Hodgie Jo is a dancin' machine. He experimented with every style of dance from jazz to break-dancing before going on to choreograph events like the Super Bowl and Special Olympics. Now, Jo brings his artistic vision to the Imation Dance Company, as choreographer for World Beat, the troupe's season opener on Friday, November 5, at Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe. The production/cultural celebration includes 20 "eclectic tangos," fused with elements of hip-hop, rock and New Age. "We mix the music with elements you'd see in a Cirque du Soleil show along with robotics and other movement sources to create something special and maybe even a little trashy," Jo says. Percussionists Joe Garcia and Caribbean Zone add some eclectic drumming to the show. Tickets cost $33, $17 for students under 21. Call 602-252-8497. -- Niki D'Andrea
Hip-hop schoolin' from the old school
Next time some white boy jives about how pimpin' ain't easy, thank Too $hort. Besides dropping West Coast rhymes long before Tupac donned his first doo rag, Shorty the Pimp was one of the first to popularize the ho business in hip-hop. The old-school rapper's got his pimp-slappin' hand primed for the Valley when he visits Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street, on Saturday, November 6, along with Silk, Cypress Hill's Sen Dog, Mellow Man Ace Sergio and more. Get in where you fit in starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 to $35. Call 602-267-1600 or see www.celebritytheatre.com. --Benjamin Leatherman
Fairchild stars in The Graduate
Who doesn't love a scandalous love triangle? Especially when it involves a young man, a much older woman . . . and her daughter. Still an audience pleaser after 40 years, The Graduate, which first gained acclaim as a 1963 novel by Charles Webb, an Oscar-winning film starring Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft in 1967, and, as of 1998, a Broadway hit, will take over Gammage Auditorium, 1200 South Forest in Tempe, beginning Tuesday, November 9. The show tells the tale of a young graduate, Benjamin Braddock, who has no direction in life and is intensely seduced by an older Mrs. Robinson, played this time around by Morgan Fairchild. In an unexpected turn of events, Braddock ends up falling for Mrs. Robinson's daughter, Elaine. The show runs through November 14. Ticket prices range from $19.75 to $50. Call 480-965-3434.-- Erika Wurst
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