The Arts

In 1979, Ib Andersen left his native Denmark and the status he held as Royal Danish Ballet’s youngest-ever principal male dancer to join New York City Ballet, then led by its artistic director and founder, the legendary George Balanchine.

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The Arts

From new novels from beloved writers to compelling non-fiction examinations of our modern world, 2018 has already delivered some excellent reads. Here are eight that are worth your consideration.

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The Arts

Opening on May 4 in the Norton Family Photography Gallery, Phoenix Art Museum will present To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider, a rich and nuanced portrait of a group of Americans whose lives began at the turn of the millennium and who are now coming of age in a tumultuous social and political climate.

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OPERA

Arizona Opera is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its acclaimed production of Richard Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle with Das Rheingold, opening in Phoenix on April 6 at Symphony Hall. The Company is thrilled to conclude its season with this ambitious Wagner work.

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THEATER

Arizona Theatre Company ( ATC) will present Low Down Dirty Blues, a sizzling musical review of passion, soul and love that celebrates the bawdier side of the blues. Described by Chicago Theater Beat as “an evening of sultry, sexy fun that makes you ‘Shake Your Money Maker,’” the show will open on April 5 at the Herberger Theater Center and run through April 22.

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The Arts

Artists Li Mingzhu, Bettina von Zwehl, Tami Bahat, Luis González Palma, Kahn/Selesnick, Liu Xiaofang, Yao Lu and Charlotte Potter are represented in this exhibition.

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Television/Cinema

Book Adaptations book to television, book to movie Satisfy your inner bookworm by watching the adaptations gracing both the small and big screen. From highly anticipated films to binge-worthy television adaptations, we’ve got your definitive list for what...

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The Arts

For many visitors, from newcomers to longtime museum-goers, contemporary art remains something of a mystery. Why does an everyday object, like a vintage book cover, become art when it’s placed in a museum? How do we connect with a minimalist painting or installation when its intent may be a mystery, its meaning obscured? These examples of highly conceptual art seem to exist in a completely different realm than Renaissance sculptures or the paintings of the Old Masters of European art, often leading to the inevitable question: Is it art at all?

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Music/Theater

Lisa Jura, a 14-year old Jewish girl living in Vienna, was a musical prodigy who hoped to become a concert pianist. Her dreams were shattered when, in 1938, German troops took over her homeland. She became a refugee, sent to England on the Kindertransport—a mission to rescue children threatened by the Nazis. There, in a hostel at 243 Willesden Lane, we learn of Jura’s courageous journey to survive and triumph through her love of music.

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The Arts

Since the beginning of painting, the figure has been used as a subject matter to explore the art of painting in the expression of the personal narrative. Whether the artist has used their likeness in their work or whether the artist has rendered a human body to express the story in the painting, it is an extremely personal and deliberate act of outward appearance and visual vulnerability.

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