with English surtitles. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at Dillard's. Call 266-7464.

The Living Sea: Meryl Streep narrated this smashing, Oscar-nominated love letter to the"world ocean." The 40-minute, 70mm movie, directed by Greg MacGillivray and featuring a soundtrack by Sting (including two new originals), screens daily, through Monday, July 1, at IMAX Theatre, Civic Center Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. Showtimes are noon and 2 and 4 p.m. Mystery of the Maya shows daily at 1 and 3 p.m.; double features of the unrated movies are scheduled at 7 and 9 nightly. Tickets range from $4.50 to $8.75. Call 945-4629 or 949-3105.

Oleanna: Actors Theatre of Phoenix presents David Mamet's searing drama about political correctness and a disputed case of sexual harassment between a professor and astudent; see the review on page 73. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21; 8 p.m. Friday, March 22; 2and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Saturday's early show is a "priceless matinee," in which patrons pay what they can afford. The production continues through Sunday, March 31. Regular tickets range from $10 to $23.50, available at Herberger and Dillard's. Call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

Phoenix Suns: The Suns host the Golden State Warriors Thursday, March 21; the Los Angeles Clippers Sunday, March 24; and the Sacramento Kings Tuesday, March 26, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. All games tip off at 7 p.m.; a free party at Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams, precedes Sunday's match (call 262-6225). If game tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 678-2222.

Candida: Arizona Theatre Company presents George Bernard Shaw's comedic battle of the wills between young poet Eugene Marchbanks and the good Reverend James Morell. The objective: the hand of the title character, beloved wife of the preacher, apple of the wordsmith's eye and one of the theatre's great roles. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 21; 8 p.m. Friday, March 22; and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. A discussion follows Thursday's show. Tickets range from $24 to $30, available at Herberger and Dillard's. For details call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

friday
march 22
Branford Marsalis and Ellis Marsalis: Saxman Branford and his piano-playing pop, Ellis, patriarch of the musical New Orleans clan that also produced Wynton and Delfeayo Marsalis, are touring in support of their Columbia collaboration Loved Ones. The album features minimalist versions of 14 standards, including Cole Porter's "Miss Otis Regrets," David Raskin's "Laura" and Duke Ellington's "Angelica." The Marsalises perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 22, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 7380 East Second Street. 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.

Cowboys LaCage: Craving a revue that features a cast of female impersonators crooning the roles of top Nashville women artists--Dolly, Wynonna, Babs Mandrell, et al.? Don your glitter-dipped Nudie suits and head for Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Showtimes are 7 and 10 p.m. Friday, March 22. Tickets are available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 267-9373 or 678-2222.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Candida: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.
Madama Butterfly: See Thursday.
Oleanna: See Thursday.

saturday
march 23
Spring Landscape Plant Sale: Billed as the state's largest, the annual nonthirsty-flora extravaganza at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park, is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Saturday, March 23; and the same hours Sunday, March 24. About 15,000 arid-land specimens will be up for grabs. Admission to the sale area is free; regular entrance fees apply at the garden proper. Call 941-1225.

Arizona Highways Spring Sale: The state's official mag hosts its eighth annual bargain-bin bonanza from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in the parking lot at Highways, 2039 West Lewis. The array of Arizona-specific items, including prints, books, calendars, travel guides, cooking utensils and clothing, is priced from 25 cents to $25. James Tallon, author of Arizona's 144 Best Campgrounds, will sign copies of the new book from 10 to noon. Admission is free. Call 258-6641.

 

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Candida: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.
Madama Butterfly: See Thursday.
Oleanna: See Thursday.

sunday
march 24
Love and Rockets: Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and David J perform their first Valley concert since reuniting for the house-influenced Hot Trip to Heaven a couple of years back. If L&R's one of thoseacts whose legacy would've been better served by remaining defunct, it's still smarter than the majority of today's indie-rock pretenders; see the story on page 93. Touring in support of its latest disc, Sweet F.A., the group performs Sunday, March 24, at Club Rio, 430 North Scottsdale Road inTempe. Dandy Warhols share the bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 the day of the show, available at the club and Ticketmaster. Call 894-0533.

Robert Hass: The eighth U.S. poet laureate, a professor of English at the University of California at Berkeley, reads from and signs his works at Arizona Center for the Book's inaugural Parnassus Awards Tea, which also includes the handing out of the Parnassus and "Letters About Literature" plaques. The event starts at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Wrigley Conference Center, 6001 North 24th Street. Tickets range from $30 to $75; proceeds benefit ACB. Reservations are required; call 949-5259 or 952-2436.

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra: Outgoing conductor Leonard Slatkin leads the ensemble in performances of Haydn's Symphony No. 70 in Dmajor and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in Amajor. Showtime is 7p.m. Sunday, March 24, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $28, $35 and $38, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.
Madama Butterfly: See Thursday.
Oleanna: See Thursday.
Phoenix Suns: See Thursday.
Spring Landscape Plant Sale: See Saturday.

monday
march 25
Sleater-Kinney: The Olympia, Washington-based act, featuring former members of Excuse 17 and Heavens to Betsy, continues the newly instituted concert series at the recently relocated Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. The group takes the modest stage at 10 p.m. Monday, March 25. The cover is $4. Call 968-9490.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.

tuesday
march 26
An Inspector Calls: Theatre critic Harvey S. Karsten described Royal National Theatre's touring production of J.B. Priestley's thriller as "Mad Max meets Masterpiece Theatre." The Tony Award winner, a noir-inspired mystery set in Edwardian England, centers on a snobbish British family and its members' indirect complicity in the suicide of a young woman. This week's performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26; and the same time Wednesday, March 27, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. More shows are planned Thursday, March 28, through Sunday, March 31. Tickets range from $23 to $37, available at Gammage and Dillard's. For details call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Doris Kearns Goodwin: The Pulitzer Prize-winning historian/author (No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II) and raconteur (she was prominently featured in Ken Burns' Baseball series for PBS) is also a gifted public speaker. She delivers the fourth annual Jonathan and Maxine Marshall Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Arizona State University Music Theatre, located at Mill and Gammage Parkway in Tempe. Tickets are free, but must be picked up in advance. Call 965-1441 or 965-3502.

Spalding Gray: The obsessive-compulsive monologist, a.k.a. the "high priest of anxiety," gave us Swimming to Cambodia and Monster in a Box, and he returns to Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, to tweak his work-in-progress, Skiing to New England. Shows are scheduled on Tuesday, March 26; Wednesday, March 27; Thursday, March 28; and Friday, March 29, in the center's Cinema. On Saturday, March 30, the artist performs the improvisational piece "Gray on Gray: Everything Reminds Me of Something" in the center's main theatre. All shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12.50 for the Cinema performances, $25 for the March 30 show, available at the scene and Ticketmaster. For details call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

John Hiatt: It pretty well sums up this singer-songwriter's oft-brilliant career to point out that he's best known, if at all, for penning "Thing Called Love," which Bonnie Raitt turned into a hit. Hiatt himself has slim commercial appeal, but that's more of a compliment than an insult. His song catalogue's to die for. The all-ages show starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $20, available at the club and Ticketmaster. For details call 894-0707 or 784-4444.

 

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.
Phoenix Suns: See Thursday.

wednesday
march 27
Martinis and Mancinis: The Naughty Ones, Breakfast at Tiffany's: Decadence fairly drips from Austin, Texas' Naughty Ones, a band of backward-leaning lounge lizards that includes former members of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, the LeRoi Brothers and Teddy and the Tall Tops. Playing what it terms "exotic jungle rhythms," the group lovingly burlesques the real lounge scene of the late '50s and early '60s in high-sleaze covers of songs like Harry Warren and Al Dubin's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Charlie Rich's "What's My Name" and the Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer tune "Charade." Adding a relative touch of class to the proceedings is the band's personal go-go dancer, Donna Pearl Lustre. Flathead shares the bill. Showtime is 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $5; call 265-4842. Speaking of Mancini and Mercer, the late Audrey Hepburn glows as hipster Holly Golightly, the "Moon River"-strumming central character inBreakfast at Tiffany's, director Blake Edwards' 1961 adaptation of the Truman Capote story. George Peppard, Patricia Neal, Buddy Ebsen and Mickey Rooney co-star in the unrated film, which screens at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at United Artists Cinemas 6, located inside Christown Mall, 19th Avenue and Bethany Home. Tickets are $3 for the matinee, $4 for the evening screening; call 242-4525.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Spalding Gray: See Tuesday.
An Inspector Calls: See Tuesday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.


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