Hamlet, the Ballet: Center Dance Ensemble's Frances Smith Cohen conceived and choreographed this production, which incorporates jazz, modern and ballet styles by the dance troupe, live acting by the Courtyard Players, and an original rock score. Performances are scheduled on Thursday, April 24; Friday, April 25; and Saturday, April 26, in Center Stage at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors, $7 for children and students, available at Herberger and Dillard's; call 252-8497 or 503-5555. (Another performance is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Cactus Shadows High School Fine Arts Center, 33606 North 60th Street in Cave Creek. Tickets are $6, $2 for students; call 488-1105.)
Frenchy with East Bay Ray: Guitarist Ray, a member of the Dead Kennedys, joins Frenchy, the sleazy, cheesy purveyor of musical "lounge exotica" for San Francisco. Showtime is 9 p.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School. The cover is $5. For details call 265-4842.
ASU Dance in Concert '97: The Moving Picture: Kevin O'Day, who has choreographed with Baryshnikov's White Oak Dance Project, as well as the American Ballet Theatre and the New York City Ballet, will join the Arizona State University dance department for its annual showcase. This year's show is a tribute to movement in the movies. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24; and the same time Friday, April 25, at Gammage Auditorium, Mill and Apache in Tempe. A lecture precedes Thursday's show at 6:30; a benefit reception follows (for details about the reception, call 965-1208). Tickets are $12, $7.50 for ASU faculty and staff, $6 for students and seniors, available at ASU College of Fine Arts Box Office; call 965-6447.
The Mighty Mighty BossTones: Touring in support of their fifth album, Let's Face It, the "godfathers of '90s ska" perform on Thursday, April 24, at Electric Ballroom, 1216 East Apache in Tempe. The Pietasters, Swingin' Utters, and H2O share the all-ages bill. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $16, available at the club and Ticketmaster; call 894-0707 or 784-4444.
Arizona Science Center: Check out the grand new facility at 600 East Washington. Curt Suplee, a writer/editor for the Washington Post, presents a program titled "Everyday Science of Light" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. The programs "Arizona Skies," "PlanetQuest" and "Sun, Earth, Stars" are featured in the center's planetarium through Friday, May 30. The Oscar-nominated film Cosmic Voyage continues through mid-November (see the Repertory Film listing). The facility features numerous interactive and educational exhibits for kids of all ages. Regular hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas days. Admission ranges from $3 to $11, $2 to $9 for children and seniors. For details call 716-2000.
Don Juan in Chicago: David Ives (All in the Timing) penned this farce about the promiscuous title nobleman's visit to contemporary America. Phoenix College's theater-arts department presents the Arizona premiere of the work. Final performances are on Thursday, April 24; Friday, April 25; and Saturday, April 26. All start at 8 p.m. at John Paul Theatre on the PC campus, 1202 West Thomas. Friday's show is interpreted in American Sign Language. Admission is $8, $6 for seniors, $4 for students. For details call 285-7300.
Phoenix Symphony: Conductor Fabio Mechetti leads the ensemble and guest percussionist Evelyn Glennie in a program that includes Stravinsky's Song of the Nightingale; MacMillan's "Veni, Veni, Emmanuel"; and Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Shows are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24; and 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Symphony Hall, 225 East Adams. Friday morning's show is a "Coffee Classics" matinee; the Stravinsky work will not be performed. Tickets range from $12 to $37, available at the symphony's box office and Dillard's; call 495-1999 or 503-5555.
Maricopa County Fair: The 22nd annual event--a cozier, countrier version of Arizona State Fair--opens Friday, April 25, and continues daily, through Sunday, May 4, at the fairgrounds, 19th Avenue and McDowell. Highlights include carnival rides and games on the midway; the Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Show; celebrity goat milk-off; a llama show; and the usual array of agriculture and livestock competitions and exhibits. This week's hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, April 25; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday, April 26; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday, April 27; 4 to 11 p.m. Monday, April 28; 4 to 11 p.m. Tuesday, April 29; and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. Admission is $5, $3 for children ages 6 to 12, free for younger kids. For details call 252-0717.
Orange County Film Festival: "From the Sea to the Desert" is an outdoor film festival featuring shorts from eight "emerging" filmmakers from Orange County, California: Gayle Gardner, John Gibbons, Eric Hueg, Steve Jonas, Beatrice Palicka, Bob Pece, Kathy Risk and Phil Thurman. The festival begins at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, on the plaza at Arizona State University Art Museum at Nelson Fine Arts Center, 10th Street and Mill in Tempe. Admission is free; call 965-2787.
"Desert Bloom '97": Model gardens and landscaping tips and exhibits are the attractions at the seventh annual affair, scheduled Friday, April 25; Saturday, April 26; and Sunday, April 27, at Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 North Galvin Parkway, in Papago Park. Daily hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $10, $6 for seniors, $2 for children ages 5 to 12; regular garden admission is included. Younger kids are admitted free. Tickets are available at Dillard's. Call 266-2644, 234-0840 or 503-5555.