Bolshoi principal dancer David Hallberg traces his roots to a non-Moscow setting - Phoenix. He'll be at at the Loft on Saturday.


Bolshoi Dancer stops in for screening at loft

David Hallberg is a busy guy.

He is a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre.

And he has the same role with The Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow - he was the first American to ever hold that position with the Bolshoi.

As if that didn't keep him flying back and forth enough, on Saturday he will be at The Loft Cinema for a screening of the second act of "Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty," which features his 2011 debut performance at the Bolshoi.

Hallberg is just 30, but already he's reached superstar status in the ballet world.

We like to think that's because of his Arizona training - Hallberg grew up in Phoenix and studied at the School of Ballet Arizona in Phoenix.

It wasn't long after that that he went off to the Paris Opera Ballet School, and soon became the talk of the dance world.

You'll see why once you catch him in the film of a live performance.

And then you get to ask him questions - Hallberg will hang around after the movie.

It's happening at 5 p.m. at The Loft, 3233 E. Speedway. Tickets are $25; $20 for Loft members. 795-0844 or visit

youth theater stages 'Secret Garden' at PCC

Christian Youth Theatre Tucson takes on a classic story with its staging of the musical, "The Secret Garden," based on the popular Frances Hodgson Burnett book of the same name.

You know the story - Mary, 11, has moved to the tony estate of her uncle, who isn't happy about much at all. Neither is his son, who is told he is ill, so he must be ill.

Of course he would be ill - he's cooped up in a musty old mansion without any sunlight, companionship or optimism in his life.

Ah, but Mary, she can change that, with the help of the run-down garden she discovers and brings back to life.

Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at Pima Community College Center for the Arts at 2202 W. Anklam Road. Tickets are $10. or 751-7510.

red barn offers lesson in Minnesota tongue

A few years back, Red Barn Theatre figured Tucsonans were ripe for a comedy called "How To Talk Minnesotan."

They were right - folks loved it, and demanded another chance to see it.

And that's what you'll get to do now - Red Barn opens the musical this weekend.

The Howard Mohr play pokes gentle fun at those who hail from Minnesota - people Mohr knows about; he was a writer on "A Prairie Home Companion," which calls St. Paul home.

For those hoping to give the impression that Minnesota runs through your veins, there are several tips contained in the play, including when to say "you bet," "that's different" and "whatever."

You'll also learn how to put the negative in the positive, and more than anyone would like to know about Minnesota's famous food, hotdish. And if you are offered hotdish, or any other food, you'll learn it's only polite to turn it down three times before accepting it.

"How To Talk Minnesotan" is at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays through April 7 at the Red Barn, 948 N. Main Ave. Tickets are $16. Call 887-6239.

Kathleen Allen