From nightlife hangs to enticing exhibitions, your weekday plans are here.
"Women Who Rock" @ Musical Instrument Museum Does Taylor Swift rock? That's the consensus, as several items from the pop star, from clothing to handwritten lyrics, are part of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's "Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power" exhibit at the Musical Instrument Museum. More to the "rock" point are the White Stripes' Meg White's bass drum, a skimpy Tina Turner costume, a Stevie Nicks ensemble, and Chrissie Hynde's red leather jacket. Yet, despite the "rock" aspect of the title, the exhibit's intention is showcasing a century of women musicians -- from country to blues, punk to pop -- who made inroads into what is still a male-dominated world. Broken up somewhat chronologically, the exhibit starts with jazz and blues icons like Billie Holiday and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, girl groups, 1960s counter culture, '70s rockers, punk and post-punk, pop, and finally, the '90s to present day. The café will feature special fare, but if that doesn't suffice, Lady Gaga's infamous meat dress will be hanging nearby.
The Lion King @ Gammage Auditorium Hakuna matata in Kiswahili means "no worries." This is the ongoing theme -- and theme song -- of Disney's The Lion King, a classic coming-of-age tale set on the plains of East Africa amongst a pride of lions and resident wildlife. A visual and musical extravaganza, Lion King tells the story of Simba, a young lion destined to follow his father as king of the Pride Lands. However, after the death of his father at the paws of his Uncle Scar, the cub runs away, only to be raised by carefree creatures. Growing up, Simba overcomes a variety of trials and tribulations, including battling sinister hyenas with glowing eyes, conquering fears not normally associated with being a lion, and gaining the courage to return and become king.
Travel to the African plains 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 22, at Gammage Auditorium, 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. Tickets are $28 to $92. Call 480-965-3434 or visit www.asugammage.com. -- Glenn BurnSilver
Push Push! @ Bar Smith Phoenix's newest club scene contender comes from an unlikely source -- a midweek disco night at a downtown dance club.
It's Rebel Disco's Push Push!, a Wednesday night party from the five-deep DJ gang. The destination disco has featured the likes of duo Cosmic Kids and New York-based "Beats in Space" radio host Tim Sweeney. Upward of a hundred hipsters pack the rooftop dance floor on busier nights, under the glow of moonlight and a suspended disco ball.
The once-weekly dance party (which recently celebrated its one-year anniversary) is now semimonthly -- a change that brings bigger names. This week hosts newcomer Urulu, promising full-fledged 90s nostalgia house music, while industry veteran DJ Kaos from Berlin drops by Wednesday, October 30.
Doors open at 9 p.m., and sets start at 10 on Wednesday, October 23, at Bar Smith, 130 East Washington Street. Tickets are $10, and free list access is available before 10:30 p.m. Visit www.facebook.com/PushPushParty. -- Janessa Hilliard
The Importance of Being Earnest @ Herberger Theater Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, subtitled A Trivial Comedy for Serious People, is surprisingly full of not just witty bons mots ("I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train") but also awful groaners that are all the funnier because they're in what appears to be a stuffy fin-de-siècle drawing-room comedy. Critics rarely agree on much of anything, but their opinion of Earnest is near unanimous: It's the second-best English play ever (just after Hamlet, and much sillier), and it has no meaning whatsoever.
So clean out your ears and prepare for pure amusement at Arizona Theatre Company's production through Sunday, October 27, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. It features such sparkling stars as Anneliese van der Pol (from last season's Emma) and Allyce Beasley, whose voice will be very familiar even if you don't remember her from her best-known role on TV's Moonlighting in the '80s. Thursday, October 24's performance starts at 7:30 p.m.
Lit Lounge @ SMoCA Lounge Before the lights go out on Lit Lounge (just for a spell, we swear), the SMoCA Lounge storytelling series puts the spotlight on a handful of funny, fantastical, and heartfelt yarns spun on Friday, October 25.
The recurring event will go on hiatus after the October installment, which will include tales from Beth Lapides, whom you might recognize as Marina Abramovic from Sex and The City, best-selling author Raleigh R. Pinskey, New Times contributor Julie Peterson, and more.
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Tickets to the final Lit Lounge of 2013 are $7.50. While passes for seating in the Lounge itself are sold out, the show will take place simultaneously at the next-door Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Performers will zip from one stage to the other so that each audience hears every story.
Reserve your spot by calling 480-499-8587 or purchasing tickets at www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Lit Lounge returns January 24, 2014. -- Becky Bartkowski