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Arizona National Livestock Show: The show, scheduled for 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through January 7 at Arizona State Fairgrounds, 19thAvenue and McDowell, celebrates the state's ranching and agricultural heritage with the Li'l Buckaroo rodeo, a display of Western art, a livestock competition and auction, trade and gear shows and more. A free pancake breakfast, hosted by KNIX-FM's W. Steven Martin, is slated for 6 to 10a.m. Tuesday. Daily admission is free. Tickets to the related PRCA Senior Rodeo, scheduled for 1 p.m. January 6 and 7 at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, are $7 and $10, at Coliseum and Dillard's (call 258-6711 or 678-2222). Fairgrounds parking is free except for senior-rodeo days, when it costs $2.

Phoenix Suns: Charles Barkley and company host the Denver Nuggets at 7 p.m. Friday, and the Seattle Sonics at the same time Saturday, at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. A free party at Symphony Hall Terrace, Second Street and Adams, precedes Friday's match; it starts at 5 and continues 'til 10:30. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. For details call 379-7867 or 678-2222.

Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship: The nation's top-ranked high school bands perform their finest halftime routines in this 18th annual competition, which starts at12:30 p.m. Friday at Phoenix College, 1202 West Thomas. Also scheduled to perform: the University of Nebraska band and Kansas City, Missouri's Marching Cobras. Admission is $7 and $10. For details call 350-0900.

ASU Tribune Classic: Bill Frieder's Arizona State University cagers host the annual tournament Friday and Saturday at ASU Activity Center in Tempe. In Friday's preliminaries, Mercy College of Detroit tackles the University of Pennsylvania at 6 p.m., and the SunDevils take on Southern Methodist University at 8. The winners meet in Saturday night's championship.Call 965-3434.

Circus Flora: (Matinee at 2 p.m.; eveningperformance at 7, featuring guestringmistress Mary McCann.) SeeThursday.

Football Fiesta: See Thursday.
The Phantom of the Opera: See Thursday.
Craig Shoemaker: (Performances at 8and 10p.m.) See Thursday.

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Fiesta Bowl Parade: Arizona Public Service Company CEO Mark DeMichele is grand marshal of the silver-anniversary procession, which starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Central and Montebello avenues and travels south on Central to Thomas. Tickets for reserved seats range from $9 to $20. The parade is televised nationally by CBS; local coverage is provided by Valley independent KTVK, NewsChannel 3. For details call 350-0911 or 350-0900.

Arizona National Livestock Show: See Friday.
ASU Tribune Classic: (Championship.) SeeFriday.
Circus Flora: (Performances at noon and 4p.m.) See Thursday.
The Convertible Girl: See Thursday.
Football Fiesta: See Thursday.
Little Shop of Horrors: (Press opening.) SeeFriday.
The Phantom of the Opera: (Performances at 2 and 8 p.m.) See Thursday.
Phoenix Suns: (Versus the Seattle Sonics.) SeeFriday.
Craig Shoemaker: (Performances at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.) See Thursday.

december 31
Tempe's Fiesta Bowl Block Party: The annual New Year's Eve bash in Old Town Tempe, at Fifth Street and Mill, features entertainment by Collin Raye, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Stevie B, Wayman Tisdale and the 5th Quarter and 30 other acts, plus carnival rides and two fireworks displays. The fun starts at 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free from 4 to 6, $10 after that. Call 967-4877.

Phoenix Symphony's "An Evening in Vienna": Clotilde Otranto conducts the orchestra in a program of polkas, waltzes and other light works. Ballet Etudes is also scheduled to perform. Showtime is 8 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets are $20 and $40, available at symphony and Dillard's box offices. For details call 264-6363 or 678-2222.

Also on New Year's Eve: See the Music listing for a run-down of additional concerts. For information about comedian Bernie Mac's show, see the Events listing. For details about "First Night" at Arizona Center, see"'Tis the Season" in Kid Pics. Also see the New Year's Eve Guide on page 95.

Arizona National Livestock Show: See Friday.
Circus Flora: (Performance at 2 p.m.) See Thursday.
The Convertible Girl: (Matinee at 2 p.m.; specially priced evening performance at 7.) See Thursday.

Football Fiesta: (4 p.m. to 1 a.m.; admission is$10; 21 and older.) See Thursday.

Little Shop of Horrors: (Matinee at 1 p.m., followed by a discussion; specially priced evening performance at 8.) See Friday.

The Phantom of the Opera: (Performances at2and 7:30 p.m.) See Thursday.
Craig Shoemaker: (Specially priced performances at 8 and 10 p.m.) SeeThursday.

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Sunnyslope Rock Garden: Grover Cleveland Thompson--kook or visionary? The debate rages. In celebration of the105th anniversary of the birth of Thompson, late creator of this stony piece of Fifties Americana, the garden will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday. Located at 10023 North 13th Place, the unusual local landmark features about 100 pieces of sculpture made of concrete and covered with broken china and tumbled rocks. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. Call 997-4627.

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Clay McNear
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