Alwun House kicks off its 39th season

Jenny Ignaszewski's "Red Bird in the City"

Not far from the bustle of Roosevelt Row is one of the original Downtown arts spaces, the Alwun House. Tucked away on 12th and Roosevelt streets, the historic home opens the fall season this First Friday, September 3, with an art-jazz performance of Aebi-Coulson Jazz + The Beautiful Show on its garden stage. Linda Cushma flirts on the edge of interactive dance and runway fashion in this performance art show. Inside, artist Jenny Ignaszewski’s solo exhibit of paintings and portraits will “reflect a whimsical and charismatic outsider aesthetic.” Not to be missed!

Alwun House is located at 1204 E. Roosevelt St. in Garfield. The First Friday opening party is $3. Light refreshments will be provided.

Arizona Theatre Company 2010-11 season tickets on sale next week

The renovations on the Herberger Theater Center are nearly complete, and a full lineup of performances extending through spring 2011 are set to go on sale next Tuesday, September 7. This season’s performances include “Backwards in High Heels: The Ginger Musical” (October), “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (November), “Romeo and Juliet” (November), “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” (December-January), “Ten Chimneys” (February-March), “Lost in Yonkers” (March-April) and “The Mystery of Irma Yep” (May). Tickets start at $30 depending on performance and seat location.

The Herberger Theater Center is located at 222 E. Monroe St. in the Downtown District — light rail station at 3rd St and Washington/Jefferson. For full ticket and show information, see the Arizona Theatre Company’s website.