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Posted: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 11:35 am | Updated: 4:32 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Here is a list of upcoming shows and exhibits at the Mesa Arts Center in downtown Mesa. For tickets and information, call 480-644-6500 or visit

Southwest Shakespeare Company


Sept 7-23

Matinees and Evening Performances Available

Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse: $25-32

Sir Harcourt Courtly leaves the city for a couple of days to take a bride who will do his wealth a world of good. But his son, evading the repercussions of his debauched lifestyle, arrived before him and has already fallen in love with his young mother-to-be.

Southwest Shakespeare Company


Sept 28-Oct 15

Matinees and Evening Performances Available

Piper Repertory Theater: $25-32

Considered by many to be Shakespeare’s swansong and farewell to the theatre, The Tempest combines themes of romance, betrayal, justice, reality and illusion, to create a tale that penetrates to the heart of the theatre itself, and touches on the fundamental nature of man and the artistic imagination.

Zarco Guerrero’s


Sept 29 & 30 7:30pm

Farnsworth Studio Theater: $10-14.50

Renowned sculptor/mask maker Zarco Guerrero reveals the awesome power of the mask to transform in this unique one- man performance.



Sept 29-Oct 15

Matinees and Evening Performances Available

Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse: $15/14

Winner of 19 Children’s Choice awards, Louis Sachar's most beloved novel comes to the stage in this funny and heartwarming play about Bradley, the oldest kid in the fifth grade. No one likes him except Carla, the new school counselor. She thinks Bradley is sensitive and generous and knows that Bradley could change if only he weren’t afraid to try.

“SUPERSTARZZ” featuring


Sat, Sept 30, 8pm

Ikeda Theater: $40/32/24

Legendary singer/guitarist Ray Parker Jr. teams up with fellow superstars – rock/smooth jazz guitarist Craig Chaquico and jazz funk saxophonist Warren Hill – for their greatest hits and new music with a mixture of styles and talent that will satisfy the palette of any music connoisseur. Part of the KYOT SMOOTH JAZZ SERIES.


On the Alliance Terrace


$30 per person

A California-style buffet dinner featuring fresh fish and chicken will be served.

Mesa Contemporary Arts:

Public Contact 480-644-6560

Now through Oct 15

Legacy of an Artist and Educator: Dave Pimentel

A retrospective of the late metalsmith and ASU professor David Pimentel and the work of the ASU Masters Graduates from the Metals Program who studied under him. Using copper as his medium, David Pimentel became famous for his raised vessels, which he formed from a single sheet of metal.

Sept 5–Oct 15

Public Space

An installation by artist Joseph Ostraff.

Influenced by his father’s loss of hearing and the challenges of this disability, Joseph Ostraff’s installation features over 50 small earphones that are suspended from the Project Room’s ceiling at various height levels, enabling visitors to easily interact with the installation. Ten CDs will randomly play assorted sound bits collected from public spaces located in the greater Phoenix area. Polaroid photos that reference these specific sound locations surround the space.

Sept 5–Nov 26

PIVOT: The Conjunction of Directional Impulses

An audio and kinetic installation by James A. Cook

Tucson artist James Cook incorporates video, sound, and other electronic media into his interactive sculptures. As the visitor enters the gallery, the devices are activated and react to the movement and population density in the space. Cook’s work creates a dialogue between the visitor and art, playing upon man’s complex relationship with technology.

Sept 15–Jan 7

Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy

This exhibition features Sandow Birk’s most recent series of prints and paintings, which are based on his contemporary re-translation of Dante Alighieri’s 14th century epic poem The Divine Comedy—a classic work of Western literature that invites readers to tour the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso with Dante as their guide. Sandow Birk’s Divine Comedy was organized by the San Jose Museum of Art.

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