SPRING 2017 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 122 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. Currently at Prism in APMA building
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
And SCPA's latest venture, the Scottsdale Cinematheque, showing independent, foreign, and art films not shown in other locations in the Valley.
Ingite Phoenix "Lighting a fire under the Valley's creative community." Short-form Lecture/demonstration series usually held at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts.
Theatre Artists Studio in Paradise Valley supported and operated by member artists. 4848 East Cactus Road, Suite 406 (602) 765-0120
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 at Tempe Center for the Arts! On the lake!
Tempe Center for the Arts. On the river in Tempe, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway 480/350-2TCA (2822) New Director Ralph Remington is taking it in some new and exciting directions.
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
Rising Youth Theatre led by our very own Xanthia Angel Walker, Sarah Sullivan, and Ashley Hare
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
Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center/ALAC has exhibitions, performances, classes. A great resource in downtown Phoenix 147 E. Adams St.
Ballet Arizona. (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 Fashion Square 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 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 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 working 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!
4 The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover. Peter Greenaway's 1989 very dark comedy. Phoenix Art Musuem 6pm "the story of Albert Spica, an ill-mannered London gangster who takes control of a French restaurant. When his disgusted wife begins a not-so-secret affair with a restaurant patron, Spica plots revenge. Lauded for its cinematography and formalist film-making techniques, the film features lavish costumes designed by Jean Paul Gaultier." Film ticket includes admission into Emphatics: Avant Garde Fashion 1963-2013. Already seen Emphatics? Skip the ticket and see the film as part of #FreeAfterThree Wednesdays (Museum general admission is free from 3pm-9pm every Wednesday).
7 PROJECT HUMANITIES BENEFIT WITH GINA FLETCHER AND THE BAND 7-10:30pm $10/advance $15/door Grand Central Coffee Company, 718 N. Central Ave. Phoenix "Fletcher is a native of Brooklyn, NY and daughter of the late jazz singer Sam Fletcher. She is a well-rounded performer of songs covering a variety of musical genres including jazz, R&B, neo-soul, pop, dance, inspirational and reggae. Emceed by Neal A. Lester, Foundation Professor of English and Director of Project Humanities at ASU, the event will be a magical evening of music and dance featuring special guest principal dancer and choreographer Amy Symonds and local jazz and soul band PressPlay. Symonds is an award winning dancer and choreographer who has performed the leading roles in Firebird, Giselle, Paquita, and the Nutcracker with the Youth American Ballet Company. PressPlay features ASU English alumnus Michael Pfister (BA 2001), a professional drummer. Pfister is also an Instructor in ASU's College of Integrative Arts and Sciences."
12 VICELAND screening at SMOCA 7pm "Woman (2016 Emmy Nominee) and States of Undress from the brand-new VICELAND television channel developed by Peabody Award-winning VICE media. The final screening of this series surveys motherhood in two unique political and cultural contexts: Russia and the United States. Special guests Laurie Stoff, Faculty Affiliate, Melikian Center: Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Arizona State University and Shontell Di Nello Lege’, Project Coordinator, AZ Common Ground will join us after the screening to discuss themes explored in each episode.SMoCA presents this screening with the Melikian Center for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at ASU.
13-15 MACBETH "Three Performers. Ninety Minutes." Featuring Tess Galbiati, Amanda Pintore, Daniel Bird Tobin. Directed by Wyatt Kent. Adapted by Daniel Bird Tobin. Fight choreography by Jamie Macpherson. "All the witches, murders, ghosts, and Macsomethings in a roughly ninety minute production in the Galvin Lobby." ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse. 2 shows each night at 6 & 9pm Free but reserve ticks
13-28 HAMLET SW Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center and directed by our very own David Barker. Use code "HARK" for 50% ticket discount. On January 26 at 7:30, the play will be performed as "stop-action" theatre (see note on January 26)
14-28 MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING SW Shakes at Mesa Arts Center directed by Tracy Liz Miller
14-Feb 4 THREEsome by Yussef El Guindi and directed by Damon Dering at Nearly Naked Theatre "ASSIMILATION CAN BE… TRICKY! Arab-American couple Leila & Rashid try to prove they can be just as "American" as any couple, so they attempt to solve their relationship issues by bringing a stranger with them into the bedroom. The problem? He's an idiot... or maybe they are. What begins as a hilariously awkward evening soon becomes a life-changing event fraught with secrets; raising issues of sexism, possession and independence. El Guindi's smart theatrical voice gives rise to a play that is a fierce drama masquerading as a hilarious comedy. Nearly Naked’s production features the return of Bernhard Connor Verhoeven to the Valley stage! ~For Mature Audiences Only! Adult Language, Mature Themes and Nudity. No one under 17 permitted witih a parent or legal guardian." (yes, that last line is verbatim)
-28 TIME/SHORES multi-media installation by The Laboratory for Critical Technics in collaboration with Paul Harris and Richard Turner. ASU Art Museum
19-May 6 THE TREADMILL TAPES: MINDS ON THE MOVE ASU Art Museum created by Liz Lerman "invites members of the ASU community to join her on a treadmill in the gallery for an on-the-go conversation about whatever is most curious, urgent, troublesome or baffling for them. The conversations will be videotaped during walks at ASU Art Museum and projected in the gallery for ongoing viewing... part of ASU Art Museum’s Spotlight series, bringing attention to innovative projects in the arts and design by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts faculty and students. It is also part of projectWALK, a collaboration between the Museum of Walking, ASU Art Museum and additional campus and community partners, which investigates the everyday activity of walking in one of the least walkable cities in the United States."
20 THE ELECTION MONOLOGUES Empty Space Theater ASU NE corner University/Rural. "8 very interesting people are developing 10-minute monologues to share with you in the Tempe installment of this once-in-a-lifetime nationwide event. Each person brings a unique perspective to the many ways that the 2016 election has and will affect our lives. The monologues are being written using the StoryHealers Transformational Monologue process created by Tanya Taylor Rubenstein"
20-21 THE EPIC OF A QUEER PUERTO TRYING TO MAKE IT THROUGH THEIR WHITE BREAD LIFE Applied project of Felix Cruz, MFA Candidate in Dance FAC 122 7:30pm with pre-show at 7pm
21-22 HIT MUSIC a play with music by Guillermo Reyes. Workshop presentation featuring Karla B BO, Adam Mendez Jr., Carlos Urtubey, Amira De la Garza, Richard A. Pena and Joseph Kremer. FAC 133 7pm free, no reservations needed. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org
21-May 27 FRANCIS ALŸS: CIUDAD JUÁREZ PROJECTS at ASU Art Museum 2 video works, notes, photos from a work created in collaboration with local artists from Juarez.
26 DJ SCHOLARSHIP AND MUSIC ACTIVISM Performance in the Borderlands Voices of Power season presents DJ Lynnée Denise. Lynnée fuses DJ spinning and public scholarship to create "musical essays" rooted in underground cultural movements, queer identity, migration studies, theories of escape, and house music of the African Diaspora. Monarch Theatre, 122 E Washington St in downtown Phoenix. 7pm Free but reserve tickets.
26 HAMLET at Southwest Shakespeare, Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm This performance of the show, directed by David Barker, (see listing above January 13) will feature dramaturg comments: "Dr. Susan Willis will stop the action at Will (see what we did there?) with verve and pizzazz to add insight and underscore details that you may have missed. Historical context, figures-of-speech, and underlying commentary on the political situation and morays of the time will add a dimension to Shakespeare that will polish these 400+ year old words to seem as bright and astute today as the day they were written. Great for aficionados. Perfect for first timers - you will leave being Hamlet fluent. Come join us, enjoy and even give feedback on this brand-new prototype that is being pioneered at our own Southwest Shakespeare Company! As an audience, you will be a dynamic part of the process as we workshop the Stop-Action model".
27 Radio Healer: Re-imagined Indigenous Ceremonies. Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix 7-8:30pm "Join Phoenix, Arizona indigenous artist collective Radio Healer for an immersive performance on the back patio of Pueblo Grande Museum that uses tools, regalia, video, and sound to perform artworks that make the everyday familiar seem strange. Supported by an artist grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts and building on over 10 years of exploration, the collective has combined technology, cultural practices, critical thinking, and community outreach into a singular experience using indigenous tools, which they created to perform re-imagined indigenous ceremonies that include amplified experimental music and sounds with oversized projections of video." Presented by Pueblo Grande Museum and City of Phoenix. Support by CALA Alliance ticks
27 THE MOTH MAINSTAGE: True Stories Told Live Mesa Arts Center 8pm $35/$45
27-28 Breaking Ground Festival. 10th Annual dance festival hosted by CONDER/dance. 7:30pm Tempe Center for the Arts 480-350-2822 www.conderdance.com
27-29 DESPERADO 8 LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL at Center for Performing Arts, Paradise Valley Community College
28 AGING MUSICIAN by Rinde Eckert & Paola Prestini. Directed by Julian Crouch. ASU Gammage Beyond. 7pm "a new music-theatre work, a composite of sonic and visual elements that paints an allegory on time, youth, and the peculiar magic of ordinary life, and, perhaps, the ordinary magic of a peculiar life. Accompanied by a string quartet and a choir of young people, AGING MAGICIAN moves us along with Harold, from the surgical repair of a timepiece to the magic show of time itself, lives and deaths, appearances and disappearances. The man’s vibrant last adventure is brought to life by a team of multidisciplinary artists who combine music, theatre, puppetry, instrument making and scenic design to create an enduring work for the stage. This work features vocalist Rinde Eckert, a musical set by Mark Stewart and the Brooklyn Youth Chorus and string quartet. Rarely do artists of Rinde Eckert, Paola Prestini and director Julian Crouch’s caliber and imaginations collaborate. The result in AGING MAGICIAN is a richly layered, surreal and transporting multi media musical meditation on life and the passing of time not to be missed."
29 AFTER ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL THEATRE ACTION Selection from the more than 70 short plays and monologues submitted in response to the shooting at the Pulse Nightclub in Florida last year. Curated by Micha Espinosa. Phoenix Theatre's Hormel Theatre. 6-8pm Multiple writers, actors, and directors. My own response, "(Ob)scene" will be one of the works staged, directed by Amira De laGarza.
30 Crossfade LAB with Julieta Venegas and Rafa Esparza. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave Phoenix 7-9pm " an intimate, experimental conversation between Grammy award-winning Mexican musician Julieta Venegas and acclaimed Los Angeles artist Rafa Esparza. Moderated by Crossfade co-curator and 2016 MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun, the evening will include music and performance and will explore themes that move across the work of both Venegas and Esparza: love and land, memory and masks, and the many ways songs and art can help our bodies to make sense of, and survive, history. Crossfade LAB is organized with generous support from the Diane & Bruce Halle Foundation and in collaboration with Crescent Ballroom and ASU Art Museum" ticks
1 PIERROT LE FOU Jean-Luc Godard's film. 6pm Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Followed by panel discussion with our very own Jason Scott, with Dennita Sewell, Claudine Villardito, Sloane McFarland, Morgan Evans. $7
1-3 Western POP Film Festival, Tempe Center for the Arts in collaboration with ASU's Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture in conjunction with the Gallery at TCA’s new exhibition, Western POP: Facts and Fiction of the American West. Three strategically chosen western films will be featured giving the audience an alternative cultural perspective of the Old West. A post discussion will follow each film. Tickets or (480) 350-2822
Feb. 1 | 7 pm | Golden Globe winner, The Searchers, 1956 | post discussion by Peter Lehman, Ph.D., ASU
Feb. 2 | 7 pm | Four- time Academy Award winner, The Unforgiven, 1960 | post discussion by Jason Scott, Ph.D., ASU
Feb. 3 | 7 pm | Two- time Academy Award winner, Django Unchained, 2012 | post discussion by Ralph Remington, Artistic Director, TCA
2-March 4 PERMANENT COLLECTION by Thomas Gibbons iTheatre Collaborative. Presenting at ASU West and at Kax Theatre at Herberger downtown Phoenix. "Soon after African-American businessman Sterling North becomes the new director of the Morris Foundation, he discovers that this world-famous art collection includes several significant African sculptures tucked away in storage. His proposal to add them to the public galleries is opposed by the foundation's long-time education director, who is loyal to the idiosyncratic wishes of the late Dr. Morris. Spurred on by a zealous local journalist, this clash quickly escalates to public accusations of racism and a bitter struggle for control of the collection. “Permanent Collection” is a searing examination of racial politics that ultimately asks how much space -- literally and figuratively -- the white world gives to African-Americans. What is the cost of failing to view the world through another's eyes?"
2 BAR FLIES Monthly Reading series at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Phoenix 7pm $5 Katie Johnson's curated lineup of readers includes Jessie Balli, Sean David Christensen, Tania Katan, Kim Porter, Daniel Thomson. The theme is "lost and found."
31 JULIUS CAESAR (see below) presented at Herberger Theatre Center. 7:30 (presented at Mesa Arts Center Feb. 4-see below)
1-3 THE ACTING COMPANY presents the world premiere of X, a new play by MARCUS GARDLEY
directed by Ian Belknap. A new play about the assassination of Malcolm X—both the story we think we know and illuminating details that have seldom been shared—is brought to vivid, lyrical life in award-winning writer Marcus Gardley’s new play. Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar provides a framework for Gardley to deepen our understanding of one of America’s most complex, compelling historical figures and explore the tumultuous landscape of ideology and activism in the 1960s. Presented by Mesa Arts Center in collaboration with ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre at Mesa Arts Center Feb 2-3, AND Herberger Theatre in downtown Phoenix on Feb 1 (check link for location) 7:30pm $30 (students use code "Power" for free ticket!) A very powerful show about a vital part of our history. Great performances!
4 JULIUS CAESAR Shakespeare directed by Devin Brain and featuring the Acting Company. Mesa Arts Center in collaboration with ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre. 2 & 7:30pm $30 (students use code "Power" for free ticket!)
4-July 15 THE VIOLENCE OF TRUTH-ENCOUNTER WITH JOSE BERNARDI ASU Art Museum. Bernardi, Assoc. Professor in The Design School, shows his collage works in dialogue with the museum's Cuban and Latin collections.
4-April 15 HANNAH BARCO: FATHOMINGS an installation project in association with the Museum of Walking. ASU Art Museum
3-5 MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini at Arizona Opera
3 ASU MERIDIANS MFA candidates Javier Stefano De Vita, Erika Moore, Angeline Young 7:30 p.m.
$19/$10 students Kerr Cultural Center. A special initiative formed through ASU Kerr and the ASU School of Film, Dance and Theatre to give emerging artists a unique performance venue for the culmination of their MFA work.
Javier Stefano De Vita • THE HOUSE OF ILLUSIO
an original thriller written by Paco Madden and Javier Stefano De Vita, a magical journey through seven different characters performed by De Vita with the use of masks, puppetry and original live music and media.
Erika Moore • MOVEMENT SPEAKS
An exploration of how movement speaks to the unspoken social constructs that exist in the educational system, connecting various civil rights movements of the past and present.
Angeline Young • WHEN WE (DIS)APPEARED
When we (dis)appeared interprets intimate historical narratives to transmit contemporary experiences of the Asian body in American dance performance through movement set to live music, personal film footage, family interviews and sound recordings of Chinese urban spaces in Taiwan and San Francisco
3 ART SLAM! Binary Theatre 7pm singers/actors/dancers/performers/artists showcase their talent! Prism in APMA building
4, 11, 18 MOVE: A MOUNTAIN GOAT'S MONOLOGUE Nelson FAC 133, 51 E. 10th St. 7pm. Written and performed by MFA Performance candidate Mike Largent. The show follows Mike's mountainous, personal journey over the course of a summer expedition in Colorado. Free but reserve
9 TROIKA RANCH "Dawn Stoppiello will talk about her live-media performance ensemble Troika Ranch and its experimentation and innovation in computer mediated performance during two decades of rapid technological development. Stoppiello will also cover the development of the media-manipulation software Isadora®, created by Troika Ranch co-founder Mark Coniglio." Dawn's been her before, and her presentation is quite interesting. Free at Tempe campus - Stauffer B- Wing 3pm
9 AUDIENCE FRONT AND CENTER: EMBODIED PERFORMANCE AND RELATIONAL POLITICS a lecture by former ASU Communications grad students Kimberlee Pérez and Dustin Bradley Goltz. Empty Space Theatre (970 E. University in APLA building) 7pm Free "Collectively and individually, Professors Pérez and Goltz will talk through key questions about the politics and relationality of “audience” in performance studies. Goltz's current project looks at comic controversies and Internet outrage, and how communication aesthetics, identity, and the performativity of bodies are central, and often ignored, in how meanings are constructed by audiences. Pérez's current project looks at the politics of intimacy and the shrinking of relationality within the context of neoliberalism. How might staged performance open possibilities to both examine and experience intimacy differently?"
9-26 LA ESQUINITA, USA by Rubén C. González. Arizona Theatre Company "What happens to a small border town when big promises from big business are broken? At a bus stop on the 40A Red Line, in cross-cultural hip-hop fueled language at once poetic and powerful, one of the southwest’s premier Mexican-American writer/performers, Rubén C. González, presents a tour-de-force of interlocking stories: ten characters on a passage through a once-booming town, now forgotten. The main source of employment, Thompson Tire Factory, has gone overseas, leaving the town’s infrastructure in disarray. Told by the wise, omniscient custodian, Lencho, and experienced through the eyes of 18-year-old Daniel, La Esquinita, USA connects the disparate stories of those left behind – of the people we, as a society, systematically choose to avoid – into a captivating new American narrative of self-identity, unity, and peace. Much like the works of John Leguizamo, Anna Deveare Smith, and Danny Hoch, La Esquinita, USA is a virtuoso solo performance – a gorgeous, brave story of love, forgiveness, and ultimate redemption. An Arizona premiere from the famed El Teatro Campesino."
10-12 ASU DANCE TRANSITION PROJECTS I PEBE 132
10-12 ME, MY QUANTIFIED SELF, AND I Jessica Rajko Installation and Peformance. Unexpected Gallery, 7pm 734 W. Polk St. Phoenix
10-26 BROKE-OLOGY by Nathan Louis Jackson. Black Theatre Troupe "The King family has weathered life’s hardships, surviving with their love for each other intact. William King lives in the house his two sons grew up in. He’s alone, but he maintains his allegiance with their mother in his own private way. As illness takes its toll on his body, the brothers are called home to take care of him and immediately find themselves at a crossroads. The older son having escaped the poverty and their neighborhood has just finished grad school but returns to town to help take care of his father. The younger brother has remained at home but now must face the reality of his dead-end restaurant job. Broke-ology is a moving exploration of how time and circumstance — and the hard fact of poverty — can diminish hope, divide loving siblings and threaten to extinguish life itself" Christian Widmer artist talk 7pm February 16 rsvp
11-April 30 I REMEMBER NOT REMEMBERING at SMOCA featuring visual artists working in film and photo: Yto Barrada, Christian Boltanski, Matthew Buckingham, Janet Cardiff and Georges Bures Miller, Hollis Frampton, Kahlil Joseph, Larry Sultan, Adriana Trujillo and José Inerzia, Christian Widmer and Hannah Wilke.
11-12 Heard Museum World Championship Hoop Dance Contest " top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers will compete at the Heard Museum to win the prestigious title and cash prizes at the two-day competition, in which men and women compete on an equal field. Over time, the intertribal hoop dance has expanded to incorporate new and creative designs and extremely intricate footwork. Each dancer presents a unique variation of the intertribal hoop dance, weaving in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture. Individual routines are presented using as few as four to as many as 50 hoops, which are manipulated to create a variety of designs including animals, butterflies and globes.
Dancers are judged on a slate of five skills: precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativeness and speed. Contestants compete in one of five categories: Tiny Tots (5 and under), Youth (6-12), Teen (13-17), Adult (18-39), and Senior (40 and older)."
12 TheatreLAB-LEGACY by MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Madison Cortez 7:30pm FAC 133. $10 "After spending years as victims and accomplices to their kidnapper, two boys attempt to start over and embrace their newfound freedom in the house that once trapped them." TheatreLAB is a series of staged readings of new and original works in development. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for ASU theater students.
12-26 Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival Multiple venues throughout the Valley 603-753-9366 In its 21st year!
17-19 ASU DANCE TRANSITION PROJECTS II PEBE 132
17-19, 23-26 TITUS ANDRONICUS by William Shakespeare, Directed by Kristin Hunt ASU Lyceum Theatre "Revenge, betrayal, violence and one very disturbing pie make “Titus Andronicus” Shakespeare’s goriest work. It tells the story of a Roman general whose unyielding patriotism draws him into a bloody cycle of revenge that is simultaneously graphic, poetic, comic and bizarre. This multi-sensory production engages audiences with the sights, sounds, smells, and even the tastes of a deliciously grotesque tragedy."
17-19, 24-26 THE LIGHT RAIL PLAYS Rising Youth Theatre. Eight short plays will be performed on the trains and at the stops from Roosevelt to Camelback, starting at the Central/Roosevelt platform. Free, but please consider a $10 donation when you reserve. And yes you do have to purchase a Light Rail ticket! And I know that one of the plays features our very own Erika Hughes!
18-May 14 THE PROPELLER GROUP exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum "an artist team based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam—blurs the boundaries between fine art and media production. Two of the group’s members, Matt Lucero, and Tuan Andrew Nguyen, studied at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California with Daniel Joseph Martinez. Along with Phunam, the third member, they share an interest in globalized street culture and a background in filmmaking. With this training, they operate as both an artist collective and a production company named TPG. Their ambitious projects are frequently anchored in Vietnam’s history or its current dynamics as a growing capitalist market, and yet they extend to address global phenomena, whether international commerce, the tools of war, or shared traditions across cultures. Working in innovative ways, The Propeller Group has developed a model that merges collaborative, conceptual art practices—partially steeped in the politically inflected artwork of the 1990s—with the forms and methods of popular media today."
19 TheatreLAB-A WAKE OF VULTURES by MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Brandon Riley FAC 133 $10 "Three electronics department employees must make critical life choices after learning they will be laid off when their store closes." TheatreLAB is a series of staged readings of new and original works in development. All proceeds from ticket sales go toward a scholarship fund for ASU theater students.
21 SHAOLIN WARRIORS: THE LEGEND CONTINUES Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm $20-$40
23-25 THE CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS MFA Theatre Design candidate Mahya Ravazi designs "an immersive, devised work celebrating Iranian music, culture, and poetry through movement, multi-media, and storytelling." Based on Persian epic by Farid ud-Din Attar. Directed by Rachel Bowditch 7 & 9pm at Unexpected Gallery, 734 W. Polk St. Phoenix. Only 30 people admitted for each show $10 Reserve Details
23-26 CANAL CONVERGENCE Scottsdale Public Art and Salt River Project present Canal Convergence Art + Water + Light. "This annual event offers interactive artworks by local and international artists, hands-on activities, live music and performances at the Scottsdale Waterfront between Scottsdale and Goldwater roads. four days of eight large-scale, contemporary public art installations positioned in the Arizona Canal, along its banks and soaring in the skies above. Throughout the evenings of Canal Convergence, Scottsdale Public Art will present a range of educational activities and engaging events, as well as live music and performances. Visitors can look forward to artist-guided mural painting, installation-themed workshops, all-level dance workshops, an outdoor dance performance at dusk and, new for 2017, a series of artist talks. Live music from local bands will be featured each night at Soleri Plaza, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings will feature a beer and wine garden with beer by Two Brothers Brewing of Scottsdale."
25-26 The 7 Fingers of the Hand (Les 7 doigts de la main) present CUISINE & CONFESSIONS. Montreal-based company founded in 2002 " bring circus to a human scale, placing the extraordinary element of circus in ordinary contexts. The company’s virtuoso performers fuse traditional circus arts, such as hoops, trapeze, teeterboard and juggling, with dance, theater and comedy." Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. ASU students can usually get free tickets but call to make sure.
24-March 11 PHOTOGRAPH 51 by Anna Zeigler SW Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center "An intriguing portrait of British scientist Rosalind Franklin and her often overlooked role in the discovery of DNA’s double helix structure. This complex tale explores how Franklin, a smart, stubborn, and courageous woman, operated in a field dominated by men. A balance of the historical, romantic, and scientific, Photograph 51 is a touching human play of ideas and relationships."
24-26 THE TRUTH OF THE MATTER IS... ("a provocative work focused on the dialectics of being black and educated") by Michael Alexander and THE YEAR I WENT DARK ("A PTSD thriller") by Kyra Jackson. Two new works by two MFA Performance candidates as their Applied Projects FAC 133 7pm. Details Tickets
24-26 A VILLAGE FABLE by James Still. Directed by Jamie Macpherson as part of her MFA Applied Project in Theatre for Young Audiences. "a musical fairytale with a darker underside" On the steps of the Galvin Plaza (the pyramid behind the FAC). 7pm on 24-25 and also 2:30 on 25-26. Free! but reserve.
23-26 THE MAGIC FLUTE Mozart ASU Lyric Opera Theatre
25 EMERGE: a festival of futures. ASU Tempe University Club and Piper lawn. 3-9pm "an annual transmedia art, science and technology festival designed to engage diverse publics in the creative exploration of our possible futures. The festival’s 2017 theme is Frankenstein, a 200-year old novel that still motivates us to think critically about our creative agency and scientific responsibility. This year EMERGE invites visitors into a house of wonder filled with speculative technologies, fortune tellers, music and film, and performative experiments that blur the boundaries between art and science. The festival revisits the past in order to reframe our sense of the present and inspire imagination of plausible futures, and asks what we can learn today by looking at emerging science and technology through the lens of art.
Held concurrently with Night of the Open Door, during which ASU invites the public into its laboratories and studios, EMERGE focuses a critical eye on the future implications research taking place on campus and around the world. Visit us at the University Club and the Piper Lawn February 25th, from 3-9PM for installations and performances designed for all ages." Register
26-March 12 THE YELLOW BOAT by David Saar. Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts "A Scandinavian folksong tells of three little boats: "One was blue, one was red and one was yellow as the sun. They sailed far out to sea. The blue one returned to the harbor. The red one sailed home, too. But the yellow boat sailed up to the sun." Based on a true story, The Yellow Boat tells the story of a young artist named Benjamin. Born with hemophilia, Benjamin died of AIDS-related complications in 1987 at the age of 8. The play celebrates the creative spirit of all children. Through his art, Benjamin is able to express his joys and his fears. In doing so, he navigates his journey, leading his family, friends, doctors, and the audience through this amazing, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, always heartfelt experience. This iconic, multi-award-winning play was first produced by Childsplay in 1992 and changed the face of children’s theatre across America. In honor of the company’s 40th anniversary season, we celebrate Benjamin’s remarkable voyage by sharing it with today’s audiences."
2-5 YOU CAN'T CRY WHILE DRINKING (COFFEE) by Tess Galibiati. Binary Theatre Company at Prism in APMA building
3-5 RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE AZ Opera "Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Zane Grey, Riders of the Purple Sage will be the first world premiere produced by Arizona Opera. Follow this Wild West adventure through the sweeping vistas and massive canyons of the Southwest, brought to life by the vibrant work of world-renowned Arizona artist, Ed Mell."
4 IT'S SO LEARNING by The Beserker Residents ASU Gammage Beyond 7pm "the seventh show from the comedic trio, The Berserker Residents. The show will push and pull you down a crazy, twisting, hilarious and terrifying path of self-reflection that asks the question, “Why do we go to school?” , You’ll be handed a backpack full of the supplies you need to survive inside the classroom; you’ll be hauled through the quizzes, grades, bullies, praises, graded again and hopefully you’ll graduate. Don’t be tardy as a faculty of eccentrics is taking attendance. Prepare for anything in this interactive classroom experience. If off the beaten path is where you like to go and ironic, brilliant and just plain wacky humor is your thing, The Berserker Residents are a can’t miss experience. IT’S SO LEARNING will take you on a hilarious, awkward and insightful trip through the familiar absurdities called adolescence and public school."
10-25 NATIVE SON by Richard Wright, adapted for stage by Nambi E. Kelley Stray Cat Theatre at Black Theatre Troupe's Helen K. Mason Theatre "Suffocating in rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s, 20-year-old Bigger Thomas struggles to find a place for himself in a world whose prejudice has shut him out. After taking a job in a wealthy white man's house, Bigger unwittingly unleashes a series of events that violently and irrevocably seal his fate. Adapted with theatrical ingenuity by Chicago's Nambi E. Kelley, Richard Wright's iconic novel about oppression, freedom, and justice bursts to life on stage in this ground-breaking and shattering new adaptation The Chicago Tribune hailed as “…gutsy, powerful, relentless, profoundly disturbing.” *note: this show contains violence, adult language and situations and would likely land an R rating.
10-19 SOME VELVET MORNING by the always provocative Neil LaBute. Tempe Center for the Arts. Directed by Ralph Remington and featuring the new TCA Theatre Company. " explores the nuances of gender relationships by creating a powerful work of sharp and subtle contrasts"
18 Disrupt FEST "live mashup, no boundaries" Tempe Center for the Arts
14-19 FINDING NEVERLAND ASU Gammage Directed by Diane Paulus "tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie leaves his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event."
15-19 TO SLEEP TO DREAM by Earfilms Mesa Arts Center. Times vary $40 A live aural performance in which the audience is blindfolded. "cinematic storytelling with 3D sound to created a minds-eye movie"
17-18 GAMES WE PLAY by Evan Carson. Binary Theatre Company at Prism in APMA building
18 URBAN SOL Nelson Fine Arts Plaza, ASU Tempe
18 projectWALK at Rio Salado Restoration Habitat. Museum of Walking a 90-minute contemplative walk $25/students $15 8 & 9am
19 WONDERWANDER MFA Theatre for Young Audiences candidate Amanda Pintore's Applied Project. "a dance performance for the very young-wonderwander honors the creative interests of very young children (ages 0-5) through moments of surprise, audience participation, whimsical movement, and tactile investigation of props and objects. The choreography is directly inspired by dance research conducted with very young children and their caregivers in fall 2016." Dancers: Sharon McCaman, Anya Hernandez, Amanda Pintore. Musicians: Megyn Neff, Jordan Tompkins. Production Manager/Set Designer: Jeff Sachs ASU FAC 122 5&6:30pm Free but reserve
23-24 ASU DANCE GRADUATE PROJECTS PEBE 132
24-April 2 MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus , ASU Galvin Playhouse
"The thrill seeker. The hunter. The young, naive adventurer. The old, quiet war vet. The one-armed captain. The alpha male who thinks he should be captain. In 1869, ten men in four boats set out on an expedition to map the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Based on John Wesley Powell’s journals chronicling the trip, “Men on Boats” retells this adventurous story of masculinity, ambition and legacy with a cast consisting of no cisgender male actors."
24-April 8 PRIDE @ PREJUDICE by Jane Austen and adapted by Daniel Elihu Kramer. SW Shakes at Mesa Arts Center "In this romantic deconstruction of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Pride and Prejudice is playfully reinvented with modern-day characters stepping outside of Austen’s 19th century England to talk, google and tweet about the novel’s contents. Populated with many of the novel’s personalities, as well as Jane herself, this version is a fresh re-imagining of one of the world’s most popular love stories, delivered with humor, wit, and sass"
25-April 2 INTERRUPTING VANESSA by Colleen Neuman Childsplay
30-31 ASU DANCE UNDERGRAD PROJECTS PEBE 132
30 HENRY ROLLINS at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts $30. Presented by Out@SMOCA 6pm "Henry Rollins is a punk legend, Renaissance man and outspoken human rights activist. He joins us to discuss social justice and equality.The ticketed talk will be followed by a free reception where signed copies of his book will be raffled to benefit the Phoenix Pride Scholarship Fund."
31-April 1-2 THE ELIAS-RODRIGUEZ PROJECT Applied project of MFA Performance candidate Elisa Gonzales "Set against the backdrop of Tempe’s Elias-Rodriguez House, this all-female cast will take the audience on a personal and historical journey through time and inner space" Details
31-April 15 HUGHIE by Eugene O'Neill iTheatre Collaborative.
1 DEAREST HOME Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion. ASU Gammage Beyond. 7pm "MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship awardee, choreographer and dance artist Kyle Abraham comes to ASU Gammage for the first time with DEAREST HOME (working title), an interactive dance focused on Love and Loving. Abraham’s beautiful, visceral, and unique signature choreography is alive and well in this moving and lush set of mostly solos and duets generated in conversation and collaboration with people of many ages and subcultures. DEAREST HOME interweaves movement, in its most vulnerable or intimate state with an interest in cross-cultural conversation and community action to create an open dialogue on how different demographics view and converse on topics rooted in love and the absence of love. Kyle Abraham is simply one of the most compelling artists creating dance works today. His rare gift lies in the ability to be completely relevant, exciting and moving through the language of dance...a movement poet, a visceral social commentator...for any audience. He is changing the idea of what dance performance is and can be for people from all walks of life."
1 ConVIXtions MFA Performance candidate Vickie Hall's applied project "Explore food as a gesture made up of one part clown, one part dinner and all wrapped up in some really delicious theatre" Details
1 AN EVENING WITH NEIL GAIMAN Mesa Arts Center 8pm $35-$65 The writer will tell stories and read stories.
2 LOVE: AN OPERA IN ONE ACT New Works Reading music by Ellen Reid, Llibretto by Roxie Perkins. Produced by Beth Morrison (an ASU grad and a major producer of new opera in NY) 6pm ASU Lyric Opera Theatre at Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale
3 REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE FilmBar Phoenix 7pm. Our own Prof. Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILMSCHOOL screening with introduction, lecture, discussion. The classic Nicholas Ray film, starring James Dean
5-23 THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, Book by David Thompson; Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Black Theatre Troupe. "Set in 1933 the legend of the Scottsboro Boys has been realized as a poignant and powerful musical. The Black Theatre Troupe and Phoenix Theatre join forces to present this powerful story of racial injustice that even today demands that its voice be heard. Before the Central Park Five, Rubin “Hurricane” Carter,The Black Panthers, and Geronimo Pratt, there were the Scottsboro Boys. No other crime in American history – let alone a crime that never occurred – is seen as the landmark set of legal cases stemming from racism that set legal precedent for every citizen to have the right to a fair trial-a fitting and enduring legacy for these nine young Black men. Nine lives that mattered."
6 THE ENDGAME PROJECT documentary film chronicling production of Beckett's play, featuring Dan Moran and Chris Jones, two talented film and stage actors who live with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). The film follows Dan and Chris through rehearsals, doctor visits, physical therapy, and the challenges of daily life, culminating in their performance of the play (one uniquely suited to their circumstances) off-Broadway. TheEndgame Project: The Arts, Humanities, and Neurodegenerative Care is a day of events in downtown Phoenix: a panel discussion, reception, film screening, and Q&A session with actors and filmmakers. VIP reception at 5:30, screening at 6:30, Q & A at 8:00. Armstrong Great Hall of the new Beus Center for Law and Society, ASU Downtown
6 SLASHER GIRL staged reading of MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Paco José Madden's applied project. FAC 131 6:30pm
7-9, 13-15 THE OPPOSITE OF DOWN (tentative title) by Tony Potts Binary Theatre Company at Prism in APMA building
7-9 CINDERELLA by Gioachino Rossini at AZ Opera in Italian with English supertitles
8-16 THE GRUMPIEST BOY IN THE WORLD by Finegan Kruckemeyer, at Childsplay
14-24 HABOOB by MFA candidate Marvin González De León, Directed by Xanthia Walker
ASU Tempe FAC/Studio 133 "When Vago’s absent father sends him on a quest to find his inheritance buried in the desert along the U.S./Mexico border, he hopes to find financial stability and leave his failures behind. But his mamá and his ex-girlfriend each feel they deserve the inheritance and follow after him into a haboob. From strange encounters with a drunken gravedigger to getting advice from a talking skeleton, anything is possible in this work of a magical realism, a world premiere by ASU MFA playwright Marvin González De León."
15 THE SOURCE PROJECT MFA Directing candidate Phil Weaver-Stoesz' applied project. "Reconnecting ourselves to our planet. A devised show built through collaborations between artists and sustainability researchers" Details
18-23 AN AMERICAN IN PARIS with songs by George and Ira Gershwin. Directed/choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. ASU Gammage
20-23 SHREK THE MUSICAL Music: Jeanine Tesori, Book and lyrics: David Lindsey-Abaire. ASU Lyric Opera Theatre
20-29 WITTENBERG 2017 by David Davalos. SW Shakespeare at Taleisin West's Pavilion Theater,
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale (480) 627-5340 "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. Local critics and patrons alike found Wittenberg to be entertaining and intellectually satisfying in equal measure – a definite theatrical feat!"
20 PAUL TAYLOR'S AMERICAN MODERN DANCE 7:30pm Mesa Arts Center $20-$50 the most mainstream of American choreographers, but I suppose if you've never seen his work...
21-23 ASU DANCE ANNUAL ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse
23-May 21 WONDERLAND: ALICE’S ROCK & ROLL ADVENTURE Book and Lyrics by Rachel Rockwell, Music by Michael Mahler, Based on Lewis Carroll’s books "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Lookingglass" Childsplay
24 MUSICAL THEATRE SHOWCASE ASU Lyric Opera Theatre at Phoenix Theatre 8pm
28-May 13 HIR by Taylor Mac. Stray Cat. The NY production was very strong, and I know Stray Cat will live up to that. Everything Taylor does is unique, amazing, and deeply revealing. This family drama about gender transitioning (and all sorts of transitions) manages to be both very funny and very sad, presenting the audience with a dramaturgical and emotional dilemma.
28 ASU SoFDT Annual Film Capstones Galvin Playhouse
29 ASU DANCE COME AS YOU ARE BALL PEBE Lobby
29 OPERA SCENES PERFORMANCE ASU Lyric Opera Theatre 7:30pm Music Bldg EB2-94
4-October TO BE THIRTEEN photographs by Betsy Schneider Phoenix Art Museum "In 2012, photographer Betsy Schneider embarked on a project to explore the experience of being thirteen. Traveling around the United States, the Guggenheim grant recipient chronicled the lives of 250 13-year-olds, creating still portraits and video documentation of each. “I began with my daughter, her friends and other children I already knew. From there I reached out through my own social networks, schools, clubs and other organizations,” says Schneider. The resulting body of work creates a rich portrait of a group of Americans whose lives began at the turn of the millennium and who are coming of age now."
5-6 5th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities. ASU'S Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship presents in collaboration with the UW-Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration. The theme of the 2017 symposium is: “Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities.” Participants will explore the nature of arts entrepreneurial action in community settings and modes of interaction between artists and their communities. Framed by an interactive workshop on Critical Response Process led by Liz Lerman and John Borstel, and anchored by a keynote speech by Cartlon Turner, founding executive director of Alternate Roots, the symposium will also include concurrent sessions on theory, practice and pedagogy for arts entrepreneurship in, with, and for communities A call for submissions and registration information will be posted in September 2016.