Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
In this case, Beauty is in the eye of the director. The Phoenix Theatre's Cookie Company, under the direction of playwright Alan Prewitt, is putting a cultural spin on a classic tale, setting Beauty and the Beast in Old Mexico, where the beast takes the form of a giant lizard, the castle an adobe hacienda.
The production wraps this weekend, with 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. performances on Saturday, May 10, and Sunday, May 11. A cookie-and-milk reception follows each performance at the Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell. Tickets are $10; call 602-254-2151. - Jill Koch
Museum sets kids on creative course
The Phoenix Art Museum's Second Saturday events are the best way to get your child into a museum. From noon to 3 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month, special activities expose children to art -- and encourage them to make their own. This Saturday, May 10, children can explore the current exhibition, "Guardian of the Flame: Art of Sri Lanka," and search out a Buddha that will inspire them to create one themselves. Teachers guide kids through the creative and educational process, ensuring a great time along the way.
Stop by the ArtWorks Gallery inside the museum, 1625 North Central, for information on how to participate. Free with regular admission, the activity is recommended for children age 5 and older and their adult companions. Call 602-257-1222 for details.-Maidi Terry