SPRING 2014 Valley of the Sun Culture Calendar

A highly selective selection, compiled by Jeff McMahon





jeff.mcmahon@asu.edu   my blog   my website


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. The Ceramics Center will be moving to a new location, The Brickyard on Mill in Spring 2014.

ASU School of Art has several galleries with regularly scheduled exhibits of student work . Part of the School is moving to downtown Phoenix, to 605 E. Grant this semester!

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.

Ingite Phoenix "Lighting a fire under the Valley's creative community." Lecture/demonstration series held at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. And its sister event, Ignite ASU

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.  boxoffice@blacktheatretroupe.org 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


Phoenix Center for the Arts


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:liveartplatform@gmail.com


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 

Music venues to check out: http://www.rhythmroom.com  http://www.thetrunkspace.com/

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 Pave program in arts entrepreneurship.


Help our environment (and your own sanity); use public transporation. Take advantage of Valley Metro/Light Rail


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!




10  Making People in Interactive Spaces. ASU Art Museum. 6:30pm How does language define us? How do we use stories and performances to shape the world around us, to give it meaning? How can digital media give us a new, deeper understanding of the power of words to transform our reality?Join us for a performance of Simon Biggs, Sue Hawksley and Garth Paine’s Crosstalk, which interrogates these questions through live performance and a variety of digital elements including 3D infra-red motion tracking, voice acquisition, speech recognition, multi-screen video projection and multi-channel surround sound to create an immersive multimedia environment. Crosstalk builds on the work of anthropologist James Leach, who theorizes how people construct reality and one another through language, the social performative and ritualized practices of exchange. The performance will be followed by light refreshments and a conversation and Q+A with Crosstalk’s developers and performers, Garth Paine, Sue Hawksley and Simon Biggs; digital media theorist Xin Wei Sha, the incoming director of ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering; and anthropologist Ana Magdalena Hurtado, a professor at ASU’s School of Human Evolution and Social Change and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Free

-18  HIDA Biennial Faculty Exhibit. ASU Art Museum. The very talented faculty of our Institute exhibit their work. Also, the show by Wendy Maruyama, EXECUTIVE ORDER 9066, closes January 11

2-Feb 1  VOLUME an exhibit by the multitalented Angela Ellsworth. Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale. Work by Visual/performance/conceptual artist Ellsworth (and a member of our faculty at ASU) is always extraordinary.

10-26  4000 MILES by Amy Herzog. Directed by Matthew Wiener. Actors Theatre of Phoenix at Black Theatre Troupe/Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center. Finalist 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, 2012 Obie Award for Best New Play, 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award

11-25 THE TAMING OF THE SHREW by William Shakespeare. SW Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center. Running in rep with MACBETH by the same author...

-19 XANADU jukebox musical at Arizona Theatre Company

10-11 Compagnie Kafig  French/Algerian dance company collaborating with Brazilian dancers, mostly from the favelas of Rio. Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

11- Feb 1 TAKE ME OUT by Richard Greenberg. Directed by Damon Dering. Nearly Naked Theatre Company.  At Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd.  602-254-2151. Winner of 2003 Tony for Best Play.  A gay baseball star comes out.

14-19 PETER AND THE STARCATCHER musical based on Peter Pan. ASU Gammage Got a bunch of Tony awards.

16 TIME ZERO: THE LAST YEAR OF POLAROID FILM. A doc directed by Grant Hamilton  7:30pm SMOCA $7

17 ASU School of Art Grant Street Studios Opening Reception  7-9pm.  605 E. Grant in downtown Phoenix! Directions and info.

17-19 A Day in Hollywood, A Night in the Ukraine  Book and lyrics by Dick Vosburgh; music by Frank Lazarus; additional songs by Jerry Herman and Richard Whiting  Evelyn Smith Music Theatre   ASU Lyric Opera Theatre 50th Anniversary Season - Student Workshop Production  wo one-act musicals provide a “double feature” as hilarious as any presented in Hollywood’s heyday. The first act, A Day in Hollywood, is a lovingly tuneful look at the movie capital of the 1930s, danced and sung by the ushering staff of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, offering a musical tribute to the screen stars and productions of that magical era – including a musical homage to film clichés and a tap salute to the 1930 Production Code governing on-screen intimacy and violence. The second act, A Night in the Ukraine, is the funniest musical the Marx Brothers never wrote – sweeping us away to Russia for a madcap musical featuring all the usual suspects, and loosely based on Chekhov’s one-act play, The Bear. Nominated for nine Tony® Awards, this rollicking, innovative two-musicals-in-one is a guaranteed toe-tapping, belly-laughing delight. Suitable for all ages.

18, 24-26 DESPERADO FILM FESTIVAL  LGBT Film fest at Center for the Performing Arts, Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd Street.

23 AMNESIA by Ariel Luckey  Phoenix Center for the Arts basement  7pm  $5  " From Kiev to Arizona, reveals America’s forgotten immigrant roots and investigates the role of race at the border. A young Jew escapes a Russian police raid and flees for his life, immigrating to America and settling in Arizona. 123 years later, his great-great-grandson travels back to his childhood village and from there, to the site of an ICE raid in Phoenix, following ancestral memories he never knew he had. Layering theater, poetry and a live score of Klezmer and Mexican folk music remixes, Amnesia asks what happens when we forget who we are and where we come from, when public policy is based on historical amnesia. Performance followed by Artist talk and audience dialogue"

24-26 LA BOHEME by Puccini. Arizona Opera. So much better than Rent...

24 LIT LOUNGE at the SMOCA Lounge.  7pm 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!  $10 Get on her email list! Taniak@sccarts.org 

24-25 BREAKING GROUND 2014 Contemporary Dance & Film Festival presented by Conder/Dance at Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salad Pkway right on the river. 7:30pm $15-25. Featuring work by our very own Mary Fitzgerald, Kristopher Q. Pourzal and many others. This is a great chance to see a (shortened) version of Kris' wonderful piece "I'll go to the end of time for you, (and you don't even know my name"

25 PAUL WILSON FILM FESTIVAL. Presented by R. Pela Contemporary Art and No Festival Required.  8pm 335 W. McDowell Road.  $10  Wilson’s humor-based films celebrate the mundane (as with his series of shorts about shopping in thrift stores) and the bizarre (like his much-lauded series spoofing the “atomic preparedness” films of the 1950s). Fans of his early, Hollywood-movie-inspired work will be pleased to see a new spoof of The Stepford Wives; those who recall Wilson’s “Fifties Family” series from the 1980s will be delighted with a recently discovered “Kimball Family home movie.” I Am Not Myself (On Film) will also feature all-new videos depicting the artist’s fascination with alleged assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. Concurrently at the gallery, Wilson has an exhibit featuring his latest collection of paintings, photo montages, and collage—all of it unseen and much of it new. Wilson will be present to discuss his films after they are screened.

25-April 26 Moctezuma's Revenge   ASU Art Museum. The first comprehensive solo exhibition of works by contemporary Mexican-American artist Eduardo Sarabia. Moctezuma’s Revenge will feature more than 40 works of art from both previous and new bodies of work in a variety of media, many inspired by Sarabia’s recent visits to Arizona.

27 MATIAS VIEGENER VISITING ARTIST/SCHOLAR  ASU School of Art.  7-8pm  605 E. Grant in downtown Phoenix. Matias Viegener is a co-founder of Fallen Fruit, the participatory collective focused on mapping fruit trees growing on or over public property in Los Angeles. He is a writer, artist and critic who works alone and collaboratively in the fields of writing, video, installation, and performance art.Viegener is the author of 2500 Random Things About Me Too, a book of experimental writing, and has co-edited two books, The n/o/ulipian Analects and Séance in Experimental Writing with Christine Wertheim. He is the editor and co-translator of Georges Batailles’ The Trial of Gilles de Rais. (and he's a great guy!)

28 THE GOAT, or WHO IS SYLVIA? a reading of Edward Albee's brilliant and disturbing 2003 play. Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 North 3rd Street (the east end of Margaret T. Hance Park). The Banned Plays Reading Series presented by Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center and ASU Performance in the Borderlands. $5  7-9pm Particularly relevant here in AZ, where a local valley high school would not allow students to read the play. Readers: Erica Ocegueda, Jenny Strickland, Erika Hughes, Mathew Watkins, Joshua Sherill, Jason Scott.

28 ORANGE THEATRE DIVES INTO THE ART TANK. This dynamic young theatre company of recent ASU SoFDT grads, will be pitching their project to the AZ Commission on the Arts  6:30-9pm in a public event where a panel of experts evaluates proposals, but the audience gets to make their preferences knows as well! At the Peoria Community Center
8335 W Jefferson, Peoria, Arizona 85345.  Orange is organizing a carpool from downtown Phoenix.

29-Feb 2 THE 7 LAYERS OF BASTIAN BACHMAN The Ice House, Phoenix  A genius musical mind, disrupted by a tumor infiltrating the auditory cortex. A chorus of distorted nurses, a glam-rock doctor, a goth-punk daughter and a fragmented assortment of selves. This is the interior world of Bastian Bachman. Inspired by Oliver Sacks’ Musicophilia and Hofstadter’s Godel Escher Bach, this immersive piece transforms a defunct space into a malfunctioning musical mindscape, in which one man tries to make things right before time runs out.. Pay what you can.  Entry every 10 minutes between 7:30 and 8:10PM. Conceived by Alex Oliszewski, Anastasia Schneider, Adam Vachon and Megan Weaver (all exemplary student artists in ASU's MFA program!) Devised by the ensemble

30 DIGITAL CULTURE STUDIO: CHRIS ZIEGLER  3pm Stauffer Hall B-125  Chris Ziegler is assistant professor at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering at ASU and a Director and Digital Artist in the field of New Media, scenography and performing arts

30-Feb 16  TRIBES by Nina Raine. Directed by Paul Barnes. Phoenix Theatre. Winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play. At the play's center is Billy, a young man born deaf to a hearing family. In an effort to protect him, Billy's erudite and proudly-eccentric parents (played by noteworthy Valley actors Cathy Dresbach and Dion Johnson) have raised him without any knowledge of sign language. It isn't until he meets Sylvia that Billy understands the extended family he has within the Deaf community. There will be multiple ASL interpreted performances for Tribes.

31-Feb 2   EMERGING ARTISTS III  ASU School of Dance  Denise Stein will present her work. PEBE 132

-May 17  ECHOES OF JAPAN ASU Art Museum



1-May 4  THE FIVE SENSES Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art presents a show featuring artists such as Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, Ernesto Neto, with work that sparks the senses. Included is Cardiff's FORTY-PART MOTET which I think is one of the most captivating and beautiful experiences of music and acoustics I have experienced. It's an essential work. As well, the Olafur Eliasson's BEAUTY is a gorgeous and calming respite from the dry AZ air.

3 PABLO HELGUERA Visiting Artist/Scholar series at ASU School of Art.  7-8pm Pablo Helguera is a New York based artist working with installation, sculpture, photography, drawing, socially engaged art and performance. Helguera’s work focuses in a variety of topics ranging from history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd, in formats that are widely varied including the lecture, museum display strategies, musical performances and written fiction. Helguera’s Libreria Donceles will be opening at the ASU Art Museum's relocated Ceramics Center at the Brickyard on Mill March 28, 2014.

6-22 PROJECT NANNY VAN   ASU Art Museum downtown residency site, Combine Studios, 821 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004   A public art project that accelerates the movement for domestic worker rights and helps to connect caregivers and employers with fair labor resources and tools. Project NannyVan is produced by REV-, a nonprofit studio co-founded by artist Marisa Jahn in 2009. Visit nannyvan.org for a one-minute preview video.

7-8  One Voice Community Center presents “OUT LOUD: Stories from the Gayborhood,” five new LGBT one-acts, all by local playwrights. Phoenix Center for the Arts. Saturday evening’s performance includes a pre-show reception with drinks, finger foods, raffle, etc., as a fundraiser for One Voice Community Center. One Voice Community Center serves as a cultural focal point uniting LGBT individuals and organizations and reinvests in the community by providing vital educational, social and wellness programs in the Metro Phoenix area. The Center is located at 7th Avenue and Campbell in Central Phoenix.

7 MANGOES WITH CHILI: THE FLOATING CABARET OF QUEER AND TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR. Phoenix Center for the Arts basement   5pm Presented by Performance in the Borderlands

7 Season opening for SMOCA  7-9pm " Take in the five artists of The Five Senses and see the work of Bay area artist Leslie Shows for her first museum exhibition. a special live performance by Phoenix Chorale presented to complement the artwork "The Forty Part Motet" by artist Janet Cardiff included in "The Five Senses" exhibition. Free

9 SWEET DREAMS No Festival Required at Phoenix Center for the Arts. 1202 North 3rd Street  1:30pm  $7  Film Synopsis: Rwanda’s first and only all women’s drumming troupe is called Ingoma Nshya. Made up of women from both sides of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, the troupe offers a place of support, healing and reconciliation. When the group decides to partner with two young American entrepreneurs, Jennie Dundas and Alexis Miesen of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream, and open Rwanda’s first ever ice cream shop, these remarkable Rwandan women embark on a journey of independence, peace and possibility. SWEET DREAMS interweaves intimate, heart-wrenching stories with joyous and powerful music to present a moving portrait of a country in transition.

6 CEDAR LAKE CONTEMPORARY BALLET at UAPresents in Tucson. NYC based dance company

7-16 BOESMAN AND LENA by Athol Fugard. Directed by Walter Dallas. Black Theatre Troupe, produced in association with Arizona State University School of Film, Dance and Theatre. And featuring some of our wonderful MFA Performers! This legendary examination of apartheid in South Africa should be extraordinary. Students can get $18.00 ticks by going to www.BlackTheatreTroupe.org select performance date, then enter coupon code JERSHAN. OR show up 20 minutes before for rush ticks $10. You must present student ID for both these options.

7-16 BEFORE YOU RUIN IT Written by Laura Jaqmin, Directed by Hal Brooks. Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe. Funded in part by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Guest Artist Initiative. World premiere.

8  SEVEN MINUTES IN LOVE Space 55  9pm   "7 Minutes In Love will treat audiences to a random, raucous assortment of music, mayhem and merriment as it delivers diverse acts, each of which has seven minutes to do whatever it is they do — music, comedy, poetry, dance, magic, yodeling … you name it! Don’t like what you’re seeing? Just wait seven minutes for the next act! Please note: This show is not appropriate for children."

10 Visiting Artist/Scholar Talks: Rita Gonzalez  ASU School of Art   605 E. Grant  7-8pm Gonzalez is Associate Curator in the Department of Contemporary Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Gonzalez’s curatorial collaboration with filmmaker Jesse Lerner, Mexperimental Cinema, was the first survey of experimental and avant-garde media art from Mexico and traveled to the Pacific Film Archives? the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego? Harvard Film Archives? the Guggenheim Museums (New York and Bilbao). Gonzalez has curated film and video for inSITE 2000 and co-curated the 2006 California Biennial and Adria Julia as well as the traveling exhibition Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. As part of the Getty initiative Pacific Standard Time, she co-curated Asco: Elite of the Obscure, the first retrospective exhibition about the Los Angeles based conceptual art and performance group.

13-16 TheatreLAB 2.2  Readings of new work in Studio 133 in Fine Arts Center ASU Tempe. 7:30pm Including WHAT IS IT WORTH?/MARKET-BASED MEMORIES, a new theatre/music piece by Jeff McMahon and Aaron Neber on February 14, and H2O, a new work directed by Jack Reuler Feb 13 & 15, and  Threesome, something new directed by Bill Partlan on the 16th!

13-March 2 OTHER DESERT CITIES by Jon Robin Baitz. Arizona Theatre Company Smart and fast moving with great acting roles. Directed by James Still.

13 Digital Culture Students Collaborative Projects Presentations.  3pm  Stauffer B-125  Students will present their work from their Collaborative Projects class in the ASU School of Arts, Media + Engineering's Digital Culture program.

13 OLAFUR ELIASSON: SPACE IS PROCESS doc directed by Henrik Lundo and Jacob Jorgensen on the brilliant installation artist (featured in current show THE FIVE SENSES at SMOCA)  7:30pm $7

14-March 1  THE WHALE by Samuel D. Hunter. Directed by Ron May. Stray Cat Theatre "A drama of gigantic proportions. Since the death of his boyfriend, morbidly obese 600 pound Charlie (who we’re thrilled will be played by Nearly Naked Theatre Artistic Director Damon Dering) confined himself to his small Idaho apartment and is eating himself to death. With his health quickly failing, Charlie becomes desperate to reconnect with Ellie, his estranged and angry teenage daughter whom he has not seen in 17 years. He would give her anything: his love, his money…maybe even his life. Written by Obie Award-winning playwright Samuel D. Hunter, THE WHALE is a tough, humorous and emotionally powerful play about how we cope with loss, and how new definitions of family, friends and religion shape our lives. "…beautifully devastating…raw and vital..." – Chicago Tribune"

14  ASU Art Museum Season Opening    6:30-8:30pm Free. Spring 2014 season and the opening of the exhibitions Echoes of Japan, Moctezuma's Revenge, and MUCK. Members, alumni, and press are invited for a preview from 5:30-6:30 p.m.. The ASU Art Museum's Spring 2014 Season Opening Reception is sponsored by Macayo's Mexican Kitchen and the ASU Art Museum Creative Impact Board.

16  6:30pm Curator Claire C. Carter discusses Janet Cardiff's sound installation FORTY PART MOTET (see above) at SMOCA. Free but reserve at smocarsvp@sccarts.org

21  CLAUDIA LA ROCCO  presented as part of PAVE Speakers Series. Lyceum Theatre  ASU Tempe Campus  4pm

21-23  TRANSITIONS ASU School of Dance performances, PEBE 132

22  7pm Reading of Isaac Kolding's new play, ALL-MART in FAC 132.  Isaac is smart and funny (and was wonderful in the recent reading of my work, as well as making the music for Disorientation), so I expect great things!

25-March 2 BLUE MAN GROUP ASU Gammage And then ask me about the time I got to be the next performer after them at a P.S. 122 Benefit in NYC many many years ago. Show has been running now forever in NYC and all over the world. I guess they will (temporarily) turn Phoenix into a blue city.

26 CURATORIAL ACTIVISM AND HYBRID PERFORMANCE with MARC BAMUTHI.  9-10:30am in FAC 233, and then 11am-noon Community talk at ASU Art Museum. Presented by Performance in the Borderlands and Mesa Center for the Arts. Marc is a brilliant performer/writer/director, and this is a chance to hear more about his approach and philosophy.

27  MARC BAMUTHI Workshop/lecture  PEBW 240 Tempe ASU.  10-noon.

27 Digital Culture Students Capstone Projects Presentations. Students will present their work from their Capstone class in the ASU School of Arts, Media + Engineering's Digital Culture program.  3pm Stauffer B-125

27-March 2  COSI FAN TUTTE Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte; sung in Italian (with English supertitles); stage direction by Dale Dreyfoos; musical direction by William Reber presented by ASU Lyric Opera Theatre. Evelyn Smith Music Theatre.

27-March 2 THE SUBMISSION Second Stage West at ASU West. A new play by Jeff Talbott  "A young white playwright writes a complex new drama about an African American family trying to get out of the projects, and it’s selected for the nation’s preeminent play festival. However, he submitted the work under a pen name in the hope of increasing its chances for production. So he hires a black actress to stand in for him as author, and then the trouble begins. Received the New York Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Award and the 2011 Laurents/Hatcher Award for best new play."

28 DENYING BRAZIL, award-winning Afro-Brazilian filmmaker Joel Zito Araujo, presents his fillm, Denying Brazil [A Negação do Brasil] (91 min., 35 mm, 2001), Full-length documentary film about prejudices, taboos and the evolution of black characters in Brazilian soap operas. Followed by Lectures by Sumaya Machado Lima: “Daughters of the Wind": African diasporic catographies beyond the screen” and Joel Zito Araújo: “Denying Brazil”   2:00pm – 4:30pm
LL60, ASU Tempe

28-March 2  LA TRAVIATA by Verdi. Arizona Opera.

28  LIT LOUNGE at the SMOCA Lounge.  7pm  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!  $10 Get on her email list! Taniak@sccarts.org 

28-March 22. EQUIVOCATION by Bill Cain at SW Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center. "in London, 1605, a down-and-out playwright called Shagspeare receives a royal commission to write a play promoting the government’s version of the Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot. As Shag navigates the dangerous course between writing a lie or losing his head, his devoted theatre troupe helps him negotiate each step along the way." Directed by David Barker!

28-March 2  TheatreLAB 2.2  Workshop production of The Emperor Wolf, by ASU MFA playwright Mahonri Stewart. Studio 133 in Fine Arts Center, ASU Tempe. A wonderful play that appeals to all ages.

28   QUEER LATINA LOVE AND REVOLUTION, Written and Performed by Monica Palacios. Free! The Basement @ Phoenix Center for the Arts 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, 6:30 Pre-show with Mariachi Pasión 7pm Performance, 8pm Community Dialogue on LGBTQ and Latina/o issues and representation. Also from 11am to 1pm on Saturday March 1, 2014 Monica will host a performance workshop. Free and open to the public. RSVP required. entrenosphx@gmail.com for workshop location and to reserve your spot!  With funding from ASU Academic Excellence and Inclusion/Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Performance in the Borderlands, and the School of Transborder Studies.

28-March 1  7:30pm FAC 233 ASU Tempe.  MFA Performance candidate Adriano Cabral's Applied Project, TO THE GRIND, "an “autoethnodrama” and solo performance written and performed by Adriano Cabral. The performance investigates the intersections between sexuality, sexual identity, and vocal development. Staged as a mock voice lesson and directed by Stray Cat Theatre's Ron May, this performance is raw, gritty, fun, and witty. Unlike the frequent “coming out tale,” this performance explores the coming into oneself through use of the voice, seeking to inspire others to discard societal conceptions of gay identity and discover the root of their own persona. By combining techniques from Fitzmaurice Voicework, Lessac training, ethnographic research, and unique sexual storytelling, To The Grind seeks to remind the audience to free their voices and find their visceral, primal self."

28-March 1 LIMINAL FIELDS A Transit Through Sound/Light/ Space/ Movement two nights of reflective artwork and performances by artists from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts 6:00 -9:30 pm
The Icehouse, 429 West Jackson, Phoenix,  Free. Different program on each night. Friday: works by Garth Paine, Todd Ingalls/Mary Neubauer.  Saturday: Todd Ingalls/Mary Neubauer, Eileen Standley.



continuing-May 4  THE FIVE SENSES Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art featuring artists such as Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, Ernesto Neto, with work that sparks the senses. Included is Cardiff's FORTY-PART MOTET which I think is one of the most captivating and beautiful experiences of music and acoustics I have experienced. It's an essential work. As well, the Olafur Eliasson's BEAUTY is a gorgeous and calming respite from the dry AZ air.

-August 9 RHYTHM & HISTORY: selections for the contemporary Cuban collection. ASU Art Museum. "The Museum’s seminal 1998 exhibit Contemporary Art from Cuba: Irony and Survival on the Utopian Island established one of the most extensive collections of contemporary Cuban art outside of the island. Rhythm and History — the first reconsideration of the museum’s Cuban holdings in a decade — will feature new acquisitions in dialogue with highlights from the original show, while exploring themes of history and dreams. "

Visiting Artist/Scholar Talks: Amanda Ross Ho  ASU School of Art  605 E. Grant   Amanda Ross Ho uses collage indexically, pointing back to other times, places and things. Sheetrock acts as a memory board, where she collects and arranges images and objects, initiating conversations between seemingly disparate elements. Amanda has exhibited widely including New Photography 2010 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, 2008 Whitney Biennial, George Herms: Xenaphilia (Love of the Unknown), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2011.

3-16 Hormel Festival of New Plays and Musicals  Phoenix Theatre. In its 16th year, the Festival focuses on the development of new plays. From a pool of over 150 scripts, 4 have been selected to receive a staged reading, including a new work by Kim Porter. Will include sit-down readings of a new work by Guillermo Reyes and also one by Pasho Yamotahari!


7-22 BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK by Lynn Nottage. iTheatre Collective co-produced with ASU West. Nottage writes terrific plays. "In a new comedy from the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright of Ruined, Lynn Nottage draws upon the screwball films of the 1930’s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK is a seventy-year journey through the life of Vera Stark, a headstrong African-American maid and budding actress, and her tangled relationship with her boss, a white Hollywood movie starlet desperately grasping to hold on to her career. When circumstances collide and both women land roles in the same Southern epic movie, the story behind the cameras leaves Vera with a surprising and controversial legacy scholars will debate for years to come."

7-16  CLOCK by Monica Palacios. Directed by Marivel Danielson. Teatro Bravo.  "For a lesbian couple, becoming parents is a big decision, especially when one partner wants to, the other one is freaking out and everybody has an opinion including, Leti the Goddess of Fertility. Winner of the Teatro Bravo's 2012 New Plays Festival join us for this hysterical, heartfelt journey into motherhood."

7 EMERGE Carnival of the Future. This year's theme is THE FUTURE OF ME. Downtown Phoenix in a circus tent 3rd street between Garfield and Roosevelt 6 pm to 11pm. Check site for updates. I know that Lance Gharavi is working on something for this, and several other colleagues.

7  Reprise of some of last week's LIMINAL FIELDS A Transit Through Sound/Light/ Space/ Movement reflective artwork by artists from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts 6:00 -9:30 pm
The Icehouse, 429 West Jackson, Phoenix,  Free. works by Garth Paine, Todd Ingalls/Mary Neubauer,.

10 CREATIVE CAPITAL one of the most prominent funders of new work, Ruby Lerner, talks about Creative Capital's programs and opportunities for artists. Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. Phoenix.  6:30pm

15 DREAM ACTS Marcelino Quinonez' MFA Applied Project. At ALAC  8pm. A theatrical experience where politics speaks to art. A call to action is the next step after the play is done. Come see our very promising performer in his final project at ASU (and before he becomes our next state representative!)

17  Visiting Artist/Scholar Talks: SUPERFLEX  ASU School of Art  7-8pm  605 E. Grant.  SUPERFLEX is an artists' group founded in 1993 by Jakob Fenger, Rasmus Nielsen and Bjørnstjerne Christiansen. They describe their projects as Tools. A tool is a model or proposal that can actively be used and further utilized and modified by the user. Projects relate to economic forces, democratic production conditions and self-organization. Rather than turning their backs on globalization the group prefers to render economic structures visible and establish a new balance. SUPERFLEX has exhibited internationally including the Venice Biennale and is working on a project through the ASU Art Museum Desert Initiative residency program.

19-23 SPARK! MESA'S FESTIVAL OF CREATIVITY Mesa Arts Center. With projects by Dan Fine, UrbanSTEW, Phoenetic Spit, and many others.

20 Digital Culture Studio Presents: Douglas Quin, Syracuse University. Sound designer, naturalist, public radio commentator and music composer. He is the owner of dqmedia and consults on film and television sound design, audio and multimedia, museum exhibit design, production, post-production, creative development and project management. 3pm Staufffer B-125

20 Ortiz/Labriola Lecture by Edgar Heap of Birds  "Heads Above Grass, Provocative Native American Public Art and Studio Practice" 7 p.m. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix.   Free.

21   2013–2014 Pave Speakers Series: “Making a Living and a Life” with Laura Zabel  4pm Lyceum Theatre, ASU Tempe.

21-June 29 PABLO HELGUERA: LIBERIA DONCELES  ASU Art Museum's Combine Studio in downtown Phoenix. Helguera’s installation takes the form of an itinerant Spanish-language bookstore comprised of over 12,000 used books on virtually every subject. The installation recreates the unique intellectually and culturally rich environment of a secondhand bookstore and questions how Spanish is integrated into the broader cultural life of Arizona. An accompanying exhibition of new work by Helguera will be on view at The Brickyard on Mill Ave. in Tempe (the new location for the Ceramics Center)

23 DESERT SIGHTINGS: site specific work by Eiko & Koma   4-6pm  Free, with free food/refreshments. Deer Valley Rock Arts Center.  An amazing opportunity to see this legendary pair of dance/movement artists, who extend the Japenese modern dance/butoh tradition into site-specific work. Presented by Performance in the Borderlands

24  Visiting Artist/Scholar Talks: Jeffrey Gibson   ASU School of Art  605 E. Grant  7-8pm

27-April 13 AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS Written by Mark Brown and Based on the novel by Jules Verne, Directed by David P. Saar. Arizona Theatre Company

27 Digital Culture Studio Presents: Shannon McMullen and Fabian Winkler, Purdue University. 3pm Stauffer B-125. Images of Nature: Collaboration at the Intersection of Nature, Art and Technology. This talk highlights recent collaborative works investigating the complex relationships between nature, technology and culture. McMullen and Winkler will present an overview of their art practice influenced by the agro-technological environment of the Midwest, as well as a research project that brought together artists, scientist and engineers to explore a local model for collaborative creation at Purdue University. These individual works are thematically connected by the goal to create new “images of nature,” artifacts that question new knowledge, narratives and tensions in our understanding of nature in the 21st century.

28 LIT LOUNGE at the SMOCA Lounge.  7pm  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!  $10 Get on her email list! Taniak@sccarts.org  (this one is sold out already!)

26   12-1 (lunchtime) presentation by Eiko & Koma at the ASU Art Museum's Kresge Gallery. If you're not familiar with their work, this might be a good way to prepare to see the show Saturday night at Gammage. RSVP

28 UNTITLED TESTIMONIALS Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace (near Borders and the big fountain). Movement, text, sound inspired by field recordings of conversations overheard riding public transit in the valley. Poetry/text: Eden McNutt, Choreography: Eileen Standley. Performed by Julie Akerly, Grisha Coleman, Anthony Gonzales, Sydney Jackson, Eden McNutt,Eileen Standley.  Performances at 6 & 8pm.

29  REGENERATION, created and performed by EIKO & KOMA. ASU Gammage Beyond Series. "a three-part retrospective looking at some of their most acclaimed and celebrated work. Characterized by bold, highly theatrical strokes, Eiko & Koma’s performance focuses on the elemental, with works that transcend everyday notions of time and space. The works RAVEN, NIGHT TIDE and WHITE DANCE offer audiences a look at these artists’ four-decades of crafting a unique and riveting theater of movement out of stillness, shape, light and sound. Show contains nudity."  E& K are utterly unique performers, contemplative and meditational and precise; time sort of stops.

29 Lee Gutkind, and his ASU memoir writing class, read from their work at Changing Hands Bookstore. 6428 S McClintock Dr in Tempe. 6:30pm. A wonderful group of writers, led by a master of nonfiction and editor/publisher of Creative Nonfiction magazine. Full disclosure: I coached Lee's class on their presentations, and they are all quite a pleasure to hear! Lee will also speak about the fied of nonfiction and memoir, "What About Me?: The Creative Nonfiction / Memoir Craze". Free!



3 WILLIAM KRISEL, ARCHITECT doc by Jake Gorst about the modernist architect. 7:30pm  SMOCA

3-4 AN ILLIAD by Dennis O'Hare and Lisa Peterson. Based on Homer. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. FREE for students with valid ID! "Visionary creators Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare have crafted a sprawling yarn based on Homer’s epic poem about the Trojan War in their Obie Award-winning collaboration for the stage. An Iliad spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles told through an original and immediate voice whose own enigmatic experience of the war fires the memories of our own. Tony Award-winning actor Denis O’Hare (Broadway’s Take Me Out, Sweet Charity; HBO’s True Blood) gives a tour-de-force performance in this sweeping account of humanity’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction and chaos."   I saw a version of this in NYC (with Stephen Spinella) and it was restless and engaging.

4    URBAN SOL on the Nelson Fine Arts Center Plaza. Free. 6pm  Urban Sol is rooted in the unlikely union of the ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Valley of the Sun’s urban artist culture of DJs, MCs, graffiti artists and dancers. This is a rich, uncharted collaboration among scholars/performers and urban artists. Join this vibrant, young movement where urban artists inspire us to notice, to engage and to change. Where the classrooms are the streets, walls and public spaces of campus and city and where discovery happens in the scratch clinics, graffiti art lessons and dance battles of Urban Sol happenings.

4   6-9pm MOMENTUM: WOMEN/ART/TECHNOLOGY a show curated by Mary Neubauer, Muriel Magenta, Hilary Harp. ASU's Night Gallery at the Tempe Marketplace (near the big fountain and Barnes&Noble) 2000 E. Rio Salado Parkway.

3-4 ASU Dance Grad showing. PEBE 132.  7:30pm. New work by graduate students.

4-13  NATION   Written by Mark Ravenhill, Adapted from the novel by Terry Pratchett, Directed by Megan Weaver. ASU Tempe Galvin Playhouse. "A parallel world, 1860. Two teenagers thrown together by a tsunami that has destroyed Mau's village and left Daphne shipwrecked on his South Pacific island thousands of miles from home. One wears next to nothing, the other a long white dress; neither speaks the other's language; somehow they must learn to survive. As starving refugees gather, Daphne delivers a baby, milks a pig, brews beer and does battle with a mutineer. Mau fights cannibal Raiders, discovers the world is round and questions the reality of his tribe's fiercely patriarchal gods. Together they come of age, overseen by a foul-mouthed parrot, as they discard old doctrine to forge a new Nation. North American premiere".  Mark Ravenhill + Megan Weaver + a great cast; this should be fantastic!

10 Digital Culture Studio Presents: Aswin Sankaranarayanan, Carnegie Mellon University. 3pm  Stauffer B-125. Aswin Sankaranarayanan is an assistant professor in the ECE Department at Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests lie broadly in the areas of computer vision, signal processing, and image and video acquisition. Aswin received his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras in 2003 and MSc and PhD degrees from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2007 and 2009, respectively. He was awarded the Distinguished Dissertation Fellowship by the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Maryland in 2009. He was a post-doctoral researcher at the DSP group in Rice University, prior to joining Carnegie Mellon.

10-18 AVENUE Q  Book by Jeff Whitty  Music and Lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx    Phoenix Theatre. What could be better than raunchy puppets?

11-13  APPOINTMENT by Aaron Landsman. ASU Gammage Beyond Series. "APPOINTMENT is a series of intimate works that are presented in office spaces by ASU Gammage Resident Artist Aaron Landsman in collaboration with local artists and the audience. Using the rituals and environment of the workplace as a departure point, APPOINTMENT takes a situation that can seem beneath examination and turns it into a cause for pleasure and surprise. APPOINTMENT was developed in partnership with theater and dance companies as well as individual artists and the result pushes the concept of theater to unpredictable and captivating places. Made possible in partnership with the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Downtown Phoenix." If you saw last year's CITY COUNCIL MEETING you know that Aaron has a way of making utterly unique and involving theatre. A great thinker and conceptualist. (Full disclosure: I'm performing in this!)

11-12  A BITCH IN TIME Space 55. Provocative new solo work by female performers.

14 Visiting Artist/Scholar Talks: Sarah Thornton   ASU School of Art  7pm Sarah Thornton is a writer and sociologist of culture. She has authored articles and books about dance clubs, raves, cultural hierarchies and subcultures. She now writes principally about art, artists and the art market. Sarah Thornton’s Seven Days in the Art World is a funny series of non-fiction narratives, which reveal the inner workings of art institutions that contribute to an artist’s place in art history. The book is an international hit, available in fifteen translations. Thornton has written regularly for The Economist and other publications. She is currently writing a new book, titled 33 Artists in 3 Acts, which will be published in fall 2014.

14  CHECK YOUR BODY AT THE DOOR screening of this great documentary about club dancing/break/hip-hop. ASU Tempe PEBE (Physical Education East). 8pm RSVP

16 TO THE GRIND  remount of MFA Performance Candidate Adriano Cabral's wild, raunchy, funny and quite moving performance on voice and sexuality.   7pm at PEBE 132 (Margaret Gisolo Dance Theatre) at ASU Tempe. The remount of the piece is part of the "Come As You Are" Diversity event arranged by Melissa Britt of the ASU School of Dance. Following the performance there will be a discussion/workshop exploring the concepts of gender, sexuality, normalcy, and representation. Panelists will include Melissa Britt, Archie Burnett, Adriano Cabral, Lendo Abdur-Rhaman, Joy Young, and Jesse Mackonme. Free!

16 Former ASU Art Museum Director Marilyn Zeitlin gives a gallery talk on "Rhythm and History" focused on the museum's Cuba collection. Marilyn is an expert on Cuban art, before it was fashionable.  12-1 in the Kresge Gallery of ASU Art Museum. RSVP

17- 27  RENT ASU A Phoenix Theatre/Lyric Opera Theatre Co-Production  Book, music and lyrics by Jonathan Larson; stage direction and choreography by Robert Kolby Harper; stage direction for the LOT stage by Thomas Strawser; musical direction by Rebeca Junker.  I saw it on Broadway many many years ago and think it's awful, but I am clearly in the minority. I lived in the neighborhood it purports to be about during the years it claims to cover, and I think it's revoltingly sentimental and innacurate, but then again it's a musical not a documentary...  And now for the press release: "Winner of the Tony® Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, RENT has become a pop culture phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages. Based on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT follows a group of impoverished, young Bohemian artists and musicians struggling to live in New York City’s Lower East Side. Filled with humor and poignancy, love and laughter, these voices sing out to us about the struggles we all face today. The music rocks you to your soul and will leave you singing hits such as La Vie Boheme, Seasons of Love, Tango: Maureen, Take Me or Leave Me and many more. RENT is a modern classic about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. This show is verbally, sexually, politically and culturally charged. It is meant for mature audiences only."   

18-27  RED PLANET RESPITE, a world premiere by CIRCLE CIRCLE DOT DOT  Alumni Project Series. ASU Tempe Lyceum Theatre. New work by a wonderful 2008 graduate of our MFA performance cohort (Katie Harroff)collaborating with 30 ASU scientists and her San Diego-based company inspired by the prospect of life on Mars.

19-May 10 THE PORNOZOMBIES by Matt Casarino. Nearly Naked Theatre Company

19 public reading of plays by ASU students, grads and undergrads. ALAC, 147 E. Adams. Downtown Phoenix. From 2:00-4:00 pm: Isaac Kolding's "The Messy Business of Giving Up On Your Dreams: A Prospective Autobiography"and
John Perovich? 's "best behavior." From 6:30-8:30 pm: Kirt Shineman? 's "Lessons of Crime and Punishment"

21  Visiting Artist/Scholar Talks: Tony Oricco  ASU School of Art  7pm  Through movement and repetition Tony Oricco produces large-scale drawings that relate to the body, mark-making and space. As a former member of Trisha Brown Dance Company his practice is based in choreography. Oricco has presented and exhibited in the U.S., France, Germany, Mexico, the Netherlands and Spain. He has recently presented at the New Museum in NYC. His dance works have been presented at Sydney Opera House, Teatro La Fenice, and New York State Theater.

25-27  DON PASQUALE by Donizetti. Arizona Opera

25 THE SPOKEN WORLD Marc Bamiuthi Joseph at Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm  He's an extraordinary performer, whose work I have seen performed by him solo and also by his group. "Joseph, one of America’s vital voices in spoken word performance, will present The Spoken World . Area high school students will perform original spoken word pieces to open the show, a result of an artist residency at Mesa Arts Center wherein Bamuthi and Phoenix-based Phonetic Spit coached and cultivated young voices. In every aspect of his work, Joseph demonstrates his commitment to raising the visibility of youth voices; he was the artistic director of the 7-part HBO documentary Russell Simmons presents Brave New Voices, which shined a spotlight on the emerging generation’s most talented voices, and he is also the founding Program Director of the exemplary non-profit Youth Speaks.Among many accomplishments, he is an inaugural recipient of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship, which annually recognizes 50 of the country’s “greatest living artists,” and he is currently serving as Director of Performing Arts at Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco. Joseph will perform The Spoken World in collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Tommy Shepherd."

25-May 17 THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY by Kristoffer Diaz. Directed by Ron May. Stray Cat Theatre. Featuring our very own Jeremy Gillette as Chad Diety!   "A kick-ass comedy. For real. Finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, THE ELABORATE ENTRANCE OF CHAD DEITY is a drop-kicking, body-slamming, balls-out theatrical happening set in the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. Macedonio “Mace” Guerra plays the fall-guy for mega-successful “THE” Wrestling League, losing again and again to the impossibly charismatic champ Chad Deity. When Mace discovers a young Indian-American Brooklyn kid whose charisma rivals that of Chad’s, Mace decides to get him a job in the company. Only problem is, the boss has a very specific plan for the duo: put them onscreen as terrorists. “The delicious crackle and pop of a galloping, honest-to-God, all-American satire.” – NY Times"

25-May 11 GOOD PEOPLE by David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Matthew Wiener. Actors Theatre of Phoenix at the Arizona Opera Center, 1636 N. Central Ave. 2011 Tony nominee.  Directed by Matthew Weiner. Featuring our very own Tyler Eglen and Shanique Scott, and designed by Connie Furr and Jeff Thomson.  "Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bill, and where Maggie Walsh has just been let go from her job at the Dollar Store. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old flame who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a new start. With his signature humorous glow, David Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakable hope that come with having next to nothing in America."

25-27  DANCE ANNUAL ASU School of Dance  Premieres of new work by ASU students. Galvin Playhouse, ASU Tempe

28-29  9th Annual ASU Student Film Festival  7pm  Harkins Valley Art Theatre, 509 S. Mill Ave., Tempe $10

29-May 4 ONCE The musical. ASU Gammage.



1 THE 8 COMMANDMENTS FOR CREATIVE VENTURES a lecture by Patrick Koppola. Presented by AME's DC Studio, Stauffer B-125   ASU Tempe. 3-4pm  Free. "How do some creative projects achieve profit, fame or influence while most fail miserably or just disappear? Patrick will discuss 8 rules successful creative ventures follow and explain how to use them to make better choices about what to work on and with whom. Derived from Richard Cave's brilliant theory on the unique economics that arise when commerce meets art, (Creative Industries, 2002), Patrick's advice reflects his 15 years as a commercially succesful digital creative and advisor to other digital creatives. The session also includes time to ask him individual questions about improving the chances of a happy career in digital culture."

1-18  VENUS IN FUR by David Ives. Arizona Theatre Company. Directed by Shana Cooper. Got a lot of buzz on Broadway, especially for the lead actress. "Venus in Fur introduces us to Vanda, a startlingly talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on a classic erotic novel. When Vanda shows up hours late for her appointment, she knows she may have blown her chances. Her emotionally charged audition for Thomas, the demanding playwright/director, becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex."

2 Arts, Media+Engineering Digital Culture showcase. Stauffer B  12-4. ASU Tempe

2-18  PURLIE Book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell Music by Gary Geld Lyrics by Peter Udell Directed and Choreographed by Laurie Trygg. Black Theatre Troupe.

3   ASU Film students capstone screenings   7pm. Galvin Playhouse. ASU Tempe

3 #24TEEN ASU Tour bus performance designed for middle and high school audiences and touring to schools May 5-9. What it's like to be a teenager today, inspired by interviews with local teens. Public performance at 5pm FAC 233.

6 Retired Associate Justice of Supreme Court of U.S. Ruth Bader Ginsburg in conversation with Mary Schroeder, Senior Judge for Ninth Circuit of Appeals court.  ASU Gammage 6pm. Sponsored by School of Social Transformation. $5Tickets more information

8-10 GUTTED Brokenleg Collective (Chelsea Pace's collective) at the APLA building (where Binary and Empty Space are, Rural and University)  7:30, 9pm. "A powerful monster, Snarl, looms over Atlantis. It is there to protect us, but is our safety worth its slavery? Upon your arrival in Atlantis, you will fight for your survival in a city crackling with power, revolution, and sex."

10  Orange Theatre SPRING MIXER Fundraiser and introducing their new space!  $15. cocktails, snacks, music.  7:30pm-2am.   1711 W. Culver St. Phoenix (19th Ave and Grand Ave.) Come support this great local company founded, run by, and featuring graduates from ASU's School of Film, Dance, and Theatre!

11 CASSANDRA WILSON the great jazz/blues singer does a 6 and 8pm concert at Musical Instrument Museum/MIM I saw her several years ago at Carnegie Hall, sharing a bill with the late Cesaria Evora. Wilson's elegance and Evora's bare feet and smoke were such an odd combo, but they were both fantastic.

30-June 8  THE MOTHERF**KER WITH THE HAT  by Stephen Adly Guirgis. Directed by Anthony Runfol. Teatro Bravo  "Jackie, out on parole and newly sober, is determined to start anew with his childhood sweetheart Veronica, but her unrelenting coke addiction, his slick-talking AA sponsor, and the discovery of another man's hat in his living room all threaten to derail Jackie's tenuous progress and parole. A smash hit on Broadway, The Motherf**ker with the Hat is a cheerfully vulgar look at the complicated recovery from love and other addictions."