Kota Many Colors
If you're a fan of mainstream, steak-and-potatoes Broadway shows -- your Phantom, your Rent -- then more power to you, frankly. But the latest offering in ASU's "Beyond Broadway" series brings us something, well, beyond -- in a gentle, lovely way. What else would you expect from a troupe named Fluid Hug-Hug? The company's founder and choreographer, Kota Yamazaki, studied fashion design, classical ballet, and butoh. Moving past a mere hybrid of styles, Yamazaki sees movement as a way to communicate from culture to culture and broaden our perceptions by "even an inch," he says, to "become more connected with the world." Kota Yamazaki will perform his Rise: Rose at 7 p.m. Saturday, October 8, at ASU's Physical Education Building East 132, on Orange Street west of McAllister Avenue in Tempe. Tickets are $20. Call 480-965-3434 or visit www.asugammage.com. -- Julie Peterson
Music for birds and bees SUN 10/9
Despite its hippie-dippy name, the groovalicious jam band Animal Liberation Orchestra doesn't spend its spare time freeing helpless creatures from research labs. Nope, these four soulful SoCal musicians are too busy creating their own brand of laid-back jazzy funk, man -- which they'll share with the Valley on Sunday, October 9, at The Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 East Broadway Road in Tempe. Their sumptuous sound, which has been referred to as "sex-music boogaloo," has nabbed the funkadelic foursome plenty of fans nationwide, and even landed them gigs opening for chartbusters like Jack Johnson. Outta sight! Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets, $10 to $12, are available at www.luckymanonline.com. -- Benjamin Leatherman
Flying down to del Rio
"I am big. It's the pictures that got small," huffs dilapidated and delusional movie star Norma Desmond in Billy Wilder's 1950 film Sunset Boulevard. Mexican playwright Carlos Fuentes twists Wilder's concept -- adding a pinch of Like Water for Chocolate-stylemagical realism and a dollop of absurdity -- in his Orchids in the Moonlight. The play fictionalizes the exploits of two golden-age actresses, Dolores del Rio and Mara Flix, who endlessly reprise their roles in Flying Down to Rio, Flaming Star, etc., in an apartment where they're attended by imaginary Nubian slaves. The run opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday, October 7, and continues through October 22 at ASU's Lyceum Theatre, 901 South Forest Mall in Tempe. Tickets range from $5 to $20. Call 480-965-6447, or visit www.herbergercollege.asu.edu/mainstage. -- Clay McNear
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