nights atthe opera
The Candy Tale and L'enfant et les sortileges: Arizona State University's Lyric Opera Theatre presents this double bill of fantastical tales. The first, written by Dimitrije Buzarovski and William Reber and performed in English, has similarities to Pinocchio; it's based on a Macedonian folktale about a candy boy who wants to be human. The second, written by Ravel and Colette and performed in French, has more in common with Toy Story; it's about a boy who receives a badly needed lesson, thanks to his animate playthings. Opening performances are on Friday, November 22; Saturday, November 23; and Sunday, November 24, at ASU Music Theatre, Mill and Gammage Parkway in Tempe. All start at 7:30 p.m.; a related lecture precedes Sunday's show at 6:30. More performances are planned on Wednesday, December 4; Friday, December 6; and Saturday, December 7. Tickets are $14, available at ASU Fine Arts Box Office; call 965-6447.
at the wingding
"Dart the Turkey": The seventh annual contest--basically, a game of darts with paper turkeys for targets--is planned for 9 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 23, at Chandler Community Center, 125 East Commonwealth. The cost is 25 cents per target, and there's no limit to how many you can buy. Prizes are awarded in various age groups. Call 786-2727.
arts and minds
"I Can Fly" and "My Future in the Global Community": South Phoenix photographer Tarah Rider Berry snapped neighborhood children in various states of wide-eyed, rubber-boned informality--in pools, in parks, at play--for the "I Can Fly" installation, whose ultimate mission was "capturing the innocence, creativity and freshness of youth." It continues through Sunday, November 24, in the New Directions Gallery at Scottsdale Center for the Arts, 7380 East Second Street. "My Future" features works by students from Scottsdale and its sister cities of Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Cairns, Queensland, Australia; and Alamos, Sonora, Mexico. The exhibit opens Sunday and continues through Sunday, February 2, in the center's Young at Art Gallery. Viewing is free. For details call 994-2787.
Mesa Symphony String Quartet: The ensemble hosts an interactive performance/discussion for kids age 8 and up at 1 p.m. Sunday, November 24, in conjunction with Random House's "Living Music Series." The scene is Borders Books & Music at 1361 South Alma School in Mesa. Admission is free. Call 833-2244.
for pet's sake
Sahuaro State Kennel Club's Harvest of Champions: (Saturday, November 23; and Sunday, November 24.) See Pic Hits.
Mary and Jim Walker: The K-9 College reps host a free program about selecting and training dogs at 3 p.m. Saturday, November 23, at the Metrocenter Barnes & Noble store, 10235 North Metro Parkway East. Call 678-0088.
on the stage
Great Arizona Puppet Theater: The troupe presents final performances of The Three Wishes at 10 a.m. Thursday, November 21; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday, November 22; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, November 23; and 2 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at its theatre, 3302 North Seventh Street. Admission is $4.50. Call 262-2050.
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How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Desert Stages, Inc., presents a musical version of Dr. Seuss' seasonal tale. Opening performances are at 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, November 23; and the same times Sunday, November 24, at the theatre, 8473 East McDonald in Scottsdale. The production continues through Sunday, December 15. Tickets are $6 in advance, $9 at the door. For details call 483-1664.
The Phantom of the Soap Opera: Phoenix Center Youth Theatre presents the comedy at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22; and the same time Saturday, November 23, at Third Street Theatre at Phoenix Center, 1202 North Third Street. Tickets are $3, $1 for kids ages 12 and under. For details call 494-5489.
The Short Tree and the Bird That Could Not Sing: Childsplay continues its season with Dennis Foon's parable about the friendship that develops between the title outcasts. Final performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 22; 2 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, November 23; and 2 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 24, at Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East Sixth Street. Tickets are $12.25, $9.25 for students and seniors. Call 350-8101.
at the museum
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting: "Happy Birthday, Smokey," celebrating the history and future of 52-year-old fire-prevention spokesbruin Smokey Bear and providing illumination about fire and firefighting, continues through Saturday, November 30, at the museum, 6101 East Van Buren. Call 275-3473.