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August A&E Briefs

Phoenix Symphony Chorus Auditions
7-9:30 p.m. Aug. 5-6
Central United Methodist Church
1875 N. Central Ave.
The all-volunteer chorus serves as a professional-level performing partner for The Phoenix Symphony. The 2013-14 season’s choral works include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Handel’s Messiah, Verdi’s Requiem and a tribute to Marvin Hamlisch. The symphony and chorus also have received an invitation to perform with Andrea Bocelli in Phoenix during his 2013 concert tour. Interested singers must be at least 18 years of age and be proficient reading music. Each audition will take approximately 15 minutes. To request an audition time, email tpsc06@gmail.com.

‘Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Culture Wars (But Were Afraid to Ask)’
New Carpa Theater Co.
Aug. 6-15
Herberger Theater, KAX stage
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
Playwright-actor-journalist-professor and hyperbolically hyphenated-American James E. Garcia ponders the question, “Can’t we all just get along?” and more in this fast-paced, farcically surrealistic satire about the rapidly changing makeup of society. Show times are 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Tickets are $6 plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

Native American Song and Dance
7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
602-495-0901
Join Canyon Records for a concert featuring award-winning artists Tony Duncan, Estun-Bah and Grammy nominee, Radmilla Cody. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Seating is limited; reserve purchase tickets at Brown Paper Tickets at http://bpt.me/414260. The concert also will stream live on the Internet at Ustream.tv/user/canyonrecords. Viewers can interact via chat and will be able to send song requests and questions to the performers.

‘Generations: Inspiration of Bird City’
7-10 p.m., Friday, Aug. 16
Willo North Gallery
2811 N. 7th Ave.
602-448-9041
The exhibit is a reflection of three generations of artists and how they are inspired by each other and also by their environment. Artists Martin Moreno, Luis Gutierrez and Sentrock Perez will display their art. The artists are nationally known and recognized. The opening reception is free. The exhibit will remain up through Aug. 23.

Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix Auditions
6 & 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays,
Aug. 13-Sept. 3
Central United Methodist Church
1875 N. Central Ave.
480-295-6106
The chorus will audition male singers in all voice types during the chorus’ first through fourth Tuesday evening rehearsals. Interested men age 18 or older should love choral music and be willing to attend weekly rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The ability to read sheet music is also appreciated but not required. No preparation is necessary for the audition. Auditions will be held before and after regular rehearsals. For more information, e-mail brook.larson@gmail.com or visit www.orpheus.org.

‘Rent’
Aug. 21-Sept. 15
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
602-254-2151
Based on Puccini’s La Boheme, “Rent” follows a group of impoverished young Bohemian artists and musicians struggling to live in New York City’s Lower East Side. Filled with humor and poignancy, love and laughter, these voices sing out to us about the struggles we all face today. Single tickets go on sale July 1. Visit www.phoenixtheatre.com.

Comedian Tom Cotter
Aug. 23-25
Stand Up Live
50 W. Jefferson St., Level 2
480-719-6100
Cotter has taken the comedy scene by storm this year as the runner up on NBC’s, “America’s Got Talent.” Cotter’s television credits include “Comedy Central Presents … Tom Cotter,” “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson.” He has performed at more than 300 colleges and in a wide variety of venues from Alaska to China. He won The Seattle International Stand-Up Comedy Competition and Boston Comedy Festival. Tickets are $22 plus fees. There is a two-drink minimum per person. Visit www.standuplive.com.

‘The Cosmonauts’
8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24
Space 55 Theater
636 E. Pierce St.
The Cosmonauts are a sketch comedy troupe formed in Phoenix in January 2012. They will delight you with their smart, silly brand of humor. The show is for ages 21 and older. Tickets are $5 at the door. Visit www.space55.org.

‘Seussical the Musical’
Valley Youth Theatre
Sept. 13-29
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe
In this original Broadway version of Seussical, the Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton the elephant who discovers a speck of dust containing Whos. Horton must protect them from danger and guard an abandoned egg. Ultimately, friendship, loyalty, and community are challenged but emerge triumphant. Tickets are $20-$38, plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

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