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“Celebration of Balanchine,” through June 5, Symphony Hall, 225 E. Adams St., Phoenix. Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Symphony perform this homage to legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Box office: 602-381-1096.


“Seussical,” through June 18, Broadway Palm Dinner Theater, 5247 E. Brown Rd., Mesa. The family-friendly Broadway musical takes the stage at Broadway Palm. Box office: 480-325-6700.


“Over the River and Through the Woods,” through July 9, Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. Touching comedy about a young Italian-American preparing to move across the country. Box office: 480-497-1181.


Guy Fieri Food Road Show, June 7, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Celebrity chef, restaurateur, author and television personality Guy Fieri brings his unscripted cooking show to Mesa. Box office: 480-644-6500.


“Les Misérables,” June 7-12, ASU Gammage, 1200 S. Forest Ave., Tempe. A new 25th-anniversary production of the legendary musical features scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo. Box office: 480-965-3434.


“Live and Let Die,” June 10-11, Symphony Hall, 225 E. Adams St., Phoenix. Paul McCartney tribute artist Tony Kishman will perform Paul McCartney’s greatest hits with the help of the Phoenix Symphony. Box office: 602-495-1999.


“Annie,” June 10-26, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Valley Youth Theatre performs the timeless musical tale of an orphan girl and her dog. Box office: 602-252-8497.


Bad Cactus Brass, Aug. 5, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. New Orleans-style jazz band performs as part of CCA’s Free Summer Concert Series. Box office: 480-782-2680.


“Hairspray,” Aug. 12-28, Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. Valley Youth Theatre performs the classic 1960s-era musical. Box office: 602-252-8497.


Rachel Eckroth, Aug. 19, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Pianist, songwriter and singer Eckroth performs from her latest CD, “Louder Than Words,” as part of CCA’s Free Summer Concert Series. Box office: 480-782-2680.


“The Mousetrap,” Sept. 2-Oct. 8, Hale Centre Theatre, 50 W. Page Ave., Gilbert. The Agatha Christie mystery is the longest- running play in the world. Box office: 480-497-1181.


Chandler Symphony Pops Concert, Sept. 9, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. The orchestra performs symphonic favorites as part of the CCA’s Free Summer Concert Series. Box office: 480-782-2680.


Sugar Thieves, Sept. 30, Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Award-winning blues roots band performs. office: 480-782-2680.


The Grascals, Sept. 30, Virginia G. Piper Repertory Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Award-winning bluegrass band performs. Box office: 480-644-6500.


The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, Oct. 5, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. The 35-performer ensemble from Beijing performs a combination of martial arts, acrobatics and illusion. Box office: 480-644-6500.


“Dora the Explorer, Live!: Dora’s Pirate Adventure,” Oct. 7-23, Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. 1st St., Phoenix. Valley Youth Theatre presents Nickelodeon’s Latina heroine and her buddy Boots in an all-new pirate adventure. Box office: 602-253-8188, ext. 2.


Choo-Choo Soul, Oct. 8, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Beatbox artist D.C. and musician Genevieve


Scottsdale ArtWalk extra


In addition to beautiful art, the 22nd annual Summer Spectacular ArtWalk provides entertainment from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thu., July 7.


ArtWalkers stroll along Main Street and Marshall Way where dozens of fi ne art galleries offer artist demonstrations, exhibit openings, special receptions, wine tastings, live music, delicious samples from great restaurants and more. The Scottsdale Arts District is west of Scottsdale Road along Main Street and on Marshall Way north of Indian School Road to Fifth Avenue. Free parking is nearby. This event is presented by the Scottsdale Gallery Association and Scottsdale Downtown and is sponsored in part by China Mist Iced Teas.


Additional information and a calendar of individual gallery events is available via the Scottsdale Arts District website at www.scottsdalegalleries.com.


TableScapes offers networking opportunities


Enjoy cocktails, a gourmet dinner and social mingling followed by two-minute elevator introduction by guests during TableScapes - A Country French Dinner! 6:30 to 10 p.m. Sat., June 25 at the home of Attorney Clare Black, 949 E. Gail Dr. in Gilbert. Cocktails and appetizers are served at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7, dessert at 8 and introductions and shout-outs at 8:30 p.m.


According to the coordinator of the event, Pam Jackson, business development director of Skipping Stars Productions in Gilbert, the meal consists of French countryside cooking at its best.


“I promise give-a-ways, lots of networking opportunities and fun,” says Jackson. “I love to cook and have been a food and consumer affairs writer, test kitchen manager, radio show journalist and certifi ed kitchen manager, and still teach ethnic and contemporary cooking classes in an 850-square-foot demo kitchen in Chandler. In reality I am simply a hobbyist who can deliver some pretty fi ne meals – normally with a theme, and I love to host parties.”


She adds that Tablescapes Network Dinners is a networking organization serving business people in Gilbert who enjoy networking in an “inviting, fun environment.” Membership is required, and the cost is $20 per year for Sept. 2011 through Aug. 2012 season.


The fee to participate in the June 25 networking meeting is an additional $20 for one person or $35 per couple, and reservations are required by calling 480-518-7284. To represent a business at the dinner meeting, the cost is $40 per business person, $55 per business couple or $100 to sponsor a table. Sponsors may display and promote products or services during event; however, they must supply their own set-up table, etc. All fees must be prepaid.


Tablescapes Network Dinners will be offered at least four times per year. “I’ll offer other culinary adventures like day trips, teambuilding cooking classes, potlucks, wine tastings and more, too.”


Eventbrite will be used to notify members of events and for payment. For additional information, email pjackson_az@hotmail.com.


Goings perform contemporary, kid-friendly, educational hip-hop songs. Box office: 480-644-6500.


Bebe Neuwirth, Oct. 15, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. 2nd St., Scottsdale. Tony and Emmy Award winner Bebe Neuwirth performs her one-woman cabaret show. Box office: 480-499-8587.


k.d.lang and the Siss Boom Bang, Oct. 16, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Canadian chanteuse and her band perform songs from their new album “Sing It Loud.” Box office: 480-644-6500.


An Evening with Vince Gill, Oct. 23, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Country Music Hall of Fame star and 19-time Grammy Award winner Vince Gill performs. Box office: 480-644-6500.


Celtic Thunder, Oct. 24, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Celtic Thunder performs ballads, popular hits and traditional and contemporary music from across the Celtic music spectrum. Box office: 480-644-6500.


“Amexica: Tales of the Fourth World,” Oct. 21-Nov. 6, Nesbitt-Elliott Playhouse at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Written by James E. Garcia and Alberto Rios, the play tells the story of a young poet digging for his cultural and ancestral roots in Mexico. Box office: 480-644-6500.


“What About LUV?”, Oct. 27-Nov. 6, John Paul Theatre at Phoenix College, 1202 W. Thomas Rd., Phoenix. Arizona Jewish Theatre Company performs the musical comedy based on the play “LUV” by Murray Schisgal. Box office: 602-264-0402.


“Wizard of Oz,” Dec. 6-7, Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa. Theater League’s Broadway Series in the Valley kicks off the season with this classic family musical. Box office: 480-644-6500.


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