New Times picks the best arts and culture events in metro Phoenix from March 7 through 11.
"Hierogliffic and Other Stories"
Turner G. Davis’ “Hierogliffic and Other Stories” borrows from history in form and inspiration. The noted fine artist put pencil and pen to paper daily, creating images reminiscent of cave wall storytelling and fantasy: the end result equally autobiographical and universal.
Davis never outgrew a childhood love of drawing: from copying pieces seen on museum trips to watching his father, James. G. Davis. Today he’s recognized for shows at the Roosevelt Row gallery Eye Lounge and teaching drawing and painting at Arizona State University.
The final day to see the temporary installation is Monday, March 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Gallery at Appaloosa Library, 7377 East Silverstone Drive in Scottsdale. Admission is free. For library details, call 480-312-7323 or visit www.scottsdalepublicart.org for exhibition information. Janessa Hilliard
If the only two things you know about the musical Evita are the song “Don’t Cry for me Argentina,” and that Madonna starred in a movie version in 1996, now’s your chance to see the entire production.
This emotionally-charged musical written by Tim Rice and scored by Andrew Lloyd Webber tells the story of Eva Peron, the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 to 1952 who fought for women’s suffrage and to improve the lives of the poor. She founded the Female Peronist Party, the country’s first female political party. You can cry for her, Phoenix, or not, when the show starts at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at Phoenix Theatre, 100 East McDowell Road. Tickets are $56 to $86. Call 602-254-2151 or visit www.phoenixtheatre.com. Amy Young
Badgley Mischka Luncheon & Lecture
For 50 years, the Arizona Costume Institute has supported Phoenix Art Museum’s fashion design collection. And this year, they’re pulling out all the stops. Not least of which involves bringing a powerhouse design duo to the museum for a lecture, luncheon and book-signing on Wednesday, March 9.
Straight from your Pinterest wedding dress fantasies, Mark Badgley and James Mischka will discuss their distinct take on American glamour at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 North Central Avenue. After all, they wrote the book on it. (For real, it’s called American Glamour.)
The 11:30 a.m. ticketed luncheon is $33. The lecture follows at 12:30 p.m. is free with museum admission, $15 for adults. The duo will sign books afterward. For more information, see www.arizonacostumeinstitute.org or call 602-257-1880. Becky Bartkowski
Things can get a little cramped at downtown’s favorite basement bar. While anyone who’s been to a packed show worth its salt knows that’s a good problem to have, we’re trying something new for our Bar Flies storytelling series at Valley Bar: back-to-back shows.
As the series enters its own double-digits, this week’s theme is “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” Readers include KJZZ senior field correspondent Stina Sieg, New Times writer Robert Isenberg, former journalist Robbie Sherwood (current communications director for Mayor Greg Stanton), co-founder of The Storyline, Rachel Eseoghene Egboro, and Valeria Fernández, documentary producer and contributor for the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting. Former New Times music editor and frequent contributor Jason P. Woodbury will select the music.
The first show is at 7 p.m., and the second’s at 9 on Thursday, March 10, at 130 North Central Avenue. (Doors open at 6 and 8:30, respectively.) Tickets are $5 per show and available at www.valleybarphx.com. Have a story to share? Interested tellers should e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Janessa Hilliard
Maria Bamford’s stage persona is delightfully, well, unhinged. You might recognize the comedian as the sad, doomed DeBrie on the Arrested Development reboot and her stellar special, The Special Special Special, which she filmed at her home with her parents as the sole audience members. In advance of her next big project — a Netflix series she’ll star in called Lady Dynamite — Bamford visits the Valley for one night only to share her latest material. Expect jokes about depression, anxiety, and a really great impression of her mom (along with other creepy voices).
Showtime is 8 p.m. Thursday, March 10, at Stand Up Live, 50 West Jefferson Street. Tickets are $25, and there’s a two-drink minimum. Get yours via www.standuplive.com or by calling 480-719-6100. Becky Bartkowski
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Art d'Core Gala
Art, entertainment, and nightlife bring the masses into the heart of Phoenix on the regular, and the Art d’Core Gala spotlights our downtown arts culture. The music, food, bevs, and spiffy attendees might make it feel like a prom of sorts, but instead of a stuffy-shirted principal overseeing things, Mayor Greg Stanton does it up with attendees and leads a toast to all of the central city vibrancy. Guests will also get an update on the Hance Park master plan. Word on the street is that entrances leading from the Central and McDowell light rail station and the addition of a skate park are on the way, both of which are reasons to cheer.
The fourth annual Art d’Core Gala is at Hance Park, 1134 North Central Avenue, at 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 10. Admission is free, but RSVPs are required. Registration and more information is available at www.artlinkphoenix.com. Jose Gonzalez
Game Night: Family Feud
Sibling rivalry is vicious, but diner rivalry is legendary. This weekend, you can watch that competition in action when the “families” of Jobot Coffee and Welcome Diner duke it out at Space 55, 636 East Pierce Street, during this week’s Game Night: Family Feud. Co-hosts Ashley Naftule and Kevin Sonofpatter will test the members of downtown’s two favorite hangouts to find out who knows more about the human condition. Questions and answers are based off of a survey of First Friday attendees (be afraid).
Space 55 Game Night: Family Feud edition is on Friday, March 11, at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/562319403921131. Katrina Montgomery