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‘For the Birds’ Exhibit Opening
6 p.m. Friday, April 4
R. Pela Contemporary Art
335 W. McDowell Road
602-320-8445
A collection of new, avian-themed work from popular local artist Cindy Schnackel. The exhibit will feature Schnackel’s vivid, whimsical paintings and drawings of parrots, chickens, and other birds. The artist offers both straightforward portraits and darkly humorous portrayals of fowl drinking coffee or wearing wigs. Another reception takes place 6 p.m. on Third Friday, April 18. The show will remain on exhibit through April 28, by appointment only.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
April 4-20
Valley Youth Theatre
525 N. 1st St.
602-253-8188, ext. 2
A full-length musical comedy that has been described as a “tuneful variation of the famed classic” with an exceptional score that ranks with major Broadway productions. Tickets are $18 plus fees. Visit http://www.vyt.com.

American Indian Student Art Show & Sale
April 5-7
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Drawing student artists from across the United States since 1992, the sale offers the opportunity to purchase unique treasures by tomorrow’s master artists. The show features a vast array of traditional and fine art as well as unique contemporary pieces in creative mediums. Free and open to the public. Visit www.heard.org/studentart.

Houser Exhibit Opening
9:30 a.m. Saturday, April 5
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
The Heard Museum celebrates the centennial of the birth of Allan Houser and 100 years of freedom for the Chiricahua Apache as it opens “The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century.” This exhibit, on display through April 26, also pays tribute to a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. The Houser/Haozous family has produced a tremendous variety of award-winning art reflecting on Apache history and illustrating the importance of family, music and song, and the preservation of Apache cultural traditions. Closed on Easter Sunday. For more information, visit www.heard.org.

‘Avenue Q’
April 10-May 18
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
602-254-2151
This laugh-out-loud musical follows Princeton, a recent college grad and his new neighbors. The show stars puppets and humans, is hysterical, fast-paced and fun, and for mature audiences only. Tickets are $30-$60 plus fees. Visit http://www.phoenixtheatre.com/events.

Katsina Doll Marketplace
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 12
Heard Museum, Steele Auditorium
2301 N. Central Ave.
602-252-8848
More than 100 artists are expected to gather and offer their unique creations for sale. Discover the art of the katsina doll and learn about the traditional Hopi carvings. Each carving tells the story of a Katsina spirit and passes on a cultural message. They are carved from the roots of fallen cottonwood trees and vary in design from village to village. Enjoy musical performances by the Hopi group “Thunderboy” at 11:30 a.m. and at 2 p.m. The event is free; museum admission additional. Visit www.heard.org/katsinadollmarketplace.

Bill Craig in Concert
5 p.m. Sunday, April 13
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
602-258-0109
Bill Craig is an Irish entertainer based in Toronto, Canada. He has been performing for more than 30 years and is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist. Craig’s performance is relaxed, eclectic, thought-provoking, goofy and entertaining. Admission is $10.

American Voices Center Dance Ensemble
2 & 5 p.m. Sunday, April 13
Herberger Theater, Kax Stage
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
This is the CDE’s annual celebration of National Poetry Month. Tickets are, $15, for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Visit http://herbergertheater.org.

‘Reggae Got Soul: The Story of Toots and the Maytals’
1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 13
Third Street Theater,
Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
This is the never-before-told story of one of the most influential artists ever to come out of Jamaica, Toots Hibbert. It features new performances and interviews, rare archives, and interviews with contemporaries and admirers. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. Visit www.nofestivalrequired.com.

‘Sweet Charity’
April 17-19 & 24-26
John Paul Theatre, Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
A Bob Fosse dance musical based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay for “Nights of Cabiria.” Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students with ID, and are available at the box office prior to the performance. For more information, visit www.phoenixcollege.edu/theatre.

‘One Plus One–A Festival of Keyboard Duets’
7 p.m. Friday, April 25
Faith Lutheran Church
801 E. Camelback Road
William Barnett, interim director of Music at Faith Lutheran, joins Mark X. Hatfield for a concert featuring music by G. F. Handel, J.S. Bach, Joel Raney, S. Rachmaninoff, Charles Callahan, Secret Garden, and many more. Free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail williambarnettmusic@gmail.com.

‘Good People’
Actors Theatre
April 25-May 11
Arizona Opera Center
1636 N. Central Ave.
602-888-0368
This award-winning play deals with the choices that make or break us. Tickets are $18 to $45. Pay What You Can performances are scheduled for April 27 and May 7, and half-price rush tickets are often available at the door. Visit www.actorstheatrephx.org.

‘Don Pasquale’
Arizona Opera
April 25-27
Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
602-266-7464
This production is set in 1950s Hollywood, where the inappropriate romantic overtures of a penny pinching, former silent film actor, Don Pasquale, are hilariously thwarted. Tickets are $27 to $102 plus fees. Visit http://azopera.org.

‘All Night Vigil’ Concert
7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26
St. Mary’s Basilica
231 N. 3rd St.
The Phoenix Chorale and the Kansas City Chorale join forces to sing the pinnacle of Russian sacred music, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s “All-Night Vigil.” This concert is in honor of the Basilica’s centenary. The concert is repeated at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 27 at Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Drive. Advance tickets are $29 adults, $25 seniors and $13 for students with ID. Visit http://phoenix chorale.org/concerts/#KCChorale.

‘Venus In Fur’
Arizona Theatre Company
May 1-18
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-256-6995
Vanda is a talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on an erotic novel. Her emotionally charged audition for Thomas, the demanding playwright/director, becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. Mature themes and language. Tickets are $36 to $67 plus fees. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

Jazz Fest
6 p.m. Friday, May 2
St. Thomas the Apostle Church
2312 E. Campbell Ave
602-256-6995
An all-ages show featuring live music from The Chuck Hall Band and Hans Olson, as well as food and drinks. Admission is free; a non-perishable food donation for St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank is requested. Visit www.stajazzfest.com.

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