Grand Canyon University
3300 W. Camelback Road
“Twelfth Night” probes the timeless themes of identity, loss and love with all of the humor and humanity for which Shakespeare is so revered. Tickets are $12 general admission, $10 seniors and $5 children. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.gcu.edu/night
‘Little Miss Tex-Mex Rides Again’ Opening Reception
6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6
Burton Barr Central Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
Artist Donna Atwood chose printmaking as her favored fine art medium because it opens up possibilities for communicating her experiences of the world. Having spent the better part of her life in the Southwest, Atwood draws inspiration from the region. Eclectic instrumental group, The Friends Band, will perform. Free and open to the public. The exhibit will be on display through Oct. 16. Visit phoenixpubliclibrary.org.
‘Grin and Beer It’ Opening Reception
6-10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6
6th Avenue Gallery
650 N. 6th Ave.
Local designer Erik von Weber brews up intoxicating fun with this show featuring a series of cleverly crafted, fictitious beer labels that will be enlarged as posters, coasters and T-shirts that deck the gallery’s walls throughout September. All displayed items will be available for purchase. Visit www.facebook.com/6thavegallery, or www.6thavenuegallery.com.
‘Dream Windows: Reflections on the Japanese Garden’
2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8
Third Street Theater,
Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
A journey through some of the most remarkable gardens in the world, including Phoenix’s own Japanese Friendship Garden. Filmed on location in Japan, the program reveals the secrets of both traditional and contemporary Japanese gardens. Admission $6 at the door ($5 for Japanese Friendship Garden members). Visit www.nofestivalrequired.com.
6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9
Camelback Seventh Day Adventist Church
5902 E. Camelback Road
Arizona Masterworks Chorale will hold auditions for the 2013-14 season. There are currently openings for all parts. The 2013-14 season will include December, March 2014 and May 2014 performances in venues throughout the Valley. For more information visit arizonamasterworks.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11
3131 W. Clarendon Ave.
CircleSongs is an improvisational process of community singing that provides opportunities for self-expression and teamwork while promoting expression, self-confidence and the opportunity to meet and connect with others who enjoy singing. Led by Phoenix singer/songwriter Krylyn Peters the second Wednesday of the month. Cost is $15 per person. To register, visit http://www.meetup.com/CircleSongs-Phoenix or call the number above.
Black Theatre Troupe
Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
602-254-2151, ext. 4
Julia is a black woman in love with a white man in South Carolina in 1918, near the end of World War I. Faced with the disapproval of her neighbors, Julia has been forced to move several times. While the law poses the very real threat of arrest and criminal punishment for any interracial couple who marry or live together, the condemnation of Julia’s black neighbors is just as damaging and helps to reveal that racism is not only directed toward blacks but also toward whites. Tickets are $32 general admission plus fees. Visit www.blacktheatretroupe.org.
‘Seussical the Musical’
Valley Youth Theatre
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.
Ballet Under the Stars
7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
Spend a relaxing evening under the gorgeous Arizona sky as Ballet Arizona continues its annual season opening tradition with the 16th-annual presentation of Ballet Under the Stars. Enjoy classical and contemporary ballet in a casual setting for free; performance is about 1 hour long. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks; note that no glass containers are allowed in the park.