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Arts & Culture Featured Music & Events Fara Illich May 12, 2010

CHIMPSWe all have our heroes. One of mine is Jane Goodall. This heroic woman chose to work with animals in the wild more than 40 years ago, and her research into the lives of chimpanzees changed the way we understand both apes and humans. Jane’s research transformed her into an animal advocate, committed to the survival of chimpanzees and the wild places in which they live.
By this time, you’re probably thinking: Alright already, enough with the lecture.  What does this have to do with interesting stuff in Downtown Phoenix? Glad you asked.
Right now, the first and only giant screen film on this conservation pioneer is showing at the Arizona Science Center IMAX theater in 3D. Jane Goodall’s Wild Chimpanzees provides a rare and close-up look at the lives of wild chimps in Tanzania and the work of Jane Goodall. For times and tickets, visit the Arizona Science Center online.
Beach Balls!
Well, one beach ball, anyway. The Beach Ball 2010 will play host to a parade of the Valley’s best bodies, all hanging out poolside at the Wyndham Hotel on 50 E. Adams. The event includes both male and female swimsuit competitions, music from dance DJ Roland Belmares and food and drink specials.
The Beach Ball 2010 takes place this Saturday, May 15th from 1 pm to 7 pm. The price is $10 per person. Open to partiers 21 and older, the event is sponsored by Echo Magazine and will benefit the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi and transgender) community.
And last but not least: Toe Shoes!
Now, I realize that many people – guys especially – have a certain allergy to ballet. But think of it this way: Ballet Arizona is one of Downtown’s real treasures, and if you’ve never been to any performances, it might just surprise the heck out of you.
This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 14-May 16, Ballet Arizona’s Play, a new ballet from artistic director Ib Andersen, explores a full range of emotions – from the erotic to the joyous – with inventive choreography, costuming and lighting. Ticket prices start at $18.40 per person, and give you the chance to experience the glorious Orpheum Theatre, yet another of Downtown’s gems.