This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

Thursday, May 6
Catch a commando performance of Steve Martin's naughty new play. A young housewife endures a brief encounter with notoriety in The Underpants, Martin's spin on Carl Sternheim's 1911 comedy. Thanks to an elastic breakdown, Louise's panties plummet to her ankles during a parade for the Kaiser. The wardrobe malfunction gets a rise out of the local men, her unmentionables become the talk of the town, and Louise's tight-cheeked husband gets his panties in a twist. Will she resist the newfound attention, or will Louise's marriage go down with her drawers? The Arizona Theatre Company gets to the bottom of things at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The curtain rises -- and the panties fall -- Thursday, May 6, through May 23. Tickets are $20 to $51; call 602-256-6995 or see www. arizonatheatre.org to order. Half-price rush tickets, when available, are released one hour before curtain.

Friday, May 7
All dressed up, new place to go. Valley fashion continues to flourish this Friday, May 7, when "Home Grown Fridays" debuts at 504 Gallery Bar & Grill, LLC. Spotlighting the looks of local designers, the fashion shows will take a monthly turn at the new 4,000-square-foot venue, 504 North Central, just south of the Fillmore post office. The creations of Angela Johnson and Magda hit the runway at 11 p.m.; guests also can check out Jon Garber's paintings, works from the Arizona Coalition of Latin American Artists, and the Mending Wall, a 110-foot metal structure commenting on U.S.-Mexico border relations. DJs Chase 1 and Smite mix the music; bartenders behind the cash bar mix the drinks. Doors open at 6 p.m., and cover is free before 10, $5 after. Fashion hounds wearing boots not made for walking can catch a free ride from Classic Copper Cabs, set to shuttle folks to 504 from the METROPOLIS LLC headquarters at 222 East Roosevelt. Call 602-363-2900 with questions.

Saturday, May 8
We'll be running with the night -- local musicians playing in the shadows -- when the 20th annual SRP EarthWise Night Run for the Arts hits the streets Saturday, May 8. Live entertainment pumps up participants along the route: acoustic music by Arizona Pickers and Grinners, Brazilian beats from Axe' Capoeira and bagpipe serenades by Scott Lindsey. All the evening's activities -- a one-mile run/walk, 8K race and awards presentation -- begin and end in the Scottsdale Center for the Arts Amphitheater, 75th and Main streets in Scottsdale. More artsy than athletic? Take the "Art Stroll," a 45-minute docent-led tour of sculptures on the Civic Center Plaza. Rather rock than walk? Catch a post-race concert by The Rave. Event registration is $18 in advance and $20 on race day, with proceeds supporting the Scottsdale Center for the Arts and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Late signup begins at 5:30 p.m.; entrants are off on the races at 7 p.m. Register online at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

Sunday, May 9
Brevity is the soul of wit. So said the guy whose wordy works keep CliffsNotes in business. Shakespeare and the short attention span come together at last, as Actors' Renaissance Theatre presents The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The literary spoof-on-speed challenges three actors -- Matthew Proschold, Christopher E. Williams and Joey Moore -- to pack all 37 of the Bard's plays into a neat, 90-minute package. Curtain time is 2 p.m. Sunday, May 9, at the Classic and Four Arts Academy, 7475 East McDowell in Scottsdale, where this play's the thing on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through May 15. Call 480-632-0409 for tickets -- $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors. See www.actorsrenaissance.org for more information.

Monday, May 10
The Right Wing rubs her the wrong way. In Gloria Feldt's new book, The War on Choice: The Right Wing Attack on Women's Rights and How to Fight Back, the president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (and longtime leader of Arizona's chapter, before she moved to New York) chronicles the legislative changes that have reduced reproductive freedoms, i.e., "the right to contraception; accurate, fact-based sex education; and abortion." The War on Choice also shares Feldt's own story: Pregnant at 15 and a mother of three by 20, she eventually earned a college degree and has been advocating reproductive rights for 30-some years. The author discusses and signs her book at 7 p.m. Monday, May 10, at Changing Hands Bookstore, 6429 South McClintock in Tempe. Seating begins at 6 p.m., with book-signing ticket numbers (available with book purchase) called to fill seats. Call 480-730-0205 or see www. changinghands.com for details.

Tuesday, May 11
Fire up your Tuesday with a few gong hits among friends. Weekly "Gong Karaoke" takes the stage at 9 p.m. at Hamburger Mary's, 5111 North Seventh Street, where Simon Cowell wanna-bes can express their disapproval of any act with a $2 whack of the gong. The gong money goes straight to charity; half-price margaritas (12 tasty varieties!) go straight to our heads. Admission is free for patrons 21 and up. Dial 602-240-6969 or see www. hamburgermarysphoenix. com for more info.

Wednesday, May 12
Seems not enough folks are jumping on the band wagon: Downtown's Hard Rock Cafe is the latest Valley venue to turn off live local music. Seeking to boost the struggling scene, Specialized Event Marketing kicks off a series of monthly networking events for Valley bands, musicians and entertainers on Wednesday, May 12. Attendees are invited to bring demos and videos to the happy hour, where guest speaker Gregg Strickland from Unsigned Music Network answers questions about major labels and record deals. After the seminar, three bands take the stage for short sets to be critiqued by the crowd. The sounding board meets at 6:30 p.m. at Static, 7373 East Scottsdale Mall in Scottsdale. Admission, $15, includes appetizers. Call 602-705-4276 to RSVP by Monday, May 8.

 
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