ASU Art Museum Spring 2015 Reception
Worried your cultural ventures are so last season? Better mark your calendars for Arizona State University Art Museum's Spring 2015 Season Opening Reception, where guests will have the opportunity to view new exhibitions including "Tan Ping: Follow My Line," "Unfixed: New Painting," "The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive," "Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt," and "Museum/Archive: Recent Acquisitions to the ASU Art Museum Collection," as well as take advantage of final week of "Fusion: Three Views/One Collection." The event will also offer a live performance and taping by Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie's E.S.P. TV., a traveling art project based in New York.
The reception will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, February 20, at ASU Art Museum, 51 East 10th Street in Tempe. Alumni and museum members can access the reception at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu or call 480-965-2787. Katie Johnson
The Storyline: Don Quixote
The Storyline returns to Space 55 with an evening that's themed Don Quixote, featuring performances by Maureen Burris, Hattie Jean Hayes, Jules Hyde, Richie Molina, Joseph Redwood-Martinez, and Nate Romero. The true stories provoke laughter, tears, and peculiar flashes of recognition - so consider yourself warned. And with such a collection of writers, spoken-wordists, and comedians on deck, you're guaranteed to experience wildly diverse spins on the theme. Wildly diverse spins such as you might observe on a windmill - see where we're going there? By the way, we knew some English people who pronounced it Don Quix-it. But we don't want to get you all storied out ahead of time.
Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Friday, February 20, at 636 East Pierce Street, and tickets are $5. Visit www.space55.org. Julie Peterson
Art d'Core Gala
Ever wanted to don colorful and creative formal attire while celebrating arty stuff downtown in the presence of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton? Well, weirdo, your super-specific dreams are about to come true, thanks to Art d'Core Gala 2015. The free soiree, hosted by Artlink, serves as a fancy kick-off to the arts organization's Art Detour 27, an art walk that opens up galleries, studios, and non-traditional spaces in Phoenix on March 7 and 8.
Come for the Mayor's "celebrate downtown" address and stay for the music, dance, and art from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Admission is free to the event. RSVP through artlinkphoenix.com/art-detour/gala. Becky Bartkowski
Trailer Park Boys
If you thought they'd get their lives together, you thought wrong. The Trailer Park Boys are still drunk, high, and unemployed in their latest tour across the U.S. Having been recently relieved of their parole officers, Ricky, Julian, and Bubbles, are making another attempt to turn their lives around and their inviting Phoenix to bear witness to what may come. Will there be scheming, scamming, and possibly some other type of subterranean plotting? Definitely. Will they succeed? No, probably not. But as always, their failure is our fun.
The men from our favorite Canadian mockumentary will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 21, at Celebrity Theatre, 440 North 32nd Street. Tickets range between $35 and $55. Visit www.celebritytheatre.com or call 602-267-1600. Katie Johnson
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Toaster pastries. Community college. Talking dog. Elizabeth is holding out for one nice ordinary day in Pluto, Steve Yockey's play that's presented by Stray Cat Theatre through Saturday, March 7. A radio speaks to Elizabeth directly, and the refrigerator's moving: So much for normal. As it does in Yockey's other scripts, reality messily bumps up against dreams, myths, and the symbolic soup of the human spirit.
The play, which underwent a rolling première in a handful of cities last year, has been described as "not for everybody." In a good way, apparently. Tickets for the Sunday, February 22, performance are specially priced at $12 for everyone. Regular prices are $15 to $25 at www.straycattheatre.org or at the door, 132 East Sixth Street in Tempe. Call 480-227-1766. Julie Peterson