FALL 2014 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. 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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
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:email@example.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
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!
16-20 DISORIENTATION ASU Student written and performed show that takes apart life here at ASU. Directed by our very own Pam Sterling. Always a rioutous and revealing show. at various locations in all 4 ASU campuses. See Fall Welcome Week schedule.
17-18, 24-25 Prime Time Soap (A Novela das Oito) a film from Brazil by Odilon Rocha. "Set against a backdrop of disco fever and dictatorship, high-class prostitute Amanda and her ‘maid’ Dora flee from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro" Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts. In Portuguese with English subtitles.
22-Sept. 6 BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK Lynn Nottage's play, a co-production between iTheatre Collaborative and ASU West. "draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood... 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." Herberger Theatre Center
24 THE BALLAD OF NARAYAMA the 1958 kabuki-inflected film by Keisuke Kinoshita. "filmed almost entirely on cunningly designed studio sets, in brilliant color and widescreen...stylish and vividly formal work from Japan's cinematic golden age." Phoenix Art Musuem 1pm $10
29 GOOD N' PLENTY Fundraising event and party in which you get to decide which worthy creative project gets the funds. SMOCA Lounge 7pm. $10
4 BOCAFLOJA in concert with Mexico City-born rap artist along with local musicians dancers, media artists. Produced by Performance in the Borderlands at the Herberger Theatre downtown 7pm. $15/$8 ASU students. ticks in Spanish/English
5 PROGNOSIS poetry and book release by Sidony O'Neal & Bocafloja. spanish/english. 7pm $5 Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center. ticks Boca Floja: A poet, rap artist, scholar, cultural ambassador and founder of the Quilomboarte collective. In 2008 he published his first book ImaRginación. Prognosis is his second literary project. Race relations, decolonial narrative, and the African diaspora in Latin America studies are fundamental topics addressed in his body of work. He was born in Mexico City and now lives in New York City. Sidony O'Neal is a writer and poet engaged in the study and practice of emancipatory literary production and trans/creation who works to encourage resistance to normative and stagnant discourses and engages herself in the visual-verbal construction of more useful and relevant paradigms of oscillation, truly "movement-among", multiple historical, social, linguistic and cultural literacies and literary practices?
5-6 7pm Free work-in-progress showing of BASETRACK. at ASUGammage "BASETRACK respectfully tells the stories of veterans in combat and coming home. Without representing these characters as either heroes or victims, BASETRACK tells a dynamic, contemporary story of ordinary people fundamentally changed by the extraordinary experience of fighting a war. BASETRACK is an ambitious collaboration between award-winning theatre company En Garde Arts and corpsmen from 1stBattalion/8th Marines. It is a gripping show that confronts the complex truths and ambiguities of modern military experience. Live music, film and a cascade of images from independent photojournalists in Afghanistan punctuate a performance drawn from genuine social media exchanges and interviews, immersing audiences in the experiences of contemporary military service personnel and their families" For free tickets RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
5-7 [title of show] Binary Theatre Company this show was a big hit in NY, and it will be great to see our student run troupe take a stab at it.
5-20 EQUIVOCATION a return of this very smart play at Southwest Shakespeare. Directed by our very own David Barker. "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. At once an explosive comedy of ideas and a high-stakes political thriller, Bill Cain’s award-winning Equivocation deftly reveals the cat-and-mouse games in politics and art, and the craft of learning how to speak the truth in difficult times" Mesa Arts Center.
5 12-2pm FAC 133 Meet Bill Cain, Playwright and Screenwriter, and author of EQUIVOCATION. Open discussion reagrding his work. Bring your lunch!
5-21 BABY WITH THE BATHWATER by Christopher Durang Theatre Artists Studio
6-DECEMBER 28 PAULO BRUSCKY -ART IS OUR LAST HOPE Exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum of Brazilian artist. " the first survey exhibition of Brazilian artist Paulo Bruscky’s career in the United States. Bruscky was born in Recife, in northeastern Brazil, in 1949. He came of age during the darkest time in his nation’s history, witnessing the 1964 military coup that instigated more than 20 years of dictatorial oppression and ruthless attacks by the military regime on insurgents as well as anyone deemed “subversive.” Nevertheless, he has always operated under the utopian vision that art has the potential to instigate social change, and in his multifaceted works he consistently challenges the socio-political status quo. One of the world’s first artists to manipulate the xerox machine as an esthetic device, Bruscky is also a mail artist, poet, creator of artist’s books, inventor, performance artist, photographer, and filmmaker." Artist talk with Bruscky October 29 at 7
6-14 THE ALBUM PROJECT: JAGGED LITTLE PILL "An impressionist theatrical journey through Alanis Morissette's most iconic record" Nearly Naked Theatre at Phoenix Theatre. Conceived and directed by Kate Sullivan Gibbens.
7 CAFE BOHEMIA an event for emerging playwrights. Arizona Theatre Company. Check the blog for detailed information. Herberger Theatre Center.
7 2pm National Theatre Live: MEDEA. Euripides play filmed and broadcast by the National Theatre in London. $15 for students with ID. Phoenix Art Museum
7-October 12 Childsplay presents CHARLOTTE'S WEB
8 THE ENCYLOPEDIA SHOW AZ 7pm Empty Space Theatre. a monthly, multi-genre, age-integrated presentation of creative performances on a central theme taken from an ACTUAL encyclopedia. Each contributor is assigned a specific subset of the central theme on which to write and perform. Participating artists perform poems, monologues, songs, rants, etc… Quirkiness and creativity is welcomed, as are fashionable falsehoods. Empty Space in Tempe is sponsored by The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication. The creative team includes: Nick Klemp, Michelle Hill, Brandon Ferderer, Andy Stone, Beth Clarke, Dwayne Holmes, Adam Jarvie.
9-Nov. 29 SHIFTING SANDS: RECENT VIDEOS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST ASU Art Musuem
-Nov 8 IN SOLITUDE, WHERE WE ARE LEAST ALONE Art inspired by the American transcendentalists Thoreau and Emerson. "The works, which range in date and medium, consider both the pain and pleasure of isolation..."
10 BEOWULF, adapted by Charlie Bethel from the classic poem. Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Art Center 7:30pm
12 P.H.I.L. TALKS 8pm $10 Space 55 An interactive presentation in the spirit of TEDx, but with an emphasis on local thinkers. Moderated by Tim Eigo
13 Arizona Association of Chicanos in Higher Education presenets THE DREAM IS ALIVE WITH...Award Winning Pianist, Dr. Deborah Joy in a concert featuring classical and contemporary piano music including her original composition “Songs of Love” 7:00 pm Bulpitt Auditorium at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Road. A concert to raise funds to support men and women pursuing a higher education at Phoenix College and empowering them to follow their dreams and achieve success in this challenging new world of technology and globalization. For questions, contact Dr. Amalia Valle Villegas at 602-285-7399 or email@example.com http://deborahjoy.net/
14 Alejandro Jodorowsky's EL TOPO Released in 1970 "a landmark in independent filmmaking" Phoenix Art Museum 1pm. $10
16-21 KINKY BOOTS 2013 Tony Award winner for best musical. Written by Harvey Fierstein (Torch Song Trilogy) and composed by none other than Cyndi Lauper. ASUGAMMAGE
16 MEXICO; POLITICA Y POETICA Curator Julio Cesar Morales discusses the history of political and conceptual are in Mexico City. 6-7pm ASU Art Museum
17 JODOROWSKY'S DUNE Filmmaker Frank Pavich examines another filmmaker, Alejandro Jodorowsky, exploring the film that he never quite made, an adaptation of Frank Herbert's classic sci-fi novel, DUNE. Phoenix Art Museum 7pm. Free. Sponsored by Lisa Sette Gallery.
18 Sara Wookey, Resident Artist in Dance, gives a presentation at ASU Art Museum 3:30-4:45.
18 An evening of poetry and conversation with Nikki Giovanni. Mesa Arts Center 6:30-8:30. "Nikki Giovanni is an American writer, commentator, activist, world renowned poet, powerful literary voice, and educator, currently at Virginia Tech. She is also one of the best known African American poets who reached prominence during the late 1960s and early 1970s." FREE
18 Elena Poniatowska speaks at ASU's MU 220/Turquoise Room. 12-1:30pm. " Poniatowska is a French-born Mexican journalist and author, specializing in works on social and political issues focused on those considered to be disenfranchised, especially women and the poor. In 2013, she won Spain's Premio Cervantes Literature Award, the greatest existing Spanish language literature award for an author's lifetime works, being the 4th woman to receive such recognition." Sponsored by Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, Mexican Consulate, and others.
19-October 4 THE BROTHERS SIZE by Tarrel Alvin McCraney. Directed by Ron May. And featuring our very own Michael Thompson, who does an amazing job. Excellent cast. At Stray Cat. McCraney is a brilliant young American writer. I have seen several of his plays, including the Public Theatre version of this one in NY. Essential work. McCraney blends southern American and African idioms brilliantly in an emotional, musical structure, receiving a McCarthur "genius" award last year. Do not miss this!
25 LIT LOUNGE AT THE CRESCENT BALLROOM a very special presentation of this wonderful reading series, sponsored by SMOCA Lounge but held this time in Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix. 7pm. Featuring Amy Silverman, Robrt Pela, Tania Katan and others.
25-October 12 THEY CALL ME A HERO by our very own Guillermo Reyes. Based on a memoir by Daniel Hernandez about surviving the shooting rampage in Tucson that severly injured his boss, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Directed by Barclay Goldsmith and presented by Borderlands, at Zuzi's Theater, 738 N. 5th Ave. in Tucson. (520) 882-7406
26-Oct 12 August Wilson's RADIO GOLF. Black Theatre Troupe. The final play in Wilson's 10-play cycle following the lives of African-Americans
26-28 LA RAZON BLINDADA performed by Los Angeles-based troupe 24th Street Theatre at ASU West campus. “La Razón Blindada (Reason Obscured) is based on the classic novel “El Quijote” by Miguel de Cervantes, Franz Kafka’s “The Truth about Sancho Panza,” and testimonies by Chicho Vargas and other political prisoners held in the 1970s at the Rawson Prison during Argentina’s dictatorship." Written and directed by Aristides Vargas
26-28 DROWNING, BUT NOT FALLING Binary Theatre Company
26-28 ASU Dance presents: Known and Unknown. A collaboration between ASU students, faculty, alumni, and local artists, with "a range of thought-provoking works that test the boundaries of performance, movement and spontaneity" Galvin Playhouse
27 DANIEL ROUMAIN with the Arizona Hight School All-Star Symphony." Equally at ease conducting a symphony orchestra or sampling Hip Hop alongside a DJ, composer/violinist Daniel Roumain returns to ASU Gammage for the again after serving as the ASU Gammage Residency artist, 2003-2006. Roumain's acclaimed work as a composer and a performer has spanned more than two decades, and he has been commissioned by artists and institutions worldwide. Roumain is also perhaps the only composer/performer whose collaborations span the worlds of Lady Gaga, Philip Glass, Cassandra Wilson, Bill T. Jones and Savion Glover. Roumain will collaborate with some of Arizona's most talented high school musicians from around the state in a very special concert honoring ASU Gammage's 50th Anniversary" part of the ever-adventurous Beyond Series at ASUGAMMAGE 7pm
27-Jan 3, 2015 RICHARD T. WALKER: THE PREDICAMENT OF ALWAYS (AS WE ARE) videos, photographs, installations, performances. ASU Art Museum. Lecture by Richard T. Walker on September 26, 6:30-7:30
27 opening of SMOCA exhibit, COVERT OPERATIONS 7-9pm Free. The show will run until January 11, 2015. A very timely show examing spycraft, covert intelligence, and the omnipresence of surveillance.
30 6pm ASU SCIENCE FICTION TV DINNER Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. FREE (but registration required and includes dinner) "The ASU Science Fiction TV Dinner series is a launch pad for new conversations about science, technology, art and society. Enjoy dinner from local food trucks, then watch a screening of the House, M.D. episode “Cane and Able,” in which misanthropic genius diagnostician Gregory House and his team tackle the case of a young boy who believes he has been abducted and tortured by aliens. The story turns on a truth stranger than fiction: human chimeras who carry the DNA of more than one person in their bodies. Following the screening, Center for Science and the Imagination Editor and Program Manager Joey Eschrich will moderate a conversation featuring Dr. Catherine Seiler, scientific liaison at ASU’s Biodesign Institute, and a second medical research expert."
30 THE MUSEUM OF WALKING a new effort at ASU started by the always fascinating Angela Ellsworth. Inagural exhibition, Notes for Friends, curated by Dana Buhl, runs through January. Opens tonight 6-9pm. Tower Center A, Suite 206, 123 E. University at ASU Tempe. Independent curator and Arizona artist Buhl brings together sorted and splayed books examining a small cross-section of a medium that holds the trace of human exploration. Selections from the disciplines of activism, art, cartography, philosophy, and science are displayed as discourse with the intent of investigating the transformations of our relationship to the act of walking. Dana Buhl was born and raised in the Phoenix area. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Arizona State University. While continuing to exhibit locally Buhl works as the Curatorial Coordinator at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art where her curatorial projects include Bill Owens: Suburbia (2014) and The SMS Portfolios (forthcoming, 2015). Most recently Buhl founded a photo-specific, conversation-driven exhibition space called THE TABLE in the living room of her home hosting monthly exhibitions of local and national photographers. info
1 MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2014 "An extraordinary global event will take place the week of September 26th to October 5th, 2014 when over 100,000 people in over 250 cities across seven continents gather in cinemas, galleries, universities, museums, and cafes for one purpose…to view and vote on short films in the 18th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival." 7pm at Phoenix Art Museum $9 students w/ID
2 SEASON OPENING ASU Art Musuem. 6:30-8:30
2 Panel Discussion - Border Aesthetics: Artistic Practice as Social Tool w/ Richard Montoya (Culture Clash), Sean San Jose (Campo Santo theatre), Dora Arreola (Hungry Woman director), Michelle Ponce (1Spot Indigenous Gallery), Julio Cesar Morales (ASU Museum curator) ASU Art Museum multipurpose room 3-4:30pm Performance in the Borderlands.
2-5 ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Presents a double bill: Purcell's DIDO AND AENEAS and Pergolesi's LA SERVA PADRONA at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre on ASU Tempe campus.
3 Banned Plays: Radio Mambo: Culture Clash Invades Miami by Culture Clash, 7 - 9 pm (Free, but part of First Friday so could be very crowded) ASU Combine Studios Downtown, Performance in Borderlands partnership with ASU Art Museum. Richard Montoya and Sean San Jose, along with one ASU student, will read excerpts from Radio Mambo. Radio Mambo was one of the plays 'banned' during the Tucson Mexican American Studies dismantling in 2012.
3 CHAOS THEORY 15 Randy Slack's annual party and art exhibit at his Legend City Studios, 521 W. Van Buren from 6-10pm. Local artists contribute one artwork each. Always some good stuff up on the walls.
3 HOW CAN ART ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY? A free and open colloquium at the ASU Art Musuem featuring conversations between artists, art critics, philosphers, scientists and journalists. 11am-5pm come and go as you please; program will be published in advance on the Museum's website.
4-Jan 17, 2015 TROUT FISHING IN AMERICA AND OTHER STORIES Artists Bryndis Snaebjornsdottir (Iceland) and Mark Wilson (UK) explore networked efforts of conservation in AZ. Photographs, videos, sculpture. ASU Art Musuem
5 Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE HOLY MOUNTAIN 1973 film "flood of sacrilegious imagery and existential symbolism in The Holy Mountain is a spiritual quest for enlightenment pitting illusion against truth." 1pm Phoenix Art Museum
9-26 VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE. Christopher Durang's Tony Award winning (Best Play 2013) gloss on Checkov. Directed by the (one hopes) appropriately named Joel Sass. “The theater erupts in booming gusts of laughter that practically shake the seats.” – The New York Times Arizona Theatre Company
9 TEEN LIT LOUNGE True stories and live music written and presented by talented students from Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix. 7pm SMOCA Lounge FREE
9-10 ASU Dance Graduate MFA presentations "original dance and multimedia pieces created by dance graduate students. In a physically and visually compelling evening, students explore the full spectrum of dance theatre, challenging notions about traditional and experimental art."
9-13 14th ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. Scottsdale Center for the Arts. (schedule available after September 6)
10-25 KING JOHN Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center. "Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s most underrated play, King John tells the thrilling story of the “game of thrones” that occurs upon the death of Richard the Lionheart. Filled with some of the most compelling characters Shakespeare ever penned, such as Constance, Philip the Bastard, Hubert, and King John himself, the play contains elements reminiscent of Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. As John desperately tries to hold onto power, the legitimacy of his reign is questioned by Constance, who asserts that her son Arthur is the true heir to the throne."
10-12 CRUZAR LA CARA DE LA LUNA Arizona Opera presents the world's first Mariachi opera, composed by Jose "Pepe" Martinez and written by Leonard Foglia, "blending the passion and artistry of mariachi with the emotionally touching story of a Mexican immigrant family. Commissioned in celebration of the anniversaries of Mexican Independence and Revolution, Cruzar la Cara de la Luna features the legendary Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan and promises to be an unforgettable night of raw energy, drama and virtuosity."
10 BLUE WILLOW Reading of a new play by our own Pam Sterling! FAC 132. 7pm 90 minutes with optional talk-back following. Written for TYA audience, so all ages suitable. It is an adaptation of the children's novel, Blue Willow. WIthin the narrative of the story of Blue Willow, are woven several oral histories that Pam have collected over the past three years of research and interviews. These stories are from migrant farm workers and the working poor: Anglo, Mexican-American, Asian-American,, and African-Amrican, and range historically from the Great Depression of the 1930's, which is when the story of Blue Willow takes place, to the Great Recession of 2008.
11 THREE ACTS, TWO DANCERS, AND ONE RADIO HOST with Ira Glass, choreographer Monica Bill Barnes, Anna Bass. Mesa Arts Center 8pm. A collaboration between the host of This American Life and a choreographer.
12 CAFE BOHEMIA an event for emerging playwrights. Arizona Theatre Company. Check the blog for detailed information. Herberger Theatre Center. 7pm Caridad Svich's ARCHIPELAGO will be presented, in a reading directed by Steven Wrentmore
16 THE OATH a film by the investigative journalist Laura Poitras. "This award-winning documentary directed by Laura Poitras traces the fate of two Yemeni men—Osama bin Laden’s former driver and his bodyguard—entangled in 9/11, military prisons, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Presented by No Festival Required Independent Cinema to complement SMoCA’s fall exhibition Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns. 7:30pm $7
16-17 LISTEN(N) SYMPOSIUM: ACOUSTIC ECOLOGIES OF THE AMERICAN SOUTHWEST DESERTS Arts,Media+Engineering presents interdisciplinary collaborative project exploring National Park and Preserve communities in the American Southwest through sound, digital technology and media. Keynote speaker Dr. Sabine Breitsameter, radio artist and scholar of digital humanities. ASU Art Museum
16-24 HOTEL ATHENA Howl Theatre Project. " Your presence is requested for a private grounds tour of HOTEL ATHENA, the world's most nostalgic destination! Accommodations are limited; maximum 15 people per night. Space on the tour is first come, first serve. Please arrive early to ensure your spot. Snacks will be provided. Tour dates are October 16, 17, 18 and 23, 24. Tours begin promptly at 7:30pm. The hotel is located at 1138 E. Northview Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85020. There is not a set fee for the tour. A $10 donation is requested, not required. (HOTEL ATHENA is the fourth installment in Chris Danowski's Monsters of the Sea series.) You can contact hotel staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. We look forward to serving you!" Chris Danowski Heather Lee Harper Jake Jack Hylton Boyd Branch Stephen Matthew Kass Jamie Haas Hendricks Bethanne Abramovich Beth May Seth Ephraim Scott Liana O'Boyle
17-26 THE HUNGRY WOMAN: A MEXICAN MEDEA Lyceum Theatre on Tempe Campus. Written by Cherrie Moraga and directed by Dora Arreola. "reimagines the Medea story in a post-revolutionary Phoenix and deftly weaves together themes of Chicana/o, Native American and lesbian cultural identities with the myths of the Mexican La Lorona, the Aztec Coatlicue and the Greek tragic hero. Mature content."
17 THE ODYSSEY Adapted by Charlie Bethel from Homer's epic poem. Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm
17-November 2 SPEED THE PLOW by David Mamet at Theatre Artists Studio "Two Hollywood insiders and a seemingly innocent newcomer straddle the chasm between business and art while they debate whether to produce a spiritual novel or a surefire blockbuster"
17 MAYDA DEL VALLE spoken word artist from Chicago. Mesa Arts Center. 7:30pm
17-19, 24-26 FINGERPAINTING [FOR GROWNUPS] Binary Theatre Company Molly Schenk's new project.
19 Alejandro Jodorowsky's THE DANCE OF REALITY. His first film in 23 years. Phoenix Art Museum 1pm
19-Nov. 16 Childsplay presents THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Dwayne Hartford, Adapted from the book by Kate DiCamillo
23-25 MR. BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY Written by Anne Washburn Directed by Charlie Steak $15 Space 55 "It’s post nuclear melt-down, there’s no electricity, no TV, and the survivors are living in small groups, à la The Walking Dead, when a few people around a campfire start to piece together their memories of – an episode of The Simpsons. Soon they’re taking it a step further. Anne Washburn’s imaginative dark comedy is testament to both the importance of live theater, and to the resilience of Bart Simpson through the ages. Mr. Burns is an animated exploration of how the pop culture of one era might evolve into the mythology of another"."
23-24 ASU DANCE: UNDERGRADUATE PROJECT PRESENTATIONS at PEBE building, Tempe Campus. "In a varied collection of dance, new media and installation pieces, students from each year of the undergraduate program join forces to present inventive and striking works that inspire us to rethink the meaning of creativity."
24-November 9 SEMINAR by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Ron May, and featuring our very own David Barker. I saw the Broadway (or maybe it was Lincoln Center) production and really disliked the script, but it's a great vehicle for actors, and I'm sure this team will discover levels I didn't get when I saw it. Actors Theatre of Phoenix at the Black Theatre Troupe.
24-26 shallow grave A new play by MFA dramatic writing candidate John Perovich. Directed by Bill Partlan in FAC 133, Tempe campus. "Maggie’s family gathers for the funeral of her husband. Her children begin to suspect the worst as they uncover details about their father’s death. Relationships are tested and upended and painful secrets are revealed in this comedy about love, loss and the importance of family. Mature content."
24 Cherrie Moraga, author of THE HUNGRY WOMAN (see our production above) leads a public reading and dialogue on "On the road to Xicana Consciencia" ASU Tempe Stauffer B111 4:30pm
25 Cherrie Moraga leads a post-show discussion after THE HUNGRY WOMAN "Inter-Generations"
25 Cherrie Moraga teaches a workshop in Community Writing "Out of Place" from 10:30am-1:30pm at 1 Spot Gallery, 918 E. 6th St. Phoenix. Please rsvp for workshop to <email@example.com>
25 DANCE THEATRE OF HARLEM 7pm at ASUGammage as part of their Beyond Series Student ticks $10. Also an open rehearsal on Friday the 24th at 12:30 (free)
25 ITHAMAR HAS NOTHING TO SAY ASU Lyric Opera Theatre Alumni Guest Artist Ithamar Enriquez 7:30pm Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, Tempe Campus. Written and performed by Ithamar Enriquez; directed by Frank Caeti. "In the tradition of Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin and Mr. Bean, Ithamar Enriquez performs a one man sketch show without saying a single word. This presentation features an eclectic mix of music from Louis Armstrong to Daft Punk to Nintendo theme songs and many more. Ithamar is an alumnus of ASU's Lyric Opera Theatre as well as Chicago’s The Second City and has appeared on The League, Arrested Development, The Office, Raising Hope, and Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Charleston City Paper called Ithamar, "Charlie Chaplin for the 21st Century!" This live show is currently being developed into a web series produced by Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Comedy Central's Key and Peele."
26 National Theatre Live: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE Tennessee William's great play, with Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster, Vanessa Kirby. $15 students. Broadcast from London 2pm Phoenix Art Museum
27 Miguel Coyula, filmmaker from Cuba, presents a talk on "50 Years of Cuba: Looking Back, Looking In" at 6pm in the Kiva Lecture Hall at ASU West, followed by a screening of his film "Memorias del desarrollo" (2010) in Spanish with English subtitles.
29 Paulo Bruscky lectures on his work on exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum (see September listing) 7pm.
30 ROYAL BALLET OF CAMBODIA 7:30pm Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts
30 DANCING IN JAFFA screening and discussion of new documentary about ballroom dancing bridging Jewish and Muslim children sponsored by ASU Art Museum, Center for Jewish Studies, Center for Study of Religion and Conflict, School of Film, Dance & Theatre and the HIDA Socially Engaged Practice program. Shown at PEBE 132 on ASU Tempe campus 7pm
30 7pm THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHOW AZ (see above September 8) Empty Space Theatre. Tonight's topic: "Saints"
31 WHAT IS IT WORTH?/MARKET-BASED MEMORIES a staged reading of a new project investigating worth and value, created by SoFDT faculty member Jeff McMahon and composer Aaron Neber. FAC 133 Tempe campus.
1 ONE DROP OF LOVE Mesa Arts Center. Produced by Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and the show’s writer/performer Fanshen Cox DiGiovanni, One Drop of Love is a multimedia one woman show. It incorporates film, photographs, and animation to examine how 'race' has been constructed in the United States and how it can influence our most intimate relationships. 3&7:30pm $30
5 The great novelist and climate change activist Margaret Atwood, author of the MaddAddam triology, spends an evening at the Herberger Theatre in downtown Phoenix, sponsored by ASU's Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative. She will speak about the emergence of the literary genre "CliFi" or climate fiction (no, not climate change denial). 7pm. Free.
5 DAVID SEDARIS Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm One of the great storytellers.
7-9, 14-16 BUG Binary Theatre Company before the actor/writer Tracy Letts wrote AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, he wrote this rather prescient play about an obsession with insects that will have you squirming
12 Family Cries: transforming grief through poetry and music. Written and performed by John Genette/ Produced by Jennifer Linde. Empty Space Theatre
13-30 WAIT UNTIL DARK Written by Frederick Knott, adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. Arizona Theatre Company. I still remember the movie making me a basket case of tension when I was a child. Should be interesting to see how it plays as a play.
13 THE WALLS ASU's Performance in the Borderlands Banned Plays Reading Series presents staged reading of Griselda Gambaro's play at SMOCA. in the Lounge 7pm Free!
14-16 RIGOLETTO Verdi's great opera, with Michael Corvino as Rigoletto (alternating with Joshua Jeremiah). Arizona Opera.
14-23 CHILDREN OF EDEN ASU Lyric Opera Theatre at Evelyn Smith Music Theatre Tempe Campus Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; book by John Caird. Stage direction by Elaine "E.E." Moe; musical direction by Curtis Moeller; choreography by Molly Lajoie "a popular musical based on the Book of Genesis. Act I tells the story of Adam and Eve as well as Cain and Able, and Act II portrays Noah’s flood. Known for his music in WICKED, Stephen Schwartz’s score is full of fun and memorable tunes, including “Stranger to the Rain.” This show is appropriate for all ages"
14-22 romeo&juliet/VOID Written by Chris Danowski, directed by Stephen Wrentmore (associate artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company) Galvin Playhouse, Tempe campus. "The world premiere of a gorgeous new play by Phoenix’s own poetic genius Chris Danowski. reimagines the familiar tragic romance 400 years after Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Set in an underworld where everyone misses someone, this is a love story where eternal, magnificently immortal lovers circle around an eternal moment. Mature content." I saw a workshop version of this (in Chris' house) and it was absolutely captivating.
17 7pm THE ENCYCLOPEDIA SHOW AZ (see above September 8) Empty Space Theatre. Tonight's topic: "Invasive Species"
20 Jessica Lang Dance Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm
20 SECRECY documentary film by Peter Galison and Robb Moss looking at classified secrets. Part of the Covert Films series at SMOCA Lounge presented by No Festival Required. $7 7:30pm
21 BEIJINGDANCE/LDTX Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts 8pm
21-23 ASU DANCE: EMERGING ARTISTS I Tempe Campus, FAC 122 Thesis projects by graduating MFA Dance candidates, employing live performance, interactive art, and media.
22 COVERT OPERATIONS SYMPOSIUM 1-7:30pm $5/free for students. SMOCA featuring journalist Dana Priest, artists Hasan Elahi, David Gurman, David Taylor, and curators Sandra Phillips and Claire C. Carter.
22-25 I’m One of Those Women: Testimonies of Stillbirth, Abortion and What Happens When Pregnancy Ends
Written and performed by Suzanne Pullen, Co-directed by Jennifer Linde and Suzanne Pullen. Empty Space Theatre 7pm
23 CAFE BOHEMIA an event for emerging playwrights. Arizona Theatre Company. Check the blog for detailed information. Herberger Theatre Center. 7pm
26-December 14 TOMMY J & SALLY by Mark Medoff. Black Theatre Troupe. Medoff (Children of a Lesser God) follows a young African-American man and a famous white pop singer "examining the impact of the Jewish culure on race relations."
28-December 14 ON GOLDEN POND by Ernest Thompson Theatre Artists Studio
30 National Theatre Live: SKYLIGHT Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan, Matthew Beard in the play by David Hare. Directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot). 2pm Phoenix Art Museum
1 LYRIC OPERA MUSICAL THEATRE FALL SHOWCASE "An evening celebrating and sharing the best acting, vocal, and dance work of our students majoring in musical theatre performance. intended for mature audiences" Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, Tempe Campus. 7:30pm
2 MARK DION LECTURE Visiting artist whose work examines dominant ideologies and public institutions. The job of the artist, he says, is to go against the grain of dominant culture and to challenge perception and convention. ASU Art Museum 5:30-7
2-3 ELF: THE MUSICAL Mesa Arts Center. "Based on the beloved 2003 New Line Cinema hit, ELF features songs by Tony Award®-nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer), with a book by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray) and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone)" 7:30pm
4-5 FALL FILM CAPSTONES Galvin Playhouse, Tempe campus. "The public is invited to attend Film and Media Production (FMP) Capstone Screenings. Capstones are senior film students’ most ambitious productions, the culmination of at least a year’s work. Films are all lengths and genres, and can range from hourlong documentaries to raucous music videos to short dramas. Most of the filmmakers, crews and actors from within and outside ASU join in on the festivities and loudly applaud their favorites."
5-7 LIVING MYTHS An original work under the direction of Brazillian artist and choreographer Monza Calabar. PEBE Dance theatre on Tempe campus. "created in collaboration with the dance and theatre programs , this production engages ancestral lives, myths, histories, and present realities within the rich cultural, musical and religious context of Candomblé."
5-20 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER by Eric Dufault, directed by Michael Peck. featuring Louis Farber and Ron May. "A play about cockfighting" Stray Cat.
5 A SONDHEIM EVENING Musical director/pianist Ted Sperling and two singers. UA Presents in Tucson
6-7 WITNESSING MASCULINITY Written/performed by Frankie Marchi, directed by Brendan Ferderer 7pm Empty Space Theatre. "This autobiographical narrative invites the audience to explore the spaces between 'normal' and 'variant' performances of masculinity. Aside from cultural conventions, Frankie Marchi uses his identity as a performer to engage how his body and voice are witnessed by the performing audience, and how that audiencing both challenges and re-inscribes masculine constructs."