Top 5 Arts Events for October 3-9

Niki D'AndreaSeptember 28, 2016
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#2: “King Charles III” at Herberger Theater Center, October 6-23
In “King Charles III,” by British playwright Mike Bartlett (“Love, Love, Love”; “Cock”), Queen Elizabeth is dead, and Charles takes the throne with Camilla by his side. Patterned after Shakespearean historical plays but infused with modern moxie and comic flavor, “King Charles III” garnered a 2016 Tony Award nomination for Best Play. Produced by Arizona Theatre Company. $25-$70. Visit website for show times. October 6-23 at Herberger Theater Center.

Ruth Elder (Crossing the Horizon)#3: Laurie Notaro presents “Crossing the Horizon” at Changing Hands Bookstore, October 6
“New York Times” best-selling author Laurie Notaro’s latest book, “Crossing the Horizon,” tells the true story of three pioneering aviatrixes in a race to be the first woman to cross the Atlantic. Notaro will read from and sign copies of the book, in addition to giving a presentation that will include guest speaker and experienced pilot Mardell Haskins from the Phoenix chapter of women’s pilot organization the 99s and a short film. 7 p.m. October 6 at Changing Hands Bookstore. $26 for a copy of the book and admission for two people.

#4: First Friday in Downtown Phoenix, October 7
Highlights of this iteration of Downtown Phoenix’s monthly art walk include the opening of Harlem artist’s Kehinde Wiley’s “A New Republic” exhibit at Phoenix Art Museum; “CRASH – A Solo Exhibition Featuring Artist Colton Brock” at Treeo; new work by Michael Viglietta and Onna Voellmer at Grand ArtHaus; the pop art portraits of Tad Smith at Public Image; and DIY Halloween at CREATE at Arizona Science Center, which includes demos on Halloween costuming and special effects makeup. Free. Evening hours, October 7 in Downtown Phoenix.

#5: Arizona Dance Festival at Tempe Center for the Arts, October 7-8
Desert Dance Theatre and Arizona Dance Coalition present this festival of movement that includes 23 different local troupes and encompasses a wide range of dance styles. Participants this year include Ballet Etudes, Chaos Theory Dance, Glendale Community College Verve Dance Company, Grand Canyon Salsa Festival, Movement Source Dance Company, Rosenkrans Dans, Step’s Junk Funk and Yumi La Rosa Flamenco Dance Company. $20, adults; $18, seniors; $15, students. 7:30 p.m. October 7-8 at Tempe Center for the Arts.

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