Thursday, April 06, 2006

 

Theater ... and make a colleague connection

Alone in the hot town … better go to the Theater! And it would be nice to have someone to go with.... If so, then select a play and post your phone number or email in the Comments to find a colleague who shares your tastes. Prices range from $10 to almost $200. For a complete list, see ShowUp.

Lunch Time Theater at the Herberger
Catch a one-act show for $5.00 (but another $6.50 to order a catered lunch)

Never Say No To Johnny
Performance Outreach Theater
Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe - 602-254-7399
What’s a mother to do when her son reaches adulthood in the 1870s and decides to go West and risk his life?

Near the Convention Center

May 11, 2006- May 28, 2006 (7:30)
Tuesdays with Morrie
Produced by Arizona Theatre Company Center Stage
Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe - 602-254-7399
A vivid recounting of the interlocking stories of one man losing his life as another is finding his. Mitch Albom’s book Tuesday’s With Morrie has been an international best-seller since its original publication in 1997.

May 05, 2006 - May 20, 2006 (7:30)
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Produced by iTheatre Collaborative Performance Outreach Theater
Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe - 602-254-7399
Beatrice Hunsdorfer wreaks a petty vengeance on everybody about her including her two daughters.

May 21 06:30 PM
Vina Morales "Vina in the Fast Lane"
Orpheum Theatre, 111 North Third Street - (602) 534-5600

Dinner Theater
Through May 31
Murder! More or Less A Comedy!
Murder Mystery Dinner and Comedy Show.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2532 West Peoria Avenue - (480)628-5721

Through June 4
Epic Proportions
The Copperstate Dinner Theater, 3801 East Washington Street - (602)279-3129
Phil and Benny are extras in the epic saga 'Exeunt Omnes', a movie by film giant D.W. DeWitt being shot in Molten Rock, Arizona in 1932.

Around Phoenix

May 06-May 28; Saturday 2:00pm and 5:00pm, Sunday 2:00pm
Tomas and the Library Lady
Tempe Performing Arts Center, 132 East 6th Street Tempe (480)350-8119
Based on the true story of Tomas Rivera, who began his life as a migrant worker and ended it as a university chancellor, Thomas and the Library Lady celebrates the wonder of reading.

May 17 – May 21
2:00 matinee on weekend. 7:30 each evening.
Les Miserables
ASU Gammage, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ - 480-965-3434
Classic Hugo & Weber …


Comments:
When you say taxis are dear, exactly how dear are they? I've got a car rented for a few days while my husband is out there with me, but he's returning it on Monday morning. I'll need to take a cab to the airport on Thursday morning. Will it be a problem getting a cab for this purpose? My hotel does not have a shuttle that goes from the hotel to the airport (but ironically, does have one that goes from the airport to the hotel).

Also, as a new MLA goer, how much free time should I expect to sight-see? I'll be by myself most of the time. Should I feel safe walking or taking the DASH transportation?
 
Taxi rates are about the same everywhere. However, Phoenix is a typical western city: it's a long way between here and there. Taking a taxi instead of making a 15 minute walk will cost about $5.00 - worth the cost if it's late! Going from downtown to Tempe may run more than $30.00.

Free time
You will have evening, lunch and dinner free at least on some days.

If you will be at MLA on Saturday & Sunday, then taking four hours off on Monday-Wednesday is reasonable. Ducking out of the business meetings - not that we admit to having done so ourselves! - is known to occur. If you do not plan to join a committee or business section, then the time allocated to section business and committee meetings will be free for you. (Although, if you are in a hospital library, I recommend joining the Hospital Library Section!)

Airport
SuperShuttle will pick you up at any Valley of the Sun (=Greater Phoenix Area)and take you to the airport for $9 to $12.00. There's a booth at the Airport, or you can call 800-258-3826. The hotel front desk can make reservations for you, too. The Shuttle will even go to Bed and Breakfasts.

Safety
Phoenix is a city, so be careful. Don't explore alleys after dark, leave your your purse unattended, or accept invitations from strangers to see the etchings in their rooms :-)

I think 6am-9pm is reasonable for walking. Some members of the Local Arrangements Committee think 4:30am-11:00 is safe; some think dawn to dusk. Note that Sundays tend to be emptier than other days; you might want to take DASH on Sunday evening. If the streets are empty, then worry a bit. If the streets are crowded, then just be cautious.
 
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