Injustice and unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, temporarily brought out the forces of the Internet collective Anonymous and the masks of Guy Fawkes. Remember, remember the 5th of September -- this Friday -- for that's when Southwest Shakespeare Company's AriZoni-nominated production of Equivocation returns to the stage.
Speculation, incomplete facts, and strategic video releasing may have crafted a narrative on the outskirts of St. Louis, but playwright Bill Cain steps back four centuries to ponder what if Shakespeare had been tapped to craft the official state narrative of Fawkes' failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The play's ersatz bard, Shagspeare, struggles to find balance in being loyal to King James and to avoid being his pawn.
Southwest Shakespeare Company's production of Equivocation is at Mesa Arts Center, One East Main Street, for a limited run through Saturday, September 20. Friday's performance is at 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $12.50 to $44. Visit www.mesaartscenter.com for more info. Jose Gonzalez
Some people are just better in pairs: Thelma and Louise, Butch and Sundance, and Phoenix artists Larry Kornegay and Bill Timmerman. The two creatives are teaming up once again this time to produce an untitled exhibition that explores the juxtaposition of man-made designs in the desert through two separate media at Modified Arts. Kornegay illustrates this through his concrete structures that blur the line between what its natural and unnatural while Timmerman takes small but substantial photographs that use the vastness of the desert as a space for open-ended questioning.
The closing reception for Larry Kornegay and Bill Timmerman happens from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, September 5. The exhibition will remain on view through Saturday, September 13. Additional gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. Visit www.modifiedarts.org or call 602-462-5516. Katie Johnson
There's no other way to say it: Tempe's shopping scene has been lackluster of late. Sure, we have our standby shops that we can count on for a fashionable piece here or there, but even they've started to feel a smidge stale. Enter The Treehouse Collective.
Owned by Moonbeam Le May, the teeny boutique is primed to jump start a new wave of creative retail in ASU's backyard. Peruse the shop during its grand opening celebration on Saturday, September 6. In addition to the usual shop stock of vintage and handmade items, attendees will find independent vendors, live art and music from Owl & Penny and Ryne Norman, raffles, and refreshments courtesy of Chilly B's Flavor Station. Le May plans to offer classes at the shop, as well as metaphysical items, tarot cards, and artisan goods.
The opening party runs from 5 to 10 p.m. at 2121 West University Drive, Suite 109. Visit www.facebook.com/thetreehousecollectivetempe for more information. -- Becky Bartkowski
In a funny sort of way, the word "Brazilian" sounds more like an unfathomably large number than an ethnicity. Well here in the Valley, a very fathomable number -- 365 days -- equals a Brazilian. For the last four years, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East 2nd Street, has been hosting the annual Brazilian Day Arizona Festival, a day dedicated to celebrating all things Brazil in remembrance of the nation's Independence Day.
The way the Samba makes your body shake, the way "Rio De Janeiro" drips off the lips, and the way Capoeira is at once poetic and bellicose, the people of Brazil have truly contributed their fair share of beauty to the world's great stage. Sometimes wild, sometimes sensuous, always deeply human, and well worthy of celebration. The fifth annual Brazilian Day Arizona takes place from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 6. For more details on the day's many attractions, visit www.braziliandayarizona.com or call 480-499 8587. -- Rob Kroehler
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For whatever reason, some celebrity deaths seem to hit the public harder than others. All deaths are, of course, a tragedy, but Robin Williams' death really grabbed the public's attention. Seemingly everybody -- from Billy Crystal to the people on your Twitter feed to the people setting up Netflix's recommendations -- had a reaction to the news. Comedians have been hit especially hard by Williams' passing; Williams has always been a giant in improv.
It's no surprise, then, that the Scottsdale Comedy Spot Comedy Club, 7117 East Third Avenue, will host a tribute to Robin Williams. The show, titled simply "A Salute to Robin Williams," will run on Sunday, September 7, and feature a performance by the club's in-house improv troupe, the Improvisors, There will be shows at 7 and 9 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 and are available online via www.thecomedyspot.net. -- Ed Kummerer