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"Wonderland" performance. Photo by Tim Trumble, courtesy Childsplay.

Top 5 Arts Events: April 24-30, 2017

Written by Nikole Tower Category: Lists Issue: April 2017
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1. On the Trail of Nazi Art Thieves at the Valley of the Sun – April 26
David Lewis, co-founder of the Commission for Looted Art in Europe and founder of the Schorr Collection of Old Master and 19th Century European paintings, and Hannah Lewis, Holocaust survivor and Schorr Collection co-founder, will speak about their personal experiences restoring objects of art looted by the Nazis during WWII.

Selections of their renowned art collection will be on view at the Phoenix Art Museum. $10 for general public, $5 for members of the Phoenix Art Museum. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Valley of the Sun JCC Social Hall, 12701 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, vosjcc.org/lootedart.

2. Torch at Nirvana at Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa – April 27
The inaugural culinary festival at Sanctuary features several meals by celeb chefs including Scott Conant and Todd English cooking alongside local bigwigs like Gio Osso and Justin Beckett. Kick things off at Torch, or the “ultimate Tiki Takedown,” hosted by Food Network star Chef Robert Irvine and craft cocktail connoisseur Jason Asher. The Tiki cocktail competition will feature six of the Valley’s best bartenders, and you vote for the winner. This is an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-drink affair with music from DJ Hybrid and appearances from celebrity judges. $125. 7-10 p.m. Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, nirvanafoodandwine.com.

3. Chalk Art Festival at Tempe Marketplace – April 29
Everyone is welcome to watch as local artists create original 8-by-6-foot chalk pieces on canvases at Tempe Marketplace. Take the kids over to the KidZone so they can participate in the community mural where chalk and art instructors will be available. There will also be performances from The Garage Rock Academy happening on The District Stage. Free. 11 a.m-6 p.m. Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempemarketplace.com/chalk. (Other chalk art demonstrations at Desert Ridge in North Phoenix and Westgate in Glendale.)

4. Last Exit Live’s Four Year Anniversary – April 29
This 21+ event is in celebration of the intimate red-curtained, indie venue’s four-year anniversary inside the Historic Warehouse District in Downtown Phoenix. There will be two stages featuring eight bands including Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Banana Gun, decker., Wyves and more. $12 presale, $15 day of show. 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show. Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, lastexitlive.com/.

5. Wonderland: Childsplay’s Rock & Roll Gala at Tempe Center for the Arts – April 29
Don’t be afraid to fall down this rabbit hole – Childsplay Theatre brings Alice to life in a way you’d never expect. A rock ‘n’ roll soundtrack follows the girl on her wild adventures, with the actors also playing instruments as members of the band. A general admission ticket will also include an evening of hors d’oeuvres, adult beverages and a silent auction in addition to the performance. $100 general admission, $350 VIP. 5:30-10 p.m. More dates and times available online. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, childsplayaz.org.