Lizabeth took to the Nordstrom outlet known as “Last Chance” with her dad for a bit of pre-prom perusing last weekend.
Turns out it was more crowded than what they’d bargained for–making it even harder than usual to choose from the myriad of fashion choices they offer.
"Otis Redding and the Coat Rack" by Judy Feldman (SCC exhibit)
There’s plenty on the arts horizon this weekend, but it’s no fun to feel overwhelmed with options.
So here’s a brief sampling of events you might like to enjoy with your family or friends this weekend..
• Vision Kidz presents “Birds of a Feather” with Kris Kollasch. Sessions Saturday, April 16, at 10am and 1pm. Registration required for these free art classes for ages 6-12 (with adult present) held at Vision Gallery in Chandler. Call 480-917-6859 to check availability, to register or to learn more about future sessions. chandlercenter.org
• Chandler Center for the Arts presents “Yu Wei-The Dance Collection.” Dance art featuring music from China and around the world Saturday, April 16, at 7pm. Also features short films depicting the “culture and artistic background of both dance and dancer.” chandlercenter.org
• Mujeres Productions presents “Mujeres 2: Flamenco & Belly Dance Music.” Urban fusion of flamenco and belly dance performance Saturday, April 16, at 6:30pm at Tempe Center for the Arts. tempe.gov/tca
• Royal Dance Works presents “Royal Dance Works.” Features collection of dance pieces on April 17 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. royaldanceworks.com
• Mesa Arts and Culture Festival presents “MACFEST.” Free festival features creations from local artists, food, live music and more Saturday, April 16, from 10am-4pm in downtown Mesa (on Main St. and Macdonald St.). mesaartscenter.com
• Phoenix Improvisation Festival presents “Phoenix Improv Festival.” Three-day event, April 15-17, features shows, workshops and networking at Herberger Theater Center. herbergertheater.org
• ASU Culture Week 2010 presents “The 24th Annual ASU Pow Wow.” Three-day event, April 16-18, features Native American cultural activities on the ASU Band Practice Field in Tempe (E. 6th St. and S. Rural Rd.). powwow.asu.edu
• Local artists present “Community Music Night.” Ten musical acts perform from Friday, April 16, 6:30-8:30pm at Changing Hands Bookstore (co-sponsored by Hoodlums Music & Movies). changinghands.com
• LakeShore Jazz features “Cinco de Moio w/ Luis Conte.” Concert Friday, April 16, at 8pm at Tempe Center for the Arts (in their Lakeside venue overlooking Tempe Town Lake). tempe.gov/tca
• The Great Arizona Puppet Theatre presents “Hotel Saguaro.” Shows Friday, April 16, at 10am and 2pm at Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert. For grades K-3. higleyarts.org
• Higley High presents the musical theater production “Bye Bye Birdie.” Final show is Friday, April 16, at 7pm at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts in Gilbert. higleyarts.org
• Childsplay presents “Tomato Plant Girl.” Play features friendships between young girls (with themes such as self-esteem, peer pressure and loyalty). Final weekend includes five shows, including a 1pm and a 4pm on Sunday at Tempe Center for the Arts. childsplayaz.org
• SCC Art Department presents the “11th Annual Spring Painting Exhibit.” Through April 22 (closed Sunday) at Scottsdale Community College. scottsdalecc.edu
• Chandler Center for the Arts presents “Ten Transformations: Framing Renewal.” Exhibit featuring “new works exploring a metamorphosis of unlikely materials” ends Friday, April 16. chandlercenter.org
• Central Community Theatre presents “Art Exhibit Featuring Artist Mary Lou Salazar.” Exhibit Saturday, April 16, from 3-7pm on the campus of “Central United Methodist Church” in Phoenix. cctstage.org
• ASU’s Future Arts Research (F.A.R.) presents Blane De St. Croix’s “Broken Landscape II.” Exhibition reconstructs “the geology and social material surrounding a selected slice of the uncompeted wall on the U.S.-Mexico border” through April 23 (closed Monday) at the Night Gallery at Tempe Marketplace. Panel discussion on “Art and Activism” April 17 at 4pm. futureartsresearch.asu.edu
• The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix presents speaker Michelle (Mishy) Katz on “Raku.” Lecture/demo looks at “a method of firing pottery rich in history and used in the Zen of the tea ceremony” with artist Katz (ASU, BFA, 1982). Free event with paid admission to the garden. japanesefriendshipgarden.org
Like items that fly off the hangers at “Last Chance,” many of these events are one-time only happenings or have their final run this weekend.
You wouldn’t expect a fabulous pair of shoes to wait a week for you at a popular store, so don’t delay in getting to the arts-related shows and performances noted above.
In many cases, this weekend really is your last chance…
Note: If you’re a regular “Stage Mom” reader or blog subscriber, you know that there are plenty of other shows happening this weekend–from “All the More to Love” and “12th Night of the Living Dead” to “The Diviners” and “Forbidden Broadway.” Please see earlier posts for details. Remember too that Raising Arizona Kids magazine features a family-friendly calendar in both its monthly print magazine and its daily online magazine.
Update: I discovered something fun while making my daily Iced Americano run this afternoon–a book signing coming to Buzzberry in Scottsdale Saturday, April 17, from 9am to noon. What caught my eye? The event flyer complete with ink blotch graphic and this tagline: “Be careful where you dangle your participle.” I’m guilty of some serious dangling, so I may have to drop in to meet “English Doesn’t Suck” authors Alice Courtney and Sue Skidmore (who warn their book is not suitable for children). Learn more about these anti-danglers at englishdoesntsuck.com.