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From workshop discussions to cutting edge theatrical experiences in and around Phoenix, here's what to mark on the old planner this week.

The Perks and Perils of Privilege

Everyone knows it's different strokes for different folks. But what if your view of the world isn't so much about where you come from as it is what you come from? At the ongoing workshop series The Perks and Perils of Prvilege, ASU Project Humanities looks at how individual experiences dictate social or political choices from voter and marriage rights to immigration and healthcare. In these workshops, participants will share, learn, and reflect on the experiences that guide both the complementary and the contrasting choices of others.

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"The Perks and Perils of Privilege" presented by Allison Parker of African American Literature, Rhetoric, and Women and Gender Studies at South Mountain Community College will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, July 14, at Pomegranate Cafe, 4025 East Chandler Boulevard, Suite 28. Admission is free. For details and a look at future workshops, visit humanities.asu.edu or call 480-727-7030. -- Katie Johnson

Risque Business

Want to turn your noontime meal into something more naughty? Petit dejeuner gets a whole lot more provocative when it's accompanied by a live performance of Risque Business. In this daring depiction of Broadway, out-of-luck actors aspiring to be in director Lord Delacor's wild depiction of Great White Way bend over backward to work their way into his graces and into the show. Who will make the cut and who will be cut off? There's only one way to find out.

Risque Business is part of Lunch Time Theater at Herberger Theater, 222 East Monroe Street. Showtime is 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, July 15 through July 24. Tickets are $6. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch or purchase one from the theater ahead of time. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.herbergertheater.org or call 602-254-7399. -- Katie Johnson

"All Art Arizona 2014"

The East Valley is upping the aesthetic ante as Arizona's up-and-coming residential artists gather in Gilbert for the annual juried exhibition "All Art Arizona 2014." At this locally focused show, aspiring artists of all skill levels are unified by the state they call home. Their original works range vastly in medium; from painting, drawing, and fibers, to mixed media, photography, and sculpture. Featured artists in this exhibition include Darien Bakas, Sam Irving, Mary K. Opat, B.K. Skaggs, Chris Pruitt, Derek Michael Brennan, Joshua Caldwell, Edlynn Sillman, and Contemporary Forum 2014 Grant Winners Karen Hymer and Kerstin Jones Dale.

"All Art Arizona 2014" is on view now through Saturday, July 26, at Art Intersection, 207 North Gilbert Road, Suite 20. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.artintersection.com or call 480-361-1118. -- Katie Johnson

Blood Wedding [III]

All eyes are on the bride and groom as they make their third and final walk down the aisle. Orange Theatre's year-long development of adapting Federico García Lorca's Spanish classic Bodas De Sangre has reached its much anticipated end. In this live multimedia interpretation, five actors will take the age-old tale of forbidden love and turn it into something more through interactive audio and visual effects as well as a desire to experiment with and explore a wider sense of meaning. This is your last chance to see show in its final state of evolution before Orange Theater takes it on tour to New York.

Orange Theatre will present Blood Wedding [III] at the ASU School of Theatre and Film's Lyceum Theatre, 901 South Forest Mall in Tempe. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, July 17 through 20, and Wednesday through Sunday, July 23 through 27. Tickets are pay-what-you-can and can be purchased at the door or online at www.artful.ly/store/events/3620. Visit www.orangetheatre.org or call 602-456-0684. -- Katie Johnson

Phoenix Makes Games Jam

Earlier this year, the iPhone-based game Flappy Bird hit critical mass and frustrated millions with its easy to learn but hard to master mechanics of steering a barely-flying bird through obstacles. Within months, its lone wolf Vietnamese developer, Dong Nguyen, had a meltdown. Participants in the Phoenix Makes Games Jam on Friday, July 18, will fare better if only because of the team-oriented approach to creating fun.

Game CoLab has spent the past few years fortifying the independent video game development scene in town. Their latest effort, the Phoenix Makes Games Jam, calls together creatives of all stripes - artists, designers, programmers, storytellers, and more -- to team up to create a new game in under 48 hours. No experience is necessary to join, just a willingness to collaborate with others. The jamming runs through 4 p.m. on Sunday, when all teams should have a finished product to demo.

The Phoenix Makes Games Jam throws down at the ASU Digital Culture Studio, 950 South Forest Mall in Tempe. The festivities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday and continues through Sunday afternoon. For more information, visit www.gamecolab.org. -- Jose Gonzalez

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