Getting The Pointe
Ballet classes begin
Assume the positions: Phoenix Parks and Rec is sponsoring free ballet classes for kids and adults of all skill levels, Wednesday, September 17, through December 17 at Eastlake Park Dance Studio, 1549 East Jefferson. Susan Lotocki, who studied at the New York Conservatory of Dance and the Washington School of Ballet, is on tap to teach the weekly courses: pre-ballet (for ages 5 to 9), beginning ballet (7 to 12), adult beginning ballet (12 and older), ballet I and II (9 and up), and beginning pointe (teacher's consent required). Call 602-262-6759 to request a schedule or registration form. - Jill Koch
New IMAX film raids the world of bugs
A new IMAX film is set to hit the screen, and the buzz is deafening. "A movie about bugs starring real bugs," Bugs! 3D shrinks viewers to the size of a thumbtack, making them flies on the proverbial wall.
Partially shot in the Borneo rain forest and narrated by Dame Judi Dench, the live-action nature drama documents Papilio's metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly via that awkward pupal stage. Meanwhile, Hierodula, a praying mantis, develops by incomplete metamorphosis, breaking out of his egg as a mini-mantis and regularly shedding his skin as he grows into his wings.
Bugs! 3D opens at Tempe's Arizona Mills IMAX Theatre, Friday, September 12, and runs through December 25. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for children. Call 480-897-1453 or see www.imax.com/tempe for showtimes; log on to www.giantscreenbugs.com for more on the film. - Jill Koch