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Katsina: The Valley's Carol Duval Whiteman adapted this drama from the 1940 novel Sun Chief, a true story about survival, sacred/secular conflict and societal sins written by a Hopi scribe from Second Mesa. Actors Theatre of Phoenix presents the world premiere of Katsina; the run opens with a preview at 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The official opening is at the same time Saturday, March 8; more shows are scheduled at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9. The production continues through Sunday, March 23. Tickets range from $16 to $26, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 503-5555.

Knucklehead Spoken-Word World Tour: Canada-born author Peter Gault and New York City performance artist Amy Rachelle perform in this show, which sounds not dissimilar to the "Royal Nonesuch" in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. To wit: "Bodies painted and bedecked in flamboyant costumes . . . , the duo, nearly baring all, weave dialogue through an arrangement of spoken-word songs in what has been dubbed a 'psycho-sexual incantation.'" The tour's in support of Gault's new book, Knucklehead: A Journey Out of the Mind, and a related CD. Showtime is 8 p.m. Friday, March 7, at the usually well-scrubbed and -behaved Ark Room, 539 East Glendale Avenue in Phoenix. The cover is $7.50. For details call 266-7368.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Chandler Ostrich Festival: See Thursday.
Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic: See Thursday.
Phoenix Symphony: See Thursday.
"W X SXSW": See Thursday.

saturday
march 8
Paradise Valley Jazz Party: Semilegendary, 70-year-old bassist Ray Brown and his trio headline the 20th-anniversary edition of the PVJP on Saturday, March 8; and Sunday, March 9, at Scottsdale's SunBurst Resort, 4925 North Scottsdale Road. Also scheduled: Jeff Hamilton Trio, Akira Tana, Paul Smith, Ross Tompkins, Milt Hinton, Bobby Rosengarden, Herb Ellis, Frank Vignola, Al Grey, Lou Soloff, Clark Terry, Jeremy Davenport, Plas Johnson, Lew Tabackin, Bob Wilber, Sam Pilafian, and Ian Shaw. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. to midnight; Sunday's are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For details call 948-7993.

APS Electrics: See Friday.
"Ask Not . . .": See Friday.
Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Chandler Ostrich Festival: See Thursday.
Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic: See Thursday.
Katsina: See Friday.
Phoenix Symphony: See Thursday.
"W X SXSW": See Thursday.

sunday
march 9
Don Henley: The once and future Eagle is also a noted philanthropist, and he and a few close friends--Stevie Nicks, Roger McGuinn, Bruce Hornsby, and fellow once/future Eagle Timothy B. Schmit--raise funds for the Southwest Center for Biological Diversity with shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Union Hall, Sixth Street and Van Buren. If tickets are available, they're at the hall and Dillard's; call 253-7100 or 503-5555.

Lost Dutchman Gold Mine Superstition Mountain Trek: The Dons of Arizona host this 61st annual lost cause, a good-natured search for the elusive title hole in the ground. The hike to the Weaver's Needle overlook in the Superstitions starts at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, March 9, at Peralta Trailhead, located off U.S. Highway 60 east of Apache Junction. Related activities at the nearby base camp continue into the evening hours, and include the Dons' "legendrama" Superstitions' Gold and the odd "firefall," in which several thousand pounds of burning charcoal are dumped down a 400-foot cliff face--perhaps not shockingly, the 'fall is billed as "the last one in the United States." Tickets are $35, $17.50 for kids under 12, and include lunch and dinner. For details call 258-6016.

APS Electrics: See Friday.
"Ask Not . . .": See Friday.
Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Chandler Ostrich Festival: See Thursday.
Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic: See Thursday.
Katsina: See Friday.
Paradise Valley Jazz Party: See Saturday.
"W X SXSW": See Thursday.

monday
march 10
Archaeology Lecture Series: Held in conjunction with Arizona Archaeology Awareness Month, the Southwest Archaeology Team-sponsored series opens Monday, March 10, with a presentation titled "Archaeology and Pseudoscience" by Mesa Southwest Museum's Jerry Howard. It starts at 7 p.m. at the museum's annex, 34 North Macdonald. Admission is free. For details call 671-3086.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
"W X SXSW": See Thursday.

tuesday
march 11
Low: The music of the minimalist and appropriately named Minnesota threesome has been called "slo-fi"; think of it as a power trio with the power turned way down. The Softies share the bill on Tuesday, March 11, at Stinkweeds Record Exchange, 1250 East Apache, Suite 109, in Tempe. For details call 968-9490.

Ben Vereen and Leslie Uggams: The Roots co-stars rejoin forces for a song-and-dance revue titled "On Broadway!"; it features tunes from Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin and Hallelujah, Baby!, among other shows. The performance starts at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets range from $22 to $30, available at Gammage and Dillard's; call 965-3434 or 503-5555.

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