ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER

Celebrate an evening of modern dance, as the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Mesa. Incredible dancers take on gorgeous choreography in spectacular performances on the stage. The Ailey Company has performed for millions of people in 48 states and 71 countries. Performances run from April 10th through April 11th at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street. To learn more about Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, visit MesaArtsCenter.com.

IN THE MOOD

Experience the jazziest, brassiest and swingingest time in American history: the 1940s. During America’s greatest generation, the people danced to intimate ballads and got down to big band rhythms; both can be seen through the costumes and choreography of In the Mood. While the show pays homage to the period, it also honors the greats, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, to name a few. Songs like, “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Sing, Sing, Sing,” and “In the Mood” will be played during the show. The conductor and arranger for the Andrews Sisters, Vic Schoen, wrote many of the musical arrangements in this piece. In the Mood runs from April 7th until April 12th at Mesa Arts Center located on the corner of South Center Street and East Main Street. To learn more about the show, visit MesaArtsCenter.com.

THE HOPE RUN
The focus of Winged Hope Family Advocacy Foundation is on the prevention and treatment of child abuse and domestic violence. It supports advocacy centers, which provide healing therapy methods for recovery. On April 11th, the Foundation will put on its Hope Run with the hope of raising money for those who have experienced abuse. The 5K race will take place in the Freestone Park of Gilbert. There will be booths at the finish of the race where community partners can share their vision of how to combat violence against women and children. The race will be $30 for adults, or $35 the day of the event. For children 12 and under the cost will be $5 or $10 the day of the event. There will be trophies and medals handed out at the end of the race. The Hope Run takes place at Freestone Park, 1045 East Juniper Road in Gilbert east of North Lindsay Road. To learn more about information, visit TheHopeRun.com.

QUEEN CREEK SUNRISE FLIGHT

The day will start at the launch site as you assist the crew with the inflation process or take photos as the balloon comes to life. You will ascend in the balloon with Rainbow Ryders’ pilot and crew and soon begin your hour-long flight. You will gaze upon Arizona’s splendors, including the farmlands of Queen Creek, the Supersition Mountains, and 360-degree views of the San Tan Mountain range. A celebratory toast welcomes you upon landing and you will receive a customized flight certificate.The Sunrise Flight takes place at Schnepf Farms, 24810 South Rittenhouse Road on the corner of South Ellsworth Road and East Octotillo Road. To learn more about the flights or schedule a ride, visit RainbowRyders.com.

AVENUE Q

Humans and puppets interact to tell this hilarious tale of 20-somethings finding their way in the big city. The story centers around Princeton, a recent college grad, who moves to a shabby New York apartment on Avenue Q after college. The musical won a Tony Award in 2003. Avenue Q shows from April 10th to April 26th at Mesa Arts Center located at the corner of East Main Street and South Center Street. To learn more about Avenue Q, visit MesaArtsCenter.com.

MOTOWN THE MUSICAL
This is the story of the great Berry Gordy. The Detroiter went from a featherweight fighter to becoming a music mogul, who developed the careers of Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and Diana Ross. He was a part of the classics, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” and “My Girl,” among others. Gordy not only created one of the most well-known music labels in the world, he also created a sound that was loved in the 60s and is still loved now. Motown the Musical will be showing April 21st through April 26th at ASU Gammage, 1200 South Forest Avenue in Tempe. To learn more about Motown the Musical, visit ASUGammage.com/shows or call 480.965.3434.

MEN ARE FROM MARS-WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS

Based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book by John Gray, Men Are From Mars-Women Are From Venus covers everything from dating to marriage in a series of vignettes. The show has been seen by more than a million people in Europe and has been on a year run in the States. The theatrical comedy start Peter Story, who has appeared in shows like CSI, Ugly Better, Without a Trace, and The Lyon’s Den. Men Are From Mars-Women Are From Venus runs from Thursday, April 16th through April 18th at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street. To see show times, visit MesaArtsCenter.com.

BALLET ETUDES’ CINDERELLA

Set to Prokofiev’s majestic score, the classic tale of Cinderella will include her obnoxious step-sisters, a handsome Prince and a Fairy Godmother. Charming sets and magical costumes will all be a part of the performance. The professional staff at Ballet Etudes is devoted to providing quality dance education for its members. Backstage tours are available following most performances. Cinderella will show on April 25th and April 26th at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue on the northwest corner of North Arizona Avenue and East Chandler Boulevard. To learn more about show times, visit ChandlerCenter.org.

TARGET 3 FOR 3

Come take part in special events put on by Target 3 for Free. Free events will take place in the Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, and the i.d.e.a. Museum. Special activities include an area for kids to create their own artwork. Also, there will be a performance in the outdoor courtyard. The fun runs through May 3rd on the first Sunday of the month from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. April event will take place on April 5th. And the theme is, a “Tribute to Western Gentlemen & 60s and 70s.” Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is located at One East Main Street, the Arizona Museum of Natural History is at 53 Macdonald Street, and the i.d.e.a. Museum is located at 150 West Pepper Place. To learn more about this event, please visit MesaArtsCenter.com.