Zodiac Show spotlights celestial celebs
Support the sign arts this Saturday, November 15 -- and discover how planetary position affects the creative process -- when the Paper Heart Gallery presents The Zodiac Show. While 12 performers -- one from each sign of the astrological calendar -- present poetry, music, dance, video art and "acts of the bizarre," audience members can gain guidance from a futures analyst (a.k.a. tarot reader)."Introspective folk musicians, scatterbrained filmmakers, and fiery-eyed performance artists -- they'll all be there representing their sign," promises promoter JRC.
Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Paper Heart, 222 North Fifth Avenue. Admission is $5 at the door; call 602-258-5079 or see www.thepaperheart.com.- Jill Koch
Stray Cat Theatre provides a double header
This season, Stray Cat Theatre is all about boys and the hood. Taking the stage Friday, November 14, Patty Red Pants -- a "surreal, psychosexual black comedy" -- melds fantasy (elements of Little Red Riding Hood) and fact (the story of a teen's murder). The following evening, Stray Cat's late-night series debuts with Hysteric Studs, a crude, campy take on the boy band phenomenon. The plays run back-to-back from Sunday, November 16, through December 6 at the VYT Performing Outreach Center, 1121 North First Street. See www.straycattheatre.org or call 602-253-8188, extension 2. - Jill Koch
To Bee or Not to Bee
Bee-Luther-hatchee ponders existence
Bee-Luther-hatchee tells the story of an African-American book editor who discovers something about the elderly black woman whose memoirs he's recently published: She may not exist. But Thomas Gibbons' acclaimed play isn't about the publishing world. It's not even about race relations, really.
"It's about who's entitled to our individual histories," says Charles St. Clair, director of the iTheatre Collaborative production. "Who has the right to tell the story of a people, a culture? Should the color of your skin or your gender dictate how you can express yourself? Those are the pressing questions of this play -- and of everyday life."
The play's title is 1930s railroad slang for "the next stop after Hell," which Gibbons suggests is the state of racial politics in the U.S. today.
"Entitlement and reverse discrimination are valuable issues that rarely get addressed," adds St. Clair. "I'm hoping to help blur some cross-cultural lines with this performance."
Bee-Luther-hatchee continues through November 22 at the Herberger Theater Center's Performance Outreach Theater, 222 East Monroe. Call 602-347-1071 for tickets.- Robrt L. Pela
"Tis the season for Nutcracker
Nothing says Christmas like a freaky kitchen gadget in tights coming to life and showing a little girl around la-la land. The Dodge Theatre is hosting the Moscow Ballet's annual U.S. tour of the world's most famous ballet. This production, The Great Russian Nutcracker, will be performed by 50 graduates of Moscow Choreographic Institute and Vaganova Institute, and will also feature 88 local child and teen dancers. But unlike the more familiar American version, the Russian version of the ballet ends in the Land of Peace and Harmony -- where dreams are real, language is moot, and love, peace and giving don't wait for December 25. The performances are at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, November 15, at the Dodge Theatre, 400 West Washington. Tickets are $24 to $64 and may be purchased at the box office or through Ticketmaster, 480-784-4444. - Quetta Carpenter