Nov. 19 (ongoing): "Lingerie: Secrets of Elegance" unfolds at the Phoenix Art Museum. In silk and cotton, satin and lace, chemises and crinolines, the exhibit explores such questions as, why do we need lingerie? Why do its shapes change so markedly over time? Why are these hidden garments so important that they rack up multimillion-dollar sales among women of all economic levels? And how does today's lingerie compare with, say, the corsets that formed the Victorians' ideal hourglass figure? Scores of garments, from demure 18th century petticoats to Rudi Gernreich's 1960s "No-Bra" and contemporary items from Frederick's of Hollywood, trace the evolution of unmentionables.
1625 N. Central Ave.; (602) 257-1222, www.phxart.org.; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays; until 9 p.m. Thursdays. Adults, $9; students and ages 65 and older, $7; ages 6-17, $3; Thursdays free. Through April 9.
Santa Fe, N.M.
Dec. 7-11: The sixth annual Santa Fe Film Festival screens more than 200 movies from almost 40 nations, showcasing major Hollywood releases, independent filmmakers, documentaries, experimental cinema, a special category of films about art and artists, and movies from across the Southwest. "This is the most ambitious festival in our six-year history," says Executive Director Jon Bowman. "Our global slate has never been stronger, but we're also championing the renaissance in filmmaking now occurring across the Southwest and in New Mexico in particular."
P.O. Box 2167, Santa Fe, NM 87504; (505) 988-5225, www.santafefilmfestival.com. Individual tickets, $9; 10-ticket pack, $75; festival passes $300 (includes all films and panels) to $450 (higher prices include parties, performances and awards banquet).
Dec. 17-Jan. 29: "Lestat," a musical adaptation of Anne Rice's "Vampire Chronicles," makes its pre-Broadway world premiere at San Francisco's Curran Theatre with impressive credentials: score by Elton John and Bernie Taupin (it's the longtime collaborators' first musical); book by Linda Woolverton and direction by Robert Jess Roth, both of "Beauty and the Beast"; and starring Hugh Panaro, veteran of the Broadway productions of "Les Miserables," "Show Boat" and "The Phantom of the Opera." Says Rice: "This musical is the fulfillment of my deepest dreams.... The entire adaptation has re-created the very essence of the books."
445 Geary St.; (415) 551-2000, shnsf.com. 8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. $30-$90.
-- Patricia Connell