2019 Fall! in the Valley of the Sun

italics=School of Film, Dance & Theatre production

all bold (not just the title)=counts as credit for my students

AUGUST

9-24 SMALL MOUTH SOUNDS by Beth Wohl. Directed by Michael Peck.. Stray Cat Theatre at Tempe Center for the Arts.  I saw this in NYC and was in the minority in that I was not blown away by it. But Stray Cat will I am sure take a great scratch at it, so go see! 

-through 31  a very promising visual art exhibition at Lisa Sette Gallery (best private gallery in Phoenix!) Mike and Doug Starn, Carrie Marill, James Turrell, and ASU's own Bin Danh and many others. 

-through January 4  JUNTOS TOGETHER an exhibition by Iván Argote at ASU Art Museum.  Young, Paris-based Colombian sculpture, video artist working in a lot of media in a very compelling show (his first solo show in U.S..) that museum curator Julio César Morales organized  very quickly after seeing his work at the Desert X Biennale in Coachella earlier this year.  An impressive example of a large institution moving quickly!  

16-25  UNMENTIONABLES by Molly Grenville. Space 55. directed by Annie Brennan Coursey. Featuring Mackenzie Cala, Willa Eigo, Kalei Devilly & Duane Daniels. "Shannon spends her day at a desk job; Claudia spends her day mailing her dirty underwear to eager buyers. Their worlds collide when Claudia quits sex work in pursuit of a desk job and Shannon’s dream man arrives on their doorstep. Now they have to grapple with the differences they’ve ignored and ask the hard questions: How does our upbringing affect our adult life? How does class define the choices available to us? What does it mean to be a functioning adult woman? And who the hell is this guy knocking at the door of their Washington Heights apartment?"

18 SINGIN' IN THE RAIN Prof. Joe Fortunato returns to AZ to host one of his Fortunato Film School evenings. Alamo Draft House in Chandler  4:30pm  If you've never seen this fabulous dance film from 1952 by dancer Gene Kelly and director Stanley Donen, you have a great pleasure awaiting. 

18 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ALLELUJAH!  broadcast of the brilliant Brit playwright Alan Bennett's (History Boys, Madness of George III, Lady in the Van) play about a hospital in Yorkshire. Phoenix Art Museum 1pm

19 SUPERMAN  Prof. Joe Fortunato returns to AZ to host one of his Fortunato Film School evenings. 7pm at Film Bar

22    ASU semester begins!

23-24 BLAKTINX DANCE FESTIVAL Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N. 3rd St. Phoenix   602-254-3100  8 choreographers from Phoenix and 2 from LA for this festival which will then be presented in LA in September. Focus is on choreographers of color. 

25  YOUR NAME ISN'T ENGLISH screening and discussion with film director Tazbah Chavez and actress Chelsey Luger. Heard Museum  11:30am

-November 3  STILL LIFE NO. 3: RAVEN CHACON an installation at the Heard Museum "retells the Diné Bahaneʼ, the Navajo story of creation and emergence into the current world. The piece is comprised of sound, speakers, text and timed colored light which scrolls through several hues over a 24-hour cycle – relating to colors referenced in the Diné origin story. By doing this, the artist creates ambiguity in the gallery space and narrative of the Diné emergence story. The voice of a Diné woman is amplified through speakers that are set on a delay causing parts of the story to overlap, creating a non-linear situation to the narrative while illuminating past, present, and future all in one singular moment"

-Sept. 22 MEXICAN PHOTOGRAPHERS, MEXICAN VIEWS Phoenix Art Museum 

28-Oct. 13 KINKY BOOTS  book by Harvey Fierstein and music by Cyndi Lauper. Phoenix Theatre. Got a Tony for Best Musical. 

30 BINARY BASH  party for School of Film Dance and Theatre's student run Binary Theatre  7pm  

30-31  PLUCK THE DAY by Kirt Shineman at Now & Then Creative Company  1700 N. 7th Ave.  "When the Court of Master Sommeliers revokes the master sommelier designation from four friends because of a cheating scandal their lives are upended. Clarity and Parker, wife and husband, lose their new apartment; Ke is put on leave, and Cy is demoted to a waiter. Parker’s mother, Sandrine, helps them ready for the re-exam. But when Clarity discovers strange wine labels, odd receipts, and cheat-sheets, she suspects the cheater resides close to her."  Directed by Marcelino Quiñonez. Dramaturgy by Dave Osmundsen

31  SHAWNAPALOOZA! Benefit at Space 55 featuring many valley performers and hosted by Genevieve Rice. 7:30pm $20 funds go toward bringing Space 55 founder Shawna Franks back for a show later this year. 

SEPTEMBER

4-6  FUNNY FOR A GIRL  Binary Theatre  7:30pm

5   GET WEIRD a free event 5-9pm at ASU Art Museum

-through January 4  JUNTOS TOGETHER an exhibition by Iván Argote at ASU Art Museum.  Young, Paris-based Colombian sculpture, video artist working in a lot of media in a very compelling show (his first solo show in U.S..) that museum curator Julio César Morales organized  very quickly after seeing his work at the Desert X Biennale in Coachella earlier this year.  An impressive example of a large institution moving quickly!  

6-22 THE PRE-COG by Ilana Lydia. B3  and Aside Theatre Co-production.    3508 N. 7th St. Phoenix.  "science fiction piece which was inspired by the life and works of Philip K. Dick, the writer behind Minority Report, Total Recall, Blade Runner, and The Man in the High Castle. In this story, a genius-level physicist begins hearing a voice who tells her about the future. She finds that the voice—the Entity—is not only right, but often indispensable, warning her of a murder attempt, an injury to her son, and when she would meet her true love. As time progresses, her wife and son protest the Entity’s involvement in their lives. The scenes will be performed in a random order each show, as determined by the audience at the beginning of the piece, in a nod to Philip K. Dick’s belief in Chance Theory."

6-21  ACTUALLY  by Anna Ziegler  iTheatre Collaborative  "Arizona premiere. Amber and Tom, finding their way as freshmen at Princeton, spend a night together that alters the course of their lives. They agree on the drinking, they agree on the attraction, but consent is foggy, and if unspoken, can it be called consent?" 

7 IMPROVISING WHILE BLACK Performance and artist talk with mayfield brooks. Phoenix Center for the Arts -  Black Box Basement, at 1202 N 3rd St, Phoenix  8pm Presented by ASU Performance in the Borderlands, NueBox and Prescott College.

7  LOUISA MAY ALCOTT: THE POWER OF A WOMAN. Our very own Pamela Sterling wrote and will be performing in this solo piece as part of Now&Then Creative Company in a free performance at 2pm.  Metropolitan Arts, 1700 N 7th Ave Phoenix

8-Oct 13  THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE Childsplay at Herberger Theater Center.  by Dwayne Hartford based on book by Kate DiCamillo

9  GAMMAGE BEYOND! PREVIEW RECEPTION  7-8pm in the ASU Gammage lobby.  Appetizers and snacks. Bar. Find out about the upcoming Gammage Beyond! series.  Free! 

13-29  BLUES IN THE NIGHT   Black Theatre Troupe

14, 22  NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ALL ABOUT EVE directed by Ivo van Hove, who recently did Network on Broadway and did a production of The Little Foxes that I will never forget. Phoenix Art Museum  1pm 

14 ROAR! The Bridge Initiative presents an evening of short plays by female writers. Including alums like Rachelle Dart, Laurelann Porter,  7:30pm Tempe Center for the Arts

17  ARTIST TALK AND RECEPTION Welcome Guadalajara-based artist Karian Amaya to the GDL>>PHX Residencias Artisticas program, bringing mid-career Mexican artists  to Phoenix.  Karian will be here Sept. 3-Oct. 12 to "research binational visual and literary responses to the Sonoran Desert, as well as the history and impact of extractive industries on the landscape."  7-9pm Palabra/Futuro, 909 N. 1st St. Phoenix

18 ASU PERFORMANCE IN THE BORDERLANDS BINATIONAL ARTS RESIDENCY with Bolivian artist CAROLINA ARANIBAR-FERNÁNDEZ   kick-off event 7pm Phoenix Hostel and Cultural Center. 

19  DEFINE AMERICAN: MY LIFE AS AN UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANT Jose Antonio Vargas gives a talk based on his book of the same name. He also co-produced Heidi Schreck's phenomenal play, What the Constitution Means to Me. A presentation by Barrett, the Honors College, at Tempe Center for the Arts  7:30pm Free but register

20-22 FALL FORWARD! The Fall dance concert. Galvin Theatre/FAC New work by ASU faculty and guests, including former MFA grad students Jenny Gerena and Kristopher K.Q. Pourzal!

21  ARIZONA DANCE FESTIVAL 2019 presented by Desert Dance Theatre at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Lots of companies from all around the region. Come celebrate National Dance Day!  2 different programs at 2:00 and 7:30pm

20-29  LADIES IN WAITING: THE JUDGEMENT OF HENRY VIII Southwest Shakes at Taliesin West. 

24-29 MISS SAIGON  ASUGammage Broadway

25 ROMA Alfonso Cuaron's brilliant and intensely moving 2018 film. Phoenix Art Museum 6pm. Needs to be seen (and heard) on a big screen.  

26 THE RING  FilmBar presents a film (with Rita Moreno!) about a Mexican prizefighter fighting discrimination in the ring. Co-presented with Arizona Theatre Company in connection to their premiere of THE ROYALE (opening Oct. 3)   6pm. Introduced by ASU's own Dr. Mathew Sandoval. 

27-29  SHINING BROW  Music by Daron Hagen, libretto by Paul Muldoon. Arizona Opera. "From 1903 to 1914, the early life of visionary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was anything but conventional. In fact, it was tumultuous. Shining Brow, the translation of the Welsh “Taliesin,” was the name that Wright gave to his homes in Wisconsin and Arizona, and where his life took a unique turn. An affair with a client’s wife, complicated relationships, murders and a devastating fire at Taliesin drove Wright’s passion and determination to rebuild his life in this compelling and surprising tale"  90 minutes no intermission.  Herberger Theatre Center. 

27-Oct. 20 RATHMINES ROAD by Deirdre Kinahan  Theatre Artists Studio

(cont. through Nov. 3) STILL LIFE NO. 3: RAVEN CHACON an installation at the Heard Museum​ "retells the Diné Bahaneʼ, the Navajo story of creation and emergence into the current world. The piece is comprised of sound, speakers, text and timed colored light which scrolls through several hues over a 24-hour cycle – relating to colors referenced in the Diné origin story. By doing this, the artist creates ambiguity in the gallery space and narrative of the Diné emergence story. The voice of a Diné woman is amplified through speakers that are set on a delay causing parts of the story to overlap, creating a non-linear situation to the narrative while illuminating past, present, and future all in one singular moment"

29 22ND ANNUAL MANHATTAN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL Phoenix Art Musuem 11am and 2pm 

 

 

OCTOBER

(cont through 20)  RATHMINES ROAD by Deirdre Kinahan  Theatre Artists Studio

3  MARGARET ATWOOD: LIVE IN CINEMAS the author of The Handmaid's Tale interviewed by Samira Ahmed. Phoenix Art Museum 7pm

3-20 THE ROYALE by Marco Ramirez, directed by Michael John Garcés. Arizona Theatre Company. "loosely based on the life of the first African-American heavyweight boxing champion, about the life of the outsider in American culture."

3-6   THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel; book by Craig Lucas; based on the short story by Elizabeth Spencer; stage direction and choreography by Robert Kolby Harper; music direction by Gregory Paladino. ASU Lyric Opera, Evelyn Smith theatre.  

4-26 FLAMENCO INTIMO-JULIA CHACON FLAMENCO THEATRE  at SCPA

4-19 DUTCHMAN by LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka. Directed by Ralph Remington. Tempe Center for the Arts. " a 1960s drama about a white woman and a young black man on a New York subway train who match wits in a sexualized game of cat and mouse that leads them headlong into a violent conclusion"  I've read the play, and it's very intense and does not pull punches. Looking forward to seeing it staged. Intimacy direction by our very own Tippi Hart. 

5  TOWARDS A MORE PERFECT UNION  ASUGammage Beyond and ASU Symphony  evening of music, film, spoken word. Including work by our own Daniel Bernard Roumain.  7pm

Crossfade LAB with La Santa Cecilia and Dolores Dorantes, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix 7pm.  presented by CALA (Celebración Artística de las Américas) "a special meeting between celebrated Grammy-winning Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia, and Mexican poet, journalist, and writer Dolores Dorantes. Moderated by cultural writer and MacArthur Fellow Josh Kun, the evening will follow words and music across the verses and line breaks of the Americas, from Olvera Street to Ciudad Juárez and El Paso, and from celebrations of love and family to the violence of war, separation and disappearance." 

9-Nov. 10 THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT  won a Tony for best play.  Phoenix Theatre

10 THE INFILTRATORS screening at FilmBar  Two screenings: 5:30 & 7:35pm followed by Q&A with directors.  "tells the true story of undocumented organizers who infiltrated an ICE detention center in Florida to organize the release of detainees from detention.  This is a highly engaging and socially relevant film." Presented by ASU Performance in the Borderlands

11 THE INFILTRATORS (see above) free screening for students with QA& with directors. 1pm at ASU Art Museum.

11 ARTIST SALON NIGHT: PERFORMANCES AND PERSPECTIVES ON ENVIRONMENTALISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS presented by The Bridge Initiative: Women+ in Theatre.  The Hive, 2222 N. 16th St. Phoenix 7-9pm As part of the evening, Avery Volk will be performing two monologues from my book  Six Monologues 1990-2007 ! I can't be there, so go and tell me...

11-13  11th ANNUAL DESPERADO LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL Paradise Valley Community College

11 RACING EXTINCTION from the makers of THE COVE a film about the extinction of species created by the international wildlife trade.   90 min.   Free!  Mesa Contemporary Art Museum -Dobson Lecture Hall  6:30pm

13, 27 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: FRANKENSTEIN  Phoenix Art Museum   Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) Phoenix Art Museum 1pm

17  PARTY UNDERGROUND ASU Art Museum 5-8pm  music, creation stations, performances, interactive games. Free!

18-Nov. 2  THREE TALL WOMEN by Edward Albee  at iTheatre Collaborative. Winner of 1994 Pulitzer

18-20 THE CRUMBLE COLLECTION An evening of performances in Stage I and Stage II of development. Grey Box Collective (our very own Molly Schenck!)   2010 E. University Dr. #4   check the site for details! 

18-20 THEIR DOGS CAME WITH THEM by Helena Maria Viramontes and adapted by Virginia Grise. Directed by Marc David Pinate. Live music by Quetzal.  Borderlands Theater in Tucson, performed at Julian Walsh Archaelogical Park, 2820 S. 12th Ave. Tucson.    (520) 276-9598

19 HOME Created by Geoff Sobelle • Scenic Design by Steven Dufala • Directed by Lee Sunday Evans • Original Songs by Elvis Perkins • Produced by Beth Morrison Projects. ASU Gammage Beyond. 7pm. "a large-scale performance project that revolves around the life-cycle of a house. Created through a mix of illusion, choreography, construction and live documentary, HOME illuminates the messiness of life that transforms a house into a home. HOME aims to awaken us to the current landscape of housing. The universal and timely themes of gentrification and migration are rendered in the choreography of ordinary people inhabiting and leaving a structure"

18-20, 31  KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN  cast #1

25-27 , Nov 2-3   cast #2 FAC 133  two versions of Manuel Puig's play, with two casts. Directed by Guillermo Reyes. 

22 LILA DOWNS: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: AL CHILE, with Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet and Mariachi Feminil Flores Mexicanas.  Award winning Mexican singer Downs presents CALAVERA. Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm 

24 Ana Teresa Fernández and Antonia Wright, two artists included in the current show, Counter-Landscapes: Performative Actions from the 1970s.  An artist talk focusing on site-specific and performance work. SMOCA 7pm free but rsvp

25-Nov. 10   THE BURN by Philip Dawkins.  BLK BOX PHX presents a play originally produced by Steppenwolf using a high-school production of THE CRUCIBLE to explore bullying  and the demonization of the "other." Directed by Elaine E.E. Moe  click for preview

25-27  AN UNSETTLED SUPPER   Binary Theatre 7:30pm

25-Nov. 10 BREAKFAST WITH MUGABE Black Theatre Troupe

25-Nov 9  MACBETH  Southwest Shakespeare at Mesa Arts Center. Featuring several of our students via the ASU Acting Apprentice Program!  Rashaud Williams!  Victor Yang! 

25-26 BLOODY MARY CaZo Dance Company at Mesa Arts Center. 

25-26  FEMINIST HORROR STORIES by Alice Stanley, Jr. Now&Then Creative Company presents a workshop version

26 KEALOHA-THE STORY OF EVERYTHING ASU Gammage Beyond.  "a creation story (in epic poem format) that traces our origins from the big bang to now, using science, poetry, storytelling, visual art, music, ‘oli [chant] and dancing. It explores the question “Where do we come from?” not only us as human beings but also our earth and universe, and takes us on a whirlwind of science, story and culture on a journey to the present – humans today and our stewardship of the earth and of each other." 7pm

26 DODGING BULLETS Our very own Prof. David Barker's brilliant solo piece. "On July 6th 2004 at 12:15 p.m David Barker's life was changed forever in a period of 90 seconds. Dodging Bullets is a story of raw violence giving way to redemption. It unmasks the face of cruelty with suprising humor. Dodging Bullets is a compelling journey through both horrific and tender events and is performed with visceral truth by Barker as he brings to life 10 people in this show."  Mesa Community College  7pm  $9 for students!

 

26-Nov. 9  THE MYSTERY OF IRMA VEP  Southwest Shakes. "Artistic Directors Betsy Mugavero and Quinn Mattfeld play all the characters in this hilarious whirlwind spoof of Gothic Melodrama"

26-Jan 19  COUNTER-LANDSCAPES: PERFORMATIVE ACTIONS FROM THE 1970'S-NOW. SMOCA. "presents a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation" Visual art, performance, installation. 

NOVEMBER

(cont. through Nov. 10)   THE BURN by Philip Dawkins.  BLK BOX PHX presents a play originally produced by Steppenwolf using a high-school production of THE CRUCIBLE to explore bullying  and the demonization of the "other." Directed by Elaine E.E. Moe

(cont. through Nov. 10) THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT  won a Tony for best play.  Phoenix Theatre

(cont. through Jan 19  COUNTER-LANDSCAPES: PERFORMATIVE ACTIONS FROM THE 1970'S-NOW. SMOCA. "presents a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation" Visual art, performance, installation. 

1-10  SCOTTSDALE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL  at Harkins Shea 14 and Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

1-3   ASU MUSIC THEATRE LAB FLY BY NIGHT  Binary Theatre

1-3, 8-10 EMERGING ARTISTS II  work by MFA Dance candidates. FAC 122

1-24 CHATO'S KITCHEN by Mark Valdez, based on book by Gary Soto. Childsplay.

1-April 30 SQUIDSOUP: MURMURATION  an installation by British digital art collective. SMOCA

4  CONSIDER THIS... a performance by Teatro Grottesco featuring their use of theatrical clown technique. Presented by School of Film, Dance and Theatre in the Margaret Gisolo Theatre (former PEBE 132) 6:30-7:30pm   There will be a workshop open to all students from 4-6pm that same day! RSVP to Bruno at bstreckr@asu.edu to register for 1 of 25 spots in the workshop!

8 RACING EXTINCTION from the makers of THE COVE a film about the extinction of species created by the international wildlife trade.   90 min.   Free!  Mesa Contemporary Art Museum -Dobson Lecture Hall  6:30pm

8-23 AMERICAN PSYCHO-THE MUSICAL by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Duncan Sheik, based on novel by Bret Easton Ellis. Directed by Ron May. Featuring our very own Toby Yatso, reason enough to see it! Stray Cat Theatre at Tempe Center for the Arts.   The Easton novel was such a controversy back in the 1980's, but I thought it paled next to work by Dennis Cooper examining the same kind of character. But there's been an interesting re-evaluation, based as much on the rather good movie version. Sheik did music for SPRING AWAKENING, so should rock along. 

8-10 FELLOW TRAVELERS based on a novel by Thomas Mallon. Arizona Opera at Herberger Theatre Center. "During the McCarthy-era Lavender Scare, communists weren’t the only government targets. Hostility directed toward abolishing “homosexual tendencies” in the government created a world of fear and shame. In Fellow Travelers,, a chance encounter between an ambitious college graduate, Timothy Laughlin, and a handsome US State Department official, Hawkins Fuller, results in Laughlin’s first job— and his first love affair. Drawn into a maelstrom of passion and deceit, he struggles to reconcile his political convictions and his “forbidden” love for Fuller."

9 PLAYFEST family-friendly events and exhibits and participatory stuff. ASU Art Museum  10am-3pm

10 LIGHT SWITCH  a TheatreLAB reading of a new play by MFA Dramatic Writing candidate Dave Osmundsen. "tells the story of Henry, an autistic gay man with a passion for 19th century British literature, and his quest for love and acceptance." Directed by Kristina Friedgen with Thomas Petrungaro, Daniel Zemeida, Rhett Gajcak, Stephanie "Tippi" Hart, Blake Anthony Edwards. FAC 133  7:30pm   $5 ASU students

12  FARRUQUITO  Flamenco performance by "the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century (New York Times)"  Mesa Arts Center  7:30pm 

14-Dec 1 SILENT SKY by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Casey Stangl. Arizona Theatre Company "Based on the true story of 19th-century astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, astonishing discoveries await as she maps distant stars in galaxies beyond our own."  If this script is anywhere near as good as Gunderson's I AND YOU then it's going to be a memorable show. 

15-16, 21-23  CREAM!  Written by ASU alumnus John J. Caswell and directed by MFA Directing candidate Katie Farrell. "Colorado-based bakery owners Lotta and Laszlo Daniels, whose business plummeted after they denied a same-sex couple a wedding cake, have one last hope – a reality show called “CREAM!” Host Michael is just the person to give their social views a glow-up and help them find the understanding they need. “CREAM!” is brought to life on stage by a delicious ensemble of characters, including a talking wedding cake, Jesus (sort of) and, for the cherry-on-top, a chorus of tap dancers who dollop whipped cream from scene to scene." Galvin Playhouse

15-17 BLUE MAN GROUP ASU Gammage Broadway. Many years ago, I got to follow them with my solo performance at a P.S. 122 Benefit in NYC.  Just as they were getting famous.  Lucky me. Not. Haven's seen them since but they are a phenomenon. 

17 WITH YOU ALWAYS   TheatreLAB staged reading of a script by our very own Victor Yang and Matt Venrick!  FAC 133 7pm

19 SOMETHING FRESH I  

21 SOMETHING FRESH II  two different evenings of graduate and undergrad dance students presenting  new work. FAC 122

22 DIAVOLO: ARCHITECTURE IN MOTION   "Contemporary dance combined with martial arts, breathtaking acrobatics, gymnastics, and hip-hop"  8pm SCPA

22-24  BINARY PLAYFEST  Binary Theatre

22-Dec. 15  THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL by Horton Foote   Theatre Artists Studio

23 A.I.M. Kyle Abraham and his dance company. ASUGammage Beyond  7pm

24, 30 NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: SMALL ISLAND based on novel by Andrea Levy darted by Helen Edmundson. Phoenix Art Museum   1pm

21-24  SUOR ANGELICA and GIANNI SCHICCHI Opera double-bill. of two Puccini one-acts. from 1918. ASU Lyric Opera Smith Theatre. in Italian with English subtitles  Music by Giacomo Puccini; libretto by Giovacchino Forzano; stage direction by Dale Dreyfoos; music direction by Brian DeMaris.

22-Dec. 8    BAUER by Lauren Gunderson at BLK BOX PHX Directed by Elaine E.E. Moe  "The visceral and visual true story of forgotten modern artist Rudolf Bauer...the artist as broken man."

DECEMBER

(cont. through Dec. 8)    BAUER by Lauren Gunderson at BLK BOX PHX Directed by Elaine E.E. Moe  "The visceral and visual true story of forgotten modern artist Rudolf Bauer...the artist as broken man."  This is the 2nd Gunderson work to be done in Phoenix this season (see SILENT SKY at ATC in November). I've only read one other play by her, I AND YOU, and I was very impressed. 

(cont. through Jan 19  COUNTER-LANDSCAPES: PERFORMATIVE ACTIONS FROM THE 1970'S-NOW. SMOCA. "presents a group of artists working in both natural and urban environments whose work exploits the power of place to address issues of social, environmental, and personal transformation" Visual art, performance, installation. 

-through January 4  JUNTOS TOGETHER an exhibition by Iván Argote at ASU Art Museum.  Young, Paris-based Colombian sculpture, video artist working in a lot of media in a very compelling show (his first solo show in U.S..) that museum curator Julio César Morales organized  very quickly after seeing his work at the Desert X Biennale in Coachella earlier this year.  An impressive example of a large institution moving quickly!  

6-April MARIA HUPFIELD: NINE YEARS TOWARDS THE SUN major exhibit by the Ojibwe performance and conceptual artist. Heard Museum

3   SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE LIVE! presented by Live Nation at Mesa Arts Center 7:30pm

7-29   ELLA ENCHANTED: THE MUSICAL by Karen Zacarías. Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma from book by Gail Carson Levine.  Childsplay

6 FALL FILM SHOWCASE  Galvin Playhouse 7pm

7  JOHN LEGUIZAMO'S LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS Just one night. Just one man taking on Latino history. Should be amazing.  Student discount? I think so...  ASU Gammage  7:30pm

12-15 MY FATHER, MY MARTYR, AND ME: POSTCOLONIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LOVING THE PALESTINIAN BODY by recent Communications/Theatre graduate Fargo Tbakhi. Fargo did this as his capstone before graduating last Spring. I missed it, but have heard nothing but ecstatic raves about it.  7pm at Black Theatre Troupe Rehearsal Hall/Helen K. Mason Theatre, 1333 E. Washington (easily reached by Light Rail!). Donation welcomed. 

13  RACING EXTINCTION from the makers of THE COVE a film about the extinction of species created by the international wildlife trade.   90 min.   Free!  Mesa Contemporary Art Museum -Dobson Lecture Hall  6:30pm

20-23 THE TRUTH ABOUT SANTA by Greg Kotis and directed by Louis Farber. BLK BOX PHX

JANUARY 2020

17  AND SO WE WALKED; AN ARTIST'S JOURNEY ALONG THE TRAIL OF TEARS  Written and performed by DeLanna Studi, Cherokee performance artist and activist.  7:30pm Kerr Cultural Center

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