Valley of the Sun Culture Calendar
A highly selective selection compiled by Jeff McMahon
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All ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre productions are required for my SOFDT students, but do not count toward the additional professional performances you are required to see specifically for this class. Italics means SOFDT production/presentation. We will discuss all SoFDT Theatre productions in class. Event listings entirely in bold count toward one of the required non-SoFDT professional 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's School of Film, Dance and Theatre has an amazing program curated by Adam Collis, Hollywood Invades Tempe that brings writers, directors, designers, cinematographers and generally important folks in the film industry to our Campus.
ASU Herberger Institute of Design and The Arts, School of Film, Dance and Theatre Mainstage. Tickets at Galvin Playhouse/Nelson Fine Arts Building 965-6447. Performances usually at Galvin or Lyceum theatre. Dance performances in either FAC 122 or PEBE 132. All HIDA students may attend HIDA events free but you must purchase tickets in advance.
Binary Theatre a student run, ASU School of Film, Dance & Theatre supported effort at creating new work. Check site for their deadlines for proposals, events, etc. Currently at Prism in APMA building
Performance in the Borderlands events sponsored by the School of Film, Dance & Theatre, the Office of the President, and the Mexican Consulate General in Phoenix.
ASUGammage (480) 965-3434 Students get 50% discount on Beyond Broadway events, but you must go to Gammage box office (SW corner of campus at Mill/13th St.) before evening of show.
ASU School of Communications Performance Studies Empty Space at the Cornerstone Performing and Media Arts facility, 970 E. University at Rural, NE corner (same building as SPB/Prism)
ASU Art Museum right next to our FAC, has a great series of shows and is a perfect place to get away from classes for an hour. They have a regular series of lunchtime talks. And there is the Ceramics Research Center up the street at 699 S. Mill and temporary exhibits at Combine Studio in downtown Phoenix on N. 3rd Street
ASU School of Art has several galleries with regularly scheduled exhibits of student work . Many studios and programs of the School moved to Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix at 605 E. Grant
Art Media+Engineering AME Digital Arts Ranch corner of Myrtle and University
Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (ASU Tempe) readings, workshops (480) 965-6018
Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciencesat ASU West.
UA Presents at University of Arizona Tucson (520) 621-3341 (90 minutes by car from Tempe)
Borderlands Theater, Tucson (90 minutes by car from Tempe)
Scottsdale Center for the Arts 480-994-ARTS, includes: Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts (SCPA): 50% off student rush discount tickets 72 hours in advance—unless performance is selling out. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA) free on Thursdays 10-8 and Fri/Sat evenings and especially check out SMOCA LOUNGE
And SCPA's latest venture, the Scottsdale Cinematheque, showing independent, foreign, and art films not shown in other locations in the Valley.
Ingite Phoenix "Lighting a fire under the Valley's creative community." Short-form Lecture/demonstration series usually held at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts.
Now & Then Creative Company, created by our 2017 MFA Dramatic Writing graduate John Perovich.
Theatre Artists Studio in Paradise Valley supported and operated by member artists. 4848 East Cactus Road, Suite 406 (602) 765-0120
Arizona Theatre Company presents in Phoenix and Tucson Student tickets always $10 with ID!
Black Theatre Troupe 602-254-2151 x4. email@example.com Their new Performing Arts Center located at 1333 East Washington in Downtown Phoenix
Stray Cat Theatre 480-820-8022 now presenting (mostly) at Tempe Center for the Arts! On the lake!
Tempe Center for the Arts. On the river in Tempe, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway 480/350-2TCA (2822) New Director Ralph Remington is taking it in some new and exciting directions. Here's the 2017-18 Season
Nearly Naked Theatre (602) 254-2151
Phoenix Theatre more mainstream, but very strong productions and casts. Rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain for $15 with student ID!Working artists/actors can get an ArtsCard for that same deal (bring in a professional resume, Playbills with your name, etc. to b.o. during non-curtain hours to get the card)
Teatro Bravo! 602-258-1800 produces plays in English and Spanish that promote a complex portrait of the U.S. Latino/Latin American populations of Arizona. Venues vary. Founded by Guillermo Reyes and now managed by ASU graduate MFA candidate Ricky Araiza! currently on hiatus
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 in new location at 1524 N. 18th Ave off of Grand. Lots of performances, workshops, events
Childsplay at the Tempe Center for the Performing Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway but moving downtown to Herberger Center in 2018. 480-350-8101
Rising Youth Theatre led by our very own Xanthia Angel Walker, Sarah Sullivan, and Ashley Hare
South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute 7050 S. 24th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85042
Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center
Mesa Arts Center included SW Shakespeare, Galleries, music events, etc. And as of late August 2015, Light Rail will take you there!
Brelby Theatre Company an ever-growing presenter in West Valley, run by recent ASU grads!
Now & Then Creative Company founded by our very own MFA Dramatic Writing graduate John Perovich, in residence at Metropolitan Arts Institute
Theater Works 8355 W Peoria Ave, Peoria AZ 85345 (623) 815-7930
iTheatre Collaborative explores some very compelling scripts at the downtown Herberger
Farce Side Comedy and Barren Mind Improv at MU Stage (Memorial Union)
The First Friday of every month, downtown Phoenix galleries are open late into the evening 6-10 (and beyond) This has become a huge event, and a great way to get to know downtown Phoenix. Third Friday Artwalk has emerged as an alternative to the hysteria of First Friday http://www.artlinkphoenix.com/ 602-256-7539 Artlink also sponsors the annual Art Detour in March
Phoenix Urban Guide/PUG helpful for finding galleries, cultural stuff downtown, maps for First/Third Fridays, etc.
Musical Instrument Museum/MIM very impressive list of events and visiting artists. Too many to list! 4725 E. Mayo Blvd in North Phoenix
Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center/ALAC has exhibitions, performances, classes. A great resource in downtown Phoenix 147 E. Adams St.
Culture Coalition with a focus on indigenous artists
Ballet Arizona. (602) 381-1096. (888) 3BALLET.
Arizona Opera (Phoenix/Tucson) (602) 266-7464 Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St.
Harkins Cinema operates the Valley Art on Mill Ave in Tempe and Camelview Fashion Square in Scottsdale which both show independent and foreign films
AZ India Indian cultural events and Indian/Bollywood films shown locally
DESPERADO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL Annual festival held at Center for Performing Arts, Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd St. Phoenix in September
Phoenix FilmBar on Roosevelt Row. Films you can't see anywhere else. And hosting Prof. Joe Fortunato's FILMBAR FILMSCHOOL screenings with introductions and short lectures on the films.
No FestivalRequired. Steve Weiss' ongoing series of exhibitions of short films, new video work, etc. Various Locations
Arizona Humanities Council lectures and presentations too numerous to list. The Ellis-Shackelford House 1242 N. Central Avenue Phoenix 85004-1887 Phone:602/257-0335
Arizona Commission on the Arts 417 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1326 (602) 255-5882
Check out the Bridge Initiative jump-started by a grant from AZ Commission on the Arts and dedicated to the work of female theatre artists and writers. Our very own Laurelann Porter is the literary manager!
Kimber Lanning's excellent listings for local music events
The Phoenix Dance Observer, helmed by recent School of Dance graduate Julie Ackerly, is working to increase the awareness of dance and choreographic work here in the Valley, and to provide a space for dance criticism sorely lacking in our town
Theatre supports the local economy! So does supporting locally-based businesses.
Speaking of business, check out Prof. Linda Essig's blog on creative infrastructure and arts entrepreurship as well as the SoFDT Pave program in arts entrepreneurship.
Help our environment (and your own sanity); use public transporation. Take advantage of Valley Metro/Light Rail
goes directly from ASU to downtown Phoenix and downtown Mesa!
And, if you've read this far, you deserve a prize. If you are a student, you can go to the Hayden Library front desk for passes that provide a one-week free entrance to institutions such as SMOCA, Phoenix Art Museum, and other great places. Limited amount, so plan ahead!