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Enjoy The Arts Tour By Bus Or Car

One of the several "Works of Heart" on display at Cheney Cowles Museum. Photo by Shawn Jacobson/The Spokesman-Review

College Basketball Tonight

WASHINGTON STATE AT ARIZONA Sole possession of second place in the Pacific-10 Conference and perhaps even a chance to overtake leagueleading UCLA will be on the line when the Cougars (5-2 in the Pac-10 and 10-5 overall) face the 12th-ranked Wildcats (5-2 and 15-4) at McKale Center. Tipoff has been moved up to 5 p.m. (PST)<. At a glance Having lost 18 in a row to the Wildcats, the Cougars really didn't have to spot Arizona a point guard. But that's what they will do, thanks to the absence of sophomore starter Donminic Ellison, who stayed home with a severe case of chicken pox. That makes the matchup at the point-guard position, where Arizona's Damon Stoudamire has ruled for the last three seasons, nearly impossible for WSU. Cougar coach Kevin Eastman will try to counter Stoudamire's speed, court awareness and scoring ability by alternating freshman Chris Griffin and junior Shamon Antrum. The strategy was a bust earlier in the season against UCLA, when Ellison was serving a one-game suspension, but it's the only realistic thing Eastman can do. "I might play the point a little," Eastman joked earlier in the week. "I'm the next best point guard in our program, and if you've seen me play, that will tell you we're not very good right now." The Cougars, who have won four straight, will also have some matchup problems inside where Mark Hendrickson and Tavares Mack will have to get a body on Arizona's 6-foot-10, 265-pound center Joseph Blair.

Tacoma Rockets At Spokane Chiefs

Time: Tonight at 7. Records: Spokane (19-31-1), Tacoma (31-20-1). Radio:KGA-AM (1510) 6 p.m. Chiefs Talk with Craig West, 6:20 Mike Babcock Show, 6:50 pre-game.

College Basketball Today

IDAHO AT NORTHERN ARIZONA The Vandals (1-3 Big Sky, 7-9 overall) call on the Lumberjacks (3-2, 6-10) at the Walkup Skydome at 6:35 PST in Flagstaff. At a glance The Vandals are on the Road to Nowhere and they can't seem to find an exit ramp. UI is 0-5 in road games with the average setback by 21.2 points. The Vandals trailed by 30 in Thursday's 73-56 loss at Weber State.

Quartet’s Strings From 17th Century

The Lafayette String Quartet Time and location: Sunday, 3 p.m., The Met Tickets: $15 ($10 for students/seniors) at Hoffman Music and G&B; String players long to play "the perfect instrument." All too often, that instrument is a 17th- or 18thcentury Italian instrument commanding a price in the millions of dollars. Members of the Lafayette Quartet hit it lucky. In 1992, after playing together for eight years, the members of the group - violinists Ann ElliottGoldschmidt and Sharon Stanis, violist Joanna Hood and cellist Pamela Highbaugh-Aloni - were offered the opportunity to play four instruments made between 1606 and 1690 by members of the famous Amati family.

‘Steel Magnolias’ Cast Members Put Energy, Emotions Into Roles

"Steel Magnolias" Time and location: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Feb. 9-25, Sixth Street Melodrama, Wallace Tickets: $9, $7 for seniors/students, call 752-3081 for reservations. Rehearsals are about the same as therapy sessions for the six women in the Sixth Street Melodrama's production of "Steel Magnolias."

Symphony Guest Conducts In Two Distinctive Realms

The Spokane Symphony Orchestra Guests: conductor Kazuyoshi Akiyama and flute soloist Marina Piccinini Time and location: tonight, 8, Opera House Tickets: $11-$25, available at the symphony ticket office, 624-1200, and G&B; Kazuyoshi Akiyama is a conductor twice over. On stage, he ranks as one of the world's outstanding symphonic conductors. At home, he serves as conductor of a large and elaborate model railroad system with some 300 cars. "I collect them wherever I go to conduct," Akiyama says.

Nhl Ready To Heat Up The Ice Conference Competition Everything As Abbreviated Schedule Begins

Season preview Ready or not, the athletes of the National Hockey League will buckle their chin straps and lace on their skates Friday night to finally begin the long-awaited season. With only a 48-game scramble for playoff positions, all games will be held within either the Eastern or Western Conferences. The daily divisional standings will be virtually meaningless.

College Basketball Tonight

OREGON AT WASHINGTON STATE Following a lost weekend in Los Angeles, the Cougars (2-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference and 6-5 overall) return to Friel Court to take on the surprising Ducks (3-0 and 11-1). Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. At a glance Oregon brings a decided experience edge to the table. The 17th-ranked Ducks, who lead the Pac-10, start four seniors - including guard Orlando Williams, a longrange bomber, who ranks 5th in the league in scoring with an average of 18.3 points per game. "Oregon is a very difficult team to play," WSU coach Kevin Eastman said. "They're experienced, they shoot the ball well, they shoot a lot of threes and they make a lot of threes." In addition, the Ducks go nine deep. Eastman hopes to counter with quickness on the perimeter. Sophomore point guard Donminic Ellison and backup forward Tavares Mack are back after serving a one-game suspension for breaking curfew. That should help Eastman keep his players more rested than they were in last Saturday's 91-78 loss at UCLA. Mark Hendrickson, who leads the Pac-10 in field-goal percentage (64.2) and ranks second in rebounding (10.1), is playing the best basketball of his career and will need another big showing on the front line against an Oregon team that ranks No. 2 in the league in rebounding. School is back in session at WSU, which should help pump up attendance figures and the crowd noise. The Cougars have won eight straight at home, including five this season.

Ailey Dance Ensemble Performs Tonight At Nic

One of the best-known modern dance companies in America - the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble - will perform tonight at North Idaho College's Boswell Auditorium in Coeur d'Alene. Choreographer Alvin Ailey created the performance company in 1974 to provide an opportunity for the most talented students at his American Dance Center in New York to perform.

Yakima At Cc Spokane

The Sasquatch (1-0 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, 4-9 overall) entertain the Indians (0-1, 2-11) at 8 tonight at Spokane Community College in the nightcap of a doubleheader with the women. The CCS women (1-0, 9-4) and Yakima (1-1, 10-5), who meet at 6, are ranked fourth and sixth, respectively, in the NWAACC/Horizon Air Top 8 coaches poll. At a glance