The Capitol Steps: The pundits of puns in this swell, Washington, D.C.-based troupe spoof the fools on the Hill and the rest of the Beltway boobs in a special postelection show. Performances are at 8 p.m. Thursday, November 21; 8 p.m. Friday, November 22; and 5 and 8 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Tickets are $24 and $28, available at the center and Ticketmaster. Call 994-2787 or 784-4444.
The Magic Flute: Arizona Opera presents Mozart's ethereally beautiful work about a quest by a prince and a bird catcher to free the daughter of the Queen of the Night. Phoenix Symphony provides the accompaniment. Performances, in German with English surtitles, are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 21; 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Tickets range from $14 to $56, available at Dillard's. Call 266-7464 or 678-2222.
Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival: Glendale Community College hosts the state edition of this national fes, and a performance of the school's latest production, Biloxi Blues, kicks it off at noon Thursday, November 21. The remainder of the schedule is as follows: Scottsdale Community College's . . . Then Death Should Not Displease Us at 8 p.m. Thursday; Eastern Arizona College's Marat/Sade at noon Friday, November 22; Northern Arizona University's Tartuffe (At Holy Spirit Broadcasting, Inc.) at 8 p.m. Friday; Pima Community College's Mill on the Floss at noon Saturday, November 23; and Phoenix College's Simpatico at 8 p.m. Saturday. All shows are presented at the Performing Arts Center at GCC, 6000 West Olive. Admission to each is $6, $4 for students. Call 435-3713 or 435-3709.
"Heidi Kumao: Hidden Mechanisms" and "Luca Buvoli: Silent Sight": The "mechanisms" in the work of Berkeley, California-born Kumao are largely human, and largely failings--obsession, vanity, sexism, the banality of governmental institutions, the parallel horrors of daily violence and our growing acclimation to it. The artist brings these vices to light--literally--via blunt, repetitive loops projected by zoetropes, 19th-century precursors of movie cameras. "Hidden Mechanisms" continues through Sunday, February 2, at Arizona State University Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center, Tenth Street and Mill in Tempe. New York City's Buvoli specializes in naive, ironic works based on a line of superheroes he dreamed up while reading American comic books as a kid in Italy. "Silent Sight" continues through Saturday, February 15, in the Experimental Gallery at ASU Art Museum at Matthews Center, located at the intersection of Cady and Tyler malls on the ASU campus. Viewing is free; for hours see the Art Exhibits listings or call 965-2787.
The BoDeans, and Paul Cebar and the Milwaukeeans: The cheeseheads cometh. Waukesha, Wisconsin's BoDeans is one of America's fine heartland-pop groups, though it's probably best known, at this point in its solid career, as the act that contributed the theme song to TV's Party of Five ("Closer to Free," from Go Slow Down). The band's new Slash/Reprise disc is titled Blend. Cebar's Brew Town crew specializes in groove-steady R&B deep-soaked in sounds as diverse as surf, soukous, conjunto, Creole, funk and swing; the Milwaukeeans are touring behind Upstroke for the Downfolk, their recent release for hometown label Don't Records. The all-ages show starts at 9 p.m. Friday, November 22, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. Tickets are $15 in advance, $16 the day of the show, available at Ticketmaster. Call 894-0707 or 784-4444.
Permission: Canada's edgy One Yellow Rabbit Theatre company sought the right to produce Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, but consent was denied. Instead of getting mad, the Rabbit folks got even. This play, so-called, is billed as "a largely text-free work based on the stage directions" to the Albee work. Shows are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, November 22; and the same time Saturday, November 23, in Second Stage West, located on the Arizona State University West campus, 4701 West Thunderbird in Glendale. Tickets are $10, $8 for students and seniors. Call 543-2787.
Stop Sumitomo "Fun Raiser": The Coalition of Valley Citizens Opposed to Sumitomo raises money to continue its battle against the opening of the north Phoenix Sumitomo-Sitix plant at this event. Highlights include an appearance by Bob Boze Bell and performances by musical acts Hans Olson, Loose Cannons Blues Band, Relativity, and Blues Nirvana. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22, at Pinnacle Peak Patio, 10426 East Jomax in Scottsdale. Tickets are $20; call 351-8656.
Accelerando: Lisa Loomer (The Waiting Room) penned this Durang-style tale about an obsessive ballet dancer's search for love in these lovelorn '90s. Arizona State University's theatre department presents opening performances at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23; and 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at the school's Prism Theatre, Rural and Orange in Tempe. More shows are planned Tuesday, December 3, through Saturday, December 7. Tickets are $12, available at ASU Fine Arts and Dillard's box offices; call 965-6447 or 678-2222.