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Phoenix Fan Fest
Nov. 11-12
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd St.
Immerse yourself in magic and whimsy, from superheroes and ghostbusters to pirates and Willy Wonka. Learn to make your own slime, participate in Pirate Costume Contest, sit in on a beginner’s guide to costuming, enjoys game shows and tickle your sweet tooth with one of many Willy Wonka-themed panels. Tickets are $30 for the full event, $20 for just Saturday, and $15 for just Sunday. For the full schedule and to purchase tickets, visit https://myfanfest.com/phoenix/.

‘A Jewish Night on Broadway’
3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12
Beth El Congregation
1118 W. Glendale Ave.
602-944-3359
Broadway actress and singer Lauren Molina will join Cantor Jonathan Angress for a night of Broadway tunes and Jewish songs with a theatrical flair. Piano accompaniment will be provided by local pianist Daniel Kurek. Tickets range from $18 to $54. Visit https://www.bethelphoenix.com/ jewish-night-broadway/.

‘The River Bride’
Arizona Theatre Company
Nov. 16-Dec. 3
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
Once upon a time, in a fishing village along the Amazon, there lived two sisters. Helena is dreading her sister Belmira’s wedding. The groom, Duarte, should have been hers. And she knows that her sister only wants to escape their sleepy Brazilian town for an exciting new life in the city. Three days before the wedding, fishermen pull a mysterious stranger out of the river—a man with no past who offers both sisters an alluring, possibly dangerous future. Tickets are $41-$70 plus fees. Visit http://www.arizonatheatre.org.

‘Anon(ymous)’
7:30 p.m. Nov. 16-18, Nov. 30, Dec. 1-2
John Paul Theatre,
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
Separated from his mother, a young refugee called Anon journeys through the United States, encountering a wide variety of people—some kind, some dangerous and cruel—as he searches for his family. From a sinister one-eyed butcher to beguiling barflies to a sweatshop, Anon must navigate through a chaotic, ever-changing landscape in this entrancing adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey. There will be an 11 a.m. matinee on Dec. 1. Tickets to all shows are $10 general, $7 alumni/seniors, and $5 students.

‘Tosca’
Arizona Opera
Nov. 17-19
Phoenix Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd St.
602-266-7464
The beautiful and fiery Italian diva Floria Tosca is passionately in love with the artist Mario Cavaradossi, dreaming of their life together. But soon, she is caught in the political intrigues of Rome and a sinister web spun by Baron Scarpia, the Chief of Police. Tosca is desperately looking for a way out, when Scarpia offers a solution: submit to him, and he will let the couple leave the city unharmed. But, of course, all is not what it seems. Tickets are $25-$135 plus fees. Visit www.azopera.org.

David Sedaris
8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18
Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
602-262-6225
One of America’s pre-eminent humor writers returns to the Valley by popular demand on to read some of his latest works and answer questions from the audience. A book signing will follow. Tickets are $29-$69 plus fees. Visit www.ScottsdalePerformingArts.org.

The People Dance!
Indigenous Enterprise Dancers
6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19
Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St.
602-495-0901
Indigenous Enterprise will perform colorful and high-energy Northern-style pow-wow dances to the vocals of pow-wow music and the modern rhythms of contemporary music. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 the day of, with advanced tickets available online at www.pueblogrande.com or in person at the museum store.

‘RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked The World’
7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28
Third Street Theater,
Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
This documentary by Catherine Bainbridge brings to light the profound and overlooked influence of Indigenous people on popular music in North America. Focusing on many music icons, the film shows how these pioneering Native American musicians helped shape the soundtracks of our lives. Tickets are $10 in advance (plus online fees), $12 at the door, and $11 for students with ID. Visit http://rumblefilm.brownpapertickets.com.

‘Black Nativity’
Black Theatre Troupe
Dec. 1-3, 7-10 & Dec. 15-17
Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
602-258-8129
A joyous company of singers, actors, dancers and musicians delivers its powerful message of joy, hope, victory and liberation, featuring the works of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. Saturday and Sunday matinees available. Tickets are $38 plus fees, general admission. Visit www.blacktheatretroupe.org.

Frances Smith Cohen’s ‘Snow Queen’
Dec. 2-3, 9-10 & 16-17
Stage West, Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
Center Dance Ensemble’s annual holiday production offers the classic story by Hans Christian Andersen set to music by Sergei Prokofiev. Show times are 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $28.50 adults, $23.50 seniors and $14.50 for students, plus fees. Abridged lunchtime performances take place Fridays, Dec. 8 and 15, at 12:10 p.m. Tickets are $7. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

‘A Christmas Carol – The Musical’
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Dec. 9-28
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
602-252-8497
What better way to capture the holiday spirit than through the joy and merriment of Charles Dickens’ enduring tale of hope and redemption. Travel back in time with Ebenezer Scrooge as he journeys through his past, present and future to find the importance of family, friendship and love. Tickets are $49-$69 plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

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