Pic Hits for the week

march 14
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.

Candida: Arizona Theatre Company continues its season with 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; see the review on page 65. This week's performances are at 2 and 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14; 8 p.m. Friday, March 15; 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, March 16; 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, March 17; and 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The production continues through Saturday, March 23. Tickets range from $20 to $30, available at Herberger and Dillard's. For details call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

The Living Sea: Meryl Streep narrated this underwater adventure, filmed in Palau and Washington state and nominated for an Oscar in the category of Best Feature Documentary (Short Subject). The 40-minute, 70mm movie, directed by Greg MacGillivray and featuring two original songs by Sting, opens on Thursday, March 14, and continues through Monday, July 1, at IMAX Theatre, Civic Center Boulevard and Fifth Avenue in Scottsdale. It screens daily at noon and 2and 4p.m. Mystery of the Maya shows daily at 1and 3 p.m.; double features of the unrated movies are scheduled at 7 and 9 nightly. Tickets range from $4.50 to $8.75. For details call 945-4629 or 949-3105.

Phoenix Jaycees Rodeo of Rodeos: The 66th annual version of the venerable midwinter affair at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell, has been moved outdoors--the only proper place for a rodeo. Competitions are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14; 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 15; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 17, at Grandstand Arena. A dance follows Saturday's evening show. Tickets range from $6 to $18, available at the fairgrounds and Dillard's. For details call 263-8671 or 678-2222.

Marian McPartland: The England-born pianist, composer and host of National Public Radio's Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz performs at 8 p.m. Thursday, March 14, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $20 and $25, available at the center and Ticketmaster. A free lecture by writer Patricia Myers precedes at 7 in the center's Cinema. For details call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

march 15
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 a student. The production begins with apreview at8 p.m. Friday, March 15, in Stage West at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The official opening is at 8p.m. Saturday, March 16, and more shows are scheduled at 2and 7p.m. Sunday, March 17. Performances continue through Sunday, March 31. Tickets range from $10 to $23.50, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 678-2222.

NCAA Basketball West Regionals: The road to the men's Final Four goes through Tempe this year, with six matches scheduled Friday, March 15; and Sunday, March 17, at Arizona State University Activity Center. The field includes the University of Arizona, the University of Kansas, George Washington University and the University of Maryland. If tickets are available, they're at Sun Devil Sports Box Office; call 965-2381.

National Festival of the West: The American cowboy, from historic figure to romantic, is feted at this annual hoe-down at Rawhide, 23023 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Highlights include scheduled appearances by Western-film vets Ben Johnson, Harry Carey Jr. and Buck Taylor; music, poetry, a chuck-wagon cookoff, the No Holds Barred Chili Challenge and about 200 vendors hawking Western crafts and collectibles. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, March 15; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Admission is $7, $2 for children ages 5 to 12, $1less with the donation of a canned good for St. Mary's Food Bank; kids get in free on Friday. For details call 996-4387 or 502-1880.

Pro Beach Volleyball Tour: Sand kings Karch Kiraly, Kent Steffes, Adam Johnson and Jose Loiola top the marquee at this $100,000 two-man tourney at Gateway Center, 44th Street and Van Buren. Play starts at 2 p.m. Friday, March 15; 9 a.m. Saturday, March 16; and 8a.m. Sunday, March 17. Call 1-800-793-8687.

Cactus League Baseball: See Thursday.
Candida: See Thursday.
The Living Sea: See Thursday.
Phoenix Jaycees Rodeo of Rodeos: SeeThursday.

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