Diary of a Skokie Girl: Caryn Bark wrote and stars in this "Jewish answer to Nunsense," a one-woman show about growing up Jewish in the title suburb. Theater League presents the production. Opening performances are at 8 p.m. Friday, January 30; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, January 31; and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 1, at the Viad Playhouse on the Park, 1850 North Central. Tickets are available at Dillard's for $19.50 and $22.50. The run continues through Friday, February 20. 503-5555.
Oakland Ballet: Ronn Guidi wrote and choreographed this adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's The Secret Garden. It sets the beloved kids' novel (about the English estate garden which is nurtured back to health by a trio of lonely children) to the music of Edward Elgar, best known for the Pomp and Circumstance March. The acclaimed troupe presents the work at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, January 31, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street, in conjunction with the Center's "The Art of Literature" exhibition. Tickets are $30 and $34. 994-2787 (SCA), 784-4444 (Ticketmaster).
Flagstaff Winterfest: The city assures those displaced Easterners (or envious native 'Zonies) who long for the frolics of a frigid climate that their fest includes "sled-dog races, Alpine and Nordic skiing events, snowmobile racing, winter hikes and walking tours, concerts, Native American events, a parade, opening and closing ceremonies, cultural exhibits and activities, stargazing, storytelling and winter sports and games." What, no curling? The monthlong party starts Saturday, January 31, at various venues around Flag; for a schedule, contact the Flagstaff Visitor Center at 1-800-842-7293.
Paul Anka: Okay, so he inflicted "You're Having My Baby" on the world. But he also wrote the theme song for (and appeared in) The Longest Day, and the Johnny Carson version (the real version, in other words) of the Tonight Show theme. Comedian Mark Cordes shares the bill with the former teen idol at 8 p.m. Saturday, January 31, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $25 and $40. 267-1600 (Celeb), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
The Robert Cray Band: The journeyman bluesman's new album Sweet Potato Pie is well-titled: tasty and substantial. The Columbus, Georgia, native may not have become a star of quite the magnitude that it looked like he might about a decade ago, but he's still a fine, respected performer. John Hammond opens the show at 8 p.m. Sunday, February 1, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $35 and $40. 267-1600 (Celeb), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Lincoln's Log: Barry Kornhauser's play for young people takes a different view of the 16th presidency, that of Honest Abe's fourth and youngest son Tad, who turns the White House into his own personal playground, complete with puppet theater. David Saar directs the Childsplay production, which was first performed two years ago at the Fulton Opera House in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The opening performance is at 2 p.m. Sunday, February 1, at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street. Tickets are $15, $10 for students, seniors and groups of more than 10. The run continues through Sunday, February 22. 350-8101.
Deep Purple: This early heavy-metal foundry turns 30 this year, although it hasn't been in existence for all of those years--what with all the infighting, personnel changes and British accents, these guys could have been the model for Spinal Tap. Still, they've managed to release well more than 20 albums, the most recent being 1996's Purpendicular. The Michael Nitro Band shares the bill at 8 p.m. Monday, February 2, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets are $26 in advance, $28 the day of the show. 267-1600 (Celeb), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Jason Bonham Band: The film The Song Remains the Same showed this then-diminutive son of Led Zeppelin drummer John "Bonzo" Bonham sitting down at his old man's skins to goof around a little. He was already good then--legend has it that Bonham pere's bandmates couldn't tell his playing from that of Bonham fils without looking--and he's even better now. His band, alas, serves up fairly generic hard rock, but Bonham sure can play. He takes the stage Monday, February 2, at the Cajun House, 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale. 945-5150.
"Diamonds in the Rough: Japanese Americans in Baseball": This exhibit details the relationship of America's pastime to the Japanese-American community--how it flourished in such neighborhoods in the West and Hawaii during the '20s and '30s, and how it continued to be played in the internment camps after Americans of Japanese descent were imprisoned during World War II. The display opens on Monday, February 2, at the State Capitol Museum, 1101 West Jefferson, and continues indefinitely. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. 255-2110.