SPRING 2016 Valley of the Sun Culture Calendar
A highly selective selection, compiled by Jeff McMahon
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All ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre mainstage productions are required for my SOFDT students, but do not count toward the performances you are required to see specifically for this class. Italics means SOFDT production/presentation. We will discuss all SoFDT Mainstage productions in class. Event listings entirely in bold count toward one of the required non-SoFDT productions my students must attend. This list is NOT comprehensive, reflecting my bias as to what is interesting and/or applicable to my students.
If you are interested in auditions for local productions, go to http://www.durantcom.com/ and sign up for their audition notices.
the ASU Film Association/AFA also keeps a list of available actors and projects in the Valley.
ASU Herberger Institute of Design and The Arts, School of Film, Dance and Theatre Mainstage. Tickets at Galvin Playhouse/Nelson Fine Arts Building 965-6447. Performances usually at Galvin or Lyceum theatre. Dance performances in either FAC or PEBE 132
Binary Theatre a student run, ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre supported effort at creating new work. Check site for their deadlines for proposals, events, etc. Located at the Prism Theatre at Cornerstone Building, 970 E. University at Rural, NE corner in back parking lot.
Performance in the Borderlands events sponsored by the School of Film, Dance & Theatre, the Office of the President, and the Mexican Consulate General in Phoenix.
ASUGammage (480) 965-3434 Students get 50% discount on Beyond Broadway events, but you must go to Gammage box office (SW corner of campus at Mill/13th St.) before evening of show.
ASU School of Communications Performance Studies Empty Space at the Cornerstone Performing and Media Arts facility, 970 E. University at Rural, NE corner (same building as SPB/Prism)
ASU Art Museum right next to our FAC, has a great series of shows and is a perfect place to get away from classes for an hour. They have a regular series of lunchtime talks. And there is the Ceramics Research Center up the street at 699 S. Mill and temporary exhibits at Combine Studio in downtown Phoenix on N. 3rd Street
ASU School of Art has several galleries with regularly scheduled exhibits of student work . Many studios and programs of the School moved to Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix at 605 E. Grant
Art Media+Engineering AME Digital Arts Ranch corner of Myrtle and University
Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (ASU Tempe) readings, workshops (480) 965-6018
Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciencesat ASU West.
UA Presents at University of Arizona Tucson (520) 621-3341 (90 minutes by car from Tempe)
Borderlands Theater, Tucson (90 minutes by car from Tempe)
Scottsdale Center for the Arts480-994-ARTS, includes: Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts: 50% off student rush discount tickets 72 hours in advance—unless performance is selling out. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA) free on Thursdays 10-8 and Fri/Sat evenings and especially check out SMOCA LOUNGE
Theatre Artists Studio in Paradise Valley supported and operated by member artists. 4848 East Cactus Road, Suite 406 (602) 765-0120
Tempe Center for the Arts On the lake in Tempe, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway 480/350-2TCA (2822)
Arizona Theatre Company presents in Phoenix and Tucson Student tickets always $10 with ID!
Black Theatre Troupe 602-254-2151 x4. email@example.com Their new Performing Arts Center located at 1333 East Washington in Downtown Phoenix
Stray Cat Theatre 480-820-8022 now presenting in multiple venues in Tempe.
Nearly Naked Theatre (602) 254-2151
Phoenix Theatre more mainstream, but very strong productions and casts. Rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain for $15 with student ID!Working artists/actors can get an ArtsCard for that same deal (bring in a professional resume, Playbills with your name, etc. to b.o. during non-curtain hours to get the card)
Teatro Bravo! 602-258-1800 produces plays in English and Spanish that promote a complex portrait of the U.S. Latino/Latin American populations of Arizona. Venues vary. Founded by Guillermo Reyes and now managed by ASU graduate MFA candidate Ricky Araiza!
New Carpa Theater directed by James E. Garcia. Focusing on Latino and multicultural work 602-460-137. Producing new work all around town.
Space 55 at E. Pierce and 7th St, just down from Roosevelt Row. Lots of performances, workshops, events
Childsplay at the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts/Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway 480-350-8101
South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute 7050 S. 24th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85042
Southwest Shakespeare Company At Mesa Arts Center
Mesa Arts Center included SW Shakespeare, Galleries, music events, etc. And as of late August 2015, Light Rail will take you there!
Brelby Theatre Company an ever-growing presenter in West Valley, run by recent ASU students!
Theater Works 8355 W Peoria Ave, Peoria AZ 85345 (623) 815-7930
Farce Side Comedy and Barren Mind Improv at MU Stage (Memorial Union)
The First Friday of every month, downtown Phoenix galleries are open late into the evening 6-10 (and beyond) This has become a huge event, and a great way to get to know downtown Phoenix. Third Friday Artwalk has emerged as an alternative to the hysteria of First Friday http://www.artlinkphoenix.com/ 602-256-7539 Artlink also sponsors the annual Art Detour in March
Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. (at McDowell) (602) 257122 check out Yayoi Kusama's permanent installation! And keep checking their film schedule; too many great films for me to list all of them.
Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center/ALAC has exhibitions, performances, classes. A great resource in downtown Phoenix 147 E. Adams St.
Ballet Arizona. Ib Anderson, Artistic Director. (602) 381-1096. (888) 3BALLET.
Arizona Opera (Phoenix/Tucson) (602) 266-7464 Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St.
Harkins Cinema operates the Valley Art on Mill Ave in Tempe and Camelview 5 (closed December 2015 but will be incorporated into multiplex) in Scottsdale which both show independent and foreign films
AZ India Indian cultural events and Indian/Bollywood films shown locally
Phoenix FilmBar on Roosevelt Row. Films you can't see anywhere else. And now hosting Prof. Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILMSCHOOL screenings with introductions and short lectures on the films.
No FestivalRequired. Steve Weiss' ongoing series of exhibitions of short films, new video work, etc. Various Locations
Arizona Humanities Council many lectures and presentations too numerous to list. The Ellis-Shackelford House 1242 N. Central Avenue Phoenix 85004-1887 Phone:602/257-0335
Arizona Commission on the Arts 417 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1326 (602) 255-5882
Kimber Lanning's excellent listings for local music events
The Phoenix Dance Observer, helmed by dancer Julie Ackerly, is trying to increase the awareness of dance and choreographic work here in the Valley, and to provide a space for dance criticism sorely lacking in our town
Theatre supports the local economy! So does supporting locally-based businesses.
Speaking of business, check out Prof. Linda Essig's blog on creative infrastructure and arts entrepreurship as well as the SoFDT Pave program in arts entrepreneurship.
Help our environment (and your own sanity); use public transporation. Take advantage of Valley Metro/Light Rail
goes directly from ASU to downtown Phoenix and downtown Mesa!
And, if you've read this far, you deserve a prize. If you are a student, you can go to the Hayden Library front desk for passes that provide a one-week free entrance to institutions such as SMOCA, Phoenix Art Museum, and other great places. Limited amount, so plan ahead!
-30 (extended once again!) Saturdays at 10:30pm SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO by David Mamet. Space 55.Cast includes Ron Foligno, Marcella Grassa, our very own Shannon Phelps, and Cole Schlesinger. Directed by Space 55 Artistic Director, Duane Daniels. "When debuted (1976), won the Obie Award for “Best New American Play.” Mamet went on to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS and the New York Drama Critics Award for AMERICAN BUFFALO, among many other awards"
-February 8 FRIDA-HER PHOTOS Heard Museum "An exhibition by Frida Kahlo Museum – Casa Azul/Diego Rivera Museum; Banco de Mexico Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo. A selection of more than 240 images from the 6,500 which are part of the Blue House archive. The photographs, along with Frida Kahlo’s personal items, were locked in a room of the Blue House, the residence where she spent most of her life, and revealed to the public in 2007. The images have served as memories to Frida, as work tools or as a means to exorcise solitude. The exhibition, curated by the well-known Mexican photographer and photography historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, shows the importance of this medium in Frida’s life. The photographs – taken by Man Ray, Martin Munkácsi, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Nickolas Muray, Manuel and Lola Alvarez Bravo and others – were cherished by Kahlo when she was immobilized and isolated in her bed."
8-10 DETOUR COMPANY THEATRE presents "Mary Poppins" at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. Free! "Founded in 2000, the nonprofit Detour Company Theatre provides quality and authentic arts education and performance opportunities for adults with developmental and other challenges – including deafness, blindness and autism – through the magic and miracle of theater. Featuring a score filled with timeless classics such as “Feed the Birds,” “Jolly Holiday,” “Step in Time” and the Academy Award-winning “Chim-Chim Cher-ee.” All performances audio described and ASL interpreted."
9-April 30 SUPERFLEX: SUPERFAKE/THE PARLEY ASU Art Musuem. new images, video and sculptural works by the Danish artist collective Superflex. The commissioned project takes a painting in the ASU Art Museum collection attributed to Frederic Remington as a starting point to examine issues of authenticity, reproduction and value, including the emotional value of an artwork.
9-30 COCK by Mike Bartlett. Directed by Damon Dering. Nearly Naked Theatre. A brilliant play, given a powerful production in NYC a few years ago on Broadway. Bartlett has also written KING CHARLES III (currently on Broadway) and is one of my favorite writers. Our very own Jericho Thomas is playing a lead role!
10 MEN OF THE CLOTH film screening at Phoenix Art Museum 2pm $10 "an inspiring, Italian-centric portrait of an endangered avocation, following the lives of three Italian master tailors, Nino Corvato, Checchino Fonticoli, and Joe Centofanti, as they confront the decline of the apprentice system and navigate the changing roles in the twilight of their careers. The film explores the mystery of their artistry and their near-religious devotion to an Old World craft. After the film, enjoy a discussion with filmmaker Vicki Vasilopoulous and fashion design curator Dennita Sewell."
12-13 AMALIA TAKES A DEEP BREATH National Theatre of Cluj, Romania. Presented by ASU Romanian Studies Program at Empty Space Theatre in APMA building, NE corner of University and Rural in Tempe. 7pm Free. In Romanian with English subtitles. Every company Romanian studies has brought us has been astonishingly strong theatre with great performers.
14-May 28 PARTICIPANT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY SPENCER TUNICK ASU Art Museum "Since the early 1990s, Spencer Tunick has traveled the globe creating staged images of multiple nude figures in urban and rural public settings...includes more than 20 works from the Janssen collection which are a blend of photography, installation and performance."
15-Feb 13 UBU ROI by Alfred Jarry. Space 55. It's really kind of a slog, more significant as a historical item than a dramatic gem, but there was a brilliant French production of it in NYC last year, so who knows what Space 55 will come up with!? "cast includes Ashley Naftule as Papa Ubu, Lana Antropova as Mama Ubu with Ron Foligno (Sexual Perversity in Chicago) Shannon Phelps (Sexual Perversity in Chicago) Dennis Frederick, Renee Boehm, Megan Holcomb and Yonathan Surafel. Directed by Duane Daniels."
15-30 OTHELLO and THE COMEDY OF ERRORS running in rep at Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center.
15-31 GRAND CONCOURSE by Heidi Schreck. Theatre Artists Studio
15-17 GREASE! ASU Lyric Opera Theatre (and featuring our very own Vickie Hall!)
-17 SNAPSHOTS a musical romantic comedy Lyrics & Music by STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
Book by DAVID STERN. Arizona Theatre Company. Directed by Daniel Goldstein
12 CLIMATE CHANGE ROUNDTABLE hosted by ASU School for Innovation in Society and CSPO. 1-2:30pm MU Ventana #241-C. rsvp
12-17 IF/THEN at ASU Gammage "Tony Award-winner and Broadway superstar Idina Menzel (Wicked, Rent, Frozen, Glee) will reprise her critically-acclaimed performance as Elizabeth in IF/THEN, a role and a Broadway musical written specifically for Ms. Menzel. Tony Award-winner LaChanze (The Color Purple, Once on This Island), Anthony Rapp (Rent, Six Degrees of Separation, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown) and James Snyder (Cry-Baby, Rock of Ages), the original Broadway stars of IF/THEN, will join Menzel. An original Broadway musical which reunites composer Tom Kitt, book writer/lyricist Brian Yorkey, and director Michael Greif, the creative team behind the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical, Next to Normal."
17 WE WANT ROSES TOO Film at Phoenix Art Museum. 2pm $10 "Screening with filmmaker Alina Marazzi in conversation with Enrico Minardi, PhD, Honors Faculty Arizona State University. This stunning film is an exuberant testament to the resolve of women of the ’60s and ’70s sexual revolution and feminist movement in Italy. Acclaimed director Alina Marazzi takes viewers on a gorgeous storytelling journey through archival footage, advertisements, and colorful images juxtaposed with the true-life struggles and first person narrations of three diverse Italian women"
17 PEKING ACROBATS Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 2&6pm
20 SHOOFLIES-NARRATIVE SLICES OF PIE Crescent Ballroom 308 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix. 7pm. Based on Barflies, the popular monthly storytelling event for adults, New Times editor Amy Silverman and Arizona School for the Arts (ASA) faculty Julie Hampton have teamed up to create a public reading to showcase the personal narratives of high school seniors.
21 TROUBLEMAKERS documentary about land art in the 1960's and 70's. SMOCA 7pm free with reservation
22-Feb 6 EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED ASU Student Photographers Association show juried by Carol Panaro-Smith. Grant Street Studios in ASU Schol of Art downtown. Closing reception February 5 First Friday. www.phototapas.com
22-24 IT'S NOT THAT SIMPLE Molly Schenck and the Greybox collective in a ensemble work about rape and power. 560 E. College Ave. Tempe
22 Orange Theatre and thingNY. Orange Theatre, 1711 W. Culver St. Free! 8pm Our local heroes show the fruits of their weeklong residency with Jeffrey Young and Paul Pinto of the New York-based experimental music company, thingNY.
22 Einstein's Legacy, Celebrating 100 Years of General Relativity: An Origins Project Panel. ASU Gammage 7pm. "100 years ago, Albert Einstein forever changed our view of space, time, and the cosmos. Join some of the world's top experts for the culmination of a year long centenary celebration of Albert Einstein's developments of the theory of general relativity. Einstein himself would be amazed at what has transpired over the last century, from black holes to an accelerating universe! The panel discussion will feature Nobel Laureates, scientists, and historians in conversation with Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss. Gain new insights into Einstein and his most famous work, exciting developments in physics, and what we can expect in the next 100 years from this groundbreaking theory" with Kip Thorne, Frank Wilczek, Adam Riess, Diana K. Buchwald, Lawrence Krauss $10 Students free
22-Feb 7 WINDFALL by Brian Maticic. Brelby Theatre in Glendale. " Owen and Trent have been through everything together, and throughout their friendship, Owen has always been the stable one. Trent, a lazy but charming young man, decides to dodge his debt by faking his own death, leaving behind his best friend and fiance, Olivia. However, just after the deed is done, Trent wins the lottery. In an effort to collect his winnings, he attempts to enlist Trent’s help. Is Trent finally fed up with Owen’s antics? Join us for a dark comedy about friendship, responsibility, and luck."
23 THIRD ANNUAL OH MY EARS MARATHON CONCERT Mesa Arts Center 12noon-10pm. $15 (see thingNY above) Jeff Young and Paul Pinto, Patriots, Run for Public Office on a Platform of Swift and Righteous Immigration Reform, Lots of Jobs, and a Healthy Environment: An Opera by Paul Pinto and Jeffrey Young. They will be performing around 4pm. Created in 2011 as a parody of contemporary politics and politicians, the half-hour piece focuses on issues of immigration and national identity. Young and Pinto collaboratively created the text, music, and staging, scoring the piece for their own voices, violin, percussion, a turntable, and lots of cardboard boxes. In …Patriots…, instrumental music alternates with sung and spoken words, zany and humorous topical quips alternate with personal, pointed critiques of the political zeitgeist, fully notated sections merge into structured musical and textual improvisations, and tonal harmonies mix with startling, untraditional musical effects. Young and Pinto’s performance of ...Patriots… is part of their first tour of the Southwest, with performances in Arizona, California, and Baja California including border towns on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border, where immigration is a daily conversation.
23-May 28 WATERTIGHT: SANDRA RAMOS ASU Art Museum. "Cuban artist Sandra Ramos has exhibited her work internationally since the late 1980s. This exhibition revolves around eight recent, short video animations that explore the complex historic and current relationship between Cuba and the U.S. Her witty figures and settings draw from literature, popular media and the island of Cuba, and combine in narratives that explore provocative issues of immigration and international borders, containment and power structures, illusions and lost utopias."
24-Feb. 7 PERO, OR THE MYSTERIES OF THE NIGHT Based on the book “Pierrot ou les secrets de la nuit” by Michael Tournier, Adaptation and Music by Guus Ponsioen. Childsplay. "puppets, music and magic" ages 7+
24 ARCATTACK Mesa Arts Center 3pm "Creators of the original Singing Tesla Coil, the crew of ArcAttack use their high tech wizardry to generate a truly ‘electrifying’ performance. The show perfectly combines ArcAttack’s love of rock music and their love of science"
26 ASU Art Museum: Sandra Ramos (see above) discusses her work 5:30 p.m.
28 AN ILLIAD by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare. Performed by ASU MFA Performance candidate Daniel J. Tobin, and directed by MFA Theatre for Youth candidate Amanda Pintore. 7:30pm ASU Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottsdale Rd. General $19/ASU faculty-staff $15/students $10 480-596-2660 firstname.lastname@example.org A tour-de-force of a solo show I saw O'Hare do several years ago in NYC. Very eager to see our Dan and Amanda tackle it!
29 BETYE SAAR at SMOCA discussion with the artist on the night before her show opens (see below) 7pm
28 ASU Art Museum Harry Wood Gallery 4-6pm MONSTALGIA "In conjunction with the IHR 2015-2016 Fellows theme, "Monsters and Monstrosity," as well as in preparation for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Monstalgia explores incarnations of monsters, robots, aliens, and other fantastical creatures in contemporary art through the lenses of both nostalgia - a longing for a home that no longer exists - and solstalgia - a longing for life before environmental change and all its ramifications. From comic books, children's movies, and television programs to iconic stories like Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and R.L. Stine's Goosebumps series, the monstrous and otherworldly have been long entwined with notions of youthful imagination. However, this relationship has often been problematized both in art and scholarship. This exhibition aims to unpack the "problem" of the monstrous both in art and in life, and explore how it is affected by memory and remembrance."
29 ASU Art Museum Season Opening 6:30-8:30pm, featuring TONY LABAT: LOVE ME TWO TIMES, two recent projects by the Bay Area-based, Cuban-born artist exploring issues of labor, migration, and displacement. The first, premiered at the Havana Biennial in 2012, is a participatory installation based around a hand-made billiards table in the shape of the island of Cuba. The second installation features six months of video surveillance footage of day laborers taken out the window of the artist’s studio.
29 Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art/SMOCA Spring Opening. See all the Spring shows for free! 7-9pm. Betye Saar's STILL TICKIN', a retrospective on this essential African-American artist, opens today. Saar's show runs through May 1. YO SOY...JE SUI...IAM...THE FUTURE a show by children from around the world with developmental disabilities runs through April 27.
29 BODYTRAFFIC Contemporary Dance. UA Presents, Tucson 8pm
29-31 EMERGING ARTISTS III ASU School of Dance Lab FAC 122. Applied Projects by MFA Dance graduate students Ricardo Alvarez and Jenny Gerena. Dance and interactive media.
29-30 BREAKING GROUND 2016 Tempe Center for the Arts. "CONDER/dance presents a dramatic combination of technical artistry, physical power and unbridled creativity.
Now in its ninth year, the Festival brings 25 choreographers, digital artists, and the community together for a weekend of high art and energy, with some of the most vital voices in contemporary dance. artist profiles and master classes www.conderdance.com " On the 29th at 8pm there will be a screening of our own Marianne Kim's new film, "Martiality, Not Fighting."
29-31 DESPERADO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL The 7th annual iteration of thsi festival. Sponsored by Paradise Valley Community College.
30 MEREDITH MONK "On Behalf of Nature" ASU Gammage Beyond series, presented at Galvin Playhouse. 7pm $20/$10 students "Contemporary music/theater icon Meredith Monk's ON BEHALF OF NATURE offers a poetic meditation on our timeline connection to the natural world and the fragility of its ecology. Monk and her acclaimed Vocal Ensemble create a transitional space where human, natural and spiritual elements are woven into a delicate whole, illuminating connections and dependency among all things and all people."
31 BOLSHOI BALLET: THE LADY OF CAMELLIAS Phoenix Art Museum film series. 2pm
1 LIVE ART PLATFORM 7pm APLA/ASU Media Arts Building, at rear of parking lot at 970 E. University (Rural). LAP is an experimental laboratory providing artists with a friendly environment in which to try out works-in-progress, completed pieces, or performance experiments. Free! Low pressure! works-in-progress, finished work, whatever. If you want to perform, shoot an email to email@example.com and we'll get you signed up!
4 STEPHEN MARC "Strategies of Confluence: From Straight Photograhs to Digital Montage" Artist talk at SMOCA. Marc's work focuses on African-American experience. 7pm Free
4 Steve Valk, Digital Culture Series 3-4pm ASU Tempe Stauffer B "cultural activist, contemporary dance dramaturg, visual artist, designer and the director of the first Institute of Social Choreography in Frankfurt, Germany. In 2007 he founded the international dramaturgical and social choreographic design agency „r.i.c.e.“ (radical institute of cybernetic epistemology) with headquarters in Limerick, Ireland, Helsinki Finland and Frankfurt Germany. For twelve years (1992-2004), he was Head Dramaturge and creative collaborator for William Forsythe and Ballett Frankfurt.
4-7 AN ADULT EVENING OF SHEL SILVERSTEIN Binary Theatre Company. Location TBA
5-7 CARMEN Georges Bizet. Arizona Opera. In French with English supertitles
5 CREATIVE PUSH GROUP EXHIBITION. ASU Step Gallery, 605 E. Grant St. Phoenix 6-9 opening reception. At 7:30pm MFA Dance candidate ANGELINE YOUNG will present her "Thinking Herself Back..." a very powerful and beautifully structured piece she workshopped last semester in class. AND in the adjoining Northlight Gallery, the closing reception for "Everything is Connected" photo show curated by Carol Panaro-Smith 6-9.
5-6, 11-13 at Herberger downtown and then at ASU West Feb 18-21. PASSING STRANGE Book and Lyrics by Stew, Music by Stew & Heidi Rodenwald. iTheatre Collective. "A daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for "the real" through sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Book" Featuring Micah Jondel DeShazer!
5-21 LOOKING OVER THE PRESIDENT'S SHOULDER by James Still. Black Theatre Troupe. "Based on the real-life story of Alonzo Fields, who is forced to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer and accept a job at the White House where he quickly was appointed Chief Butler. A tour-de-force for one actor to recount history from the unique perspective of Alonzo Fields"
5-6 HUBBARD STREET DANCE CHICAGO Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 8pm
7 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: THE BEAUX' STRATEGEM Phoenix Art Museum Film Series 2pm. "Simon Godwin (Man and Superman) directs George Farquhar's wild comedy of love and cash. The ‘Beaux’: Mr. Aimwell and Mr. Archer, two charming, dissolute young men who have blown their fortunes in giddy London. Shamed and debt-ridden, they flee to provincial Lichfield. Their ‘Stratagem’: to marry for money". Simulcast from the London National Theatre.
$15 Museum Members, students with ID; $18 general admission.
8 THE GRADUATE Mike Nichol's brilliant film, with a very young Dustin Hoffman, will be the focus at FilmBar on Roosevelt Row. Part of Prof. Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILMSCHOOL screenings with introduction and short lecture on the film. 7pm $5
10 SUSPIRA Films at Phoenix Art Museum 7pm $5 "Dario Argento's horror masterpiece. A young American dancer travels to Europe to join a famous ballet school. As she arrives, the camera turns to another young woman, who appears to be fleeing from the school. She returns to her apartment where she is gruesomely murdered by a hideous creature. Meanwhile, the young American is trying to settle in at the ballet school, but hears strange noises and is troubled by bizarre occurrences. She eventually discovers that the school is merely a front for a much more sinister organization."
11-28 FENCES by August Wilson. Arizona Theatre Company. Winner of both Pulitzer award and Tony.
12 ANTONIO ROCHA "Kaleidoscopia" Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm $22 "Unique, imaginative, and internationally acclaimed story teller... Antonio’s is a world of mime, sound effects, zany characters and physical comedy. You will be spellbound by myths, the absurd and the poetic. Mr. Rocha’s unique solo shows of stories and mime have been performed from Singapore to Hawaii and many places in between including 14 countries on 6 continents."
12-21 LASSO OF TRUTH by Carson Kreitzer. Directed by Pamela Fields. ASU Lyceum Theatre. "Bondage, Gloria Steinem and lie detector tests all figure into this racy tale about Wonder Woman’s origins and the lasting effects of her legacy. This is a story about the nature of comic books, truth and love. Mature content"
12 LOVE ME TINDER at SMOCA Lounge. Stand-up comedy with pre-Valentines theme. 7pm $10
12-14 ROMEO AND JULIET a shortened version presented by Grassroots Shakespeare (directed by our very own Kara Ward-Tobin!) at 15 N. Granite Court in Gilbert " the traditional love story in an untraditional form. Thirteen characters, four actors, and 60 minutes of pure enjoyment. Romeo and Juliet like you've never seen it before. Tickets 12$ 20$ for a date package. Doors open at 7 and the performance begins at 7:30 and will run for an hour. Ethan Kirkpatrick - Montague, Mercutio, Friar Laurence, Capulet; Kayela Seegmiller - Tybalt, Nurse, Friar John, Apothecary; Perry Vargas - Romeo, Prince; Ryan Jordan - Juliet, Benvolio
12 LINKS, LEVELS, AND LEVERAGE a presentation by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, professor of Performance as Public Practice at the University of Texas at Austin. 4-5:30pm ASU Tempe, Coor 174. Using both network maps, or topographies, and defining particular network structures therein, “Links, Levels, and Leverages,” proposes new methods and strategies for promoting cultural vitality for a diverse cultural landscape. Following up on the work begun in his well-received book, Performing Policy (2014), Bonin-Rodriguez places these findings against the backdrop of studies and reports that repeatedly document inequities in arts and culture support and to provocatively offer new methods of challenge and reporting .co-sponsored by the Pave Program and the Theatre and Performance of the Americas program of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.
14-April 10 GOODNIGHT MOON Book, Music and Lyrics by Chad Henry, Adapted from the book by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd Childsplay (ages 3+)
16-21 THE BOOK OF MORMON touring Broadway show at UAPresents in Tucson. I am not sure if this is the same touring company that came to Gammage last semester (they were amazing)
16 ORIGINS PROJECT ASU 7pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts "television legend and Emmy Award winner Hugh Downs and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss in an intimate discussion on politics, religion, sex and science in 70 years of life on television.This dialogue on taboos in journalism and society at large will feature the former Today Show host discussing his more than 70 years of influence in media, the changing landscape of public knowledge, and the few taboos that remain in modern journalism. Watch Krauss as he and Downs, a long-time science communicator, touch on scientific topics that were once forbidden, as well as particularly taboo areas of research that could impact humanity for generations to come. $15 or *Students, to reserve your free tickets, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Scottsdale Center for the Arts box office at 480-499-TKTS (8587).
17 AN EVENING WITH VIRGINIA OVERTON. 6:30pm Free. Phoenix Art Museum's Contemporary Forum Lecture series presents conceptual artist Overton "whose work often begins intuitively as a direct response to her physical presence in a particular space. Through a process of trial and error, she creates sculpture that is performative, sometimes obstructing, bisecting, dividing or joining the architecture of a space with works that are dramatic and minimal in feel. While Overton’s work is clearly in dialogue with minimalist sculpture, and in particular with the work of both Donald Judd and Richard Serra, it also deals with the transformation of architectural space. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Overton lives and works in Brooklyn, New York."
18-20 DESERT NIGHTS, RISING STARS WRITERS' CONFERENCE Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing. ASU Tempe.
18 ERNESTO PUJOL "MAKING CONSCIOUS CULTURE" ASU School of Art Grant Street Studios 5:30-6:30pm "The artist discusses his performative walking as a public art practice that seeks to generate conscious culture, in terms of greater individual and collective consciousness of the complex webbing of life. Pujol will show a selection of images from past durational performance group projects in cities such as Chicago, Honolulu and Salt Lake. Ernesto Pujol is a site-specific performance artist and social choreographer based in New York. He is the author of “Sited Body, Public Visions: silence, walking, and stillness as performance practice,” as well as numerous published essays." Organized in collaboration with the Museum of Walking.
18 LOVE AMONG THE RUINS Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture presents the 2015 Italian film produced by Seattle-based Meyerhar Productions, with an introduction and Q&A afterwards, with producers Susan Harmon and Richard Meyer. Love Among the Ruins is a faux-documentary about the miraculous discovery and restoration of a long-lost Italian silent film. 7-9pm Coor 174 ASU Tempe
19 BALLETBOYZ 8pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts
19 HEART OF A DOG Laurie Anderson's celebrated nonfiction film about love, death, devotion. 7pm at SMOCA rsvp.
19-21 TRANSITION PROJECTS ASU School of Dance studio PEBE 132. "BFA candidates present an eclectic evening of work, showcasing the culmination of their undergraduate artistic experiences. Spanning the aesthetics of postmodern, urban and hybrid dance styles, this show features original pieces created for the stage, alternative spaces and film."
19-28 THE AMERICA PLAY by Suzan-Lori Parks. Directed by Nia Witherspoon. Galvin Theatre/Nelson Fine Arts Center. ASU Tempe "a contemporary classic of the U.S. American theatre by one of its greatest living playwrights. In it, the character of "The Foundling Father" is an African American carnival worker, who impersonates Abraham Lincoln in an attraction set up next to "The Great Hole of History." There people pay for the chance to re-enact that famous assassination again and again and again. A nuanced and entertaining look at how events in the past continue to exert their effects on the present, this production will mark the 10th anniversary of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre’s Theatre & Performance of the Americas program."
Events related to THE AMERICA PLAY presentation: BlackARTSMatter, coordinated by Dr. Nia Witherspoon andPerformance in the Borderlands
FEB 23 - Celebration of the Black Arts Movement open readings by authors.
FEB 24 - AZ ArtWorker Theatre Workshop (Location: Black Theatre Troupe)
FEB 25 - Arizona Black Arts Panel (History and Movements in AZ)
FEB 26 - Keynote Tia Oso / Performance by Dahlak Brathwaite (Location: Mesa Arts Center)
26-28 Local to Global Justice Festival. OPENING NIGHT Feb. 26th, 6PM-8:30PM
Phoenix Youth Hostel and Cultural Center with vegan Navajo food and performances by Rashaad Thomas, Shiloh Ashley, and MysticBlu. FORUM & FESTIVAL Feb 27th - 28th , 8:30AM-5PM
ASU Tempe, Farmer building
FEB 27 - Stage readings Sharon Bridgforth and _____(Directing Studio ASU Tempe)
FEB 28 - BlackARTSMatter Panel with national artists (Directing Studio ASU-Tempe)
BlackARTSMatter, in conjunction with the opening Suzan-Lori Parks' "The America Play" aims to assert the power of the arts in movements towards justice as black folks. The engagementS will offer a series of panels, public talks, workshops, and play readings centered on Black experiences and the importance of Black epistemologies and aesthetics. The event will gather artists, activists, and thinkers, poised to facilitate dialogue between students, faculty, and the community themed around 1) mobilizing theatre communities around Black Lives Matter; and 2) interrogating the potential of theatre's unique contributions to the Black Lives Matter movement. It will consist of a series of staged readings, performances, speakers, workshops, and panels to be shaped in collaboration with each contributor around the above themes. We are inviting an array of black artists, activists, and thinkers to come together for this convening to both present their work and strategize new ways of thinking about art’s integral role in the Black Lives Matter movement. Collaboration with: Mesa Arts Center, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Black Theatre Troupe, South Mountain Community College
21 RED DESERT Film at Phoenix Art Museum 2pm $10 "Michelangelo Antonioni’s panoramas of contemporary alienation were decade-defining artistic events, and Red Desert, is perhaps his most epochal. This provocative look at the spiritual desolation of the technological age - about a disaffected woman, brilliantly portrayed by Antonioni muse Monica Vitti, wandering through a bleak industrial landscape beset by power plants and environmental toxins, and tentatively flirting with her husband’s coworker, played by Richard Harris - continues to keep viewers spellbound. With one startling, painterly composition after another, Red Desert creates a nearly apocalyptic image of its time, and confirms Antonioni as cinema’s preeminent poet of the modern age."
24-May 20 IN THE STACKS: PRINT WIKIPEDIA a project by Michael Mandiberg (see AME lecture below) ASU Tempe Hayden Library Upper Concourse. Presented by ASU Art Museum. "Print Wikipedia is a both a utilitarian visualization of the largest accumulation of human knowledge and a poetic gesture towards the futility of the scale of big data. Michael Mandiberg wrote software that parsed the entirety of the English-language Wikipedia database (in April 2015) and programmatically laid out thousands of volumes, complete with covers, and then uploaded them for print-on-demand. Built on what is likely the largest appropriation ever made, it is also a work of found poetry that draws attention to the sheer size of the encyclopedia’s content and the impossibility of rendering Wikipedia as a material object in fixed form: Once a volume is printed it is already out of date. The work is also a reflection on the actual transparency or completeness of knowledge containers and history. The exhibition at Hayden Library will include a selection of 61 Wikipedia volumes and schematic wallpaper showing what the scale would be of an entire print library of Wikipedia volumes. These will be located near the Encyclopedia Section on Level 1 of Hayden Library. The 36 volume Wikipedia Contributors Appendix will be on view on the entrance level, which will also feature a projected scroll simulating all of the volumes and the articles they span."
25 DIGITAL CULTURE SPEAKER SERIES: MICHAEL MANDIBERG presented by AME, Stauffer Hall-B 3pm
25-28 CANAL CONVERGENCE/WATER+ART+LIGHT interactive art, live music on Arizona Canal at Scottsdale Waterfront (Scottsdale/Goldwater Roads). Sponsored by SMOCA 7:30. free
25-28 ASU Lyric Opera Theatre presents L'ELISIR D'AMORE (The Elixir of Love)
26 SPOKEN WORLD SERIES II featuring Dahlak Brathwaite. 8pm $11 Mesa Art Center's great series, curated and mc'd by the extraordinary writer/performer/dancer Marc Bamuthi Joseph and our very own Tomas Stanton. "Dahlak Brathwaite is a musician, actor, poet, and educator. His accolades include winning the Brave New Voices international poetry slam, and performing on the Tavis Smiley Radio show, in Russell Simmons presents Def Poetry Jam, and in the critically-acclaimed plays Scourge and Word Becomes Flesh by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Through the organization iLL-Literacy, Dahlak showcases his seamless blend of hip-hop, theater, and spoken word throughout the U.S. and overseas."
26-28 DON GIOVANNI by Mozart Arizona Opera. In Italian with English supertitles
26-March 12 WITTENBERG by David Davalos. Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center. "It is October 1517 in northern Germany and the characters of Hamlet, his mentor John Faustus, and Faustus’ colleague and Hamlet’s instructor and priest, Martin Luther, all collide in a brilliant theatrical construction by David Davalos.”…a crackling good bit of entertainment…Hilarity, thy name is WITTENBERG.” — New York Times. “…a sort of quadrangular Shakespeare in Love: It’s a philosophy survey course and a non-smirking smartypants comedy all in one.” — NY Magazine. “…a delightful romp that’s as accessible as it is thought-provoking.” — New York Post. “A cocktail of brainy allusions, absurdist plot twists, sly wordplay and disarming anachronisms, fortified with serious ideas.” — Washington Post"
26-March 13 THE WEIR by Conor McPherson. Theatre Artists Studio. Great storytelling.
27 BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY: SOUTHWEST ART IN CHINA ASU Art Museum "exhibition of works on paper by artists from the American Southwest at universities in Sichuan, Nanjing, Shanghai and Xi’an. Working with ASU’s Center for American Culture and the American Centers for Cultural Exchange (ACCEX) network in China, the project shared the richness and diversity of the American experience with Chinese students, faculty and general public. The exhibition and its tour was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing."
29 LIVE ART PLATFORM 7pm APLA/ASU Media Arts Building, at rear of parking lot at 970 E. University (Rural). LAP is an experimental laboratory providing artists with a friendly environment in which to try out works-in-progress, completed pieces, or performance experiments. Free! Low pressure! works-in-progress, finished work, whatever. If you want to perform, shoot an email to email@example.com and we'll get you signed up!
1 THE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE "a unique cinematic and musical experience involving an on-stage 8-piece orchestra playing, singing, dancing and performing live sound effects in sync to the Oscar-nominated animation feature “The Triplets of Belleville.” It's a gorgeous piece of animation; not sure about the live music aspect. Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm $30/$45
3 DIGITAL CULTURE SPEAKER SERIES: Sidney Fels presented by AME, Stauffer Hall-B 3pm
3-5 3 MILLION STORIES: Arts Graduates in a Changing Economy. Are artists working differently in today's world? If the nature of work is changing, what will it mean for creative workers, arts graduates and the arts in general? What role can arts and culture organizations play in this changing environment? The conference at ASU Tempe will investigate these questions as well as trends and challenges facing artists, arts organizations, and arts and design colleges. Informed by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, the conference will feature interactive design roundtables, dynamic breakout sessions and stimulating presentations by thought leaders working at the intersections of art, education and economy, including: MacArthur "Genius" Fellows Aaron Dworkin, founder of Sphinx, Liz Lerman, founder of Dance Exchange, and Rick Lowe, founder of Project Row Houses, will examine changing roles for artists in society. Scholars Dan Cornfield (Vanderbilt University), Gary Alan Fine (Northwestern University) and Kate Oakley (University of Leeds, UK) will discuss the culture of arts schools, artistic identities and notions of success. Ruby Lerner, founder of Creative Capital, will explore new economic realities for artists and arts graduates. Derek Thompson, senior editor of The Atlantic, will cover concepts from the recent cover story, "A World Without Work." William Deresiewicz, essayist and literary critic, will discuss his widely-circulated article, "The Death of the Artist-and the Birth of the Creative Entrepreneur," and controversial book, Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life.
4 WHY WE NEED SPIKE LEE (AND OTHER VISIONARY ARTISTS) featuring the filmmaker himself. ASU Gammage. Reserve free ticks! Doors open 6pm, presentation at 7. Part of the 3 Million Stories event (see above)
4 EVERYTHING IS CONNECTED: Artist's talk with Carol Panaro-Smith 6:30pm ASU School of Art Grant Street Studios Northlight Gallery. "Panaro-Smith, who earned her MFA at Arizona State University, has contributed to the Phoenix arts community as an educator and administrator for over 30 years; as a founding faculty member of Metro Arts, a program director of Art Intersection, and an owner of Alchemy Studio, a working teaching art studio she runs with her partner, James Hajicek. Presently, she is teaching and hosting workshops in Arizona and Italy. Her work, along with collaborative work with Hajicek, has been internationally recognized and collected and can be viewed at alchemy-studio.net Northlight Gallery curator Liz Allen says, “Her bio states that Carol’s area of specialization is alternative photographic processes, mixed media, and book arts, but truly, it is in mentoring others and guiding them to a deeper expression of their own creative practice. Carol Panaro-Smith is a teacher in the most soul-inspiring sense of the word.”
4-5 PILOBOLUS Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts
10-11 TAO: SEVENTEEN SAMURAI Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts "Living and training in the rugged mountains of Japan, the athletic, young drummers of TAO bring extraordinary precision, energy and stamina to their explosive performances. With hundreds of sold-out shows and more than 6 million spectators around the globe, TAO offers a modern take on the ancient art of taiko. This brand new production showcases virtuoso drummers, dazzling contemporary costumes and innovative choreography."
11-April 3 THE ADDING MACHINE by Elmer Rice. Space 55 "The classic expressionist tale of an accountant who gets replaced by a machine and is driven into a murderous rage."
12 THE SCREWTAPE LETTERS Mesa Arts Center 4&8pm "a smart, provocative and wickedly witty theatrical adaptation of the C.S. Lewis novel. Produced by the Fellowship for Performing Arts and directed by Max McLean"
12-26 STUPID FUCKING BIRD by Aaron Posner, Directed by Ron May. Stray Cat Theatre at Helen K. Mason Center, 1333 E Washington St. "Aaron Posner’s bold and cheeky sort-of update of Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull thrusts us into a country house where unrequited desire is drowned in equal parts alcohol and sarcasm. In true Chekhovian fashion, actresses, playwrights, doctors, and novelists bare their souls as they search desperately for the truth of love and art. STUPID FUCKING BIRD skillfully remixes the renowned “subtext” of the classic play into exuberant and hysterical scenes and songs."
15-20 A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at ASU Gammage. "the uproarious story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by – you guessed it – eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, Monty has to juggle his mistress (she’s after more than just love), his fiancée (she’s his cousin but who’s keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea."
17 DIGITAL CULTURE SPEAKER SERIES: Don Marinelli presented by AME, Stauffer Hall-B 3pm
18 BAD LUCK stand-up comedy at SMOCA Lounge 7pm $10
20 THE CONFORMIST film at Phoenix Art Museum 2pm Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci, explores how one man must navigate the shifting politics and morality as the Italian regime becomes increasingly fascist. Special introduction to the film by Enrico Minardo, PhD, Honors Faculty, Arizona State University.
24 OUT@SMOCA 6-9PM free LGBTQ evening with DJ, cash bar. RSVP by March 21 at www.smoca.org
24 Human Rights, Property Rights and PLACES, a talk by Roberto Bedoya. ASU Tempe FAC 133, 4-5:30 co-sponsored by the Pave Program and the Theatre and Performance of the Americas program of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.
24 Indigenous Lecture by Manuelito Wheeler, Navajo Nation Museum Director. Heard Museum. Free 7pm "Born and raised on the Navajo Nation, Manuelito Wheeler has been Director of the Navajo Nation Museum since 2008. He has worked with staff at the museum to see the completion of numerous exhibits which are 100% Native-built from concept, curation, and creation. Along with this, he has led his team (of 8) in creating innovative projects which influence and preserve Navajo culture. In the pursuit of native language preservation, the Navajo Nation Museum has partnered with major motion picture studios like Lucasfilm Ltd., Walt Disney Pictures and Deluxe Studios to dub popular movies into the Navajo language. The first collaboration resulted in a Navajo-language dub of the ever-popular science fiction film, Star Wars. Currently the museum is completing a Navajo-language dub of Disney's classic animation film Finding Nemo. Under Wheeler's direction, the Navajo Nation Museum has also worked with world renowned artist Ai Weiwei, partnering him with Navajo artist Bert Benally to create a site-specific installation piece in a remote canyon on the Navajo Nation. Wheeler attended Arizona State University from 88-03 where he earned BA in Art History. He is married to Jennifer Wheeler, PhD (Arizona State University) and they have two sons Waunekanez (currently attending Arizona State University) and Hataaliinez."
24-25 SPRING GRADUATE PROJECT PRESENTATIONS ASU School of Dance PEBE 132. "original dance and multimedia pieces created by graduate students in a physically and visually compelling evening"
25-April 8 TWELFTH NIGHT Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center. "A deliciously dark comedy of mistaken identities and misdirected passions."
25-April 3 SHE KILLS MONSTERS by Qui Nguyen. Directed by Lance Gharavi. Galvin Playhouse at ASU Tempe. "To rediscover the younger sister she lost to a tragic car accident, Agnes must embark on a quest into deepest, darkest geekdom in this action-packed, 90s-themed romp through the fantasy world of Dungeons & Dragons. The line between fantasy and reality blurs as Agnes battles her own demons and learns to embrace the unordinary"
25-26 OPEN HOUSE by Aaron Landsman. ASU Gammage Beyond Series (and presented in a location TBD in downtown Phoenix). $10-$20. 7pm Friday, 7/9:30pm Saturday. Everything Aaron does is unique, challenging, and completely captivating. This is the third (fourth?) project of his that Gammage has brought to us. "a small play about the big city, small enough to be performed in living rooms throughout Phoenix and big enough to ask how we live in our city now and into the future. The play follows two narratives: the evocative sales pitch of a real estate salesman named Three, and the story of Rick and Jane, a young couple trying to figure out how to sustain a relationship, start a family and live as active members of a city that sometimes seems out of control. Set against the backdrop of turbo gentrification, rising rents, and the insecurity of urban living, OPEN HOUSE asks how we can participate in the ongoing evolution of our city."
31-April 17 OF MICE AND MEN John Steinbeck's novel dramatized. Arizona Theatre Company.
31-April 1 SPRING UNDERGRADUATE PROJECTS ASU School of Dance PEBE 132. "In a collection of dance, new media and installation pieces, undergraduate students experiment with choreographic approaches that inspire us to rethink the meaning of creativity"
1 Creative Entrepreneurship in Indigenous Communities, a talk by Lori Pourier. ASU Tempe, Coor 174, 4-5:30 p.m. co-sponsored by the Pave Program and the Theatre and Performance of the Americas program of the School of Film, Dance and Theatre.
1-3 FALSTAFF Verdi Arizona Opera. In Italian with English supertitles
2-23 WONDERLAND WIVES by Buddy Thomas. Directed by Damon Dering. Nearly Naked Theatre.
4 LIVE ART PLATFORM 7pm APLA/ASU Media Arts Building, at rear of parking lot at 970 E. University (Rural). LAP is an experimental laboratory providing artists with a friendly environment in which to try out works-in-progress, completed pieces, or performance experiments. Free! Low pressure! works-in-progress, finished work, whatever. If you want to perform, shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get you signed up!
7-10 Some Like to Drink, Some Like to Think. Some is on the Blink. Binary Theatre Company. Location TBA
8-24 BLACK PEARL SINGS by Frank Higgins. Black Theatre Troupe. "Under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration, a white researcher named Susannah, travels the South looking for original songs from the slave era. She finds herself in workhouses and prisons where black women toil. On a rural Texas prison farm she meets “the Pearl” and is spellbound by her beautiful voice and her unbreakable spirit. Susannah records Pearl and sends the songs to the Library of Congress where she is immediately acclaimed as “an authentic doorway to the past.” The two women set out on a journey to find their way out from the shadows of both their pasts and leads them to the bright lights of New York City, where Pearl takes her place as the last of the authentic black songstresses from the South"
8-24 THE OUTGOING TIDE by Bruce Graham. Theatre Artists Studio
8-30 MEET THE DRYERS by Shelby Maticic, Megan O'Connor, Luke Gomez. Conceived by Shelby Maticic, Ian Shelansky, Jamie Arakas. Brelby Theatre, Glendale. "follows the story of James, an introverted 14 year old, who finds solace and acknowledgement through the extreme embellishment of stories about his real life family for his followers on Reddit. Our audiences will experience the fantastical world of James’ imagination played out onstage, as well as a glimpse into the personalities of his quirky family through their social media interactions, displayed prominently on the stage for the audience to see. When his stories begin to spin out of control, James begins to question whether he is in control of his online presence, or whether it is controlling him. Meet the Dryers is an exploration of how social media impacts our lives, no matter which generation you hail from."
15-17 DANCE: INVENTIONS & CONVENTIONS ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse "a high-energy event that highlights some of the “best hits” of the 2015-16 season alongside new work designed for the Galvin Playhouse. This concert features pieces made for the stage and outdoor sites created by ASU School of Dance faculty, visiting artists, students and alumni"
15-24 ON DISPLAY by MFA Dramatic Writing candidate John Perovich, and directed by MFA Directing candidate Phil Weaver-Stoesz. ASU Tempe Lyceum Theatre. "Jack, a shut-in artist who lives in the Lower East Side, is faced with tough choices when his mother unexpectedly passes. Mary is determined to get his work into a gallery with the help of a curator, but their innocent partnership develops into a dangerous dance of exploitation. Splatter paintings are a grisly metaphor in this play about art, abuse and revealing the unseen"
15 SPOKEN WORLD SERIES III featuring Alyesha Wise and Matthew "Cuban" Hernandez. 8pm Mesa Art Center's great series, curated and mc'd by the extraordinary writer/performer/dancer Marc Bamuthi Joseph and our very own Tomas Stanton. "Alyesha Wise is a published Poet, Teaching Artist, Creator and TEDx Speaker. She wrote her first poem at the age of 11 and has not stopped creating since. In addition to being an artist, she is an advocate of human rights, strongly believing that a focus on proper knowledge, love and self-awareness is the healing force to all that exists." 8pm $11
15-24 ASU Lyric Opera Theatre presents L'ELISIR D'AMORE (The Elixir of Love)
Matthew “Cuban” Hernandez is the Coach of the Get Lit Players and the Los Angeles Brave New Voices Slam team. He is a three-time Southern Fried Poetry slam champion. Matthew has taught and coached young poets internationally, creating writing and performance programs and bringing multiple youth poetry teams to the final stage of poetry slams.
16 BLACK GIRL: A LINGUISTIC PLAY by Camille A. Brown & Dancers. ASU Gammage Beyond series. Onstage seating at Gammage. 7pm $10-$20 "depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a Black female in urban American culture. In a world where Black women are often only portrayed in terms of their strength, resiliency, or trauma, this work seeks to represent a fuller spectrum of the Black female and the complexity of negotiating ourselves in this racially and politically charged world. BLACK GIRL uses African-American social dancing, rhythmic play, and musical compositions to better illustrate who "black girl" knows herself to be. It is Brown's hope that this work resonates, inspires and encourages Black girls everywhere. Brown draws from Melissa Harris-Perry's "Sister Citizen," Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and Daniel Silberberg's "Wonderland: The Zen of Alice" and "Slide: Games as Lessons in Black Musical Style" as resources and inspiration."
17 BIRDS OF SEPTEMBER film at Phoenix Art Museum. 2pm $10 "A glassed van roams the streets of Beirut, home to a camera that explores the city behind the glass. Along the way, several people are invited to share a personal moment in this moving confessional. Each one comes as a face, a body, a posture, a voice, an attitude, an emotion, a point of view, a memory. Their confessions are true, blunt, and intimate. However, soon enough, the van empties again, and roams Beirut; restlessly looking for something, for someone. Presented in "Art of the Real" series at the Film Society at Lincoln Center. Official Selection: CPH:DOX Official Selection: Dubai International Film Festival
20-24 THE STRANGE UNDOING OF PRUDENCIA HART. The National Theatre of Scotland. Created by David Greig and Wils Wilson. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. "Herald Angel award at the 2011 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Critics’ Awards for Theatre in Scotland for “Best Music and Sound.” ... an incredibly inventive and entertaining piece of anarchic theater, live music and strange goings-on ... One wintry morning Prudencia Hart, an uptight academic, sets off to attend a conference in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. As the snow begins to fall, little does she know who or what awaits her there. Inspired by the border ballads – and delivered in a riotous romp of rhyming couplets, devilish encounters and wild karaoke – Prudencia’s dream-like journey of self-discovery unfolds among and around the audience. “This lively tall tale, told with music, wit and wily storytelling, kindles a bonnie cheerful fire inside.” – Austin Chronicle *This event is an interactive theater experience (2 hours, 30 minutes, plus intermission) with limited seating onstage in a pub setting. Light appetizers and full bar service will be available. There is a $10 food-and-beverage minimum per person, not included in the $39 ticket price. Suitable for ages 14 and up.
21-24 WOMEN OF WAR Binary Theatre location TBA. A return of last semester's very successful show directed by Kara Ward-Tobin
24-May 29 PETE, OR THE RETURN OF PETER PAN by Dwayne Hartford. Childsplay (ages 6+)
25 ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Musical Theatre Spring Showcase
29 SPRING FILM CAPSTONE SHOWCASE ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse. Student films from ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre undergraduates "from documentaries to raucous music videos to comedies and dramas" 7pm
29 JOKES n' POLLOCK Stand-up comedy evening focusing on art world. 7pm SMOCA Lounge $10
29-May 22 BLUE GALAXY book by Kim Porter, Music by Roger P. Clark. World Premiere! Space 55 "a musical set against the back-drop of a retro-music club scene, tells the story of a beautiful but seriously-overweight chick who wants to be loved in spite of her weight not because of it; posing a problem for the earnest chubby-chaser who pursues her."
30 DAVID SEDARIS Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 8pm
30 ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Opera Scenes Performance
1 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: JANE EYRE Phoenix Art Museum 2pm "This acclaimed re-imagining of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic last year, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National, presented as a single, exhilarating performance." Simulcast from London's National Theatre
5-29 THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO THOMAS JEFFERSON, CHARLES DICKENS AND COUNT LEO TOLSTOY:DISCORD A new play by Scott Carter. Arizona Theatre Company
6-22 CALEB REESE FESTIVAL OF NEW PLAYS AND MUSICALS Phoenix Theatre.