What’s so funny?

With any luck at all, it’ll be my weekend.

Jeffrey Davey in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"

Back to school week hasn’t exactly been a jolly good time around here, so I’m feeling the need to overcorrect a bit. I started by getting tickets to two comedic works opening this weekend — one a play and the other a musical.

But don’t take my word for the funny part. Just check out the photos peppered throughout this post. They’re all from “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” being performed at Mesa Arts Center Aug 27 to Sept 12. (FYI: Mature content)

I’ll also be enjoying “Noises Off” at Phoenix Theatre, which also runs through Sept 12. It hardly seems fair to Sept. 13th.

So what else can you look forward to this weekend? Let’s start with today — Friday, Aug 27.

Chuck Caruso, Shandy Mortenson and Brett Aiken

Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa presents “Artful Tales” (free with paid museum admission), an interactive storytime with art activity, from 11am to noon (space is limited).

The Scottsdale Community College Art Department presents their “11th Annual Drawing Exhibit” starting Friday and running through Sept. 23. Today’s hours are 8am to 4pm (it’s free) — and exhibited works feature 17 “advanced artists of all ages” working primarily with charcoal.

Brittany Bradford in "Spelling Bee"

Spotlight Youth Theatre of Glendale presents “bROCKway!” — a “fusion of musical theatre and rock and roll” for one night only.

The Scottsdale Civic Center Library continues its “Where the Wild Things Are” exhibit (and activities) through Aug 31, so sail on over if Maurice Sendak is your vibe.

If social justice is your thing, head to Tempe for a free community movie night presented by Hoodlums Music and Movies and Changing Hands Bookstore. Tonight’s film is an Academy Award nominee for feature documentary called “Children Underground.”

Aya Nameth in "Spelling Bee"

In the free concert department, there’s an evening performance by guitarist and composer “Brad Richter” at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Or you can hit the cool pines of Prescott for an Aug 27-29 “Prescott Jazz Summit” sponsored by Friends of Big Band Jazz. For weeks that even funny can’t fix, a trip to the forest is always in order.

But what of Saturday?

All the funny stuff is still there — but there’s more.

Chad Campbell in "Spelling Bee"

Head to the Phoenix Art Museum if you enjoy your films on the funny side. They’re presenting the silent film “Gold Rush” with Charlie Chaplin Aug 29 at 1pm.

It’s free and features an intro plus Q & A by Martha Strachan of Paradise Valley Community College, but space is limited.

Alexandra Ncube in "Spelling Bee"

For the kids, Phoenix Art Museum presents “PhxArtKids” Days from noon to 3pm for five to 12 year olds (with adult companions).

Kids can enjoy making prints, creating miniature paintings and listening to jazz music — and it’s all free with paid museum admission.

Music lovers can head to the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix for the first installment of a MIM series honoring the bicentennial celebration of Mexican independence — which features “Son de Madera” performing the “rousing music” of Veracruz, Mexico.

Entire cast of "Spelling Bee"

Dance afficianados can waltz on over to Mesa Arts Center for “Debut” — a performance featuring three world premieres presented by Convergence Ballet Company.

Sunday’s offerings include a host of theater productions throughout the Valley — including “45 Minutes from Broadway” by Fountain Hills Community Theater, “Baby Bear Goes to School” by the Great Arizona Puppet Theater, “Cinderella: A Ragtime Musical” by Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, “Grease” by Valley Youth Theatre, “Annie Get Your Gun” by Hale Centre Theatre  and “Into the Woods” by Theater Works (now scheduling “Tom Sawyer” auditions).

There’s always plenty to choose from in arts and entertainment — but this weekend my word is “funny.”

What’s yours?

— Lynn

Note: If your 12-18 year old might enjoy learning to knit (a form of fabric art), send him/her to the teen corner (with supplies, if you have them) at the Desert Broom Library in Phoenix. Their “Sit & Knit” event takes place Sat, Aug 28, from 1:30-3:30pm (registration not required).

Coming up: Lynn and Liz enjoy a sneak peek at the new film “Easy A” featuring Valley Youth Theatre alumna Emma Stone


One response to “What’s so funny?

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