Unmotherly Insights (Into Modern Mothering)
Debra Rich Gettleman is a writer, an artist, an actress and, as so many of us must be these days, many other things. But what she is every minute of every day is a mom, and she shares the highs and lows of that honorable estate in her blog, unmotherlyinsights.com. Now Gettleman’s sometimes joyous, sometimes overwhelmed musings are a one-woman show, Unmotherly Insights (Into Modern Mothering), continuing through Thursday, June 4, as part of the Herberger Lunch Time Theater series. Showtime for the preview on Monday, May 25 (the only show for which you can’t order lunch), is 7 p.m. on the Kax Stage on the north side of the Herberger Theater Center, 222 East Monroe Street. Admission is $3 for the preview and $6 for the lunchtime shows. Visit www.herbergertheater.org or call 602-252-8497. Julie Peterson
You know a book is really good when it jumps off the pages and comes to life for you. Literally. In New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult’s latest book, Off the Page, Delilah’s fairy tale prince has come to life and needs to take the place of a human boy if he is going to stay. Oh, and maybe they’re in love, too. Picoult and her teenage daughter Samantha van Leer, who co-wrote the book, will be at Dobson High School Auditorium, 1501 West Guadalupe Road in Mesa, for a presentation and book signing at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Admission for two comes with the purchase of Off the Page, $19.99. For more information and to purchase the book, visit www.changinghands.com. Evie Carpenter
The Phantom of the Opera
Filmmakers keep making the same classic movies over and over because they think there’s room to make them better. The same concept now applies to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic The Phantom of the Opera, which has received a thoroughly “modern” makeover. There’s a fresh set design, new staging, revamped choreography and numerous special effects — including the famous chandelier. The musical, which opened in London in 1986, is set in a Paris opera house in 1881 and focuses on the loving, but often dangerous relationship of a beautiful soprano and the mysterious, musical figure lurking in the theater who is obsessed with her.
Enjoy the intrigue beginning at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at ASU’s Gammage Auditorium, 1200 South Forest Avenue, Tempe, Tickets are $60 to $225. Visit asugammage.com. Glenn BurnSilver
The Sci-Fi Extravaganza
Feeling those Phoenix Comicon jitters? You’re in luck. This week, you can meet some of your favorite science fiction authors at Poisoned Pen Bookstore, 4014 North Goldwater Boulevard, Suite 101, in Scottsdale, before the official Comicon madness sets in. The Sci-Fi Extravaganza will feature 17 science fiction and fantasy authors, including Stephen Blackmore, Beth Cato, Wesley Chu, and Cheri Priest. The evening will include snacks, drinks, and prizes for those who purchase a book from one of the attending authors. Book signing will be available.
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The Sci-Fi Extravaganza (a.k.a. Elevengeddon) is taking over Poisoned Pen Bookstore on Wednesday, May 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. The event is free. For more information, call 480-947-2974 or visit poisonedpenevents.com. Katrina Montgomery
Pancakes and Booze Art Show
Pancakes are a comfort food. Some say booze is liquid courage. Call us crazy, but we think comfort and courage make a pretty great team. Add in some catchy music and live body painting and that can’t be a bad time, right? Get all the comfort and courage you could ask for during the Pancake & Booze Art Show on Friday, May 29, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. The Duce, 525 South Central Avenue will play host to this sizzling event with over 50 local emerging and underground artists and an all-you-can-eat pancake bar with all the fixings, including bananas, strawberries, and chocolate. This 21-and-over event costs $5 at the door. For more information on the event, visit pancakesandbooze.com. Evie Carpenter