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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.

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Clay McNear
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