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‘Joy of Toys’
Through July 24
Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Road
602-262-4727
A folk art exhibit from Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, and beyond. Art Consultant Ted Decker showcases his whimsical collection of folk art toys from around the world in a special exhibit. The Museum Store also will carry special folk art pieces for sale during the exhibit. Hours open to the general public are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday evenings and Saturday by appointment only. Visit www.shemerartcenter.org.

‘The Process and The Page: Developing Photographic Books’
Through Aug. 17
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
602-257-1222
On display are 15 books published from 1930 to 2013 by nine celebrated photographic artists including Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Richard Avedon and W. Eugene Smith, along with proposals, correspondence, drafts, expense reports and marketing plans that illustrate the artists’ role in every aspect of a book. General admission is $15 adults, $12 seniors age 65 and older, $10 for students with ID, $6 for children ages 6-17, and free for children ages 5 and younger. Free admission for all is available Wednesdays from 3 to 9 p.m. and First Fridays from 6 to 10 p.m. Visit www.phxart.org.

Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science
Through Sept. 1
Arizona Science Center
600 E. Washington St.
602-716-2000
Lost Egypt reveals how archaeologists use science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Highlights include a human mummy and several animal mummies, plus scans, forensic facial reconstructions and a life-size rapid prototype of a mummy in a stage of “unwrapping.” Tickets are $26.95 (adult), $23.95 (senior) and $19.95 (child), which include general admission. Visit www.azscience.org.

L.O.L. Comedy Show Volume 3
8 p.m. Saturday, July 5
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
The show stars Alex Thomas, who has appeared on The Jaime Foxx Show, Family Guy, Mr. Box Office and more, features Red Bone & Dirty Red and is hosted by Nate Jackson. Tickets are $30 orchestra and $20 balcony, plus service fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

‘The Agony and The Ecstasy of Steve Jobs’
July 5, 9, 12 & 23
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
www.actorstheatrephx.org
A provocative monologue that pulls back the curtain veiling America’s most mysterious technology icon with a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust and industrial design. Tickets are $20 general admission. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 p.m. Saturdays.

‘Catwalk … I Love Duran Duran!’
Scorpius Dance Theatre
July 11-12
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
602-254-2151
The dance troupe’s fashion runway themed production, Catwalk, returns with a focus on the ’80s British rock group, Duran Duran. Catwalk is a teen/adult show, and children younger than 13 will not be permitted. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday. General admission tickets are $30 and VIP tickets are $45, plus a service fee for all tickets. To purchase, call or visit www.scorpiusdance.com.

‘The Fever’
July 11 & 16
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
www.actorstheatrephx.org
The playwright discovers that having good intentions toward the dispossessed is not enough. He reaches the inevitable conclusion that the politically correct are guilty themselves unless they take action. Tickets are $20 general admission. Show times are 7 p.m. Wednesday and 10 p.m. Saturday.

‘An Exploration of Afrocentric Music of the ’90s’
7-10 p.m. Saturday, July 12
Willo North Gallery
2811 N. 7th Ave.
602-448-9041
Artist Noelle Martinez showcases her series, “Back in the Daze, An Exploration of Afrocentric Music of the ’90s”’ as a solo art exhibition. Martinez’s work is a tribute to artist such as the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac, Wu Tang Clan, Nas, A Tribe Called Quest, Snoop Dog, and many other artists that were influential in the 1990s. Noelle illustrates, through her artistic view, the vibrant shift that Afrocentric music implemented in that decade. The show is free and open to the public.

‘The Boob Show’
July 18 & 20, Aug. 3
Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
www.actorstheatrephx.org
Written and Performed by Sally Jo Bannow. This musical celebration is appropriate for anyone who’s ever had a boob, or just loved one from afar. Whether they are big, small, scarred, saggy, or man-boobs, The Boob Show will leave you feeling uplifted. Tickets are $20 general admission. Show times are 10 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Sunday.

‘Two Shots’
7 p.m. Wednesday, July 30
Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
www.actorstheatrephx.org
Two short plays written and performed by Ben Tyler and David Barker. First up is “The Sperm of Ten Men,” written and performed by Tyler, who in 1991 agreed to be a sperm donor for his brother and sister-in-law. “Dodging Bullets,” written and performed by Barker, is about an incident in 2004 in an upscale Boston suburb when a brain surgeon tried to kill Barker and his sister. Tickets are $20 general admission.

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