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‘33 Variations’
7 p.m. Nov. 5-7
Sunnyslope High School Auditorium
35 W. Dunlap Ave.
Sunnyslope High School Theatre Department will present this Tony award-winning play written by Moisés Kaufman with music by Ludwig van Beethoven. It’s the story of a musicologist suffering from ALS who does her best to negotiate relationships with her daughter, her nurse, her disease and her obsession with Beethoven’s final collection of variations—which are played live onstage throughout the production. Tickets are $5, available beginning 30 minutes before the show.

First Fridays at the Heard
Friday, Nov. 6
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
It’s time to celebrate all things Frida Kahlo with the exhibits, “Frida Kahlo: Her Photos” and “Las Favoritas de Frida.” The night will include a choreographed performance inspired by the celebrated 20th-century Mexican artist, Liliana Gomez. The works of the Phoenix Fridas, a local Phoenix arts collective, will be featured in a special mercado. Dance, eat in the Courtyard Café or sign up to get your hair braided Frida-style with a small donation. The Heard Museum Shop presents Hispanic potter Ruben Galicia, who will demonstrate his art 6 to 8 p.m. There will be free evening admission to the museum’s galleries. Visit www.heard.org.

Boys To Men Annual Festival of Male Choruses
4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
The Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix hosts this annual festival promoting access to choral training and development for young male singers. Boys to Men features junior high and high school male singers from around the Valley and beyond with adult male choruses from the Phoenix area for an afternoon of education and inspiration, followed by performances by individual choruses and a combined choir finale of more than 200 singers. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.

‘Disgraced’
Arizona Theatre Company
Nov. 12-29
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
There are some topics you just shouldn’t discuss at a dinner party. Disgraced is the critically acclaimed, Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway hit about the stories we tell our friends, the secrets we tell our lovers, and the lies we tell ourselves. Written by one of the most astonishing new voices in American theater, this provocative tale dares to face the truth hiding just below the deception. In “Disgraced,” what begins as polite table conversation explodes, leaving everyone’s relationships and beliefs about race and identity in shards. Tickets are $28-$68 plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

Classic Rock Live: A Tribute to the ’70s
7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13
Paradise Valley Community College,
CPA Mainstage
18401 N. 32nd St.
602 787‐7738
Featuring performance by the PVCC Faculty Rock Band and special guests. Tickets are $12 general admission in advance, $6 for students with ID. There will be a $4 additional ticket fee at the door prior to performance. Parking is free. Visit www.paradisevalley.edu/cpa.

‘Florencia en el Amazonas’
Arizona Opera
Nov. 13-15
Phoenix Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd St.
602-266-7464
An exotic journey that follows the story of Florencia Grimaldi who travels along the famed Amazon River in the hopes of finding her long-lost lover, a butterfly hunter, who disappeared in the jungle many years ago. Wracked by storms and a cholera outbreak, she and her fellow passengers are drawn deeper into the exotic rainforest, where fantasy and reality intertwine and their hopes and dreams are tested. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets start at $25 and are on sale through www.azopera.org.

El Mercado de Las Artes
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 14-15
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
602-252-8848
Artwork by top Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico will be accompanied by music and dance performances. Chat with more than 65 artists as they sell a range of distinctive and unique artwork, including Santos, pottery, embroidery, furniture making, painting, printmaking, and silver and tinwork. The Courtyard Café will offer a menu of festive and traditional foods. The Mercado is free with a suggested donation of $10, which includes museum admission. Visit www.heard.org.

‘The Wizard of Oz’
Nov. 18-Dec. 27
Phoenix Theatre
100 W. McDowell Road
602-254-2151
Go over the rainbow with the entire family this holiday season. Travel with Dorothy as she journeys to the magical land where scarecrows wish for brains, lions are afraid of their roars, tin men long for hearts and witches come in all varieties. Tickets are $30 to $80 plus fees. Visit www.phoenixtheatre.com.

‘Entertaining Mr. Sloane’
7:30 p.m. Nov. 19-21 & Dec. 3-5
John Paul Theatre,
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
Follow the provocative story of Mr. Sloane, a sly and handsome young man who works his way into the household of Kath, her brother Ed, and their father. Kath wants something between a lover and a substitute baby, while Ed wants someone to drive his car dressed in a tight T-shirt and leather cap. But though the charismatic youth thinks that he holds all the cards with both brother and sister vying for his attention, the play soon becomes a shameless and unnerving tangle of sex, blackmail, bribery and violence. Tickets are available a half hour before each show at the box office. A matinee will take place at 11 a.m. on Dec. 4. Prices are $10 general admission, $7 alumni, and $5 students with ID.

‘A Bloody Mary Christmas’
Weekends, Nov. 27-Dec. 27
Space 55
636 E. Pierce St.
Retirees Blanche, Bertha and Mabel sing, dance and drink themselves silly as they fight to keep from losing their Sun City condo to a heartless homeowner’s association on Christmas Eve. This show is not appropriate for children. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 7 p.m. Sundays. There will be special performances at 8 p.m. on Dec. 22 and Dec. 23. Tickets are $18 on Friday and Saturday, $15 on Sunday. Tickets are on sale at www.space55.org.

‘Black Nativity’
Black Theatre Troupe
Dec. 1-11
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
602-258-8129
This popular holiday event, by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, returns to the BTT stage in a stunning new production. A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation. This song-play touches a special chord in the hearts of all at a very special time of the year. Tickets are $32. Visit https://blacktheatretroupe.tixato.com/buy.

‘Chasing Shadows’
Warren Miller Entertainment
8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
Warren Miller once said, “A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to freedom.” His production company’s latest film is an exploration into what it means to be inspired. Skiers and snowboarders have all chased it: a feeling, a memory, a storm, a turn. They’ve been chasing it their whole lives and they will keep chasing it a lifetime more. Check out www.warrenmiller.com for details. Tickets are $22.50 plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

‘The Nutcracker’
Ballet Arizona
Dec. 11-27
Phoenix Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd St.
602-381-1096
The beloved ballet tells the story of a little girl named Clara who is given a magical nutcracker doll on Christmas Eve. She encounters the frightful Mouse King before embarking on a wondrous journey through the Land of Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. Young and old alike will experience the many special effects, including the Christmas tree that “grows” to 40 feet, 200 pounds of “snow” falling during the snow scene and the firing of cannons onstage. Forty-five minutes before each performance, audiences are invited to the Symphony Hall lobby for pre-show events including storytelling and photos with the Sugar Plum Fairy. Ticket prices start at $15, discounts offered for seniors, students, military and groups. Visit www.balletaz.org.

‘A Christmas Carol’
Dec. 10-26
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-256-6995
Katie McFadzen will use Dickens’ own immortal words to turn the family-friendly classic into a one-woman tour-de-force as she performs all 27 characters from Scrooge to Tiny Tim. “A Christmas Carol” will be adapted and directed by Matthew Wiener. Tickets are $23-51 plus fees. Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Pay What You Can performance is Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available for a suggested $10 donation (cash only). Visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

‘The Santaland Diaries’
Arizona Theatre Co.
Dec. 10-26
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-256-6995
The wickedly true, outrageously funny tale of best-selling humorist David Sedaris’ tenure as an unemployed writer taking a job as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display. Ticket are $23-$51 plus fees. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org. Discounts are available for seniors and active military. A $10 student ticket pricing is now available for all performances. Pay What You Can performance is Thursday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available

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