Fall 2013 Valley of the Sun Culture Calendar
A highly selective selection, compiled by Jeff McMahon
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All ASU School of Film, Dance, and 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.
Binary Theatre a student run, ASU School of Film, Dance, and Theatre supported effort at creating new work. Check site for their deadlines for proposals, events, etc. Located at the Prism Theatre at the Cornerstone. 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, and Theatre, the Office of the President, and the Mexican Consulate General in Phoenix.
Gammage/ASU Presents (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 Dance Performances, unless noted, held at PE East 132 (advance tickets at Galvin b.o.) (480) 965-6447
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.
ASU School of Art has several galleries with regularly scheduled exhibits of student work
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 minute by car from Tempe)
Borderlands Theater, Tucson (90 minute 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, coordinated by the delightful and multi-talented Tania Katan. Lit Lounge, Arm Wrestling for Art, Film screenings, Good n'Plenty grants.
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)
Actors Theatre of Phoenix usually at Herberger Theatre downtown
Arizona Theatre Company presents in Phoenix and Tucson
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 132 E. 6th Street in Downtown Tempe.
Nearly Naked Theatre (602) 254-2151
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 manged by ASU graduate 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
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.
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 (applications due February).
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 (and our grad student Marcelino Quinonez is one of the forces behind it!) 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 chain operates the Valley Art on Mill Ave in Tempe and Camelview 5 in Scottsdale which both show independent and foreign films not shown elsewhere
AZ IndiaIndian cultural events and Indian/Bollywood films shown locally
And the most recent film venue in Phoenix FilmBar on Roosevelt Row. Films you can't see anywhere else. Great place!
No FestivalRequired. Steve Weiss' ongoing series of exhibitions of short films, new video work, etc. Various Locations
Speaking of film, join the ASU Film Association/AFA. You can advertise your cast, crew, tech, artistic needs, and also put yourself out there as an actor, director, designer, etc.
ASU School of Art's Live Art Platform, overseen by the incredible Angela Ellsworth, provides a venue for artists of all disciplines to present their work in front of an informal audience of mostly students, faculty, and adventurous members of the Arizona State University community. We are an experimental laboratory providing artists with a friendly environment in which to try out works-in-progress, completed pieces, or performance experiments. LAP is hosted by the Intermedia program in the School of Art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. We encourage everyone to participate: ASU students, faculty, staff, as well as members of the broader community. There are no audition requirements, no curators, or professors screening the works. If you wish to participate all you have to do is send an email to the following address:firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Ice House http://www.theicehouseaz.com in downtown Phoenix for site specific and visual art installations
429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ 85003
Theatre supports the local economy! So does supporting locally-based businesses.
Check Goldstar for significant ticket discounts
Speaking of business, check out Prof. Linda Essig's blog on creative infrastructure and arts entrepreurship as well as the SOTF p.a.v.e program in arts entrepreneurship.
Help our environment (and your own sanity); use public transporation. Take advantage of Valley Metro/Light Rail
17-22 DISORIENTATION The yearly SNL-like revue with sketches, songs, comedy/drama and slam poetry. ASU students talk about dealing with life at ASU. Funny, revealing, an absolute must-see for new students (and returning). Various times. Check with director Pam Sterling or look at the flyers for all the times. This show travels to every ASU campus!
16-25 Maybe the Next Great Playwright Festival Theatre Artists Studio
ongoing through next June THIS IS NOT AMERICA: RESISTANCE PROTEST, AND POETICS. ASU Art Museum. Curated by Julio César Morales with assistance from ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Master Degree student Indira Garcia. Part 1: Aug. 12-Nov. 9. " the intersection of art and social change through the lens of the ASU Art Museum’s collection in conversation with emerging and established artists. Works are paired as a form of call and response in order to create a dialogue around current issues related to protest and poetic gestures within the aesthetics of resistance. The exhibition title takes a cue from Alfredo Jaar’s seminal 1987 public art video intervention at Times Square in New York City, A Logo for America, a three-part video animation that plays off the notions of “America” and its relationship to citizenship, homeland and borders.
Part 1 explores the power dynamics and political implications of oppression. From the ASU Art Museum collection comes a haunting watercolor by one of Cuba’s most important collectives, Los Carpinteros. The name Los Carpinteros derives from the historical term for skilled slave laborers. The collective has developed a body of work that pushes the boundaries between art and craft and between fact and fiction. Dominar Bestias/How to Dominate Beasts is an illustrative study that poses the question: Who is the dominator? And who is the beast? Responding to Los Carpinteros’ work is musician and visual artist Paul Rucker with an animation video titled Proliferation (2013). A word that can refer to healing of a wound through rapid growth of new cells, Proliferation explores the evolution of prisons in the United States through an animated series of colored dots indicating location and number of prisons from 1778-2005. The incarcerated are a relatively invisible aspect of American society, while a recent Pew Research Center report found that “one in 100 U.S. adults are currently in prison’. And ‘one in 31 Americans—more than five million people—were on probation or parole. The United States leads the world in number of people behind bars with 2,245,189. (2008-10)" Artists include Facundo Arganaraz, Sandow Birk, Los Carpinteros, Juan Capristan, Enrique Chagoya, Binh Danh, Kota Ezawa, Eamon Ore-Giron, George Grosz, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Jon Haddock, Alfredo Jaar, Michael Lucero, Carrie Marrill, Sanaz Mazinani, Ranu Mukherjee, Georgia O'Keeffe, Gina Osterloh, Raymond Pettibon, Michele Pred, Ken Price, Jerome Reyes, Paul Rucker, Rene Francisco Rodriguez, Fernando Rodriguez, Lorna Simpson and Adriana Varejão
21 ROCK MY RELIGION. 7pm. Dan Graham's legendary film. Phoenix Art Museum screening, sponsored by Lisa Sette Gallery. Graham’s meditation on the relation between religion and rock music in contemporary culture formulates a history that begins with the Shakers, an early religious community who practiced self-denial and ecstatic trance dances. With the “reeling and rocking” of religious revivals as his point of departure, Graham analyzes the emergence of rock music as religion with the teeange consumer in the isolated milieu of 1950s suburbia. The music and philosophies of Patti Smith, who made explicit the trope that rock is religion, are his focus. Free! 1 hour.
23 7pm LIT LOUNGE at the SMOCA Lounge. "Featuring writer/performer Kelly Carlin (yep, daughter of George Carlin), author and Huffington Post contributor Dani Modisett and more." This reading series, curated by Tania Katan, is one of the great events in the Valley (full disclosure, I have been presented twice as part of the series). Writers from all over read their work, with musical interludes. Tania puts together a tight and satisfying evening. These events tend to sell out very early! Get on her email list! Taniak@sccarts.org
24-Sept. 15 A DEVIL INSIDE by David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by Damon Dering at Nearly Naked Theatre Company. "Author of Fuddy Meers, Wonder of the World, Kimberly Akimbo and Rabbit Hole: Murder, gore and psychosis, all purposeful and funny, keep the House laughing for two hours! Imagine Jules Feiffer channeling Lewis Carroll and you'll get some idea of Lindsay-Abaire's indescribably wacky play, which blends elements of Greek tragedy, Russian Literature and millennial angst into one effectively paranoiac pastiche! It's Gene's 21st birthday, and his mother's gift is to finally tell him that his father was gruesomely murdered, and that he must leave the Laundromat and set out on a quest to avenge him! What follows is an undeniably crazy misadventure that may or may not bring the world crashing down around him. RECOMMENDED FOR MATURE AUDIENCES: MAY OR MAY NOT CONTAIN ADULT LANGUAGE, SEVERED LIMBS, NUDITY, PARANOIAC THEMES, UNHOLY WALLPAPER, UNDERAGE TOBACCO USE AND/OR OBSCURE REFERENCES TO RUSSIAN LITERATURE."
25 1pm THE MATRIX. Phoenix Art Museum. Free screening FREE for Museum Members, $5 Non-members. The Matrix is being shown in conjunction with The Art of Video Games on view – September 29
28 7pm Sundance Film Festival Short Films: Best of 2013. Phoenix Art Museum $7 for Members, $10 for Non-members. "A roller coaster mix of drama and comedy, the Sundance Film Festival Short Films program is a 93-minute collection of eight short films from the 2013 edition of the Festival. Vibrant storytelling highlights the group, including fiction, documentary and animation, with five award-winners. With no rules, the short film serves as a proving ground for young filmmakers to make their mark and for established filmmakers to take risks in story and style. Runtime: 93 minutes."
closing Sept 1 STOCKED: CONTEMPORARY ART FROM THE GROCERY AISLES. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Free all dayThursdays and Fri/Sat evenings! Haven't seen this show yet, but have heard very good things about it. Also closing on Sept. 1 DAVID MAISEL/BLACK MAPS: AMERICAN LANDSCAPE AND THE APOCALYPTIC SUBLIME
through Sept. 1 Theatre Works in Peoria presents New Works. Including a play by our very own MFA candidate, Kirt Shineman, August 30-September 1: GERMS AND VIRUSES, Directed by Richard Hardt "Follow the story of a Middle East revolution and a blogger who writes about it. This new play will give you insight on facing the realities of a media-based society…sound familiar?"
30-31 1ST BASE Presented by Binary Theatre, the student-run theatre at ASU's School of Film, Dance, and Theatre.
closing Sept. 22 SMOCA, LEARNING TO SEE: JOSEF ALBERS AND THE INTERACTION OF COLOR
In his publication, The Interaction of Color, artist and teacher Josef Albers argued that there is no way to understand colors except in relationship to one another. A radical departure from conventional art education when first published in 1963, Albers’s book is now considered a classic. This installation of selections from SMoCA’s permanent collection celebrates the artist’s legacy and the 50th anniversary of his seminal publication.
1 1pm INDIE GAME: THE MOVIE Phoenix Art Museum. FREE for Museum Members, $5 Non-members." the first feature documentary film about making video games. It looks specifically at the underdogs of the video game industry, indie game developers, who sacrifice money, health and sanity to realize their lifelong dreams of sharing their visions with the world. After two years of painstaking work, designer Edmund McMillen and programmer Tommy Refenes await the release of their first major game for Xbox, “Super Meat Boy” —the adventures of a skinless boy in search of his girlfriend, who is made of bandages. At PAX, a major video-game expo, developer Phil Fish unveils his highly anticipated, four-years-in-the-making “FEZ”. Jonathan Blow considers beginning a new game after creating “Braid”, one of the highest-rated games of all time. Four developers, three games, and one ultimate goal— to express oneself through a video game. Official selection of Sundance 2012 and SXSW 2012. Named one of the best 10 films at Sundance by Wired, Entertainment Weekly, and Paste Magazine. One of the best reviewed films of 2012 on Rotten Tomatoes. Runtime: 96 min
4 7pm TALES OF MASKED MEN Phoenix Art Museum. a documentary about the colorful, fascinating and mysterious world of lucha libre — Mexican wrestling — and was an official selection of over 20 film festivals. Shot in Mexico and the United States and filled with the passion and excitement that defines its subject, the film explores the history of lucha libre and what has made this eighty-year-old phenomenon endure. In Spanish and English with English subtitles. FREE.
4 7pm School of Communications (ASU Tempe) presents monthly series (first Wed of every month) CIVIL DIALOGUE (CD) a structured format for public dialogue that provides a tool to build bridges across the chasm of public viewpoints. CD can be used in multiple contexts to help people communicate in civil and productive ways, especially when they face “hot topics” and need to employ “cool heads.” In a Civil Dialogue session, volunteer participants consider a provocative statement and have the opportunity to embody a position on the statement ranging from “agree strongly” to “disagree strongly.” Participants are asked to follow guidelines for civility that are explained by the facilitator. The dialogue is then extended to the broader audience who are encouraged to respond with their own opinions and questions. CD was developed by John Genette in 2004 and he, Jennifer Linde and Clark Olson continue to develop the format at ASU.
Empty Space Theatre at APLA Building at Rural/University
6-7 8pm JEFF KENNEDY: "STILL MYSELF" a cabaret-style evening, benefit for iTheatre Collaborative. Kax Stage, Herberger Theatre.
6 GOOD N'PLENTY ARTIST GRANT PRESENTATIONS. 7pm. SMOCA Lounge. "A community-generated grant supporting Arizona creatives. Guests enjoy sweet treats from Essence Bakery, coffee from Cartel Coffee Lab, watch artists present their ideas, and then vote for their favorite! This grant is comprised of Good ‘N Plenty and Grocery Bagging for Art ticket sales. Scottsdale Public Art will match funds raised by the community’s ticket sales as part of a new initiative: SPARK Grants." A great way to see who's working on what.
6 6-9pm ASU Art Museum's Combine Studio, in downtown Phoenix, hosts the opening of International Artist Residency by Bassim Al-Shaker, the Baghdad-based artist who represented Iraq at the Venice Biennale. 821 N. Third St. in downtown Phoenix.
6-21 THE ODYSSEY. Southwest Shakespeare Company. Mesa Arts Center. Adapted by Charlie Bethel from the Epic Poem by Homer. "Shipwrecks, sirens, and mythical creatures meet adventure, magic, and revenge! Acclaimed solo artist Charlie Bethel (Beowulf) re-imagines Homer's famous epic story in a faithful yet accessible format for those who slept through Greek Liturature. Voyage across land and sea, through the underworld, to the top of Mt. Olympus with the brave and courageous hero, Odysseus, as he valiantly seeks his homeland and the arms of his wife and child. Don’t miss this thrilling epic adventure - suitable for most audiences."
7 BRAZILIAN DAY IN ARIZONA.Presented by Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and Afro:Baile Records. 1-6pm " annual celebration of Brazil’s Independence Day through music, dance, martial arts, cuisine and more. Suitable for all ages, this family-friendly festival showcases a variety of live performances and educational programs, including authentic Brazilian bands, DJs, dancers and instructors. Visitors have the opportunity to learn about Brazil's rich cultural heritage and to enjoy its infectious energy and spirit. Join us in the park as we celebrate the arts, love, freedom and Independence Day the Brazilian way!"
9 6pm UNDERWORLD U.S. The 1961 Sam Fuller film presented by ASU Center for Film and Media Culture at North Valley Regional Library (40410 N Gavilan Peak Pkwy) waaaay out in Anthem
8-Oct. 6 weekends ROBIN HOOD at Childsplay. Tempe Center for the Arts.
10 WALKING THE DINOSAUR: BUILDING T. REX FOR JURASSIC PARK Marston Exploration Theater, ISTB4 building, ASU Tempe 6:15pm Co-hosted by the Center for Film, Media and Popular Culture and the Center for Science and the Imagination. "Ever wonder how they made the dinosaurs so scary for Jurassic Park? Join Michael Trcic, lead special effects artist of the T. Rex for Jurassic Park, as he discusses the journey of creation, from concept to life-size working model and the unplanned fate of the creature. He will also talk about his experiences working as a paleo-artist for a National Geographic documentary as well as working with horror and science fiction greats Sam Raimi, George Romero and James Cameron." Free but RSVP
12 7-8:45PM SPECLFIC 1.9 ASU Tempe Marston Theatre. Screening of Adriene Jenik's new film which imagines the near future of the public research university. The project embraces the limitless human potential made possible through computer-enabled global network connectivity, even as it considers the cultural impact of new levels of control made possible through these very networks and protocols. Presented by Institute for Humanities Research.
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13 DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION TO IGNITE PHOENIX #15 Info (Event will happen October 18 at SCPA.)
13 ReMix/ReMaster opening celebration at Mesa Arts Center. Including our very own Rachel Bowditch's Vessel Company performing an Urban Renaissance event 5-9.
13-14 ORANGE THEATRE COMPANY'S UNTITLED (AS YET) NEW WORK-IN-PROGRESS. 8pm Inspired by Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING, but giving it the OT treatment. Downtown Phoenix at Levine Machine, 605 E Grant St. Suite 98. Dynamic and very promising company, almost all of them ASU alums!
13-22 WEDDING BAND by Alice Childress. Directed by David Hemphill. Black Theatre Troupe. "the story of an interracial affair in 1918. Near the end of World War 1, Julia a black woman and Herman a Jewish baker are deeply in love. They have been together for 10 years, despite the very real threat of arrest and criminal punishment under the laws of South Carolina for any interracial couple who marry or live together." BTT has a wonderful new theatre in downtown Phoenix at 1333 East Washington right on the Light Rail line!
15 1pm CLANDESTINE CHILDHOOD. Phoenix Art Museum screening. In Spanish with English subtitles. Rated R for violence and language. $7 for Members, $10 for Non-members. "Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, Juan (12) and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan's parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are being tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture and even death is constant. However, Juan's daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly and easily integrates into his new environment. His friends at school and the girl he has a gigantic crush on, Maria, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget, since his family's survival is at stake. Juan accepts this and follows all of his parents' rules until one day he is told that they need to move again immediately, and leave his friends and Maria behind without an explanation. This is a story about militancy, undercover life, and love. The story of a clandestine childhood."
17-22 PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at ASU Gammage Do I need to tell you what it's about? A juke box musical, which normally I would have no interest in, but somehow this just seems to perfect to pass up in Phoenix.
18 WHY WE LAUGH: FUNNY WOMEN Presented by Project Humanities and SOFTD A film about women and humour. Narrated by Joan Rivers and followed by a discussion with screenwriter/ASU Professor Bambi Haggins, Ph.D. Coor Hall L-174 6-8:30pm FREE. This feature-length documentary takes an uncensored look into the lives of female stand-up comedians. Funny Women includes interviews with some of the most prominent female voices in comedy and entertainment, enriched by live performance footage from female comedians working today. Funny Women sheds light on the legacy of the female comedian and the dedication, courage, and passion required to be successful in a male-dominated stand-up comedy business. These women have broken the mold and created a new and more inclusive landscape that expands beyond the comedy club stage
18 7pm PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER. Phoenix Art Museum screening sponsored by Lisa Sette Gallery. Free! 90 minutes. "On February 21, 2012, members of Pussy Riot stormed the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and sang a self-penned punk anthem. In less than a minute, church officials escorted them out and days later, three of them were arrested. Denied bail, they were tried in a well-publicized case and, on August 17, 2012, were found guilty of hooliganism and religious hatred and sentenced to two years in a penal colony. An official selection of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, where it received the World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for Punk Spirit, Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer tells their story with exclusive interviews and unprecedented access courtroom footage. Phoenix Art Museum is one of the first screenings of this documentary in the United States."
20 FALL FANTANGO FETE. Alwun House "An exuberant festive world-beat wood floor dance party. Performances by Stefano Pappalardo and Susan Marquez, Traditional and Nuevo Tango; Katrina Rainsong and Nathan Machutta, Acro-Tango; Opendance, Tangled Spanish dance mix; Step Raptis, Hip Hop Funk; and the alternative gypsy band, Of The Earth. Enticing beat-duo; DJ Musa and pulsating Afro-Cuban conguero, Pedro Saucedo. Kick-back for a lively evening of urban conviviality, seductive rhythms, and optional rustic Italian buffet by “Denise is Cooking.” 7pm-12am." $10-$20
20-October 6 BECKY SHAW by Gina Gionfriddo. Theatre Artists Studio
20-Oct. 5 THE FLICK by Annie Baker. Directed by Ron May at Stray Cat. "A play for movie lovers about movie lovers. In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, THE FLICK is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. “Funny, heartbreaking, sly and unblinking. THE FLICK may be the best argument anyone yet has made for the continued necessity, and profound uniqueness, of theater.” – New York Magazine"
20 & 22 THE GIRL WHO FELL THROUGH THE HOLE IN HER SWEATER Binary Theatre Company A play for young audiences
21 7pm THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHOW AZ This month's theme: "Periodic Table of the Elements" A monthly, multi-genre, age-integrated presentation of creative performances on a central theme taken from an ACTUAL encyclopedia. Each local contributor is assigned a specific subset of the central theme on which to write and perform. The piece should demonstrate a bit of exposition of their particular subset, though the story/poem/monologue/song/video/shadow-puppet theatre need not be based on actual facts. Quirkiness and creativity is welcomed, as are fashionable falsehoods. The Encyclopedia Show is also a world-wide event, started in Chicago by Robbie Q and Shanny Jean, it now encompasses at least a dozen cities! Empty Space in Tempe, sponsored by The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. The creative team includes: Nick Klemp, Michelle Hill, Brandon Ferderer, Andy Stone, Eric Dern.
24 Banned Plays Reading series, curated by our own Mary Stephens, begins with UBU ROI by Alfred Jarry. PHX Hostel & Cultural Center, 1026 N. 9th St Phoenix. 7-9pm $5 wine/snacks. "Banned Plays Public Reading Series brings together a diverse group of artists/scholars/community members to read plays with controversial themes and/or that have been censored in the public sphere. We open each reading with a local musican, wine, and a public scholar to give a context for the play. Living in a critical historical moment of Arizona, when books/plays have been banned, it is more important than ever to create space for art, politics, and public discourse."
27-Oct. 6 THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER. Created by Punctum (MFA Performance cohort) A mind-bending work of surrealism by resident Master of Fine Arts company Punctum, The Fall of the House of Escher explores the worlds of Edgar Allen Poe, M. C. Escher and quantum mechanics through the lens of interactive performance. World premiere. ASU Tempe Lyceum Theatre. Free to HIDA students who reserve in advance.
27 LIT LOUNGE at SMOCA 7pm. " Featuring Off-Broadway solo performer Lan Tran, Comedy Central stage performer Matt Price, solo performer Tania Katan and a VERY special Musical Guest: Adrianne Gonzalez, whose music has been heard on Grey’s Anatomy, One Tree Hill, and Pretty Little Liars!"
27-29 FUSE/NEW VOICES, NEW FORMS. New collaborative works by faculty, staff, guest artists, and students (grad and undergrad). Teams were given a theme and a box with objects inside, and from those prompts they are making 5-8 minute performances! ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse. Free to HIDA students who reserve in advance.
27-Oct. 12 THE EXONERATED by Jessica Blank & Erik Jensen iTheatre Collective at the Herberger Theatre. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, THE EXONERATED are the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. The six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it. $20
2 7pm School of Communications (ASU Tempe) presents monthly series (first Wed of every month) CIVIL DIALOGUE (CD) a structured format for public dialogue that provides a tool to build bridges across the chasm of public viewpoints. CD can be used in multiple contexts to help people communicate in civil and productive ways, especially when they face “hot topics” and need to employ “cool heads.” In a Civil Dialogue session, volunteer participants consider a provocative statement and have the opportunity to embody a position on the statement ranging from “agree strongly” to “disagree strongly.” Participants are asked to follow guidelines for civility that are explained by the facilitator. The dialogue is then extended to the broader audience who are encouraged to respond with their own opinions and questions. CD was developed by John Genette in 2004 and he, Jennifer Linde and Clark Olson continue to develop the format at ASU.
Empty Space Theatre at APLA Building at Rural/University
2-20 THE 39 STEPS Phoenix Theatre. Based on the novel by John Buchan and the film by Alfred Hitchcock. Directed by Matthew Wiener. Four actors take on multiple roles, with breakkneck changes of accent, costume, physicality. (use code "Psycho" for discount) See the movie first, so you will get all the references (and while you're at it, see all of Hitchcock's films). The vocal design (our own Micha Espinosa) is amazing, as is the fight choreography by David Barker and costumes by Connie Furr. Pasha Yamotahari's performance is particularly skillfull.
4 CHAOS THEORY 14 Annual art party at Randy Slack's huge studio in downtown, A great kickoff to First Friday. 60 invited artists with one work each. Free. 521 W. Van Buren St.
4-6, 10-11 UNKINDNESS Binary Theatre Company written by our very own Canyon Stewart!
4-20 DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS. Mesa Encore Theatre at Mesa Arts Center. "Based on the popular 1988 film starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin, DIRTY ROTTEN SCOUNDRELS centers on two con men living on the French Riviera. Lawrence Jameson makes his lavish living by talking rich ladies out of their money. Freddy Benson more humbly swindles women by waking their compassion with fabricated stories about his grandmother's failing health. After meeting on a train, they attempt to work together only to find that this small French town isn't big enough for the two of them. They agree on a settlement: the first one to extract $50,000 from a young female heiress, wins, and the other must leave town. A hilarious battle of cons ensues that will keep audiences laughing, humming and guessing to the very end!" $22-$25
4-19 NIGHT OF THE CHICKEN 3 "Revenge of the Angry Booger" by Carrie Behrens Space 55 "The third installment of this radio play series is performed onstage with live sound effects. Feisty teenager Andrea (Andi) Hafferton struggles with the pressures of school, the cross-country team and a tendency to mutate into a ferocious “werechicken” during the most inconvenient times. In this episode, Andi’s already complicated life reaches whole new levels of disaster and humiliation when she goes head-to-head with bullies, unflattering outfits, and the mysterious feline that’s been terrorizing her friends. Bring your kids or bring a date. This quirky show is fun for all ages."
4-8 Scottsdale International Film Festival. Harkins Shea 14
4-6 A GOOD DEATH Adapted from the scholarship of Dr. Deborah Way Written and performed by Lou Clark Directed by Jennifer Linde Faculty Advisor: Kathy Miller
A Good Death is a performance piece that explores the intersections of compassion and labor through the eyes of hospice care workers. Scholarship by Dr. Deborah Way is melded with Clark’s autoethnographic account of her own experiences of loss, love, and work as she recognizes, relates and re(acts) to the timeless question of what constitutes a good death. The October 4 performance is presented in collaboration with the ASU Humanities Institute. Lee Gutkind and Dan Sarewitz will facilitate a post-performance panel discussion around the topics and themes of A Good Death. ASU School of Communications' Empty Space Theatre
5 Z-FEST-A CELEBRATION OF ZACH BOOER. An all day event, 12-10:30pm, to celebrate the School of Film, Theatre, and Dance scholarship in honor of film student Zach Booer, who died tragically last year. Ten live bands, food, activity booths, and film screenings. Galvin Playhouse noon-10:30pm. See SOFTD site for details. Free! Galvin Playhouse at ASU Tempe.
5 SUSAN MARSHALL DANCE COMPANY "PLAY/PAUSE" ASU Gammage Beyond series. 7pm "Marshall embraces the collisions of high art and pop culture to create the ultimate mash-up: postmodern dance-theater meets indie rock on both real and virtual stages. Marshall couples her intimate, structured choreography with the seductiveness of pop culture to explore our complex relationship with the media we consume. The performance is counterpointed by original online music videos, aspects of which are incorporated into the live work. PLAY/PAUSE features an original score by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang, performed live by the members of the electric guitar quartet Dither and Mantra Percussion, that merges the iconic pop sound of electric guitar with abstract rhythms." Susan's work is always gorgous and intricate. Don't miss this. It's already sold out for the NYC premiere at BAM in November (we get to see it here in AZ first!)
7 LIVE ART PLATFORM LAP is an experimental laboratory providing artists with a friendly environment in which to try out works-in-progress, completed pieces, or performance experiments. LAP provides a venue for artists of all disciplines to present their work in front of an informal audience of students, faculty, and adventurous members of the ASU community. It is hosted by the Intermedia program in the School of Art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. We encourage everyone to participate: ASU students, faculty, staff, as well as members of the broader community. There are no audition requirements, curators, or professors screening the works so, come on down and show us what you’ve got! If you wish to participate all you have to do is send Sophie an email at the following address:
email@example.com There will be another LAP on November 25
8 1:30-2:30 NEMCATACOA Butoh Theatre group from Colombia talks about their work, with a demonstration. FAC Amphitheatre (behind ASU Art Museum) Free! Presented by School of Film, Dance and Theatre, Performance in the Borderlands
8 MICHAEL POLLAN Lecture Barrett, the ASU Honors College Presents Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture. 8pm All but $100 ticks sold out. Tempe Center for the Arts
10 AnDa UNION at ASU Gammage. Music from Inner and Outer Mongolia. 7pm.
10-12 FAR AWAY by Caryl Churchill. Directed by our very own Joya Scott! Chandler Gilbert Community College. TICKETS: cgc.edu/arts or 480.732.7343. A brilliant play by one of the best writers working today. And Joya's terrific, so go!
10-11 School of Dance Graduate Presentations. PEBE 132 7:30pm. Free!
10-27 THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde. Directed by Stephen Wrentmore One of the most satisfying plays ever. Wilde's wit just never stops. Arizona Theatre Company. Special student morning show Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 10am with tickets $10! For more info on student matinee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
11 TANIA KATAN "Thriving As an Artist in Arizona" the profoundly charming, funny, and exceptionally talented multi-tasking writer/performer/presenter/producer Tania Katan (she created SMOCA'S Lounge series) presented by our p.a.v.e. entrepreneurship program. Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe Campus 4:00-5:30 Free.
11-26 TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA. Southwest Shakespeare Company. Mesa Arts Center "Shakespeare’s early comedy seems to proclaim “all’s fair in love and war,” as it unfolds a tale of a disguised and resourceful heroine, an irreverent servant, shady characters, outlaws, and one of the most famous and funny canines in all of classical literature."
11-? City Life: Experiencing the World of Teotihuacan. ASU Anthropology Museum. ASU Tempe. "This exhibition will focus on the daily life of ordinary people at Teotihuacan, and the historic, cultural and social dynamics that shaped this major urban civilization, rather than the elaborate lifestyles of the elite. It will transform the way we experience and understand this ancient urban center that long predated the Aztecs in Central Mexico."
11-20 BLESS ME, ULTIMA. Teatro Bravo. Written by Rudolfo Anaya. Directed by ASU alum Ricky Araiza. The story of six year old Tony Marez and his nurturing relationship with Ultima, a wise curandera who has come to stay with Tony and his family in the last year of her life. Throughout his time with Ultima, Tony delves into a spiritual transformation during cultural and societal changes in the American Southwest. Confronted with opposing expectations from his father Gabriel and his mother Maria, the absence of his brothers due to World War II and an emerging crisis of faith, Tony finds solace in the wisdom of Ultima and begins to create a new spiritual identity for himself with her help and knowledge of their mystical, pre-Columbian traditions.
11-13 H.M.S. PINAFORE by the great Gilbert & Sullivan. Arizona Opera. Directed by Tara Faircloth with orchestra conducted by Rob Fisher.
12 Desierto Remix: Performance in the Desert. Presented by Performance in the Borderlands. 5-8pm An evening of performance featuring Colombian experimental theatre group, Nemcatacoa. The group uses stilts and Butoh performance to explore variations in landscapes through a interactive procession through the desert. The evening also feature Tucson-based performance group Verbobala, featuring new work looking at the history of the Sonoran Desert and colonialism. This night opens with various talks, and interactive tours through the desert.
at ASU - Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix. Beer/Wine bar $10 all ages
13 SPARK a new National Latino Playwrighting Award winning play by Caridad Svich. 7pm Arizona Latino Arts & Culture/ALAC, 147 E. Adams St, Phoenix . Three sisters living in the US, caught in the mess of a recent war’s aftermath. It is about what happens when soldiers come home, when women of little economic means must find a way to make do and carry on, and the strength, ultimately, of family. A contemporary US story of faith, love, war, trauma, and a bit of healing.
17 6pm THE GRADUATES/LOS GRADUADOS Mesa Contemporary Arts at Mesa Arts Center. "The film explores pressing issues in education today through the eyes of six young Latino and Latina students from across the United States. More than a survey of contemporary policy debates, The Graduates, a fully bilingual series, offers first-hand perspectives on key challenges facing Latino high school students and their families, educators and community leaders. The Graduates/Los Graduados is not only a story about how Latino students are faring in our nation’s public education system, it is also a story about the graduates who will make up America’s future." Free.
17 AFTER LIFE, a film directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu. Presented by No Festival Required at SMOCA Lounge. 7:30pm "1995 feature film by KORE-EDA Hirokazu, the award-winning director of Maborosi. Based on KORE-EDA’s original screenplay, After Life explores our profound human need to discover meaning in everyday life. After Life is set at a way station between Heaven and Earth. There, guides have less than a week to help the newly dead sift through their memories for one defining moment to take with them to Heaven. As the film discovers, finding a life’s worth of meaning in a single event is no simple task."
17 7pm Author AMY TAN at Tempe Center for the Arts. Presented by Virginia C. Piper Center for Creative Writing at ASU. Public Discussion and Booksigning. Recipient of the Academy of Achievement Golden Plate Award, the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award, the Commonwealth Gold Award; and a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Times Fiction Prize, and the Orange Prize.
18-Nov. 3 THEATRELAB 2.1 New Works. Different programs on different nights. Some staged readings, some fully staged.
18-20 A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME. Our very own Professor Lance Gharavi created this solo work celebrating the 25th anniversary of the publication of physicist Steven Hawking's book of the same name. The play tells the story of three generations — grandfather, father and son — and ponders human questions of life, loss, and time, juxtaposed against the vast spacescape of Hawking’s book. “Using planetarium technology to create a story is marvelous and exciting,” says Gharavi, who teaches theatre and performance at the School of Film, Dance and Theatre. “I'll be on stage immersed in clouds of stars, planets, and galaxies that will appear to float over the seats in the audience. In a very important sense, the Marston gives us the entire universe with which to create.” In the planetarium of the Marston Exploration Theater at Tempe ASU, ISTB 4. The performance will incorporate 3D media and sound through the use of Marston’s state-of-the-art stereoscopic projection system, witnessed by the audience members who will be wearing 3D glasses. Reservations/ticks
18 IGNITE PHOENIX #14 6:30-9:30pm. Virginia G. Piper Theater at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts "Lighting a Fire under the Valley's Creative Community" Haven't been to one of these yet. Reports?
18/19 EPIK Dance Company at Tempe Center for the Arts. Local Hip-hop troupe (resident company at Mesa Arts Center). Some really great performers.
18 & 20 2pm NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE PRODUCTION OF SHAKESPEARE'S OTHELLO. Phoenix Art Museum. $15 Museum Members, students with ID; $18 general admission. I've seen a couple of these NT Live broadcasts, and the quality is very good. Not as good as being at the live event, but... "Olivier Award-winning actor Adrian Lester (Henry V at the National Theatre, BBC’s Hustle) takes the title role. Playing opposite him as the duplicitous Iago is fellow Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (The Last of the Haussmans, James Bond: Skyfall), who is reunited with director Nicholas Hytner (Timon of Athens, One Man, Two Guvnors) following their acclaimed collaboration on the National Theatre’s recent production of Hamlet"
19 UN.TRASHED: RECYCLED RUBBISH FASHION SHOW. Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix. Info
19 7pm THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHOW AZ This month's theme: "Civil Wars" A monthly, multi-genre, age-integrated presentation of creative performances on a central theme taken from an ACTUAL encyclopedia. Each local contributor is assigned a specific subset of the central theme on which to write and perform. The piece should demonstrate a bit of exposition of their particular subset, though the story/poem/monologue/song/video/shadow-puppet theatre need not be based on actual facts. Quirkiness and creativity is welcomed, as are fashionable falsehoods.
The Encyclopedia Show is also a world-wide event, started in Chicago by Robbie Q and Shanny Jean, it now encompasses at least a dozen cities! Empty Space in Tempe, sponsored by The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. The creative team includes: Nick Klemp, Michelle Hill, Brandon Ferderer, Andy Stone, Eric Dern.
19 HOP-FROG Alwun House. 8pm "HOP-FROG…he’s not the one who croaks. Directed by Robert X Planet, starring Joy Bingham Stripple and Baron Dixon, with special guest Wanda McHatton. This new, four-character playlet is based on a hair-raising tale of hideous revenge wrought by a deformed dwarf and his midget-ballerina accomplice upon a cruel tyrant, involving eight unchained orangutans, shaggy flax costumes and a crowded, torch-lit ballroom – what could possibly go wrong! The rest of the evening will spotlight classic Poe favorites, including monologues of The Tell-Tale Heart and The Pit and the Pendulum, plus the poems “The Raven,” “The Conqueror Worm,” and “The Bells.” Baron Dixon arranged original soundtrack."
19-Nov. 24 GUANTANAMO: PUBLIC MEMORY PROJECT Phoenix Public Library, Burton Barr Central Library. A series of exhibitions and events related to the US base in Cuba. Presented by the Library in collaboration with Arizona State Universty's Public History Program. On November 6, ASU faculty Jeff McMahon, Elizabeth Johnson, Richard Mook, and Mary Fitzgerald will be leading several immersive experiences related to the exhibit 6:30-8pm.
20-Nov. 10 weekends. THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Dwayne Hartford, Adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo. Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts.
20 ALTON BROWN: LIVE! INEVITABLE EDIBLE TOUR Mesa Arts Center "In the late 1990s Alton Brown reinvented the food show with his award winning Good Eats. Now, with this live, traveling, foodie, comedy, quiz, lecture, puppet, talk, science, storytelling, and music show, he’s reinventing the live, traveling, foodie...well, you get the point. Audiences will be amazed, amused, edified and perhaps a little bit terrified. (Be sure to request a seat in the “poncho zone".)" $35-$55
22-Nov. 17 THE LION KING at ASU Gammage. Directed by Julie Taymor. The first act is truly stunning, with Taymor redefining the use of "puppets" in live theatre.
23 MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's reverse chronology musical about showbiz. According to the NY Times, since its premiere in 1981, the show has never been done right, but the Menier Chocolate Factory in London finally got it right. Since it doesn't have any stars in it, it ain't coming to Broadway. So the next best is to watch the live broadcast, today only. $15 at 7pm in theatres across the country. 3 theatres in Phoenix/Mesa/Ahwautukee area. theatre list
25-Nov. 10 A STEADY RAIN by Keith Huff. Actors Theatre of Phoenix at Playhouse on the Park, Vlad Corporate Center. "A STEADY RAIN explores the complexities of a lifelong bond forged on the rough streets of Chicago. Joey and Denny have been best friends since kindergarten, and after working together for several years as policemen in Chicago, they are practically family. But when a domestic disturbance call takes a turn for the worse, their friendship is put on the line. We ask a lot of our officers of the law."
25-Nov. 10 MRS. KLEIN by Nicholas Wright Theatre Artists Studio
25 LIT LOUNGE at SMOCA. 7pm Check the site for line-up. Always a great show. This one features the wonderful Beth Lapides, founder of LA's UnCabaret. Beth is always delightful.
28 Aaron Landsman "Thriving as an Artist" one of the founders of NYC based Elevator Repair Service (they performed the entirety of F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY, re-titled "Gatz" to enormous acclaim) and the creator of CITY COUNCIL (seen at Gammage last season) presented by our p.a.v.e. entrepreneurship program. Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe Campus 4:00-5:30 Free
31-Nov. 1 UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PROJECT PRESENTATIONS ASU Dance undergraduates' new work. PEBE 132
31 NOSFERATU screening of Murnau's great silent film, with live accompaniment from Arizona Pro Arte. Tempe Center for the Arts $20 plus fees, student/senior/military discounts are available. online at http://tca.ticketforce.com/ or call 480/350-2TCA (2822).
1 & 3 2pm NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: MACBETH Manchester International Festival’s electrifying production of Macbeth, with Kenneth Branagh in his first Shakespeare performance in over a decade as Macbeth, and Alex Kingston (Doctor Who, ER) as Lady Macbeth. Directed by Olivier and Tony Award-winner Rob Ashford and BAFTA Award-winner Kenneth Branagh, this unique production of Shakespeare’s tragic tale of ambition and treachery unfolds within the walls of an intimate deconsecrated Manchester church. As a part of the National Theatre Live series, “Macbeth” will be recorded live and shown on a delayed basis. Phoenix Art Museum is the exclusive Phoenix-area venue for this thrilling series of great plays. Presented in High Definition and Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound. Phoenix Art Musuem Runtime: approx 3hrs $15 Museum Members, students with ID; $18 general admission.
1-3 THE WALLS Binary Theatre Company
2 7:30pm BLACK BODY Written and performed by Eddie Gamboa, Dwayne Holmes, Doree Seay, Jesus Valles Directed by Jennifer Linde This trigger script includes narratives that examine and cross-examine issues of race and gender embedded in the George Zimmerman trial for the murder of Trayvon Martin. ASU School of Communications Empty Space Theatre.
2-3 ONE JOURNEY by Yadira De La Riva. One-woman show about borders, gender, and immigration. 1 hour performance followed by 1 hour dialogue. Produced by Mary Stephens and Casandra Hernandez. 6-8pm Saturday at Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center. Sunday at Phoenix Center for the Arts. $10 ticks: Mary.Stephens@asu.edu
6 6:30-8pm Exploring American Internment Through Performance. a visual installation by Joan Baron with music by Richard Mook, followed by panel discussion/environment created by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts professors Elizabeth Johnson, Jeff McMahon, Mary Fitzgerald. Part of the Guantanamo: Public Memory project at the Burton Barr Phoenix Public library downtown.
6 7pm School of Communications (ASU Tempe) presents monthly series (first Wed of every month) CIVIL DIALOGUE (CD) a structured format for public dialogue that provides a tool to build bridges across the chasm of public viewpoints. CD can be used in multiple contexts to help people communicate in civil and productive ways, especially when they face “hot topics” and need to employ “cool heads.” In a Civil Dialogue session, volunteer participants consider a provocative statement and have the opportunity to embody a position on the statement ranging from “agree strongly” to “disagree strongly.” Participants are asked to follow guidelines for civility that are explained by the facilitator. The dialogue is then extended to the broader audience who are encouraged to respond with their own opinions and questions. CD was developed by John Genette in 2004 and he, Jennifer Linde and Clark Olson continue to develop the format at ASU.
APLA Building at Rural/University
7 ED ASNER AS FDR. Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts, 1090 S. Vulture Mine Rd, Wickenburg, On the campus of Wickenburg High School
7-8 DIAVOLO DANCE Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts." Led by founder Jacques Heim, Los Angeles-based Diavolo Dance Theater is an internationally renowned modern acrobatic dance company that takes movement, athletics and daring to the extreme. The troupe’s gravity-defying performances explore the human experience using oversized, surrealistic sets and everyday structures. Inspired by the fast-paced sport of skateboarding, Diavolo’s thrilling new work, Transit Space, features steep ramps, a rocking soundtrack and nonstop action, creating a dynamic urban environment with ever-shifting physical and emotional spaces. The program also will include the work Fluid Infinities, set to Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 3."
7-8 Writer DAVID QUAAMEN. Former Rhodes Scholar, Lannan Foundation Fellow, and Guggenheim Fellow; three-time recipient of the National Magazine Award; and recipient of the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, the Natural World Book Prize, the John Burroughs Medal for nature writing, and the Stephen Jay Gould Prize. Presented by Piper Center for Creative Writing, Barrett, The Honors College, Center for Science and Imagination, Institute for Humanities Research, School of Life Sciences, School of Letters and Sciences
8-10 EMERGING ARTISTS I ASU Dance MFA candidate Kristopher K. Q. Pourzal presents his “I'll go to the end of time for you (and you don’t even know my name)” which he descibes as "An acidic journey through the basic nature of being alive, this solo involves a series of neurotically/erotically repetitive episodes of self-composed song, text, and dance. Through them, I deal with the duality of the emotional experience of appearing to be one human in one body — the heartache of feeling separate and yet the empowerment of feeling singular — while flirting with the possibility of a timeless space within and beyond it all in which this illusion dissolves. But actually, I mostly want to flirt with you." Conceived, choreographed, and performed by Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal, Dramaturgy by In Kyung Lee, Lighting Design by Alejandro Salcido. Take a look at his promo video PEBE 132 ASU Tempe campus. 6:30pm on Friday, 7:30pm on Saturday, and 2pm on Sunday in PEBE 132
8-9 7pm The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco Presented by the National University of Theatre and Cinema (UNATC) in Bucharest and co-sponsored by ASU’s School of International Letters and Cultures and The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. Empty Space Theatre. The presentation of this company from Romania last year was quite wonderful.
8 THE SQUIDLING BROTHERS CIRCUS Alwun House 7pm "a whole new entourage of rock and roll sideshow freaks on their annual cross-country fall tour. Phoenix area acts join the action under the canopy of Alwun House. The Squidlings combine ribald comedic performance with some of the most amazing, graphic and often flinching sideshow feats. Though some of the stunts may be hard on the eyes, counteracting the bizarre is their ribald humor. The Squidling Bros. have performed with Primus, Exploited and Circus Contraption. They have appeared at The Bohemian Carnival with Vau De Vire Society, The Coney Island Rockabilly Festival 2008-10, The World Steam Punk Expo in Detroit 2010, Opatijske Barufe Festival in Croatia 2011, Theatre Bizarre 2009-12 and The Amsterdam Tattoo Museum 2012."
8 Roland Kushner: “Cultural Enterprise Development” ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus, 2:00. presented by our p.a.v.e. entrepreneurship program. Free.
8-9 A BITCH IN TIME Space 55. 8pm $10 "an unforgettable evening of provocative solo pieces by an eclectic lineup of acclaimed female performers"
9 12-4pm Human Library Experience. Check out a "human book" for 15 minutes, for one-on-one discussion with someone with knowledge of Guantanamo and its history. Will feature Peter Honigsberg, founder and director of Witness to Guantánamo and others. Part of the Guantanamo: Public Memory project at the Burton Barr Phoenix Public library downtown.
12 4TH ANNUAL LINCOLN ETHICS SYMPOSIUM. ASU Tempe MU Ventana Ballroom. 9am-noon. Theme: "Are we smart enough to save ourselves? Are we kind enough to save each other?" Sponsored by Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics.
14 TOKYO WAKA a film directed by John Haptas and Kristine Samuelson. No Festival Required at SMOCA Lounge. 7:30pm
14-December 1 THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall. Directed by Lou Bellamy. Arizona Theatre Company at the Herberger Theatre. "The Lorraine Motel. Memphis. 1968. In this gripping re-imagining of the events on the eve of his assassination, we find Martin Luther King Jr. in his hotel room after delivering his most memorable speech - when an unexpected visitor arrives with surprising news. Through this encounter, Dr. King is forced to confront his doubts, destiny and legacy to his people. A soul-stirring hit in London and on Broadway"
14 7:30pm Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe. THE VETERANS PROJECT. SoFDT professor Erika Hunt and collaborators working with ASU students who are also veterans. Free.
14 5-8pm “So we beat on…” Honoring the legacy of H.L. "Bud" Goodall, Jr, (1952-2012)with an evening of performative reading of ethnographic writing by ASU students, alumni, and faculty. The University Club, ASU Tempe. 5 pm Reception & Cash Bar. RSVP to: email@example.com Readings and performances of ethnographic work by Nick Trujillo, Felipe Baez, Fernando Hurtado, Tara Franks, Mimi Ringness, Laurelann Porter, Bud Goodall, and Kurt Lindemann. Sponsored by Innovative Inquiry of the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Presidents Professor Dr. Jess Alberts, and The Empty Space.
15-17, 21-24 JESTER'S CAP Binary Theatre Company
15-24 DOG ACT Written by Liz Duffy Adams and directed by Brian Foley (MFA Directing candidate)ASU Tempe Free to HIDA students who reserve in advance. Post-apocalyptic wilderness was never funnier. Follow the adventures of Zetta Stone, a traveling performer, and her companion Dog (a young man undergoing a voluntary species demotion) as they wander through the former northeastern United States. Zetta, Dog and their little troupe are on their way to a gig in China, assuming they can find it ... and survive the journey. A theatrical, darkly comic variation on the classic doomsday genre, with five original songs
15-17 THE FLYING DUTCHMAN. Richard Wagner's opera, directed by Bernard Uzan. Arizona Opera
15 Entre Mujeres Concert a translocal music composition project between Chicanas/Latinas in the U.S. and Jarochas/Mexican female musicians in Mexico. This project seeks to make the voices, ideas and translocal dialogues between Chicanas and Jarochas visible through the medium of song. Night also features local performance groups La Sola and Shining Sol to open the the night with thoughtful music. 6 - 9 pm (Phoenix Civic Space Park) Free/Families open to the public. Presented by Performance in the Borderlands.
16 BALÉ FOLCLÓRICO DA BAHIA 8pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. 8pm "Brazil’s young and vivacious Balé Folclórico da Bahia has won over audiences around the world. The 38-member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers performs a high-spirited repertoire based on Bahian folkloric dances of African origin, including slave dances, the martial art of capoeira, samba and carnival. Their spectacular stage shows are joy-filled extravaganzas featuring exquisite costumes, dazzling movements, and powerful rhythms and vocals."
16 7pm THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHOW AZ This month's theme: "Ahwatukee" A monthly, multi-genre, age-integrated presentation of creative performances on a central theme taken from an ACTUAL encyclopedia. Each local contributor is assigned a specific subset of the central theme on which to write and perform. The piece should demonstrate a bit of exposition of their particular subset, though the story/poem/monologue/song/video/shadow-puppet theatre need not be based on actual facts. Quirkiness and creativity is welcomed, as are fashionable falsehoods.
The Encyclopedia Show is also a world-wide event, started in Chicago by Robbie Q and Shanny Jean, it now encompasses at least a dozen cities! Empty Space in Tempe, sponsored by The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. The creative team includes: Nick Klemp, Michelle Hill, Brandon Ferderer, Andy Stone, Eric Dern.
16-20 FIFTY SHADES OF FELT Nearly Naked Theatre in association with All Puppet Players presents "a very very very inappropriate puppet show" written & directed by Shaun Michael McNamara. At the Little Theatre at Phoenix Theatre.
17 1pm STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE Errol Morris' deeply disturbing film. Phoenix Art Museum "Winner: Grand Jury Prize 2008 Berlin Film Festival. Is it possible for a photograph to change the world? Photographs taken by soldiers in Abu Ghraib prison changed the war in Iraq and changed America’s image of itself. Yet, a central mystery remains. Did the notorious Abu Ghraib photographs constitute evidence of systematic abuse by the American military, or were they documenting the aberrant behavior of a few “bad apples”? The story of Abu Ghraib is still shrouded in moral ambiguity, but it is clear what happened there. The Abu Ghraib photographs serve as both an expose and a coverup. An expose, because the photographs offer us a glimpse of the horror of Abu Ghraib; and a coverup because they convinced journalists and readers they had seen everything, that there was no need to look further. In recent news reports, we have learned about the destruction of the Abu Zubaydah interrogation tapes. A coverup. It has been front page news. But the coverup at Abu Ghraib involved thousands of prisoners and hundreds of soldiers. We are still learning about the extent of it. Many journalists have asked about “the smoking gun” of Abu Ghraib. It is the wrong question. As Philip Gourevitch has commented, Abu Ghraib is the smoking gun. The underlying question that we still have not resolved, four years after the scandal: how could American values become so compromised that Abu Ghraib—and the subsequent coverup—could happen?" FREE! Shown in conjunction with ASU’s Guantanamo Public Memory Project
17-Dec. 22 weekends THE VELVETEEN RABBIT by Brian Burgess Clark, Adapted from the book by Margery Williams. Childsplay at Tempe Center for the Arts.
19 Banned Plays: HUNGRY WOMAN by Cherrie Moraga 7 - 9 pm Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center, 1026 N. 9th St in Phoenix. Banned Plays Public Reading Series brings together a diverse group of artists/scholars/community members to read plays with controversial themes and/or that have been censored in the public sphere. We open each reading with a local musican, wine, and a public scholar to give a context for the play. Living in a critical historical moment of Arizona, when books/plays have been banned, it is more important than ever to create space for art, politics, and public discourse. Join us each month for a new play reading, wine, snacks, and public dialogue in a garden setting around important social themes. Wine/Snacks $5 Info
21 6pm THE STATE OF ARIZONA. Mesa Contemporary Arts, Mesa Arts Center. "This vérité documentary captures the explosive emotions and complex realities behind Arizona’s headline-grabbing struggle with illegal immigration. Tracking the year after Arizona passes SB1070, its controversial “papers please” law, the film tells the stories of Arizonans on all sides of this divisive issue and depicts a state and its people testing the edges of our democratic values." Free.
21-23 ASYLUM an Immersive Site-Specific Experience about Women, Writing, and Madness. Presented by Vessel. Co-directed by Rachel Bowditch and Eileen Standley, designed by a team of six designers featuring 5 dancers, 4 actors, and an aerialist. The Ice House, 429 W. Jackson St. Phoenix. "The mobile audience will experience the performance in fragments, much like a person with schizophrenia encounters everyday life. They will journey at their own pace through a labyrinth of rooms and ‘micro-environments’ in the Ice House becoming co-creators in the experience." Tickets $10
22-24 EMERGING ARTISTS II ASU Dance. Free to HIDA students who reserve in advance.
22-24 Rising Youth Theatre presents play by Jose Casas (ASU graduat!) writtten with and about incarcerated youth in Arizona. Phoenix Center for the Arts. 7pm
25 LIVE ART PLATFORM LAP is an experimental laboratory providing artists with a friendly environment in which to try out works-in-progress, completed pieces, or performance experiments. LAP provides a venue for artists of all disciplines to present their work in front of an informal audience of students, faculty, and adventurous members of the ASU community. It is hosted by the Intermedia program in the School of Art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. We encourage everyone to participate: ASU students, faculty, staff, as well as members of the broader community. There are no audition requirements, curators, or professors screening the works so, come on down and show us what you’ve got! If you wish to participate send Sophie Gibly (senior in BFA Intermedia) an email at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org
29 & Dec. 1 2pm NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY. Phoenix Art Museum. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the National Theatre of Great Britain presents a once-in-a-lifetime performance, broadcast to cinemas around the world. From its early golden period under the leadership of Laurence Olivier at the Old Vic theatre to its now iconic building in the heart of London, the National Theatre has been home to Britain’s finest theatrical talent, premiering works by renowned writers such as Harold Pinter, Peter Shaffer, Tom Stoppard, Alan Bennett and David Hare, and staging celebrated performances by Maggie Smith, Derek Jacobi, Judi Dench, Michael Gambon and the rising stars of today. From Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead to The History Boys, from The Mysteries to Angels in America, from Guys and Dolls to War Horse – Nicholas Hytner directs a thrilling evening of live theatre, with rare glimpses from the archive, featuring many of the original actors who have performed on the National’s stages over the past five decades. As a part of the National Theatre Live series, The 50th Anniversary show will be recorded live in London. Phoenix Art Museum is the exclusive Phoenix-area venue for this thrilling series of great plays. $15 Museum Members, students with ID; $18 general admission
3-8 EVITA at ASU Gammage. Maybe you've heard one of the songs from this...? Although I claim to loathe Andrew Lloyd Webber (Elvis Costello told me to in his song, "This is Hell," many years ago), it's hard to resist. Directed by Michael Grandage and choreographed by Rob Ashford.
4 7pm School of Communications (ASU Tempe) presents monthly series (first Wed of every month) CIVIL DIALOGUE (CD) a structured format for public dialogue that provides a tool to build bridges across the chasm of public viewpoints. CD can be used in multiple contexts to help people communicate in civil and productive ways, especially when they face “hot topics” and need to employ “cool heads.” In a Civil Dialogue session, volunteer participants consider a provocative statement and have the opportunity to embody a position on the statement ranging from “agree strongly” to “disagree strongly.” Participants are asked to follow guidelines for civility that are explained by the facilitator. The dialogue is then extended to the broader audience who are encouraged to respond with their own opinions and questions. CD was developed by John Genette in 2004 and he, Jennifer Linde and Clark Olson continue to develop the format at ASU. Empty Space Theatre at APLA Building at Rural/University
5 7:30pm Putting My Halo On: A Normalization of Suffering
Mimi Ringness – recipient of the 2013 Kristin Bervig Valentine Scholarship in Performance Studies will present a solo performance she developed as part of an independent study with Jennifer Linde on narrative performance and identity. Mimi’s performance will explore the topic of suffering as it is reflexively embodied—physically, mentally, and emotionally. ASU School of Communication Empty Space Theatre.
5-7, 12-14 8pm. Theatre in My Basement and Chris Danowski present romeo&juliet/VOID. It's in Chris' living room (somehwhere north of downtown Phnx), so you have to text him at 602-540-3225 to reserve. Nobody makes theatre like TIMB.
6-21 A BLOODY MARY CHRISTMAS: 2013 by Denny Guge. Space 55 "For the fourth consecutive year, Space 55 presents a holiday musical for people who hate the holidays and musicals. Sun City retirees Blanche, Bertha and Mabel sing, dance and drink themselves silly as they battle a heartless homeowner’s association that tries to evict them from their condo on Christmas Eve. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pee a little. Need we add that this show isn’t even remotely appropriate for children?"
6-7 CONVERSATIONS WITH GOD Binary Theatre Company
6-8, 13-15, 20-21 ORANGE THEATRE COMPANY. 8pm Inspired by Lorca's BLOOD WEDDING, but giving it the OT treatment. Downtown Phoenix at Levine Machine, 605 E Grant St. Suite 98. Dynamic and very promising company, almost all of them ASU alums!INFO
6-22 TELLIN' IT ON THE MOUNTAIN Book and Lyrics by Lyn Richardson, Music by Anthony Cowan and Jennifer Robinson, Conceived and Directed by David J. Hemphill. Black Theatre Troupe. "The holidays are usually a time of love, joy and good will — unless, you lived in the Dean household. Their holidays were usually filled with turmoil, tears and the occasional chair flying across the room. These sisters were once at the height of their careers as the dynamic, chart topping group “Sister Dean.” Now estranged for many years they are asked to put their differences aside to come together once again to record a holiday CD. In this uplifting intimate musical drama, true love will stand strong and the power of the holiday spirit will be tested on this one not so silent night."
6-21 ALL NEW PEOPLE by Zach Braff. Directed by Louis Farber (ASU alum!) at Stray Cat. "Who knew the worst day of your life could be so funny? From Zach Braff, the writer, director and lead of the hit film Garden State and star of the long-running TV comedy “Scrubs,” ALL NEW PEOPLE is a fresh look at unexpected and accidental friendships that arise in life’s most trying situations. It's the dead of winter, and the summer vacation getaway of Long Beach Island, New Jersey is desolate and blanketed in snow. Charlie is 35, heartbroken, and just wants some time away from the rest of the world. The island ghost-town seems to be the perfect escape until his solitude is interrupted by a motley parade of misfits who show up and change his plans. A morbidly funny, angst-filled new comedy that The Huffington Post hailed as “The defining play of a generation.”
7-8 AMERICAN IDIOT UA Presents (Tucson, on campus of University of Arizona) "A critical smash on Broadway and in London, the two-time Tony Award® winning hit musical American Idiot tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the blockbuster title track, American Idiot boldly takes the American musical where it’s never gone before. With direction by Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening), choreography by Steven Hoggett (Once) and orchestrations and arrangements by Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), the result is an experience Charles Isherwood of The New York Times declares “thrilling, emotionally charged, and as moving as any Broadway musical I’ve seen this year!" contains adult content and strong language. Recommended for ages 14+."
13 & 15 2pm NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: HAMLET. Phoenix Art Museum. Following his celebrated performances at the National Theatre in Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger's Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode, Rory Kinnear plays Hamlet in a dynamic new production of Shakespeare’s complex and profound play about the human condition, directed by Nicholas Hytner.He is joined by Clare Higgins (Gertrude), Patrick Malahide (Claudius), David Calder (Polonius), James Laurenson (Ghost/Player King) and Ruth Negga (Ophelia). As a part of the National Theatre Live series, “Hamlet” was recorded live in London. Phoenix Art Museum is the exclusive Phoenix-area venue for this thrilling series of great plays. 3 Hours. $15 Museum Members, students with ID; $18 general admission.
31-Jan 19 XANADU Douglas Carter Beane (The Little Dog Laughed) wrote the book, with Music and lyrics by Jeff Lynne. Arizona Theatre Company. Directed by David Ira Goldstein " delightful musical spoof of the classic Olivia Newton-John/Gene Kelly film, this hilarious roller-skating, disco-dancing adventure weaves a tale of endless fun perfect for the whole family. Featuring popular '80s songs like "Magic," "All Over The World," "Suddenly," "I'm Alive," "Evil Woman," and "Xanadu".