The Valley's only public high school with a "magnet" program for the performing arts presents Once on This Island, a musical by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty based on Trinidadian author Rosa Guy's allegorical tale My Love, My Love. Directed and choreographed by Susan St. John, the production mixes student performers with guest artists from the faculty and local professionals. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 28; and the same time Friday, January 29; and Saturday, January 30, in the auditorium at South Mountain High School, 5401 South Seventh Street (at Roeser). Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for students. Call 271-2845 for more information.
Traditional Chinese arts and crafts, demonstrations by folk artists and other displays are featured at the Chinese Lantern and Art Festival, which continues daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the COFCO Chinese Cultural Center, 668 North 44th Street, through Tuesday, March 2. Admission to the center is $6; many of the festival's outdoor events are free. For more information, call 273-7268.
Jesper Parnevik defends his title in the 64th annual Phoenix Open, a major PGA Tour stop scheduled Thursday through Sunday at Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale, Scottsdale Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. It starts at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, January 28; and continues at the same time Friday, January 29; with start times to be announced on Saturday, January 30; and Sunday, January 31. General admission is $20, free for those 17 and under. Tickets are available at Dillard's, Smith's and Smitty's, or at the gate; proceeds benefit various Arizona charities. Thursday through Sunday, the donation of a usable golf club to the National Minority Golf Foundation gets you one free admission; the clubs will be donated to various area junior golf programs. For details call 870-4431.
Tanks, Jeeps, trucks, "hummers," ambulances, staff cars and other modes of martial transport will be displayed when the Arizona Military Vehicle Collectors Club hosts the eighth annual Papago Rally from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, January 29; and the same hours Saturday, January 30; and Sunday, January 31, at the Arizona Military Museum, at the northeast corner of 52nd Street and McDowell (next to the Arizona Air National Guard Base). Events include a "parts and militaria" swap meet, a surplus auction at 1 p.m. Saturday, and an awards dinner at 8 p.m. Saturday. General admission is free; the dinner is $5. Call 840-5019 for more information.
Hopefully, the real Patch Adams won't make you long for good, old-fashioned humorless Western medicine as much as the current movie about him does. The controversial clown/doctor appears live from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, January 29, at the Crowne Plaza North Phoenix at Metrocenter, 2532 West Peoria Avenue. Admission to the talk, part of a weekendlong "Therapeutic Humor Conference," is a $20 donation to Adams' Gesundheit Institute. For more information, call 265-7010.
Since Native American culture is such big business in this area, it's probably wise to note that it's East Indian culture that's celebrated by "Glimpses of India" from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 30, at Camelback High School Auditorium, 4612 North 28th Street. Tickets for the shindig are $15 for adults, $10 for students, free for kids 10 and younger. The ticket price includes an authentic Indian dinner, plus a cultural program of traditional dances and music, for the benefit of children's education in India. Reservations are recommended but not required; call 460-2521.
If you miss the Fat Possum show at the Rhythm Room this weekend (see the feature on the left of this page, and the story on page 96), you can still get a taste of Mississippi roots great R.L. Burnside when he plays an in-store performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 31, at the Zia Record Exchange at 807 East Indian School. Admission is free. 241-0313.
The Las Vegas-based group Kinda Dixie Jazz Band plays from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, January 31, at the Mesa Elks Club, 243 South Mesa Drive. Tickets are $10. 348-3702.
An Austrian view of the Arizona desert and a Grand Canyon State's-eye view of the land of Mozart make up the photographic exhibit "Crossing Borders" at Arizona State University's Northlight Gallery. Seven photographers, among them Malcolm Lightner, Michael Marshall and Carol Panaro-Smith, participated in the exchange program--the Arizona shutterbugs went to edelweiss country, and the Austrians aimed their lenses at the turf of cactuses and Gila monsters. The results open with a reception at 7 p.m. Monday, February 1, and continue through Wednesday, February 24. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The gallery is located in Matthews Hall at the intersection of Forest and Tyler malls on the ASU campus in Tempe. 965-6517.
Mendelssohn, Brahms, Hindemith and Paganini are on the program when American violinist Nokuthula Ngwenyama plays a gig at the Bellevue Heights Church, 9440 Hutton Drive in Sun City. The Sun Cities Chamber Music Society sponsors the all-ages show, which starts at 7:30 p.m. Monday, February 1. Tickets are $14, $5 for students. 972-0478.
"Make sure to get them matching or your drawing will look like there's a mental problem!" That's the advice offered by cartoonist Lynda Barry, through Marlys, in a strip titled "How to Draw Girls." If you think there's more to it than that, you may want to check out the workshop offered by Joyce Williams on how to depict eyes and hair in portrait painting. The Scottsdale Artists League sponsors the lecture from the KHIZ-TV portrait teacher at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, at the headquarters building of the Rural/Metro Fire Department, 4141 North Granite Reef Road in Scottsdale. Admission is free, and all are welcome. 812-1076.
Billed with the imposing boast "Ireland's Funniest Man," comedian Hal Roach, a.k.a. "The King of Blarney," performs at 7 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, at the Orpheum Theatre, 203 West Adams. The Irish Gift House sponsors the show. Tickets are $20 and $25. 262-7272 (Phoenix Civic Plaza), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Will Tink and Orchestra perform in the "Out to Lunch" Concert Series starting at noon Tuesday, February 2, at Mesa Community Center Plaza, 201 North Center, kicking off the series. Admission is free. 644-2560 (Mesa Community Center).
John Preece puts in his 1,000th performance as Tevye the Dairyman during the 35th-anniversary tour of Fiddler on the Roof, the Jerry Bock/Joe Stein/Sheldon Harnick musical based on Sholom Aleichem's Tevye's Daughters. The tour stops in the Valley for two performances, Wednesday, February 3; and Thursday, February 4, at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. for both dates. Tickets are $9, $19, $25 and $29. 975-1900 (the 'dome), 503-5555 (Dillard's).
Susan Goldwater kicks off this year's edition of the Arizona Historical Foundation lecture series named for her late husband with a talk about end-of-life care titled "No One Gets Out of Here Alive," at 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. The theme for this season of the Barry M. Goldwater Lecture Series is "Womanspeak." The lectures continue at the same time and venue every Wednesday, through March 17. The series price is $77; individual lectures are $12. 965-5377 (Kerr), 503-5555 (Dillard's). Call the Arizona Historical Foundation at 966-8331 or 965-3283 for more information.