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Posted: Wednesday, September 9, 2009 1:27 pm | Updated: 5:02 pm, Thu Jul 19, 2012.

If the recession has had you sitting on the sidelines of the Valley's arts and culture scene, Saturday is your chance to get back in the game in a big way.

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If the recession has had you sitting on the sidelines of the Valley's arts and culture scene, Saturday is your chance to get back in the game in a big way.

Nearly 20 performing arts groups - from theater companies to modern dance troupes - will perform during the Tribune's Get Out Performing Arts Expo. It's happening Saturday at Mesa Arts Center, and it's free.

The rapid-fire performances, staged every 15 minutes, are meant to provide an all-day-long sneak peek at the upcoming performing arts season, when operas, children's theater groups, comedy troupes and others will stage a bevy of eclectic new reasons to get dressed up and go out on the town.

It's the same show that was held for eight years at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Last year, it moved for the first time to Chandler Center for the Performing Arts.

Saturday's 10th annual Expo will feature vignettes by Desert Dance Theatre, Mesa Encore Theatre, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre and more than a dozen other groups - including performers from the Arizona Renaissance Festival and National Comedy Theatre in Mesa.

Meanwhile, in the lobby outside the center's flagship Ikeda Theater, attendees can browse arts groups' information booths for details on upcoming shows and the chance to buy single tickets or subscription packages.

You can stay all day or drop in and out. Here's the lineup:

10:30 a.m. - JesterZ Improv

10:45 a.m. - Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre

11:00 a.m. - Herberger Theater Center

11:15 a.m. - National Comedy Theatre

11:30 a.m. - Desert Dance Theatre

11:45 a.m. - Arizona Renaissance Festival

Noon - Studio 3 Performing Arts Academy

12:15 p.m. - The Torch Theatre

12:30 p.m. - Mesa Encore Theatre

12:45 p.m. - Christian Youth Theater of Phoenix

1:00 p.m. - Copperstar Repertory Company

1:15 p.m. - Scorpius Dance Theatre

1:30 p.m. - SouthWest Shakespeare

1:45 p.m. - ASU Pitch Forks-Barclay Communications

2:00 p.m. - New School For The Arts

2:15 p.m. - Arizona Opera

2:30 p.m. - Conder Dance

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