Pic Hits for the week

february 8
Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities: Arizona Theatre Company presents playwright Anna Deavere Smith's controversial take on racism and class conflict in America, based on the incident that led to the 1991 riots in New York City's Crown Heights district. This week's performances are at 2 and 8p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday and 8 p.m. Wednesday in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The production continues through February 17. Tickets range from $20 to $30,available at Herberger and Dillard's. Call 252-8497 or 678-2222. See the review on page 61.

E.C. Scott: The true-blue soul diva of the '60s and '70s has seemingly gone the way of the dodo, trampled underfoot by the dreaded "adult contemporary" hordes that rule our dark time. Then there's this Oakland-based ray of sunshine, a belter of blues with authority, a gospel backbone and a contemporary groove. She's no Etta James or Koko Taylor--neither would deign to growl a Kiki Dee song, àla Scott's stab at Dee's drab "Sugar on the Floor" from the Blind Pig album Come Get Your Love--but E.C.'s a lot more "DC" than "AC." Yow. Showtime is 9 p.m. Thursday at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. Cover is $3. Call 265-4842.

Phoenix Suns: The Suns host the New Jersey Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday and the Seattle Sonics at the same time Tuesday at America West Arena, First Street and Jefferson. If tickets are available, they're at the arena and Dillard's. Call 379-7867, 379-7800 or 678-2222.

"Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman" and New Works: Desert Dance Theatre continues its 17th season with a reprise of this work about the abolitionist and her contribution to the success of the Underground Railroad. Choreographed by the troupe's Renee Davis, Lisa R.Chow and Marion Kirk Jones, the show features traditional spirituals sung by a choral ensemble. Performances of the new works "Craps" and "Dancing the Malthusian" are also planned. Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, $5 for students and kids, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 786-2680.

Phoenix Symphony: Pianist Misha Dichter joins the orchestra, conducted by James Sedares, in performances of Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Opus 37; Mendelssohn's TheHebrides Overture (Fingal's Cave), Opus 26; and Sibelius' Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Opus 39. Shows arescheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 11a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday at Symphony Hall, 225East Adams. Friday morning's program is a "Coffee Classics" concert; tickets are specially priced at $11 and $15, and neither the Mendelssohn work nor the first movement of the Sibelius symphony will be performed. The full program is repeated at 3p.m. Sunday in the auditorium at Prescott's Yavapai College. Regular tickets range from $12 to $36, available at the symphony box office and Dillard's. Call 264-6363 or 678-2222. (Note: The orchestra also performs Saturday as part of Desert Foothills Music Fest '96; seeThursday in the Music listing.)

ASU Baseball: Pat Murphy's Arizona State University squad plays home games against Brigham Young University at 2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and St. Mary's College of California at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Packard Stadium, First Street and Rural in Tempe. Tickets range from $4 to $7. Call 965-2381.

february 9
ASU West Film Society: A screening of Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1994, unrated), British director Nick Broomfield's examination of the media feeding frenzy surrounding the case of Wuornos, America's purported first mass murderess, continues the society's latest festival of free movies, which sports the theme "documentaries as weapons of change." Showtime is 7:15 p.m. Friday at Kiva Hall, located in the University Center Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. The series continues through May 3. For details call 543-2787.

Alfredo Rolando Ortiz: The Cuba-born, South America-based musician was graduated from medical school, earning the honorific "doctor," but he's devoted his life to mastering the Paraguayan harp, a hand-carved, highly rhythmic instrument. Ortiz performs at 8 p.m. Friday at Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $11 and $12, available at Kerr and Dillard's box offices. For details call 965-5377 or 678-2222.

ASU Baseball: See Thursday.
Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn andOther Identities: See Thursday.

Phoenix Symphony: ("Coffee Classics" matinee at 11 a.m.; evening performance at8.) See Thursday.

february 10
"Too Dang Hot!": Chicago-based haute-jazz troupe River North Dance Company, led by former Gus Giordano dancer Sherry Zunker Dow, hoofs to works by Cole Porter, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Benny Goodman, Eurythmics and others inperformances at 8 p.m. Saturday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams, and at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets range from $14 to $20. For details call 262-7272 or 786-2680.

Khenany: The Mexico-based ensemble borrowed its name from a wonderful myth about an Aztec princess--Khenany--who develops a forbidden case of love for a Spanish conquistador. To elude their pursuers, Khenany prays to the Bird God, who changes her into a bamboo shoot and the conquistador into anarmadillo. A Spanish poet then whittles her into a flute and transforms the soldier's armor into a charango. The music played by Khenany--the group--is equally wonderful, an ethereal sampler of ancient Latin American sounds. Showtime is 8 p.m. Saturday at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $14, available at the center and Ticketmaster. For details call 994-2787 or 784-4444.

Arizona Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace: The eighth annual re-creation of a medieval village is populated by a cast of royals, peasants, thespians, equestrians, maidens fair, rogues, jousters and other appropriate types. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, through March 24, and on Presidents' Day (February 19) at the festival grounds, located off Highway 60/89 east of Apache Junction. Tickets are $10.95, $3.95 for children ages5to 12, available at Fry's stores; they're $1 more at the gate. Kids under 5 are admitted free. For details call 1-520-463-2700.

ASU Baseball: See Thursday.
Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities: See Thursday.

february 11
7-Up ShootOut: Bill Frieder's Arizona State University cagers host the North Carolina State Wolfpack at 11:30 a.m. Sunday as part of this annual tourney at Veterans' Memorial Coliseum, 19th Avenue and McDowell; a game between the University of Arizona Wildcats and the Cincinnati Bearcats follows at 1:45 p.m. Both contests are televised nationally by ABC, and air locally on KNXV, Channel 15. Tickets, good for both games, range from $10 to $50, available at the coliseum and Dillard's; call 258-6711 or 678-2222.

Louis Rukeyser: The financial forecaster, host of the PBS series Wall Street Week, answers his own question--"What's Ahead for the Economy?"--in a lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West. Tickets are $8, $16 and $21, available at the 'dome and Dillard's. For details call 975-1900 or 678-2222.

Valentine's "F.I.L.M." Night: The latest entry in the "Flickering Images, Lingering Memories" series features clips from love-ins like The More the Merrier, Moonstruck and Manhattan and a discussion, led by series coordinator Fred Linch, about the films' male and female points of view. It starts at 7 p.m. Sunday at Tempe's Changing Hands Bookstore, 414 South Mill, Suite 109. Admission is free. For details call 966-0203.

Arizona Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace: See Saturday.
ASU Baseball: See Thursday.
Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn andOther Identities: See Thursday.

Phoenix Symphony: (Performance at 3 p.m. inPrescott.) See Thursday.
"Too Dang Hot!": See Saturday.

february 12
Joan Baez: If you can get past that keening warble--which is difficult--the first lady of folk has a lot to say. The singer-songwriter, now 55, has been tackling the tough issues since her classic 1960 debut for Vanguard, and she's always done it with intelligence and grace. Politically, Baez is to be commended for continuing the good fight in this era in which the wind is blowin' straight into her liberal face. Aesthetically, we long for Joni Mitchell. Touring in support of her latest disc, Ring Them Bells, Baez performs Monday at Red River Opry, Mill and Washington in Tempe. Dar Williams opens at 7:30p.m. Tickets are $23.25 in advance, $1 more the day of the show, available at the scene and Dillard's. Call 829-6779 or 678-2222.

Travel Films: City of Mesa's Travel Adventure Film Series, co-sponsored by World Geographical Society, continues at 7:30 p.m. Monday with a screening of Venice ... Siren of the Sea. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium at Red Mountain High School, 7301 East Brown. Admission is $6, $3 for kids under 12; call 644-3654. The Armchair Traveler Series at the Sundome, 19403 R.H. Johnson Boulevard in Sun City West, continues at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a screening of Austria: Shadow and Splendor. Tickets are $6, available at the Sundome and Dillard's; call 975-1900 or 678-2222.

february 13
Toby Twining Music: The acappella quartet records for BMG Classics and comprises Twining, Becky Weintraub, Jeffrey Johnson and Greg Purnhagen. The four have been labeled "sonic adventurers," and the tag fits; they play their voices and bodies like instruments, and their repertoire ranges from classical motets to yodels. Showtime is8 p.m. Tuesday in Second Stage West, located in the University Center Building on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. Tickets are $10, $8 for seniors, $5 for students. Call 543-2787.

Grease!: Tommy Tune's touring production ofthe '50s musical stars Adrian Zmed of the '82 movie Grease 2 as Danny Zuko, powder-puff pop singer Debbie Gibson as Rizzo and All in the Family's Sally Struthers as Miss Lynch. Performances are at 8 p.m. Tuesday through February 16, 2 and 8 p.m. February 17 and 2 and 7 p.m. February 18 at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. Tickets range from $28 to $42, available at Gammage and Dillard's. Call 965-3434 or 678-2222.

Austria: Shadow and Splendor: See "TravelFilms" under Monday.
Phoenix Suns: See Thursday.

february 14
"Swank D'Amour": In honor of Valentine's Day, Valley artist/writer Jim Cherry hosts this bash, the second in a planned series of retro lounge "events," Wednesday at the Copper Queen, a venue at 6933 North Seventh Street that Cherry describes as "a perfectly preserved '50s cocktail lounge." Like the series premire, last July's groovy, boozy "Swank Deluxe," "D'Amour" features a showing of vintage fashions, the "song stylings" of throwback crooner Richie Val and the awarding of the last party's door prize, Cherry's own "Home Lounge Kit." The evening begins at 7 and continues 'til last call. Cover is $5. Call 340-0715.

Insight:Art: The series of art-intensive panel discussions, moderated by author and former gallery owner Lewis Barrett Lehrman, continues with a program titled "Art Reaches for the Next Century." Panelists include Robert McCall, "futurist" and artistic consultant to NASA; Richard Loveless, director of Arizona State University's Institute for Studies in the Arts; Albert Stewart, a professor ofart history at ASU West; and artist Tom Darro. The free program begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Cinema at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Call 994-2787.

Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn andOther Identities: See Thursday.

Grease!: See Tuesday.

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