‘Dreaming a New World’ Exhibit
Free Opening Reception
5:30-7 p.m. Friday, April 7
Herberger Theater Art Gallery
222 E. Monroe St.
North Central resident Sarah Kriehn and fellow artist Kathy Taylor have compiled a body of work that comes together to convey the same vision through monotypes, collagraphs and mixed-media paintings. At the free reception, meet the artists and enjoy live music and a no-host bar. The artwork will on display and available for purchase through April 30; exhibit hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during performances at the theater.

‘American Voices’
Center Dance Ensemble
2 & 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Herberger Theater, Kax Stage
222 E. Monroe
Center Dance Ensemble celebrates National Poetry Month with new choreography by CDE company members. Often described as visual poetry, the afternoon will be a fascinating exploration of movement. The performance will also feature high school poets from the Poetry-Out-Loud Competition sharing their own poetry. Tickets are $16 adults, $13 seniors and $10 for students, plus fees. Lunchtime theater performances also will take place at 12:10 p.m. April 19-20; tickets are just $6. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

April 20-22 & 27-29
John Paul Theatre,
Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
A hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theater itself. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Show times are 7:30 p.m.; there will be an 11 a.m. matinee on April 28. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for alumni and $10 for students with ID.

‘The Intangible Heritage–Mariachi Inspired Symphonic Music’
MusicaNova Orchestra
4 p.m. Sunday, April 23
Central United Methodist Church
1875 N. Central Ave.
Symphonic music inspired by the Mariachi heritage. In collaboration with student-musicians from Tempe high schools, with the world premiere of “How to Restart” by MusicaNova Composition Fellow Julie Hill from the Manhattan School of Music, and the Corazón de Phoenix and Tempe High School Mariachi Ensembles. Tickets are $15-$20. Visit www.musicanovaaz.com.

‘Sound of Spring’ Concert
3 p.m. Sunday, April 30
Beth Ami Temple
3535 E. Lincoln Blvd.
Phoenix Symphony violinist Lan Qiu and his family headline the annual concert, featuring a selection of songs ranging from Baroque, classical, and romantic eras, as well as Jewish music. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Tickets are $25 and maybe be purchased by calling Donna Horwitz at 602-997-5623 or emailing her at azhorwitzs@cox.net.

‘Broadway Blast’
North Valley Chorale
May 5-6
Herberger Theater, Stage West
222 E. Monroe
Love Broadway? You won’t want to miss this magical weekend with showstoppers from “Chicago,” “Hair,” “South Pacific,” “Porgy & Bess,” and more. Special guests include talented young performers from the Benchmark School Show Choir, a Phoenix charter school. Show times are 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $23-$28 for adults and $18-$23 for seniors and students, plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

May 10-June 4
Phoenix Theatre
100 E. McDowell Road
A colorful salute to the 1960s. Be dazzled by songs from iconic women including Janis Joplin, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and The Supremes. With over 40 wigs and costumes, 25 cans of hairspray and one scorching band, “Beehive” is one show you cannot miss. Tickets are $41-$91 plus fees. Visit www.phoenixtheatre.com.

‘All Balanchine’
Ballet Arizona
May 11-14
Symphony Hall
75 N. 2nd St.
An evening of works by the father of American Ballet, George Balanchine. Ib Andersen is one of a handful of artists worldwide authorized by The Balanchine Trust to stage Balanchine’s masterpieces, including: “Western Symphony,” based on traditional western songs featuring cowboys and dance hall girls with the backdrop of an old-west saloon; and “Square Dance,” a Ballet Arizona premiere that combines the spirit and verve of an American folk dance with the precision and techniques of classical ballet. Tickets are $25-$159 plus fees. Visit www.balletaz.org.

‘Holmes and Watson’
Arizona Theatre Company
May 11-28
Herberger Theater
222 E. Monroe
Following Holmes’s “death” at Reichenbach Falls, Dr. Watson is called upon to disprove the many frauds, fakes, and charlatans who have popped up claiming to be Holmes all over the world. Then … a newspaper clipping arrives. A remote mental asylum reports that three men have recently been admitted, each claiming to be the late detective. Each matches Holmes’s physical description. But one of them is quoted saying something only the real Holmes could possibly know. Watson travels to the asylum to confront the three patients, convinced that one of them must be the real Holmes. Tickets are $41-$70 plus fees. Visit www.herbergertheater.org.

‘Playback Theatre: From Life to Story to Stage’
iTheatre Collaborative & Essential Theatre
May 12-14
Herberger Theater, Kax Stage
222 E. Monroe
An innovative, improvisational performance in which members of the audience tell stories from their lives and then watch the stories brought to artistic life by the ensemble of actors and musicians. Every performance is different, and any story from your life is welcome—or, just sit back and enjoy others’ stories. Show times are 8 p.m. May 12-13 and 2 p.m. May 14. In honor of Mother’s Day, for the May 14 performance, stories honoring mothers and motherhood will be invited. All tickets are $20 plus fees. Visit www.itheatreaz.org.


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