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Artist Sarah Kriehn Exhibit
Ongoing through Dec. 31
180 Degrees Automotive
545 W. Mariposa St.
North Central resident and multi-media artist Sarah Kriehn has a solo exhibition of original monoprints in the lobby area of the woman-owned automotive shop. The pieces can be viewed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

‘Your Vote, Your Voice’
Ongoing through 2015
Arizona Capitol Museum
1700 W. Washington St.
The elections process is the cornerstone of civic engagement covering everything from how Arizonans select leaders to changing the state constitution. The museum’s newest exhibit, “Your Vote, Your Voice, Your Government, Your Choice,” examines the electoral process and voting from Arizona’s territorial history to current elections. Admission and parking at the museum are free. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays. This is a permanent AZCM exhibit designed to be updated every election cycle.

‘Shear Madness’
Through Nov. 23
Hormel Theatre at
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
602-254-2151
This zany whodunit mixes elements of improvisation, stand-up and farce into a tangled web of madcap comedy where YOU, the audience, help solve the crime. Set in a present day Phoenix beauty salon, Shear Madness begins when the landlady upstairs is murdered. An undercover police lieutenant Nick (Gene Ganssle) and his eager assistant Mikey (Mark Jacobson) launch an investigation and a host of wacky suspects soon emerge. Tickets are $30-$80 plus fees. Visit http://phoenixtheatre.com.

First Fridays at the Heard
6-9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Admission is free. This month the theme is Improvised Jazz, featuring the Earth Tones and a special appearance by KJZZ-FM host Blaise Lantana. On each First Friday, visitors can enjoy the Heard’s 12 exhibit galleries, Courtyard Café and gourmet drinks at the Coffee Cantina, and see the best in Native art at the Heard Shops. Also on hand: The AZ Storytellers with Megan Finnerty will weave tales on the theme, “Modern Native Stories.” Tickets, which are required for the AZ Storytellers appearance; are $11.54 (fee included) and are available at www.heard.org/firstfridays.

‘Wait Until Dark’
Arizona Theatre Company
Nov. 13-30
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-256-6995
Don’t let Susan Hendrix’ quaint Greenwich Village basement apartment fool you; hidden within is a treasure for which thieves and conmen would kill. Susan, tragically blinded in an automobile accident, unwittingly becomes the key player in a dangerous game threatening all she holds dear. Two crooks become increasingly desperate and depraved, but must wait until dark to play out this classic thriller’s chilling conclusion. Tickets are $36-$67 plus fees. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

Black Box Theater Debut
7 p.m. Nov. 14-15
Phoenix Christian Prep School, Room 306
1751 W. Indian School Road
602-265-4707
The school’s drama department, under the director of the new drama director, Nathan deLaet, presents two mystery comedies in one night: “Such Things Only Happen in Books,” by Thornton Wilder, and “The Real Inspector Hound,” by Tom Stoppard. Complimentary desserts provided. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and may be purchased at the door or in the school office ahead of time.

‘Rigoletto’
Arizona Opera
Nov. 14-16
Phoenix Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd St.
602-266-7464
A court jester isn’t quite so funny when he has revenge on his mind. With unforgettable arias and a dramatic, twisting plot, this opera by the famed Guiseppe Verdi features dark assassins, a philandering Duke and the self-sacrificing Gilda. This lush production features baritone Michael Corvino as Rigoletto. Tickets are $25-$135, plus fees. For tickets, visit www.azopera.org.

Gerry O’Beirne Concert
6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
602-258-0109
Born in Ennis, County Clare, along Ireland’s music-rich west coast, O’Beirne is a renowned singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist (6 and 12 string guitar, tiple, and ukulele, slide guitar among others). He grew up in Ireland and in Ghana in West Africa, and has since lived in England, California and Mexico. His own compositions blend the passion found in traditional music with the freshness of contemporary song. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. Visit www.azirish.org for more information.

Trans-Atlantic Jazz Concert
7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19
Bulpitt Auditorium,
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
The Phoenix College Superstition Jazz Orchestra performs with The Doublers Collective, a progressive jazz saxophone quintet. The concert will feature original compositions and arrangements by pianist Michael Abene. General admission is $15 advance/ $18 at the door; students pay $8 in advance/$10 at door. To purchase tickets and for more information, go to http://doublerscollective.com/abeneaz.

‘Mary Poppins’
Nov. 19-Dec. 28
Phoenix Theatre, Main Stage
100 E. McDowell Road
602-254-2151
Share the enchanting mix of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking special effects and a message about hope, optimism and perseverance. Tickets are $30-$90 plus fees. Visit http://phoenixtheatre.com.

‘Five Women Wearing The Same Dress’
7:30 p.m. Nov. 20-22 & Dec. 4-6
John Paul Theatre Mainstage,
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
During a wedding reception, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hiding out in an upstairs bedroom discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit. There will be a 1 p.m. matinee on Dec. 5. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 students, and are available at the box office or online at www.phoenixcollege.edu/theatre.

‘Tommy J & Sally’
Black Theatre Troupe
Nov. 26-Dec. 14
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
602-258-8129
This intense examination and study about black/white relations looks at race from both sides of the color line. Tickets are $35 general admission, plus fees. Visit www.blacktheatretroupe.org.

Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’
Theater League
Nov. 28-30
Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
203 W. Adams St.
602-262-7272
Brilliantly adapted from the Academy Award-winning animated film, this much-loved spectacle has thrilled more than 20 million people worldwide with show-stopping musical numbers, astonishing sets, lavish costumes and never-before-seen magic and special effects. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, 2 & 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 & 7 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $55-$75 plus fees. Visit http://theaterleague.com and select Phoenix.

‘On Golden Pond’
Nov. 28-Dec. 14
Theatre Artists Studio
4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406
602-765-0120
The love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, an elderly couple returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. Mix in their divorced daughter, her dentist fiancé and his teenage son, and you have a recipe for sharp comedy, hard truths and a healthy dash of hope. The stage version has all the meat of the story without the saccharin of the movie screenplay. Show times are 7:30 p.m., except Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $15 for seniors age 65 and older and members of the military (active and retired); and $10 for students age 25 and younger.
Visit www.thestudiophx.org.

‘A Christmas Carol’
Southwest Shakespeare Co.
Nov. 29-Dec. 20
Playhouse on the Park, Viad Corporate Center
1850 N. Central Ave.
602-254-2151
Traditional music, songs, dancing, and special effects make this moving tale an extraordinary evening for the whole family. Don’t miss the adventures of Scrooge as he is once again visited by the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Tickets are available through the Phoenix Theatre box office. Access the page through http://swshakespeare.org.

Bill Craig Concert
6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30
Irish Cultural Center
1106 N. Central Ave.
602-258-0109
Craig is an Irish entertainer based in Toronto, Canada. He has been performing for over 30 years all over the globe and is an accomplished guitarist and vocalist. Craig has resumed his solo career after a brief spell as a member of the Irish Rovers and delights audiences with his lively performances. He continues to release collections of songs that capture the spirit of the music and the heart of the listener. Tickets are $15 and are available at the door. Visit www.azirish.org for more information.

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