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Harlem Globetrotters 

When: Thu., March 1, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: $22-$105

One of my first assignments as a young sportswriter was to cover a Harlem Globetrotters appearance in Little Rock, Ark. That meant entering their dressing room beforehand and talking to the legendary Meadowlark Lemon and Curly Neal. I was scared — until I found the Globetrotters playing cards, smoking cigarettes and drinking a beer, just 30 minutes from gametime, totally willing to share favorite anecdotes and give the kid a memory he never has forgotten. Lemon and Neal are long gone (as well as the cigarettes and beer), but the Globetrotters still are barnstorming 86 years after their creation, and tonight at 7 they'll be at the World Arena (3185 Venetucci Blvd., worldarena.com) with tickets starting at $22. The roster now includes a female, Fatima "TNT" Maddox out of Mesa Ridge High School here, along with 7-foot-8 Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, among others. And the show never grows old. — Ralph Routon

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