Toe the LINES

SF ballet troupe's got rhythm and Blues

FRI 3/4
Last fall, renowned African-American choreographer Alonzo King took up residence at the White Oak Plantation in Yulee, Florida, where Mikhail Baryshnikov's Dance Studio hosts artists for the development of new works. Apparently, the stay did King some good. His San Francisco-based LINES Ballet, founded in 1982, shows off King's Sunshine State inspiration, Before the Blues, at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, at Scottsdale Center for the Arts' Virginia G. Piper Theater, 7380 East Second Street. King, though not related to Martin Luther King Jr., is descended from an elite line of Georgia civil rights leaders. For Before the Blues, he collaborated with celebrated sax man and composer Pharoah Sanders to create a recorded score that rides the rills of post-Civil War work songs, hymns and chanteys. For tickets, $36, call 480-994-2787 or see www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. -- Merilyn Jackson

Language Barrier
Foreigner gets away with it all

3/4-3/20
An Englishman hunkers down at a lodge in Georgia and pretends to speak no English, yet still manages to save the day in the comedy The Foreigner, opening at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, through March 20, at Stagebrush Theatre, 7020 East Second Street in Scottsdale. Tickets cost $18 to $20. Call 480-990-7405. -- Niki D'Andrea

Before the Blues at Scottsdale Center for the Arts
Courtesy of SCA
Before the Blues at Scottsdale Center for the Arts
The Foreigner at Scottsdale's Stagebrush Theatre
courtesy of Laura Durant
The Foreigner at Scottsdale's Stagebrush Theatre
Quaero at ASU Dance
courtesy of Sarah Holcman
Quaero at ASU Dance
Teatro Bravo's Las Mujeres de Juárez at Phoenix College
courtesy of Teatro Bravo
Teatro Bravo's Las Mujeres de Juárez at Phoenix College

New Fixxation
One hit leads to another tour

THU 3/3
Not many '80s pop bands survived the cock-rock/hair-band craze of that decade, and even fewer survived the grunge explosion of the early '90s. Even The Fixx, a band that produced the hit "One Thing Leads to Another," folded in 1990. But a re-formed Fixx has returned for a U.S. tour, which includes a stop at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School, on Thursday, March 3. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and tickets cost $25 to $27. Call 602-265-4842. -- Niki D'Andrea

Dance Revolution
All the right moves

3/6-3/8
If bustin' a move with the running man is your idea of modern dance, then it would do you some good to check out Quaero, an original dance performance choreographed and directed by Arizona State University senior Sarah Holcman. Quaero showcases many forms of dance from traditional to modern and ballet to swing, according to Holcman. And because it hasn't been dumbed down, it should entertain both dance elitists and novices. The show starts at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 6, and runs through Tuesday, March 8, in PE East 132 at 551 East Orange on the ASU main campus in Tempe. Tickets are $5. See theatre.asu.edu. -- C. Murphy Hebert

Mohr the Merrier
Jay shticks it to ya at the Improv

3/3-3/6
Last Comic Standing is no more, but the show's former host, Jay Mohr, still has to make a living. So he's taking his show on the road with an appearance at the Tempe Improv at 930 East University. Mohr is the goofy blond guy who made a name for himself doing impersonations of Christopher Walken, Rikki Lake and Sean Penn on Saturday Night Live and playing the rival sports agent in Jerry Maguire. His shtick has some mature content (or immature content -- among other things, he talks about having gas on a first date and renting porn). And he seemed so clean-cut on television! Mohr will perform two shows a night at 8 and 10 from Thursday, March 3, through Sunday, March 6. For tickets, $20, call 480-291-9877. -- C. Murphy Hebert

The Missing
Real-life mystery takes the stage

3/5-3/13
The small town of Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, has been called the "City of the Dead" and "Mexico's Killing Fields." Since 1993, the remains of more than 300 young women have been found in the desert town, which is right across the border from El Paso, Texas. The women had been raped and mutilated, and though police have jailed more than a dozen suspects since 1995, the murders continue. Another piece of the puzzle will be unveiled on Saturday, March 5, when Teatro Bravo presents Las Mujeres de Juárez(The Women of Juárez), opening at the John Paul Theater at Phoenix College, 1202 West Thomas. Written by playwright Ruben Amavizca Murua (Frida Kahlo), the Spanish-language play tells the story of one Mexican mother's struggle to find her missing daughter, and the frustrating lack of support she receives from local authorities. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, and $12 for students and seniors. The show starts at 8 p.m., and continues through March 13. Call 602-258-1800 or visit www.teatrobravo.org. -- Niki D'Andrea

 
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