arts and minds
"Dick and Jane See Spot Run": This exhibit, featuring drawings and prints "about kids and dogs and stuff" by artists Frank Ybarra and Roberta Hancock, opens with a reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at MARS Artspace, 126 South Central, in Luhrs Office Center. Call 253-3541.
"It's Okay to Be Different": The latest installment in City of Tempe's monthly Saturday Performing Arts Series starts at 10a.m. Saturday at Edna Vihel Activity Building, 3340 South Rural. This time, storyteller/juggler Izzi Tooinsky is featured. The next entry is on December 2. Admission is $2 for kids age 2 and up; one adult is admitted free with each child. For details call 350-5287; TDD number for the hearing-impaired is 350-5050.
among the animals
Varmint Calling: Phoenix Varmint Callers demonstrate the art of luring wild critters viahand-held artificial calls at 7 p.m. Monday in the auditorium at Glendale Public Library, 5959 West Brown, continuing City of Glendale's "Families in the Outdoors" series. Admission is free. Call 930-3537.
at the oconcert
"Kids Are Music" Choral Festival: Phoenix Girls Chorus, Mountain Pointe High School Choir, Carson Junior High School Girls Choir and Sierra Elementary School Choir are scheduled to perform at this family concert, slated for 1 p.m. Saturday at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue. Tickets range from $4 to $9, available at Ticketmaster. Call 786-2682 or 784-4444.
Nexus, and Phoenix Symphony: The Canadian percussion ensemble and the orchestra, conducted by James Sedares, perform "Bing, Bang, Bong! The Story of Percussion in theOrchestra" at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets are $6 and $8, available at symphony box office and Dillard's. Call 264-6363 or 678-2222.
the train gang
Antique Train Show: Train Collectors' Association and Toy Train Operating Society join forces for this combination display and demonstration, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 9p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Christown Mall, 19th Avenue and Bethany Home. Admission is free. For details call 242-9074.
on the stage
Annie: Gilbert Fine Arts Association presents the musical at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 7:30 p.m. Monday at Mesquite Junior High School, 130 West Mesquite in Gilbert. More shows are scheduled November 9 through 11. Tickets are $5 and $8. For details call 821-1356.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: Valley Youth Theatre presents the fun fable about young Charlie Bucket and eccentric chocolatier Willy Wonka. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the group's theatre at Tower Plaza Shopping Center, 3883 East Thomas. The play continues through November 19. Call 267-3880.
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: GAPT, 3302 North Seventh Street, presents final performances of Trouble at Haunted Mountain, an Arizona-specific tale about a miner who battles a ghost and a skeleton for buried treasure, at 10 a.m. Thursday, 10a.m. and 2p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2p.m. Sunday. The Three Little Kittens opens at 10a.m. Wednesday and continues through November 22. Puppet-making and sing-along sessions are included. Tickets are $4, $3 for members; group rates are available. Reservations are suggested. Call 277-1275.
the Portrait the Wind the Chair: Childsplay continues its 19th season with this new play by YYork (Afternoon of the Elves). The story concerns sisters Lucy and Terroba, whose fanciful imaginations get the better of them one stormy afternoon. This week's performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street; Sunday's early show is interpreted in American Sign Language. The production continues through November 19. Tickets are $12.25, $9.25 for students and seniors; group rates are available. For details call 350-8112.