The heart of rock 'n' roll is still beating. Feel the love this Saturday, May 8, when the third annual "Music for a Cure" resonates with sound (13 local bands on three stages) and vision (all proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation). Sharing the benefit bill: Dimonet, Fred Green, Jones Fracture, BrotherLush, .9%, Nigel, Twig, the George Hughes Band, LBS, Blaine Long, Pete DeSouza, Hello Swindon, and Eugenia and the Boys. Rich Crescenti, Music for a Cure founder and member of Valley band BrotherLush (pictured), feels connected to the cause, having lost his mother to breast cancer in December 2002. "I wanted to help in a way that was fun," Crescenti says, "so my friends and I decided to throw a concert that just gets bigger and better every year. It really is a grassroots, local event -- inexpensive and all-ages." Showtime is 6 p.m. at Minder Binder's, 715 South McClintock in Tempe. Cover is $5 at the door; see www.musicforacure.net for more info. -- Jill Koch
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911 Is a Joke
Politics take center stage at Modified
Some might say U.S. foreign policy since September 11, 2001, has been a comedy of errors. Thank Chris Danowski for writing it all down -- his interpretation, at least. Danowski directs a reading of his black comedy, 911: Operation My Big Hands, at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, at Modified Arts, 407 East Roosevelt. The play is set at a dinner party during which one of the guests is murdered and the story's lone white character starts a war with the other guests, all of Middle Eastern descent. Admission is $5. Call 602-462-5516 or see timb.org for details. -- Joe Watson
New dance is the focus at SCA
Combining cutting-edge modern dance, live choral music, interpretive sign language, comedic optical illusions and sculpture, Through New Eyes is Movement Source Dance Company's most elaborate performance yet -- and a masterwork in multi-tasking. In its 16th year of collaborating with artists and art forms, Movement Source teams with the Orpheus Male Chorus, Country Sole Line Dancers, and special guest choreographers, including Germaul Barnes of the Bill T. Jones Dance Company. Eight new works -- inspired by the Arizona landscape, Salvador Dali and Pilates -- will be performed at 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. Call 480-994-2787 for tickets -- $15 for adults, $12.50 for students and seniors. -- Susan Tully