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A Christmas Carol: Actors Theatre of Phoenix's perennial production of Charles Dickens' ghost story was adapted by Richard Hellesen and features music by David de Barry; Matthew Wiener directed. Final performances are at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 18; 8 p.m. Friday, December 19; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, December 20; and 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, December 21, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets range from $10.50 to $32, available at Herberger and Dillard's (252-8497, 503-5555).

Nils Lofgren: Nils truly cranks on the guitar, and he's brushed up against success via separate gigs with Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen, but solo fame and fortune continue to shun the cult fave with the slashing style and the deft songwriting touch. Too bad; he's one of the best most have never heard of. Lofgren's one of the contributors to United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona's Merry Arizona '97 seasonal sampler, and he returns to host his second fund-raising concert for the nonprofit in a month. The benefit's scheduled Thursday, December 18, at the Cajun House, 7117 East Third Avenue in Scottsdale. 945-5150, 943-5472.

friday
december 19
"Windham Hill's Winter Solstice Concerts" featuring Nightnoise: The label's ninth annual winter carnival of contemporary classical/new age music is a perennial highlight--a hushed celebration amid the season's general prattle. This year's version has a decidedly Celtic tang; the headliner has been known to dabble in the sounds of Eire, and support acts Seamus Egan, John Doyle, Andy M. Stewart, and Gerry O'Beirne represent a veritable who's who of contemporary/traditionalist Irish music. Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, December 19; and the same time Saturday, December 20, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $20 and $25, available at the center and Ticketmaster (994-2787, 784-4444).

Goldwater: Mr. Conservative: Ben Tyler (Guv: The Musical) penned the surprisingly candid and meaty one-man show about Mr. Arizona, Barry Goldwater, who's portrayed by Hamilton Mitchell. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 19; and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 20, at the Paul V. Galvin Playhouse at Arizona State University's Nelson Fine Arts Center, 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. Tickets are $20, $17 for students and seniors. 820-9193.

The Snow Queen: Center Dance Ensemble's season-opener, Hans Christian Andersen's Snow Queen (danced to recorded music by Prokofiev), doesn't have the artistic firepower, or funding, of Ballet Arizona's Nutcracker (see Thursday). Still, CDE's kidcentric cast gives its all, and the story--it's a ballet noir about good (personified by sweet, young Gerta) and evil (the lovely but toxic title vixen)--transcends the largely candy-coated offerings of the season. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 19; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, December 20; and 2 p.m. Sunday, December 21, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $7 for students and kids, available at Herberger and Dillard's (252-8497, 503-5555).

"Africa! A Sense of Wonder": See Thursday.
Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
A Christmas Carol: See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light: See Thursday.
The Nutcracker: See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony Chamber Orchestra: See Thursday.
Fred Stonehouse/Steve Gompf: See Thursday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Thursday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

saturday
december 20
G. Love and Special Sauce: For those with holiday heartburn--we're already working on a mild case of acid indigestion ourselves--this loose-limbed East Coast collective provides a nice change of pace, playing "TSOP" (the sounds of Philadelphia) for a new gen. Actually, harpist/vocalist Love (real name: Garrett Dutton) and crew have concocted a mange-covered-mutt bastardization of Philly soul, drawing on influences as disparate as '70s funk, the gangsta rants of hip-hop homey Schoolly D, the social conscience of Bob Dylan, the transcendent reggae of Bob Marley and the acoustic blues of John Hammond Jr. Love and company are scheduled Saturday, December 20, at Gibson's, 410 South Mill in Tempe. Hamell on Trial (a.k.a. chrome-domed acoustic punk Ed Hamell) opens. Showtime is 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $13 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. 967-1234, 784-4444.

Fiesta Bowl 10K: The 16th annual race is considered one of the nation's top such events. It starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, December 20, at the intersection of Fourth Street and Mill in Tempe. Also planned: a one-mile fun run and a 5K walk. Registration precedes at 7:30; the fee is $18, $10 for kids under 12. 350-0900, 277-4333.

"Africa! A Sense of Wonder": See Thursday.
Ahwatukee-Foothills Festival of Lights: See Thursday.
A Christmas Carol: See Thursday.
Fiesta of Light: See Thursday.
Goldwater: Mr. Conservative: See Friday.
The Nutcracker: See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony Chamber Orchestra: See Thursday.
The Snow Queen: See Friday.
Fred Stonehouse/Steve Gompf: See Thursday.
"Wild Winter Nights": See Thursday.
"Windham Hill's Winter Solstice Concert" featuring Nightnoise: See Friday.
ZooLights: See Thursday.

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