Spring Means Blossoming
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
March 15, 2018 — Formed in the mid 1980s by Ib Andersen, Ballet Arizona has performed works by legendary choreographers George Balanchine, Christopher Wheeldon and Twyla Tharp.
The professional company performs classics like The Nutcracker, Coppélia, Romeo and Juliet, and Swan Lake., but also delves into new works with an avant-garde touch.
Timed for the arrival of spring, Ballet Arizona’ latest production is Today’s Masters, a series of contemporary ballets “that represent the continuing development of the art form and its artists,” according to its creators. It runs Thursday, March 22 through March 25.
The five pieces are PacoPepePluto, seven minutes of solo dancing for men set to songs popularized by “the king of cool” himself Dean Martin; Never Was, inspired by Frederic Handel’s 1738 opera Serse; Afternoon of the Faun,an excerpt from Andersen’s Round with music from Claude Debussy; Pelvis, set to an arrangement of Danish folk songs and containing choreographic themes and references to none other than Elvis Presley; and Threads , a new work featuring an eclectic score with music from several notable composers, including Philip Glass.
Showtimes vary, and ticket prices range from $25 to $159. For more information, visit http://balletaz.org/performance/todays-masters-2018/
Thursday, March 15
The musical smash Mamma Mia! is being performed through April 14 at The Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. For more information, visit http://azbroadway.org/event/mamma-mia/
March 15 to 31
Compass Players will present the world premiere of West Palm Prime at TheaterWorks, 10580 N. 83rd Drive, Peoria. Tickets are $33 with discounts for seniors and students, and are available at the Theater Works Box Office at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts. For information, call 623-815-7930. Show times are 2 p.m. or 7 p.m. More details can be found at http://theaterworks.org/calendar/compass-players-present-west-palm-prime/
Friday, March 16
A vacant apartment with six rooms and a river view is open for inspection by prospective tenants -- from there, a connection forms. This is the plot of 6 RMS RIV VU, playing through April 8 at Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, 7014 E. Camelback Road. Tickets start at $22; to purchase one, call (480) 483-1664 or visit http://www.desertstages.org/6-rms-riv-vu/
The Pot of Gold Music Festival will take place through March 18 at Rawhide in Chandler. The artist line-up includes Dej Loaf, Russ, Taylor Bennett, Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Big Head Todd and The Monsters, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and many more. A stage will feature Arizona artists. There will also be numerous food and beverage options, free water refill stations, a vendor village and product giveaways. Admission ranges to $75 for one day to $155 for all three days. For full details or to buy tickets, check out https://www.potofgoldaz.com/
March 17 and 18
Convergence Ballet is performing Alice In Wonderland and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. March 17 and 2 p.m. March 18 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Admission is $15 for children and $25 for adults. For more details, check out http://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/alice-in-wonderland/
Tuesday, March 20
Rodger & Hammerstein’s classic The King and I is coming to the Gammage. The award-winning musical will run through March 25. Tickets start at $55; for additional info and showtimes, visit https://www.asugammage.com/shows-events/king-and-i
Wednesday, March 21
Moon Hooch, who got their start busking in New York City, will play Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix. The Accidental and Banana Gun will serve as the opening acts. Showtime is 9 p.m., and tickets range between $12 to $15. To learn more, go to https://www.lastexitlive.com/event/1626638-moon-hooch-phoenix
Friday, March 23
Orange County rockers Harlis Sweetwater Band will play The Rhythm Room, with VoodooSwing serving as the opening act. The show will start at 8:30 p.m., and admission is $10. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Road. Get more details at https://www.rhythmroom.com/event/1637552-harlis-sweetwater-band-phoenix/
March 23 to 25
Showcasing the brightest contemporary female artists working in the Western genre, Cowgirl Up! will be held through May 13 at Desert Caballeros Western Museum, 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg. The opening weekend will also offer dinners, dancing and a live action. To learn more about the exhibition, visit https://westernmuseum.org/about-3/
Saturday, March 24
The Zürich Chamber Orchestra will perform Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons at the Scottsdale Center for The Performing Arts. Acclaimed British violinist Daniel Hope, the orchestra’s musical director, will also perform. Admission ranges from $39 to $79. To learn more or buy tickets, check out https://scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/zurich-chamber-orchestra-2018/
Sunday, March 25
The Wickenburg Art Club will kick off its annual Spring Fine Art Show with a public reception from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Wickenburg Art Center, 188 S. Tegner St. Awards will be given at the reception. For more details, visit the art club’s website at wickenburgartclub.org or call 928-684-0483.
Tuesday, March 27
Although he shot to worldwide fame with rock band The Police in the 1980s, gifted guitarist Andy Summers has long been admired for his innovative solo projects and well-received photography. The Musical Instrument Museum is presenting “Harmonics of the Night,” featuring Summers. The show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $53.50 to $73.50. The museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. in Phoenix. To learn more, check out https://mim.org/events/andy-summers/
Thursday, March 29
Emmy-winning classical crossover group The Texas Tenors will perform through March 31 at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St. Tickets start at $49. Get more details by visiting http://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=10737
Friday, March 30
New York City has its own style for every art form, and salsa music is no exception: The Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra will show that during a 7:30 p.m. performance at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 Rio Salado Pkwy. in Tempe. The band has won acclaim from publications such as The Village Voice for their take on popular rock and pop tunes. Admission is $25 and $35. For more details, go to https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events/tca-presents-2017-18-season/williamsburg-salsa-orchestra
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