Top things to do this spring at Arizona State University

New year, new semester, lots to do! Let’s go, Sun Devils!

Make 2020 your best year yet: Here’s a roundup of all the top events happening around Arizona State University this spring.

JANUARY

  • The acclaimed World Press Photo Exhibition will return to downtown Phoenix after a more than 25-year absence. The prize-winning pictures from the world’s leading professional press photographers, photojournalists and documentary photographers visit about 100 cities in 45 countries over the course of a year and are seen by more than 4 million people. Opening ceremonies will feature Phoenix political, business and arts leaders, including remarks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Netherlands Consul General Gerbert Kunst. Open to the public. Tickets to the grand opening are $45. 9 a.m., Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication First Amendment Forum, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus. The free exhibition will be open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Jan. 17 through Feb. 7.

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  • ASU Gammage always brings the best shows to town, so it’s no surprise that its Beyond series includes a unique experience the “New York Times” calls one of the “Unforgettable Theater Moments of 2018.” Mixing graphic novel with exquisite diorama, “Flight” is a gripping story of two young orphaned brothers who embark on a desperate odyssey across Europe to freedom and safety. General public: $20; students: $10. Show times vary. Multiple showings per day through Feb. 1. Tempe Center for The Arts, Tempe.
  • International dispute resolution is complex and constantly evolving due to the fast pace of the global economy and technological innovation. The 2020 Schiefelbein Global Dispute Resolution Conference, presented by ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center, convenes top lawyers, counsel for global corporations, internationally recognized arbitrators and mediators, academics and leaders at arbitration institutions to engage in discussions on timely issues in international dispute resolution. Free and open to the public. Registration required. 8 a.m., Beus Center for Law and Society, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

Be part of history and join the annual MLK March on West celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Hundreds of middle school students participate in interactive educational presentations about the civil rights movement before recreating the historical 1963 March on Washington, D.C. Hear the inspirational “I Have a Dream” speech reenacted by ASU faculty member Charles St. Clair. This is part of the MLK Day of Service, and ASU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to volunteer. Free and open to the public; visitor parking is $3 per hour. 11 a.m., Paley Gates, ASU’s West campus.

Don’t miss a special night featuring artists, performers and speakers and a conversation exploring the power of language and art in re-imagining our borderlands as Akimel O’odham poet, MacArthur Fellow and Associate Professor in the Department of English Natalie Diaz hosts the launch of the Center for Imagination in the Borderlands. We invite you into this indigenous space of language, inquiry and wonder as we consider our desert and its many bodies of land, water, language and person. We welcome you into our conversations as we embrace the tensions of our borderlands — the stories, languages, questions, loves and arts made here — as a necessary part of the futures we have yet to create. Artists, performers and speakers include:

Free and open to the public. 6:15 p.m., Music Building West Katzin Concert Hall, ASU’s Tempe campus.

  • Who’ll be behind the Curtain of Distraction as Sun Devil Men’s Basketball face Arizona? Be there to find out! Free for students; tickets start at $50. 7:30 p.m., Desert Financial Arena, ASU’s Tempe campus.
  • Part of ASU Gammage’s Beyond series, Dancing Earth: Between Underground and Skyworld is a multimedia dance theater work that illuminates the practical, spiritual and cultural aspects of renewable energy through intertribal perspectives. Experience indigenous interdisciplinary artists’ visions for a more sustainable future in this fascinating, beautifully compelling journey. Open to the public. General public, $20; student, $10. 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Attending a Study Abroad 101 workshop is your first step to seeing the world through an ASU Study Abroad program. This information session, led by a study abroad student recruiter, covers all the basic information on program types, eligibility, housing, finances, searching for and choosing a program and the application process. Free. Study Abroad Office, Student Services Building 278, ASU’s Tempe campus. Visit throughout the semester: 1–2 p.m. Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m. Wednesdays and 3:30–4:30 p.m. Fridays. Can’t make the in-person Study Abroad 101? No problem! Every Wednesday, we’re offering an online 101 webinar.

Want to study abroad, but don’t know if you can afford it? Want to know how financial aid works with study abroad? Join the Financing Your Study Abroad Program Workshop in person or online to figure out how to fund your study abroad program!

The beloved theatrical masterpiece Fiddler on the Roof comes to ASU Gammage with a fresh and authentic vision from Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind “South Pacific,” “The King and I” and 2017 Tony-winning Best Play “Oslo.” The original production won 10 Tony Awards, including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. Open to the public; prices vary. Continues through Feb. 2. ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

We have some famous authors in our midst! Join the ASU Book Group monthly to read a book by a Sun Devil, meet the author and discuss. January’s selection is “Call Him Mac: Ernest W. McFarland, the Arizona Years” by Gary L. Stuart, faculty associate in ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. This biography of Arizona Gov. Ernest W. McFarland chronicles McFarland’s career and family life, revealing how he became an expert on water law and a visionary in Arizona’s agricultural future. Haven’t read the book? Come anyway! Authors are always present. Other meetings and selections for 2019–2020 are:

  • Feb. 26: Adrienne Celt, “Invitation to a Bonfire”
  • March 25: Joey Eschrich and Clark A. Miller, “The Weight of Light”
  • April 29: Kelly deVos, “Fat Girl on a Plane”

Free and open to all in the ASU community. Noon, Piper Writers House, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Sun Devil Wrestling faces defending conference champion Stanford for the final home meet. Free for students; tickets start at $10. 6 p.m., Desert Financial Arena, ASU’s Tempe campus.

FEBRUARY

We’re throwing our doors wide open for ASU Open Door, and everyone’s invited! Once a year, ASU Open Door invites the community to experience ASU’s four campuses, encouraging visitors to explore the spaces normally accessible only to ASU students — laboratories, living collections, museums and classrooms. Participate in hundreds of interactive, hands-on activities and talk to students, faculty and staff! Whether you’re a thrill seeker, lifelong learner, science guru, art enthusiast or adventure seeker, you can find a unique experience at every ASU campus. Free and open to the public. Download your free tickets today. 1 p.m., ASU’s West campus.

ASU Open Door kicks off at 1 p.m. Feb. 1 on ASU’s West campus. The fun continues 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 8 at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus; Feb. 22 on ASU’s Tempe campus; and Feb. 29 on at ASU’s Polytechnic campus.

  • The Center for Science and the Imagination’s Science Fiction TV Dinner is back with Stargate SG-1! A classic work of military science fiction TV, Stargate SG-1 plunges humans into perilous cosmic order — far from being alone in a cold, silent universe. After viewing an episode, stay for a conversation about space exploration, interspecies collaboration and conflict, AI and resource depletion with South Mountain Community College Professor Sian Proctor, a science TV presenter who has appeared on the Discovery Channel, PBS and the Science Channel, and Stephen Pratt, a professor in ASU’s School of Life Sciences who studies the emergence of complex social behavior in leaderless, decentralized groups, particularly social insect colonies. Free and open to the public. Dinner is free for the first 150 guests. Registration requested. 6:30 p.m., Interdisciplinary Science & Technology Building IV Marston Exploration Theater, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Join ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and a collaborative group of garden educators, educational researchers and scientists in exploring and enhancing approaches to garden-based science teaching at The School Gardeners’ Southwest Desert Almanac Conference. Free and open to the public. 8 a.m., multiple locations. Continues through Feb. 7.

The Brentano String Quartet returns to ASU as visiting quartet in residence for 2019–20. “Passionate, uninhibited and spellbinding,” raves the “London Independent”; the “New York Times” extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.” Open to the public. Tickets: $8 student and $23 general admission. 7:30 p.m., Music Building Katzin Concert Hall, ASU’s Tempe campus.

What can we say: The Kajikawa Classic is a classic! Sun Devil Softball faces Portland State for its home opener. Free for students; tickets TBD. 3:30 p.m., Farrington Stadium, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Rivalry game! Your Sun Devil Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving teams face that school down south. Free and open to the public. Noon, Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Persuasion is an integral part of engaging in dispute resolution, legal practice and other professional fields. In the Third Annual Bruce E. Meyerson Lecture, presented by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law’s Lodestar Dispute Resolution Center, “New York Times” bestselling author and Regents Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Cialdini will delve into the science behind the art of persuasion and pre-suasion. Free and open to the public. Registration requested. 7 p.m., Beus Center for Law and Society, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

  • Join Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University for the 2020 John J. Rhodes Lecture in Public Policy & American Institutions, “Thwarting Threats and Nurturing Allies in Today’s Global Affairs,” featuring former U.S. Secretary of Defense Gen. James Mattis. Open to the public. Tickets are free, but a service charge may apply. 7:30 p.m., Tempe Center for the Arts, Tempe.
  • The Design School Lecture Series brings lead designers and design thinkers from around the world to ASU. This month, meet Columbia University Adjunct Assistant Professor Cassim Shepard, founding editor-in-chief of Urban Omnibus, an online publication of The Architectural League of New York, where he spent six years working with hundreds of local architects, designers, artists, writers and public servants to share their stories of urban innovation, with a particular emphasis on housing, infrastructure and the changing nature of cultural institutions. His film and video work has been screened at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Ford Foundation and the United Nations, among many other venues around the world. Free and open to the public. 6 p.m., College of Design North Room 60, ASU’s Tempe campus.

All ASU Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law alumni who have graduated within the past 10 years are invited to join Dean Douglas Sylvester for Drinks in the Desert to celebrate the launch of the GOLD Society. Free. Bring a guest! Please RSVP by Feb. 11. 5:30 p.m., Engrained Café, Beus Center for Law and Society, ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus.

We ❤️ a good season-opener! Come cheer Sun Devil Baseball against Villanova. Free for students; general admission ticket prices TBD. 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix.

  • Show that Sun Devil spirit when Sun Devil Gymnastics faces №4 UCLA. You got this, Devils! Free for students, tickets start at $10. 3 p.m., Desert Financial Arena, ASU’s Tempe campus.
  • Sun Devil Hockey take on Alaska Anchorage to close out the home schedule. Let’s pack the arena, Sun Devils! Open to the public. Free for students; tickets start at $23. 7:05 p.m., Oceanside Ice Arena, Tempe.
  • Contra-Tiempo returns to ASU Gammage with joyUS justUS. This urban Latin dance theater experience takes on joy as the ultimate expression of resistance. joyUS justUS reclaims the dominant deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country as being underprivileged, voiceless, powerless and victimized and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy in athletic, expressive and rhythmic dances. Open to the public. General public, $20; student, $10. 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Oh, what a story. Frankie Valli, who came to fame in 1962 as the lead singer of the Four Seasons, is hotter than ever in the 21st century, thanks to the volcanic success of the Tony-winning musical “Jersey Boys,” which chronicles the life and times of Frankie, his legendary group and their classic songs such as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.” Come see the original Jersey Boy, Frankie himself, mark the 50th anniversary of the Seasons’ first hit “Sherry” with this special appearance at ASU Gammage! Open to the public; prices vary. 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Cheer, cheer for A-S-U! Sun Devil Baseball faces the reigning Big 12 champion Oklahoma State. Free for students; general admission ticket prices TBD. 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix.

  • “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Open to the public; prices vary. Through Feb. 23. ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.
  • The School of Film, Dance and Theatre presents “Indian School,” the story of Charlie, a World War II veteran who returns to his Yaqui village in the Sonoran Desert to mourn the death of his son. In returning home, he must face his traumatizing childhood in an Indian school and the culture he has isolated himself from. With the help of his daughter-in-law Helen and guided by his determination to give his grandson a better life, he rediscovers what it means to be part of a family. Open to the public. Tickets: $20 adult; $15 faculty, staff and alumni; $15 senior; $12 group (min. 10); $10 student; Sweet Saturday (first weekend only) $11, $8 for students. Herberger Institute faculty, staff and students are eligible for complimentary tickets when requested in advance. 7:30 p.m., Nelson Fine Arts Center 133, ASU’s Tempe campus. Continues Feb. 22, 27–29; additional performances at 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and March 1.
  • The Teachers College Doctoral Council is excited to host the 6th Annual Education Research Conference. This event brings together students across multiple colleges and disciplines at ASU to discuss a broad range of new and exciting research in education. It’s an excellent opportunity to develop poster, panel, or roundtable presentation skills while receiving feedback from peers and professors. Free and open to all ASU graduate students conducting research in education. 10 a.m., Farmer and Payne Hall, ASU’s Tempe campus.

MARCH

Wear gold, get loud! Sun Devil Women’s Basketball faces №3 Stanford for the final home game. Free for students; tickets start at $15. Noon, Desert Financial Arena, ASU’s Tempe campus.

“A Sip of Science” continues with “How will polar ice melt impact the migration of infectious disease?” Associate Professor Matthew Scotch, Biodesign Center for Environmental Health Engineering, presents how melting ice caps have the potential to change the landscape for humans, animals and infectious disease. Learn how warming temperatures threaten to change migration patterns and unlock new dangers of transmissible diseases. Open to the public. Tickets are $15, with proceeds to fund community science events. 5 p.m., The Henry, Phoenix.

The Graduate College’s Knowledge Mobilization Awards are an annual research showcase and competition recognizing the scholarly achievement, impact and action of ASU’s graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Engage with creative scholars across disciplines and learn more about how current research at ASU is being moved from the page and into action. Free and open to the public. 2 p.m., Memorial Union Ventana Room A, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Your Sun Devil Men’s Basketball ends the home season against Washington State. Be loud and proud, Devils! Free for students; tickets start at $15. 4:30 p.m., Desert Financial Arena, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Winner of the 2018 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, “Once on This Island” is the sweeping, universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, ready to risk it all for love. Open to the public; prices vary. Continues through March 8. ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Sun Devil Baseball opens Pac-12 play, and you know it’ll be a good one because it’s the rivalry game against Arizona. Go, Devils! Free for students; general admission ticket prices TBD. 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Phoenix.

It’s Sun Devil Giving Day, ASU’s biggest day of giving back! On this annual day of giving, we celebrate and encourage gifts in support of Arizona State University. All members of the ASU community — alumni, parents, fans, friends, faculty, staff and students — are invited to give to the areas of ASU they care most about. Join us! Show the world what we can accomplish when we all give together on Sun Devil Giving Day.

Gooooooo, Devils! Sun Devil Softball faces Arizona for the Pac-12 home opener. Free for students; tickets TBD. 6 p.m., Farrington Stadium, ASU’s Tempe campus. Series continues through March 22.

  • A Sun Devil tradition, ASU’s annual Academic Bowl pits teams of four students against one another in a fast-paced trivia competition. Come cheer your fellow Sun Devils and see who comes out with bragging rights, scholarship awards and victory for their college! Free and open to the public. 4 p.m., Student Pavilion, ASU’s Tempe campus. Continues through March 26.

It is 1692, and the Salem witch trials create a fear that spreads from the courtroom to the town when a group of young girls is accused of witchcraft. In “The Crucible,” no one knows who to trust, for the devil’s influence may ensnare even those close to you. Open to the public. Tickets: $20 adult; $15 faculty, staff and alumni; $15 senior; $12 group (min. 10); $10 student; Sweet Saturday (first weekend only) $11, $8 for students. Herberger Institute faculty, staff and students are eligible for complimentary tickets when requested in advance. 7:30 p.m., Paul V. Galvin Playhouse Theatre, ASU’s Tempe campus. Continues March 28, April 2-4; additional performances at 2 p.m. March 29 and April 5.

Get those ’Forks up, it’s rivalry game time! Men’s tennis faces Arizona for the Pac-12 home opener. Free and open to the public. 1 p.m., Whiteman Tennis Center, ASU’s Tempe campus.

APRIL

“A Sip of Science” continues with “What can your skin tell you about your Alzheimer’s disease risk?” With Assistant Professor David Brafman, ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center, learn about two emerging technologies — stem cells and genome editing — and how your skin might be the key to utilizing these technologies to prove the secrets of Alzheimer’s disease. Open to the public. Tickets are $15, with proceeds to fund community science events. 5 p.m., Dorian, Scottsdale.

Don’t miss your last chance to see Sun Devil Women’s Tennis at home this season. Our Sun Devils face Washington for their final home match; come cheer them on! Free and open to the public. 1:30 p.m., Whiteman Tennis Center, ASU’s Tempe campus.

  • Rally your Sun Devil spirit and come cheer Sun Devil Women’s Water Polo as they take on national runner-up USC for the final home game. Free and open to the public. 1 p.m., Mona Plummer Aquatic Center, ASU’s Tempe campus.
  • Get ready for an evening of incredibly smart and hilarious global satire, because Bassem Youssef is bringing his standup show to Tempe. Youssef, dubbed the Jon Stewart of the Arab World, was the host of popular TV show AlBernameg — the first-of-its-kind political satire show in the Middle East. Throughout its three seasons, AlBernameg became the most popular TV show in Egypt’s history, with an average of 30 million viewers each week. Currently living in the U.S., Youssef was named one of Time Magazine’s most influential people, under the “Pioneers” category, and continues to challenge power with one of the most powerful weapons: humor. Open to the public; tickets are $35. 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Come see the best in ASU honors research at the Celebrating Honors Symposium of Research and Creative Projects, an annual Barrett Honors College signature event that highlights the many exceptional presentations designed by students to exhibit their senior theses and creative projects. Free and open to the public. 4:30 p.m., Barrett Honors College complex, ASU’s Tempe campus.

The Arizona Contemporary Music Ensemble, directed by Simone Mancuso, presents a program of avant-garde music. Free and open to the public. Noon, Music Building Katzin Concert Hall, ASU’s Tempe campus.

Go ahead, be obsessed with “Mean Girls” — and don’t miss your chance to see the hilarious hit Broadway musical featuring a Queen Bee, lionized frenemies and a teen girl completely unprepared for the vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. Open to the public; prices vary. Continues through April 26. ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

“9 to 5, The Musical,” with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, is based on the outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic 1980 hit movie. Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying and hypocritical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, the women give their workplace a dream makeover, taking control of the company that had always kept them down. Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Open to the public. Flash Friday, April 24, $8-$11; all other performances $8-$21. 7:30 p.m., Music Building Evelyn Smith Music Theatre, ASU’s Tempe campus. Continues April 24-25; additional performance at 2 p.m. April 26.

  • Save the date, Sun Devils, because the ASU Track and Field ASU Invitational lasts all day on both April 24 and 25, and you don’t want to miss a thing! Open to the public. Tickets TBD. Sun Angel Stadium, ASU’s Tempe campus.
  • SpringDanceFest showcases the breadth of creativity in ASU’s School of Film, Dance and Theatre dance program, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary. SpringDanceFest features some of the most innovative work created by faculty, visiting artists and alumni during the 2019-20 season. Open to the public. Tickets: $20 adult; $15 faculty, staff and alumni; $15 senior; $12 group (min. 10); $10 student; Sweet Saturday (first weekend only) $11, $8 for students. 7:30 p.m., Paul V. Galvin Playhouse Theatre, ASU’s Tempe campus. Continues April 25. Additional performance at 2 p.m. April 26.

MAY

Time to wish our seniors well as they move on to their next chapters. Sun Devil Softball faces Stanford for the final home stretch. Free for students; tickets TBD. 7 p.m., Farrington Stadium, ASU’s Tempe campus. Series continues through May 9, which will be Senior Day.

Tim Allen, star of the hit sitcoms “Last Man Standing” and “Home Improvement,” voice of space ranger Buzz Lightyear in the smash hit “Toy Story” movies, best-selling author, and holiday icon for his “Santa Clause” films, brings a night of standup comedy to Tempe. Open to the public; ticket prices vary. 7:30 p.m., ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

It’s commencement day! Congratulations, #ASUgrad! We’re so proud to welcome you into the ranks of ASU alumni. Graduate commencement, 9 a.m., Desert Financial Arena, ASU’s Tempe campus. Undergraduate commencement, 7:30 p.m., Sun Devil Stadium, ASU’s Tempe campus.

We can’t wait! Grayhawk Golf Club and ASU host the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Golf Championships for the next three years, starting today with the women’s championship through May 27. The men’s event will follow May 29-June 3. Follow the action on the Golf Channel and cheer your Sun Devils wherever you are! Open to the public. Tickets TBD. Grayhawk Golf Club, Scottsdale.

Broadway’s “Come From Away” is a Best Musical winner all across North America! This “New York Times” Critics’ Pick takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 airline passengers stranded after 9/11 and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Open to the public; ticket prices vary. Continues through May 31. ASU Gammage, ASU’s Tempe campus.

CONTINUING

Drawn from ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection, “Wonderland” presents the work of internationally known artists Patti Warashina and Michael Lucero. Their ceramic sculptures share an emphasis on the figure and issues of the human condition, using satire, humor and the fanciful as ways to explore daily realities and new imaginaries. Mixed cultural and historic references in the work reflect the artists’ own hybrid identities and experiences. Visit the museum website for directions and hours and information about bringing classes to tour exhibitions or meet with curators. Free and open to the public. ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, ASU’s Tempe campus.

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