What's black, white and red all over? A penguin in a blender? A zebra with diaper rash? No, it's a world-première drama presented by Is What It Is Productions at the Studio One Performing Arts Center, 4520 East Thomas. Black, White and Read All Over is a story that relates to anyone who has lost a loved one. Evan is a typical twentysomething -- unattached, unencumbered, and practically a youth himself until he falls in love with Bianca, the single mother of an 8-year-old boy. Their happily-ever-after dreams come crashing down when Bianca is murdered, thrusting Evan into dual roles as widower and father. Aided by his therapist and family, Evan attempts to overcome the haunting memories of "that night." An inside tip -- bring tissues, lots of 'em. When cast member Ted Herbig (who plays Evan's brother, Steve) read the script for the first time, he cried -- and it wasn't the token
Firing retros now
Of all the runway shows at all the dance parties in all the Valley, why should you pick the Blazing Retro Fashion Party at the Paper Heart, 750 Grand Avenue? "It's going to be off the chain. Really hot," explains Iman Whitmore, marketing director for the show's sponsor, Sophistikatz Fashion Boutique. "We have fashions anyone can wear every day and be yourself." Along with vintage threads and local designs from R Lucien, KD Creations, and others, the big to-do on Thursday, August 11, will also feature a soundscape of alternative hip-hop and funk by DJ Mantis Claw. Admission is $7 before 10 p.m., $10 after. Visit www.so-phis-ti-katz.com for more information. -- Julie Peterson
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Tour de cure
How 'bout that Lance Armstrong? Not only can the guy ride a bike through mountains for three weeks at the Tour de France, but he survives cancer to win the tour seven times. We figure that's worth our seven bucks to see some local bands at the "Perfect Day for a Cure" concert (benefiting the Lance Armstrong Foundation) on Saturday, August 13. Local recording artist Ben Araiza (pictured) organized the show as part of the LAF's Peloton Project, which assists people living with cancer. He'll headline the show after sharing the stage with Valley acts Twig, and Seven Secrets. Rock strong at 7 p.m. at Alice Cooper'stown, 101 East Jackson. Call 602-253-7337. -- Niki D'Andrea
Music at an exhibition
8/11-8/14The venue-hopping Downtown Chamber Series, its stated goal to stimulate collaboration between the musical and visual arts, stimulates again with concerts at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 11, and 2 p.m. Sunday, August 14, at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central. The program's centerpiece is Brahms' lovely Clarinet Quintet, with additional works on the program by George Gershwin and Mark O'Connor. Tickets cost $10, which includes admission to the concert and the museum (the current featured exhibition is "Surrealism USA"). Call 602-254-1491 or visit www.downtownchamberseries.org. -- Clay McNear