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‘Les Misérables’
Through May 25
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
602-254-2151
The tale of Jean Valjean’s unjust imprisonment and quest for redemption is set against the highly volatile political backdrop of a revolutionary period in France. Tickets are $40 to $100, plus fees. Visit www.phoenixtheatre.com.

‘Venus In Fur’
Arizona Theatre Company
May 1-18
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-256-6995
Vanda is a startlingly talented young actress determined to land the lead in a new play based on a classic erotic novel. When Vanda shows up hours late for her appointment, she knows she may have blown her chances. 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.

‘Love Bomb’
Opening Reception
6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, May 2
Burton Barr Central Library, @Central Gallery
1221 N. Central Ave.
602-262-4636
An art exhibition by Don Clouse, on display through June 11. The free reception includes music by Rich Bailey. Clouse’s work has been influenced by the United States invasion of Iraq and recent violent events. For more information, visit www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org.

‘Til Death Do Us Part’
7 p.m. May 2-3
Phoenix Christian
Preparatory School, Quad
1751 W. Indian School Road
602-265-4707
A comedy of love, murder, mystery and intrigue at, of all places, a wedding! If you have enjoyed the fast-paced game of Clue as well as the movie, you will love this play. Performed by PC High school students. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students with ID.

‘Heyre be Dragons, in My Mind’
8 p.m. May 2-3 & 9-10
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St.
www.space55.org
Eight short original works by Arizona writers exploring different aspects of our thought process. The title comes from the custom of old mapmakers to put “Heyre be Dragons” on the areas of maps where they did not know what was there. Tickets are $15 general admission.

‘Purlie’
Black Theatre Troupe
May 2-8
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
602-258-8129
Set in Georgia during the era of Jim Crow laws and deep-rooted prejudice, this is a musical adaptation of Ossie Davis’s groundbreaking play. Tickets are $35 general admission, plus fees. Visit www.blacktheatretroupe.org.

‘Joyful Noise’
Orpheus Male Chorus
3 p.m. Sunday, May 4
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
Featured works include Handel’s Hallelujah Amen and Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine, along with American spirituals. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and students. Children 12 years of age and younger are admitted free. For more information, visit www.orpheus.org.

‘Guitar Innovators: John Fahey and Nels Cline’
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4
Third Street Theater,
Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
Two insightful documentaries about two guitar virtuosos. Known as the father of American Primitive Guitar, many consider John Fahey to be a foundational figure in American folk music. Best known as the lead guitarist of Wilco, Nels Cline shares his harmonic creations alongside Scott Amendola and Devin Hoff, and special guests Carla Kihlstedt, Ron Miles, Yuka Honda, Ben Goldberg and Matthias Bossi. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. Visit www.nofestivalrequired.com.

‘The Art of Blues’
Heddenart Group
5 p.m. Sunday, May 4
Herberger Theater, Stage West
222 E. Monroe
602-254-7399
Includes live “speed painting,” blues performances, dance and more celebrating the historical roots and progressive importance of blues in American society. Tickets are $47.50 plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

‘Requiem for the Fallen’
Sonoran Desert Chorale
3 p.m. Sunday, May 4
Valley Presbyterian Church
6947 E. McDonald Drive
480-305-4538
The chorale’s season concludes by honoring the heroes of this nation who have given “the last full measure of devotion” in service to their country. French composer Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem” will be the centerpiece of the concert, along with other selections. Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors, students and groups of 10 or more. Visit www.SonoranDesertChorale.org.

‘Broadway on Parade’
North Valley Chorale
May 10-11
Steele Indian School Park, Memorial Hall
300 E. Indian School Road
602-464-4100
Celebrate the history of Broadway and the great heritage of musical theater in this collection of Broadway favorites, from the music of Tin Pan Alley to state-of-the-art contemporary Broadway. Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 for seniors and students with ID, plus fees. Visit hhttp://northvalleychorale.org.

Camelback Arts Festival
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 18
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
Celebrating the visual and performing arts. The free festival includes juried fine arts by regional and local artists selling their original creations, as well as live music, food vendors, and children’s art activities. There also will be an exhibit of the biblical art of Sadao Watanabe, Japan’s foremost Christian artist of the 20th Century; the exhibit is on display through May 25. Visit www.camelbackartsfestival.com.

‘The Creation’
ProMusica Arizona
4 p.m. Sunday, May 18
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
623-326- 5172
Considered by many to be Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece, the oratorio celebrates the creation of the world as described in the biblical book of Genesis, leading listeners from darkness and chaos, through dissonance and harmony, to the earthly paradise of the Garden of Eden. ProMusica Arizona’s entire orchestra and chorale and featured soloists will be engaged to present this dramatic, inspiring concert, which will also include video elements, costumes and dancers. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, and $12 for students. Visit www.pmaz.org.

‘The Motherf**ker with the Hat’
Teatro Bravo
May 30-June 1, June 5-8
The Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
602-402-9954
Jackie, out on parole and newly sober, is determined to start anew with his childhood sweetheart Veronica, but her unrelenting coke addiction, his slick-talking AA sponsor, and the discovery of another man’s hat in his living room all threaten to derail Jackie’s tenuous progress and parole. A cheerfully vulgar look at the complicated recovery from love and other addictions. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students with ID and seniors. All Sunday matinees are $12. Pay what you can on June 5. Visit www.teatrobravo.org.

‘Build! Toy Bricks at the Heard’
May 24-Sept. 28
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
602-252-8840
GO® bricks, the popular building toy that came to life in February in a major U.S. motion picture release, will be the inspiration of a family-friendly, interactive exhibit in the museum’s Lincoln Gallery. Local American Indian, Mexican-American and non-Indian artists transform their artworks using the versatile toy bricks. This exhibit will also feature two LEGO® brick creations by well-known brick artists Nathan Sawaya and Sean Kenney. Special admission prices are $23 adults, $18.50 seniors, $12.50 students and children ages 6-12, and free for children ages 5 and younger (all include admission to the full museum as well). Visit www.heard.org.

‘Peter Pan’
Valley Youth Theatre
June 13-29
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-254-7399
Join Peter Pan, Wendy and Captain Hook in the high-flying original Broadway musical that whisks you away to a place where dreams are born and no one ever grows up! Tickets are $16.50-$34.50, plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

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