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Posted: Thursday, October 29, 2009 11:00 pm

Friday, Oct. 30

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble: 8 p.m., Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale. $38. (480) 994-ARTS (2787) or www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

 

Phoenix Symphony Performs “Simply Sinatra:” 8 p.m. tonight and tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. $26 to $76.  (602) 495-1999 or www.phoenixsymphony.org.

 

Puss in Boots and other Cat Tails: today to Nov. 8, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Presented by Stageworks. Audiences are taken on a wild adventure around the world with stories of the most famous cats in history. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Mr. Franklin of Philadelphia: through Nov. 15, Playhouse on the Park in the Viad Tower, 1850 N. Central Ave. Phoenix playwright, actor and director David Lewis stars as Ben Franklin. Tickets: http://sashaproductions.org/Sasha_Home.html. Group, student or senior tickets: (602) 254-2151.

 

Phantom of the Opera: through Nov. 22, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

 

Saturday, Oct. 31

Androcles and the Lion: today to Nov. 15, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for age five and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.

 

Robots: The Interactive Exhibition: through Feb. 14, Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St. The educational exhibition immerses children and their families in scientific adventures exploring the “reel and real” science behind robotics. Based on the 20th Century Fox animated feature of the same name. (602) 716-2000 or www.azscience.org.

 

Sunday, Nov. 1

New York Times best selling author and world famous psychic Sylvia Browne: 2 p.m., Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St. www.celebritytheatre.com or (602) 267-1600, ext. 1.

 

Boom: through Nov. 8, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. The explosive comedy is presented by Actors Theatre. $20 to $45. www.actorstheatrePHX.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Lunch Time Theater – Why Is My Glass Half Empty, When My Plate Is Too Full? 12:10 p.m. today to Thursday, Herberger Theater, Performance Outreach Theater, 222 E. Monroe (enter under purple canopy on Van Buren). To order lunch to enjoy during the show, contact Coffea Café at (602) 373-6570 before 9 a.m. the day of the show. Tickets: (602) 254-7399, ext. 104 or www.herbergertheater.org.

 

Ian Anderson: Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. www.livenation.com or 1-877-598-6671. Upcoming: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, Widespread Panic.

 

Thursday, Nov. 5

Country Superstar Jo Dee Messina: 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets: www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Ballet Arizona presents Swan Lake: tonight through Sunday, Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St. Performed with The Phoenix Symphony. (602) 381-1096 or www.ticketmaster.com/baz.

 

Friday, Nov. 6

Phoenix Opera presents Bizet’s Carmen: today and Sunday, Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Upcoming: Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Feb. 12 and 14. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by calling (602) 262-7272.

 

Smokey Joe’s Café: through Nov. 21, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, 5247 E. Brown Road. Mesa. Features hits from the 50’s and 60’s. Adult tickets, $45 to $54, include a buffet meal. Tickets for children 12 and under are $22. Show Only seats are $28. www.broadwaypalmwest.com or (480) 325-6700.

 

Face to Face: 150 Years of Photographic Portraiture: through Jan. 10, Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. Features evocative portraits by some of the greatest photographic image-makers of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. In conjunction with the exhibition, a special evening with photographer and author, Nick Kelsh, will begin at 7 p.m. Dec. 2. Kelsh is the author of the popular “how to” series including How to Photograph Your Baby and How to Photograph Your Family. www.PhxArt.org or (602) 257-1222.

 

Saturday, Nov. 7

Navajo Weavers Marketplace: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Features over 50 Navajo weavers showing and selling their textiles, special lectures, book signings, demonstrations, films and a raffle. Meet the weavers and discover the traditions, processes and inspirations behind their work. www.heard.org or (602) 252-8848.

 

Pianist, composer and performer William Joseph: 7:30 p.m., Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Opening for acts like Josh Groban and Clay Aiken and a featured performer on the PBS special, David Foster and Friends, this Phoenix native brings home his unique sound of “classic pop,” an eclectic mix of genres, including rock and classical music. He also used to teach piano lessons in Ahwatukee Foothills. www.mesaartscenter.com.

 

Jason Koster solo portait exhibit: through Nov. 14, Eye Lounge, 419 E. Roosevelt St. www.eyelounge.com or www.jasonkoster.net.

 

Wednesday, Nov. 11

From Gumm to Garland: Judy the Musical: today to Nov. 22, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. The new musical chronicles the life of legendary performer Judy Garland. www.judythemusical.com, www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Thursday, Nov. 12

Playing For Change: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The band features musicians from around the globe, many of whom appeared in the “Stand By Me” video (viewed online than 30 million times) www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Saturday, Nov. 14

Eighth Annual Heard Museum Spanish Market: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave. Strolling musicians and artwork by Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico highlight this festive, casual and friendly annual marketplace, featuring art in every price range. www.heard.org or (602) 252-8848.

 

Native Confluence: Sustaining Cultures: through Nov. 28, Arizona State University Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, 10th Street and Mill Avenue, Tempe. http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/exhibitions/eventOne.php?ID=1644 or (480) 965-2787.

 

Sunday, Nov. 15

Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells! 4 p.m. Target Storybook Preview ($12 discounted tickets), Opens 4 p.m. Nov. 21, runs to Dec. 26, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. That lovable imp Junie B. Jones takes center stage just in time for the holidays. Show times vary. www.childsplayaz.org.

 

Friday, Nov. 27

Comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham: 8 p.m., US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. $43.50. (602) 379-2000 or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 2

‘Santa Baby’: A Judy Roberts Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Arizona State University Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 N. Scottadale Road, Scottsdale. Expect an uplifting performance to kick off the holidays when this popular jazz pianist/vocalist turns her musicianship and wit loose on songs of the season. Look for some guest artists to join the festivities. $20 and $25. (480) 596-2660 or www.ticketmaster.com.

 

The Elves & The Shoemaker: today to Dec. 24, Great American Puppet Theater, 302 W. Latham St. 10 a.m. Wednesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Santa’s elves come to help a poor shoemaker and his wife in this musical holiday favorite. Appropriate for ages kindergarten and up. Reservations: (602) 262-2050.

 

Friday, Dec. 4

A Winnie the Pooh Christmas Tail: today to Dec. 23, Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St. The musical, a VYT holiday tradition, features Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and their friends in the Hundred Acre Woods in a celebration of friendship, caring and sharing. Show times: 7:30 p.m. Fridays, noon and 3:30 p.m. Saturdays, 12:30 and 4 p.m. Sundays. $20. (602) 253-8188, ext. 2 or www.vyt.com.

 

Unexpected Wegman: through Jan. 24, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, 7374 E. Second St. Forty-five William Wegman works feature photographic portraits of Weimaraner dogs and reveal an array of many other whimsically portrayed subjects in a diverse range of media and forms. www.smoca.org.

 

Saturday, Dec. 5

Phoenix Children’s Chorus 25th Anniversary Holiday Concert: 2 and 7 p.m., St. Agnes Church, 1954 N. 24th St. (at McDowell). Holiday event for the entire family. Concert tickets: $10, $17.50 and $20. A silent auction will take place noon to 8 p.m. (concert ticket not required to attend auction). (602) 534-3788.

 

Frances Smith Cohen’s Snow Queen: today to Dec. 20, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Presented by Center Dance Ensemble. Show times: 2 and 7 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays. The Valley’s holiday favorite for the entire family, the magical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic to music by Sergei Prokofiev. Tickets: $21 for adults, $17 for seniors, $9 for students. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Leahy Family Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The Celtic Canadian powerhouse of eight siblings are each a triple-threat of fiddle-driven music, dance and vocals. From sacred hymns, slow airs and luscious Christmas carols to a toe tapping mix of fiery reels and jigs, Leahy Family Christmas covers the full spectrum of the holiday. $30. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Sunday, Dec. 6

Welk Stars “Christmas Reunion” Concert: 1 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Longtime musical family members of “The Lawrence Welk Show” reunite. Travel back in time as these ‘wunnerful’ performers sing, dance and celebrate the yuletide just as they did on television’s longest-running weekly series. $36. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Trans-Siberian Orchestra: 3 and 8 p.m., Jobing.com Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. The rock extravaganza incorporates elaborate staging, metal mixed with Christmas carols and dazzling visuals. With its timeless message, the sound offers something for everyone. Tickets, $30.25 to $59.50, available at www.livenation.com, the Jobing.com box office, Ticketmaster outlets or by calling 1-(800)-745-3000.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 8

Little House On The Prairie: today to Dec. 13, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

 

Thursday, Dec. 10

iTheatre’s Holiday Cabaret with Jeff Kennedy: today to Dec. 21, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. An intimate evening of holiday music featuring an array of songs that celebrate the season. Show times vary. Tickets: $16 in advance, $20 at the door. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

Holiday Art and Music Festival: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and tomorrow, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Festival features original works of art for sale by several local and national artists; live entertainment; artist demonstrations in glass blowing, metals and ceramics; children’s activities; and a variety of beverages and food from local restaurants. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

A Christmas Carol, presented by Actors Theatre: today to Dec. 24, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Celebrate the “spirits” of the holidays with the entire family. Sure to warm the hearts of children of all ages. Show times vary. $25 to $67. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

American Stars in Concert for the Holidays, featuring former American Idol Finalists: 7:30 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Features four of the top ten finalists from seasons one through seven. $28 to $48. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Monday, Dec. 14

“Spirit of the Season” - A Holiday Music Concert with Jeffrey Hattrick and Nicole Pesce: 7 p.m.,  Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. A joyful musical event from Jazz to Classical, celebrating friends, family and the holidays. $15 to $33. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Broadway Based on 8 ... “The Holidays: ” 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today to Friday, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. Celebrate musical moments from Mame, Annie, I Love My Wife, A Christmas Carol and many more. A SCAN original $6. www.herbergertheater.org or (602) 252-8497.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

TCA Friends present “Performance with a View:” 9:30 a.m. coffee service, 10 a.m. program, Tempe Center for the Arts, Lakeside, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Features SaXmaS - holiday favorites with the Arizona State University Saxophone Choir. Optional gallery and facility tours follow. Free. www.tempe.gov/tca/Calendar1.htm.

 

Friday, Dec. 18

Southwest Youth Ballet presents The Nutcracker: 7:30 p.m. tonight, 2 and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, Higley Center for the Performing Arts, 4132 E. Pecos Road, Gilbert. (480) 786-1155 or www.southwestyouthballettheatre.org.

 

Saturday, Dec. 19

Dennis Rowland Holiday Jazz: 8 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. The former Count Basie vocalist brings his rich and deep vocals back to TCA for an evening of jazz. www.tempe.gov/tca/Calendar1.htm.

 

Sunday, Dec. 20

TobyMac’s Winter Wonder Slam ‘09 Tour: 6 p.m. (doors open 4:30 p.m.), US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St. Toby Mac and Relient K top the bill for this wildly popular Christmas extravaganza. Joining them are special guests Stephanie Smith and B Reith. Tickets - $29.75 to $79.75 - available at Ticketmaster outlets, www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (800) 745-3000.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 22

Dave Koz and Friends: A Smooth Jazz Christmas: 7:30 p.m., Ikeda Theater, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. With David Benoit, Rick Braun, Brenda Russell and Peter White. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer with smooth jazz renditions of Christmas favorites. $52 and $80. www.mesaartscenter.com or (480) 644-6500.

 

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker: 7:30 p.m., Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St. Tickets - $28 to $85 for adults and $23 to $80 for children 12 and under - are available at www.livenation.com, the Dodge Theatre box office, by calling 1-(877)-598-6671 or at participating Blockbuster stores. A special four-pack of reserved tickets is available for $60. 

 

Saturday, Dec. 26

Zoppé - An Italian Family Circus: today to Jan. 3, Chandler Center for the Arts, West Lawn, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. In Old-World Italian tradition, the circus welcomes guests into its intimate 500-seat tent for a one-ring circus. This magnificent show features acrobatic feats, equestrian showmanship, canine capers, clowning and plenty of audience participation. A special New Year’s Eve performance will include party favors. $15 to $35. Show times vary. www.chandlercenter.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 29

Annie: today to Jan. 3, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

 

Thursday, Dec. 31

The Phoenix Symphony New Year’s Eve Ball, “Phantom of the Opera:” 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., The Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, Grand Ballroom, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale. Welcome in the Near Year with vocalists Dennis Roland, “The World’s Longest Running ‘Phantom’” Franc D’Ambrosio, the winner of the Call for Christine competition and The Phoenix Symphony. Revel in an evening filled with dancing, dining, unique entertainment and fabulous auction items. $600 per person, table sponsorships begin at $6,000. (602) 452-0424.

 

Tuesday, Jan. 5

August: Osage County: today to Jan. 10, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

 

Saturday, Jan. 16

2010 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross: Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson St. FIM World Championship. www.SupercrossOnline.com.

 

Sunday, Jan. 24

Peter and the Wolf: 4 p.m. preview, runs Jan. 30 to March 14, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for age three and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.

 

Thursday, Feb. 11

Mary Poppins: today to Feb. 28, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

 

Tuesday, March 9

Avenue Q: today to March 14, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

 

Saturday, April 10

Tomato Plant Girl: 1 p.m. preview, runs through April 18, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for age five and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.

 

Tuesday, April 20

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps: today to April 25, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

 

Sunday, April 25

The Big Friendly Giant: 4 p.m. preview, runs May 1 to 23, Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe. Presented by Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theater company for young audiences. Recommended for age five and older. (480) 350-2822 or www.childsplayaz.org/box office.

 

Tuesday, June 15

In The Heights: today to June 20, Arizona State University, Gammage Auditorium, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. Part of the 2009-10 Broadway Across America – Arizona season. 1-(800) 982-ARTS (2787), www.asugammage.com or broadwayacrossamerica.com.

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