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‘Momentum’ Exhibit
May 1-31
Herberger Theater Art Gallery
222 E. Monroe
‘Momentum’ includes pieces from various series that artist Heather J. Kirk created and incorporates her recent role of Guest Curator at Herberger Theater Art Gallery—considering how to create variety within a concept, and the importance of the placement and pairing of art pieces to create perceptions, while still allowing for the beholder to find beauty and meaning. All artwork is available for purchase. The exhibit will be on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and during theater performances. Admission to the exhibit is free. Visit www.HerbergerTheater.org/art_gallery.

‘Songfest’ Women’s Festival Concert
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
602-252-5562
“Songfest” features female singers of all ages from across Arizona including the Grammy Award winning Phoenix Chorale, the Women’s Chorale of Northern Arizona University, The McConnell Singers Women’s Choir of Phoenix College and the Cantabile and Bella Choirs of the Phoenix Girls Chorus. Premiere seating ticket prices are adults $23, seniors/student $18, children $10. General seating ticket prices are adults $15, seniors/students $12 and children $8. For tickets, e-mail office@girlschorus.org or call. Tickets also available at the door.

‘Broadway Salutes America’
North Valley Chorale
May 2-3
Memorial Hall,
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
602-464-4100
A showcase of Broadway favorites that celebrate our country. Join in the singing and dancing. Concerts are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors age 65 and older and students. Visit http://www.northvalleychorale.org.

‘Nature’s Gifts’
Orpheus Male Chorus
3 p.m. Sunday, May 3
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
602-271-9396
This spring concert will take you on a musical journey of the environment that we cherish, along with nature’s gifts that make us smile. Enjoy songs of mountains (“Gonna Build a Mountain”), water (“Loch Lomond”), and animals (“De Animals a-Comin’”); plus favorites from great composers like Rodgers and Hammerstein (“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’”), and Aaron Copland (“The Little Horses”) and Randall Thompson (“The Pasture” from Frostiana). For ticket information, call or visit www.orpheus.org.

‘Spellbound’
Southwest Shakespeare Company
May 7-24
Event Plaza, Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
480-435-6868
Princess Imogen’s stepmother wants to kill her, her father is no help, Imogen’s banished love, Posthumus, thinks she’s cheating on him—what’s a girl to do? Swap the skirts for pants and run away disguised as a boy into the magical wild of Shakespeare’s ancient Britain, where the improbable becomes probable in an epic, adventurous romance filled with kind strangers, dastardly villains, ghosts, gods and lost princes. Bistro Table seats are $50-$55. SSC Season Patrons and DBG members are eligible for ticketing discounts. E-mail spellbound@swshakespeare.org for discount codes. For more information, visit http://swshakespeare.org.

‘Innovations’
Ballet Arizona
May 14-24
Dorrance Theatre
2835 E. Washington St.
602-381-1096
A collection of works choreographed completely by Ballet Arizona dancers. For the second year in a row, the ballet company presents a one-of-a-kind program that showcases the fresh, artistic talent of four emerging choreographers, under the direction of Ballet Arizona’s nationally recognized Artistic Director, Ib Andersen. “Innovations” is also a celebration of the generous support of the Dorrance Family Foundation, which helped make the Dorrance Theatre—a laboratory for artistically vibrant dance—a possibility. Tickets range in price from $25 to $55. Call the box office or visit www.balletaz.org.

‘Puppet Wars: Episode IV-A Few Hope’
All Puppet Players
May 15-30
Playhouse on the Park
1850 N. Central Ave.
602-254-2151
Every sci-fi movie is lampooned in this wacky, puppet-centric retelling of one of the greatest film franchises ever made. Relive your favorite moments in puppet form and get a chance to create your own puppets for the Cantina scene. The show is appropriate for all ages. Visit http://www.allpuppetplayers.com.

‘Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!’ Exhibit Opening Day
9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 16
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Many American Indian legends feature animal heroes of great power who teach life lessons. Enjoy a family friendly reception from 11 a.m. to noon. The exhibit will be on display until Aug. 23. Special admission rates are $23 for adults, $18.50 seniors 65 and older, $12.50 for students with ID and children 6-12, and $5 for children 1-5 and American Indians. Free for museum members. Visit www.heard.org/exhibit/superheroes.

‘One Man, 2 Guvnors’
May 20-June 14
Phoenix Theatre
100 W. McDowell Road
Nominated for seven 2012 Tony ® Awards, Richard Bean’s show is filled with laugh-out-loud physical comedy, a delightful score, slapstick and smart one-liners. This unique play follows Francis Henshall, who takes the dubious position as guardian of Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hoodlum. When Francis takes a second job minding Stanley Stubbers, another fishy criminal hiding from the police, he employs elaborate shenanigans to keep his two bosses apart. Tickets are $30-$75 plus fees. Visit http://phoenixtheatre.com.

‘Fold Crumple Crush: The Art of El Anatsui’
1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31
Third Street Theater, Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
Presented by No Festival Required. Filmed over three years in Venice, Nsukka, and the United States, this is a powerful portrait of Africa’s most widely acclaimed contemporary artist, El Anatsui. The film gives an insider’s view of the artist’s practice, the ingenious steps and thousands of hours of labor that convert used bottle tops into huge, opulent wall hangings. Tickets are $7 at the door; $6 for students with ID. Doors open at 1 p.m.; cash bar available.

‘Oliver!’
May 29-31
Phoenix Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd St.
602-495-1999
The Phoenix Symphony and Phoenix Theatre team up to tell the story of the adventures of the orphaned boy as he escapes his bleak workhouse existence, journeys to London, and is taken in by a gang of apprentice pickpockets working for master thief Fagin. Show times are 730 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $18-$83 plus fees. Visit http://phoenixsymphony.org.

Beta Dance Festival
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30
Phoenix Center for the Arts,
Third Street Theater
1202 N. 3rd St.
602-254-3100
Enjoy an evening of new and exciting dance choreography. This event provides the opportunity for local dance artists to produce and perform original works and seeks to introduce dance supporters in the Phoenix area to fresh artistic voices of movement. Cost is $15 at the door. Visit www.phoenixcenterforthearts.org/beta.

Tour Concert Preview
Phoenix Boys Choir
3 p.m. Sunday, May 31
Memorial Hall
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
602-264-5328
See the boys perform before the top choir embarks on its three-week summer tour to Spain and Portugal. The final concert of the season features a preview of the repertoire performed during concerts while on tour. Audiences will also hear highlights from previous concerts from the season. Tickets are $12 general admission in advance and $15 the day of the concert. Tickets are available through www.phoenixboyschoir.org.

‘Into the Woods’
Valley Youth Theatre
June 12-28
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
The Brothers Grimm hit the stage in this epic fairy tale featuring Tony Award-winning music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays; 2 & 7:30 p.m. Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Sundays. Ticket prices start at $20. Visit www.HerbergerTheater.org.

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