But this return trip is special for Luster Kaboom, as he's spent three weeks creating a floor-to-ceiling, wall-to-wall installation inside Scottsdale's Civic Center Library. In partnership with Scottsdale Public Art, "Luster Kaboom's FunHouse" is a massive interactive exhibition for all ages, with a few of the artist's signature characters and some big surprises.
The installation will be on view through Tuesday, July 30, so take the killer excuse to check out some cool art over the summer (in an air-conditioned environment -- with books!). -- Claire Lawton
Five Stages @ Herberger Theater "Think outside the lunchbox." That's the mantra behind the Herberger Theater's Lunch Time Theater series, which opens Friendly People Productions' Five Stages this week.
The 45-minute one-act is set at a fun-yet-therapeutic evening where five female friends gather to drink wine and swap stories. Each story covers the topic of loss -- playing off the widely known five stages of grief. While some are personal narratives, each sparks a universal, "oh, me too!" feeling, director Kathryn James says.
Playgoers are encouraged to bring their own lunch or order one through the box office. Whole and half sandwiches or salads (ranging from $6 to $8) are offered from Put a Fork in It Catering, with options for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.
The curtain goes up at 12:10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, July 9 to 18, on The Kax Stage at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Tickets are $6. Call 602-252-8497 or visit www.herbergertheater.org. (Disclosure: New Times contributor Julie Peterson will perform in and produce this show.) -- Janessa Hilliard