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Free Bard

To be or not to be: Shakespeare Under the Stars strives to entertain.

Sat 9/27
In Measure for Measure, Shakespeare wrote, "What's mine is yours, and what is yours is mine." This weekend, that spirit of give-and-take becomes notably one-sided: What's his really is ours -- but it doesn't cost us a thing -- when ASU West's Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Department presents "Shakespeare Under the Stars." On Saturday, September 27, members of several local troupes -- including the Southwest Shakespeare Company, Shakespeare Theatre and Theatrescape -- act out the Bard's scenes on three stages. Valley students participating in the Utah Shakespearean Festival's High School Conference lend their talents as well, along with strolling minstrels, costumed jugglers and jousters.

"This free event has become a Valley favorite," says Jeff Kennedy, associate artistic director of ASU West's IAP department. "The festival atmosphere will abound with Renaissance music, costumes and performers."

Spectators are encouraged to bring chairs and picnic baskets to the performance, set for 7 p.m. at ASU West, 4701 West Thunderbird. For more information, call 602-543-2787. - Jill Koch

Mash Hit

Your attendance is needed stat

They're playing doctors at the Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street, where the Tempe Little Theatre production of M*A*S*H continues through October 5. Call 480-350-8388 or see www.tempelittletheatre.org for tickets, $14 for adults, $12 for students, seniors and military personnel. - Jill Koch

Viva Las Divas

The queens of jazz take the stage

It's a four-star evening, as "Diva Night" unites Valley jazz vocalists Delphine Cortez, Nancy Gee, Margo Reed and Sherry Roberson. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, and Thursday, October 2, at ASU's Kerr Cultural Center, 6110 North Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale. Tickets are $17.50 and $20.50; call 480-596-2660 or see www.asukerr.com. - Jill Koch

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