5 Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Weekend
Krystal Pope, Chanel Bragg, and Jacqueline Rushing in Dreamgirls.
If you don't know anything else about the Tony-winning musical Dreamgirls, you've probably heard that song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going." When you contemplate Desert Foothills Theatre's production, however, which closes Sunday, March 1, you might want to change the soundtrack in your head to "Maybe I Should Go After All." It's a who's who of the local musical theater scene, directed by Damon Bolling, choreographed by Lynzee 4Man, and starring Chanel Bragg.
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Experience the highs and lows (and we don't just mean hair) of three divas and their managers and lovers - and payola! -- at 7:30 p.m. Friday, February 27, at Cactus Shadows Performing Arts Center, 33606 North 60th Street in Scottsdale. Tickets are $13.50 to $29.99 at www.dftheater.org or 480-488-1981. Julie Peterson
Maysoon Zayid comes to ASU's Galvin Playhouse this Friday, February 27.
Courtesy of Maysoon Zayid
Good news, Sun Devils, Maysoon Zayid is returning to her alma mater. The comedian, writer, and co-founder of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, who credits her BFA to Arizona State University, has made serious waves thanks to her "I can can" attitude. Although Zayid has made appearances on Comedy Central, CNN, HBO, and MTV to name a few, she is probably best recognized by the viral success of her TEDWomen talk about overcoming the challenges of cerebral palsy. Zayid will take to the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, February 27, at ASU Galvin Playhouse, 51 East 10th Street, Tempe. General admission is $29.35. Student tickets are available for $10 at the box office. Visit www.asugammage.com or call 480-965-3434. Katie Johnson
Jen Lewin's The Pool, pictured here in Singapore, will be featured at Canal Convergence in Scottsdale.
Jeremy Hui/Courtesy of Jen Lewin Studio
For a third year, a section of the Arizona Canal will be filled with art, light, and of course water during Canal Convergence 2015. The four-day event features interactive pieces and installations along the canal between the Soleri and Marshall Way bridges near the Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 East Camelback Road. On Friday, February 27, artists like Jen Lewin, Erin V. Sotak, and Toby Fraley will be showing their work from 5 to 10 p.m. Shop local vendors and listen to live music during the artisan market as well. Canal Convergence is free to the public. For more information, visit www.scottsdalepublicart.org. Evie Carpenter
Nederlands Dans Theater 2 performs in Scottsdale Saturday, February 28.
Nederlands Dans Theater 2
Though it certainly sounds plausible, Nederlands Dans Theater 2 is not the sequel to a very important foreign film that didn't make a blip on your artsy radar. Instead, it's the super-cool, little-sister troupe to the full-size Nederlands Dans Theater. 2 works with young, emerging dancers as a launch pad, where they get to try out all their weird, innovative ideas. Take a look at what they're up to when the company performs a four-piece program at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Showtime is 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. Tickets are $39 to $39 and available via www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org or by calling the box office at 480-499-8587. Becky Bartkowski
Tour the Coronado neighborhood Sunday, March 1.
Coronado Home Tour
The Coronado Home Tour is back for its 28th year. The community event will feature early 20th century bungalows and WPA-era homes, as well as a classic car show and a street fair with local artists and vendors, food, and music. The Carnival de Coronado happens Sunday, March 1, in the historic Coronado Neighborhood between Edgemere and 14th streets and Monte Vista Road and Virginia Avenue. The home tour and car show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Street fair hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets for the home tour are $13 online and $15 at the event. All other festivities are free to attend. A ticket booth will be stationed at the corner of 12th and Oak streets. For details, visit greatercoronado.com. Katie Johnson
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