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What are you doing this weekend? If it's not anything on this list, you may want to reconsider your choices. This week you can get jazzed up at DeFrancesco + The People, check out the Fantastic Planet exhibition, and check out the artifacts from Pompeii. For more things, visit the Phoenix New Times' calendar.

Fly by Night
Ever wondered what Romeo and Juliet would be like if the Shakespearean tragedy was a lot more cynical and featured rock music? And no, we aren’t talking about West Side Story.

The Brelby Theatre presents Fly by Night, a toe-tapping rock musical that combines all the forbidden romance of Romeo and Juliet, but with a lot more biting comedy. Perfect for date night for the most sarcastic couple.

Go see the dark comedy in action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at 7154 North 58th Drive in Glendale. Tickets are $25 at the Artful.ly website. Lindsay Roberts

DeFrancesco + The People
The jazz organ? It wasn’t very popular until Joey DeFrancesco began pumping the keys of his vintage Hammond a few decades back. The 47-year-old got his first record contract at age 16 and has been performing and recording ever since. DeFrancesco + The People will play two shows at The Nash on Friday, May 11, featuring his Grammy-nominated CD release Project Freedom.

The four-time Grammy nominee has toured or recorded with artists like Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, and George Benson. The shows start at 7 and 9:15 p.m. at 110 East Roosevelt Street. VIP tickets are $250 each for the early show, which includes a $160 donation to The Nash Education programs. General tickets start at $40. Order at the Nash website. Stuart Warner

Colin Chillag's 2017 oil on canvas, Family Portrait.

Courtesy of Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

Fantastic Planet
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum celebrates figurative art this season, with several exhibitions showing diverse takes on the human form — and the human condition. The official opening reception happens at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 11. The free event includes a large-scale installation of illuminated humanoid figures called Fantastic Planet, created by Australian artist Amanda Parer. But you can also enjoy live music by the Jaime Cortez Band, plus light refreshments and a cash bar.

The exhibition lineup includes “Adventure and Control” featuring works by Rachel Bess, “It Is Important to Be Nobody” featuring works by Colin Chillag, and “Life & Death Portraits” featuring work by Marilyn Szabo. They’re all based in metro Phoenix. There’s also a group show called “We the People,” which includes works in diverse media by contemporary American artists. Plus, you’ll see wry, whimsical ceramics by Patti Warashina. Visit the Mesa Arts Center website. Lynn Trimble

Stiletto embellished by Kathy Cano Murillo for Chingona Soles 2018.

Daniel Robles

Chingona Soles Annual Art and Fashion Show
See how professional artists and designers transform black stiletto pumps into works of art, as Torres Multicultural Communications presents its Chingona Soles Annual Art and Fashion Show at Luna Culture Lab, 803 East Washington Street. It’s happening from 6 to 10 p.m. on Friday, May 11. Admission is free, but wear your nice duds.

The evening includes an auction of decorated stilettos, including some created by elected officials and community leaders. Proceeds benefit Los Diablos, the Latino chapter for ASU’s alumni association. There’s also a fashion show featuring local designs. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton will be there (wearing flats, we suspect), as will city councilmember Kate Gallego. Odds are, everyone will want to run home and paint a pair of shoes after the shindig. Visit the Luna Culture Lab website. Lynn Trimble

Phoenix Mercury v. Seattle Storm
Phoenix and Seattle are two cities whose dramatic climates are probably too often topics of conversation. Weather has also been conjured when creating names for their respective WNBA teams: our home team, the Mercury, and the visitors, the Storm. When these players hit the court, it will be skills that everyone cares about, not temperatures or rainfall amounts. This is the second of two preseason battles between the teams.

Get an early look at the Mercury’s 22nd season at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 East Jefferson Street. Tickets start at $11. Visit the Talking Stick Resort Arena website. Amy Young

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