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Sara Paxton in Love and Air Sex, screening at FilmBar.
Love and Air Sex at FilmBar
Even though the people who go to see the première of Love and Air Sex at FilmBar on Friday, February 28, will get to meet the film's writer, Steven Walters and former air sex competitor "Bill F@*king Binder," we can't recommend it.
We would, but the film's plot is that same, tired old love story: Boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy and girl break up, boy is sad and misses girl, boy flies to Austin for the weekend in hopes of "accidentally" running into girl, boy arrives in town to find his best friend in the middle of a vicious breakup with his own girlfriend, boys and girls find themselves competing in the finals of the Air Sex World Championships and eventually reconcile their differences in a climax of pantomimed handjobs and ball gargling. Typical.
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Of course, we're joking. Go see Love and Air Sex at 8 p.m. at 815 North Second Street. Tickets are $9. Visit www.thefilmbarphx.com or call 602-595-9187 for more. -- Zachary Fowle
La Traviata at Symphony Hall
Tim Fuller Arizona Opera presents La Traviata.
In La Traviata, Arizona Opera's latest offering, it's hard to believe that Alfredo Germont, the young nobleman in Giuseppe Verdi's 1853 opera, didn't inspire the sad-sackery in Young MC's "Bust-a-Move." The dude's heart gets dragged around like a rag doll.
That's not to say that Violetta Valéry, the central figure of La Traviata, isn't put through the wringer. We open on a lavish party at Violetta's pad, where eventually Alfredo declares his initially rebuffed love for the lady. Alas, she's engaged to another and prone to illness. Conductor Steven White and stage director John Hoomes helm this rollercoaster of a classic opera with Ambur Braid and Patrick O'Halloran and Caitlin Lynch and Adriano Graziani taking turns playing the lead roles.
Arizona Opera presents La Traviata at Phoenix Symphony Hall through Sunday, March 2. Friday, February 28's curtain is 7:30 p.m., and tickets range from $25 to $135. For more information, visit www.azopera.org or call 602-266-7464. -- Jose Gonzalez