"Cactus and Coral"
It is a rare moment when one can see the world from someone else’s point of view. Through Each Others Eyes, promotes that concept via cultural exchange, placing photographers in unfamiliar settings to understand how they see things. With the “Cactus and Coral” exhibit, photographers from Australia and Arizona swapped places and through their lens documented all that was alien, foreign and unique as people went about their daily lives as only they could. On view through TK, the exhibit showcases images from Australian photographers Alex Pirez and Tim Warnock during their explorations in the Valley, and Arizonan’s Bob Rink and Jim Marshall from their visit down under.
The free show is on view at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East Second Street, through September 14. Visit www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org. Glenn BurnSilver
In a Shakespeare play, a female character might impersonate a man, but in the Elizabethan theater, everybody was played by men to begin with. Turnabout is fair play, yet those original fans virtually never saw male characters in drag. However, a hugely popular play of the 1890s, Charley’s Aunt, does provide the switcheroo when a college man has to pass as a middle-aged lady. Brandon Thomas’ farce delivers breakneck action and belly laughs aplenty, even as some of the romantic plot threads feel more like Tootsie. Don Bluth Front Row Theatre presents the play through Saturday, September 26, at 8670 East Shea Boulevard, Suite 103, in Scottsdale. Showtime on Tuesday, September 8, is 7 p.m. Tickets are $18 to $23. Call 480-314-0841 or visit www.donbluthfrontrowtheatre.com. Julie Peterson
It’s been a stagnant summer in the theater world, but audiences won’t have to wait any longer as 2015-2016 seasons debut across stages this month. Phoenix Theatre is high-kicking things into gear when their 96th season opens with a production of Chicago, the razzle dazzle musical featuring murder, fame, and all that jazz. Producing artistic director Michael Barnard takes the reigns, bringing the tale of Roxy Hart, Velma Kelly, and the cell block seductresses to life.
The show opens at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9, on the Mainstage at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road. Tickets range from $30 to $75. Show continues through Sunday, October 4, with a mix of evening and matinee performances. Visit www.phoenixtheatre.com or call the box office at 602-254-2151. Janessa HIlliard
Geeks Who Drink
Time to put your geek face on. Geeks Who Drink is a pub quiz that takes over at Endgame, 699 South Mill Avenue Suite 201 in Tempe, on Thursday evenings with questions about everything from wordplay to bad television. You can play in teams of up to six players for a chance to win free prizes, free pints, and guaranteed free entertainment. The quiz includes nearly 70 multimedia questions in a two-hour time span – it’s not just your average trivia night.
Prepare to be heckled and join in the competition this Thursday, September 10, at 7:30 p.m. Food and drink are available for purchase. For more information, visit geekswhodrink.com or endgamebar.com. Katrina Montgomery
Hush Baby Collective Zine Release
“This is not for you,” says a message on Hush Baby Collective’s online hubs. Rather, the mixed media collaborative zine is an exercise in creative safe spaces, as issues tackle topics like sexual assault and feminism. The independent publication, which debuted earlier this spring, is presenting its fourth edition, on grievances and metal health awareness, with a release party. The night begins with a poetry reading and continues with belly dancing, visual projections, a vast display from more than two-dozen local artists, and live music.
Print publications are alive and kickin’ during this celebration from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 11, at The Trunk Space, 1506 Grand Avenue. Admission is free. Call 602-256-6006 or check out www.thetrunkspace.com. Visit www.facebook.com/hushbabycollective for past issues and upcoming submission deadlines. Janessa HIlliard