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Things to do this week: Jan. 12 to 18

Yoga in the Garden
Stick to those New Year’s resolutions to stay fit and healthy by grabbing a friend and heading to the Japanese Friendship Garden for yoga in the garden. Relax while building strength, alignment, balance and flexibility in the garden. Participants are encouraged to bring a towel, water and yoga mat. This event is open to all ages.
Japanese Friendship Garden, 1125 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, Wednesday Jan. 14, 10 a.m., $15

Second annual Rock Lottery at Crescent Ballroom
On the morning of January 17, twenty-five musicians from bands around the state will be thrown into the Phoenix Rock Lottery. The lottery will determine five new bands out of the participants. Musicians will not know who their fellow band members are until the morning of the event. The new bands will have the entire day to write three new songs and learn a cover to perform that night. Participants include members from bands such as Jimmy Eat World, Playboy Manbaby and Dead Eyes of London. This event is 21 and older.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, Saturday January 17, 7 p.m., $10

“42nd Street” opens at Desert Stages Theatre
The Tony-winning Broadway hit “42nd Street” opens this Friday at Desert Stages Theatre. Following the story of an understudy chorus girl, the musical exposes the obstacles she faces with taking over the spot of the leading lady of a Broadway production. The production includes hit numbers such as “We’re in the Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” and the titular number. Reservations are recommended.
Desert Stages Theatre, 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, Friday, Jan. 16, to Sunday, Feb. 8, $22 to $25

Coconino Center for the Arts’ Art Sale
Looking for some new wall décor? The Coconino Center for the Arts begins its 10×10 Exhibition and Sale this weekend. One hundred artists have showcased their work within a frame of 10 by 10 inches. Some artists include Connie Townsend, Sky Black, and Shonto Begay. Prices for paintings start at $100 or will be bid on at silent auction. The viewing opens to the public on Saturday.
Coconino Center for the Arts, 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, Friday Jan. 16, to Saturday, Feb. 14, free

Suns host Timberwolves
In this Western Conference matchup, the Phoenix Suns will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves. This Friday night’s game is also the Phoenix Suns Star Wars Night and Orange Friday. Purchase a special ticket to receive a commemorative Death Star basketball in honor of the annual Star Wars night. In addition, the first 5,000 fans will receive a rally towel. For ticket information, visit http://www.suns.com/tickets.
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Friday, Jan. 16, $31+


Top 5 Musicals That Represent An Era

America is well known for its musicals. They are not only entertaining, but are a glimpse into the history of the United States as well.

Here are the top five that have the most to say about America’s intriguing history:


42nd Street

Flickr: by yumiang

Based on the novel of the same name, this 1933 film is set in urban New York during the Great Depression. It is about an unknown chorus girl rising to stardom on Broadway. This musical is what they refer to as a “Backstage Musical.”



Flickr: by Alex Liivet

Set in the roaring ’20s, this film depicts a time of rising crime and gangster activity in Chicago. Based on a play with the same name, the plot was inspired by the true events of the 1924 trials of murderesses Beulah Annan and Belva Gaertner from the Chicago Tribune.



Flickr: by ydiggnme

It’s an era of change in this film musical. This was inspired by the 1988 original film and is about the struggle of racial and social prejudice. Tracy Turnblad is a unique leading lady that changes the world with her attitude and dance moves.



Flickr: by Ralphhogaboom

Grease is a 1950’s, rock-n-roll-era musical filmed in 1978. This musical is jam packed with nostalgic symbols from the era such as Elvis Presley, James Dean, Greasers, poodle skirts and leather bomber jackets.


Wizard of Oz

Flickr: by Don Nunn

This musical is based on Frank L. Baum’s novel and depicts the Vaudeville era,  as well as a time that is still trying to recover from the Great Depression. Dorothy’s most well remembered phrase, “There’s no place like home” spoke volumes about the time and continues to impact today’s culture.