Turn the Tables

SAT 3/26
If your heart goes fluttery at the scent of dusty blue chalk, and beats to the cracking sound of a cue ball barreling through a triangle of solids and stripes, then you need to see how it's done "Sledgehammer" and "Assassin"-style at the Women's Pro Shootout, Saturday, March 26, at Sixshooters Billiards & Sports Bar, 3337 West Peoria Avenue in Phoenix. Though those monikers might have a WWE smell about them, they belong to Helena Thornfeldt and Monica Webb, respectively, two of the world's top-ranked women of the professional billiard scene. Armed with their weapons of stick, the two will be giving trick-shot demonstrations, opening up the floor to a Q&A session, and perhaps the most tantalizing item on the menu -- giving you a chance to put your money where your mouth is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For a mere $10, you can challenge the ladies to a match. Take your cue, fellas, and step up. Admission is free. Call 602-993-5035. -- Amy Young

Truck Stop Start
Charity bike tour takes off from diesel heaven

SAT 3/26
Long-haul Bubbas will watch in shock as their beloved Rip Griffin Truck Stop is overrun by hordes of energy-bar-munching invaders clad in spandex shorts and psychedelic jerseys for the third annual Tour de Paradise charity bike ride on Saturday, March 26. Don't miss this unusual intermingling of 18- and two-wheel cultures crossing paths at Interstate 10, Exit 103, 35 miles west of Phoenix. The 20- and 40-mile bike tours get under way at 8 a.m. The $40 registration includes a tee shirt and refreshments, and proceeds benefit the Beatitudes Center for Developing Older Adult Resources. Call 602-942-4154. -- Douglas Towne

Golden (Era) Gloves
Museum-quality baseball in Surprise

Given the current state of baseball -- in which steroids fallout is blanketed by the nation's dailies, and the words "Jose Canseco" and "author" are used in the same breath -- there might never be a better time to look back to a bygone era when the game was more national pastime than National Enquirer. Baseball's glory days take center stage in a compelling exhibition titled "Play Ball," through April 17 at West Valley Art Museum, 17420 North Avenue of the Arts in Surprise. The game's rich and storied history comes to life through a host of memorabilia including vintage mitts, bats, baseball cards, and even a baseball from the 1925 World Series. Best of all, there isn't a congressional panel in sight. Admission is $7 for adults, $2 for students, and free for kids 5 and younger. Call 623-972-0635 or visit -- Craig Wallach

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Douglas Towne
Craig Wallach
Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
Contact: Amy Young