Harmon Swartz and Katherine Martin meet cute in It Happened One Night.
Harmon Swartz and Katherine Martin meet cute in It Happened One Night. courtesy of Don Bluth Front Row Theatre Company
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It Happened One Night
Some people appeared in black-and-white baby pictures and silent home movies and are — gasp! — still alive. Just saying. But if you really need your entertainment noisy and in full color, live theater’s a good bet.

Don Bluth Front Row Theatre’s production of It Happened One Night brings to the stage what’s considered a contender for Best Film Ever Made. It’s the genuinely hilarious 1935 story of a beautiful heiress who falls for the newspaperman who’s been annoying her. The “annoying” part sounds true to life, but you can’t convince us journalists are all that desirable. (Though when you cast dreamy Clark Gable as one, disbelief can be temporarily suspended, to an Oscar-winning extent.)

The play runs through Saturday, April 28, at 8670 East Shea Boulevard, #103, in Scottsdale. Showtime is 7 p.m. for the opening performance on Thursday, March 8, and tickets are $27 at 480-314-0841 or the Don Bluth Front Row Theatre website. Julie Peterson
Parada Del Sol Rodeo
History, tradition, and an Old Wild West atmosphere are all part of the Parada Del Sol Rodeo in Scottsdale, held from Thursday through Sunday, March 8 through 11. During the rodeo, professional cowboys will compete in traditional events such as bull-riding, team roping, saddle bronc-riding, and tie-down or steer-roping.

This year, rodeo royalty including Miss Rodeo Canada will take part in the event’s grand entry, a procession that kicks off the festivities. Get roped in at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 North Pima Road. Admission is $18 for adults and $5 for children. For more information and a complete schedule, see the Parada Del Sol website. Laura Latzko

click to enlarge See Tiffany C. Bailey's Contemporary Cows at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. - LYNN TRIMBLE
See Tiffany C. Bailey's Contemporary Cows at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum.
Lynn Trimble
“Memories of an Idyllic Landscape”
Tempe-based mixed-media sculptor Tiffany C. Bailey captures iconic images of her Wisconsin upbringing in porcelain pieces that blend representational and abstract sensibilities. The end result is stunning, delicate, and strong, harking back to earlier times in the American Midwest.

Explore her “Memories of an Idyllic Landscape” exhibition at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, 1 East Main Street, on Thursday, March 8, when museum hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. You’ll discover palm-size cow sculptures bearing different designs, cylinders that reference silos, and pieces depicting agricultural mainstays like windmills.

Bailey’s show runs through Sunday, April 22. It’s a reminder of how important memories and place are, and the ways the images we carry in our heads influence the work we do with our hands. Visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Ice work if you can get it: Skater grrl makes good in Crystal. - MATT BEARD
Ice work if you can get it: Skater grrl makes good in Crystal.
Matt Beard
Crystal
Cirque du Soleil’s 1980s genesis with a pair of stiltwalking, fire-breathing Montreal buddies led to global success. It’s even more impressive considering English monoglots took decades to successfully pronounce “soleil.”

Roughly a bajillion trippy themed productions have ensued. Once famous for employing no non-human animals whatsoever, C du S now presents a wildly popular show full of horses. Meanwhile, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey freed its elephants and later folded. Avoid species uncertainty at Crystal, a spanking-new extravaganza that introduces figure skating to Cirque du Soleil’s traditional army of acrobats.

Opening night showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. The Phoenix engagement concludes Sunday, March 11. Tickets start at $44 at Ticketmaster or 800-745-3000. Julie Peterson

click to enlarge Head to Phoenix Theatre to explore new theater works in development. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Head to Phoenix Theatre to explore new theater works in development.
Lynn Trimble
Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre
Phoenix Theatre artistic director Michael Barnard teamed up with fellow creatives Clint Edwards, Vincent VanVleet, and D. Scott Withers to make Cookin’s a Drag, a musical spoof about a drag queen and her cooking show. Characters include a trio of backup boys named Bicep, Tricep, and Glute.

It’s one of two plays in development that you can catch at 100 East McDowell Road as part of the Phoenix Theatre Festival of New American Theatre on Friday, March 9. The finished piece will be part of the theater’s 2018-19 season.

The other is Sheila Cowley’s The Burlesque Astronomy Play, which blends art and science while exploring “the challenges women face when balancing career and femininity,” according to festival materials.

Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $10. The festival continues through Sunday, March 18. Visit the Phoenix Theatre website. Lynn Trimble

click to enlarge Funnyman Felipe. - COURTESY OF STAND UP LIVE
Funnyman Felipe.
courtesy of Stand Up Live
Felipe Esparza
Felipe Esparza took a solid move from the comedian’s playbook: He cataloged the adversities he’s faced — including drug addiction and gang life — and turned them into humorous subject matter to entertain the masses.
Esparza pursued his career for 16 years before catching a great break. He was the 2010 winner on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. He’s had recurring roles on different TV shows, like Superstore and The Eric Andre Show. And, of course, he has his own podcast. It’s called What’s Up Fool?

The comedian takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Admission is $25 for guests 21and older. Attendance requires a two-drink minimum. Esparza has sets scheduled at the club through Sunday, March 11. Call 480-719-6100 or visit the Stand Up Live website. Amy Young

click to enlarge Expect operatic high-jinks to ensue. - ARIZONA OPERA
Expect operatic high-jinks to ensue.
Arizona Opera
The Barber of Seville
If your knowledge of The Barber of Seville goes as deep as Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd chasing each other to the overture of Gioachino Rossini’s greatest work, the time to change that is now. The Arizona Opera presents the two-act comedy about a barber who’s been enlisted by a lovelorn count to convince Rosina, the object of the count’s affection, to fall in love with him. Operatic high-jinks ensue.

Get a shave and a song at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, at Symphony Hall, 75 North Second Street. Tickets are $25 to $135. For more information, visit the Arizona Opera website. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Get lasered up. - COURTESY OF THE ARIZONA SCIENCE CENTER
Get lasered up.
courtesy of the Arizona Science Center
Lasers and Liquors
Taking in a planetarium show isn’t just for kids on a field trip. During the Arizona Science Center’s Lasers and Liquors, you can experience your favorite Pink Floyd music in synchronization with a light show. The Friday, March 9, event will offer a show dedicated to Dark Side of the Moon at 8 p.m. and The Wall at 9:30.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. at 600 East Washington Street. Snacks, beverages, and cocktails will be available for purchase. The shows cost $10 each for adults and $8 for members and students. For more information, call 602-716-2000 or visit the Arizona Science Center website. Laura Latzko

Burri-go to the fest. - JASON MCDONALD
Burri-go to the fest.
Jason McDonald
Flying Burrito Festival
Pinch yourself, because you’re not dreaming. The Flying Burrito Festival is real.

Live your best life when you gather with other food and music fanatics for a day packed with bands and burritos. Music is coming to four stages, and the diverse lineup features locals and acts from all over the world. There’s Albert Hammond Jr., No Age, Los Chollas Peligrosas, Porches, and La Luz, to name a handful.

More than 15 vendors will be on-site with full-size burritos and samples. Expect local spots like Cocina 10, Chico Malo, Ladera Taverna y Cocina, and Elote Man AZ to give you plenty of delicious options for stuffing your face.
This rollicking party starts at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Admission is $12. For access to the festival and an 18-and-over after-party at The Van Buren, you’ll pay $27. Call 602-716-2222 or visit the Crescent Ballroom website for details. Amy Young

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Jason Keil was the Phoenix New Times culture editor from August 2019 to May 2020.
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Rob is a Phoenix native, husband, dad, and an active member in the local music scene. He's written original songs for feature films.
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Laura Latzko
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
Julie has written for the Night & Day events calendar section since 2005. As a student at Arizona State, she received the Glendon and Kathryn Swarthout Creative Writing Award and the Theatre Medallion of Merit.
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Michael runs the Sci-Fridays Book Club at the Poisoned Pen, and volunteers at local pop-culture conventions. He can be found at the occasional prog-rock concert.
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Lynn Trimble is an award-winning freelance writer and photographer specializing in arts and culture, including visual and performing arts
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Amy Young is an arts and culture writer who also spends time curating arts-related exhibits and events, and playing drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
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