With its longtime location at 38th Street and Thomas about to be destroyed, Valley Youth Theatre has been turned into a nomad in this theatrical desert. The first oasis at which it plans to pitch camp: Herberger Theater Center, for its production of The Wizard of Oz (see Kid Stuff). There's a special benefit performance of the show at 7 p.m. Monday, June 1, at the Herberger, 222 East Monroe. The guest of honor at this performance will be Margaret Pellegrini, one of the Munchkins from the original 1939 film, who will open the show and sign autographs (Pellegrini is also scheduled to be present at the shows Friday, May 29, Saturday, May 30, and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 31). Tickets for the Monday performance can be had with a donation of $100 or more, all of which goes toward the search for new permanent digs for VYT. 267-3880.
Residents of the south of France, The Gipsy Kings play combustible flamenco and move zillions of discs' worth of the stuff. You haven't lived 'til you've heard the Gipsies' version of the Eagles' "Hotel California," and, if you aren't in the minority that saw The Big Lebowski, it's quite possible you haven't. Touring behind its new collection of tunes, Compas, the group performs Tuesday, June 2, at Mesa Amphitheatre, Center and University. The all-ages show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26 and $46 in advance, $28 and $51 the day of the show, available at Mesa Community Center and Dillard's box offices; 644-2560, 503-5555.
Scottsdale elections aren't likely to get much more amicable than those of the Scottsdale Artists League, which elects new officers while enjoying potluck eats at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, at the Rural Metro Fire Department headquarters building, 8401 East Indian School. The public is welcome to come and check out the organization, which hosts regular exhibitions, contests and workshops for painters. For more information, call 947-2693 or 946-8367.
From what depths of the human heart spring stories like, say, the Germanic folklore dramatized by Wagner's Ring cycle (see feature), and what needs of the human soul do they address? Joseph Young, former archivist to late, beloved myth maven Joseph Campbell, has some thoughts on this subject. Young, a Ph.D., will discuss his book SAGA--Best New Writings on Mythology in a lecture titled "The Magic of Mythic Stories" from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, June 3, at Higher Vision Center, 6829 North 12th Street. Admission to the lecture is $10. 277-7133.