‘Shifter’ Exhibit
Through Feb. 26
Eric Fischl Gallery,
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
In a new video, Los Angeles-based artist Brica Wilcox continues her interest in the slippage of language and image as it connects with desire. Combining Internet eye makeup tutorials, the pseudo-science of iridology (eye diagnosis), and personal narrative, Wilcox offers configurations of desire delayed, relayed, and expressed. In the main gallery, barely more than a re-staging of the elements native to the space takes place, a prompt for each visitor to embody the role of the shifter. Admission is free. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

‘All That Glitters is Not Gold’
Through March 1
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
Featuring platinum photography from the Center for Creative Photography. In photography, many consider the platinum process to be the most exquisite and luxurious. Expensive to produce platinum prints are coveted for the luscious matte surface texture, subtle range of tones, delicate rendering of the image and beautiful colors. Patented in 1873, platinum prints (and their close cousin, palladium prints) have been produced nearly constantly, right to the present. Included with regular admission. Visit www.phxart.org.

Microdwelling Exhibit
Through March 1
Shemer Art Museum
5005 E. Camelback Road
This year promises to be another exciting experience for those interested in seeing creative DIYers constructing and showcasing alternative spaces for simpler living. The exhibit will be open each weekend, Saturday & Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Shemer also will offer guided tours during the week, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission is a suggested donation of $7. Visit www.shemerartcenter.org.

[nueBOX] Happy Hour
6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5
The Newton/First Draft Book Bar
300 W Camelback Road
The event will launch [neuBOX]’s 2015 season, and introduce the program’s first round of Artists-In-Residence. It will be an opportunity to talk to the artists, hear about the projects they will be working on during their residency at [nueBOX], socialize over drinks, and listen to the chill grooves by DJ Brockelmonster. The evening includes short performances by Dirty Buckle Dance, Jordan Daniels Dance, and Diane McNeal Hunt/ELEVATE DanceWorks, as well as video works by Kyle Daniels and Ana Garner, and sculptures by Mitchell Keaney. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and includes one Happy Hour beverage. Visit http://www.nuebox.org/#!events/chpt.

‘Under Pressure’ Opening Reception
5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
University Club of Phoenix
39 E. Monte Vista Road
A three-woman exhibit. Gloria Gaddis and Christine Sandifur’s hand-pulled monotypes and monoprints use abstract and real imagery to depict some adult and childhood pressures. Barbara Burton’s work is about inner lives lived on the outside. The characters are vehicles for overheard conversations, events in the lives of family members, friends, items from the news, absurdities in the workplace, and everyday flotsam. This exhibit runs through March 7. It is free and open to the public 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The reception, which includes hors d’oeuvres and a no-host bar, is free and requires an RSVP.

‘Five Presidents’
Arizona Theatre Company
Feb. 5-22
Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe
It’s April 27, 1994. In Yorba Linda, Calif., the five living Presidents—Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton—gather in a room to wait for the start of Richard Nixon’s funeral. A speculation on what may have happened at this true-life event, with five great men trying to find relevance in the world’s most exclusive club after being the most powerful people in the world. Tickets are $36-$67 plus fees. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org.

‘Fifty Shades of Felt’
Feb. 6-21
Playhouse on the Park
Viad Corporate Center
1850 N. Central Ave.
A very inappropriate puppet show presented by All Puppet Players. A “popular” book is lampooned in the way only these raunchy puppets could. Will Ana (and the audience) take the Sex Pledge? Will the Goddess allow a full fuzzgasm? What exactly are those puppeteers putting their hands up? The answer to all these questions and much more will all be revealed when you see the show that can make every puppet on the “avenue” blush. Tickets are $24 general admission and $19 for students and seniors, plus fees. Adults-only show. Visit www.allpuppetplayers.com.

Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series
Fridays, Feb. 6-June 26
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Pairing great live music in a beautiful desert garden setting. Food will be available for an additional charge. The lineup includes: Domingo DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band, Feb. 6; The Swingtips, Feb. 13; Phoenix Boys Choir, Feb. 20; Novo Mundo (Brazilian), Feb. 27; and Pick and Holler on March 6. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; concerts begin at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 garden members and $25 for the general public; price includes admission to the garden. Must be at least 21 years old to attend concerts. Visit www.dbg.org.

Black Theatre Troupe
Feb. 6-22
Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
This year marks the centennial of the genius that was Billy Strayhorn, who created some of the most memorable compositions of the Duke Ellington Orchestra. This inventive new play, which takes places in a prison, uses music from the Strayhorn songbook as a powerful backdrop. All seating is general admission; tickets are $35 plus fees. Visit www.blacktheatretroupe.org.

First Friday: Native + You
6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
Heard Museum
2301 N. Central Ave.
Free admission every First Friday of each month except March. The Native popular music group Clan-Destine will perform, playing vocal chants, flutes and a tribal drum to produce rock, pop, blues and reggae music. Enjoy the Heard’s 12 exhibit galleries, nationally-acclaimed Courtyard Café and gourmet drinks at the Coffee Cantina, and see the best in Native art at the Heard Shops.

‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’
Feb. 6-22
Valley Youth Theatre
525 N. 1st St.
602-253-8188, ext. 2
A timeless fairy tale about vanity and foolish pride. Tickets are $18 plus fees. Show times are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with evening performances on Fridays and twice-daily matinees on weekends. Visit www.VYT.com.

‘Systems & Sensations’
Artists Reception
6:30-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6
@Central Gallery,
Burton Barr Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
A contemporary art exhibit featuring the monoprints of North Central artist Sarah Kriehn, and ceramic sculptures by Tristyn Bustamante. Kriehn’s monoprints depict her reaction to experiences resulting from particular events. Bustamante’s sculptures explore the nature and process of feedback loops and the functionality of systems. The exhibit runs through March 20 and is free and open to the public, as is the reception.

Arizona Folk Ensemble
3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8
First United Methodist Church
5510 N. Central Ave.
The Ensemble will be joined by members of Run Boy Run, Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Contest winner. Run Boy Run, from Tucson, offers touches of classical, jazz, and folk, which express themselves through the old-time core of the band’s unique sound. The concert is free; however, a free-will offering will be taken.

‘An Unusual Love Story…David+Lisa’
Scorpius Dance Theatre
Feb. 12-14
Hormel Theatre,
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
David+Lisa tells the tale of two young adults who meet while in a treatment center for mental and psychological issues. An unlikely attachment is developed, and a love story unfolds between the volatile individuals. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $30, and students, military and seniors save $5 when purchasing in person at the box office. For online tickets, visit www.scorpiusdance.com/shows.

‘The World of Warhol’
7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18
Phoenix Art Museum,
Whiteman Hall
1625 N. Central Ave.
Free and open to the public. Thomas W. Sokolowski, former director of The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, warms up Phoenix for the arrival of “Andy Warhol: Portraits,” an exhibition organized by and featuring original works from The Andy Warhol Museum, which opens March 4 in Phoenix.

‘Crowning Glory’ Concert
Phoenix Boys Choir
Feb. 21-22
Memorial Hall,
Steele Indian School Park
300 E. Indian School Road
602-264-5328, ext. 21
Spotlighting the magnificent music performed during coronation ceremonies, including the British Crowning Coronation Anthem by Handel, and the premiere of “Unxerunt Salomonem” by Le Sueur, the choir and orchestral music at the coronation of Napoleon as the Emperor of the French in 1804. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Advance tickets: $27/main floor, $22/balcony. All tickets $27 at the door. Visit www.PhoenixBoysChoir.org.

‘The Mineola Twins’
7:30 p.m. Feb. 26-28 & March 5-7
John Paul Theatre,
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
The story follows the lives of twin sisters and spanning over 30 years. Myrna, the good sister, is wholesome and virtuous, set in her conservative ways. Myra, the bad sister, is exactly the opposite—rebellious and much too liberal for her time. Author Paula Vogel takes the reader on a journey following the lives of the twins, their romantic partners and, later, their children. There will be an 11 a.m. matinee on March 6. All tickets are $10 general admission, $7 PC alumni, and $5 students with ID. Tickets are available at the box office one hour prior to performance or online at www.phoenixcollege.edu/theatre.

‘Taste, Touch, See’
Phoenix Girls Chorus
7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27
Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
The chorus’s three younger choir levels, Dolce, Harmonia and Melodia, will perform this Teacher Appreciation Concert. Ticket prices are $12 for premiere seating and $6 for general seating. Tickets are available by calling the Phoenix Girls Chorus at 602-252-5562 or at may be purchased at the door.

‘Hunger for Sale’
1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 1
Third Street Theater,
Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
This film by Yves Billy looks at some of the key challenges in producing food for the future—and in feeding the planet’s current population. Tickets are $7 at the door; $6 for students with ID. Doors open at 1 p.m.; cash bar available.

Come to the Meetin’
Sonoran Desert Chorale
3 p.m. Sunday, March 8
Valley Presbyterian Church
6947 E. McDonald Drive
Performance includes “The World Beloved: Bluegrass Mass,” written for chorus and bluegrass ensemble including mandolin, violin, guitar, banjo, and string bass, anchors this concert. Also included are all-time favorite spirituals and rousing foot-tapping Gospel music. Tickets are $18 adults, $15 seniors and children. Visit www.SonoranDesertChorale.org.


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