May 4 – 17, 2013
Farewell to spring with song, dance Event aids at-risk youth
Arts, crafts and entertainment create a lively atmosphere during the NHYH Art Dash, set for Sun., May 5 at Kiwanis Park, 6111 S. AllAmerica Way in Tempe. New Horizons Youth Home Inc. (NHYH) is holding this inaugural event that will include a 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk, along with kids’ activities, sponsor booths and a raffle. Bring any hygiene items, new clothes or shoes for donation to NHYH and receive an extra raffle ticket. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first race starts off at 9 a.m. Registration fee is $25 for the 5K and $15 for the 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. To register, go to active.com, switch the drop-down location to Tempe and type in keyword search “Art Dash.” Proceeds benefit at-risk youth. For more information about NHYH, visit nhyh.org.
The Chandler Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 20th season with an Anniversary Celebration concert beginning 3 p.m. Sun., May 5, at the Chandler Center of the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Leading the orchestra will be guest conductor Philip Mann, the music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Attendees will enjoy Stravinsky’s exciting “Firebird Suite” and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Katrina King, a past CSO member, will perform the “Ballade for Flute and Orchestra” by Carl Reinecke. Admission is free, and donations are accepted. The doors open at 2:30 p.m. for open seating. For more information, visit chandlersymphony.com.
The Yen-Li Chen Ballet School performs “Sleeping Beauty” 7 p.m. Sat., May 18, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The king calls for a grand christening celebration of his only child, Aurora, to which all the fairies of the kingdom are invited to bestow their blessings. As the fairies present their gifts of beauty, grace, generosity, song and temperament, they are interrupted by the arrival of Carabosse. She is enraged and insulted that the king forgot to invite her to the ceremony. Carabosse announces her curse that Aurora will one day prick her finger and
die. Luckily the Lilac Fairy has yet to give her present. She declares that although Aurora will prick her finger she will not die. Instead she will fall into a deep sleep from which she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince. For more information about the Yen-Li Chen Ballet School, visit yenlichen.com.
Corona del Sol High School Steel Drum Band and Jazz Band performs 7 p.m. Fri., May 10 at the CCA under the direction of David DuPlessis. The group will be joined by steel pan artist Andy Narell, an international recording artist with more than a dozen albums to his name, known for taking the pan out of the traditional steel band and bringing it into the jazz band and expanding the role of the pan in contemporary music. Tickets are $10 each. Visit cdsband.org to learn more.
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Singers, volunteers sought for event
The American Chinese Arts & Culture Exchange (ACACX) invites interested singers and cultural performing groups to learn more about the audition process for its fall “Ode to Peace” concert, at a special meeting 2 p.m. Fri., May 12 at the Chandler Downtown Library, 22 S. Delaware St. Come hear what is planned for this Sept. 15 concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts, and sign up to be notified of audition dates and times. The goal is to get diversified communities together to sing and to hope for peace, to celebrate each other’s differences and to remember the tragic lessons that war brings to humanity. In addition, volunteers are needed in all areas of participation. More information will be provided at the May 12 informational meeting. For more information, visit acacx.com, call 480-726-2181, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Chandler Children’s Choir performs “Dancing Around the World,” a program that reflects human nature’s instinct to sing and dance to express joy, 7 p.m. Sat., May 11 at the CCA. The choir will be joined by professional dancers from around the Valley. Tickets are $15 to $25 for adults and $12 to $18 for youth. Visit chandlercenter.org or call 480-782-2680 for tickets and information. WOMEN'S AND MEN'S COMFORT SHOES
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May 4 – 17, 2013
Gallery exhibits ‘Decision Portraits’ Jazz band to play requests Fabrics, photos and sewn messages of inspiration are the elements used by mixed-media artist Susan Lenz, who will have an exhibit at The Vision Gallery in downtown Chandler from May 17 through July 26. An artist’s reception will take place 4 to 6 p.m. Sat., May 18, at the gallery, 10 E. Chicago St., Chandler, on the first floor of Chandler City Hall. Lenz will be present for the event. Lenz, from Columbia, S.C., is best known for her work involving textiles. Within her scope of fabrics, she also utilizes vintage and recycled materials in her artwork. She focuses on the themes of “memory, universal mortality and personal legacy” as central figures within her work, which can be viewed online at decisionportraits.blogspot.com. The “Decision Portraits” exhibition will feature images and messages on uniquely crafted art quilts based on major life-altering decisions made by various people from a wide-range of differing and diverse situations and backgrounds. Her goal is to inspire people to think about life altering decisions, and reflect on their own choices if caught in a similar situation. When presented with the challenges that the
“Doc” Chaney’s Dixie Band will play nothing but the audience’s favorite tunes during the Arizona Classic Jazz Society’s May 19 “All Requests” event. The musical fun begins at 1 p.m. inside the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, 1 San Marcos Pl., Chandler, and goes until 4 p.m. Requests should be made in writing; either bring the song name already on paper or fill out a form at the door. The band will play as many tunes as time allows. Anybody familiar with Chaney realizes it will be difficult to name a tune he doesn’t know. He plays trumpet, flugelhorn and valve trombone and is well known for his vocals. He once played with Benny Goodman and is a member of the 52nd Street Jazz Band. Cost for AC J S members is $10, nonmembers
HEALING IMAGE: “Solidarity,” a mixedmedia piece by artist Susan Lenz, highlights the compassion of a woman who shaved her head to support those with breast cancer. Photo courtesy of The Vision Gallery
pay $15 and those ages 17 and younger are admitted for free. Join AC J S on May 19 and get in free; yearly membership is $35 per couple, and $25 for single. For more information, go to azclassicjazz.org or call 480-620-3941.
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people in the portraits have experienced, the viewer is forced to self-analyze and problem solve in context with the artworks. Visitors to the exhibit are invited to submit their own picture highlighting a lifealtering decision to the artist via ISnap, to be used in the exhibition in the future. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call 480-7822695 or go to visiongallery.org.
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JAZZ BY REQUEST: Horn man “Doc” Chaney and his Dixie Band will play nothing but requests during a special concert May 19 at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort. Photo by Joe Hopkins
Get a visual treat as well as a sweet one as artwork goes up on the walls of Frio Mio frozen yogurt shop at Fulton Ranch Promenade, 4991 S. Alma School Rd. A reception for artists will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Fri., May 3, and there will be 20% discount on the frozen dessert. Alice Van Overstraeten of Sun Lakes and her watercolor students will change out artwork monthly, and all art will be for sale. Artists showing include Van Overstraeten, Sharon Gale, Mary Lou (Lulu) Hays, Eileen Schwartz and Pat Mattz. In addition, “Quick and Easy Art Classes” are being scheduled at the location. For details, contact Van Overstraeten at 480-883-6726.
May 4 – 17, 2013
Wanted: little pigs and a wolf
Youth museum temporarily closes
If you ever wanted to be a part of a fairy tale, now’s the chance. East Valley Children’s Theatre is holding auditions for its upcoming production of “Huff ‘n Puff, the Story of Three Pigs.” Needed are youths from age 8 to 18 who can sing, dance and act. Auditions will take place May 9 and 10 at the EVCT Rehearsal Studio, 4501 E. Main St., Mesa. Audition times are as follows: 5 p.m. for ages 8 through 11 and 7 p.m. for ages 12 through 18 on Thursday; 11 a.m. for ages 12 through 18 and 5 p.m. for ages 8 through 11 on Friday. For details, call 480-756-3828 or go to evct.org.
The Arizona Museum for Youth (AMY), located at 35 N. Robson in Mesa, partially closes for renovation May 27 through June 20. However, the Township of ArtVille will remain open with handson activities for older children near the west corridor of the front lobby. To further engage the community and generate ideas, comments and creativity, AMY introduced the Valley’s first Pop-up Museum Experience last month during Mesa’s Festival of Creativity. At the event, families brought and displayed
Top music acts come to HCPA
Tickets for the Higley Center for the Performing Arts’ 2013-14 season recently went on sale, and some of the shows are likely to sell out. The center will play host to such nationally and internationally renowned artists as Herman’s Hermits with Peter Noone, the Blind Boys of Alabama and country music sensation John Michael Montgomery. The Higley Center for the Performing Arts is located at 4132 E. Pecos Rd. in Gilbert. For more information, call 480-379-7190 or visit higleyarts.org.
Reception previews new exhibits See what’s on view now and what is coming up later this spring at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (MCA), as it hosts a free reception 7 to 10 p.m. Fri., May 10 at the MCA, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The reception will include musical entertainment from the Riverproof Band. Artists featured in the exhibition will be attendance. Light refreshments will be served. All exhibits run through Aug. 11. For more information, visit mesaartscenter.com.
their favorite objects and voted for the most high-impact ideas in modern history for inclusion in the i.d.e.a. Hall of Fame. Voting continues throughout the summer and can be accessed at any time online at: ArizonaMuseumforYouth. com/ideaMuseum.aspx. Admission to the museum is $7 per person and free for members and those younger than age 1. For more information, visit the museum online at ArizonaMuseumforYouth.com or call 480-644-2468.
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COOL CARS: A bevy of restored vintage vehicles will line Mill Avenue on May 16 as part of the second annual Collector Car Night. Photo courtesy of the Downtown Tempe Community
Cool and classic cars will take over Mill Avenue during the second annual Collector Car Night, 5 to 9 p.m. Thu., May 16 in Tempe. The event is part of the regular Third Thursday program, hosted by the Downtown Tempe
Community (DTC). Mill Avenue will be lined with classic and exotic cars owned and restored by local collectors. The cars will be showcased in reserved metered parking spaces. A free concert and award ceremony will follow at the Hayden Flour Mill stage. Live music will be performed by Grand Theft Audio III. Car show participants must complete and submit a Collector Car Night registration form by Thu., May 9. Lastminute entries will be accepted as space allows. A panel of judges will select the “best of” cars and the top cars will be notified of their meter placement. No alcohol of any kind is allowed on the streets of Mill Avenue during the car show. For more information about this event, visit downtowntempe.com.
May 4 – 17, 2013
Budding choreographers sought ‘Edwina’ longs to be an advice maven Scorpius Dance Theatre, based in the Phoenix Little Theatre at 100 E. McDowell Rd. in Phoenix, is seeking talented and innovative Valley choreographers to participate in Scorpius’ second annual Kick-A Dance Showcase, set for June 13 through 15. Solo acts, duets, small groups and ensembles are invited to audition. Applicants and their performers must be at least 18 years old. Styles can range from contemporary/modern to hip-
hop. The entry deadline is Fri., May 10. Audition in person or submit a video via DVD or YouTube link. Live auditions will be held 7 p.m. May 10. There is a nonrefundable entry fee of $25; add $1 for credit card processing. To receive an entry form or schedule a live audition, contact Lisa Starry at lisa@ scorpiusdance.com or 602-301-6066. For more information about Scorpius Dance Theatre, visit scorpiusdance.com.
New gallery opens in Prescott The work of more than 30 artists can be seen at the new Textiles & Textures Artisans Studio, 217 N. Cortez St., near Murphy’s, in downtown Prescott. Fox Crossing artist Laurie Fagen has fiber and jewelry art on display and for sale there. In addition to a wide variety of “unique functional, decorative and interesting art pieces for the body, mind, spirit, home and garden,” says co-owner Debra Jan Owen, the focus is on “courageous artistic voices in the fiber arts, upcycled and re-imagined materials, new takes on mixed media and all the organics such as stone, wood, metal, ceramics and glass.” With her sister, Donna Nelly Stirnaman, the two refurbished and opened the gallery in nine weeks.
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GOSSIP GIRLS: Edwina wants to be the best at giving advice, and her friends do the best they can to help her in Greasepaint Youtheatre’s production of “Dear Edwina,” starring, from left: Berkeley Lock of Scottsdale, Olivia Parker-Swenson of Mesa, Addison Bowman playing “Edwina” of Peoria, Alexa Buttafuoco of Gilbert and Maddie Alfano of Paradise Valley. Photo by Laura Durant
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The gift of gab could be one teenager’s ticket to success when Greasepaint Youtheatre presents the musical production of “Dear Edwina,” May 10 through 19 at the theatre, 7020 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Thirteen-year-old Edwina Spoonapple would do just about anything to be a part of the Kalamazoo Advice-a-palooza Festival. When a talent scout from the convention visits her hometown of Paw Paw, MI, she trots out her musical advice giving shows live from the family garage in hopes of finding her place in the spotlight. She is assisted by her older siblings and a host of quirky friends and neighbors: Becky, the perky cheerleader; Kelli, the cool, sophisticated ballerina; Annie, the Girl Scout cookie-selling champion; the Vanderploonk triplets; Bobby, the befuddled new kid on the block; and Scott, who is helplessly and hopelessly in love with Edwina. Together they set out to tackle the world’s
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Amlan Ganguly teaches the children of Kolkata’s slums to become leaders in improving their own community’s health and sanitation in the documentary, “The Revolutionary Optimists,” by Nicole Newnham and Maren Grainger-Monsen. See this inspiring film for free 6 p.m. Thu., May 16, in the Dobson Main Gallery at the Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Using street theatre, dance and data as their weapons, the children have cut malaria and diarrhea rates in half,
increased polio vaccination rates and turned garbage dumps into playing fields. The film is presented by ITVS Community Cinema, a groundbreaking public education and civic engagement initiative featuring monthly screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens. For more information, visit communitycinema.org. To receive information about Community Cinema events in Mesa, call 480-644-5033.
May 4 – 17, 2013
Orchestra, jazz quintet in free concert
The 55-member La Forza Chamber Orchestra of Scottsdale will present a free concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Fri., May 17 at Valley Presbyterian Church, 6947 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley. The orchestra will be led by Music Director Frank Darmiento. LEADING MAN: Frank Darmiento will conduct Featured with the the 55-member La Forza Chamber Orchestra of orchestra is a jazz Scottsdale during a special free concert May 17 quintet including: at Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley. Dick Poccia from the Photo courtesy of Frank Darmiento Amherst Jazz Orchestra, Darmiento on trombone, Armand Boatman on piano, Ben Hedquist on bass and Dom Moio on drums. The quintet will perform with the orchestra on two pieces by Darmiento, “Brandenburg Brew,” based on J.S. Bach’s “Brandenburg Concerto No. 1,” and “Concerto for Jazz Quintet and Orchestra.” The program also includes “A London Symphony” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This dramatic piece is a tone poem of early 20th century London. The jazz quintet will venture into the realm of “Third Stream” music, as defined by composer Gunther Schuller in 1957. Schuller defined “Third Stream” as a new genre of music located about halfway between jazz and classical music. One of the key elements is improvisation. The pieces composed by Darmiento leave the improvisation to the jazz quintet and allow the orchestra to play complementary classical elements. The concert will be in the church’s sanctuary on the south end of the campus. Parking is also free in the large lot south of the sanctuary.
Arts Chronicles Soleri recently highlighted at museum
Innovative artist and thinker Paolo Soleri spent decades examining how architecture could support people in beautiful and efficient ways. That vision recently was on display at MAN OF VISION: Paolo the Scottsdale Museum of Soleri—architect, urban Contemporary Art (SMoCA) theorist, craftsman, in the exhibit, “Paolo Soleri: philosopher—was one of Mesa City to Arcosanti,” America’s most visionary which closed on April 28, just cross-disciplinary artists. a few weeks after Soleri’s He passed away on April 9, passing. It highlighted Soleri’s 2013. Photo courtesy of the focus on large-scale urban Scottsdale Convention and planning with three seldomVisitors Bureau viewed works representing the best of Soleri’s vision of urban design. Soleri received international recognition for his work from the American Institute of Architects, the Union of International Architects, the Venice Biennale and the National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt/ Smithsonian Museum. SMoCA Museum Director Tim Rodgers described Soleri as someone who “inspired Arizonans to examine the beauty of the desert landscape, to consider the adaptability of the early desert inhabitants and to think wisely about our impact on future, finite resources.” “Architecture was the vehicle he used for his broad thinking about social, economic and ecological issues that define and delimit the world we have created and in which we live,” Rodgers added.
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On stage Venue index DBG – Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix Tickets: 602-381-1096, Ticketmaster.com DST – Desert Stages Theatre AC – Actor’s Café 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale Tickets: 480-483-1664, DesertStages.org FUMC – First United Methodist Church 15 E. 1st Ave., Mesa Tickets: sonorandesertchorale.org HCT – Hale Centre Theatre 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert Info: 480-497-1181, haletheatrearizona.com IMPROV – Tempe Improv 930 E. University Dr., Tempe Info: 480-921-9877, tempeimprov.com KOGLC – King of Glory Lutheran Church 2085 E. Southern Ave., Tempe Info: 480-838-0477, kogaz.org MAC – Mesa Arts Center Ikeda – Ikeda Theater; Piper – Piper Theater 1 E. Main St., Mesa Tickets: 480-644-6500, MesaArtsCenter.com MCC – Mesa Convention Center 201 N. Center St., Mesa Info: aztattooexpo.com
PCDS – Phoenix Country Day School 3901 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley Tickets:602-909-4215, scottsdalemusicaltheater.com PSH – Phoenix Symphony Hall 75 N. 2nd St., Phoenix Info: 602-381-1096, ticketmaster.com/baz S55 – Space 55 636 E. Pierce St., Phoenix Info: space55.org, 602-663-4032 SCCA – Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater 75th & Main streets, Scottsdale Box office: 480-994-2787, ext. 2 SCPA – Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts VGPT – Virginia G. Piper Theater 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale Box office: 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org SSP – Silver Star Playhouse 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa Info: 480-325-6700, silverstarplayhouse.com TCA – Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery; Studio 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe Tickets: 480-350-2822, tempe. gov/TCA
“All Balanchine,” through May 5, PSH. Ballet Arizona presents this all-George Balanchine program that celebrates the choreographer’s contributions to ballet. Pieces include “Serenade,” “Monumentum pro Gesualdo,” “Movements for Piano and Orchestra” and “Western Symphony.” The Phoenix Symphony accompanies each performance. AZ Tattoo Expo, through May 5, MCC. Attendees will have the rare opportunity to see some of the best tattoo artists in the world all under one roof. There also will be henna artists and various tattoo inspired clothing and merchandise for sale on site. “The 39 Steps,” through May 18, HCT. What do you get when you mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel and add a generous dash of Monty Python zaniness? You get a fast-paced farce that will take your breath away. “Woman and Girl,” 8 p.m. through May 19, S55. The story of two Phoenix residents who are forced to live together after something happens to the girl’s mother, and in the process of learning to get along, they also celebrate the good parts of living in the desert. AriZoni Award-winning actress Patti Hannon stars as the Woman. Family friendly. “The Foreigner,” through May 19, DST–AC. One man’s lack of words yields an abundance of knowledge when he and a friend lie about his native language. Set in a Georgia fishing lodge, the dirty laundry of the other guests seems to effortlessly unfurl before his eyes and ears. Shows are Fridays through Sundays. “A Wrinkle in Time,” Childsplay, through
Arts May 26, TCA. Meg, her precocious younger brother Charles Wallace and their friend Calvin find themselves in the middle of a fantastic adventure, traveling through space and time to save her father and—quite possibly—the world. For ages 8 and older. The Heart’s Delight: Love and Remembrance, 7:30 p.m. Sat., May 4, FUMC. From the works of Monteverdi and Dvorak to the contemporary sounds of Lennon & McCartney and Billy Joel, the pieces performed by the Sonoran Desert Chorale are universal in their depiction of longing, tenderness, commitment and loves remembered. “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” May 9-12, PCDS. Presented by Scottsdale Musical Theatre Company. Millie is from a small town but comes to New York City in 1922 to marry for money. She adopts the flapper lifestyle, but runs into a moral dilemma when she checks into a hotel reportedly owned by the leader of a white slavery ring in China. Performances feature a live orchestra. Chris Botti, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 10, SCCA. The best-selling jazz trumpeter will perform his heartfelt, romantic melodies at an outdoor concert. ABBAFab, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 10, SSP. This multimedia dinner-and-a-show production is a tribute to some of the greatest music produced in the 1970s and 1980s including monster hits such as “Waterloo,” “Fernando,” “Honey Honey,” “Dancing Queen” and countless others. Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner is at 6 p.m. “The Legend of Pocahontas,” May 10-19, MAC. A new musical of the real story behind the legend of a brave young woman who brought peace and understanding to a clash of cultures. In doing so, she paved the way for the
DESERT DANCERS: Ib Andersen’s ballet, “Topia,” was created specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden and inspired by the natural beauty of the Sonora Desert landscape. Photo courtesy of Rosalie O’Connor Photography
creation of our great nation. Presented by CYT Phoenix. “Mothers Who Write” Public Reading Event, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat., May 11, SCPA–Stage 2 Theatre. Listen to stories, poetry and prose written and read aloud by mothers who are either current or past participants in the “Mothers Who Write” Workshop. This is a free, public event. Some material may not be suitable for children. “Topia,” 8 p.m. May 14-June 1, DBG. Ib Andersen’s ballet was created specifically for the Desert Botanical Garden and inspired by the natural beauty of the Sonora Desert landscape. Audiences can arrive early to explore the garden, dine at sunset and then experience the ballet performance under the desert sky. Comedian Bob Marley, May 16-19, IMPROV. Winner of this year’s Sirius/XM “Super Bowl of Comedy,” Marley continually makes new fans around the country. Making his first television appearance on Comedy Central, he is now one of the few comics to do the complete late-night TV show circuit. He’s also regularly
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recognized for his role as Det. Greenly in the cult classic “Boondock Saints.” Legends of Country Music Featuring Larry King, 7:30 p.m. Fri., May 17, MAC. One of the largest country tribute shows touring with more than 20 artists highlighted. Featuring the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline and Tammy Wynette, as well as current country stars George Strait and Alan Jackson. There also will be a touching tribute to the military. Arizona Masterworks Chorale, 7 p.m. Sat., May 18, KOGLC. The Arizona Masterworks Chorale was formed in 1979 to sing initially with the Phoenix Symphony. Since then, they have expanded their Arizona performances to include England, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Washington, D.C. Their repertoire includes masses, oratorios and contemporary works of light literature. Tickets are $15 at the door. “Something to Sing About,” 7 p.m. Sat., May 18, MAC–Ikeda. More than 300 children, ages 8-18, from the Phoenix Children’s Chorus will perform songs from around the world. The highlight of the evening will be a special arrangement of “Hooray for Hollywood.” “The Jungle Tale,” 5 p.m. Sun., May 19, MAC–Piper. Phoenix Dance Academy presents a jungle adventure featuring jungle creatures and characters through music and dance, performed by a cast of 100. “Damn Yankees,” May 23-June 29, HCT. The musical retelling of the Faust tale, set in the 1950s when the New York Yankees dominated baseball. A middle-aged, long-suffering fan of the pathetic Washington Senators trades his soul to the devil, becoming young Joe Hardy, the powerful hitter who can lead the Senators to victory.