‘The Last Romance’
Through March 16
Theatre Artists Studio
4848 E. Cactus Rd, #406
Are you ever too old to find love? When golden-ager Ralph takes a detour from his daily routine, he embarks on the trip of a lifetime! An ageless story that shows how the power of love leads to second chances … and new romances. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 seniors and members of the military, and $10 students. Visit www.thestudiophx.org.
‘La Vie Boheme’ Concert
Phoenix College Community
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4
John Paul Theater, Phoenix College
1202 W. Thomas Road
Open to the public; admission is free. Pieces include Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance #5,” Monti Csardas, Smetana Moldau and Davorak’s “Salvonic Dances.” Tempe Concertmaster Robert Dunger will be the guest soloist.
Vocalist Mia Dyson
9 p.m. Wednesday, March 5
Willo North Gallery
2811 N. 7th Ave.
Dyson, the ARIA Award-winning vocalist from Australia, brings her distinctive rockin’ Americana style to Arizona. She is poised to one-up her last release, “The Moment,” the album that was rated Four Stars by Rolling Stone Magazine. Writers gush about her whisky-tinged voice and liken her to Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan and the Boss. She has toured with Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, and Stevie Nicks. Local favorite Brian Chartrand will open the show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $10. Space is limited.
100 W. McDowell Road
The story follows the life of Pippin, son of King Charlemagne of The Holy Roman Empire. The essence of the tale is how this young man finds the true meaning of life. This musical is filled with hummable melodies including “Magic to Do,” “Corner of the Sky,” “With You” and “In Just No Time At All.” Tickets are $30 to $75, plus fees. Visit http://www.phoenixtheatre.com.
‘Sense and Sensibility’
Piper Performing Arts Center,
Xavier College Preparatory
4710 N. 5th St.
Written in 1811 by popular novelist Jane Austen, the story follows the lives of the three Dashwood sisters and their mother after their father’s death. The clashes between these women and the other heirs, class status, gender roles in the 1800s and romantic entanglements all make for a delightful evening of theater. Performances are 7 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $7. Contact the Jackson Box Office by phone or email@example.com or purchasing at the door.
March 7-9 & 13-16
Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center
1333 E. Washington St.
For a lesbian couple, becoming parents is a big decision, especially when one partner wants to, the other one is freaking out and everybody has an opinion—including Leti, the Goddess of Fertility. This hysterical, heartfelt journey into motherhood was the winner of Teatro Bravo’s 2012 New Plays Festival. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for students (w/ valid ID) and seniors, $10 for children younger than 12. All Sunday Matinees are $13. March 7 and 10 will be “pay what you can,” with a suggested donation of $10. Visit www.teatrobravo.org.
‘Color Me Happy!’
6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, March 7
Burton Barr Library
1221 N. Central Ave.
An exhibition of work by Skye Lucking. The band Soul Country will perform at the free reception. The exhibit continues through April 10. Lucking’s approach is influenced by the objects, shapes and people which appear and reappear in our everyday lives. Working with oils, acrylics, ink and graphite, Lucking tries to impart a whimsical spirit into her paintings with subtle allusions to shapes—animal, botanical, human, and machine—all presented in bright colors.
‘What He Knew About Women–The Music of Cy Coleman’
100 E. McDowell Road
This tribute features a cast of three ladies as they examine their trials and triumphs in love, career and friendship all sung using of some of Coleman’s most beloved music. This review features some of the most popular songs from “Little Me,” “Sweet Charity,” “Seesaw,” “The Life,” “Barnum” and more. Tickets are $9 general admission, plus box office fees. Visit http://www.phoenixtheatre.com.
Video Games Live
ProMusica Arizona Orchestra
203 W. Adams
The show combines the energy and excitement of a rock concert, the power and emotion of an orchestra and the technology, interactivity and visuals that video games provide. Shows are 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Doors open two hours early for activities including a costume contest, prizes, game demos and meet-and-greet with top game-industry talent. Tickets start at $15 and are available at www.pmaz.org.
Art Detour is an annual free, two-day arts festival and self-guided tour of artist studios, art spaces, galleries and other art venues in downtown Phoenix organized by Artlink, Inc. A shuttle will circulate throughout downtown, making stops at neighborhood “hubs” in Roosevelt Row, Grand Avenue and more, where music and performance art will provide a unique opportunity to explore Phoenix’s art scene in a fun, festival environment. For more information, visit http://artlinkphoenix.com.
Fourth Annual Spring Art Exhibition
North Mountain Visitor Center
12950 N. 7th St.
The event is presented by the N. E. Valley Artists League and hosted by Save Our Mountains. Enjoy refreshments and live music while meeting some of the northeast Valley’s finest artists and examining their work, which will be available for purchase. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Mata Ortiz Pottery Show And Sale
Heard Museum Shop
2301 N. Central Ave.
Enjoy some of the most distinguished Mexican pottery handmade by potters from Mata Ortiz, Mexico. Named for the small town in Chihuahua, Mexico, where it is made, this pottery is an inspired recreation of ancient pottery found near archeological sites in Casas Grandes, Mexico. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No charge to enter the shop; museum admission is extra.
Fine Art In The Garden
9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, March 15
Shemer Art Center
5005 E. Camelback Road
Now in its 49th year, this spring tradition features 20 artists working in watercolor, oil, pastels, printmaking, jewelry, ceramics, fused glass, quilting and sculpture. Artwork will be for sale. Plus, there will be live music, and light refreshments. A raffle of 20 special works will be held. The event is free and open to the public.
‘The Girls in the Band’ Documentary
1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 23
Third Street Theater,
Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N. 3rd St.
They wiggled, they jiggled, they wore low cut gowns and short shorts, they kow-towed to the club owners and smiled at the customers … and they did it all, just to play the music they loved. The film tells the poignant, untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late ’20s to the present day, as they endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities. Doors open at 1 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door. Visit www.nofestivalrequired.com.
‘Around the World in 80 Days’
Arizona Theatre Company
March 27-April 13
222 E. Monroe
In 1872 London, Phileas Fogg believes that, with modern transportation, it’s now possible to travel around the world in 80 days. It’s a whirlwind journey filled with exotic locales and great fun. There’s villainy, a damsel in distress and narrow escapes. Jules Verne’s masterpiece will keep you on the edge of your seat and rolling in the aisles in this whirlwind adventure across seven continents.. Tickets are $44 to $67 plus fees. Visit www.arizonatheatre.org.
‘The Transformation of Greatness’
4 p.m. Sunday, March 30
Central United Methodist Church
1875 N. Central Ave.
Of the nine versions of German composer Anton Bruckner’s “Third Symphony,” this one, written in 1874 but never published, has the most complete picture of the symphony, combining the grandeur of the first version with the shimmer of the later orchestrations. Its performance by the MusicaNova Orchestra marks only third time the symphony has ever been heard in concert, worldwide. Tickets are $20 general admission, plus service fee, and $15 (plus fee) for seniors/students. For more information or tickets, visit http://musicanovaaz.com.