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Black Theatre Troupe’s ‘Breakfast with Mugabe’
Through Sunday, Nov. 10
Helen K. Mason
Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
Written by Fraser Grace, this is a performance where the audience can eavesdrop on the fiery conversations between Robert Mugabe, the late, former controversial president of Zimbabwe, and his psychiatrist as he tries to get help. A vengeful spirit, the ghost of a former revolutionary comrade who became a potential rival, haunts Mugabe in this production. Tickets are $41 each. To buy tickets, visit http://blacktheatretroupe.org or call 602-258-8129.

Documentary Film: ‘Bodgan’s Journey’
7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12
Culter-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center
122 E. Culver St.
The film focuses on Bogdan Bialek, a Catholic and Polish journalist and psychologist who talks about a time in 1946 when the militia, soldiers and townspeople killed more than 40 Holocaust survivors who tried to take shelter in a downtown building in Kielce, Poland. Admission is free; please RSVP lbell@azjhs.org. The movie is being shown in partnership with the Martin Springer Institute at Northern Arizona University.

Dan Navarro Concert Evening
8 to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15
Fiddler’s Dream Coffeehouse
1702 E. Glendale Ave.
Dan Navarro began his musical journey as a songwriter, frequently with the late Eric Lowen and artists including Pat Benatar, The Bangles, Jackson Browne, Dave Edmunds and The Temptations and Dionne Warwick. After more than 20 years and 12 CDs and digital albums with Lowen and Navarro, he released “Live at McCabe’s,” backed by his friends in 2009. Tickets for the show are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Navarro will offer “Songwriting and the Creative Muse – A Workshop with Dan Navarro” from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the coffeehouse. The workshop costs $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Buy tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4317465 and to learn more call 602-997-9795.

‘Champions Of Magic’
8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15 and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16
Orpheum Theatre
203 W. Adams St.
Five world-class illusionists that have sold out shows around the world are back with performances that include mind reading, close-up magic and large-scale illusions. Their talent has been featured on The CW’s “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” show, as well as NBC’s “Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon,” “The Today Show” and “Access Hollywood Live.” For tickets and information, visit phoenix.ticketforce.com.

Childsplay’s ‘Chato’s Kitchen’
Friday, Nov. 1 – Sunday, Nov. 24
Herberger Theater Center’s Stage West
222 E. Monroe St.
Gary Soto’s book about Chato, the cool, low-riding cat in the barrio, comes to life in this family-friendly play recommended for those at least 5 years old. A family of ratoncitos, or little mice, moves in next door to Chato. He invites the mice over for dinner but what they do not know is he plans to make them part of the menu. However, things do not go quite the way Chato wanted. Opening night is at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1; remaining shows are Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. Tickets begin at $12. Visit www.childsplayaz.org/chato for details.

Phoenix Art Museum’s 60th Anniversary Weekend
Saturday, Nov. 16, – Monday, Nov. 18
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
The celebration begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17, at noon on Monday, Nov. 18. The event will include musical performances, a scavenger hunt, pop-up library, art-creating activities and a lecture by Hip Historian Marshall Shore. A self-guided scavenger hunt and Make It! activities with a local artist, as well as special deals at The Museum Store and Palette, will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. each day. For tickets and information, visit www.phxart.org.

Convergence Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker Swing!’
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29
2p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
Madison Center for the Arts
5601 N. 16th St.
Convergence Ballet will perform this holiday classic in partnership with Ballet Theatre of Phoenix students. Tickets cost $25 per adult and $15 each for children and students, not including fees. For tickets and information, visit www.themadison.org.

Jimmy Cobb Quartet CD Release Party
7 and 9:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30
The Nash
110 E. Roosevelt Road
Legendary jazz drummer and The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master Jimmy Cobb performed with Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Cannonball Adderley and Co. from 1957 to 1963, including on the popular recording “Kind of Blue.” At 90 years old, Cobb released his new album, “This I Dig of You” in August with longtime collaborators pianist George Cables, guitarist Peter Bernstein and bassist John Webber. Lewis Nash, renowned jazz drummer for whom the center was named, will present Cobb with The Nash Jazz Beacon Award. For tickets and information, visit thenash.org.

Arizona Theatre Company’s ‘Silent Sky’
Thursday, Nov. 14 to Sunday, Dec. 1
The Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
“Silent Sky” is based on the true story of Henrietta Leavitt, a 19th century astronomer and her discoveries, as well as her relationships with family members and a love interest. Harvard University hired Leavitt in 1900 to be a “human computer” mapping stars without getting any scientific credit. Despite the obstacles she recorded stars that led to scientific discoveries that have had a lasting effect on the astronomy field. Preview shows will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14 and 7:30 on Friday, Nov. 15 while other shows will be at 2, 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Sundays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. For tickets, visit https://arizonatheatre.org or call 602-256-6995.

BLK BOX PHX’s ‘BAUER’
Nov. 22-Dec. 8
Judith Hardes Theatre at
The Phoenix Theatre Company
1825 N. Central Ave.
This is the story of modern artist Rudolf Bauer, who struggled as his place in art history faded. It’s a play about a broken man that includes love, art and defiance set in 1953 at a New Jersey mansion where there is an imagined meeting between the painter and his close friend, champion and curator of the Guggenheim Museum, Hillary von Rebay. For tickets and information, visit blkboxphx.com/shows.

‘Little Red Hen’
Wednesday, Nov. 13 – Sunday, Dec. 1
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
302 W. Latham St.
Puppets will portray characters in a sing-along show about a little red hen who asks other animals to help her plant wheat and make it into bread. Wednesdays through Fridays shows are at 10 a.m., Saturdays shows are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $8 for children and $12 for adults. Children under 2 years free. Buy tickets at the theater; advanced family reservations are available by calling 602-262-2050, ext. 4. Visit azpuppets.org.

Phoenix Chorale’s ‘A Chorale Christmas’
7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14
Trinity Episcopal Church
100 W. Roosevelt St.
7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16

Camelback Bible Church
3900 E. Stanford Drive
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17
Brophy Chapel
4701 N. Central Ave.
Conductor and composer Andre J. Thomas will lead the chorale in performing its festive annual holiday concert. Thomas is popular as a guest conductor and clinician around the world and has worked with the Berlin Radio Choir, Tallahassee Symphony, Netherlands Radio Choir, Czech National Symphony and World Youth Choirs in China, the Philippines, and in Europe. He has worked with Honor and All-State Choirs throughout the United States. Ticket prices vary. To buy tickets, visit www.phoenixchorale.org.

‘LIGHTHOUSE’
Saturday, Dec. 7 – Friday, Jan. 3
Alwun House Foundation
1204 E. Roosevelt St.
While the gallery lights are turned off, visitors can see art transmitting light in light-boxes, lamps, art shrines, video and other installations in neon, LED, fire and mixed media. The artwork ranges from functional to conceptual. To learn more, visit alwunhouse.org.

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