5 Things to Do This Weekend | April 2-4

Judy HarperApril 1, 2021
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Support the Arts Community with a Virtual Film
America’s cowboy culture and opera’s hallowed traditions come together in Riders of the Purple Sage: The Making of a Western Opera. A collaboration of the work of author Zane Grey, composer Craig Bohmer, librettist Steven Mark Kohn and painter Ed Mell, the documentary tells a provocative story about the settling of the West while capturing the artistry behind live theater and the thrill of opening night. Proceeds from the virtual film benefit The Actors Fund, which provides financial relief and services to those in the performing arts and entertainment industries. The film is available through April 11, $10, watch.ridersoperafilm.com.

Take the Family to a Drive-Through Easter Exhibit
Celebrate Easter from the safety of your car as the city of Goodyear hosts Hop & Hops: An Egg-luminated Drive-Thru featuring colorful, illuminated displays of spring and Easter scenes. Giveaways – including glowing bunny ears and Easter totes filled with eggs and candy – enhance the experience while supplies last. April 1-4, 6-10 p.m. Free; registration is recommended. Goodyear Ballpark, 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, 480-417-2819, goodyearaz.gov/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/hop-hops.

Grab a Seat for a Starry Night of Jazz
The Nash gets the party started for Jazz Appreciation Month with the return of its Nash Under the Stars outdoor concert series. First up is To Chick Corea with Love, April 3, featuring the Ioannis Goudelis Quartet sharing such popular works as “Windows,” “Humpty Dumpty,” “500 Miles High,” “Captain Marvel” and “Spain.” Seating is socially distanced, with beer, wine and soft drinks available for purchase. 7:30 p.m. $39-$62.50. Venue 122 (Arizona Jewish Historical Society garden), 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix, thenash.org. Livestreamed simulcast tickets also are available for those who prefer to enjoy the concert at home, $20.

Learn About Adoption from a Child’s View
Experience the funny, touching and complicated universe of adoption as related through the stories of children ages 7-18 as Valley Youth Theatre presents They Chose Me, April 3. Helping to raise awareness about foster care and adoption, the family-friendly show tells it like it is, as a group of adopted kids and teens share their stories, both funny and poignant, about foster homes, multicultural families, gay adoption and losing a parent. Noon (additional performances at 7 p.m. April 9, and 12:30 p.m. April 11). $22.50, vyt.com/tickets/shows/they-chose-me-virtual-performance.

Shimmy and Shake Your Way Back to the ’60s
With a glittering blend of hip-swiveling hits, thigh-skimming skirts and outrageous dance moves, SHOUT! The Mod Musical takes guests back to the music, style and freedom of the 1960s and the dawning liberation of women. The show includes such classic tunes as “Downtown” and “Son of a Preacher Man,” tied together by hilarious sound bites from the period – from ’60s advertisements to letters answered by an advice columnist who thinks that every problem can be solved with “a fetching new hairstyle and a new shade of lipstick.” Through April 18. Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Ln., Peoria, 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org.


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